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BERNSTEIN’S (AND VOLTAIRE’S) CANDIDE

I’M IN GOOD company asking whether Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is an opera, an operetta, or a musical comedy. No less than the composer himself asked the same question, with his … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

HENRY IV 1,2 REDUX

“TOM HANKS, Rita Wilson to Star in Los Angeles Production of ‘Henry IV.’ ” So reads a February 13, 2018, headline in Variety. This play is a production of the … Continue reading

February 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

THE ADVENTURE OF FATS WALLER AND BOSTON BLACKIE

JAZZ PIANIST and composer Fats Waller wrote perhaps 400 songs, among them “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” Boston … Continue reading

February 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

#resistancegenealogy—ONE PERSON CAN MATTER

“IT’S HILARIOUS how easy it is to find hypocrisy,” says Jennifer Mendelsohn. Her hashtag #resistancegenealogy describes her response to hypocritical panderings concerning immigration. One person can matter, especially if she’s … Continue reading

February 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

SILVIO BERLUSCONI: ITALY’S DONALD TRUMP?

WHICH GUY is more insulted by this title? I’ve read that Berlusconi cannot stand the comparison. “Berlusconi is Back. Again. This Time, as Italy’s ‘Nonno’.” by Jason Horowitz in The … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · 5 Comments

THE LECLAIR CAPER

TO CALL this item the Leclair Case might confuse it with how Jean-Marie Leclair carried his violin. Indeed, I’m referring to this French composer’s murder. As with any good mystery, … Continue reading

February 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: TRUMPERY

TODAY’S ADDITION to my series of Etymology for our Times almost wrote itself. For the word “trumpery,” I consulted my usual Merriam-Webster, The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, … Continue reading

January 31, 2018 · Leave a comment