Flags of Convenience

Flags of Convenience
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

This Musetta is a Must See

It’s Christmas in July (and early June) when the San FranciscoOpera continues its 2017 Summer Season at the War Memorial Opera House with Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème.

Coinciding with city-wide celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” this revival of one of the greatest love stories in the operatic repertory will feature a brilliant cast.

 We are especially keen on seeing American soprano Ellie Dehn, who sings the role of Musetta. She was last here at SFO seven years ago, and has since  performed leading roles with Santa Fe Opera, the Metropolitan Opera and Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

Dehn's Musetta was recently applauded at Naples' Teatro di San Carlo and she also appeared as a guest on National Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion.

 Sung in Italian with English supertitles, the eight performances of La Bohème are scheduled for June 10 (7:30 p.m.), 15 (7:30 p.m.), 17 (7:30 p.m.), 20 (7:30 p.m.), 23 (7:30 p.m.), 25 (2 p.m.), 29 (7:30 p.m.); and July 2 (2 p.m.), 2017.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Off to the Races: Mr. Darley’s Arabian

It was a bad day for Duclos last week when our horse finished out of the money in the Kentucky Derby. Truth be told, we lost every other race wagered at Golden Gate Fields last Saturday, too.
Pity we did not have Christopher McGrath with us at the betting window, as things might have turned out quite differently. Hes the celebrated author of Mr. Darleys Arabian, and the multiple kudos as a racing correspondent.
In any case, weve been enjoying his marvelous book, which is currently Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

With The Preakness and Belmont stakes yet to be run, we are taking the time to absorb all of Mr. McGraths observations on the Sport of Kings so that we might recapture at least part of our losings.
The only safe bet we are making today is that our readers will enjoy this rousing historical account of racings origin and Golden Age. 
Look for more on this book as we progress beyond chapter 18: He is far ahead of the lot, even with all his faults.


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Monday, May 8, 2017

Free Spring Jazz Concert at SF City College

The celebrated BayArea musician and jazz educator, David Hardiman, tells us that there's a concert at CCSF that is not be missed. 

The 2017 Spring Jazz Concert takes place at the Diego Rivera Theatre, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Ave. from 8-10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9.

The advanced Jazz Band and ThJazz/Rock Workshop, is Directed by David Hardiman, Jr. with David Hardiman, Sr. M.C. and features special guest artist, George Spencer. 

Trumpeter/pianist/composer “Jazzbeau”Spencer has toured with such icons as John Handy, Johnny Otis, Nina Simone, McCoy Tyner and at many international Jazz Festivals.