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  • 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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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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