We decided to see Giulio Cesare because we liked the publicity photo of Natalie Dessay with the Louise Brooks’ bob. Despite our misgivings about the Vegas Rigoletto, the Bollywood Cesare looked like fun. It was around this time last year we saw Dessay in La Traviata, and fell in love with opera. More recently, I […]

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The fact that The Strain was co-written by director Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan caught my attention. I have seen few of Del Toro’s films, but his first full-length work as a director and writer, Cronos, was a highly original take on the vampire myth. It’s not so much I remember the movie, as […]

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Thymari, 32-07 34th Avenue, Astoria – Greek food, with a “modern interpretation.” Not your traditional Astoria joint. We arrived early for dinner — half an hour after the Saturday brunch ended, and the place was empty. (I’d gotten to the neighborhood earlier and scoped it out. It was hopping at brunch). It’s an attractive site […]

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Since I committed to writing a weekly book review, or at least mini-review, I have not been reading a book a week. I’m currently slogging through Wool – First Shift, Legacy. It’s much slower than the silo stories, but I can’t quite abandon it. There are other things in my Kindle that I’m looking at, […]

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