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Lamento Di Arianna by Monteverdi

Lamento Di Arianna by Monteverdi (1608) Arianna has been abandoned, left to die on the island of Naxos by her lover Theseus. Arianna’s despair is conveyed most eloquently. The opera itself has been lost to time but this achingly beautiful aria has survived and is still performed. This lament reshaped the nascent genre of opera […]

HBO – Temple Grandin

HBO has made a movie about the life of Dr. Temple Grandin, author of "Thinking in Pictures," the autobiography of an autistic woman. Dr. Grandin is an expert in animal husbandry whose specialty is humane treatment of animals in the cattle industry. The movie is a must see. Preorder Temple Grandin from amazon.com. Starring Claire […]

Video: Harapeko Neko Neko

And others the [pe] it is dense the cat cat Hungry Cats “Harapeko Neko Neko” (“Hungry Cats”) is a Japanese stop-action animation in which two cats are trying to tell their rather dim-witted owner what they want for dinner. They are rather strange cats, as tall as their owner, with expressionless faces and and zippers […]

Folk Revival

According to an article in May 23, 2007 N.Y. Times, there will be a series of free folk festivals on Governor’s Island in July. Folk singer-songwriter Harry Chapin of “Cat’s Cradle” fame will be reanimated for the occasion. Thanks to Ted for the hard copy.  Related Old Folkies Greetings from the Philadelphia Folk Festival. I […]

Woodwarbler’s JazzGrass

Woodwarbler’s JazzGrass stream. The music starts about a minute into the stream after the tail end of the previous show. My friend Brian Aust has a new radio show called Woodwarbler’s JazzGrass at WGDR Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. I took a quick listen before writing this post and wound up listening for a half […]

A Farcical Aquatic Ceremony

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Does anyone remember Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980, and his bizarre insistence that 29% of the registered voters constituted a mandate from the masses? Somehow The Lady of the Lake sketch in Monty Python and the Holy Grail came to mind. The 2000 and 2004 elections weren’t much better. […]

Zappa Meets Henson – Everyone Fraggled

Ahmet Zappa – Mighty McFearless Zappa says Fraggle film will rock. The children of Frank “200 Motels” Zappa and Jim “The Muppets” Henson are collaborating. It is likely to frag the underpinnings of civilization, if not the very fabric of the universe. Were you as confused as I was as a child by the TV […]

Hiding Divya

Bipolar Disorder Daily News Blog: New South Asian (India) Film on Bipolar Disorder Hiding Divya is an English-language film about the stigma against the mental ill in New York/North Jersey Philipino-Indian communities. It’s a must-see.  Related Remission in Bipolar Disorder If someone figures out how to “cure” genetics, let me… The Thousand Names of the […]

Old Folkies

Greetings from the Philadelphia Folk Festival. I picked Sunday this year because the lineup was lean on self-involved whiners errrrr hell, I’d better come up with another name for it. But if you’re my age you remember when the best folk music had a political edge or perhaps some biting social commentary. You didn’t hear […]

Driving and Cell Phones

Drivers using cell phones more likely to crash – Wireless World – MSNBC.com. I don’t think I need to comment on the content of this article. It sure took MSNBC a long time to figure it out. driving + using cellphone = menace  Related Text Messaging – Bad 4 UR Health? Did Text-Messaging Lead to […]

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