Tuesday, September 18, 2018

4 Concerts/Shows this Fall

  1. Paul Simon at Madison Square Garden - Friday, September 21
  2. Roger McGuinn and Friends - Sweetheart of the Rodeo Tour at Town Hall - Monday, September 24
  3. Girl From the North Country - A musical based on Bob Dylan Songs - Public Theater.  Saturday, November 24
  4. Bob Dylan at the Beacon Theater - Saturday, December 1.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Cultural Activities of the Week

On Thursday I took advantage of the Culture Pass that I got by using my Queens Library card and visited the Bard Graduate Gallery on West 86th Street.  It featured an exhibit called Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place. The exhibit provides a perspective on why humans across the globe create these material objects with the intention of being offered as acts of faith.

Yesterday we walked over to Flushing Town Hall to see a concert by New Music Horizons featuring classical music and jazz.  The classical works were composed by Yui Kitamura while Mark Wade was the jazz composer.  It is nice to have a cultural institution in the neighborhood.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Bob Dylan is Coming to the Big Apple


How about 7 more nights!  The Never Ending Tour is coming to NYC in 2018 after all.  Rolling Stone reports that Dylan will appear from November 23 - December 1 at the Beacon Theater.  I will be there.  The pre-sale starts this Tuesday, September 18.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

David Wright to Play During Mets Last Home Stand

Mets.com reports that David Wright will be activated for the Mets last homestand from September 25-30 and will start at 3rd base for the last time on September 29th against the Miami Marlins.  He suffered from spinal stenosis which is a condition, not an injury and has undergone three surgeries in recent years.  His determination to return must be admired by all.  The article did not indicate retirement but states that David does not expect to be ready to play in the future.

His not playing for the last 2 1/2 years likely precludes him from being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, but obviously will make it to the Mets Hall of Fame.  It would be a crime if Mets management did not retire his number 5.

We already have tickets for the closing game on September 30.  Perhaps David will pinch-hit in that game.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The True Meaning of Rosh Hashanah

Please, always keep the following in mind.  It is the true meaning of Rosh Hashanah

On Rosh Hashanah it is written, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed.
How many will pass and how many will be created?
Who will live and who will die?
Who in their time, and who not their time?
Who by fire and who by water?
Who by sword and who by beast?
Who by hunger and who by thirst?
Who by earthquake and who by drowning?
Who by strangling and who by stoning?
Who will rest and who will wander?
Who will be safe and who will be torn?
Who will be calm and who will be tormented?
Who will become poor and who will get rich?
Who will be made humble and who will be raised up?

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Mets 6 Phillies 4 in the Rain at Citi Field

There was a steady light rain all morning, but since we live close by we decided to venture out to Citifield.  When we arrived the tarp was taken off the field, but the game did not start until 1:37 PM.  Jacob deGrom was scheduled to be the starting pitcher but was scratch since management did not want him to pitch in the rainy weather.  We sat in the nosebleed seats and were covered by the roof of the stadium.

The Phillies took the early lead with a home run by Rhys Hoskins.  But the star of the game for the Mets was Michael Conforto who hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning.  On defense Conforto reached into the left-field seats to grab Santana's fly out for the final out of the sixth, stranding a pair of runners.

It rained throughout the game, but there was no stoppage.  The announced crowd was 24,000, but likely no more than 10,000 fans were in the stadium.  There are always diehards like me.

Game Recap

Shana Tova to All

I wish all my family, friends, and followers on social media a happy, healthy, and prosperous Jewish New Year.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Accidental Visit to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

Today Karen and I want to go to the Paley Center but when we arrived we find out that it was closed for a special event in the evening.  We decided to walk around the corner and go to the Museum of Modern Art.  Lee and I were there in March so I thought there would be new exhibits.  We saw:

  • Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980
  • Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams
  • The Long Run
I wish there was more time to examine the numerous paintings, sculptures, and photographs in more depth.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

We Got Tickets for Girl From the North Country After All

Please disregard yesterday's journal entry.  Girl from the North County was extended until December 9th.  I phoned the box office and got tickets in the second row.

Second Trip to the Guggenheim Museum in 2018

At the last moment yesterday I decided to visit the Guggenheim Museum.  All museums have permanent and temporary exhibits.  I just checked and I had visited there back in April.

The main exhibit featured the works of artist Alberto Giacometti whose plaster sculptures and paintings investigated the human figure.  The second exhibit called One Hand Clapping featured newly commissioned works by Cao Fei, Duan Jianyu, Lin Yilin, Wong Ping, and Samson Young.  This is the first time that I had seen films at the Guggenheim.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Already Sold Out!

On Sunday I reported in this journal about Girl From the North Country playing from September 11 - November 18 at the Public Theater.  I phoned the box office yesterday and found out that all the shows were sold out.  The woman said that it was possible that tickets could be released in the future or that the run may be extended.

I checked Stub Hub and Ticketmaster and found out that secondary market tickets were available at least twice the regular price.  It seems that it is common that people are not interested in the show, but buy tickets just to make money.  I would like to see this show, but it is not worth $300/ticket to see it.  There is nothing I can do about this.

Please disregard this journal entry.  The run was extended until December 9.  I got tickets for Saturday November 24 at 1:30 PM.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Girl From the North Country, a Bob Dylan Musical, is Coming to New York

Girl from the North Country was originally released by Bob Dylan on the Freewheelin' album in 1963,  Six years later he recorded a duet with Johnny Cash of the Nashville Skyline album.  I read some months back in the Dylan fanzine Isis that a musical of Dylan songs titled Girl from the North Country was showing in London.  At that time I was able to get the soundtrack CD of that show as I reported in this journal.

I just found out from my friend Roy that this show is opening at the Public Theater in Manhattan on September 11 and will play until November 18.  As of today, tickets are not available.  Of course, I will be there.

In 2006 a Dylan musical called The Times They Are A'Changin' flopped on Broadway.  I think Girl from the North Country has a storyline that was lacking in the 2006 production.  If it succeeds at the Public Theater, perhaps it will come to Broadway.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

A Mundane Labor Day Weekend for Me

I guess I have nothing much planned for this holiday weekend.  We will go over to the Applebees in Bayside for dinner tonight.  Last weekend we went to the Applebees in the Skyview Mall in Flushing and found out it was closed.  It seems that selected restaurants in that chain are closing.  I think we'll also take a walk over to the local multiplex to see Operation Finale.  I hope someone doesn't try to kick me out of my seat.
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