These Days: Friday, May 5th, 2017
Theatre: FINALLY, “Harry Potter And The Cursed Child” will be at the Lyric, Spring 2018. Undoubtedly, a complete masterpiece from one end to another of its five hours plus running time, New York should ready itself for a theatrical experience unlike anything they have ever had. This is “Angels In America” great.
Sports: the Rangers and Senators tied up at two apiece and all the momentum on the Rangers side. Over two games the Rangers have outscored the Ottawa team 8 – 2, and both of the losses felt flukey to a degree. So now it is a best of three,the Senators have home field advantage but is it enough? Stay tuned. The Yanks were off and the Mets, after a two hour rain delay, were rained out.
New Music: Still early days, but LP’s Lost On You is a bright spot (Grade: B) that might grow brighter with repeat listening. He sounds like one of those guys Colbie Caillat is always writing with. That new Chris Stapleton album makes me throw up in my mouth (Grade: C) and the new Diana Krall is her best since at least Costello started dabbling in her career (Grade: B+)
Old Music: I blew off Tim and Faith after listening to the setlist one last time and finding precisely one song (“Angry All The Time”, I actually liked. Just the thought of sitting through “This Kiss” had me an anxious mess. Listening hard to Press To Play, it sounds solid enough to me (Grade: B-). Raised On Rock for Elvis and Indigo Nights for Prince.
Trump In New York City: Trump said it is too expensive for him to visit his hometown, where he is vilified like Kim Jong meets the wicked witch of the west (I mean the Oz one, not the musical). Is there anything more nauseating than this guy when he thinks he’s just had a big win. He gives losing a good name.
New York: I don’t agree with the Mayor about a few things, and I believe his administration is as corrupt as any we’ve seen since Koch’s band of merry men, but he just signed into legislation banning prospective employers from asking about applicants past salaries. This means that women who have been underpaid in the past are safeguarded from this being perpetuated ad infinitum. Good, nice law.
More New York: As a kid I dabbled in anarchy as a political alternative (my punk years), it took me time to learn that nature abhors a vacuum and totalitarianism fills in the gap between law and disorder. However, what remains is the strong belief that the less laws, the less crimes. So if the reason crime in APril in New York City is the lowest of all time might be partially because we have less crimes on the books, well, I’m all for it.
Concerts: listening to the (excellent) new Diana Krall album, here is a piece of free advise, it you are planning to see her live pass on the first five rows -trust me, too close to piano players can come back to haunt you as you spend two hours looking at a pair of shoes and the front of a Steinway piano.
The Healthcare Bill – Yes, Obamacare will implode without help, that is true. But if you think cutting Medicaid by 25% is doing anything but stealing from the poor and the elderly (one of which we will all be one day), you are greatly mistaken.
Speaker Of The House: Paul Ryan is the Roy Cohn of social security.