Month: December 2020

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January 1st, New Years Day
11:00 Her Honor Jane Byrne

December 31st, New Years Eve
Paris: New Years Eve 11:15 Central European Time (4:15)

New York City: New Years Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen 7:00-11:00
West Coast: Grand Park NYELA New Year’s Eve LA, 11PM PT (1:00AM)


Metropolitan Opera

I really enjoy the Metropolitan Opera (it is so special, exotic and unique and challenging)

On the Saturday Afternoons of my youth, our neighbor (Mr. Flock) would bring his fancy 1960’s portable stereo down to the neighborhood ice pond and play the Saturday Matinee

Saturday’s in my apartments, I frequently listened to the Matinee

Recently during Marathon weekend, I would buy the cheapest tickets for the Saturday matinee and sit up in the very top balcony, where you view to top of everyone’s head

Then, during my last visit, I purchased a seat in the front row, center, beside the conductor for Madame Butterfly for an indelible experience. Fantastic. (I now sat with a different group of people, it was like we were family – which was not as common in seats costing less than 10% as much, way upstairs)

At one time I subscribed to Metropolitan Opera on demand (and could watch whatever I wanted to watch, as often as I wanted

During the pandemic the Metropolitan is offering a free opera every evening (and the subsequent 24 hours)
Watching a production of Falstaff, which is remarkable. There are many large and obese characters which is interesting to watch. Unfortunately, in today’s “correct” environment, some might object to these portrayals. The conductor has been terminated for his conduct with young men

The point that I wanted to make, was that it is easier having one opera presented every evening. That is until I ever have the desire to explore specific operas.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Our go-to paper for news
We notice that the Lead Stories don’t seem to change drastically from day to day
Back-in-the-day, you would pick up a print version and it was drastically different from day to day
(not totally bad –

What features to you enjoy:
We discovered the comments in the Opinion Section
(maybe the opinion piece

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