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  • Met Lockout  Aug 1 2014, 12:43:20 PM
    It sure is a possibility that they'll ask him to step down. It is, PJ and you know that. Someone's head is going to roll over the bad publicity this has generated-and his is looking good.
  • Met Lockout  Aug 1 2014, 11:39:52 AM
    Fine. Give him the money and tell him to go away-he pollutes the art form.
  • Met Lockout  Aug 1 2014, 11:01:02 AM
    That's enough time for the board to fire Gelb and maybe jointly piece together the season. (Maybe they can operate under the board for the season while vetting candidates...that would be my wish.)
  • Met Lockout  Jul 30 2014, 01:16:06 PM
    I want Gelb out. And I am a frequent attendee. I think he needs to get his priorities straight. I'm still reeling over last year's issues with the attitudes of certain individuals (I'm sure you know of what I speak) and the appropriateness of supporting and celebrating a culture which at that time was spewing hateful vitriol against a group that gives money and support to the Met. Now, he goes after the people in the least position to ante up. $1.4 million for messing up an art form I love.
  • Met Lockout  Jul 30 2014, 09:53:03 AM
    Has anyone else gotten phone call after phone call now asking for donations? They sure have upped the ante on them. YUCK.

    I just say fire the man-maybe then they'll get something done.
  • Met Lockout  Jul 29 2014, 04:31:40 PM
    Glad someone else agrees that Gelb has to go.

    PalJoey, I'm glad you liked the Ring Cycle. (I personally saw one installment-more than enough.) And he's had too many misfires and mismanaged this institution long enough. It's time for someone else to take over.
  • Met Lockout  Jul 29 2014, 03:55:14 PM
    Part of my beef with Gelb is that the quality of the productions has gone down-and that's NOT the unions' faults-it's his leadership (or lack thereof-not sure which). The senseless spending of money on that new Ring Cycle that was just awful. (And lots of other misfires as well.)
  • Met Lockout  Jul 29 2014, 01:55:49 PM
    I go to the Met regularly and am watching as events which appear to be headed towards a lock out unfold. (I have been barraged by phone calls from the Met asking for donations and assuring me they were doing everything possible to work out agreements, blah, blah, blah.) Anyway, I was wondering at what point will the Board or whoever sit down and do what needs to be done...fire Peter Gelb. (Is there a process for this? He's flushing money down the toilet on some of these productions-and political
  • What's your favorite piece of classical music?  Jul 25 2014, 01:33:10 PM
    I love the infamous Rachmaninoff "The Rach" (featured prominently in "Shine")
    I also enjoy baroque music...

    does opera count as classical? because if so, then "Maria Stuarda's Prayer" would be my pick. It's gorgeous.
  • Judge Overturns Florida's Same Sex Marriage Ban - Sort Of  Jul 18 2014, 11:37:19 AM
    I know. Soon there will be ordinances in towns so no one will know who's married legally where.
  • Judge Overturns Florida's Same Sex Marriage Ban - Sort Of  Jul 18 2014, 11:23:59 AM
    I'd like Miami-Dade and Broward (particularly Broward-which is where my family lives) to follow suit here. (Broward is pretty liberal-I thought they might actually support this.)

    PS-Oklahoma's 10th Circuit ruled the state's ban federally unconstitutional: http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2014/07/u-s-appeals-court-rules-okla-same-sex-marriage-ban-unconstitutional/
  • Opera Australia supporting homophobic soprano  Jun 27 2014, 10:17:04 AM
    I applaud Opera Australia for firing the offending party. It is one thing to have those views, but to spew them publicly when you're in the public eye is another entirely. (There are folks who perform at the Met who've expressed similar viewpoints to this soprano-problem is, the Met is afraid to let them go.)
  • superman returns director bryan singer nailing young 'uns  Jun 5 2014, 01:38:34 PM
    Liza-The Barbour incident is what popped into my head first as well. (And I have major qualms with that case-too many questions about the timing on that one and the parents' involvement...too much to go into here. But, it's not always a clear cut situation. That one wasn't.)
  • Chameleon Actress  Jun 2 2014, 12:34:49 PM
    AMEN! I love Cate Blanchett. She's truly a remarkable talent. I first saw her in a little film called "Paradise Road" and she was very, very good. I love her Galadriel in the "Lord of the Rings" films as well as her performance in "Uncle Vanya" that I saw on stage at City Center. (Going to see "The Maids" and can't wait.) I think she's more effortless than Meryl (I agree with Jerry Seinfeld re: Streep: You can see the gears turning when she acts). I prefer actors who don't remind me that they're
  • Celebrities Who Have Been in Cults  Apr 11 2014, 12:50:51 PM
    "And joined another cult called Up With People, a cult that posed as a touring concert sent out to bring smiles and perfection to America's youth."

    I was reading this wondering if someone would bring up her subsequent stint with Up With People. I was a kid in dance school and one of the songs used was the theme song "Up With People". Shortly after, my parents had reservations about my being in that dance school. (I was only about three or four.) They removed me shortly after.
  • So why are understudies not promoted more often?  Apr 9 2014, 12:13:52 PM
    Chris Hoch's luck may change, ghostlight.

    Also, it would cost more money to train someone to not only do an ensemble track, but the understudy track(s) (often these understudies cover more than one track) than to hire someone for just one role (even the lead). In a way, the understudy is a more valuable commodity.
  • Annoying Commercials  Mar 20 2014, 12:30:46 PM
    I think the erectile dysfunction ads are the ones I am getting most tired of. (There's one where the guy is chasing his wife around at the end of the ad. I can't help but think 'maybe SHE'S not in the mood!'.)

    I'm not a fan of the luxury car ads at the holidays-who in the heck buys a car for their loved one? (The top 1% I guess.)
  • Malaysia Airlines Articles  Mar 18 2014, 10:59:10 AM
    Only monkeywrench in that theory is that no debris has been found. When a plane crashes, debris is found, even if the plane goes deep into the Indian Ocean. (The Air France flight to Brazil is a case in point-it took 2 days, but debris was found and so was the plane.) There is more to this I think. While I'd like to believe this theory, I'm not convinced (and I have a dad who's an aeronautical engineer).
  • Tom Jones (1963) - Worst Best Picture ever?  Mar 10 2014, 01:02:22 PM
    I loved Cleopatra. There was something about Elizabeth Taylor in that role that just WORKED. She really exuded who Cleopatra was supposed to be. Also, her chemistry with both Rex Harrison and Richard Burton was amazing. (I thought the fact that they did show her relationship with Caesar was great-I read the biography of Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff, and the film got a lot right it seems. But I veer here.) I have always loved that film and definitely would have voted for it over Tom Jones. (I also t
  • Oscars In Memoriam: Recent Deaths Put Extra Pressure on Academy  Feb 27 2014, 02:47:48 PM
    "Over the Rainbow" was played at a relative's memorial service and it is a fitting tribute song if that's what they're doing. (I think of it as being like heaven as cheesy as that sounds.)

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