5 Napkin Burger’s Lunch Box is Here–a Great Special

(ilovetheupperwestside.com) For $9.75, now totally reasonable for a mid-day meal, you can get a really good special at Five Napkin Burger (Upper West Side and Union Square–check your own location). This neighborhood hangout replacing the beloved Ollie’s has quickly become a local favorite and you have to choose your time to come in. Weekday lunch…

Handel’s Alcina at Carnegie Hall–Joyce DiDonato and Alice Coote Shine

It was Sunday afternoon at Carnegie Hall and the English Concert led by Harry Bicket gleamed as they dug into the rarely performed Handel masterwork, Alcina, in concert version. The small orchestra using mostly modern instruments, but also including the six-foot long lute called the theorbo, (flickr.com) played in today’s Handel manner, that is to…

Mozart and Mahler at Carnegie Hall–A Different Viewpoint

Hi Everyone, My guest blogger this week is my son, Simon, whose film criticism can be seen at curnblog.com and whose blog can be viewed at Skip and Setter’s Cinema Blogishkeit cinemablogishkeit.com and whose opinions have always been and will always be inimitably his own. He also took some really great pix. Thank you, Simon!…