Letter From LA: Spring 2022

 It’s been more than six months since my last Letter; this winter was a mind-numbing jumble of ill tidings that, to paraphrase Shakespeare, was a winter of (my) discontent, with little to celebrate, to write about. I can’t remember such despair on the U.S. stage since the dark days of the war in Vietnam: Book […]

Where the ‘Moonwalk’ Came From

Was going through some old videos and came across this gem. Here’s a little bit of soft shoe from one of my favs, Bob Hope, from “Road to Zanzibar” — Michael Jackson didn’t have anything on this dude.

Letter From LA: August-September

 Belated Happy New Year and Yom Kippur to my Jewish (and gentile) friends: Sounding the horn at the Jewish new year service. Engraving with etching by B. Picart, ca. 1733. It’s been a very mellow summer in Los Angeles. The weather these past few weeks has been delightful — no major heat waves, with temperatures […]

Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts dies at 80

From Bill Mohr’s Koan Kinship blog: The Rolling Stones were founded almost sixty years ago by Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, and Ian Stewart. Stewart was soon relegated to being their road manager and an occasional sessions musician. The news is breaking that Charlie Watts died in a London hospital […]

Letter From LA: May-June

Los Angeles (and, for that matter, all of California) opened wide June 15 and it was, in some quarters, as if COVID-19 never existed. Sporting events, concerts and raves are back on schedule; bars and restaurants were turning away customers — not because they were enforcing a “no-mask no entry” rule but because they were […]

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