Five Minutes with an Artist: Mark Joseph Oliver

Mark Joseph Oliver is a sculptor. However at Hillsborough Community College’s Gallery 221, you can see him also as photographer and painter.

A Photograph Taken in Finland by Mark Oliver

Mark Joseph Oliver, Not Here But There. Gallery 221 (Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL). March 20 to April 27. For more info, visit the gallery web site. Continue reading “Five Minutes with an Artist: Mark Joseph Oliver”

Flash Fictions Galore: NY Sin Phoney IN FACE FLAT MINOR

This collection of 365 flash fictions seems like an anabasis through Dante’s Inferno and Purgatorio (never Paradiso). But not always.

Sin Phoney in Face Flat Minor

NY Sin Phoney IN FACE FLAT MINOR. Bart Plantenga, Sensitive Skin Books, 2017. This collection of 365 flash fictions seems like an up-to-date anabasis through Dante’s Inferno and Purgatorio (never Paradiso). But not always.

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Five Minutes with an Artist: Delita Martin

Artist Delita Martin’s work at Gallery 221 is a mixture of printing, collage, Conte crayons, and stitching. And it’s stunning.

Night Angel by Delita Martin
Night Angel by Delita Martin

Gallery 221 (Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL). January 17 to March 2. For more info, visit the gallery web site. Continue reading “Five Minutes with an Artist: Delita Martin”

A Ride on the Florida Railroad Museum

When we visited the Florida Railroad Museum to check out some old trains, we ended up going on a 90-minute train ride.

Florida Railroad Museum Ride

When we visited the Florida Railroad Museum to check out some old trains, we ended up  going on a 90-minute train ride. Continue reading “A Ride on the Florida Railroad Museum”

Manchester by the Sea

This film might very well win an Best Actor oscar for Casey Affleck.

Manchester by the Sea

Director: Kenneth Lonergan. Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Luke Hedges. Distributor: Roadside Attractions. Film length: 137 min. Release date: December 16, 2016. ****

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Review of Blu-ray of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi

A review by Peter Bates of the Blu-ray recording of Bellini’s opera I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Audiophile Audition.

Peter Bates Review  Bellini's opera I Capuleti e i Montecchi Here’s a review of a DVD recording of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Joyce DiDonato et al, as it appears in Audiophile Audition (www.audaud.com).
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A Stirring Il Trovatore by the St. Petersburg Opera

The St. Petersburg Opera presented an Il Trovatore that met all the requirements of a classic Verdi opera production.

Il Trovatore (St. Petersburg Opera)
Il Trovatore (St. Petersburg Opera)

IL TROVATORE. Opera by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Salvatore Cammarano. Cast: Michael Morrow (Manrico); Alexandra Batsios (Leonora); Claudia Chapa (Azucena); Christopher Clayton (Count di Luna). Stage Director: Karl W. Hesser; Costume designer: Glenn Breed; Conductor and executive director: Mark Sforzini. Produced by St. Petersburg Opera.

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Best Poems Ever about Illness

Perpetual Care by Susan Eisenberg
Perpetual Care by Susan Eisenberg

Poet Susan Eisenberg has published three previous books, all worth reading, all notable for their lack of pedantry and abstractions affecting so much poetry today. Her poems are immediate, dramatic, and firmly rooted in day-to-day reality. With this fourth volume, she reveals something personal you’d appreciate knowing about. She is unwell: a cancer survivor, she also has lupus, an insidious autoimmune disease you can read all about in Wikipedia. So what does she do? She writes about it. How? Astoundingly well.
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