1. On a very snowy Saturday we made our way uptown to Carnegie Hall- luckily we were slated to eat at a place directly across the street from both the venue and the R train. The cake was quite decadent. And we tool at least 12 layers home…
  2. Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has no conductor- they democratically choose the artistic director and someone to kind of nudge the musicians into placed and such. However it works, it’s lovely. We were treated to a premiere of Tuxedo: Plaid x Plaid by Hannah Kendall, who was in the audience for the performance. Lovely piece, and wonderful concert all around.
  3. So I decided to move the exercise bike in front of the TV. This requires me to move the coffee table back. Which of course facilitated Betty jumping on the couch and climbing onto the table because, I guess, she could…
  4. Film Forum is back at their amazing film festivals! Saw Flesh and the Devil, a silent film which was accompanied by a pianist. I love when movies are accompanied by live music. (ask me how bummed I am that I didn’t get tickets to the upcoming screening of Raiders with the Philharmonic backing it up…) The movie also started and ended with a talk by Robert Gottlieb, author of Garbo. Really fun and intersting tidbits about the actress and the movie.
  5. The next festival I partook in is made up of films featuring NYC, and made between 1945 and 1955. I saw Jigsaw, a movie about hate groups and how they try to infiltrate things. While not a great movie, it was worth seeing as part of historical context about what was on the minds of people post WWII. Lots of cameos including Henry Fonda and Marlene Dietrich.
  6. Year of the Tiger. We headed down to Chinatown to help the local economy and celebrate the new year. Our restaurant had duck, so we decided to partake. Great meal all around.
  7. Order is restored as galleries 165 and 166 were finally reopened!! I also saw new exhibit In the Orbit of Jacques Louis David: Selections from the Department of Drawing and Prints. I routinely enjoy prints and drawings, but I wasn’t overly impressed with what was displayed. I did quite like the one thing I photographed.

Ok- this is where I ask you if something is coincidence, or something else. Remember Bloganuary? And remember the “describe yourself as a tree” prompt? Also- remember the next book you’re reading prompt…

So, I’m reading “The Exiles” by Christina Baker Kline, and I come across this section:

“Evangeline nodded. For a moment all of them were quiet. Then she said, “Well, I don’t know if this will help but…” She took a breath. “When you cut down a tree, you can tell how old it is by the rings inside. The more rings, the sturdier the tree. So…I imagine I’m a tree. And every moment that mattered to me, or person I loved, is a ring.”

I would also like to give a shout out to Tater. He was an influence on one of my posts this week, but I neglected to give him his due! http://theycallmetater.com/2022/01/31/tater-mentions-joe-rogan-even-though-he-didnt-want-to/

Don’t forget that on the first Friday of every month there will be Five Word Friday!! Come up with five words to describe your life!!

41 thoughts on “What Inspired Me: February 6, 2022

  1. Lots of interesting things in your week! That cake is my kinda dessert…..yum!!! Your silent movie experience brought to mind a memory I had forgotten….we have a beautiful grand old, restored theater here in our little village and my grandma used to play the piano for some of the black and white ‘silent movies’ way back in “ancient times”. I’ve never eaten duck…..would love to try sometime….Ive heard it’s delicious. Thanks for sharing all that!

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  2. Your comment about silent films brought back a lovely memory. Abbie was a next door neighbor years ago. She died at 100 shortly after we came back from England, so that would make her about 140 years old today. She grew up in Illinois and played for silent movies in her town. One day she sat down at my piano to demonstrate it. She said this is music for a tender love scene, but when there is a crisis, I’d play this. If there were galloping horses on the screen, this is what I would do. She played for five minutes, running the gamut of all kinds of emotions. That was a piece of history I saw and heard first hand.

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  3. Cool movies 👍 As you saw on my blog we saw tick tick boom…this is also a year-long monthly Sidney Poitier retrospective coming up. I’m considering the defiant ones on my birthday but I have seen that film before, might wait to see something I haven’t seen. What’s on Betty’s shirt Sassy Queen?

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  4. Wonderful reflections as always, LA. I started riding my stationary bike again two weeks ago. Your giving me ideas about the placement in regard to the TV. Hehe. 😉

    A tree grows in Brooklyn, ordered, delivered, and began reading a couple of nights ago. Loving it so far. Exquisitely descriptive.

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