Saturday, December 12, 2009


Tonight I re-discovered the coolest site--if you feel like shopping off the beaten path, say,online in Holland?!! Check this out--it has to be one of the cleverest ads I've ever seen.

It got me thinking about some of my favorite things, people, and serendipitous occurrences-- Dutch.
One of my absolute favorite painters?--Vermeer.
One of my favorite actresses? Meryl Streep.
Once upon a time I had a housekeeper, a young Dutch woman who was actually a painter--Katya Esser--and one of her paintings currently hangs in my kitchen.
I once ran into Susan Sontag in an elevator in Amsterdam while covering a story on Vincent Van Gogh.
And of course, Dutch cocoa.

But enough. Tonight I saw a kickin' gospel musical at the A.R.T. --BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, part of the Shakespeare Exploded series--directed by Diane Paulus their fabulous new artistic director. Imagine Shakespeare's THE WINTER'S TALE (one of his more farfetched yarns) infused with R & B and rotating local gospel choirs! Grab the kids, grab granny-- and go! You WILL have a blast. It's a great story for a cold winter's night, about love and loss, death and redemption, all giving way to a glorious resurrection of the soul! And what soul--the voices will bring you to your feet--it's on at the Loeb Drama Center in Harvard Square until January 3!!!

Tomorrow I vote with the Boston Society of Film Critics and I will post our year end selections right here on this blog BEFORE YOUR CAN READ THEM IN THE PAPER!

Good night--
and stay tuned!

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