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    November 30. Susan, Christine and I saw two of three new Italian plays at the Cherry Lane theatre. I actually thought I had booked the third offer which was a Pirandello revival but we were all glad that we did not miss “The Journey I Never made” and “Story of Love and Soccer”. Both excellently translated and powerfully acted. The first is a thought provoking and somewhat unsettling portrayal of the current social turmoil and the second is modern thriller about corrupt sport and the triumph of evil over good. We were able to chat with one of the actors about the plays after the show. Before the show we ate lobster and oysters at the  “Fish” restaurant which was only two blocks from the theatre!

     

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Frank Sinatra Painted and Sinned

A few weeks ago , Christine and I visited the NYPL exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra, his life and career. Sinatra’s reign covered both our generations and his voice was a favourite of us both.

I found the exhibit a little disappointing though; it consisted largely of the odd bits of memorabilia that abound in any old household, including a somewhat tatty old tuxedo. But, there were some interesting exceptions and there was  an interactive booth where the uninhibited could croon along with the great performer and listen to the results afterwards–Christine sang along, of course with quite creditable results!

But, the exhibit revealed some  surprising facts about Sinatra which I had never known before and these I found of great interest. Among them was the notice that, as a young man, he was arrested and charged with  ‘Adultery’! I couldn’t believe that this ‘crime’ was still on the books during his (our) time. Of still greater interest was the fact that he was a fairly accomplished painter and the exhibit included some of his works!

Click on the pictures for detail:

New York subway car in Sinatra's day

New York subway car in Sinatra’s day

Typical living room of the day - The radio was beating out Sinatra music

Typical living room of the day – The radio was beating out Sinatra music

One of the performer's song sheets

One of the performer’s song sheets

A painter to boot! . . . . .

A painter to boot! . . . . .

sample abstract . . . .

sample abstract . . . .

. . . . . .

. . . . . .

His studio

His studio

Finally, the exhibit included an automatic ‘Selfie” booth. Here is our result:

Christine and I-- Sinatra fans.

Christine and I– Sinatra fans.

 

 

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