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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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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 . . . .

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. . . . . .

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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