Happy 100th Birthday Birgit!

This coming Saturday, May 19, 2018, will mark the centenary of Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson. Nilsson was without question one of the biggest stars opera had to offer from the time of her sensational Met debut in 1959 until her retirement from the stage in 1982. The only singers of Nilsson’s day who could lay claim to equal celebrity would have been Joan Sutherland, Leontyne Price and Renata Tebaldi. (I’m omitting Callas from the list because her career was allRead more

A Tale of Two Tarzans

One of TCM’s projects for the month is to focus on movie series – and show marathons of things like the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies. All of them. Even Ann Sothern’s Maisie movies ran out of steam before the end, so watching every Bomba the Jungle Boy programmer gets to be too much of a not very good thing. It’s kind of like drinking a bottle of chocolate syrup instead of drizzling the syrup judiciously over your main feature iceRead more

Oh, the aching Dodgers!

Tell me this isn’t happening again. After watching the Ducks limp through the first half of their season with a raft of injuries to key player after key player, I now have to watch the Dodgers go down like so many elevators from the top floor of the Empire State Building. In case anyone’s missed it, the team began the season with Justin Turner disabled from a broken wrist. He’s currently sharing space on the injured roster with Logan Forsythe,Read more