Mayhem at the Met–a New Tenor Arrives and 4,000 People Scream

If you always thought opera was a kind of orderly art form patronized only by the well bred, you haven’t been there recently. I’m not speaking of the oranges thrown by patrons angered by a certain soprano’s failings at La Scala, but rather the Yankee stadium-style yells that broke out at the end of Javier…

A Trip to the Unknown: Wandering Through the National Academy Museum

I bet you’ve never been here, but I could be wrong–I often am–at least, I never was there. On Fifth Avenue, between two giants: the Guggenheim and the Cooper Hewitt (currently undergoing some much needed restoration of its 110-year old building) the National Academy Museum is housed in a Beaux-Arts townhouse formerly the home of…

It’s Lunchtime–Do You Know Where Your Prix Fixe Buys Are?

If you enjoy eating out–and it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t–but hate paying dinner prices–here’s a not-so-revolutionary idea: try eating lunch out.  Of course lunch out in New York can mean a variety of things—the flatiron lunch, for example– (Source: midtownlunch.com) or a favorite food truck (Source: midtownlunch.com) or taking some time out to…

Passover Goodies and Other Enjoyments of the Season

As the night of the first Seder moves towards us, we being to think deeply about the meaning of the holiday–slavery and freedom–that is, some of us do. Others of us are mostly wondering who is coming and how many is she bringing, who is not coming and why not, (Source: dryblonesblog.blogspot.com) how many chairs…