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October 24, 2000

Music: Leon Rosselson at Johnny D's in Somerville

Songwriter/singer Leon Rosselson stopped by on his 4th farewell US tour, and flogging his new disc. Best known for The World Turned Upside Down, his 2 sets were a mixture of quirky humourous songs and quirky, but deeply felt songs on social/political themes. It was a fine show.

October 29, 2000

Book: Saturn's Race, by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes, 2000

More good "hard" science fiction, set 20 years into the future. Bioengineering has progressed to the point where virtual immortality seems possible, but continued population growth has rendered it a deeply held secret of the "council" who rule a high-tech nation based on floating island-cities. A mysterious indicidual or entity called "Saturn" has attempted to solve this problem by distributing an AIDS vaccine with the secret side effect that users' female children will be rendered infertile. Now the first generation of infertile Third World females are reaching maturity and the plot is revealed... This is a good one, as one might expect from Larry Niven's franchise.

Some clever people have set up a Web site to match voters, The idea is to enlist Nader supporters from states where the election is expected to be close, and Gore supporters from states that are in the bag for one or the other candidate, and have them swap votes!

Massachusetts is for sure going to go Democratic, as always, so my vote can't possibly help Gore. I've been paired up with a Nader supporter from Michigan, a key battleground state. I'll switch my vote from Gore to Nader, and she'll switch hers from Nader to Gore. This improves the chance of Gore carrying Michigan, and my Nader vote counts toward getting Nader over the 5% threshhold to qualify for matching funds in '04!

November 2, 2000

Concert: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach.

This fine concert began with Mozart's Piano Concerto #23, with Eschenbach conducting from the piano. I don't recall ever seeing this trick performed, it was neat to watch. While I'm not a Mozart fan, this was pretty enjoyable.

The main course was the Mahler Symphony #5, and it was a very fine performance indeed.

I'd never seen Eschenbach before...he reminds me of "Dr. Evil" in the Austin Powers movie, with his zip-up black jacket and bald head.

Went to GMA and saw a dermatologist. got a bunch of skin tags frozen off, and got rid of the blackhead on my left eylid. Also got a flu shot.

November 3, 2000

Film (video) The Talented Mr. Ripley by Anthony Minghella, 1999

This was a fascinating story, mostly set in Italy in the late '50s. Matt Damon plays a penniless piano tuner who passes himself off as a member of the elite, and becomes embroiled in a very complicated imposture of a ne'er-do-well playboy. Highly recommended.

November 6, 2000

With the presidential election looming, I've been foregoing my usual revolving .sig quotes in newsgroup and listserv postings, in favor of a .sig that favors the election of Gore. The latest version is:

|  West Coast Nader fans:  Please vote late in the day.   |
|  Your vote may turn out to be crucial, and the early,   |
|  returns from the east should make this clear.          |
This elicited a rather intemperate response from on under the subject heading: "Be a f***ing "party doll" like Sheldon Brown!". I've refrained from responding, partly because it would be off-topic, and partly because I see no value getting embroiled in such an exchange. It was gratifying to see how many people jumped to my defense. It has become a major thread, though lately it has morphed into a more generalized Gore/vs/Bush/vs/Nader thread. Close to 70 postings so far!

November 7, 2000

Film: (video) Titus, by Julie Taymor 1999

This horrible film is based on Shakespeare's horrible play, Titus Andronicus. Set in ancient Roman times, it is so full of cruelty, murder and mayhem that it makes I, Claudius look like a Disney production by comparison.

The film is well made, well acted and has interesting costumes and sets, but it's still horrible, horrible, horrible!

As promised, I voted for Nader, in exchange for a woman in Michigan voting for Gore. He carried Michigan, so I guess it was a good thing.

November 8, 2000

Wow! I'm as freaked out as the rest of the world over the hung election. What a trip! I sure hope Florida comes through for Gore.

November 10, 2000

Film: (video) 2 Secondes by Manon Briand 1998

This was recommended by somebody on the BOB list as being the best bicycle film since Breaking Away, and I'd have to agree, even if it does involve (yuck!) downhill racing. The protagonist is a 10 year veteran of the women's MTB racing scene, who is forced into retirement after a 2 second hesitation at the start of the Kamikaze downhill costs her a win.

She moves back to her brother's apartment in Montréal and becomes a courier. Much of the best part of the film involves her interaction with a crusty Italian bike racer turned bike shop owner.

The film maker clearly knows bicycles. It is neat how the Laurie, having lost her 11 tooth sprocket in transit uses a zip tie to replace it so she can get her cassette to stay in place. Unfortunately, the subtitlers were less savy, translating "roue-libre" as "flywheel" and not knowing the difference between a wheel and a tire, but that's a minor enough quibble.

There's a pervading issue of the relativity of time, which is alluded to from many different angles during the course of the film. Highly recommended.

November 11, 2000

George's band played at Ryles again this afternoon. They did fine, but, unfortunately, I didn't have enough charge in my camcorder battery to get more than the first few minutes. D'oh!

Film (video) Not One Less by Zhang Limou, 1999

This Chinese film features a 13-year-old primary school student from a dirt-poor Chinese village who is hired as a substitute teacher in another village that is too poor to even afford dirt. She's as clueless as you'd expect a 13 year old to be, but does her best.

Then the class troublemaker runs away to the Big City, and she sets off to try to find him.

Sometimes this film moves a bit slowly, but it is interesting and inspiring. Recommended.

November 12, 2000

Harriet's off to Washington DC for a conference, so George and I are batching it for a while.

November 14, 2000

Tova has decided to quit Cornell, so I drive out to pick her up. Harriet's off in D.C. at a conference, and George has important rehearsals, I go alone, listening to:

Book: (audio) The General, by C.S.Forester, 1936

Herbert Curzon is a cavalry subaltern in the Boer war. Lost in the confusion of battle, he blunders his way around the Boer flank with his squadron, and finds himself in perfect position to attack a major Boer position from the rear. His squadron charges at the perfect moment to turn the tide, as British infantry is attacking the front. Curzon is a hero, and his military carreer is well on its way. He is tireless and energetic, loyal and obedient to his superiors, and never rocks the boat. He is generally regarded as an excellent, despite a total lack of imagination or originality.

Then comes "The Great War" and Curzon is ready for it. He is a master of traditional cavalry tactics, and can hardly wait to lead his regiment in glorious sabre charges against the Enemy. While lesser officers whinge that the machine gun and barbed wire have fundamentally changed warfare, he's not buying any of that tommyrot. Even his own regiment's machine-gun officer is assigned that degrading duty only because he's the worst horseman in the regiment.

His superiors appreciate his stolid, uncomplaining willingness to hold his position no matter how many of his men neeed to die to hold it. Combining his martial qualities with luck, and marriage to the only daughter of a politically active duke, he rises ultimately to the exalted rank of lieutenant general. While he reluctantly makes the transition from cavalry to infantry, he still has no use for modern gadgets like tanks. He knows that there's no substitute for good old frontal attacks, and is comforted by the belief that even more Germans are dying and being maimed than his own troops.

This very dark novel is a warning against the military mindset that tends to always be fighting the last war... Richard Brown reads this Books on Tape production in an appropriately stiff manner, with an appropriate British accent.

November 15, 2000

Driving back from Ithaca with Tova, we listen to:

Book: (audio) Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein, 1956

Both of us have read this before; in my case, probably half a dozen times, most recently February 1999. I'd have to rate this as one of the top 3 or 4 masterpieces Heinlein ever wrote.

The year is 2015. Lorenzo Smythe is a hack actor, a social parasite with delusions of grandeur. Joseph Bonforte is the greatest statesman in the Solar System, head of the loyal opposition while his Expansionist party is out of power. When Bonforte is kidnaped, his loyal staff enlists Smythe to impersonate him for vital political reasons. Through the course of the novel, Smythe is gradually transformed into Bonforte.

Double Star has many points to make about life, truth, duty, politics and the theatre. I first read this, I believe, when I was in junior high school in the late '50s, and it had a very great effect on me. Most of what I know about the workings of a parliamentary democracy I first learned from Double Star. I can't recommend this highly enough, even to readers who don't think they like science fiction.

Lloyd James does a fine job in the Blackstone Audio version.

November 16, 2000

Concert: Harvestfest, Newton North High School.

This was a good one, lots of good music, mostly pretty well performed. George played baritone with the orchestra, the wind ensemble and the symphonic band.

November 18, 2000

Operetta: The Sorceror by Gilbert & Sullivan, M.I.T.

This is far from my favorite of the G & S operettas, but enjoyable none the less. This production was done in modern dress, which I normally don't care for--but in this case it makes sense. A good deal of the humor of the piece comes from the juxtaposition of sorcery with the ordinary workaday world, so the more prosaic modern dress works. J.W. Wells was done as a bit of a take off on Bill Gates, and the big patter number, "My name is J. Wellington Wells" was done as a PowerPoint presentation, to great enjoyment.

I took a bunch of photos with the Coolpix, and 90 of them may be seen at:

November 21, 2000

Fly to Ft. Lauderdale for Thanksgiving.

Book: Promise of Glory, a novel of Antietam by C.N. Moreau, 2000

A fictional treatment of the Battle of Antietam/Sharpsburg. This caught my eye in the library, particularly as my great-great grandfather Oliver Bliss (my only ancestor who fought in the War of the Rebellion) saw his only action there. His younger brother, John Bliss was listed as "missing in action" at the same battle, and was presumably killed there.

Since this is a work of fiction, the author is able to ascribe words and thoughts to Lee, Longstreet, Hill, Hooker, Burnside, McClellan and others. The book is very well written, and appears to give a lot of the feel of battle. I can't say I enjoyed it, though.

November 25, 2000

Flew back home from Florida at the ghastly hour of 8:00 AM.

In the evening, Harriet and I drove out to Lowell for my Cambodian foster-nephew's wedding reception. The actual wedding, in the an abbreviated version of the traditional Cambodian style, had been going on for two days. (Back in the Old Country, I'm told, it takes 3 days.)

It was quite a large affair, roughly 400 guests, probably 95% Cambodian. There was a Cambodian rock band playing much too loudly, unfortunately, which made conversation difficult. Nevertheless, a good time was had by all. I took a bunch of photos, which I've put on the Web at:

November 26, 2000

Book: Down in the Bottomlands by Harry Turtledove, 1999

This is actually a collection of 3 novellas. Down in the Bottomlands envisions an alternate present in which the Mediterranean basin is dry, there is no Strait of Gibraltar...but terrorists have planted a nuke on a fault with a view toward opening up the Pillars of Hercules and letting the Atlantic flood on in. It is largely in the form of a whodunit, but, like other Turtledove, is entertaining and interesting.

The second novella is L. Sprague de Camp's 1940 The Wheels of If, an early milestone of the alternate history genre. The protagonist, Allister Park, is a New York assistant DA. He is transported to an alternate 1940 in which Celtified Vikings set up a successful colony in America, but, since they didn't have a huge technological edge, they never subjugated the natives. "Vinland" encompasses the northeastern US and parts of Canada, with its capitol at New Belfast (our New York.) Park wakes up in the body of a Celtic Christian bishop, and uses his sophisticated political skills to rise to an even higher position.

The Pugnacious Prosecutor is Turtledove's sequel to The Wheels of If. It is a worthy addition, with Park serving as a mediator in a religious war betwen the Inca descendents of Peru and the Muslim rulers of Brazil. Highly recommended for alternate-history fans.

A while back I wrote an article for Adventure Cyclist on the topic of frame materials, but the editor didn't think it was a good fit for the magazine. I've re-worked it into a new Web article on Bicycle Frame Materials.

December 1, 2000

Film: (video) X-Men by Bryan Singer, 2000

I don't have high expectations for films based on comic books, but good reviews and Patrick Stewart's credibility induced me to rent it. It was all-in-all, fun.

The November 27 issue of The New Yorker was an unusully excellent edition. Talk of the Town led off with a report on the Florida election debacle that was an absolute tour de force of fine prose by Louis Menard. There was also a fascinating article on the developments in GPS and likely spin-offs that we may be seeing in the relatively near future.

December 2, 2000

Our 21st wedding anniversary! The whole family went out to Hardwick, Mass. to sing Christmas songs with Nym Cooke, an annual treat. As usual, we were seated in a square, "Sacred Harp" style, separated by voice range. Harriet sings with the tenors. Tova slides back and forth between the alto and soprano section, George and I are Basses.

Both kids had solos in "Miss Hooligan's Christmas Cake." Tova was splendid as usual. At 17 George's voice has matured, this was the first time I've heard him sing a solo in public. He did a quite creditable job, though the part was really written for a tenor, and he couldn't hit the high notes.

In the evening, we went over to Charlestown to see my sister Arlene and her grandchildren, Nicholas and Lucy. Had a yummy ham dinner, played with the kids. Arlene redressed an ancient injustice:

One Christmas, probably when I was 7 or 8, I was given the coolest present, a pump action gun that shot ping-pong balls. I was very much into toy guns as a kid, and this was a spectacularly desirable present. Being the youngest, I had to go to bed earlier than the rest of the family. We had a nifty revolving Christmas tree stand that my father had made, so our big tree would slowly revolve with the lights flashing and all. After I went to bed, my father and my big brother used the tree for target practice with my ping-pong ball gun, breaking several glass ornaments. My mother was furious, and the ping-pong ball gun was caused to disappear, never to be seen again. It was MINE, but I NEVER got a chance to play with it, and was punished for the wrongdoing of my elders!

It's all better now, however, because Arlene gave me a similar ping-pong ball gun as an early Christmas present!

December 3, 2000

We finally replaced our old 20 inch Toshiba TV, which has had a poor, dark picture for quite a while. Harriet and I got together on a cool 32 inch Trinitron as a combination anniversary/Christmas present to one another.

The first thing we watched was The John Lennon Story on NBC. Not a great film, but a great subject. This mostly covered the same ground as Back Beat.

Well, actually, before that we watched The Simpsons and Malcolm in the Middle. We've always liked The Simpsons, though we're not as rabid about it as hithertofore. Malcolm in the Middle, however, is currently sharing top place in our comedy pantheon with Third Rock from the Sun. The whole familiy loves these hilarious shows.


December 7, 2000

The "Party Doll" thread continues, a month later. Someone did a search and found some 367 postings! Sheeesh!

December 8, 2000

Thoughts on the U.S. Constitution

What is it about the number 2 that makes for bad amendments? My 2 least favorite amendments are #2 and #22.

Actually, the second amendment wouldn't be so bad if it were interpreted properly. I have no objection to allowing law-abiding citizens to keep and bear black-powder flintlock muskets. The interpretations that would extend the second amendment to apply to 21st century death technology, however make no sense to me. If the second amendment protects the right to own and carry high-tech weaponry, then the first amendment should prohibit all regulation of radio/tv broadcasting, which is, after all, nothing but a technologically augmented form of speech.

The 22nd amendment, restricting the president to two terms, seems as foolish and anti-democratic as other term-limit legislation. Would we really have been better off if Roosevelt had been kicked out in 1940? I don't think so! I'm going to be sorry to see Clinton go, whoever replaces him, and wish this anti-democratic amendment didn't exist to prevent his re-election.

December 9, 2000

Mini-series: Frank Herbert's Dune, John Harrison, 2000

This was a pretty good adaptation, considering the difficulties involved. The effects were good, and mostly reasonably true to the book. The characters could have used a bit more charisma. Certainly this was better than the previous theatrical version (although that version did have one standout performacne...Sting's Feyd-Rautha was absolutely splendid.)

This is an old favorite of mine, I've read it 2 or 3 times, as well as most of the sequels. Seeing this film made me want to read it again and bask in the wonderful details and subtleties that couldn't fit onto the screen in a mere 6 hours.

December 10, 2000

Small Ensemble Concert, Newton North High School

George played baritone with the Wind Ensemble, and very well indeed. This time I remembered to charge the battery to my camcorder, got good video, mostly close-up of George.

December 12, 2000

Today, my French-idiom-a-day calendar has "se coller," literally, "to glue oneself," as synonym for "flunk." I love this metaphor!

The French get a great deal of mileage out of the word "col," meaning "glue." I guess the flunkee is "glued" to the current class, thus preventing advancement.

Stockings are called "collants" because they appear to be glued to the legs. My favorite variation, however is "decoller", to take off, as in an airplane or a rocket launch. The vehicle "unglues" itself from the Earth!

While I'm on the subject of French, here are 3 similar words for similar objects: "parasol," "parapluie," "parachute." The prefix "para" indicates opposition or protection against.

A parasol is to protect you from the sun (sol.) A "parapluie" (which we call by the Italian name "umbrella" = "little shadow") protects you from the rain (pluie.) The French word "chute" means a crash, a fall. Thus, a parachute gets its name from its function to protect you from a crash.

December 14, 2000

The Christmas Revels, Dress Rehearsal

Great show this year (surprise surprise!) The 2000 version is on an early-American theme, a mixture of Appalacian and African-American stuff. My favorite number was Janice Allen singing "Children Go Where I Send The" While the teenagers acted out the parts.

It's interesting that the Revels formerly had a policy of not casting teenagers, for fear they'd be too disruptive. I helped to break this policy a few years ago when Tova had been turned down on those grounds and I remonstrated. Subsequently, they've added a teenage dance group to several recent Chrismas shows, and they've been a very big hit.

I had the best seat in the house, because my main reason for going to the dress rehearsal was to take an iPix photo of the show and, particularly of Sanders Theatre. Here it is:

Click this image for a full 360 degree iPix spherical panorama of Sanders Theatre.

December 16, 2000

Film: (DVD) Gladiator, by Ridley Scott, 2000

This was a nice exercise in special effects and cool computer graphics, re-creating the second century AD. The story took predictably many liberties with actual history.

Watching this film inspired me to search for some more factual information, serendipitously introducing me to a great Web site with bios of most of the important Roman Emperors.

December 22, 2000

Film: (DVD) The Winslow Boy, by David Mamet 1999

A nicely-done, fact-based period piece, set in England, shortly before The Great War. A 13 year-old naval cadet is cashiered for allegedly stealing 5 shillings. His upper-middle-class family moves heaven and earth to get him cleared, sacrificing most of what they hold dear in the process. It's well-done throughout, and I particularly liked the ending. Nigel Hawthorne as the paterfamilias and Rebecca Pidgeon as the sister were standouts.

December 23, 2000

Opera: (DVD) Tannhäuser San Carlo Theatre, Naples

I've long been a fan of the Ring cycle and Die Meistersinger, but don't particularly know Wagner's other operas. I didn't much enjoy this one. It's central theme is that sex is evil, but god forgives us for it if we undergo enough pain. Some of the music was enjoyable, but most of it was rather lugubrious for my taste.

I was not well impressed with this production, either. The singing was good, but that's about it. The acting was mostly pretty wooden. The costumes were ridiculous (all white except for Venus, who was in red) featuring long diaphanous capes for all hands, with a wind machine to make them billow. Everybody but Heinrich had some sort of goofy headger; he just had a poor toupée.

The theater was a gorgeous traditional European opera house, all gold leaf and baroque frou-frou--but the stage was as bare as some off-Broadway black box. The minstrels carried ludicrous looking "harps" made out of plumbing pipe with slack wires strung inside them. I realize that stage sets probably got pretty overwrought a few decades ago, and these bare-stage productions were probably a welcome change of pace when the fad started--but, for me, it's getting old. I'm strongly suspicious that, while the directors and producers probably pay lip service to it as a way of "not getting in the way of the music" or whatever, the fact that it is much cheaper to not have a real set probably enters into it. I wonder what Wagner would think to see his operas staged this way.

On a bit of a whim, I've put three of my articles up in .pdb format for download to Palm-compatible PDAs. It's not clear to me if there's actually any demand for this format, so I'll wait to see how the reaction is before I go to the trouble of converting any more.

December 24, 2000

I got some positive feedback on the PDA versions, so I added my Bicycle Glossary to my list of PDA-compatible articles.

Film: (video) Independence Day, by Roland Emmerich 1996

We actually own a store-bought VHS video of this, bought mainly 'cause Tova used to have a crush on Jeff Goldblum. The film is great fun, lots of good hooks.

December 25, 2000

A nice, quiet Christmas. Actually got to sleep in 'til 9. Opened presents, added my Vintage Lightweight Price Guide to my list of PDA-compatible articles.

Had a nice leg-of-lamb dinner. Went over to the Kittredges for dessert afterward, mmmm...plum pudding! Came home and watched:

Film: (TV) It's A Wonderful Life, by Frank Capra, 1947

It's been a while since I watched a movie on TV in real time, but it seemed like a nice Christmassy thing to do. Unfortunately there was some basketball game that ran over, and, it turned out that they just ran the basketball over the beginning of the film. Lots and lots of commercials. I don't plan on watching any more real-time movie broadcasts again anytime soon.

I'd forgotten what a nice film this is, even chopped up on TV.

December 27, 2000

Christmas Revels

I had already seen the dress rehearsal, but this time I brought the family to an actual performance. It was as good as I remebered.

Film (DVD) The Perfect Storm by Wolfgang Petersen, 2000

This was a good one! Emotionally gripping, great special effects, felt real. My respect for the Coast Guard went up several notches, which I wouldn't have thought possible, because this has always been my favorite military branch.

December 29, 2000

Film (DVD) A Civil Action by Steven Zaillian 1999

This was a pretty good, if gloomy fact-based film, dealing with groundwater pollution in Woburn, Massachusetts and the ensuing cancer cluster. Robert Duval is great as a brahmin lawyer who appears senile--but don't let your guard down! Who would have thought that John "Saturday Night Fever" Travolta would have developed into such a fine actor?

December 30, 2000

Film (DVD) Love's Labour's Lost by Kenneth Branagh, 2000

I saw this in the theatre back in July, loved it then, and bought the DVD as soon as it became available. It's as wonderful as I had remembered.

December 31, 2000

Book: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, 1998

My sister gave me this updated version of the Odyssey, set in 1864. Our Wily Odysseus is Inman a wounded rebel veteran who deserts as his neck wound heals, rather than go back to the war. "Penelope" is Ada, over-educated, citified daughter of a preacher, stranded in the deep boondocks of Cold Mountain.

This is a very fine and beautiful book indeed, and really has the ring of truth in its descriptions of the hard life of the wartime Confederacy, as Inman tries to make it home to Ada, traveling mostly by night to avoid capture by the Home Guard. Ada, unprepared for country life without servants after the death of her father, struggles to survive with the help of Ruby, an energetic orphan wise in the ways of country life.

This is a wonderful book, full of incident and character, birds, plants, landscapes. It gives a feel for the realities of 19th century coutry life and the constant struggle to survive in a low-tech world. Very highly recommended.

Well, 2000 has been a pretty good year, all in all. We're all happy and healthy. If 2001 is no worse, we'll have no complaints.

Film (DVD) Love and Death, by Woody Allen 1975

I've seen this hilarious send-up of Russian literature in general and War and Peace in particular before, but I'd forgotten how funny it was. Just for added chuckles (and practice) I turned on the French subtitles. I did catch one error, when the subtitle said "fusil" (rifle) when it should have been "pistolet" (pistol.)

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The overall Booklist has been moved to a separate page.
Books reviewed on this page:
The GeneralC.S.Forester11/14/00
Cold MountainCharles Frazier12/31/00
Double StarRobert A. Heinlein11/15/00
Promise of GloryC. X. Moreau11/21/00
Down in the BottomlandsHarry Turtledove & L.Sprague de Camp11/26/00

2 SecondesNovember 10, 2000
All About My MotherOctober 6, 2000
Analyze ThisJune 1, 2000
BesiegedAugust 24, 1999
The Big LebowskiJuly 31, 1999
Café au Lait (Metisse)July 30, 1999
A Civil ActionDecember 29, 2000
Le Comte de Monte ChristoJuly 17, 1999
Cradle Will RockJune 3, 2000
Dancing at LughnasaJuly 3, 1999
Driving Miss DaisyJune 30, 2000
DuneDecember 8, 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
Girl, InterruptedJuly 4, 2000
GladiatorDecember 16, 2000
High FidelitySeptember 22, 2000
Hilary and JackieJuly 18, 1999
Independence DayDecember 24, 2000
Inspector GadgetAugust 22, 1999
It's A Wonderful LifeDecember 25, 2000
Life is BeautifulJune 7, 2000
Love and DeathDecember 31, 2000
Love's Labour's LostJuly 22, 2000
December 30, 2000
The MatrixMay 17, 2000
Meet Joe BlackAugust 4, 1999
A Midsummer Night's DreamOctober 9, 1999
A Midsummer Night's DreamDecember 6, 1999
Mission to MarsSeptember 23, 2000
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
One, Two, ThreeSeptember 13, 2000
The Perfect StormDecember 27, 2000
PleasantvilleNovember 25, 1998
Planet of the ApesAugust 30, 2000
Primary ColorsJanuary 17, 1999
Princess MononokeOctober 22, 2000
Przzi's HonorJune 29, 2000
The Rocky Horror Picture ShowJuly 30, 2000
Saving Private RyanAugust 2, 1999
Shakespeare in LoveAugust 17, 1999
ShineOctober 14, 2000
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 ParkDecember 5, 1999
The Talented Mr. RipleyNovember 3, 2000
Tea with MussoliniMay 12, 2000
The Thin Red LineDecember 5, 1999
TitusNovember 7, 2000
Topsy TurvyFebruary 6, 2000
September 25, 2000
U-571October 21, 2000
The Wild, Wild WestMay 17, 2000
The Winslow BoyDecember 22, 2000
X-MenDecember 1, 2000

December 27, 2000The Christmas Revels, CambridgeAppalchian/African-American Revels
December 23, 2000San Carlo Opera (DVD)Wagner, Tannhäuser
November 18, 2000M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, The Sorceror
November 16, 2000Harvestfest, Newton North High School
November 2, 2000B.S.O., Christoph EschenbachMozart: Piano Concerto #23; Mahler Symphony #5
October 24, 2000Leon RosselsonJohnny D's
October 7, 2000The Savoy-AiresGilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado
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: Tannhäuser, 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

September 30, 2000Tova/Black Box Theatre, Cornell UniversityThe Maids-Jean Genet
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

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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
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1980Yucatan, Mexico
1975England, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Turkey

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