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    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking

     

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“Our Global Kitchen” at AMNH

After viewing the restored Dioramas on Sunday, I rested up on a bench in the Reptile Hall for a bit then took a turn round the Global Kitchen exhibit nearby. It is an exhibit full of interesting statistics and facts about our developement of food resources to keep pace with the burgeoning world population. It forecast a population of nine billion by the year 2050! (Malthus will be churning in his grave!) on view.  It also points to the follies and successes of our efforts.  However, the Sunday crowds slowed the progress through the exhibit and I will return to it midweek and read the captions at my leisure.

I did watch the short video about the current trends in global food production and consumption.  It is surely absurd that one tenth or so of the world’s population suffers hunger while one-third is overweight or obese! Obesity is a worldwide problem.

The following pictures give only a brief idea of the scope of the material

Enlarge the pictures by clicking on each for the greatest detail

Ethnic settings

Ethnic settings

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Pre-colonial American foods

Pre-colonial American foods

Free tastings

Free tastings

Diorama of life in a pre-colonial food market

Diorama of life in a pre-colonial food market

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No problem with obesity then!

No problem with obesity then!

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