31 January 2010
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28 January 2010
In junior year of high school, we read The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Catcher in the Rye by Salinger. I believe I was the only one in the class who preferred Hawthorne. I'm still right.
27 January 2010
Who do you think your fooling?
I got the Presidential Seal
I'm up on the Presidential Podium
My mama loves
She loves me
She gets down on her knees and hugs me
And she loves me like a rock
She rocks me like the rock of ages
and she loves me!"
Now when I hear HMMS, I can't help thinking that it sounds either vaguely like the acronym for some Catholic high school or, even more so, like the title of that beloved Gilbert and Sullivan operetta H.M.S. Pinafore, which is the reason I shall henceforth refer to said middle school simply as "Pinafore."
26 January 2010
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I begin each class with a joke (a remnant of my Catholic high school teaching days when one started off each class with a prayer -- a practice which has two beneficial effects: getting students into a different frame of mind and marking clearly the beginning of class).
Anyway, I am teaching an ESL class for the first time this semester and, even before I began my favorite opening-of-the-semester joke, I realized my joke wasn't going to go over well:
Two musicians are walking down the street.
One says to the other, "Who was that piccolo I saw you with last night?"
The other replies, "That was no piccolo; that was my fife."
I have to explain a Henny Youngman allusion to American college students, so I shouldn't have been surprised that international students would be even less likely to see the humor (limited as it may be to most people). My explanation of the lineage of the joke didn't seem to help.
I'm going forward nonetheless. What better way to see how a language can work than through its jokes?
25 January 2010
Today, 25 January 2010, marks the 20th anniversary of Ava Gardner's death,
so, tomorrow, we'll be playing songs Frank recorded in 1951 and 1952
(the years leading up to and immediately following their marriage on 7 November 1951)
WITH A SPECIAL AVA SET STARTING AT 9 AM!
Frank, Gil, and Friends
Tuesdays 8-10 AM
on-air at WFCS 107.7 FM New Britain/Hartford
on-line at www.live365.com/stations/wfcs
For more program info go to http://home.comcast.net/~g18gigliotti/site (The "Frank, Gil, and Friends" website)
From Stephen Holden's review of Manilow's new album The Greatest Love Songs of All Time
24 January 2010
23 January 2010
It would have sounded even better had Lauren Bacall originally uttered it in French (in that Lauren Bacall voice) when she said to her hubby Humphrey Bogart and his Holmbly Hills friends:
22 January 2010
Reunion's "Life is a Rock (but the Radio Rolled Me)"
Back when New Year's Eve still meant listening to the Top 100 Countdown on some Cincinnati radio station.
(Was WSAI still Top 40 then?)
Just heard from my publisher, Entasis Press, that we're looking at an April release for the new anthology, Ava Gardner: Touches of Venus.
And the free Ava film series at CCSU, "Fridays with Ava," sponsored by Alumni Affairs Office, will include a pre-screening reception at each movie! Ava with snacks on a Friday afternoon. What could be better that that?
I'm also trying to arrange with Playhouse on Park a free morning screening of Ava's One Touch of Venus. Details as they become available.
And this Tuesday at 9:00 AM on the "Frank, Gil, and Friends" radio show, we'll mark this Monday's 20th anniversary of Ava's passing with a special Ava playlist!!!!! (Just return here on Tuesday and click on the WFCS station link right on this blog!)
Ava Gardner-- alive and well in central Connecticut!
21 January 2010
20 January 2010
a Master's Degree in Exercise Science
a Certificate in Spirituality
and "extensive training" in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
19 January 2010
That language seems less than felicitous, if you ask me.
(On a golf-related note, I played my first nine-hole game of Wii golf -- 3 holes each of the beginner, intermediate, and expert levels -- and scored a 3-under-par! I felt so good, I wanted to let my Mii go out and pick up some NYC "hostess/party girls".)
And PETE ROSE is the one who is banned from baseball?
It's amazing how bad having no half-court game can make a coach feel!
18 January 2010
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The packed house (BTW, erroneously called the first-ever sold-out show at POP) enjoyed the manic energy of the three actors and their remarkable ability to switch roles -- and gears -- at the drop of a hat (or of a line or of a costume or of a prop)!
Whether a devotee of the Bard or a novice, one can't help but enjoy oneself because, even in the midst of the silliest of spoofs, the actors are able to make the language and characters come alive. (Even the apparent throw-away soliloquy of Hamlet, as beautifully performed by Mr. Hollman, spoke volumes of reasons why Shakespeare will not -- indeed, cannot-- go away.)
The show is so fast-paced I really can't remember everything I found really, really funny. I know I can't recall the last Uncle Vanya joke I was exposed to, and admittedly I didn't really fully get the allusion last night, but I laughed, and laughed heartily... so it needn't matter.
As I told my daughters, the strength of a show like this is that, despite its mockery of scholarly approaches to the playwright and the plays, the authors (Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Borgeson) had to be masters of the Shakespearean corpus to create such a work. So genuinely funny a play can't be written by those who don't know and love "my Willy."
From my perspective , this is the most completely successful production that POP has yet mounted, and that's not an easy mark to hit (given what they have done even in their short existence)!
FYI: The title of this post alludes to one of the Hamlet bits that got the entire audience playing along. And, if that doesn't define good theatre, I'm not sure what does!
14 January 2010
But the little I do watch of it only emphasizes to me repeatedly how much Simon will be missed when he leaves after this season -- since he's the only one who is willing to tell the truth.
That said, doesn't the man own any shirts?
13 January 2010
Instead the younger man, not too long ago the future of NBC late night, must leave (and quite understandably so).
12 January 2010
While sitting in a chair
Right Shuffle Step
Left Shuffle Step
Right Shuffle Ball Change Shuffle Step
Left Shuffle Step
Right Shuffle Step
Left Shuffle Ball Change Shuffle Step
Right Shuffle Step
Left Shuffle Step
Right Shuffle Ball Change Shuffle Dig Step (right)
Left Rear Toe Step (back)
Right Hop (back)
Left Hop (back)
Right Step (wide)
Left Step (wide)
The CCSU Alumni Association
FRIDAYS WITH AVA
An AVA GARDNER Film Series
(with each movie introduced by a CCSU professor with an expertise in a related field)
THE KILLERS (1946) w/ Professor Barry Leeds
SHOW BOAT (1951) w/ Professor Felton Best
MOGAMBO (1953) w/ Professor Burlin Barr
THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (1954) w/ Professor Cindy White
ON THE BEACH (1959) w/ Professor David Blitz
11 January 2010
The CCSU BOOKSTORE presents
CCSU’s cable television show featuring members of the Central family (faculty, staff, and alumni) talking about their books
and airing on some 20 cable outlets throughout Connecticut. (Check your local listings!)
WEDNESDAYS at 12:00 in the CCSU Bookstore
Gender and Allegory in Transamerican Fiction and Performance
Katherine Sugg (English)
Meeting the Demands of Reason: The Life and Thought of Andrei Sakharov
Jay Bergman (History)
Plague, Apocalypses, and Bug-Eyed Monsters: How Speculative Fiction Shows Us Our Nightmares
Heather Urbanski (English)
Electrifying the Rural American West: Stories of Power, People, and Place
Leah Glaser (History)
Judy Mandel (Alumna, Class of ‘81)
A Talk about Writing Textbooks:
Mosaicos: Spanish as a World Language, Identidades: Exploraciones e Interconexiones, and La escritura paso a paso.
Paloma Lapuerta (Modern Languages)
BRING A LUNCH AND A FRIEND
Watch Central Authors daily on CCSU TV, channel 23, at 8:30 am, 2:30 pm, and 7:30 pm,
Think globally; read locally!