The last Frick concert, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin and Huw Watkins, piano was held on Sunday. Joyce Bodig is a long time Frick employee and a one woman organization who arranges all the concerts. We were treated to Watkins’ composition, Spring, Beethoven and Debussy sonatas and an encore of “It Ain’t Necessarily So”. An odd choice, I thought. I never appreciate opera singers singing jazz and I don’t appreciate classical musicians swinging through popular music.
On Wednesday, a friend and I went to Alice Elliot’s documentary, “The Collector of Bedford Street”. It was shown at the Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St. The Collector is Larry Selman, a neighborhood character. He’s endearing and helpless, a great one for making many phone calls. The community united in caring for him since his elder brother was failing. We follow Larry through his day, often collecting money for various charities. His NYC sense of humor is appreciated by neighbors and tradesmen. It’s a close knit community. In a Q & A, after the screening, Alice praised her
neighbors, giving them a great deal of credit for the documentary’s success. She talked about the heavy equipment that was and is still used to label the film industry as a guy’s world. Women couldn’t lift and lug the gear. No more! With the small digital cameras, women have as much opportunity to making a film as a man does.
Down Memory Lane: Being on Barrow Street which is next to Bedford, is where my old friend Kit Davidson had lived. Kit made documentaries and like Alice Elliot, one of his, 3rd Ave. El , was nominated for an academy award.
I wanted to see Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth so off I went to The Morgan. It was much less crowded than the opening celebration which was filled with hobbits, elves, dwarves and wizards. The second floor exhibit has lovely original Tolkien drawings. The Morgan has a Gilbert and Sullivan Collection. These posters are part of the archive. A plus is a light airy lunch space: divine lemonade spiked with ginger and scrumptious avocado toast. But they have to bring back the deviled eggs!
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?