When visiting the Lincoln Center complex go early as often there are pop-up museum pieces which are priceless. You won’t see them anywhere else. On my way to the loo discovered these notables. Let’s start with the actor/directors and their signed portraits.
Then the posters..
What a fun rainy Sunday afternoon, makes one glad the sun didn’t shine.
On this rainy weekend explored the Lincoln Center area. Besides the Metropolitan Opera, NYC Ballet, and Film at Lincoln Center, discovered the Lincoln Center Theater with its limited engagement of Flying Over Sunset.
Anxious to see another James Lapine production I attended. Tickets were reasonable at this Vivian Beaumont Theater which supports and honors ongoing creativity. The venue is modern, comfortable, and easy to navigate.
This fictitious romp concerned itself with a 1950’s LSD trip of notables – Aldous Huxley, Clare Boothe Luce, Cary Grant and Gerald Heard. All had documented “trips” during this time when LSD was legal. While humorous it provoked questions regarding life’s journey, and the ultimate question, “Why??” Acting, dancing, and singing was superb, as with any NYC performance. The plot line was loose, however as the Program Note stated one needed to connect the dots. Good performance for a rainy weekend..
Next: Parallel Mothers with Penelope Cruz directed by Almodovar
Interesting movie with many twists and turns. Penelope is a woman left pregnant by her lover who befriends a young woman in the hospital as they both give birth. Upon hospital departure they continue a friendship. The lover of Penelope returns. He is a forensic archaeologist and issues of World War II occur in the movie. With the background of Spain’s beauty the movie entices, especially with this Europhil who always yearns for Europe, but will say no more so as not to give away the movie “secrets.”
There was much promotion with this movie and when this occurs always wonder…. However, acting was fair to intense, as was story line, and it was a perfect diversion on this rainy January day. Recommend attendance as it gives insight to many issues and a historical perspective on the pain of World War II.
Note: This Lincoln Center Theater is in the Julliard complex across the street from the Lincoln Center Movie Theater.
Since 2015 Muriel Bowser has held the reigns of a very challenging post as Mayor of Washington D.C. This 49 year old previously represented the 4th Ward of the District of Columbia from 2007-2015.
With wise decisions to protect her City during the January 6, 2021 insurrection, she is grace under fire. Having experienced her eloquent speaking style during a Bloomberg campaign stop, she is knowledgeable, charming, and well versed. In her position she oversees an 8.8 billion dollar budget, and is strong on covid protections. She announced on November 4th that she will run for another term, which will not be a problematic fight as in the last election she received 76% of the vote.
Three Highlights For Today
Russia continues to threaten the Ukraine.
New tr investigation and charges in Georgia voting and election results
Becoming Mayor in 2019 this 59 year woman has handled many battles with Chicago school teachers, cops, and the like with tenacity. In her current battle over keeping kids in school, (70% of Chicago students get fed via the school program), during covid she has remained strong and come to reasonable compromise with an often challenging group.
Coming from private legal practice she held various government positions in the police and criminal justice arena. Born in Ohio, educated at the University of Michigan, then a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, she is a well educated negotiator who has earned her the title of “Kick Ass Trial Attorney.”
Three Highlights for Today
republican senators block voting rights legislation – guess Stephen Colbert was right let’s get rid of the senate – they are a do nothing group
Surprise – Supreme Court allows trump information to be given to the Insurrection Committee
Biden mask and testing give away has begun – did you receive your email?
Val Demings was one of the women on President Biden’s short list for Vice President. She is the representative from Florida’s 10th District which is the area around the Orlando theme parks. Beginning her career as a police officer with the Orlando Police Department she rose through the ranks becoming their Chief of Police from 2007-2011. This year she began a grass roots campaign to unseat republican Marco Rubio.
She is nationally recognized in the law enforcement community and known for her sharp questioning skills. During the first trump impeachment hearings she served as one of the seven House impeachment judges. She is a gal to watch..
Three Highlights for Today
Subpoenas go to the trump family, and rudy guiliani to present information at the Insurrection Committee
Bronx home gas explosion and fire killing one, injuring several others as well as fire fighters and police
Federal Voting Rights Law has potential vote today
For Martin Luther King’s birthday will be honoring amazing black women who are involved in American politics this week. And what better gals to begin with: Michelle Obama and Stacey Abrams.
Michelle Obama – The wife and First Lady to our 44th President, Barack Obama, Michelle is a lawyer, author, and a gal from the south side of Chicago who also loves to garden. As First Lady her main initiatives were service members and their families, higher education, and international education for adolescent girls.
She graduated from Princeton, and Harvard Law. As a Chicago lawyer she met her future husband when he interned at her law firm. As a private citizen she continues her role working tirelessly for women, and is beloved by a majority of the American people.
Stacey Abrams is an American politician, lawyer, voting rights advocist, who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007-2011, then as minority representative from 2011-2017. This 48 year old is also an author of several best selling fictions. A Yale law school graduate, she currently is running for Governor of Georgia, a post she lost under suspicious conditions by only several thousand votes in the last election. To donate to her Governor campaign: http://www.staceyabrams.com.
Three Highlights for Today:
Texas synagogue shooting – people question how a gun was obtained, what a laugh it’s Texas..
Major winter storm in southeast – 2 inches per hour in some states, lights for 1000’s out, Climate change strikes again…… Another storm due this weekend, stock up Americans.
Omicron – far from over and the potential for another variant is on the horizon.
While Saturday is the actual date of Martin Luther King’s birthday we celebrate today. Why? A law was passed to give folks a three day weekend. Other than that I am unsure.
However on the celebration this year we have little to celebrate. Nineteen states have enacted thirty- three laws making it more difficult to vote. Why don’t these states be honest and say they only want white rich folk to vote. While white, I don’t fall in this category and even if I did , it disgusts me as:
In diversity there is strength.
Being a travel nurse residing in Florida I vote by mail. Cannot tell you how many hoops I had to jump through as they inspected my voter registration card. And why? Well, I am a registered Democrat in a red state. Isn’t red communism? That was another blog. I digress..
While a college graduate I had difficulty with their queries, and quite frankly I was being harassed. They questioned my responses with such scrutiny I had to enlist of the support of several others to get my voter registration card approved and this took much time……………………
New voter laws passed since the Big Lie change everything from limiting voting times, number of ballot boxes, how to sign the ballot envelope, notarization of ballot, limiting water consumption while waiting in line to vote, etc… And from what I’ve seen current lines can have up to a 6 hour wait. It’s dam hot and humid in the south during this time, and if a senior voter it’s life threatening.
Well, back to my initial message..
Happy birthday Martin Luther King
Martin really tried, but maybe we need to wave a magic wand to get this changed permanently.
On another note: Three Highlights for the week..
Supreme Court blocks Biden Vaccine Mandates 6-3 conservative line voting
Oath Keepers leader and 10 others charged with “peditious conspiracy,” maximum penalty 20 years
One is greeted by Tiffany stained glass upon floor entry…
This stained glass is from All Souls Universalist Church in Brooklyn, and is a flawless piece of a Tiffany artistry with its brilliant colors.
Baserra Khan: I am an Archive
This artist is the recipient of the Brooklyn Museum UOVO prize for emerging artist. His art reflects his Muslim heritage. Interesting dynamic.
A Crack in the Hourglass: An Ongoing Covid 19 Memorial
This was a fascinating yet eerie display.. Created by Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, this work uses sand, glass, a robotic platform, cameras, computers, and the like, to depict pictures of those who have passed due to covid 19. Individuals can submit pictures of their departed to the site and the picture of the individual will be cast into sand.
The process begins with the hourglass which holds sand.
This iconic work is on permanent display at the Brooklyn Museum. It was created by feminist artist, Judy Chicago, in the 1970’s and has traveled the world. It depicts women who have contributed through books, films, and art.
A Few of the Attendees
Saint Bridget is the patron saint of babies, midwives, children whose parents aren’t married, scholars, poets, travelers.
Sojourner Truth was an outspoken advocate for abolition, temperance, civil, and women’s rights in the nineteenth century. She was a former slave.
Susan Anthony was an American social reformer, and women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement.
Virginia Woolf is considered one of the most important modernist 20th century authors.
Margaret Sanger was an American birth control advocate, sex educator, writer, and nurse.
Can you imagine the conversation which could occur at this table?
Today got an email from Jon Ossoff, one of the Georgia senators. Here’s what he said..
The Ban Congressional Stock Trading Act will require all members of Congress, their spouses, and dependent children to place their stock portfolios into a blind trust — ensuring they cannot use inside information to influence their personal stock trades and make a profit.
Members who violate rules would be fined the amount of their entire Congressional salary.
My comment: Wish they’d take their $150,000 a year pension. That would really work.
Back to Jon: A majority of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents AGREE with a Congressional stock trading ban.
Me again: No more sneaking around like that Georgia senator David Perdue, (who is now running for GA Governor),* did when the country was in crisis. While everyone else was voting he was trading stocks so he would gain more wealth. Cost him his seat, just loved those campaign ads they had against him…
Can you imagine what he’ll do to the Georgia voting laws should he get in?? Can they get any worse??
They just should have a law stating black people can’t vote, that would cover their mission.
On another note..
He’s still fighting for US.. Must be a great feeling to know you were right after all the crap he took from folks saying he was a nut. I always believed you Al!
Great piece on CBS Morning showing his Tennessee farm and all he is doing to save the planet. Liked his comment, and I paraphrase,
WE cannot continue to use our sky as a sewer..
Check out Paramount Plus and see the clip, and let’s hope others do. We need to change for our future, and the future of our children.
*Running against Stacey Abrams, remember her – she got Georgia for Joe Biden.. Keep watching, will be fun.