NY Mysteries Sept. 28, 2019

I’m going to get a room near the Joyce and have three meals a day at Cafeteria and die happy. 

Last week a friend and I went to Rubberband. It’s ten athletic (aren’t all dancers?) gymnastic, pugilistic, balletic dancers created Victor Quijada’s high-voltage choreography. They invade the stage, bounce off each other and keep up the movement. Breath-taking, stupendous. It’s Montreal-based and many of the dancers are Canadian. Hummm. Better contact ICE. 

 The Joyce is an encyclopedia of what the body can do.  

Ayodele Casel

This week another pal and I saw choreographer/ tap dancer Ayodele Casel and pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill. Casel is amusing about having first learned about tap dancing from watching Ginger Rogers films. It’s another ballgame. Casel is Black/Latino and infuses energy, dynamism into her work. She is also devoted to encouraging young people, especially girls of color to live authentically and spark joy. O’Farrill is one of those gifted pianists whose fingers are glued to the keyboard. He is as thrilling to watch as the dancers. Casel has a fine troupe of five extraordinary dancers. 

Arturo O’Farrill





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?