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CHEECH’S STASH

INVETERATE 17-YEAR-OLD that I am, I associate Cheech Marin with his stoner-hippie comedy partner Tommy Chong. And then in the 1990s he was Don Johnson’s partner in the Nash Bridges … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT!

L’ELISIR D’AMORE, by Gaetano Donizetti, had its debut in Milan, Italy, in 1832. Yet this comedy of phoniness promoted by a charlatan of the highest order remains a grand operatic … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

ONE BAD HOMBRE AND AN UNTOUCHABLE

I WAS thinking about bad hombres with foreign-sounding names, and Al Capone popped to mind. This is not the irrational neurologic activity it might seem: My mother and father, rest … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

MEN IN HIGH HEELS

RESEARCHING A recent item on the British workplace, Parliament and women forced to wear high heels, I stumbled (could it have been the heels?) on an interesting fact: The most … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

THOSE WITHOUT GUMTION NEED NOT APPLY

THERE’S A CONFLUENCE of art and science in the works of 19th-century English painter J.M.W. Turner. London Review of Books, October 20, 2016, contained an article titled “The Chase: Inigo … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · 2 Comments

A FINE-LOOKING STRUT, THAT

TWO COMMITTEES of the British Parliament have recently challenged a London firm’s dress code that had required women to wear heels from two to four inches high. Women at PwC, … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

A QUARTET OF ALTERNATIVE-FACT BOOKS

AMAZON RECENTLY noted a spike in sales of Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell’s 1949 novel of a dystopian (as opposed to utopian) future. This brings to mind three other works about … Continue reading

February 1, 2017 · 2 Comments