Thursday, October 23, 2014

Marie Taylor - Carnival! - Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - World Series

Thursday==>It is a gray and overcast day here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World. At 10:30am the temperature is a nippy 51º with drizzling rain.

Oh well, ain’t nothing I can do about it ... so ... we will get today’s posting underway with Billi Pod’s report on yesterday’s activities ... beginning with ...

At 8:30am yesterday morning I met my friend Marie Taylor at the 1 train platform in Times Square and we subwayed downtown to the massive Fulton Street Station. 

We then walked a few blocks over to Beekman Street to meet our group, including Marie’s friend Romily, for our 9:00am “landmark tour” of 5 Beekman.

This project is the conversion of the beautiful Temple Court building, built in 1883, at 5 Beekman Street into a hotel, with a condo tower behind it. It is expected to be totally completed by early 2016.

We were given an interesting and informative presentation of the history of the building and the conversion process and then in small groups were taken into the construction site to see the renovation up close. 
In the picture it is Romily, me, Marie.

The “tour” took a little over an hour. When it was finished I subwayed back to Midtown with Marie, where we split. 

So==>thank you Marie for the invitation and ... Romily ... it was nice meeting you.

Moving on ...

My entertainment event for the day was the matinee performance of ...

CARNIVAL!, a musical about the strange adventure of Lili, a naive teenage orphan who turns up at the Carnival looking for her guardian, but ultimately she ends up becoming more than just a spectator==>Thumbs Up!

This show gets a thumb rating because it is basically a staged reading since the performers have scripts in hand and, as many of you know, Billi Pod usually doesn’t give letter grades to staged readings.

Having said that ... this was a totally enjoyable performance with an excellent cast headed by Ali Ewoldt in the difficult role of Lili. She has a beautiful voice and an excellent presence as the vulnerable Lili.

The most recognizable song from this 1960 musical is “Love Makes the World Go Round” and it is woven throughout the show. Frankly, it is still buzzing in my head.

Yeah, I totally enjoyed the show and left the theater with a big smile on my face, giving the show’s producer Mel Miller a big thumbs up as I was leaving.

Billi Pod says==>as long as you understand this is a staged reading, then this show is very worth seeing.

This show is part of the Musical’s Tonight Series playing at The Theatre Row Complex on my West 42nd Street block. It has a running time of 2:30, with intermission, and runs through November 2nd.

When the show was over I was able to do about a hour’s worth of walking and wandering even though the weather was turning nasty.

Came back to PHC, had my usual fruit and cheese plate and then settled into the cozy confines of my apartment to watch Game Two of The World Series.

WOW, what an exciting game, if you are a Kansas City fan like moi, as The Royals exploded for a five-run sixth inning, leading to a 7-2 victory over The Giants.

The Series is now tied 1-1 and moves to San Francisco for 3-games beginning on Friday.

Moving on ...

Tonight’s entertainment event is a classical music concert ...

8:00==>ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA @ Carnegie Hall - The program is:

Rossini - Overture to Cambiale Di Matrimonio;
Zwilich - Prologue and Variations;
Poulenc - Sinfonietta; and,
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 3 (performed by Jonathan Biss)
(complimentary ticket)

I have seen this group perform on numerous occasions and they have always done an excellent job. They perform without a conductor. I am really looking forward to this concert.

In closing ... yesterday was a good walking day bolstered by my usual walking routine between half innings of the KC/SF game.

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>5.10 miles (or, 11,158 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>1,208.54 miles (average 4.10 miles per day)


Billi Pod
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”

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