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One section in concert or theater programs that people tend to gloss over is the list of donors.  But reading them, if one is really bored with nothing else to peruse, can turn up some surprises.  For instance, in past years, if one scanned the donor list for Santa Fe Opera in the season program booklet, one would see these names:

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Martin D. Ginsburg
Thus this feature in CNN on Justice Ginsburg and her interest in opera is no surprise.  More below the flip....

Mears has one passage about Justice Ginsburg as follows, but note the bit in bold:

"The justice's love of opera is well known. Along with Justice Antonin Scalia, her best friend on the court and fellow operaphile, she has appeared onstage - in costume - for several cameo roles at the Washington Opera."
Scalia is obviously an appalling jerk, as his pronouncements on Obamacare and the health care reform case before SCOTUS indicate.  But if every person is allowed one or two small redeeming features, then perhaps his friendship with Ginsburg and appreciation of opera count there, if just barely.

By the way, at the time of Scalia's appointment, one wise reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer said something to the effect of liberals pointing all their venom at the nomination of William Rehnquist as Chief Justice, with respect to Scalia (this quote isn't exact):

"The liberal critics may be focusing their attention on the wrong man."
No kidding.

One other tidbit that I didn't realize about Justice Ginsburg was her son James' connection to the classical music biz.  The CNN article mentions:

"Also attending the Friday panel discussion was Ginsburg's son James, a former lawyer who runs Cedille Records, a Chicago-based non-profit classical music label he founded."
Cedille actually is a pretty nice label, with good albums that go a little off the beaten path in its chosen repertoire.  In fact, just this year, James Ginsburg was honored by the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra:
"This year's recipient of the Ruth D. and Ken M. Davee Excellence in the Arts Award will be James Ginsburg, the founder of Cedille Records and The Chicago Classical Recording Foundation."
In another case of how ideological opposites can occasionally get along, Mears also noted, with respect to Ginsburg and Rehnquist, on how once:
"The late Chief Justice William Rehnquist unexpectedly modified his judicial robes as a subtle tribute to Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe, a fantasy that satirically tweaks the law and government."
Ginsburg recalled:
"'One day, my dear old Chief, who loved Gilbert and Sullivan, appeared in the (court's private) robing room with his new robe, and it had four thin gold stripes. People were aghast,' she recalled, smiling. While many people wondered what the adornment was all about, 'I laughed because I knew exactly what he had done.'"
I remember that there was a Time picture some years back that showed Rehnquist dressed for G&S, I think in a Washington, D.C. production of Iolanthe.  So while I didn't care for Rehnquist's politics, he did have a modicum of taste outside of politics.  In addition, it says something that in the context of Thomas and Alito, I kind of miss Rehnquist.

By the way, more recently, in the list of Santa Fe Opera donors, the one entry now simply reads:

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Martin D. Ginsburg's name was on the "In Memoriam" page in the 2011 Santa Fe Opera program book, in the "Friends" group.

Some other names through the years on Santa Fe Opera's donor list include:

Professor Murray Gell-Mann

Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Lee Jones

The Honorable Janet Napolitano

Newman's Own Foundation

You can imagine the security measures in place when Napolitano is there.  Kind of makes me wonder about the Olympics in London now, with 24 hours left to go for them getting through without any security incidents (fingers crossed).

With that, time for the usual SNLC protocol, as in one's loser stories for the week, although since this is sort of a "joint series" DK diary....well, whatever.

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  •  back momentarily (10+ / 0-)

    The careful among you will note the time of this comment vs. the time of this diary posting, i.e. that this is an autobot job.  However, I should be back, barring accidents, not too long after this autobot posting.

    So, from here: tried to go see the last showing of Moonrise Kingdom one evening.  Got there a few minutes after what was indicated as the scheduled start time, figuring that trailers would just be finishing.  Except that when I walked in, the first radio communication scene was going on.  Apparently the movie had started 5 minutes early.

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 05:30:55 PM PDT

    •  Starting films early.... (5+ / 0-)

      Just is not done.  Not usually.  That's bad.  Like buses arriving and leaving early.

       

      •  For a very short stint here, the (3+ / 0-)
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        movie started at the published time, with all the previews and commercials starting ahead of that.  Didn't last.  Too confusing.  

        •  interesting idea, although I'll admit..... (2+ / 0-)
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          .....that I do find it tiresome sometimes to sit through loads of trailers before the feature.  Of course, that's only when I get to a movie on time :) .

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 09:37:54 PM PDT

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          •  ack! (3+ / 0-)
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            When we went to see To Rome with Love, the latest Woody Allen movie, we got to the theater about ten minutes before the start time -- and had to sit through ten minutes of commercials before the seemingly endless trailers!

            Exactly ONE movie looked good in all those trailers, and a month later, I don't remember any of the trailers at all, not even the one for the movie that looked good.  Well, except it's a period piece.  No doubt I'll remember when it's released this fall.  The costumes were wonderful.

            To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

            by Youffraita on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 10:15:13 PM PDT

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            •  Europe got there 1st, with respect to..... (3+ / 0-)
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              .....commercials at the movies, AFAICT, at least from my one European movie going experience.  Was the costume film where you liked the trailer for an English-language movie?

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 10:30:04 PM PDT

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              •  I think so. That multiplex (3+ / 0-)
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                never shows foreign films, so it pretty much had to be in English.  If you want to see a foreign film around here, you stake out the local colleges (old films) or you go to a real city like New York (new stuff).

                It was Woody Allen, of course, and he's American, but I was surprised to see subtitles.  Pleased & surprised.  The Italians actually spoke Italian sometimes, as well as English.

                To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

                by Youffraita on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 10:52:28 PM PDT

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              •  P.S. I went to see the movie (3+ / 0-)
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                Elizabeth starring Cate Blanchett based on a full-page ad in the NYT.  Knew nothing about the movie (or Cate Blanchett either) -- although of course I did know a bit about Elizabeth I -- but the costume, and the pose (and poise) of the title character -- it was just too much, had to see it.

                That's the only movie I've ever seen based on a print ad, full-page or otherwise.  And I loved it.

                To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

                by Youffraita on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 10:59:30 PM PDT

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      •  well, they did there, unless...... (3+ / 0-)
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        ......I somehow misread the start time as 5 minutes later than it was.  I really don't think so, but of course Moonrise Kingdom has left that theater, so I can't check back.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 09:37:08 PM PDT

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    •  That's too bad (3+ / 0-)

      I thought the opening sequence set the tone for the whole movie.

  •  Today Justice Ginsburg participated in an event (6+ / 0-)

    at Glimmerglass Opera. She was one of two guest speakers on "Trials in Operas." Wish I could have been there.

    A few years back I saw Justice Ginsburg and her husband at a performance at Glimmerglass. It was a few months after she had cancer surgery. No hoopla, no security, just sitting in the audience with a blanket over her knees on a somewhat chilly night.

    Revenge is a dish best served on White House china.

    by RickBoston on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 08:13:04 PM PDT

  •  Loser of the week is not me (5+ / 0-)

    but only by a whisker. Internet connectivity issues appear to be related to my SamKnows router. DSL to cable did not go smoothly. An ugly wire now graces my stairs.

    Paul Ryan went from a safe House seat to the undercarriage of the bus . . .

    •  Even if he loses, (3+ / 0-)

      he'll probably be the media's presumed frontrunner for the 2016 nomination.  Just as Liebermann was the media's presumed frontrunner for what seemed to us incomprehensible reasons in 2004 before Iowa.  And since we will probably lose to a Republican in 2016 (that's how these things usually go -- you can't win 'em all) that means he's probably happy about the deal.

      •  true, unless he pulls a P-l-n and says some..... (3+ / 0-)
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        ......really stupid things in the next 2.5 months that go viral on YT (we can only hope).  It's also very likely true that the next POTUS after President Obama will be Republican.  In that context, better in January 2017 than January 2013, if it must happen at all (better that no Republican takes the White House for the next 20 years, of course, given the current state of the Republican party).

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 09:53:30 PM PDT

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    •  will admit my ignorance on this, but..... (3+ / 0-)
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      .....isn't Ryan pulling a Lieberman and also running for his House seat just in case?  I suppose it would be easy for me to check, but I'm too lazy right now.  Plus, I would not misunderestimate the stupidity of a plurality of the electorate by November.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 09:50:12 PM PDT

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      •  According to blog comments: yes. (2+ / 0-)
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      •  Yes, 3CM, but from what (2+ / 0-)
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        I read before work, he's running for the House b/c according to state rules, it's too late for him to back out of the race.

        So it might not be as nefarious as it seems.  Apparently in WI you can't stop your campaign just b/c you've been tapped for Veep.

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 10:23:24 PM PDT

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        •  given how late in the game it is..... (3+ / 0-)
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          ......it would be odd for him to pull out.  If we're stuck with him in government, then let it be in the House only, although it would be kind of nice if the nominal Dem opponent in his district could win, but that sounds very unlikely in any case.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 10:32:17 PM PDT

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  •  LAT version states Justice Ginsberg (4+ / 0-)

    is also giving a talk at Glimmerglass Festival near Cooperstown NY. link

  •  Not my loser story, but I was there. (4+ / 0-)

    Branford Marsalis played an entire program as part of Summerfest this week.  Starting with chamber music.  When the chamber group came on stage to play a work by Adolf Busch, Marsalis quickly left the stage.  For a long stretch.  Finally the viola player told us Marsalis had forgotten his music and might have had to go downstairs to retrieve. it.  

  •  Oh well, my trackball died... (4+ / 0-)

    So I'm using my brother's laptop until the new one arrives.  I Like the Logitech Wireless M570 trackball.  It should arrive on the 16th, so I'm digitally crippled until then.

    Reading Schoenberg's Theory of Harmony again today.  The man is quite verbose.  He writes at one point that he doesn't intend to launch a polemic against everybody he disagrees with... But that's exactly what he is doing!  Some of his references to people he's putting down are harder to identify than others.  At one point he criticizes people who put up false idols, then goes on in the same sentence to say that equally at fault are those who are too eager to pull down false idols, as seems to be the fashion today.  I'm taking that as a reference to Nietzsche, who was at the peak of his popularity about then, for whom dethroning "idols" was part of his schtick.  I think that's what he means.

    Hey.  I found a violin sonata by Nietzsche on Youtube.  Funny the things you can find on Youtube now, eh?  I see another Nietzsche piece on there as well.

    •  Pretty ordinary music, no? I did not know (3+ / 0-)
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      he was a composer.  Maybe he wasn't!

      •  Well, I went through my Nietzsche phase (3+ / 0-)

        (it was sometime after my Ayn Rand phase had run its course, and before my obsessive penile-gratification phase) so I'm familiar with all his books, so it's interesting to me at least from that light.  HE had a lot of commentary about music he liked / didn't like in his books, two of which were directed pro and con at Wagner.  Birth of Tragedy was pro-Wagner, Nietzsche Contra Wagner was... well, contra.  Since Wagner was such a big bugaboo in his life, I listened to it to see if I could detect any Wagner influence. Hard to say.  It's amateur, but it's good amateur.

        I've been surfing youtube today (with headphones because this crappy laptop has crappy speakers) listening to symphonies by composers I never heard of before, just following links. Most of them are really boring junk. Bad, I could understand, but they weren't bad.  Just boring -- nothing to grab your attention.

        I found myself thinking of the crappy early symphonies by Tchaikovsky and Dvorak that I avoid.  Crappy though they may be, they're still superior (so I say) to most of the stuff I listened to today.  And what that means.  IF anything.

  •  what does this part of the title (1+ / 0-)
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    UDKCJ 19

  •  Here's something interesting: (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm listening to WRTI's jazz stream & some female vocalist just did "O Sole Mio."  As a jazz tune.  It was perhaps not as jazzy as some jazz can be, but was definitely not operatic.

    There was a piece in the NYT arts section a few weeks ago about a concert that was supposedly exploring how American standards got to be included in the jazz repertory.  The critic thought such a concert was a terrific idea (and so do I) but reviled the actual concert b/c, well, they didn't actually explore the subject very well.  And in making a standard into jazz, they just played it a little faster.

    Which totally misses the point.

    But I sure never expected to hear "O Sole Mio" on a jazz station.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 10:33:33 PM PDT

    •  I'm not too surprised, in principle (1+ / 0-)
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      "O sole mio" is an Italian popular song, so no surprise that someone would want to "jazz it up".  BTW, do you have that link?

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 09:26:23 PM PDT

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      •  NO, but I will try to find it. (0+ / 0-)

        http://www.wrti.org/

        ...that's the page link.

        Not Working.  All search results: zero.

        I know what I heard...but I don't know who sang it (female) or how to search more effectively.

        Ok: loser story: too old to have proper computer chops.  Alas.

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 01:05:43 AM PDT

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  •  Sorry, I crashed and burned early (2+ / 0-)
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    I have had a strange schedule since visiting the new grandbaby which meant getting up with the sun.

    Interesting diary, thanks!

    Best wishes...

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 06:26:54 AM PDT

    •  sounds as though you're still.... (1+ / 0-)
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      .....traveling semi-long distance to see the new grandbaby, very understandable.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 09:22:03 PM PDT

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