Saw a documentary that left me sad and angry. We in the music world are always carrying on about our mission to bring music (and especially music education) to the disadvantaged, to minorities, to those not otherwise exposed, etc. Well, why aren't they exposed?
I am excited for many reasons beyond the excellence I expect to encounter from the principals. Richard III is the first play I ever saw in the theatre, and its unremitting drama (and those fearsome ghosts!) left a permanent deep impression. Also, my own view has been that this play is undervalued by comparison with the other transcendent tragedies of the Bard...
A few days ago, my brother’s wife gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby boy, Seva. Congratulations to them all!
Does anyone else remember reading, in grade school, about the mythical Charles Blondin, a.k.a. The Great Blondin, cooking an omelette while perched atop a tightrope strung across Niagara Falls? It’s something that’s remained lodged in my brain. Well, now comes news that, after the obligatory regulatory hand-wringing—de rigueur in our timorous age—the stunt can be attempted again, for the first time in over a century. WOW.
Another week, another brilliant video lampooning the election campaign from the sensationally popular "Citizen Poet”, a supremely clever joint effort of the poet Dmitri Bykov and the actor Mikhail Efremov.
As a lifelong fan of the (still-)hapless New York Jets, choosing between our division rival Patriots and our crosstown rival Giants is like choosing between cholera and the plague.