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by smitty1931
Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Name A Travel Destination You Would Love To Visit
Replies: 12
Views: 1522

Re: Name A Travel Destination You Would Love To Visit

Love to see Rio! Been to Europe a number of times. Been on 35 cruises. Of all the places I have visited I liked Australia the best. Traveling with a special group we got to go upstairs at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg to see the Impressionists collection. Had the taxi ride of a lifetime from...
by smitty1931
Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:33 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Les Miserables
Replies: 7
Views: 4187

Re: Les Miserables

Having seen Les Miz in London, Toronto and D.C., I really enjoyed the film. It takes a few minutes to become accustomed to the non operatic voices. All the actors are good and the production values are excellent. Bring a hanky as every one in the audience was crying. It should win best picture at aw...
by smitty1931
Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just Before Midnight of 10/XII I Had A Very Unsettling Dream
Replies: 3
Views: 595

Re: Just Before Midnight of 10/XII I Had A Very Unsettling D

You had better lay off snacking on cold fried chicken before going to bed!
by smitty1931
Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What Do You Eat for Fun?
Replies: 5
Views: 892

Re: What Do You Eat for Fun?

Blue Bell pistachio almond ice cream. I love it and have to resist the impulse to eat it every day!
by smitty1931
Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: My Worst Moviewatching Experience
Replies: 8
Views: 4033

Re: My Worst Moviewatching Experience

Many many years ago (1938) when I was 7 Dad took me to the movies (a western). As we sat down he said " sit with your legs under you as there are rats eating the fallen popcorn" That scared hell out of me and has never been forgotten!
by smitty1931
Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:03 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Fan of the Universal Frankenstein films?
Replies: 2
Views: 4880

Fan of the Universal Frankenstein films?

You will enjoy Gregory Mank's Its Alive! Everything you may want to know abount the films. Very thoroughly researched. Your library system can get it for you. Highly recommended.
by smitty1931
Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hillary Clinton for President in 2016?
Replies: 6
Views: 712

Hillary Clinton for President in 2016?

What are the chances that Hillary will run for President? Is a Biden/Clinton run likely? Has she been successful as a diplomat?
by smitty1931
Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich: Ballets
Replies: 4
Views: 1171

Re: Shostakovich: Ballets

Let us hope that they all will be issued on DVD. If you are a ballet fan, the recently released Les Patineurs is a delight. An excellent introduction to ballet for a young person
by smitty1931
Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:16 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Movie buff?
Replies: 0
Views: 1877

Movie buff?

I recently came across a book every movie fan should read. Lion of Hollywood by Scott Eyman. Lots of inside information on your favorite stars of the 30s, 40s and 50s. Your library system will have it. Highly recommended.
by smitty1931
Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: DoAttractiveFemaleClassicalMusicPerformersHaveThe Edge
Replies: 80
Views: 3994

Re: DoAttractiveFemaleClassicalMusicPerformersHaveThe Edge

Anyone remember the sexy covers of many London ffss records of the early 50s?
by smitty1931
Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: RIP Richard Cragun, ballet dancer
Replies: 2
Views: 561

Re: RIP Richard Cragun, ballet dancer

I was fortunate enought to see Cragun and Haydee dance Swan Lake at the Kennedy Center. It was unusual in that in the finale the entire set collapsed. Startling to say the least! As we left the theatre I turned to my wife and said" I could go back and see the whole thing all over" It was the perform...
by smitty1931
Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: George Antheil and Hedy Lamarr
Replies: 1
Views: 2615

Re: George Antheil and Hedy Lamarr

Just got it from the Library. Interesting reading!
by smitty1931
Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Any of you paint, draw, sketch, etc.?
Replies: 7
Views: 1174

Re: Any of you paint, draw, sketch, etc.?

I was lucky enought to study with Leon Berkowitz who went on to be the Director of the Corcoran Art Gallery in D.C. At American University I studied with Sarah Baker who had studied with Renoir. My best friend in college joined the Washington School of painters and is listed in many Art books (Howar...
by smitty1931
Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Any of you paint, draw, sketch, etc.?
Replies: 7
Views: 1174

Re: Any of you paint, draw, sketch, etc.?

Get yourself some pastels or oil sticks(craypas), working in color is more rewarding. Set up a simple stlll life- a wine bottle, dish of fruit and a figurine and see what you can do. As a former Art teacher (I had a number of students become professionals) I hope you will find art a rewarding hobby.
by smitty1931
Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:26 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Sibelius Violin Concerto
Replies: 0
Views: 1861

Sibelius Violin Concerto

I recently came across a DVD of Vengerov playing this concerto. Beautifully played backed by the Chicago with Barenboim. The DVD also has a good performance by Barenboim of Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Highly recommended.
by smitty1931
Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Animal lover?
Replies: 1
Views: 1905

Animal lover?

You will enjoy War Horse, just released on DVD. This fine movie has an emotional wallop!
by smitty1931
Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:41 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Scorsese's Hugo--a Departure
Replies: 2
Views: 2945

Re: Scorsese's Hugo--a Departure

Movie fans will love it! A beautiful film.
by smitty1931
Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Falling in love with Yuja Wang, i.e., her pianism
Replies: 14
Views: 2446

Re: Falling in love with Yuja Wang, i.e., her pianism

I agree with Cliffwood. The DVD of the Prokofiev is splendid. First class playing by both Wang and the Orchestra. EuroArts 2057968
by smitty1931
Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 5-year-old Painting Prodigy
Replies: 5
Views: 861

Re: 5-year-old Painting Prodigy

As an abstract painter myself, she is pretty good. Abstract painting is all color and design...and knowing when to stop!
by smitty1931
Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A great evening at the Bolshoi
Replies: 21
Views: 3095

Re: A great evening at the Bolshoi

I saw the Bolshoi Opera at the Kennedy Center in 1976. They did Boris and Onigen. I had first row seats for Boris and it was the performance of a lifetime!
by smitty1931
Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: A masterpiece!
Replies: 1
Views: 2174

A masterpiece!

Recently I found in my local library the DVDs of The Winds of War and War and Rememberance. 30 hours of splendid performances, beautifully filmed in locations all over Europe. If you have never seen it you are in for a treat. If you saw it when it was on TV back in the 80s it is worth seeing again. ...
by smitty1931
Wed May 16, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bart Ehrman's new book
Replies: 5
Views: 1097

Re: Bart Ehrman's new book

Thanks, I will see if my library system has it. I find Ehrmans lectures with the Teaching Company very worthwhile.
by smitty1931
Wed May 16, 2012 8:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bart Ehrman's new book
Replies: 5
Views: 1097

Bart Ehrman's new book

"Did God exist?" Well worth reading. If you have read any of his other books you will like this one. Very insightful. Your library can get it for you.
by smitty1931
Mon May 07, 2012 4:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dinosaurs, new discovery.
Replies: 4
Views: 881

Re: Dinosaurs, new discovery.

How does Genesis stack up with 100 million year old animal parts?
by smitty1931
Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ziegfeld Follies 1916: Blushing Ballet
Replies: 4
Views: 712

Re: Ziegfeld Follies 1916: Blushing Ballet

O. Shaw was Oscar Shaw a tenor of the early 30s who appeared in a few early talkies.
by smitty1931
Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Death of a Salesman
Replies: 5
Views: 690

Re: Death of a Salesman

An excellent review. I have seen all three movies of this masterpiece and feel that Lee J Cobbs performance is the finest. Time for a revival of the other two American masterpieces Long days journey into night and Streetcar named desire. Each of these plays is their authors finest work. Would they h...
by smitty1931
Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: This weeks NEWSWEEK magazine
Replies: 4
Views: 698

Re: This weeks NEWSWEEK magazine

Cosima- The editor's first paragraph pretty much sums up what I have been reading for the past few years. Brief and to the point.
by smitty1931
Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: This weeks NEWSWEEK magazine
Replies: 4
Views: 698

This weeks NEWSWEEK magazine

Whole issue devoted ro theme of Christianity today. Well worth investigating.
by smitty1931
Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Introduction to ballet
Replies: 1
Views: 461

Introduction to ballet

If you have a young daughter or grand daughter in the family. This DVD of Les Patineurs by the Royal Ballet would be a good introduction to the art. An absolute delight, a splendid production with lots of tunes. Highly recommended. BBC OA 1064 D
by smitty1931
Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More Awful Puns !
Replies: 2
Views: 589

Re: More Awful Puns !

Thanks for the smiles! Delightful.
by smitty1931
Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting observation
Replies: 8
Views: 1090

Interesting observation

From Psychology Today Magazine-April 2012. When earthly conditions are bad, Heaven looks especially appealing. Mississippi- which ranks near the bottom in income, health and education- has the highest percentage of residents who say religion is important to their daily lives. Lordy, lordy!
by smitty1931
Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fan of Swan Lake Ballet?
Replies: 6
Views: 1106

Fan of Swan Lake Ballet?

You probably have the DVDs of the ABT, Bolshoi and Kirov performances. The version by the Royal Swedish Ballet is their equal with novel treatments of Acts I and III. You will enjoy this beautiful production! Highly recommended. Opus Arte OA 0866 D
by smitty1931
Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: spring is here
Replies: 28
Views: 1222

Re: spring is here

Having lived in the D.C. area for 50 years I agree that Washington is indeed beautiful in the spring. The walk around the Tidal Basin under the cherry blossoms is a must!
by smitty1931
Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ballet danced to Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances
Replies: 0
Views: 489

Ballet danced to Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances

Ratmansky choreographed a new ballet to Rachmaninoffs music with the Miami Ballet last week. Did anyone see it? Was it any good? I love the music and always wondered why it was not used for a ballet.
by smitty1931
Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tennessee Williams's last play
Replies: 1
Views: 456

Re: Tennessee Williams's last play

Red Devil Battery Sign was scheduled to play the National Theatre in D.C. with Anthony Quinn but it never appeared. A pity!
by smitty1931
Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demise of the Derby
Replies: 1
Views: 513

Demise of the Derby

As a fan of old movies I have noticed that men's derbies disappeared from the screen after WW2. Only Laurel and Hardy carried on the tradition and even they did not wear them in their 1940s Fox films. What happened?
by smitty1931
Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE GOOD HUMOURED LADIES
Replies: 13
Views: 1635

Re: THE GOOD HUMOURED LADIES

It is a pity that the ballet has not been recorded. A friend who saw it performed years ago told me it is delightful.
by smitty1931
Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Opera fans
Replies: 0
Views: 535

For Opera fans

You will enjoy the stories of the great singers of the past. This is an old book (1961) and your library can get it for you. You will get some laughs out of it and some insights into Opera history. "Prima Donnas and Other Wild Beasts" by Alan Wagner
by smitty1931
Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your First Opera
Replies: 24
Views: 2470

Re: Your First Opera

I was introduced to opera thru a music appreciation course in college. I think it was Boheme, then again it was 60 years ago! Over the years I saw Sills, Treigle in Tales, then Triegle again in Boris. Callas in Lucia, Tebaldi and Corelli in Giaconda, Carraras in Butterfly, Sutherland in Sonambuli Ni...
by smitty1931
Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For ballet fans only
Replies: 22
Views: 2583

Re: For ballet fans only

There is already a ballet based on Snow White. Starring Tamara Roja with music by Emilio Aragon. Well danced and I find the music delightful. DG 00440 073 4416. Two others you may not know are The Story of Clara with music of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Am@do 60065. And Winter Dreams with Bussell and M...
by smitty1931
Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For ballet fans only
Replies: 22
Views: 2583

For ballet fans only

If you like Giselle, you will enjoy La Sylphide. Aurelie Dupont is a fine dancer and a beauty. This is a splendid production and the Paris Opera Ballet is at their best. DVD107217. Highly recommended
by smitty1931
Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Food for thought
Replies: 0
Views: 519

Food for thought

The 400 richest people in this country have a net worth roughly equivant to that of the poorest 150 million combined. Today the top one percent of earners rake in more than a quarter of all U.S. income, and the top one percent in wealth hold more than a third of all assets. Between 1979 and 2007 the...
by smitty1931
Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fan of the Phantom?
Replies: 5
Views: 914

Fan of the Phantom?

If you enjoyed the Phantom of the Opera either as a play or movie you will probably enjoy Love Never Dies the sequel. It played for two years in London and then toured Australia. A new DVD of the Australian performance will be released next month. You can see some reviews on Amazon.com. Considering ...
by smitty1931
Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Puns for the educated
Replies: 6
Views: 843

Re: Puns for the educated

Very funny! Thanks
by smitty1931
Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Some levity never hurts.
Replies: 4
Views: 775

Re: Some levity never hurts.

Thanks for the laugh!
by smitty1931
Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 38,000 christian sects
Replies: 15
Views: 1936

Re: 38,000 christian sects

Thank you for backing up my original statement, which I found in a book on Theology. I always liked Tyler and almost retired there because of the beautiful rose gardens. My grandfather was a minister in the Church of Christ in Paris Texas. Good wishes, Smitty
by smitty1931
Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Watch out for those ticks in the garden, Len
Replies: 3
Views: 725

Re: Watch out for those ticks in the garden, Len

Years ago when I lived in Maryland we took our dog to the beach with us and let him run free as there was no one around. On the drive home I found 2 dozen ticks on him. Scary!
by smitty1931
Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charlie Chaplin loved classical music!
Replies: 5
Views: 942

Re: Charlie Chaplin loved classical music!

Veyvey is a beautiful little Swiss town with a statue of Chaplin as the tramp.
by smitty1931
Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fan of Rachmaninoff?
Replies: 62
Views: 6881

Re: Fan of Rachmaninoff?

In an earlier post on this subject I wondered why Ratmansky the current darling of the Ballet world didnt do the Symphonic Dances. In the Sunday N Y Times it states that Ratmansky is doing the Dances for the Miami Ballet. Great minds think alike?
by smitty1931
Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 38,000 christian sects
Replies: 15
Views: 1936

38,000 christian sects

Isn't it marvelous that the 4 Gospels can be interpreted in such a variety. Is everyone reading the same thing?