Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
“My work to this day revolves around a simple set of circumstances: fire, molten glass, human breath, spontaneity, centrifugal force and gravity.” - Dale Chihuly
Thursday, May 17, 2007
"Few stars can make a banquet out of table scraps as Ms. Lansbury does." - The New York Times
For the ASSOCIATED PRESS, Michael Kuchwara wrote "-Terrence McNally's "Deuce" is a wisp of a play, more a conversation between two old friends than a full evening of theater. But if you are going to listen to two people talk, it helps to have the chatter delivered by the heavenly Angela Lansbury and the equally celestial Marian Seldes."
For VARIETY, David Rooney writes that "It's standard-issue benevolence, with both theater critics and fans, to describe thesps who continue working long after they receive their AARP cards with terms like "national treasure" or "theater royalty," or with adjectives such as "cherished" or "beloved." Cliche or not, that language is unavoidable when confronted with the redoubtable team of Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes, bringing their wit, wisdom and ineffable class to Terrence McNally's slender trifle, "Deuce." The comedy began life as a playlet written for a benefit and, even as a 95-minute one-act, shows its stretch marks. But anyone with a deep affection for the theater won't want to miss these rare birds bantering."
For NEWSDAY, Linda Winer writes that ""Deuce," which opened Sunday night at the Music Box, is not nearly the disaster howled about for weeks by the Internet chatterers. What it is, alas, is dull. There are definite pleasures in watching these beloved actresses trying to persuade us -- and themselves? -- to be fascinated and touched by the reunion of two aging tennis champions being honored at the U.S. Open.But it would be patronizing to these formidable women to pretend they don't seem wedged into a vehicle too flimsy for their muscle."
Clive Barnes in the NEW YORK POST writes that "It's a short but long haul - no intermission, so no one's inclined to leave - and Lansbury and Seldes go at it with such endearing professionalism and wondrous skill, that their mighty efforts to make a house not just without bricks but even without straw are truly admirable."
Elysa Gardner in USA TODAY writes that "Watching the leading ladies try to breathe life and wit into these near-caricatures, you're torn between marveling at the actresses' transcendent grace and wondering what led them — particularly the long-absent Lansbury — to take on this project. Perhaps they expected more from McNally, a prolific and generally endearing writer; in that case, many theatergoers will surely empathize."
Ben Brantley writes in the NEW YORK TIMES that "Though she rarely moves from her chair in “Deuce,” she still makes you believe Leona pulses with a defiant élan vital that only death could still. You know what Midge means when she says of Leona, “She doesn’t look, she devours.” When an actress, no matter her age, convincingly conveys that appetite for life, an audience repays her with similarly voracious attention. Few stars can make a banquet out of table scraps as Ms. Lansbury does."
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
SOHO is an acronym for SOuth of HOuston (pronounced "how-stun") Street. This eclectic neighborhood in lower
Monday, May 7, 2007
Yesterday, May 6th marked the 30th anniversary of the Bike Tour through the five boroughs of New York City. Thirty thousand bicyclists, young and old, new to biking and expert cyclists rode 42 traffic-free miles of the urban landscape. For these cyclists there's no better way to see New York than biking through dozens of neighborhoods and crossing scenic bridges. The journey started in Lower Manhattan, headed north through the heart of Manhattan to Central Park and continued on to historic Harlem and the Bronx, returning south along the East River on the FDR Drive. From there they crossed into Queens and then Brooklyn, where cyclists took over the highway before making the thrilling climb up--and down--the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Staten Island. The Tour ended with a celebratory Festival at Fort Wadsworth in Gateway National Recreation Area on Staten Island. Thirty years ago, American Youth Hostels encouraged people to cycle for years--in the early days of hosteling, young people were expected to cycle or hike from hostel to hostel! Eric Prager was commissioned by the NYC Board of Education to create a bicycle safety program. One of Eric's co-workers was Sal Cirami. Sal worked for the school lunch program and was also an AYH Bicycle Committee leader. The two met by chance, and a brief conversation resulted in Sal inviting Eric to the next monthly Bike Committee meeting. Eric outlined his plans for his bicycle safety program at that February meeting. Thus, the "Five Boro Challenge" was born. The tour became very popular and got bigger and bigger over the years. (Bike Tour route information from http://www.bikenewyork.org/)
Saturday, May 5, 2007
In conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival, American Express sponsored the Family Festival yesterday along Greenwich Street betwen North Moore and Duane Streets. Families and children were treated to a number of street fair attractions and services, games, food, live performances, storytelling, a DJ, and family entertainment with interactive opportunities. Kids were able to dress up like a big time film director, get a taste of the spotlight, walk the red carpet or star in their own movie poster. There were numerous street performers in colorful costumes like the one shown in the pictures above. Looking very pretty in pink, this performer entertained kids and their parents as well.
Friday, May 4, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
“Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” oil on canvas by Françoise Gilot, 1999, now part of my art collection
At 21, Françoise met Spanish painter Pablo Picasso and would ultimately raise both their children, Claude and Paloma. Their relationship which lasted from 1944 through 1953 is the subject of a Merchant-Ivory movie, “Surviving Picasso.” The passionate drama tells the story of Françoise, "the only lover of Picasso (played by Anthony Hopkins) who was strong enough to withstand his ferocious cruelty and move on with her life." Eleven years after their separation Françoise wrote “Life with Picasso,” a book that sold over a million copies in dozens of languages. She also authored other books including “Matisse and Picasso: a Friendship in Art.” In 1955, she married Luc Simon but they separated in 1961. Nine years later, Françoise married renowned scientist and polio vaccine pioneer, Dr. Jonas Salk in Paris who died in 1995. At 86, Françoise continues to paint and express her thoughts on nature, time, symbols and signs.