Daily Archives: November 4, 2010
- McConnell’s Partisan Logic vs. Obama’s Bipartisan Pipe Dream (fdlaction.firedoglake.com)
- Mitch McConnell: Defeating Obama In 2012 Crucial To GOP Agenda (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Party of no Obama – McConnell insists on GOP president (politico.com)
- Asymmetric partisanship (washingtonmonthly.com)
- McConnell: Ousting Obama is “Only Way” (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- GOP asserts new strength, targets Obama programs (sfgate.com)
Composer Jerry Bock, who, with lyricist Sheldon Harnick, gave us so many wonderful musicals… Fiorello, Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me (one of my all-time favorites), The Apple Tree, Tenderloin (another of my favorites), and The Rothschilds… died at a hospital in Mount Kisco, NY. He was 81 years old. He died about ten days after Joseph Stein, who wrote the book to Fiddler, and a few weeks after Tom Bosley who played Fiorello. I feel like a whole age of musical theatre is passing away.
From the NY Times obituary:
Jerrold Lewis Bock was born on Nov. 23, 1928, in New Haven, the only child of George Bock, a salesman, and the former Peggy Alpert. He grew up in Flushing, Queens, where he wrote his first musical, “My Dream,” while still in Flushing High School.
When he was a senior at the University of Wisconsin, he and a classmate, Larry Holofcener, wrote another musical, “Big as Life,” about Paul Bunyan. After graduation they both went to New York, where they were hired to write songs for “The Admiral Broadway Revue,” which evolved into “Your Show of Shows,” the popular vehicle for Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca.
In 1955 Mr. Bock and Mr. Holofcener contributed music and lyrics to the musical “Catch a Star,” which was a flop, before joining with George Weiss to write the score for “Mr. Wonderful.” Mr. Bock married Patricia Faggen in 1950. She survives him, along with their son, George; their daughter, Portia Bock; and a granddaughter.
- Jerry Bock, celebrated Broadway composer, dies (sfgate.com)
- ‘Fiddler On the Roof’ composer Jerry Bock dies (today.msnbc.msn.com)
- ‘Fiddler On the Roof’ composer Jerry Bock dies (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Jerry Bock, 1928-2010 (theawl.com)
She was on Letterman last night and did her Sarah Palin impression. Aside from her impression, Fey also poked fun at Fox News for referring to Palin as “Governor Palin” when she appears on the network. Fey joked:
“That’s like calling me ‘Dairy Queen Employee.” I was once, but I quit!”
Today I am cooking hors d’oeuvres for the Green Room at the ACFF tonite…vegan dumplings and falafel balls that I’ll deep fry and put in a Sterno tray. I have to bring them over to the Men’s Club by 3:00 PM, so I’ll start cooking at 11:30. It is raining outside (the dogs and I got soaked on their walk) and I’m not sure how the rain will effect ACFF attendance. We’ll have to see.
It’s nice to have the ACFF this weekend… it will help take my mind off the Tea Party Travesty which will put our government into a non-working freeze… or, perhaps, a couple of years of Presidential prosecution as the subpoena-powered Republicans go after Obama and his Administration on any grounds they can. Not since the rise of Newt Gingrich will we see two more hideous years of political destruction.
It does give me an impetus to start working, soon, on the 2012 campaigns… although West Virginia is probably the worst place to begin. As Democratic venues go, the Eastern Panhandle is not like the rest of the State, where existing Democrats are as conservative as New England Republicans… and Republicans are so far to the Right that they are about to fall off their flat Earth.
The blogosphere will be the initial battleground for 2012… it doesn’t cost much to play and there is really no other place to make National connections in such an easy way. I guess I’m warning you folks who don’t want to get politically involved so soon to ignore the posts… but don’t stay away. I’ll keep up the arts and local news coverage and report my feelings and thoughts as well. As well as I can do it, there will still be something for everyone.
- A lesson for Obama: how ‘reasonable’ Bill Clinton neutered Newt Gingrich (guardian.co.uk)
- American Conservation Film Festival Starts Today (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Newt Gingrich Shows All The Signs Of Running In 2012 (outsidethebeltway.com)
- CNN Poll: Obama popular in hypothetical 2012 election matchup (cnn.com)
The ACFF begins its 4-day run in Shepherdstown today, and among the great films on today’s schedule (some requiring paid tickets, some for free) is the Student Filmmaker Showcase at Erma Ora Byrd Hall at Shepherd University. Here’s the schedule:
- Albatrocity | Lucks, J. Ollie 2009
- Skipjacks: A Dying Breed
- Ebb & Flow | Fidrick, Dawn
- Green Screen | Doherty, Kevin 2009
- Food Not Bombs | Murphy, Laura 2009
- Senekerim Dohanian: Uncle Sam’s Insect Hunter | Coulter, Robert 2009
- Homeland | Marfil, Juande 2009
- Sharks Under Siege | Wham, Mike 2010
- Solstice | de Koninck, Caroline 2010
- No Bones About It | 2010
- Enjoy the Silence | Curtis, Jessica 2010
- Suburban Wilderness | Molenda, Aaron 2010
- The Idd and the Odd | Haid, Tanner, Michael Whitaker 2010
- Just Water | Schildtknecht, Cara 2010
- Where Do We Go From Here? | Edmonds, Jennifer 2010
- Wasting the Day Away | Davis, Sara 2010
And don’t forget… On Saturday from Noon to 4:30 are some great films… some with the filmmaker attending, at the National Conservation Training Center… and all NCTC films are FREE.