I’m going to reminisce about architecture. Dance, art, writing, architecture, cinema are among my favorite art forms. You may have opera, although I’m fascinated about everything about opera except opera and you may have modern day theater.
One of the reasons I love architecture is because a building in one part of the world will remind me of another, distant building, often in locations that are seemingly disparate. Chavez Community Center on Rodeo Road in Santa Fe is a beautiful, enormous modern sporting complex. It has Santa Fe’s only ice skating ring, four pools – one of which is an indoor Olympic-size pool, slides and a water basketball court. The Chavez Center’s vastness, exposed machinery and light reminded me of the
Annex in Rome. Like the Chavez Community Center, it too is vast and debated in light. The MonteMartini annex is a former power plant. The early twentieth century machinery is a backdrop for ancient sculpture and friezes from the Capitoline museums. Both buildings, one in Santa Fe and the other in Rome, have in common the sturdy beauty of exposed industrial machinery. In the foreground of the Chavez Center are pools and slides. In the foreground of the MonteMartini annex are masterpieces of classical Greek and Roman art.
Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder.
Millie Fitzgerald applies for a private school teaching job, faints on a dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.
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: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner being stabbed ? His hated boss, Captain Dick Holbrook, being a trustee of the Windsor School? Losing his girlfriend to Holbrook?
Since it was my birthday, I’m offering you some cupcakes.