López and Neill: St Hugh Concerts

Summer has come to a close and fall is in the air, or so they say. We may not get the change of seasons like other areas but it does bring another new season, Opera Season. On September 26th the St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series began its third season at St. Hugh’s Catholic Church in Coconut […]

Sandra Lopez and Stuart Neill (photo by Manny Hernandez)

Doctor Who; The Caretaker

Doctor Who: The Caretaker (S8 Ep 6)

CLARA’S WORLDS COLLIDE!!! You knew it had to happen eventually… Especially when this season started off with Clara meeting such a cool, charming, fascinating character as Danny Pink. Most companions don’t have very much keeping them bound to their Earth life. There will be people about whom they care, but usually traveling with the Doctor […]

The Soprano Score Card Volume 1 – Traviata

Now that opera season is upon us again, it’s time to talk about the diva on stage. I admit that I am a shameless lover of the female voice, be they Sopranos, Mezzo Sopranos or contraltos (or in the case of some Broadway and Pop singers, female tenors) I pretty much am guaranteed to like […]

Natalie Dessay as Violetta Valery in a very unusually designed production of La Traviata

Birgit Nilsson as Salome

La Nilsson: My Life in Opera by Birgit Nilsson

Birgit Nilsson’s autobiography, La Nilsson My Life in Opera was originally published in Swedish and German in 1995 and 1997 respectively.   It was not until 2007, two years after Madame Nilsson’s death, that the English translation, by Doris Jung Popper, was published. It is impossible to have a serious discussion about Wagner recordings without discussing […]

Classic Doctor Who #2 – The Mind Robber

The Mind Robber originally aired September 1968 – October, 1968. It was the 2nd serial of Season 6 of Doctor Who. The Doctor was traveling with probably the 2nd Doctor’s most famous crew: Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines) and Zoe Heriot (Wendy Padbury).  Jamie traveled with the 2nd Doctor in 116 of Troughton’s 119 episodes (20 […]

Classic Who: The Mind Robber

Doctor Who Season 8: Time Heist

Doctor Who: Time Heist (S8 Ep 5)

Time Heist is not my favorite episode of Doctor Who. I don’t want to be one of those fan-boys who whines about when his favorite TV show doesn’t live up to his expectations and nitpicks every little thing that bugs him about an episode. But two things specifically bugged me about this episode, and I […]

Doctor Who: Listen (S8 Ep 4)

“Question: Why do we talk out loud when we know we’re alone? Conjecture: Because we know we’re not. Evolution perfects survival skills…” This question and observation begin the 4th episode of Season 8 of Doctor Who, Listen. Well… …actually, Listen begins with the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) meditating cross-legged on top of the TARDIS as it […]

Doctor Who: Listen

Robot of Sherwood

Doctor Who: Robot of Sherwood (S8 Ep 3)

The Doctor doesn’t believe in legendary heroes. This week, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) gives Clara (Jenna Coleman) the choice of where to go — anywhere she wants. And we discover that Clara is a bit of a fan-girl: She wants to meet Robin Hood. But the Doctor immediately tries to shoot down the idea. Robin […]

The Beasts of Tarzan

The Beasts of Tarzan was originally serialized in 1914, and was published as his third novel in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan series in 1916. (The Serialization Thing will come up again, later…) Like the previous sequel, this book picks up (more or less) where the last leaves off. Two years have passed since Tarzan carried […]

Beasts of Tarzan (1)

Edda Moser

Living Treasures

In Japan, there is a designation given that is “Living National Treasure” (人間国宝 Ningen Kokuhō) and it is given to those people who are cited as being “Preservers of Important Intangible Cultural Properties.” (Yes, I’m quoting Wikipedia here.)   This designation when given to an individual signifies someone who has attained high mastery of their art or […]