The latest entry in an annual ritual.
On Sunday evening I watched the tech rehearsal of the first act of Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's "Lost in the Stars," based on Alan Paton's "Cry, the Beloved Country." The opera was presented at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2012. As then, the Washington National Opera production features Eric Owens as Stephen Kumalo, and the same creative team.
This opera only runs from Feb. 12 through Feb. 20. The singing and staging of this powerful work about South Africa under Apartheid are first rate.
This is fun. It just goes to show you that also-rans can have their uses.
President Obama was right to speak at an American mosque, as Jeb Bush agreed.
Actress Susan Sarandon slammed Hillary's record on gay rights. She overlooked her launch of a global LGBT initiative in December 2011 as Secretary of State in Geneva:
Then there's this.
Uh oh, Congress saw its shadow, so DC gets 225 more years of abject debasement of the democratic rights we hold dear pic.twitter.com/j3fHA1Cb7N— Council of DC (@councilofdc) February 2, 2016
EPIC FAIL: Elite Media Furiously Spin Defeat of Their Anti-Hillary Agenda in Iowa via @BlueNationRev HILLARY won... A WIN is a WIN! GO . HRC— Donna Ysland (@52fairway) February 2, 2016
The relentless demonizing of this accomplished woman has failed. The haters will continue to spew their venom on social media; but at some point the voices of traditional media need to face reality. They don't have to like it, just recognize that once again, she is still standing. Her endurance and resilience, in fact, are key job skills.
From four years ago, an extraordinary and illuminating tribute to our former Secretary of State. You may learn things you didn't know from this. And if you have bought into the decades of calumny, you may decide you have sold her short. Appropriate viewing on the eve of the Iowa caucuses.
Dr. Tyson gets into a smackdown with rapper B.o.B, who thinks the earth is flat. Very amusing.
Isn't this lovely? We can hardly expect to hide from marauding extraterrestrials if we allow our fair city to twinkle so brightly. Please do not take this offhand comment as a suggestion that the D.C. Council seek to improve our security by mandating efforts to decrease what might be called our spaceprint of luminosity.
If there is a hell....
Michigan gave purified water to state workers in Flint long before it acknowledged a problem with the city's water https://t.co/spmnvSzDtg— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 29, 2016
Chris Wallace is not going to be bullied by Raphael, who is sinking fast, and Wallace sticks it to Jeb, who promises to dispense with legal niceties in our warmaking. Rubio got applause just by promising not to walk offstage. Clever of SNL to hack into Fox, but which one was Darrell Hammond playing?
I love this NYT photo of Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang. They have summoned the same simple courage as countless other gay folk all over the world in standing up for their love. They inspire others, and the struggle grows and spreads.
My latest column looks at the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Links to several movie trailers and other related articles embedded.