I Was on the Stage Last Night at Mostly Mozart

No, I was not performing; I was in the audience on the fourth side of the cleverly designed stage area in David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher, home of the NY Philharmonic, named anew with a $100 million donation). We like these seats because they are very close to the music, I don’t get a…

The Best Play in New York is Free

You just have to get there at 9 am to get tickets. I am talking, of course, about Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater–the joyous Midsummer Night’s Dream. The music is eclectic–from Beale Street blues to rock to tango to gospel, produced by a terrific band, sung by an electrifying singer and danced…

July 4th on Wall Street–the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Fowler and Wells and Federal Hall

After our usual reading of the Declaration of Independence, printed every year in the New York Times, we looked around for something Fourthy to do. It seemed as if this year especially, we wanted to celebrate differently, as if it was more important than usual. So we went downtown intending to go to Federal Hall.…

Would You Believe–We Went for the Salads?

Ok, well maybe we didn’t go there for the salads but they were really really good. As we walked up Broadway, we noticed that the Sugar Factory had replaced our much-loved Ollie’s in the rear of the public space just between 66th and 67th. It’s a bit of misnomer because although the front is just…

The Golden Apple Is Coming This Week to City Center’s Encores! THIS IS A HEADS-UP

Some of you have complained about not getting a heads-up in time to catch the great musicals in the Encores! series, so here it is. The Golden Apple by Jerome Moross and John Latouche, is a brilliant, funny and most of all beautiful musical from 1954. Still timely–it’s based (very very loosely) on Homer’s Iliad…

No Frills–Great Concerts–Low Cost

If you have never been to one of the People’s Symphony Concerts at Washington Irving High School, a New York icon, it’s time you did. Originally designed for students and workers in 1900, many of our friends and relatives have attended for decades. Today, it’s still fulfilling its function. (sidewaysnyc) The best of the best…