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Monthly Archives: January, 2016

YVONNE CHOUTEAU, NATIVE AMERICAN DANCER

THE TERM “Native American dancer” may conjure up the image of an Indian campfire, but actuality couldn’t be more contrasting. Yvonne Chouteau, who died recently at age 86, had a … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

A NEW HAMPSHIRE VISIT, C. 1905 1/2

WHAT WITH the New Hampshire Primary being less than two weeks away, I believe a tidbit here on the Granite State is timely. I have several excellent sources here, the … Continue reading

January 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

SIX ON THE ROOF

THEY WERE known as “Les Six,” a sextet of French composers who enlivened Paris in the 1920s with their antics and their avant garde music. Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur … Continue reading

January 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

AROUND THE WORLD ON 20 HP—IN 1928

FRIEDRICH KARL Baron Koenig von und zu Warthausen was keen on winning the Hindenburg Cup in 1928. Established that year by President Paul von Hindenburg of the German Weimar Republic, … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

COWBOY TALK—”TAKE ’ER EASY THERE, PILGRIM”

I WAS LISTENING to Gunsmoke on SiriusXM’s Radio Classics, and it struck me that Marshall Dillon, Chester, Doc and Kitty all talk more or less like we do. On the … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

SHALL WE DANCE? AND WALK THE DOG?

THE MUSICAL delights of George Gershwin are just as fresh today as they were in the first third of the 20th century. They encompass genres of popular music, opera, classical … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

THIS JUST IN, FROM THE SCIENCE DESK

SCIENCE IS never over, be it climate science, planetary science or even basic physics. Two items coming across my science desk resonated, one with national news of a record blizzard, … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · Leave a comment