These Days: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
Theatre: I won’t be going to see Public Theatre’s performance of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, mainly out of antipathy for pain in the neck ticket getting. However, doesn’t JC have that famous “Friends, Romans, Countryman…” monologue. One of the most famous of all time. In it Mark Anthony embarks on civil war to revenge Caesar’s assassination and that being the case, how the hell is drawing a line between Caesar and Trump constitute advocation? Incidentally, Trump Jr requested funding be withdrawn from the Public Theatre and the NEA complied.
New Music: Put Jason Isbell’s woke new album The Nashville Sound directly between his masterpiece breakthrough Southeastern and his peaking sky high but unsustainable sophomore after breakthrough jinxed Something More Than Free. It rock’s harder but their aren’t enough minor classics as great as early single “If We Were Vampires” (with the great denouement: “… we’d go out on the sidewalk and smoke”). “White Man’s War” is first rate agitprop. Grade: B+
Old Music: On to A Legendary Performer, also I found myself listening to You Broke My Heart In 17 Places by Tracy Ullman while writing my “ALbums That Changed My Life” post. It didn’t almost change my life but it re-awoke in me my love for early 60s UK pop. Grade: A. More: I am seriously considering a must hear Taylor Swift playlist. Maybe…
Concerts: Nick Cave today, Costello on Thursday is still a question mark.
Sports: The Warriors made the best deal of their lives, getting the estimable Kevin Durant and beating the Cavs directly behind his skills. Put it this way, Lebron averaged a double double in the finals and Durant got 30 points or more in each game. I might add, Curry played nice with his teammate as well.
Sports: Here’s a suggestion for the A’s: DO NOT PITCH TO AARON JUDGE IN HIS HOME STATE WITH THE GAME ON THE LINE, FIRST BASE OPEN AND AARON’S PARENTS IN THE STANDS… The Yanks 5 – 3… sixth in a row.
Television: Netflix have filmed the uproarious “Oh, Hello” and I can’t recommend it highly enough. I am so happy it has been filmed for posterity and for laughs. Watch it.