A “Duet” for Our Times

As our country finds itself in the midst of another disputed presidential election, we can perhaps look back at the disputed election to end all disputed elections, the Hayes and Tilden debacle of 1876…and how it was set to music by Leonard Bernstein. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, was Bernstein’s last score for Broadway. It was also a colossal flop that ran for all of seven performances. The show attempts to depict a century ofRead more

Dodgers in 6

Clayton Kershaw The Dodgers won the World Series. They needed three trips to the Fall Classic in four years, but they finally did it. Last night’s Game 6 was a good, tight game. It wasn’t crazy like last Saturday’s Game 4 (I don’t think I could have handled another of those), but there was plenty of excitement as Tampa Bay got off to a quick lead and the Dodgers didn’t catch up until the 6th inning. We then scored twoRead more

Episode 34

Daniela Romo (Angela), Jorge Poza (Diego), Irene Azuela (Ysabel), Erick Elias (Julio), Ilse Salas (Belen), Diana Bracho (Teresa) One of the most enjoyable telenovelas in recent memory is the Mexican El Hotel de los Secretos, which first aired in 2016 and is now available for revisiting on YouTube. Lavishly produced, the show is set in 1908 with elaborate sets and period costumes. The cast, unusually for any genre, gives two of its four above-the-title billed roles to older women (DanielaRead more

Service of Process on Indian Reservations

The choice of topics for the Blogfolio is intentionally eclectic. Herewith the fruit of research we did for a client several years ago on the admittedly obscure but surprisingly interesting topic of service of process on Indian reservations. Service of process on Indian reservations has long confused United States process servers. Many service firms avoid Indian reservations altogether, while others approach the issue with trepidation, half-fearing that they are going to be chased off the reservation at bow-and-arrow point. TheRead more

Mixing Cereals

I don’t consider myself a leather-jacketed rebel. I suppose I once had my leather-jacketed rebel side (I also owned several leather jackets), but I have now reached an age at which reason doesn’t necessarily equate with boring. That’s not to say I don’t occasionally live dangerously. Indeed, there is one wildly dangerous activity in which I regularly and recklessly engage. I mix cereals. Cold breakfast cereal is an American invention, created by men who thought that a breakfast of grainRead more

And the answer is…

Jeopardy! is the third-longest running game show in American television history, placing right behind The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune. That’s without reckoning its earlier daytime run under Art Fleming from 1964 to1975 and a couple goes in syndication before the current version, hosted by Alex Trebek, reached the airwaves in 1984. The game is a quiz show with a gimmick. Instead of asking its contestants to come up with the answers to questions, it asks them toRead more

A Balanchine Tribute

 (Balanchine arranging Suzanne Farrell’s headpiece for Diamonds, 1966) As part of Lincoln Center’s series of streamed events to keep the homebound happy in the absence of live performances, the New York Citiy Ballet delved into its archive of televised performances of ballets choreographed by the company’s founder, George Balanchine. Unearthed (and still available on YouTube) were: a complete performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 1986; the third act of a 1978 Coppélia , and a triple-bill Tribute to Balanchine consisting ofRead more

Identical Cousins

If the Sissi movies are a little too involved and Middle European for your tastes, there are other entertainments that are appropriate to these troubled times. (Indeed, if times were troubled when I wrote the Sissi piece, they’re even more troubled now.) One such entertainment is a frothy trifle from the annals of 1960s television, The Patty Duke Show. The show, all 106 episodes of which are currently available on YouTube (at least at the time of this writing), sprangRead more

Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. One might wonder why such a thing is necessary, and whether there’s much point in donning a green ribbon to show solidarity with the cause. Although I don’t advocate the wearing of ribbons of any color (unless you’re a pig and won first prize at the county fair), this cause is an important one. The simple fact is that far too many people in our society aren’t sufficiently aware of mental health conditions andRead more

No More Mr. Nice Guy

If there is one teacher responsible for my vocation as a writer, that teacher would be the one I had for fifth-grade English, Mrs. Baehr. The amount of things I learned from her in just one year is positively dazzling. She taught me where to put a comma, she drilled the difference between lie and lay into me, encouraged my creative writing talents, taught me the rudiments of public speaking, and, as the faculty member responsible for the Drama Club,Read more