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Sunday palate cleanser: Der Rosenkavalier

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Der Rosenkavalier, full opera, Covent Garden,

This production of Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” by Oscar-winning film director John Schlesinger, marked the 25th anniversary of Sir Georg Solti’s spectacular debut at Covent Garden. Featuring Kiri Te Kanawa’s first performance in London in the role of Marschallin.

Argentina: Los Abandonados, the movie I want to see but can’t find. UPDATE: FOUND!

Thursday, October 1st, 2015


Website: Los Abandonados Movie

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Frances Martel writes about a new documentary, Los Abandonados (The Abandoned),

As Americans reflect on months at the negotiating table with Ali Khamenei, the new filmLos Abandonados (“The Abandoned”) demands a deeper look at another Iran deal: the one Argentina made to absolve the perpetrators of the largest terrorist attack in their history.

Part historical account and part spy novel, Los Abandonados tells the story of the death of Alberto Nisman, an Argentine prosecutor who was found dead of a gunshot to the head the day before he was to testify to Congress. He was to accuse President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of making a secret deal with the Iranian government to protect Hezbollah-linked terrorists. The terrorists in question are the orchestrators of the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA), the worst terror attack in Argentina’s history and the worst attack on the Western Hemisphere prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Readers of this blog know that I’ve been following the Nisman story, so I’m keenly interested in seeing the film.

However, it has no IMDB listing, movie times, or official website that I could find. It does have a YouTube channel.

Any information on where it’s playing will be greatly appreciated.

Sunday palate cleanser: Panamanian dances

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

John Clement sent a sampling of Panamanian dances,

Thursday night papal tango

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

“On Sunday, September 20, Argentine Tango dancers from in and around Philadelphia gathered in one of the city’s most iconic locations, Love Park, to record this danced and spoken welcome message for Pope Francis in anticipation of his arrival in Philadelphia later this week.”

Sunday palate cleanser: The Mikado

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Watch it while you still can.

Sunday palate cleanser: The Cloister’s Fuentidueña

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

How do you dismantle, transport, rebuild, and conserve a structure that is almost 1,000 years old?

This 28-minute documentary chronicles the dismantling of the 12th-century apse from the church of San Martín in Fuentidueña, Spain, and its reconstruction at The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Medieval branch, between 1958 and 1961. The film combines archival footage of the apse shot in situ,

It has become a location for spectacular a capella concerts thanks to its acoustics, and now includes modern art installations. Here’s a video of the installation of Janet Cardiff’s The Forty Part Motet.

Sunday Palate Cleanser: Le Nozze di Figaro

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Labor Day weekend film review: Wild about Wild Tales

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Read my Labor Day weekend film review: Wild about Wild Tales

Funny, astonishing, suspenseful. . . Wild Tales.

Sunday palate cleanser: Queen at Wembly

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Sunday palate cleanser: Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Ax

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

playing Beethoven’s Concerto For Piano, Violin, Cello & Orchestra Op.56