Monday, December 31, 2018

2018: The Year in Vet Bills

2018 was the year I had more opportunity to learn about feline oncology than the last three times we went through this combined, because we finally have a veterinary oncologist less than three hours away. One of the few side-effects of feline chemotherapy is it eats your arts budget and all your attention. First things first. I'll save you all the boring details, if you want to talk about L-CHOP and lomustine or the economics of the specialty vet biz, hit me up through back channels. Otherwise, Happy New Year, and I look forward to reading about all your collective gallivantings in 2019...

update: thanks dehggi and DtO for your good wishes. And kudos for battling through Google's automated anti-comment defense system, which doesn't even let me comment on my posts anymore, gmail sign-on notwithstanding. (Srsly, Google people?)

Sunday, December 23, 2018


Conductor Jane Glover reads from her book Handel in London in five 15 minute episodes currently posted up on BBC 4's Book of the Week website.

Kevin Puts' Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night, which has been touring houses in the worldwide operatic hinterlands and had quite a spectacular production at Glimmerglass this past summer, is posted up on the BBC Radio 3 website in Opera North's recent concert outing. This young opera has already had multiple productions, but look for Tomer Zvulun's especially breathtaking one at an opera house near you.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

off the clock

The Met streams the opener of its new production of La Traviata this Tuesday, 12/4, at 7:55pm ET, with Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. You can check it out here if they remember to put the player back up.

A Thousand Sharp Little Points

George Herbert Walker Bush, 1924 - 2018

"The long memory is the most radical idea in America." - U. Utah Phillips

from the documentary How to Survive a Plague, by David France

Friday, November 16, 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

details details

The Met season has ticked off its first two performances while we were otherwise engaged, but oh well, there are worse things than missing Boheme number million and twelve. While we're all scrambling to locate our tattered copies of Orientalism in honor of the new production of Samson, you can check out the free live webcast schedule for the whole season here.

The weekly schedule for the SiriusXM webcasts, which sometimes correspond to the Met site webcasts and sometimes don't, is available here. SiriusXM is a subscription satellite radio service available in the US and last I looked they were still offering a web-only streaming service for about $16/month, with a free trial period to check it out. The player also has a useful rewind feature if you show up late to the game (which I see they have updated to make it clunkier, but beggars can't be choosers).

For those of you who have only one item of interest on the agenda, the JDD Tito is April 3 at 8pm ET. Though you may want to stop in again on May 3 for Dialogues, bc srsly Leonard/Pieczonka/Morley/Cargill/Mattila/Portillo/D Croft, c. YNS, can there be any better way to start your weekend?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

new regime

Mr. Nézet-Séguin said he was excited to mount several operas that have never or rarely been performed at the Met, including Handel’s “Agrippina” and “Alcina”; Verdi’s “Don Carlos,” in the original French (the company has only performed the Italian version); Cherubini’s “Medea,” in Italian; and Prokofiev’s “The Fiery Angel.”

Read all about it... ...except for the casting, so place your bets.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


her cover of Richard Thompson's Beeswing is just fine