VAI SHIPS VOL.2 NEXT WEEK

And they exhume history: For Volume 3, they’ve found something that I don’t think anyone has seen in sixty years or even seems to have remembered.

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VAI BRINGS ON THE REFERENCE PERFORMANCES

Volume 1 of New York City Ballet in Montreal has arrived at VAI’s Pleasantville headquarters.  So order from them directly, or order from Amazon and you’ll get delivery a little later this month, by which time Vol. 2 will also be on its way.

Yes I wrote the liner notes, but no, I don’t get a percentage, so this is a purely disinterested recommendation!!

Really great performances.

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U.S. AT THE TIPPING POINT

Tom Magstad at Nation of Change lays out exactly what’s at stake, and why & how our Supreme Court must be reformed.

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PERFECTING CLASS WARFARE

Something very ugly going on: the GOP’s war on working people in this country is now–with a vengeance–seeking to pit the commonweal against anybody with an interest in culture.  As Eric Alterman reports in The Nation, Representative Trey Gowdy defamed Obamacare’s liberation of people trapped in jobs they hate but stick with so they can get health insurance.  “What the liberals and the Democrats want you to believe is, ‘Well, but you’ll have time to write poetry.’”

Writing poetry, you see, is something BAD.  And it’s the people who write poetry or who allow other people to write poetry who are preventing the masses of unemployed from getting jobs.

Yeah, right.

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ROBERTS CLOSES THE DEAL

Not that it wasn’t a done one already–the Chief Justice and his extremist, ethically-challenged court hand democracy over to the  plutocrats.

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HALLOWED

It’s been around since Sheridan was a current hot playwright:  The Grand Theater in Lancaster, Great Britain.

And speaking of Sheridan, turns out that The Rivals is being revived in April by Manhattan’s Pearl Theatre.

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PACKING IT UP EVERY DAY

There’s not much about political strategy and platform that I’d agree with David Plouffe about, but he’s right: Obamacare is not the problem. The problem is the Democrats perennial cowardice, their 24/7 capitulation reflex.  Yes, it’s nice that Harry Reid has finally remembered that he was once a boxer. But if the Democrats cannot defend their signal legislative achievement under Obama–something that actually gives taxpayers something for their money besides a trillion-plus in military subsidy–it really is time for major in-service training.

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“TOTAL DISRESPECT. . .FOR CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS”

In The New York Times, Steven Yaccino and Lizette Alvarez spotlight the GOP’s war on voting rights.

A thought: after Roberts gutted the Voting Rights Act last year isn’t t time to declare our current Supreme Court rogue and void?

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LISTENING IN THE VILLAGE

Villages West and East used to be places of political engagement. People discussed ideas, current events, politics at the micro and macro levels.  Today when I sit in a West Village coffee shop, what I overwhelmingly hear people talking about is—themselves.

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I LED YOU ASTRAY DEAR READER

I goofed when I said that Taylor’s Private Domain was done for this year’s NY season–in fact, it’s on the program this evening at the closing performance.  Starts at 6:00 p.m. Maybe I’ll go again too.

But wait–you probably knew the correct schedule anyway; readers of this blog have the intrepid initiative to look things up for themselves.

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