Malachy McCourt on “organized labor” by Daniel P Quinn.
“In these times of studied ignorance idiocy illiteracy and strutting ingnoramusses, it’s a relief to read Daniel P Quinn’s adroitly titled ‘organized labor’. Quinn is adept at the written word as he is at the spoken word with all his theatrical ventures. Reading this collection you can almost hear the gentle strains of an operatic aria in the Italian parts and musicality is not absent in the other parts.
A small book perhaps but rich in content and well worth taking on a short or long trip. “
Still working pro-bono from my studio home/office for 400 days downtown Newark.
Having restructured ArtsPR, I composed or wrote 1,200 Constant Contact pages that were sent to 228,420 outreach contacts. Of those 58,349 were opened and 1,338 were clicked more than once for an average of 26% in the last 12 months. This is triple the normal range by CC by their standards.
The New York Times published 260 of my letter blogs having been both a NYTimesPick, and a Readers Choice on numerous days. Some generated additional feedback in the USA and Internationally, pro and con. In some cases numerous letters were published on a single day on Broadway, Arts, History, Opera and Economics over the last 12 months.
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Divide INDEED. The Left side and Right side of their brains have stopped functioning. Hence the DIVIDE is there for all to see.
The American or “Know Nothing Party” was an anti-immigrant political party of the 1850’s.
I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we begin by declaring that “all men are created equal.” We now practically read it “all men are created equal, except negroes.” When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read “all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and catholics.” When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty-to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy.
Gertrude AbercrombieAmerican Painter (1909-77) Gertrude Abercrombie was an American painter based in Chicago. Called “the queen of the bohemian artists”, Abercrombie was involved in the Chicago jazz scene and was friends with musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Sarah Vaughan, whose music inspired her own creative work. Abercrombie’s motifs included owls, moonlit landscapes, and cats, as seen in her work The Courtship (1949), which she painted in a controlled palette of colors. “I am not interested in complicated things nor in the commonplace, I like to paint simple things that are a little strange.”
THE SCULPTURES OF GONZALO FONSECA – https://stateoftheartsnyc.wordpress.com › 2017 › 12 › 17. The Noguchi Museum presents a retrospective exhibition of the sculptural work of Gonzalo Fonseca (1922–97), a major figure in the development of modern Latin American art who created some of the most enchanting sculptures of his day. The work here in marble evokes his mastery of form as he drew on ancient cultures in a modern form. Astonishing work. Norman Treigle in NYCity Opera production of Carlisle Floyd’s SUSANNAH with Marilyn Niska (1971) and the 1958 premiere. Treigle scored his first significant success, as the tormented Reverend Olin Blitch, in the New York premiere of Floyd’s Susannah and at Brussels World’s Fair (1958). Treigle became arguably one of the top bass-baritone of the Americas. His greatest triumph was in Arrigo Boito’s MEFISTOFELE which I saw numerous times bringing many friends and colleagues to see it as well. Treigle unfortunately died in 1975 at 47 at the cusp of his career. My book is dedicated in his memory (2007) and has chapters about Opera here and abroad.
Teatro Real (1851-2020) Opera House in Madridand Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC.by Daniel P Quinn In 2013 Teatro Real premiered an Opera based on the life of Walt Disney in Madrid,Apparently, Disney had authoritarian and fascist sympathies Teatro Real took 32 years of construction before the neo-classical building opened with a ”La Favorita” by Donizetti in 1850. It functioned until ”La Boheme ” (1924) revealed deep cracks when the building was considered unsafe and forced its close. A military dictatorship embraced by King Alfonso XIII governed Spain from 1923 to 1930, but municipal elections held in April 1931 deposed the king and ushered in the so-called Second Republic. Republican candidates passed measures that reduced the power and influence of the military, the Catholic Church, property-owning elites and other entrenched interests. Franco, (1892-1975) a known authoritarian rightist, was reprimanded for criticizing the actions and the Spanish Civil War began. Millions died in the Spanish Civil War and the ugly reign of Franco lasted for decades, surpassing those of Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini. Teatro Real slid into ruin and was used as a munitions dump during the Spanish Civil War.In 1966 Franco reopened Teatro Real as a concert hall. Franco considered opera to be decadent so more or less consigned Opera as unpalatable during his regime. Finally, in 1988, Spain’s Socialist Government decided to rescue the Teatro Real. They chose Jose Manuel Gonzalez de Valcarcel, who carried out the 1966 restoration while ignoring Franco’s orders to destroy the stage so that opera could never again be performed there. This began in 1991, confirming the theater’s reputation for misfortune, Valcarcel died of a heart attack while showing journalists around the site. The Franco regime lasted from 1939-75 when he died. A new architect, Francisco Rodriguez Partearroyo (broke his leg while visiting the building). In 1996, the final cost had grown to four times the original estimate. Political soap opera began with Elena Salgado, a political appointee chose Stephane Lissner, from the Theatre du Chatelet into one of the most innovative opera houses in Paris to program Teatro Real. The Ghost of Walt Disney in Madrid Premiere: 22 January 2013, Teatro Real, MadridOne recent restless night I got out of bed and turned the All Arts Channel on. They were broadcasting an chromatic opera in English that I only heard the last 40 minutes. It was a very expensive production with Disney cartoon figures; an old man and a child meeting in a hospital in California seemingly on their deathbed. The score sounded like Philip Glass so I accidentally saw the second half of THE PERFECT AMERICAN sung in English at the Teatro Real. That was months ago. It was rebroadcast at an earlier hour and I watched the whole thing. It is a bio-pick on Disney and his career including a somewhat delusional Disney meeting with Lincoln in his robotic guise. Lincoln as Disney automaton was first seen in NYC. Lincoln was life sized debuting at the New York World’s Fare Illinois Pavilion (1965). He was later moved to Disneyland in Florida. Now he reappears as a dead-like figure puppet in THE PERFECT AMERICAN. THE PERFECT AMERICAN was a subplot about a disaffected for employee draftsman in Disney studio’s who Walt fired because he wanted a credit for his work. There was a glimpse and a look back at a Labor Strike by Disney workers. His loving wife always backing him up and Fantasyland alla Glass and the libretto. The audience in Spain seemed clueless about the whole thing. It was better than the Glass opera on COLUMBUS called THE VOYAGER but not by much. Glass took part in the curtain call and they all got polite applause. Next stop was the Perm opera House in Siberia. An opera destined for oblivion and not seen in Los Angeles or New York at this point if ever. The Perfect American is an opera in two acts composed in 2011–12 by Philip Glass. It is an adaptation of the Peter Stephan Jungk novel, Der König von Amerika, a fictional work that re-imagines Walt Disney in his later years as a power-hungry racist.Based on: Der König von Amerika, by Peter Stephan Jungk , Librettist: Rudy Wurlitzer This saga brings to mind the closure of Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. which closed in 1865 when Lincoln was assassinated. It was immediately closed by the Government as a crime scene. It was also used for 90 years as a warehouse. The Ford Family went bankrupt and his widow eventually relocated to NJ. The National Park service and the Government with Producer Nickie Hewitt took charge and it was restored and re-opened as a Theatre in 1965. Daniel P Quinn | November 1, 2020 at 3:33 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: https://wp.me/p3ta5q-iMCommentSee all commentsLike https://danielpbquinn.com/2020/11/01/teatro-real-1851-2020-surreal-opera-house-in-madrid/ Thanks for flying with WordPress.com Aeschylus speaks for us: Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forgetFalls drop by drop upon the heart until in our ownDespair against our will comesWisdom through the awful grace of God.
We received an invitation to present a program and book signing with Exits&Entrances (2008). My book features his inscribed photo by Norman Treigle as Arrigo Boito’s MEFISTOFELE. E&E is dedicated to his memory as one of the great opera singers of my lifetime. ArtsPRunlimited Inc is a sponsored program with Fractured Atlas <http://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=11419>
Bosses probably hasn’t ridden a bus in decades. It is a hell of a ride every day hours on end. Shocking was the effort to to absorb hundreds of pot holes in Livingston from the half-shuttered mall to Short Hills, Summit, Springfield, Maplewood, Irvington and Newark. This would also include Belleville. Nutley, Bloomfield, Paterson, Montclair, Kearny, and Clifton in the last few years as well.
While enduring an hour long NJTransit bus trek from Livingston to Newark, I would say most streets are in abject disrepair. While the bus was new it did not have shocks.