This page is my attempt at a
personal journal. I guess you could call it a "blog" though that term had not been coined when I started.
While I'm mainly writing this for the benefit of my kids, I'm leaving it public for anybody who cares.
This endeavor was largely inspired by the similar journal "DaZe & QuirKs" by my friend and neighbor, Sean Smith.
Film: (DVD) Veronica Mars-Season Three 2006How could those stupid bean counters cancel this wonderful show? We now own all 3 seasons on DVD. The title character played by Kristen Bell is absolutely adorable, and Enrico Colantoni is great as her dad. The relationship/chemistry between them is delightful, and the dialogue is so snappy and clever. I'm really going to miss this one.
Film: (HBO) The Deal Stephen Frears, 2003Political film about the relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in their days as young back benchers. I liked it, but if you're not reasonably up on British politics, you might not.
Concert: Boston Symphony Orchestra Berg: Violin Concerto; Mahler, Symphony #9. James Levine, cond., Christian Tetzlaff, ViolinThis was a great concert. I had not known the Berg Concerto, but really liked it. The Mahler is possibly my all-time favorite piece of music. Levine and the BSO did a great job of it.
YouTube Video: Jerry Bryant Crossing the LineI made this video over a year ago at one of the M.I.T. Chantey Sings. Finally got around to asking Jerry for permission to put it on YouTube.
Crossing the Line is a very fine song that Jerry wrote, even though you might think it was traditional. It describes the time-honored initiation ritual for sailors crossing the Equator for the first time.
Gilbert & Sullivan: Yeomen of the GuardI thought my days of performing on stage were over, but I spoke to the folks putting on the upcoming Sudbury Savoyards production of Yeomen of the Guard, and they believe they can work aroud my gimpiness! I did a production with them 5 years ago, Patience. I'll just be in the chorus, but it's better than nothing.
Went to the auditions tonight. Heard a bunch of the folks trying out for lead roles, and I was VERY impressed with the quality of the singing of all of the candidates. This should be a terrific show. Yeomen has probably the best music of all of G & S, with the possible exception of Iolanthe. The show goes up from February 22 to March 1, 2008.
2007: November-December September-October July-August May-June March-April January-February 2006: November-December September-October July-August May-June March-April January-February 2005: November-December September-October July-August May-June March-April January-February 2004: November-December September-October July-August May-June March-April January-February 2003: November-December September-October July-August May-June March-April January-February 2002: November-December September-October July-August May-June March-April January-February 2001: November-December September-October July-August May-June March-April January-February 2000: November-December September-October July-August May-June March-April January-February 1999: November-December September-October July-August May-June March-April January-February 1975-98: November-December, 1998 April-May, 1975
The overall Booklist has been moved to a separate page.
Books reviewed on this page:
The overall film list has been moved to a separate page.
Films reviewed on this page: The Deal October 8, 2007 Veronica Mars-Season Three October 7, 2007
The overall music list has been moved to a separate page.
Music reviewed on this page: November 10, 2007 B.S.O., James Levine, Christian Tetzlaff Berg: Violin Concerto; Mahler: Symphony #9
Plays: November 29, 2002 Lorraine Bracco The Graduate November 23, 2001 Helen Mirren, Ian McKelln The Dance of Death-August Strindberg September 30, 2000 Tova/Black Box Theatre, Cornell University The Maids-Jean Genet May 30, 2000 Kelsey Grammer/Colonial Theatre Macbeth May 26, 2000 The Huntington Theatre Co. King Hedley II September 3, 1999 The Publick Theatre Nine August 21, 1999 Orange Tree Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y. Sonata August 13, 1999 Firehouse Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y. Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You May 22-29 Newton South/North High Schools Richard III December 18, 1998 Newton North High School The Bone Violin, May Flies November 12, 1998 Newton North High School To Kill a Mockingbird 052999
Travels: September 25-28 , 2007 Las Vegas, Nevada August 18-25, 2007 Truro, Cape Cod, Massachusetts November 22-26, 2006 Plantation, Florida September 25-28, 2006 Las Vegas (Interbike) June 10-20, 2006 Santa Cruz, California May 5-7, 2006 Aurora, Indiana November 23, 2005 Plantation, Florida September 26-29, 2005 Interbike, Las Vegas, Nevada August 26-28, 2005 'Bentride 2005, Bath, N.Y. July 21-24, 2005 Family Reunion, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. April 29, 2005 Cirque de Cyclisme, Greensboro, N.C. February 16, 2005 Indianapolis November 24, 2004 Plantation, Florida October 8, 2004 Santa Cruz, California October 4, 2004 Las Vegas, Nevada June 8, 2004 France, England December 22, 2003 Halifax, Nova Scotia November 27, 2003 Florida October 31, 2003 Potomac, Maryland October 10, 2003 Las Vegas, Nevada September 21, 2003 New York, N.Y. November 27-30, 2002 New York, N.Y. October 8-13, 2002 Evanston, Illinois October 4-8, 2002 Las Vegas, Nevada July 3-9, 2002 Canso, Nova Scotia May 24-27, 2002 Long Island, New York November 21-24, 2001 New York City October 16-19, 2001 Cape Cod, Massachusetts September 29-October 3, 2001 Las Vegas, Nevada (Interbike Show) June 16-23, 2001 Nags Head, North Carolina October 5-14, 2000 Evanston, Illinois September 30-October 2, 2000 Ithaca, New York June 22-25, 2000 Urbanna, Virginia October 7-13, 1999 Chicago/Evanston, Illinois August 19-28, 1999 Ithaca, New York August 12-13, 1999 Ithaca, New York July 23-25, 1999 Bridgeton, Maine November 25-28, 1998 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1988-89 France, England 1980 Yucatan, Mexico 1975 England, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Turkey
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