Best Baklava in the City at Kefi

Since the closing of our beloved Nick’s, we have found ourselves turning to this moderately priced neighborhood Greek restaurant on Columbus just below 86th Street. The food is good, the prices are right, with many dinner entrees in the teens (not so common nowadays) and they served the best homemade baklava I have ever had–no…

The World of Apu Trilogy–A Restored Masterpiece You Must See

That is, if you like great things and these films by master filmmaker Satyajit Ray, are great. The first film, Pather Panchali, (Song of the Little Road) created in in 1955, relates the beginning of Apu’s history in 1920 West Bengal as an enchanting, mischievous child. Their harried mother nags Apu and his sister, Durga(movies.ndtv.com),…

The New York City Ballet–A National Treasure

(nycballet.com) Somehow, I missed most of the New York City Ballet’s spring season but woke up in time to catch “Midsummer Night’s Dream” last night at the State (Koch) Theater. George Balanchine’s first full length ballet, created in 1962, bore all the hallmarks of the master–the way he discreetly moved individuals on and off the…

Gigi on Broadway–Remind Me Why, Exactly, We Are Here?

(nytimes.com) If you loved Gigi, the movie, there are remnants of it here, most notably the music and lyrics including additional songs by the authors, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Unfortunately, these extra songs are not up to the rest of the score and finally, after many years of defending it to Rory, I…