Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
how great is that paisley throw?
Visit the OFFICIAL WEBSITE. If you can figure out how to navigate the complicated website, you can find intense documentation of all the sets and costumes used and a lot of information about the original book by Evelyn Waugh if you're not familiar.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
In honor of going to see Kiri Te Kanawa perform this weekend, I'm posting her singing one of the most beloved opera arias of all time 'O mio babbino caro' from Puccini's Gianna Schicchi (1918). Even if you don't like opera, take a listen; it's short. The song title translated means 'my dear papa' and takes place in a comedy when the heroine tries to convince her father to let her marry her fiance after a big feud. The translation from wikipedia is
O my dear papa, He pleases me, and is handsome, handsome; I want to go to Porta Rossa to buy the ring! Yes, yes, I want to go there! And if my love were in vain,I would go to the Ponte Vecchio and throw myself in the Arno! I am aching, I am tortured! Oh God, I'd like to die! Father, have pity, have pity! Father, have pity, have pity!
She is my favorite singer for the smooth tone of her voice and the sort of distinctive 'twang' she has-so beautiful. I can't wait for the weekend!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
He's been around for awhile, in 1984 he was awarded the Pritzker prize (a sort of nobel peace price for architecture!). His signatures are the white metal square panels, expansive uses of glass rather than punched windows and the curves/linearity that I mentioned before. I hope you enjoy my photos!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sadly, she lost custody of her only child to her 2nd husband in a bitter divorce after 'kidnapping' her away from him. She never saw her daughter Alison again and couldn't support herself with her failed acting career in LA. She moved to Florida to live with her parents and lived there till she passed in 1990.
Read more about Dovima ONLINE or at Blondeen's DOVIMA headquarters.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
I was still sick Friday so opted to watch the fireworks from my roofdeck - luckily I have a great view of them even through all the fog we had! This is a short video clip I took of them and a few photos -
It was fantastic to watch the PBS special (from a few blocks away!) and then head up to see the fireworks a few minutes before they happened - no muss, no fuss! enjoy!