Sheldon Brown's Journal
Search Sheldon Brown's Journal Search WWW
arrow-left May-June 2000
arrow-right

Self Portrait

Current

Spoke
Books Films Music Plays Travels
Spoke

April 29, 2000

Spring Revels at the Emerson Majestic Theatre.

This was an absolutely wonderful show, on an Acadian theme, using excerpts from Evangeline as a connecting thread. Act I was set in Acadia, ending with a lovely arrangement of A la claire Fontaine. Act II was set in Louisiana. Guest soloists included the P.E.I. band Barachois.

April 30, 2000

George is 17! We're basically the same height now, but I've got him beat in girth...

Went for a ride on the Raleigh Competition, first pleasure ride I've taken in some time. Went out to Weston and along the trail that follows (more or less) the West shore of the Weston reservoir. The roots kinda shook me up, but it was the first time I've been off-road this year.

Went out Ash street to Rt. 30, then down the long descent into Auburndale. I felt this strange unease, felt improperly secured, as if I were driving a car without my seat belt. Took a while before I realized that I was missing the familiar tug of the shoulder strap of the bag that carries my iBook...it's been several months since I rode anywhere without it!

May 1, 2000

May Day again, 5:30 am on the banks of the Chuck, for Maypole & morris dancing, singing the traditional pagan songs, Hal-an-tow, Unite and Unite, etc. No dancing for me, but I enjoyed joining in the singing.

A new hat! The mail brought my new green kepi, a reproduction of that worn by Irish units in the War of the Southern Rebellion. It's very cool, dark green wool with a leather visor and strap. It is supposed to be quite authentic. I got it from an on-line dealer called "The Book Guy."

May 2, 2000

We finally ditched our old 1990 Dodge Grand Caravan, which has been quite troublesome, and has been showing increased signs of decrepitude at 115,000 miles.

We traded it in on a '97 Chrysler Town and Country, a gorgeous red thing with all the bells and whistles, including a moon roof, leather seats, multi-zone climate control, fancy sound system with CD/cassette capability, and a memory system to control the position of the driver's seat and the outside mirrors. It's got 4 bucket seats and a bench in the way back. About 44,000 miles on it.

I sold my old Rolleicord on eBay, but was disappointed to only get $71.00 for it. I'd expected twice that. This is the first item I've sold on eBay; hope I'll do better in the future.

May 8, 2000

e-Book: Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain 1882

Being a Mark Twain of several decades standing, I really can't understand why it took me so long to get around to reading this delightful book.

Young Sam Clemens grew up in Hannibal, Missouri when the steamboat era was approaching its peak, and the Mississippi river pilot was a godlike presence, effectively outranking even the captains of the boats. Sam fulfilled his earliest, loftiest ambition by apprenticing to, and eventually becoming a pilot. He liked this job better than any other that he held subsequently. In the days before the Southern Rebellion, paddle wheel steamboats were the ne plus ultra of high-tech travel in the valleys of the Mississippi and its major tributaries. The rivers were wild and uncharted, and the pilot had to memorize every twist and turn of the channels, as well as the relative depths at different times of the year. He needed constant study to keep up with the constantly changing riverbed.

The first part of the book deals with Clemens's apprenticeship and piloting career, with various digression dealing with the history and lore of the river. It even contains a chapter from Huckleberry Finn (then a work-in-progress) in which Huck sneaks aboard a lumber raft and listens to the hilarious bragging stories of the raftsmen. (This chapter does not appear in the published edition of Huckleberry Finn.)

The glory days of steamboating came to an end with the disruption brought about by the Rebellion. Sam Clemens moved west to become Mark Twain, journalist. With the return of peace, the steamboat had to face new competition from the railroads and from barge trains. When Twain re-visited his old haunts in the early '80s, he found the steamboat trade but a shadow of its former vigor. At the same time, the valley and river had become civilized, with bustling new industrial cities, bouys and lighthouses everywhere.

This is a rather discursive work, but none the worse for that. I read it on my Palm III, much of it in public. It is not perhaps the best book to read in a public place unless you're better at stifling laughter than I am.

May 10, 2000

Book: Household Gods, by Judith Tarr and Harry Turtledove, 1999

This is a fascinating time-travel tale. The protagonist is a recently divorced lawyer in present-day Los Angeles. Her ex-husband is behind on his child support, she didn't make partner at her law firm, her day care provider just quit, and her old Honda is on its last legs. She's at the end of her rope, and wishes she could to back to a "simpler" time when life wasn't so difficult.

A couple of long-neglected Roman gods grant her wish, and she wakes up in the body of a distant ancestor, a widowed tavernkeeper in the Roman provincial city of Carnuntrum, in what is now Austria. The bulk of the book takes place in Carnuntrum, in the second century A.D., during the reign of Marcus Aurelius. Our plucky protagonist learns what real trouble is, and manages to survive it, but with an appreciation of what she had taken for granted in the late 20th century USA. Highly recommended.

May 12, 2000

Film: (video) Tea With Mussolini 1999

This charming semi-autobiographical film by Franco Zefferelli is set in Florence in the late 1930s-early '40s. Most of the characters are elderly British expats of artistic inclination, who think that WWII has nothing to do with people of their sort. Lovely scenery, excellent acting, great characters. Highly recommended.

May 13, 2000

Film: (video) Eyes Wide Shut 1999

This is Stanley Kubric's last (posthumous) film. It has many brilliant touches, but is also very flawed. The protagonist is a New York physian-to-the-rich, played rather woodenly by Tom Cruise. Freaked out by his wife's (Nicole Kidman) admission of a previous infidelity he sets out to get even. This brings him into contact with various demimondaines, and also a secret sex cult that holds meetings in a palatial mansion. The scenes in the mansion are particularly ludicrous, with huge mobs of masked and hooded spectators watching meaningless mumbo-jumbo rituals involving nearly naked women and lots of ominous sounding chanting. There's quite a lot of female nudity in the film, but most of it isn't much fun because of the generally gloomy tone.

May 14, 2000

Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum. Went with Harriet and George. George danced with his new Morris team Red Herring Morris, and danced very well indeed.

There were standout performances by a new side called Orion Long Sword. They have a very original approach, lots of nice moves, pushing the envelope of the tradition. One of their dances is done to Dave Brubeck's Take Five in 5/4 time!

I gave Harriet a "Razor" folding scooter for Mother's Day, which she likes very much. She brought it along with her to the Arboretum, and everybody had to try it out.

May 17, 2000

Film (video): The Wild Wild West 1999

Will Smith and Kevin Kline are the good guys, the upper half of Kenneth Branagh plays the principal villain. If you liked the silly tv show, you'll probably like the silly movie. Not the highlight of Branagh's carreer, but a bit of a hoot.

Film (video): The Matrix 1999

It's the late 22nd century, and Earth is a gutted ruin, thanks to the continuing war between Artificial Intelligence machinery and the remnants of the human race. Most of humanity is floating unconcious in tanks, where the AIs farm them for use as some sort of energy source. The human "crop" is living a virtual reality version of life in 1999, at least until they get harvested. A few humans have wakened up and are trying to stave off ultimate defeat by the AIs.

This film is mainly about special effects, and has some pretty good moments...though I did tire of the constant gunfights and explosions.

May 19, 2000

Both kids off with friends, got to go on a rare date with my wife! Went over to the Taqueria in Waltham for dinner, then to the new Embassy cinema...

Film: Small Time Crooks, 2000

Woody Allen's latest comedy is an absolute scream. I'm sure I missed some good lines due to laughing too loudly to hear them. This also features Tracy Ullman and Elaine May. Very highly recommended.

May 21, 2000

Music: Small Ensemble Concert at Newton North High School

George played baritone horn with the Brass Ensemble, in two pieces, one of them a movement from one of my favorites, Janacek's Sinfonietta.

Tonight we watched 3 episodes of the superb Malcolm in the Middle. What a hoot!

May 25, 2000

eBook: Three Men on the Bummel, by Jerome K. Jerome, 1914

I downloaded this for my Palm III from Memoware. I had read Three Men in a Boat some time ago and enjoyed it, but don't remember it too well. This book, however, was a laugh riot pretty much from beginning to end. Jerome's timing was unfortunate, publishing a humorous book about traveling in Germany in 1914. If it were not for the "late unpleasantness" beginning that August, I'm sure this would have met with the success it deserves. Very highly recommended.

Took the plunge today and ordered a Nikon Coolpix 990 digital camera. It's due to arrive Tuesday, and I'm all a-twitter!

May 26, 2000

Play: King Hedley II, by August Wilson, Huntington Theatre Co.

Another date with Harriet! It's nice having grown-up kids! This gritty slice-of-life play is set in a Pittsburg slum in 1985. It deals with family relationships among the black underclass, with some religious overlay that I could have done without. The acting was fine, and the set was spactacular.

May 28, 2000

Book: A Shred of Honor by Tom Connery, 1996

A new (at least to me) series in the "nautical fiction" genre, set in the siege of Toulon, 1793, when a young French artillery captain first puts his name on the world stage: Napoleon Bonaparte.

The central character of this series is Lt. George Markham, recently transferred from the British army to the Royal Marines. He is despised by virtually all of his superior officers, partly for his Irishness, partly for his supposed cowardice. This is a rousing swashbuckler with lots of action, spies, traitors and villians on both sides.

I'm very partial to this genre, but found this to be a bit gloomier than I would prefer. I'll probably read at least the next sequel...

May 29, 2000

eBook: The Rise of Silas Lapham, by William Dean Howells, 1885

This was a good one! It deals with the sublteties of interaction between Old Money Boston Brahmins and the Nouveaux Riches Laphams family. The Silas and Persis Lapham are from rural Vermont, but find prosperity when valuable minerals (referred to as a "paint mine", whatever that is) turn up on the old farm. Lapham becomes a successful paint manufacturer, moves to Boston and raises a couple of fine daughters. Although the Laphams are good-hearted, upright people, they lack the social graces that could bring them full acceptance by the established Brahmin élite, particularly the Corey family. The characters are fascinating, as are the old Boston settings in the era just before the telephone and the automobile. The character Bromfield Corey is particularly droll. I liked this book very much, and shall look for more of Howells's work...

May 30, 2000

George got his S.A.T. scores, and well done they are. He got 660 in the verbal and a perfect 800 in the math! Bravo, Georgie!

I was expecting my new Nikon Coolpix 990 digital camera to arrive today, having ordered it on Thursday, it was supposed to be shipped "next day" on Friday. When it didn't arrive, I called the company, they said they sold out...that they had some in stock on Thursday, but that they sold out of them before they got to filling my order. I'm quite suspicious that they're lying...

Play: Macbeth, starring Kelsey Grammer, Colonial Theatre

Boston used to be a regular stop for pre-Broadway tryouts. (I recall seeing the tryout for the musical I Can Get It For You Wholesale in the early '60s--the show was stolen by a minor role played by a thitherto unknown Barbra Streisand.) In recent years this has not bee so common, so it was a rare opportunity to see this pre-B'way version of The Scottish Play.

I can't say that the production knocked me out. Grammer was OK, but not spectacular, and his movement seemed to be constrained and restrained much of the time. The two big soliloquies ("Is this a dagger..." and "Tomorrow3") seemed almost phoned in.

I wonder how much longer the minimalist-set fad can last-it's certainly getting old for me. This was an all black affair, with a plain (black) brick wall, using lights in lieu of set pieces mostly. There were a motorized (black) staircase and a motorized (black) gangplank/balcony. The only color in the show was when green trees came down on wires to represent Birnam Wood. (They cut Scene IV from the final act, when Macduff orders that "every soldier hew him down a bough and bear't before him", so there was no explanation for the movement of the Wood.)

Peter Gerety was quite funny as The Porter, and Bruce A. Young was excellent as Macduff.

June 1, 2000

Film (video): Analyze This 1999

Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro star in this Mob comedy, with Crystal as a psychiatrist and DeNiro as a Mob boss. It is better than I would have expected, lotsa laughs.

June 2, 2000

Film (video): The Sixth Sense 1999

Usually, when my daughter recommends something it is pretty good, but I absolutely hated this creepy ghost movie. Total bummer.

June 3, 2000

Film (video): Cradle Will Rock 1999

Set in 1936, this captures the political ferment of the era nicely, focussing on the famous Mercury Theatre production of Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock, and on the struggle between Nelson Rockefeller and Diego Rivera over Rivera's murals in the lobby of Rockefeller Center. While the film takes a few liberties with details, I believe it is basically true to the overall events. It can't hide what an un-subtle piece of crap Blitzstein's show was, despite its politics. Blitzstein's heart was certainly in the right place, but he was pretty much devoid of talent. Recommended.

George is back from a trip to Pennsylvania for his school math team's nationals. He did well on his part, though he was only an alternate.

Tova has been selected to play "Magenta" in the Harvard Square Theatre's regular Saturday night midnight production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Book: Cinq Semaines en Ballon (Five Weeks in a Balloon) by Jules Verne, 1862

I give up. I don't like to give up in the middle of a book, but I'm halfway through this and not enjoying it a bit. Generally, I'm a Verne fan, but this one does nothing for me. Reading French is a bit of a chore for me anyway (though I try to do it to keep up my skill) and this is taking forever. It deals with an imaginary balloon trip across central Africa, at a time when that area was still unexplored by Europeans. If you're going to read 19th century literature, you need to make allowances for 19th century attitudes toward racism and sexism, but the racism in this book is too much for me. The Africans are depicted as bestial, sub-human cannibals, little more than wild animals. If I had more memory in my Palm I might continue plugging away at this a bit at a time, but I don't and I need the space for more interesting stuff, so out it goes.

June 7, 2000

Film: (video) Life is Beautiful 1998

This was a very nice, if schizophrenic film. The first half or a bit more seemed like a '90s version of a Marx Brothers comedy, then the Nazis came and took all of the protagonists off to the camp. The papa, who seemed like a cross between Chico and Groucho, tries -- almost successfully -- to ride out the camp experience by treating it as a silly game. He does this partly because it's his general style, and partly to spare his young son. Highly recommended if you don't mind subtitles (it's in Italian.)

June 8, 2000Self Portrait

Well, I finally got my Nikon Coolpix 990 digital camera , and it seems to have been worth the wait. Here's one of the first pix I took, a self portrait using bounce flash. Click on it to see a larger version of my mug.

I had originally ordered it from an online dealer called "The Digital Dog" because they had a good price ($900) and claimed to have it in stock. Turns out that they lied about having it in stock. This appears to be a habit of their's, 'cause when I called up a few days later to their sales department, they claimed to have just gotten them in...but when I got transferred to customer service, the word, again was that it was out of stock but expected soon.

I wound up buying it from my local camera shop, Newtonville Camera (where I used to work) for not too much more.

June 10, 2000

I drove Tova to Cambridge, parked the car near Harvard Square, and rode up to Davis Square, Somerville to watch (and photograph) the penultimate stage of the American Cup criterium series. I think my 1916 Mead Ranger would have earned the "oldest bike" prize if they'd offered one.

I hadn't been to a bike race for quite a few years, and was struck by how much more colorful the sport has become. Used to be black shorts & white socks (mandatory) black or white helmets, black tires, silver or dark gray rims...no more! The start line of a modern race is a riot of color.

I took a bunch of digital photos, and have put them up on some free web space. See: http://sheldonbrown.com/racing/americancup

June 11, 2000

The final stage of the American Cup series started around Noon at Harvard Square. I almost missed it...Murphy strikes again!

I rode over on my fixed gear Raleigh Twenty. Along near the Publick Theatre, I stopped to use a handy porta potty...when I came out I had a flat front tire. To my chagrin, although I had a spare tube and a pump of sorts, it turned out that I had no wrench, and nutted hubs! I walked the bike on its rear wheel probably half a mile or a mile before I found somebody who had a wrench I could borrow to pull the wheel off and replace the tube. I pumped it up as much as I could with the little toy pump that came on the bike, and rode up to Harvard Square in time to see the last 10 laps of the race. After the finish, I had a nice chat with a group of Boston messengers on kewl fixed-gear bikes. We all admired one anothers' bikes. I borrowed a floor pump from the Pedros race support area, topped off my tire...but failed to check that it was properly seated. It wasn't, there was a low spot, so it went lump-lump-lump all the way home. Sure glad of the suspension fork!

The Davis Square Criterium photos have turned out to be quite popular...over 800 hits in the first 24 hours. I had announced the site on rec.bicycles.racing and .misc, as well as a couple of email lists.

June 12, 2000

I drove Tova to work in the rain, and, coming home, as I came up the front steps, I slipped and fell. I smashed into the banister with my right eye. I got a cut on my eyelid which bled profusely, and bent my glasses all out of shape. When people ask me how I got the shiner, I'm going with "an unsuccessful mugging attempt. [pause] If I'd known the old biddy had a left hook like that, I never would have messed with her!"

I got a spam from a site called: websmostlinked.com/, which provides a directory of domains that are most often linked to from other sites. I checked out sheldonbrown.com, and was gratified to discover that I rate #5590...out of 589755! That puts me in the top 1% on the whole Web! I've been tracking the visitors count lately, and am averaging about 1600-1700 per day to the main site. This week I had my 750,000th hit!

June 17, 2000

Book: Starfire, by Charles Sheffield, 1999

This is the sequel to Aftermath, in which half the population of the Earth was killed, and most modern technology destroyed by radiation from Alpha Centauri going supernova. 27 years later, the particle wave from the same explosion is about to hit, and will obliterate all life on the surface of the planet--unless the önew space-based electronic shield can be ready in time. Some of the same characters from Aftermath, along with some interesting new ones, most particularly a brilliant self-educated Australian Aborigine physicist. Recommended if you liked Aftermath.

Dropped Tova off in Harvard Square, tonight's her full-scale tryout for Magenta in Rocky Horror. Afterwards, I hung around Cambridge for a while myself taking photos with the new Nikon, getting the hang of using it after dark.

June 18, 2000

Fathers' Day. Harriet gave me the updated Photoshop 5.5, which has a number of new features designed to make it better for Web work. It also does automatic contact sheets, which should help a lot with keeping track of digital images now that I've got the Nikon 990. I'm sure glad I got a CD burner before the high-rez digital camera, because it does eat up storage at quite a rate.

I spent a few hours working on the Revels site, adding links to some of the new audio samples. There's still a lot to be done with this, but the company that's hosting the samples doesn't yet have all their ducks in a row...

In the late aftrnoon, George and his band played a concert at the Harvey Finstein School of Music. He did great! That's George on trombone on the right.

Swing Thing

Afterward, the whole family went out to Duckworth Lane for dinner and had a jolly old time.

Dinner at Duckworth Lane

June 19, 2000

After work, Sonny took the whole crew out to dinner at a nice Italian restaurant in Wellesley, calle "Pappa-Razzi's." A grand time was had by all.

I had selected and touched up some of the photos from Princess Ida a while back, but never got around to doing the HTML to put 'em on the Web. The new Photoshop has a nifty feature to automatically generate thumbnails and rudimentary Web pages. I ran the images through this feature, then touched up the HTML using my old standby, HTML/edit. The results are up at http://sheldonbrown.com/princessida00/

June 22, 2000

Off to Virginia! Arlene came over in the morning, and in the early afternoon she and George and I headed into town to pick Harriet up at Northeastern. A mostly smooth drive in the new van to College Park, Maryland, where we put up in an Econo Lodge. Arlene has Chelsea the Pug Dog with her...we snuck her in secreted in a pillowcase. Fortunately, Chelsea is a very quiet and biddable creature, so we pulled it off without detection.

June 23, 2000

Urbanna, Virginia, on the "Middle Peninsula." We're staying at "Sangraal-by-the-Sea" on the northern shore, a semi-rustic compound which sometimes serves as a Youth Hostel, other times as a conference center or... We had reserved the whole facility 5 years back for a big family reunion, but a cousin visited before the event, got into a dispute with the owners, and vetoed the choice. On that occasion, we wound going to Pawley's Island, South Carolina instead. We were unable, however, to get our Sangraal deposit refunded, so we're using it this year for a mini reunion, with my brother, sister, spouses and George.

Went for a 6 mile ride on the fixed-gear Raleigh Twenty, checking out the neighborhood. It's hot but breezy, and the closeness to the water makes it prety bearable. The terrain is rolling/flat, not a problem with the fixed gear.

Shortly after I returned, my brother, sister-in-law and brother-in-law arrived, bearing a large quantity of the most delicious, Brobdinagian blackberries.

June 24, 2000

Went for a longish swim in the Rappahanock, which was a bit on the shallow side, but otherwise pleasant...except for Harriet, who got a jellyfish sting on her leg.

We're not doing any cooking on this trip; Sangraal provides breakfast, and we go out to restauarants otherwise. The big local delicacy this time of year is soft-shell crabs, for those who like such things. Too creepy-looking for me, though. Urbanna has lots of nice places to eat, even for non-fans of seafood. It's a mostly victorian town, though it has some buildings going back to the mid-18th century.

image

Richard Brown & Marget Sands - George Brown - Mel Zellman & Arlene Eskilson - Harriet Fell & Sheldon Brown

June 25, 2000

Audio Book: Good Night, Mr. Holmes, by Carole Nelson Douglas 1990

In A Scandal in Bohemia, Sherlock Holmes meets and is outwitted by the extraordinary Irene Adler, the only woman ever to earn the respect of the rather misogynistic detective. We only get a brief glimpse of Adler in this short story, but Carole Nelson Douglas has filled in the gaps, and created Penelope Huxley to play Watson to Adler's Holmes. Most of the book is in Huxley's voice, but a few of the chapters are in Watson's. The audio rendition uses a woman for the Huxley chapters and a man for Watson. This was a quite entertaining diversion for the long drive down to Virginia and back.

This was our first major trip in the Chrysler. It was a generally pleasant trip, and the rear air conditioning was greatly appreciated, as were the reclining seats and the good sound system. I did most of the driving, but Harriet spelled me from time to time.

Back home, 1057 email messages waiting for me...

I've got some sort of weird rash running down the middle of my forehed, looks as if I'm turning into a Klingon. Started as a general surface soreness all along the left side of my forehead a week or more ago. The major eruption is probably related to that, but might be some sort of insect bites...time will tell. It's a bit itchy and generally tender.

June 26, 2000

Back to work. Rode to work bare-headed for a change. My helmet had not gotten unloaded from the car, and Tova drove to work before I noticed. Felt weird to ride without the helmet, even weirder to be without my rear-view mirror.

Picked up 3 new pairs of glasses. I've got a new pair of bifocals, with a stronger, but smaller magnifier section; a similar pair of polarized sunglasses, and a pair of computer glasses. They all use the same oval frames I got last time around, which I like very much.

June 27, 2000

Went to the doctor today for the rash on my forhead. Turns out to be shingles, a nasty sequel to chickenpox, fairly common among chicken pox veterans over 50. Should run its course in a few weeks, but there's some risk of eye or ear damage, also a possibility of months or years of chronic pain from "post herpetic neuralgia" if I'm unlucky. I've been put on an anitviral medicine, we'll see how it turns out...

June 28, 2000

Found a fairly cool bike in the trash, a French-made mixte frame Peugeot 3 speed, with 630 mm (27 inch) wheels. Not sure what I'll do with it yet...

June 29, 2000

Film (DVD) Prizzi's Honor 1985

This John Huston dircted Mafia comedy stars Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner as professional assassins in love. Not the best thing either has ever done, but entertaining. It is fun to watch DVD films on Harriet's Powerbook, though sometimes the sound gets out of synch.

June 30, 2000

Film (DVD) Driving Miss Daisy 1989

This is a nice, if bittersweet film set in Georgia over a period running from 1948 to sometime in the '70s. It deals with the relationship between a crusty old woman (Jessica Tandy) and her chauffeur (Morgan Freeman), race, religion, class... Highly recommended.

Harriet and I watched this side-by-side on her Powerbook, which was kinda fun but a bit awkward with the computer precariously balanced on her knees.

Spoke

Forward to:

July-August, 2000

Back to:
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

Spoke

The overall Booklist has been moved to a separate page.
Books reviewed on this page:
A Shred of HonorTom Connery5/28/00
Good Night, Mr. HolmesCarole Nelson Douglas6/25/00
The Rise of Silas LaphamWilliam Dean Howells5/29/00
Three Men on the BummelJerome K. Jerome5/25/00
StarfireCharles Sheffield6/17/00
Household GodsJudith Tarr & Harry Turtledove5/10/00
Life on the MississippiMark Twain5/8/00
Cinq Semaines en BallonJules Verne6/3/00
Click here for more Books

Films:
Analyze ThisJune 1, 2000
BesiegedAugust 24, 1999
The Big LebowskiJuly 31, 1999
Café au Lait (Metisse)July 30, 1999
Le Comte de Monte ChristoJuly 17, 1999
Cradle Will RockJune 3, 2000
Dancing at LughnasaJuly 3, 1999
Driving Miss DaisyJune 30, 2000
ElizabethNovember 25, 1998
Eyes Wide shutMay 13, 2000
Fear and Loathing in Las VegasJuly 6, 1999
Fight ClubDecember 10, 1999
Fortunes of WarJuly 11, 1999
Hilary and JackieJuly 18, 1999
Inspector GadgetAugust 22, 1999
Life is BeautifulJune 7, 2000
The MatrixMay 17, 2000
Meet Joe BlackAugust 4, 1999
A Midsummer Night's DreamOctober 9, 1999
A Midsummer Night's DreamDecember 6, 1999
Much Ado About NothingJuly 18, 1999
Lés MisérablesJanuary 15, 1999
Mrs. BrownMarch 6, 1999
La Nuit de VarennesJuly 5, 1999
Oh God!September 18, 1999
PleasantvilleNovember 25, 1998
Primary ColorsJanuary 17, 1999
Przzi's HonorJune 29, 2000
Saving Private RyanAugust 2, 1999
Shakespeare in LoveAugust 17, 1999
The Silence of the LambsSeptember 19, 1999
The Sixth SenseMay 19, 2000
Small Time CrooksJune 2, 2000
Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom MenaceJune 13, 1999
South ParkJune 13, 1999
Tea with MussoliniMay 12, 2000
The Thin Red LineDecember 5, 1999
Topsy TurvyFebruary 6, 2000
The Wild, Wild WestMay 17, 2000
Spoke

Music:
DatePerformersWork
June 18, 2000George and his band at Harvey Finstein School of Music
May 21, 2000Small Ensemble Concert--Newton North
April 29, 2000Spring Revels
April 22, 2000B.S.O., André Previn, Pamela FrankPrevin: Diversions; Barber: Violin Concerto; Mozart: Symphony #39
March 10, 2000Revels, Inc/Shakespeare & Co.The Mysteries
February 26, 2000B.S.O.,Seiji Ozawa, Christine Goerke, Ian Bostridge, Thomas QuasthoffBritten: War Requiem
February 19, 2000B.S.O., Bernard HaitinkMahler: Symphony #7
February 12, 2000George and his band at Harvey Finstein School of Music
January 29, 2000B.S.O., Sir Simon Rattle
Peter Donohoe, Piano
Dvorák: The Golden Spinning Wheel,
Bartók: Piano Concerto #1, Brahms: Symphony #2
January 8, 2000George on TromboneN.E. Regional Senior District Festival
December 19, 1999The Christmas Revels, CambridgeItalian Renaissance Revels
December 12, 1999Pierre Boulez, Met Opera (video)Wagner: Siegfried
November 19, 1999Matapat, Lexington
November 18, 1999Harvestfest, Newton North High SchoolSt. Sæns Danse Macabre
November 7, 1999M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, Iolanthe
November 4, 1999George and his band at Ryles, Cambridge
October 2, 1999B.S.O., Seiji Ozawa
Florence Quivar, Mezzo; Paula Delligatti, Sop.
Mahler, Symphony #2
September 29, 1999B.S.O., Seiji Ozawa,
Hildegarde Behrens, Soprano
Wagner: Tannhäauser, Götterdämmerung excerpts;
Strauss: Electra excerpt.
August 14, 1999M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, Crichton
July 24, 1999David Mallett
June 19, 1999The Publick TheatreGilbert & Sullivan The Yeomen of the Guard
April 13, 1999Harvey Finstein School of Music student groupsGeorge and Tova at Watch City Brewery
March 7, 1999Newton North High School Chorus and OrchestraMozart: Requiem, Symphony #38 ("Prague").
March 5, 1999Harvey Finstein School of Music student groupsGeorge and Tova in Jazz recital at Newton Congregational Church.
March 4, 1999Newton North High School various groups.
February 6, 1999B.S.O.,Seiji Ozawa,
Jacques Zoon (flute)
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande "Symphony"
Mozart: Flute Concerto #1 in G, K.313
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps.
January 30, 1999B.S.O., Robert Spano,
Andreas Haefliger (piano)
Lindberg: Arena
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #2
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela, Symphony #3
January 16, 1999B.S.O., Sir Simon Rattle,
Dawn Upshaw (sop.)
Knussen Flourish with Fireworks
Weir Natural History
Mahler Symphony #4
Schumann Piano Concerto
December 23, 1998The Christmas Revels, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge
December 12, 1998Caroling with Nym Cooke, Hardwick, Mass.
November 28, 1998B.S.O., Roberto Abbado,
Lief Ove Andsnes (piano)
Mahler Symphony #1
Schumann Piano Concerto
November 8, 1998M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado
Spoke

Plays:
May 30, 2000Kelsey Grammer/Colonial TheatreMacbeth
May 26, 2000The Huntington Theatre Co.King Hedley II
September 3, 1999The Publick TheatreNine
August 21, 1999Orange Tree Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y.Sonata
August 13, 1999Firehouse Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y.Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You
May 22-29Newton South/North High SchoolsRichard III
December 18, 1998Newton North High SchoolThe Bone Violin, May Flies
November 12, 1998Newton North High SchoolTo Kill a Mockingbird 052999
Spoke

Travels:
June 22-25, 2000Urbanna, Virginia
October 7-13, 1999Chicago/Evanston, Illinois
August 19-28, 1999Ithaca, New York
August 12-13, 1999Ithaca, New York
July 23-25, 1999Bridgeton, Maine
November 25-28, 1998Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1988-89France, England
1980Yucatan, Mexico
1975England, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Turkey

Sheldon Brown's Personal Pages
Books Boston My
Bicycles
My
Family
La Belle
France
Home
Page
My
Hotlists
Humor My
Journal
Misc. My
Music
My
Photography
Québec Radio

Spoke

Since November 8, 1998

Copyright © 2000, 2008 Sheldon Brown

Back to Sheldon Brown's Home Page

Updated Thursday, August 31, 2000

If you would like to make a link or bookmark to this page, the URL is:
http://sheldonbrown.org/journal

../blank