Friday, February 6, 2015

TGIF - Weather Report - New York Philharmonic - St. Olif Choir - Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Brian Williams

Friday==>Yes, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, it is finally Friday and the weekend is almost upon us ... so ... all of my Worker Bee friends in your cubicles, wait-stations, broom closets, whatevers ... keep your eyes on the clock and don’t even consider leaving early because ... well ... you know by now why you can’t slip away early ... so ...

Man, yesterday was a majorly cold day/evening here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World. I had to brave the elements twice ... once to go to the Food Emporium and then to and from the subway station for my concert up at Lincoln Center. The wind cut like a knife. It was very very unpleasant.

Last night, when I got back to the apartment at 10:15pm, it was 12º, wind chill down to

At 11:00am this morning it has warmed up a bit ... yeah ... warmed up to 19º, wind chill .

I will remain in the warm and cozy confines of my apartment until it is time to head out this evening for my entertainment doubleheader (details below).

So ... let’s move on with Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s excellent concert at Lincoln Center ...

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA @ Avery Fisher Hall - The program was:

Barber - Violin Concerto (performed by Lisa Batiashvili);
Rouse - “Iscariot;” and,
Rachmaninoff - Symphony No. 2

Totally enjoyed the Barber and Rachmaninoff works but, as usual, the Rouse piece, in its New York debut, was another piece of atonal dreck that Billi Pod hates. It received only a tepid round of applause, as did the composer when he was brought on stage ... awkward.

My discounted TDF seat was excellent, in the middle orchestra, row AA, house left.

Despite the Rouse number, Billi Pod enjoyed the evening and he left Avery Fisher Hall smiling. He needed a classical music fix and this did it.

Now ... let’s move on to today, which is going to be an entertainment doubleheader that couldn’t be more diverse.

The first event is a concert at Carnegie Hall ...

8:00==>THE ST. OLIF CHOIR @ Carnegie Hall - “This choir from St. Olif College in Northfield, Minnesota, is recognized internationally as a creative force behind America’s a cappella tradition.” (concert - complimentary ticket)

When I originally booked this concert I erroneously put the starting time as 7:00pm. Luckily, I discovered the error but I will have to leave at intermission because I have a Broadway show scheduled for late night ...

10:00==>HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH- “This revival is now with its original star and co-creator, John Cameron Mitchell, as Hedwig a transgender punk-rock diva from East Germany, who is the survivor of a botched sex change operation.”  (Broadway - discounted Actors Fund ticket)

I saw the original Off Broadway production in 1998 at the Jane Street Theatre and totally loved it. John Cameron Mitchell was Hedwig back then, too.

This very well-reviewed musical opened on April 22, 2014, with Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig.

It is playing at the Belasco Theatre on West 44th Street, has a running time of 1:30, without intermission, and is an open run.

Yeah ... I think you will agree that this is a pretty diverse entertainment doubleheader.

Moving on ...

As you loyal and faithful readers and followers know, Brian Williams, the anchor of “NBC Nightly News” is under fire because of his admission that he lied about being in a military helicopter forced down by enemy fire in Iraq in 2003

He gave a weak apology about “misremembering” - whatever that is. There are growing calls for NBC to remove him from the show.

As a fair and impartial journalist, I find this whole thing to be very disturbing because Williams was one of my favorite newspersons.

I reluctantly feel that he should resign his position because even more charges of “less-than-truthfulness” are surfacing. We will see what happens.

On this happy note we will post this and then move on ...


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.23 miles (or, 9,260 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>150.84 miles (average 4.19 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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