The Imitation Game–Finally

I’ve seen many versions of Alan Turing’s story, including the very fine play, Breaking the Code with Derek Jacobi, (poptechjam.com) later made into a BBC movie, and a more recent excellent documentary, Codebreaker. Most of them focused on how the establishment treated his homosexuality with chemical castration, leading to his tragic suicide. None of them…

Paint Your Wagon a Smash Hit–See it at Encores! Fast

When you wake up singing one of the songs from a musical, you know it has registered in your deep musical memory. This morning, I woke up with “I Was Born Under a Wand’rin’ Star” ringing in my head and Rory with “Maria” in his. These two wonderful songs are from a Lerner and Loewe…

Destination Diners

When hungry for just a good whatever meal, knowing New Yorkers head for a diner, one of thousands throughout the city. (Metro Diner) These all-around-fare coffee shops (in the old sense–a plain cup of coffee not a Starbucks mega-fancy cup) offer encyclopedic menus covering the ethnic (usually a smattering of Greek, Italian (Metro Diner–spaghetti and…

Studio Museum in Harlem–Just the Right Size

If you haven’t been to this little gem of a museum, set aside a day to do so–(maybe the same day you eat lunch at Red Rooster around the corner). (studiomuseum.org) A stunning building re-designed by the late Max Bond, its five floors provide just enough wall space to display several artists’ work–just enough to…

OK, So I Wandered Into the Wrong Movie: Kingsman: the Secret Service is not Tinker Tailor

Somehow the presence of Colin Firth and Michael Caine lured me into thinking I would get a clever and thoughtful or at least a genial and stylish spy thriller. (entertianmentwallpaper.com) Despite the usual expert performances of these mega-actors, we got none of the above. I know, I know it’s based on a comic book, but…