Feel These (Retro) Beats: Blondie and Concrete Blonde

I was going through my CD (ok . . .Record) (OK. . . fine . .  MP3) collection the other day looking back on some “memories” and I stumbled upon a couple of albums that I haven’t heard in a while thinking ‘I wonder if they’re still as good as I remember?’   So, I gave them a […]

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Doctor Who - Season 8 (Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman)

Doctor Who: A Season 8 Analysis

The Adult Adventures of a Flawed Doctor and a Flawed Companion By Richard Estes Ray and the editors of the Shot Glass Review have graciously provided me with an opportunity to provide my overview of the recently concluded season 8 of Doctor Who.  Before I begin, it might help if I told you a little […]

FGO’s Butterfly is an exquisite beauty

The 2014/15 season marks the 74th for The Florida Grand Opera, and on Saturday November 15th, FGO opened it’s latest production of Giacomo Puccini’s 1904 opera Madama Butterfly. Based upon the John Luther Long short story, Madame Butterfly and the David Belasco one act adaptation: Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan, Puccini’s opera has become […]


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Janai Brugger @ St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series

On November 14th, the St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series continued its third season with Soprano Janai Brugger, accompanied by Artistic Director Roberto Berrocal. For those unfamiliar with this series, it is presented by the St. Hugh Catholic Church in Coconut Grove and a large portion of the proceeds  benefit several of the church’s outreach and charity […]

Passion & Romance: Florida Grand Opera’s Madama Butterfly is coming

Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly has been entertaining audiences for 110 years and Florida Grand Opera’s upcoming production, which opens this next weekend, is promising all of the passion and the emotion that has kept audiences coming back to this beloved work year after year. Madama Butterfly  is the 7th most frequently performed opera in […]

Madama Butterfly opens November 15th at Florida Grand Opera (source FGO.org(

Doctor Who: Death in Heaven

Doctor Who: Death in Heaven (S8 Ep 12)

“Permission to SQUEEEEEEE!” Death in Heaven seems answer a season-long question that arose before the first episode of Season 8, Deep Breath, most likely back when the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) spent 300 years in Christmas (on Trenzalore) back in Time of the Doctor. “Am I a good man?” Certain that he was living out […]

The Soprano Scorecard: Vengeance Aria

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time for the Soprano Score Card Volume Two Click here for Volume 1. Today’s challenge, the Queen of the Night’s Vengeance Aria from  Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), aka Der Hölle Rache im kochten meinem Herzen. This aria is notable for its extreme technical difficulty combined with an extreme range […]

The original set design for the original production of Die Zauberflöte

Joshua Bell (photo by Eric  Kabik)

Joshua Bell @ The Broward Center

On Saturday November 1st, The Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale kicked off it’s 2014/15 Classical Series with acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell. Bell was accompanied on piano by Alessio Bax. Saturday’s concert was preceded by two events. At 6:30pm, Bell greeted and conducted a Q & A with members of the Florida […]

Doctor Who: Dark Water (S8 Ep 11)

Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) needs to talk to Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson). But not in person. She’s got a lot to say, and she needs him to just hear it. She has tons to say. She has a bookshelf plastered with sticky notes with key phrases so she can remember everything she plans to tell […]

Doctor Who: Dark Water

Gregg Weinner & Jessica Farr in Hedda GAbler (Photo by Mitchell Zachs)

Hedda Gabler @ MTC

The Miami Theater Center opens it’s 10th anniversary season with Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Ibsen ranks as one of the worlds greatest playwrights and according to some sources his plays are produced so often that only Shakespeare rivals him. Then what makes a play like Hedda Gabler seem unapproachable to modern audiences? Being from Norway Ibsen wrote […]