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  1. Just because it's important - imperative - that people know who Voltaire is. Read Candide if you get a chance. Gabriel Garcia Márquez wrote, "La Increíble y Triste Historia de la Cándida Eréndira y de su Abuela Desalmada," yes, based on Candide, and yes, important - read it if you can.
  2. We stay at the Ashby Inn on a regular basis, and were there last weekend. It is far more casual than genteel, although there's a bit of that in horse country. Sitting on the balcony and listening to the cows lowing will quickly convince you that the city is not too close. They recently changed chefs, and have, at least for the moment, shortened the menu because of decreased dinner traffic in this stuttering economy, but the food remains wonderful. I know that they have an eight ounce filet listed, but believe that's the only steak offered. Note, too, that the Inn is quite close to the Sky Meadows State Park, which has very nice hiking trails and beautiful views. One of Paul Mellon's finest contributions to that part of the world.
  3. I am planning a foodie vacation in Paris in January. I have never been...I would appreciate recommendations!
  4. Going to Paris in Dec to enjoy the Christmas markets, holiday lights and store displays and, OF COURSE, the food. Want to surprise my best friend with an afternoon high tea. This will be my 7th trip to Paris and not once have I been to high tea. Been to Angelina, Laduree, Fauchon etc, but want a formal afternoon tea experience. Any suggestions appreciated. Price no object, as this is gift to my wonderful best friend.
  5. In what was probably the greatest display of clay court tennis any adult will ever see: "Rafael Nadal Defeats Stan Wawrinka To Win 10th French Open, 15th Grand Slam Title" by Jamie Lisanti on si.com This was better than, and almost as dominant as, Bjorn Borg's performance in 1978, which itself was ridiculous. Being across the net from either man must have defined "hopeless." Name your poison: Borg (1978) 1. 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 2. 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 3. 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 4. 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 5. 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 6. 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 7. 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 Nadal (2017) 1. 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 2. 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 3. 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 4. 6-1. 6-2. 6-2 5. 6-2, 2-0, ret. 6. 6-3. 6-4, 6-0 7. 6-2, 6-3, 6-1
  6. Here is a video of seven-year-old Yo-Yo Ma playing with his sister, Yeou-Cheng Ma (*), at the Benefit for the National Cultural Center (**), on Nov 29, 1962, in front of President John Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and former President Eisenhower - all of whom you can get a glimpse of after the performance is over. The master of ceremonies is the great Leonard Bernstein. (*) "This Is New York: The Untold Story of Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma, Violin Prodigy and Medical Doctor" by Amelia Pang on theepochtimes.com (**) Ominously, just two years later, the National Cultural Center was renamed the John F. Kennedy Center in honor of the fallen President.
  7. Can someone please help me identify the artist who is the brain behind this piece? A colleague told me it may be Mr Brainwash? In learning about Art, I wish there was Shazam app for Art identification. Art novice, kat
  8. Jean René Désiré Françaix is not a well-known 20th-century composer in the United States, but is the composer of one of the more difficult pieces in the clarinet repertoire: "Tema con Variazioni." I'm proud to say that my son, Matt, will be performing this as the opening piece in his solo recital early next year in Bloomington, Indiana, most likely Feb 27, 2017 (if anyone is interested in seeing it live on podcast, let me know, and I'll confirm the date, which, for now, is tentative). If anyone is interested in attending the recital, I'll be going out to Bloomington and can give you a ride. The great neo-Impressionist Maurice Ravel, wrote this to Francaix' parents: "Among the child's gifts I observe above all the most fruitful an artist can possess, that of curiosity: you must not stifle these precious gifts now or ever, or risk letting this young sensibility wither." There aren't many great recordings of this online, but this will at least give you an idea for the piece.
  9. Here is the official website of the 2016 French Open (1891). After the first week, the big news in the men's side is that Roger Federer withdrew before the tournament started, and a genuinely devastated Rafael Nadal had to pull out with a wrist injury after his third-round victory. "Rafael Nadal Pulls Out of French Open with Wrist Injury" on bbc.com "This is a tough moment, and the toughest press conference I have ever had to give, but it is not the end," Nadal said. At this point, we're in the Round of 16, and aside from the obvious Djokovic, both Andy Murray and Serena Williams had terrific first weeks. Williams has a chance to tie Steffi Graf's Open-Era Grand-Slam Singles Titles at 22, and Djokovic is gunning for the only major that has eluded his otherwise-illustrious career - this title would mean a *lot* to both of them. Williams, in particular, positively mowed down her opponents in her first two matches, before showing her resiliency in the third round. And let's not forget defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka, who - with several other top-flight players including Murray and Kei Nishikori - hungrily await Novak Djokovic on the other half of the draw, an obvious problem is that they have a much tougher path to the championship: Djokovic will almost surely make it to the finals this year, and fatigue may be a lethal issue for his opponent.
  10. "At Least 100 Dead in Explosions, Shootings, and Hostage Situation in Paris" by Emily Shapiro on abcnews.go.com
  11. The only time I've been in the Louvre was I think in 1994. I have no idea what day of the week it was, or even what time of day, but my friend and I got in without waiting in line more than five minutes, and we wandered all over the place and found no crowds except about 200 people right in front of the Mona Lisa, which I had seen when it was on display at the National Gallery in Washington back whenever that was, in the late 60s I guess, and I have never quite understood the fuss over that painting anyway. I think the lack of crowds at the Louvre that day must have been some kind of fluke; I'd love to go back and find the museum that uncrowded.
  12. For those of you who know and love Paris, or photography, please consider visiting Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris at the National Gallery. The exhibition closes this Sunday, January 5. Though not a household name, Marville was an extraordinary photographer working at an extraordinary moment. Hired to document the ancient streets of Paris before their demolition in the 1860s , he left a riveting and haunting record of a city on the cusp of modernity, looking both forward and backward at once. As you can see from the attached, his prints are glorious and place him squarely in the pantheon of the greatest photographers of that city--at least, according to the Wall Street Journal. And if that's not enough to intrigue you, note that the Garden Cafe (in the west building) is featuring a menu designed by Michel Richard. There's a light bouillabaisse, a rich mousse au chocolat, duck confit, cheese board, a nice, minty carrot salad, etc--all for 20.75. Perfect place to take Aunt Mildred or your mom for a nice lunch. Plus you can also see the new Van Gogh acquisition upstairs. nota bene: I have been involved in this exhibition, so I am by no means objective (I do not work for the restaurant however). National Gallery of Art, Charles Marville Exhibition Web Page
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