Archive for November 29th, 2015


Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in the harrowing Canadian-Irish production “Room.”


Alicia Vikander and Eddie Redmayne in surprisingly effective “The Danish Girl”

by Sam Juliano

The American turkey population gets a break for several more weeks after this past Thursday’s mass purging of the ranks.  This reminds me of a funny joke I saw on Facebook the day before the holiday that showed the majestic bird on the chopping block telling his friend: “I knew something was up after the farmer unfriended me yesterday.”  As always the end of the big gorging is followed by Christmas preparations in short order, and we will soon be regaled by everything yuletide.  Still, there’s plenty of fun to be had, and arts lovers will continue to have prime pickings.

At Wonders in the Dark the Caldecott Medal Contender series continues, with ten reviews posted to date, and at least that many more being planned in the coming weeks.  Jim Clark’s masterful review on The Assassin posted this past Wednesday and  a musical concert review of the latest performance of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra also appeared this past Tuesday.  Many thanks to the loyal readers who once again over the past week have registered fabulous numbers by way of page views and comments.  It seems the holiday season always ignites added interest in the arts.

Today (November 30th)  is my dear wife Lucille’s 52nd birthday.

This past week produced a flurry of activity with three new film releases in the theaters, a soft rock venue at Joey’s in Hewitt, New Jersey with the ever masterful Gene Focarelli, the Rutgers-Maryland football game in Piscataway, New Jersey and some at-home viewing, and opera listening.  The Rutgers game was a disappointment, as the Scarlet Knights blew a 17-0 first quarter lead, falling to the Terapins 46-41 in drizzly Highpoint Solutions Stadium.  Soloist-guitarist Focarelli performed a bevy of 50’s, 60’s and 70’s standards with the help of some fabulous guests, including a young woman who this coming month has landed a prestigious gig at Manhattan’s The Deep End. (more…)

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