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    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

    October 31st - 11 November Caribbean cruise to break up the winter.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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Gentrified Graffiti

The Museum of the City of New York has opened an exhibit: “City as Canvas”. It mostly displays  the work and collections of the late graffiti/turned legit artist, Martin Wong who donated the material to the museum.

The works are on canvass or board and are fine examples of the cartoonist’s art–one or two abstracts are interesting. But I cannot help thinking that the exhibit is an apologia for the graffitiists. Some of them had talent and, as this exhibit shows, could have developed it to the benefit of all of us, but 99% were uncontrolled hooligans bent on destruction and exploiting gang behavior to threaten  the rest of us. There is an image of a graffiti-covered subway train, but little is said of the slashed seats or windows scratched to opacity with trash slogans or the obscured signs which the rest of us had to endure! It was an ugly scene in New York!

Here are some pictures–click on them for maximum detail:

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Seems incongruous in a graffiti exhibit--but interesting treatment?

Seems incongruous in a graffiti exhibit–but interesting treatment?

This is what WE felt like!

This is what WE felt like!

Never saw anything like this on the subway trains

Never saw anything like this on the subway trains

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Curator's graffiti?

Curator’s graffiti?

Final image

Final image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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