Thiebaud’s Color Revelations at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum

We had always planned to visit the opening of Sacramento’s Crocker Art Gallery’s new wing, but it took a phone call from a friend to get us into action (this is Your phone call!)…I was captured. Of course, I’ve seen Wayne Thiebaud’s work in books and slideshows. But I’m telling you, NOTHING compares to seeing it in person. What I missed in the 2D representations of his work was the Paint. My God. The way the man uses paint is electrifying!

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How Opera Won Me Over

I don’t know about you, but I always had an attitude about opera. Give me some chamber music, a piano concerto or a symphony and I’m happy to submerge myself into an hour or two of focused listening and experiencing of classical music. But I was very snotty about singers and opera in particular. Most of my fellow woodwind players and I barely considered singers to be “musicians”.

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The Metropolitan Opera’s Das Rheingold in Hi-Def

This morning one of my web buddies from New York alerted me that the Met would present a live HD broadcast of Das Rheingold at 1:00 pm EST in movie theaters all across America. Now I’m not an especially big Wagner fan, and I think the obnoxious little creep’s reach exceeded his grasp with The Ring, but I’d read a few articles about the ambitious new production by Robert Lepage and it seemed like much too good an opportunity to pass up.

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