Jan 12 2020

Khatia Buniatishvili @ Tilles

720 Northern Blvd,
Brookville, NY 11548

The Georgian is very beautiful and talented. Listening to her is equally enjoyable as watching her play. She did Liszt’s Piano Concerto #2 and quickly encored a Schubert, the orchestra played Rachmaninoff’s Symphony #2 and encored a Tchaikovsky).

Now to crappy Tilles Center. It’s a myth that they’re able to attract top virtuosos around the world. My kid had his high school graduation here. For a student concert hall, it’s ok but for Yoyo Ma, Perlman and the late Stern, I think it definitely comes up short. The 70+ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra overwhelmed the stage. Come on, Long Island deserves a better concert hall.

The glass atrium is nice. An Asian boy plays there before the concert.

Oddly enough, it isn’t sold out event. The little talk before the concert by Dr. Paul Kim is really nice, giving historical and personal touch to the program: that Rachmaninov’s first symphony was a failure and Rach’s wife later said, the conductor Alexander Glazunov was drunk … Kim said he had a chance to meet his granddaughter at Saint Petersburg Conservatory and wanted to confirm this. But he finally decided not to ask, leaving another unconfirmed  history …

There are many walkers and, as I’ve said many times, the atmosphere is homey … in comparison, I much prefer Lincoln Center. The parking is free and the exit is easy, and it’s closer to home … a few reasons we keep going there.

格鲁吉亚🇬🇪的美眉 Khatia Buniatishvili
拜托 盖个好点的剧场好吗?


左是Rachmaninoff 拉赫玛尼诺夫 右Glazunov 格拉祖诺夫
1897年,老拉的第一交响曲首演. 老格指挥. 长话短说, 砸了.其中的一个原因是老格喝高了.
省时间, 长话短说: 一个多世纪后
前二天在一朋友家遇到音乐家保罗. 小保说他曾在圣彼得堡音乐学院和老格的孙女相遇 … 原想向她求证. 但是他磨叽了好几天, 最终没有问 因为觉得不妥当.

如果是您, 为澄清一个小历史, 您会问吗?

俺八婆了一下, 因为老格在俄外没有老拉出名 (虽然同是天涯沦落人, 但是老格说他因为健康住在海外所以他在俄国内名声比老拉高. 老拉实诚, 直说不喜欢…好汉一条), 老格60多才结婚但没有亲生. 亲不亲生并不影响证实一个小历史吧?

Ok … 星期一笑: 几年前俺无意中看到老拉坟墓 周围空空荡荡. 正好有个管理员经过. 俺问: 这空位 … (别想哈, 都有主了)
我也不是老拉的粉, 又计划树葬, 为什么多口呀?
一定是更年期 … 快乐一周

Dec 5 2019


The foliage, of different kinds, shapes and colors.

Nov 29 2019

The Two Popes

Times Square, Friday, Nov 29, 2019

Passing by the Square, although it was only at the end of November, the day after Thanksgiving, but Christmas was already in the air. Many characters are dressed up as Santa or in red. As I was heading to the Central Park, I felt very cheerful. Blissful. Peaceful. 

Nov 29 2019

A Black Friday in New York

I rarely venture out on a Black Friday, not to mention shopping.

Not disappointed today.

Not due to shopping (concert tickets) but just enjoyed the day in the Big Apple, from the Park to the shops to the streets. Walked a hearty 6.6 miles.

The Lincoln Center

Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center, Amazon Bookstore


The streets

Nov 29 2019

I fall in love with Central Park

I see something golden and yellow … on a Black Friday.


Nov 24 2019

Bouchon Bakery & Cafe

10 Columbus Cir, 3rd Flr
New York, NY 10019

Probably will return?

Been here before for a tea, loved their view and casual attitude. It’s just right for us, before a 3pm concert.

I enjoyed my spicy mint tea and smoked salmon (lox), but the sliced cucumber are old, and their service could have been a little more attentive – like not wet my phone when putting down the tea pot with hot water for my tea. Not sure I heard “I’m sorry” …

My friend said it’s the best French toast ever. Maybe it is or maybe bec I was paying … Overall, the food is good …


On a Black Friday

Nov 24 2019

The Hungarian trio

First row’s trauma: the belly attack. I’m not a fan of front rows and this is a good reminder, ha ha ha.

The trio Bence Szepesi (clarinet), Kristóf Baráti (violin) and Éva Polgár on the piano, played @ Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall – Carnegie Hall:

  1. Aram Khachaturian, trio for clarinet, violin & piano
  2. Schuman’s Fantasy Pieces for clarinet & piano
  3. Brahms’ Intermezzo in A-major
  4. Béla Bartók, contrasts for clarinet, violin & piano

I enjoyed the second and third pieces but the fourth was bit too modern for me. It’s my first time to Zankel Hall, its interior decor reminds me of Shalin Liu Center in Rockport.

Their performance is arranged by AGP Agency, an international full service talent management and production company, based in New York, with remote outlets in Singapore, Budapest, Tokyo and Taiwan. I think the host mentioned that one of the musicians (Kristóf Baráti ?) is heading off to China after the performance.

As we entered the building for the performance, an Asian woman was handing out 神韵 Shen Yun booklet. Oh boy …

第一排的坏处是 … 7⃣️ OMG 欧嘛膏
小鲜肉 … 不好意思 (俺够讨厌[捂脸])
Éva Polgár 小姑凉的上衣漂亮喔


Nov 22 2019

Taci’s Beyti

1953 Coney Island Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11223

Turkish, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean.

Will return.

Inviting ambience, delicious food and good service.

7pm on a Friday evening, we were seated right away. A waiting staff was examining two wine glass against the light and when he was satisfied, he put on our table, which was next to their glass cabinet. Throughout the evening, more glasses were added to the cabinet and inspected before being placed on the tables. I thought about the dirty fork at Half Moon the other day … the devil is in the details.

Although all the food we ordered and shared were delicious, but the tender cubical calf liver is worth an extra shout: for I rarely eat inside stuff and they were yummy.

We finished two bottles of red: you can bring your own wine. Not sure they charge corkage. Before we left, they surprised us with a huge plate of fruits.

Thank you so much!!

Street parking, free after 7pm.


Nov 15 2019

The sunset at library

A lovely sunset by the library.

the sunset last November 2018, almost to the date.


Nov 15 2019

Autumn 2019

Deep into the autumn


some clouds …