LAURA WRITES ABOUT KENDALL’S IVANOVA

For the London Review of Books, Laura Jacobs reviews Elizabeth Kendall’s Balanchine and the Lost Muse, finds it just as fascinating and provocative as I did–and discourses eloquently on the creative process as she does so. A must, as is Kendall’s book, for anyone interested in Balanchine, ballet, and/or Russian history.

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GEORGE CHAKIRIS AT MOMA

He’ll be interviewed there this Sunday, October 26,  at 4:45 p.m.

MOMA.org has details.

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JUDSON DANCE HISTORY

Click here  for info on the events commemorating Judson’s Freddie Herko this week.

P.S. Link proving contrarian, so go to www.FreddieHerko.com

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RAISE A MASON JAR OF SWITCHEL

Read about and purchase Switchel, a Vermont heirloom beverage whipped up from ginger, apple cider vinegar and maple syrup.  Think of it as a state living treasure that’s going national. As I said to Ely Key, who’s joined up with Garrett Riffle to market their own recipe, “If it’s good enough for you AND Herman Melville,I’m sold.” It’s delicious.

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WHEN IS THE ROBERTS COURT GOING TO BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE?

They strike another blow against democracy.

Andrea Germanos at CommonDreams.org reports.

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AS TIME GOES BY

Matt Lambros’s afterthefinalcurtain.com features his photos of moribund ex-legit/vaudeville/movie theaters (some have been all three at different times) around the country.

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ASCENDING LIKE FLIES

We rise to the bait–make that “occasion”– of NYCB’s 21st century choreographers evening.

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YOU KNOW SALLIE

After reading about her in the Summer 2011 Ballet Review.  After that you probably knew her better than she did herself.

She was “Sal” to my grandfather, which made sense, and she told us that as a girl she’d been “Zoli” in good Hungarian fashion.

But my cousin Lewis White recalls her telling him that she’d been “Sarah” as well when she was growing up, and census records show that she was perhaps considered “Sadie” as well.

No wonder the poor woman had some issues!  For me, she personifies the immigrants’ search for identity amid assimilation. And extraordinary how much she did in life, with so little encouragement or nurturing!

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I KNEW THAT I WAS REALLY KIND OF (PART) RUSSIAN

Turns out that when my Grandmother Sallie Schwartz’s parents arrived here in New York in September 1886, they had been living in Ungvar, Hungary, which is now Uzhhorod , Ukraine.

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WILL MORE SANE PEOPLE COME FORWARD?

Our military budget remains higher than the combined total of the entire rest of the world and we are asked to take seriously Obama crying poor about military expenditure?

Sarah Lazare at Common Dreams reports the reaction of some of the sane. We need more of them to speak out.

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