Wednesday, November 21, 2007

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There Stood Caetano... Musical Bird of Paradise...

Last night Christi treated me to a concert by Caetano Veloso, a living legend of Brazilian music since the late 1960s.

Sprightly of body and silky of voice at 65,

Caetano was dynamic but intimate, playing before 1,000 people, relatively cozy for someone who fills stadiums back home.

His songs are often deceptively soft - lyrically, he's sharp as a tack. This soft music got him thrown in jail in 1968 and exiled for many years. This only endeared him more to his large, adoring Brazilian public.

This beloved icon's stature in Brazil is on par with that of Simon & Garfunkel or Stevie Wonder here.

Caetano's been making great music without interruption for over 40 years.

He's written hundreds of songs, of which dozens are drop-dead classics.

Choosing the 22+ song set must be an embarrassment of riches, a high quality problem.

Caetano's digital images adorned the marquis of the Nokia Theater. He reminds me of Thomas Jefferson in this one:

If you can... but you can't. This show, like most musicals, has been shuttered by the stagehand strike...

The Food Journey - W 11th Street

Monday night I had dinner with Bart and then went to Musical Shows night at Splash Bar (on W15th between 5th and 6th), perhaps the only musical action you can get in NYC at this moment.

We dined at French Roast on the corner of W 11th & 6th Avenue, always a warm ambience and tasty continental fare in the US$15-20/main dish range. This high-ceilinged venue is covered with vintage French bistro signs & poster advertisements of all stripes.

I had the daily special, Veal Roast with Artichoke Bourglade, billed as a stew, but served as sumptuous meat & vegetables:

Bart had delicious Rack of Lamb with Stuffed Tomatoes & Spinach...

Dessert was a sinful melted chocolate cake and ice-cream confection, with syrup art and a butterfly cookie. Bart ordered it, but I partook..

Cartoons Cartoons: 'Tis The Season Edition...

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