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A Midsummer Night's Dream

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight.

The Pacific Northwest Ballet, choreography by George Balanchine:


E.U. Later, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee


Bill Maher interviews environmentalist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez


Real Time with Bill Maher: Overtime

The Glass Ceiling: A Game for Girls

I know this has been posted before, but it's time for a replay!


Looking Under the GOP's Hood -- Full Frontal with Samantha Bee


Inside Amy Schumer -- Dr. Congress


Real Time with Bill Maher, Rebecca Traister interview

"Single white women vote Democratic; married white women are your problem (for voting Republican)."
Maher: "They're not MY problem."


Hillary Clinton and the Kreplach Joke.

I've wanted to reread Nora Ephron's novel "Heartburn" for decades and finally got around to ordering a copy. Here is her version of the Kreplach Joke:

"Once upon a time there was a little boy who hated kreplach. Every time he saw a piece of kreplach in the soup he screamed, 'Aaaaah, kreplach!' So his mother decided to teach him not to be afraid of kreplach. She took him into the kitchen and rolled out some dough. 'Just like a pancake,' she said. 'Just like a pancake,' said the little boy. Then she took a piece of meat and rolled it into a ball. 'Just like a meatball,' she said. 'Just like a meatball,' said the little boy. Then she rolled up the meat in the dough and held it up. 'Just like a dumpling,' she said. 'Just like a dumpling,' said the little boy. Then she dropped it into the soup and put it in front of the little boy, and he screamed, 'Aaaaah, kreplach!'"

No matter how many times the liberal voting record and history and personality of Hillary Clinton is explained; that there's nothing to be afraid of, that she (like Obama) is nothing like a Republican, there are still plenty of people who look at Hillary and scream, "Aaaaah, kreplach!"

Anniversary of the May 29th, 1913, performance of "The Rite of Spring."

I'm obsessed with how modern and creative early 20th century Paris was.

"Of course, there were young people -- artists, students and 'fans' -- who were prepared to align themselves with Diaghilev on his boldest charges into battle against the old guard. Counting on their support, he had given them free tickets -- standing passes. It was the presence of these bloodthirsty enthusiasts in the middle of the elegant occupants of the boxes which was partly responsible for the battle which took place in the theatre on 29 May. ... Cocteau thought the reaction of two sections of the public to the ballet and to each other was inevitable ... 'All the elements of a scandal were present. The smart audience in tails and tulle, diamonds and ospreys, was interspersed with the suits and bandeaux of the aesthetic crowd. The latter would applaud novelty simply to show their contempt for the people in the boxes. ... Innumerable shades of snobbery were represented. ... The audience played the role that was written for it.'"

"The theatre seemed to be shaken by an earthquake. It seemed to shudder. People shouted insults, howled and whistled, drowning out the music. There was slapping and even punching. ... I thought there was something wonderful about the titanic struggle which must have been going on in order to keep these inaudible musicians and these deafened dancers together, in obedience to the laws of their invisible choreographer. The ballet was astoundingly beautiful."

Stravinsky left his seat when the noise began, and said to the audience, "Go to Hell." After the performance: "we were excited, angry, disgusted, and ... happy. I went with Diaghilev and Nijinsky to a restaurant. So far from weeping and reciting Pushkin in the Bois de Boulogne as the legend is, Diaghilev's only comment was: 'Exactly what I wanted.'"

(From Richard Buckle's "Diaghilev")

BBC's Riot at the Rite:



My favorite, Salonen conducting:


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