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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SHE KNEW WHICH SIDE HER BREAD WAS BUTTERED

Tebaldi’s signature wave to the peanut gallery, as she and Del Monaco drink it in, opening night at the Met, 56 years ago this month. (Not a Tosca  it was possible to doze through: the Scarpia was London and the conductor Mitropoulos!)

[From the Met's invaluable on-line archive]

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A SHOUT OUT TO BILL VALENTINE

Great web designer–he found the perfect Nile green I wanted for this blog.  And he’s always ready to troubleshoot when asked to.  Thank you Bill!

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NO, I DIDN’T WRITE THAT

I refer to the unsigned rave for the VAI series in the Check it Out section of the new Ballet Review. (We’re working on VAI Montreal Vol.5.)

But I did write the Ballet Review interview with Valerie Camille!

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MORE ABOUT RICHARD LAMPARSKI

Richard is always wonderfully helpful to researchers. He supplied me with a tape of his 1966 interview with Tallulah Bankhead when I was writing my biography. Back in the ’60s, he had a radio show on WBAI, “High Tea With –” whichever entertainment celebrity he was interviewing.  He taped his interview with Tallulah in her apartment. When he told her the name of his show, the largely-incorrigible 64-year-old corrected him: “If you find any tea in THIS apartment, we’re going to smoke it!”

The first volume of his “Whatever Became Of?” book series had just appeared, a compilation of interviews with by-then frequently long-forgotten performers. Tallulah signed a photo to him: “Dear Richard, Thank you for NOT including me in your book!”

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