Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Week in Entertainment

Live: Don Giovanni at the Met, a very good performance especially by Peter Mattei in the title role - so pleased with himself, so carefree, Emma Bell as Donna Elvira, and the very accomplished actor Luca Pisaroni as Leporello. This is an opera on a very serious subject, with an almost despairing deus-ex-machina ending (Giovanni will never be brought to justice by the likes of Ottavio) - and yet it's tremendously funny in places as well. The genius of Mozart at perhaps its height.

Film: Andrea Chenier, a broadcast from the Royal Opera House, with Jonas Kaufmann, Željko Lučić and Eva-Marie Westbroek. Except no, the weather didn't cooperate! Boo! All that's left is to hope it gets put out on DVD soon...

 DVD: Some more, actually all the rest of Marie Brand.

TV: Last Week Tonight's second season! Igor, which I hadn't seen before and kind of wish I hadn't seen now; it was just awful, totally pointless and not even pretty. Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, also one I hadn't seen before but this one was very good - a bit slow to start but had me in tears at the end.

Read: Anne Tyler's latest (and possibly last) novel, A Spool of Blue Thread, one of her best, I think. The Wedding-Chest Mystery, written in 1932; a character startled me by opening his window on the plane across the Channel! The first volume in a graphic-novel series called Suffragitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons.



At 1:08 AM, February 23, 2015 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

You didn't watch the series finale of "The Mentalist"?

At 2:35 AM, February 23, 2015 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

No. It's on the DVR but I didn't have time this weekend. Plus I'm going to miss it...


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