Monteverdi's Orfeo

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How I came across Marilia Vargas was looking up Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” at Youtube. “Mom, look up some opera for me,” H.o.p. said. He meant something like Mozart’s “Requiem” but he’s never seen Ponnelle’s 1978 staging of “Orfeo”. Instead I found clips from the Jordi Savall/Brian Large 2002 production. The opening is promising… Marilia Vargas as a nymph blessing the marriage …

Just Became Aware of Marilia Vargas This Morning…

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Marilia Vargas singing Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilerias No. 5. To listen is to breathe more deeply, it is that affecting. Vargas’ voice strikes me as alternative, faithful yet modern, and I’m not even sure yet how so. Something in her expressiveness that is as open to the concert hall as the corner food mart, as if she wants that voice …

We Went to Ali’s Kabab Cafe

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Ali’s Kabab Cafe, Astoria, New York, 2007 December Light box enlargement We ate at Ali’s Kabab Cafe in Astoria on our last night in New York, a tiny place that consists of a kitchen squashed in with a few tables. Marty’s brother, Rob, a frequent patron, has raved about it to us for years. And for good reason. Ali’s made …

An awful mess

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Good griefinicious, there lies my brain, on the floor, all drippy puddled and entreating me to try to mold it so it has some measure of coherence again. But it ain’t happening. When I nudge it, all I’m getting are little burps of H.o.p.’s computer game music. Oops, now it spits out anxious images of dismal global-warming futures then resettles …

Of Morris Dancing and Green Men

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Some lively Morris Dancing here. Got there by discussions with H.o.p. Thursday on the Green Man. For which he seems to have an affinity, which is why we were discussing it, as for some reason he came upon it again Wednesday night and said he wanted to know more about it. So Wednesday night I said, “Tomorrow”, and that’s one …

Don't know why I'm reminded of Alice's puzzling over which side of the mushroom to eat

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I don’t know why, when trying to think of how to describe Sondra Prill, Alice puzzling over which side of the mushroom to eat comes to mind. Maybe it’s the uncertainty of whether fate will take you to the home for which you long or drop you in disaster’s lap. Came upon the below at YouTube via Idolator. The siren …

Domo-kun vs. Karen. Domo wins.

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Japanese national public television gave the Japanese Domo-kun in gratitude for their contributions. I can’t locate a pic of her right now, but Georgia Public Broadcasting most frequently gives us someone named Karen thanking us during the telethons and cheering us on to give and give more. Karen is fuzzy in a Southern drawl, hairspray and big fake eyelashes kind …