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15.6.08

In Brief: Father's Day Edition

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to good things in Blogville and Beyond, just a little bit late.

  • Via Alex Ross, we hear that critic Alan Rich's blog has gone live. [So I've Heard]

  • Guest blogger Ralph Locke points out the American-British conflict over Anthony Payne's completion of Elgar's Third Symphony. [Dial "M" for Musicology]

  • A man in Texas (must be a Stars fan) is suing the owners of the Detroit Red Wings to stop the practice of throwing octopi onto the ice. I think you know where I stand on this. [Puck Daddy]

  • Thank you, Bruce Hodges, for making us aware that June is Accordion Awareness Month. While Bruce blames Lawrence Welk for the instrument's lack of popularity, it always makes me think of Judy Tenuta, the comedian who often calls the accordion in her act "my I.U.D." [Monotonous Forest]

  • Meanwhile, did you know that Lucy Liu plays the accordion? That the accordion is a member of the reed family? That the accordion is the official musical instrument of the city of San Francisco? [United States National Accordion News]

  • Curse that "Brian," who is now in Vienna watching Renée Fleming in Strauss's Capriccio. Longtime readers may recall my rapture at seeing her in that opera in Paris in 2004. It's one of the monuments of 20th-century opera, and Fleming is at her best in repertory like Strauss and Korngold. [Out West Arts]

7 comments:

Lindemann said...

I think you should just keep the Red Wings picture up until the conclusion of next year's Stanley Cup playoffs. Unless the Wings win again, in which case you should keep it up even longer.

Charles T. Downey said...

Heh, don't worry -- this is the last time!

kishnevi said...

The year the Florida Panthers got to the Finals the league made a big deal about banning rat-throwing--don't remember how it started, but it was well on the way to becoming a tradition (if a team that new could be said to have traditions) until the league stepped in and said "naughty naughty".

Charles T. Downey said...

They were plastic rats thrown on the ice, if I remember correctly, after one of the players killed an actual rat in the locker room. Not exactly the same, but if the league feels it can ban that...

Bruce Hodges said...

Charles, I had completely forgotten about Judy Tenuta (and used to love her routines). Nice to see she is still around causing havoc! Thanks for mentioning her.

Lindemann said...

"Heh, don't worry -- this is the last time!"

I was being serious. I represent Detroit (by birth, anyway).

Charles T. Downey said...

Well, in that case, Go Wings!