I hadn’t been in Town Hall in years. On the second floor I stared at photos of Billie Holiday and Andrea Segovia. Both had appeared in Town Hall way back in the fifties. The crowd buzzed. We were there to hear The New Yorker Radio Hour (and a half) moderated by David Remnick who was interviewing James Comey. Comey has been jumping all over the media for the past few weeks to publicize A Higher Loyalty, his tell (almost) all book about his philosophy as it played out in his exciting career. It was a pleasure to listen to two well educated, well spoken men. The hottest words flooded the packed theater: rule of law, transparency, Loretta Lynn, Rudolph Giuliani, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Russian involvement in the American election. I think Mr Comey will be speaking at Amazon. Remember the saying, Revenge is a dish best served cold? Mr. Comey + Mr. Jeff Bezos is almost as titillating as Trump + prostitutes in Moscow.
Stuyvesant Town has been described as a place “to live in a park – to live in the country in the heart of New York.” One of its traditions is the Stuyvesant Town Flea Market. It was an annual event until 9/11 closed it down. Don’t ask me to explain that logic. It was brought back last year. It’s on this weekend. I’m not participating because I’m going to a Joyce DiDonato masterclass and because, last year, it took me five hours to make about twenty seven dollars. It was still fun. Neighbors and I shared a booth. Friends dropped by. Meanwhile, the woman next to me made out like a bandit selling little toys to lots of little children.
@Generation Women is sharing secrets on April 25. It’s story telling by women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s. Each participant has seven minutes -7- seven minutes to tell her secret and the fun begins at 7 pm. It’s at the Caveat Theatre, a New York speakeasy, on 21 A Clinton Street. The April 25 event is sold out but please come to the May event.
Graphic Lessons: Recent thirty-five-year-old widow Millie Fitzgerald applies for a private school teaching job, faints on a stabbed and dying man in the school kitchen, deals with the only witness to the stabbing – a troubled nine-year-old, develops a crush on a NYPD detective and her dog dies.
Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who never listens or accuses her of lying? Her father who’s started a new family in Singapore? She tells Millie.
Graphic Lessons: Something’s eating at NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek: a failed marriage? surviving a car bomb? his girlfriend marrying his corrupt boss? screwing up an important case? It doesn’t matter because he’s relentless.