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This page is my attempt at a personal journal. I guess you could call it a "blog" though that term had not been coined when I started.
While I'm mainly writing this for the benefit of my kids, I'm leaving it public for anybody who cares.
This endeavor was largely inspired by the similar journal "DaZe & QuirKs" by my friend and neighbor, Sean Smith.

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November 7, 2007

Film: (DVD) Veronica Mars-Season Three 2006

How could those stupid bean counters cancel this wonderful show? We now own all 3 seasons on DVD. The title character played by Kristen Bell is absolutely adorable, and Enrico Colantoni is great as her dad. The relationship/chemistry between them is delightful, and the dialogue is so snappy and clever. I'm really going to miss this one.

November 8, 2007

Film: (HBO) The Deal Stephen Frears, 2003

Political film about the relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in their days as young back benchers. I liked it, but if you're not reasonably up on British politics, you might not.

November 10, 2007

Concert: Boston Symphony Orchestra Berg: Violin Concerto; Mahler, Symphony #9. James Levine, cond., Christian Tetzlaff, Violin

This was a great concert. I had not known the Berg Concerto, but really liked it. The Mahler is possibly my all-time favorite piece of music. Levine and the BSO did a great job of it.

November , 2007

YouTube Video: Jerry Bryant Crossing the Line

I made this video over a year ago at one of the M.I.T. Chantey Sings. Finally got around to asking Jerry for permission to put it on YouTube.

Crossing the Line is a very fine song that Jerry wrote, even though you might think it was traditional. It describes the time-honored initiation ritual for sailors crossing the Equator for the first time.

Gilbert & Sullivan: Yeomen of the Guard

I thought my days of performing on stage were over, but I spoke to the folks putting on the upcoming Sudbury Savoyards production of Yeomen of the Guard, and they believe they can work aroud my gimpiness! I did a production with them 5 years ago, Patience. I'll just be in the chorus, but it's better than nothing.

Went to the auditions tonight. Heard a bunch of the folks trying out for lead roles, and I was VERY impressed with the quality of the singing of all of the candidates. This should be a terrific show. Yeomen has probably the best music of all of G & S, with the possible exception of Iolanthe. The show goes up from February 22 to March 1, 2008.

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The overall Booklist has been moved to a separate page.

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The overall film list has been moved to a separate page.

Films reviewed on this page:
The DealOctober 8, 2007
Veronica Mars-Season ThreeOctober 7, 2007

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The overall music list has been moved to a separate page.

Music reviewed on this page:
November 10, 2007B.S.O., James Levine, Christian TetzlaffBerg: Violin Concerto; Mahler: Symphony #9

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Plays:
November 29, 2002Lorraine BraccoThe Graduate
November 23, 2001Helen Mirren, Ian McKellnThe Dance of Death-August Strindberg
September 30, 2000Tova/Black Box Theatre, Cornell UniversityThe Maids-Jean Genet
May 30, 2000Kelsey Grammer/Colonial TheatreMacbeth
May 26, 2000The Huntington Theatre Co.King Hedley II
September 3, 1999The Publick TheatreNine
August 21, 1999Orange Tree Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y.Sonata
August 13, 1999Firehouse Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y.Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You
May 22-29Newton South/North High SchoolsRichard III
December 18, 1998Newton North High SchoolThe Bone Violin, May Flies
November 12, 1998Newton North High SchoolTo Kill a Mockingbird 052999
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Travels:
September 25-28 , 2007Las Vegas, Nevada
August 18-25, 2007Truro, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
November 22-26, 2006Plantation, Florida
September 25-28, 2006Las Vegas (Interbike)
June 10-20, 2006Santa Cruz, California
May 5-7, 2006Aurora, Indiana
November 23, 2005Plantation, Florida
September 26-29, 2005Interbike, Las Vegas, Nevada
August 26-28, 2005'Bentride 2005, Bath, N.Y.
July 21-24, 2005Family Reunion, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
April 29, 2005Cirque de Cyclisme, Greensboro, N.C.
February 16, 2005Indianapolis
November 24, 2004Plantation, Florida
October 8, 2004Santa Cruz, California
October 4, 2004Las Vegas, Nevada
June 8, 2004France, England
December 22, 2003Halifax, Nova Scotia
November 27, 2003Florida
October 31, 2003Potomac, Maryland
October 10, 2003Las Vegas, Nevada
September 21, 2003New York, N.Y.
November 27-30, 2002New York, N.Y.
October 8-13, 2002Evanston, Illinois
October 4-8, 2002Las Vegas, Nevada
July 3-9, 2002Canso, Nova Scotia
May 24-27, 2002Long Island, New York
November 21-24, 2001New York City
October 16-19, 2001Cape Cod, Massachusetts
September 29-October 3, 2001Las Vegas, Nevada (Interbike Show)
June 16-23, 2001Nags Head, North Carolina
October 5-14, 2000Evanston, Illinois
September 30-October 2, 2000Ithaca, New York
June 22-25, 2000Urbanna, Virginia
October 7-13, 1999Chicago/Evanston, Illinois
August 19-28, 1999Ithaca, New York
August 12-13, 1999Ithaca, New York
July 23-25, 1999Bridgeton, Maine
November 25-28, 1998Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1988-89France, England
1980Yucatan, Mexico
1975England, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Turkey

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