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Anniversary of the first performance of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" May 29, 1913



Video is fuzzy but my favorite performance.

Paris, Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky.

"The theatre seemed to be shaken by an earthquake. It seemed to shudder. People shouted insults, howled and whistled, drowning the music. There was slapping and even punching. Words are inadequate to describe such a scene. Calm was briefly restored when the order was suddenly given to put up the house lights. It amused me to see how certain boxes where occupants had been so noisy and vindictive in the dark quieted down when the lights went up.

"Diaghilev had ordained a pause between the two scenes; during this the lights were turned up and police were called in to eject the most violent demonstrators; but no sooner had the curtain risen on the trembling group of girls in Part II, with their in-pointed toes, their bent knees and their right fights supporting their sideways-bent heads, than a voice called out, 'Un docteur!' then another 'Un dentiste!' followed by a third with 'Deux dentistes!' A lady slapped the face of a man in a neighboring box, gentlemen challenged each other to duels, Comtesse Rene de Portales declared that she was sixty years old and that nobody had dared to try to make a fool of her before.

"After the performance [Stravinsky remembered] we were excited, angry, disgusted, and ... happy. I went with Diaghilev and Nijinsky to a restaurant. So far from weeping and reciting Pushkin in the Bois de Boulogne as the legend is [spread by Cocteau], Diaghilev's only comment was 'Exactly what I wanted.' He certainly looked contented. No one could have been quicker to understand the publicity value and he immediately understood the good thing that had happened in that respect. Quite possibly he had already thought about the possibility of such a scandal when I first played him the score, months before, in the east ground [floor] of the Grand Hotel in Venice."

From Richard Buckle's "Diaghilev"

The View: Rep. Greene Compares Mask Mandate to Holocaust (Meghan McCain Whatabout meltdown)





For those who enjoy hate-watching Meghan's nutty, furious Whatabout performances.

Meghan: Democrats are the REAL anti-Semites, their anti-semitism is more sinister and insidious than that of Republicans. The left doesn't bring the same energy toward hate crimes against Jewish people that they do to complaining about Greene (Joy Behar: "That offends me." ) The Squad is the face of the Democratic Party (but Greene isn't the face of the Republican Party, she's a lone nut, don't be silly).

She misquotes Ilhan Omar, says Omar dictates foreign policy because she's still on committees but Greene isn't (insinuating taking her off committees was a Republican action punishing Greene, which it wasn't -- unfortunately nobody corrected her). The liberal media protects Omar and they're mean to Greene. Meghan holds up the notes her husband gave her to read on air. Yells at Whoopi when they go to break because she imagines Teh Liberal Media is censoring her for uncovering the disgusting anti-semitism of the left that nobody talks about.

Samantha Bee: Gun Violence is a Public Health Crisis


I can't order Barack Obama's "A Promised Land" from Amazon.

I've been waiting a long time. I live in Japan and the book is only available by other sellers who either don't ship to Japan or are really expensive. Amazon teased me yesterday by saying the book would be available on May 29th. Then today back to NO. I am sad.
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