The New York City Ballet at Saratoga Springs July 2022

The New York City Ballet at Saratoga Springs July 2022

The New York City Ballet, with its superb orchestra directed by Andrew Litton, returned to Saratoga Springs for a short week. Whereas declining arts audiences in Covid has been a concern, Saratoga Springs’ Performing Arts Center prevails, as does the New York City...
Swan Lake—Pacific Northwest Ballet

Swan Lake—Pacific Northwest Ballet

April 15-24, McCaw Hall, Seattle The romantic ballet Swan Lake belongs to the ballerina—Lesley Rausch—and choreographer Kent Stowell. Rausch is in control not only of her positions and movements, her balance, her expressive arms, but also of the emotions behind each...
Swan Lake—Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Plot Points, March 18-27, 2022

I’ve seen Plot Points a number of times, I adore it. What’s not to like?  A plot, mystery, performance almost cinematographic. Terrific dance. Drama. Melodrama. (More on this later.) But the PNB premiere of Robyn Mineko Williams’ gorgeous Before I Was proved to be...
Swan Lake—Pacific Northwest Ballet

Roméo and Juliette, a ballet masterpiece

What to say about Jean Christophe Maillot’s ballet masterpiece, Roméo and Juliette, that hasn’t been said before—and with countless accolades? Only that it was that much sweeter, poignant, and sharper watching the ballet with a treasured ballerina, Noelani...

Cheeses for holiday baking and cooking

This holiday, consider cheese for baking and cooking. But first, is cheese even something you want to put on your menu? As I write in FoodWISE (with an eye on some history and cultural geography), The trick here is to stop—think—then act; consider all the factors in...

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