The celebration of President 41, George H.W. Bush’s life revealed a man who was a bright point of light. As Alan Simpson said in the line of the day, “Those who travel the high road of humility in Washington, D.C. are not bothered by heavy traffic.”
The Presidents and First Ladies sitting in the front pew of the National Cathedral sure didn’t seem to want to be with each other and looked as dreary as today’s political climate.
Golden Globe 2019 nominations reflect a great year of television creations. Sharp Objects. Killing Eve. Barry. A Very English Scandal. Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. All favorites in our house. Where are The Romanoffs? Best of the lot. Each episode a unique beautifully woven tapestry. And. Ray.
The Lifespan of a Fact. Daniel Radcliffe. Cherry Jones. Bobby Cannavale. Studio 54 Theater. Yes. That same old disco venue. Clever staging. The takeaway from the play. Facts are not truth. Yet truth needs some facts. Writing was the star. The ensemble inimitable. Without them. No reason to go. Radcliffe supplied the crucial electric current. Jones the cerebral publishing glue. Cannavale the stalwart artist. Called a farce. Disagree. A witty composition on the vagaries of life. Without going down trite emotional trails. Consistently true to the conceit. Great.
And. Not once did Harry Potter occur.
Evening stroll last night. No Parking signs along CPW. But. A parade of big black cars were parked for six blocks. Oh. Ralph Lauren’s 50th Anniversary show. Who knew? Oprah. And such. Glitz on Bethesda Terrace. No Cardi B – Nicki fountain-wrestling though. That we know.
Sidewalk spots buzzing on Columbus. Fashionistas out and about. Charity walks and races. Lots of pink. Yes. It’s early Fall in the City.
A couple years ago, on that very fateful election day, November 8, 2016, Cynthia Nixon was on our block shooting a movie with Callum Turner. The Only Living Boy in New York.
Tonight she’ll be debating Andrew Cuomo as a candidate for Governor of New York.
Photo: G. Levine
To escape the news of the day, why not take A Trip to the Moon? Colby J. Herchel’s One Act Play based on a movie by Georges Méliès. Performed last night at Winslow Bar in the East Village. Herchel’s wistful book and joyful lyrics with song stylings by Julia Feinberg spot-on. A subtle comedic tone set by Nathanael Taylor. Tour de Force just Off-Broadway. Bien fait!
Ocasio-Cortez had a positive message. She did not focus on her gender or ethnicity nor did she dwell on hating Trump. But rather gave her attention to girls behind the bars and guys in the garbage trucks. Yup. That will win back working class votes. Well done. Even though. She’s an avowed Socialist. So. A blue county turns bluer. Doesn’t change the congressional landscape and moves the party further left. Works in Queens. Swing districts. Not so much.
Speaking of queens. Stephen Frears of The Queen directs the quirky cheeky A Very English Scandal on Amazon. Homosexuality in the Beatles-era. Based on the story of MP Jeremy Thorpe portrayed brilliantly by Hugh Grant. Excellent ensemble cast.
for taste, class, fashion… Eiza González
for poise and acuity at 93… Eva Marie Saint
for stellar longevity… Rita Moreno
for calm under pressure… Ryan Seacrest
for graciousness and talent… Allison Janney
for my favorite absentee… James Franco
for tenor and tone… Guillermo del Toro
for immortal beauty… Jane Fonda
for redemption… Warren & Faye
for younger choices next year…