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STAGING CELEBRATED; VIVALDI VINDICATED

A RECENT OPERATIC happening celebrates a 40-year-old production. Another rectifies a 282-year-old injustice. Here are tidbits on these two gleaned from several sources. The Zeffirelli La Bohème 40th. In “Enduring … Continue reading

January 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

THOSE MUSICAL NEWMANS   PART 2

PROMPTED BY NEWMAN movie film credits and my Randy Newman CDs, I decided to research tidbits on these musical Newmans. Here in Part 2, we continue admiring the Newman Musical … Continue reading

January 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

THOSE MUSICAL NEWMANS   PART 1

I WATCH A LOT of Turner Classic Movies and the name “Newman” often appears in music credits. I also enjoy the music of Randy Newman and recall he’s related to … Continue reading

January 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

TIME WARPS

THE INSIDER WEBSITE offered an interesting example of time warp: “Cleopatra lived closer in time to the building of the first Pizza Hut than to the building of the pyramids.”  … Continue reading

January 6, 2022 · 6 Comments

1962 TRIUMPH TR-4—DOES A SPIFFY ITALIAN SUIT SUFFICE?

“FOR NEARLY A DECADE,” R&T noted in February 1962, the Standard-Triumph Company has been manufacturing its TR-series sports cars and, of course, has sold them in substantial numbers.” Good performance … Continue reading

January 5, 2022 · 2 Comments

CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK-WRAPTER

I DIDN’T HAVE a word for it, but I now believe I’m a book-wrapter. I learned this from Julie Lasky’s article in The New York Times, December 24, 2021, “How … Continue reading

January 4, 2022 · 4 Comments

“S. A. E.  RETURNS TO PEACE PURSUITS”   PART 2

YESTERDAY WE WATCHED postWWI engineers, their spouses, and guests having fun and games at the summer 1919 meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Today in Part 2, the engineers … Continue reading

January 3, 2022 · 1 Comment

“S. A. E. RETURNS TO PEACE PURSUITS”   PART 1

IT WAS A LITTLE MORE than a century ago that a newly named Society of Automotive Engineers emerged from supporting U.S. efforts in World War I. Founded in 1905 as … Continue reading

January 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

A NEW YEAR—TWO BOOKS AND AN OLD MOVIE

TWO BOOKS, NEW to my shelves, offer tidbits about a classic movie, oft (and recently) enjoyed. One of the books is a collection of movie reviews; the other, a newly … Continue reading

January 1, 2022 · 1 Comment

HIGH HOLIDAYS

THE CESTA DE NAVIDAD, Christmas Basket, is a traditional Spanish gift consisting of wine, liquor, sweets, other treats, and cured ham.  The Guardian, December 21, 2021, offers a variation of … Continue reading

December 24, 2021 · 4 Comments