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ARTURO BENEDETTI MICHELANGELI, CLASSICAL PIANIST—AND RACE DRIVER? PART 2

ARTURO MICHELANGELI was regarded as a great classical pianist. In a profession not unknown for eccentricities, he was also one of the most idiosyncratic and most mysterious. Forte-Piano-Pianissimo.com writes that … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

ARTURO BENEDETTI MICHELANGELI, CLASSICAL PIANIST—AND RACE DRIVER? PART 1

THE CLASSICAL music announcer added casually that pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli also competed in the Mille Miglia. Though I had heard of Michelangeli the pianist before, I was intrigued by … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

HYPOCRISY ON THE HIGH SEAS

THE JONES ACT, a U.S. regulation dating from 1920, is strangling humanitarian shipments to Maria-stricken Puerto Rico. What’s worse, the Trump administration has refused to waive this federal restriction to … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

TO A MORE APPROPRIATE KINGDOM, THIS TRULY COULDN’T HAPPEN

A TEXTBOOK is being withdrawn from Saudi Arabian schools because it contains a photo of the late King Faisal, a Saudi prince at the time, signing the UN Charter in … Continue reading

September 23, 2017 · 2 Comments

BEL CANTO POP!

PACIFIC OPERA Project’s production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor was great! This Los Angeles-based opera company, known affectionately as POP, has even made a Bel Canto lover of me. … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

ON BENJAMINS, JACKSONS, HAMILTONS—BUT MAYBE NOT TUBMANS

U.S. CURRENCY has been in the media a lot these days. Recently I’ve read stories about our paper money in The Christian Science Monitor, The New Yorker, The New York … Continue reading

September 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

STILL STUCK ON YOU (AFTER ALL THESE YEARS)

ELVIS IMPERSONATORS, including some more than 10-ft. tall, got All Shook Up at the 18th Annual Elvis Festival in Garden Grove, California, this past Sunday, August 27, 2017. And the … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · Leave a comment