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A Favorite Painting

This is a blog I had a lot of fun doing. If there's one thing in the world I love, it's Art. I love beautiful paintings and will travel far distances to see great works. So in preparing this blog, I learned a few things for myself about a work of art that I love.

EL GRECO – VIEW OF TOLEDO (in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

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http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/436575

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Five Great Performers

All my life, ever since I was a kid, I've loved going to see live performances. Whether it's a play, a concert, an opera, or a ballet – any kind of interesting performance is likely to attract me. And growing up on Long Island, with fairly regular access to first class entertainment in New York City, I developed an insatiable appetite for truly great performers and performances. I've built vacations around seeing certain plays or operas or concerts. Buying tickets to expensive shows is probably my biggest and best vice.

I've seen dozens of great performers over the years, but here are five of my true favorites:

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Any blog on "great performers" must begin with Bruce Springsteen. I've seen him only fifteen or so times, and I say "only" because there are many of you out there, and many of my friends, who have seen dozens more.

And they have a point. I've said it before and I'll say it again: "Few things in life are guaranteed, but a Bruce Springsteen show is one of them." (I wonder if he's ever given a bad show. By his standards, perhaps, though I'm sure that the audience didn't know it. I saw him at one show when he had a bad cold and "hocking up loogies" for the entire show – and he was still great!)

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R.I.P. Lesley Gore (Or In Praise of Sarah Lawrence Women)

My wife lived in Lesley Gore's room.

Let me explain that a bit more fully: the recently deceased pop singer Lesley Gore was a Sarah Lawrence College student (Class of 1968), and for a year she lived in a dorm room, Garrison B10, which my wife the Tiny Goddess (Class of 1972), later occupied for one year. Pretty close connection, huh.

Actually, the death of Lesley Gore – of "It's My Party," "You Don't Own Me," "She's A Fool," and "Judy's Turn to Cry" fame – reminded me of Sarah Lawrence and all the wonderful, distinctive women who studied there. Sarah Lawrence a/k/a "Sadie Lou" is a very small, very particular college, and those of us who went there are very proud of our breed.

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