Son of a Beach
Screw Skull and BonesBy: - Jun 19th, 2015
Time was when parents bragged about their kids getting into Ivy League Schools then on to law, medicine or an MBA. Not anymore.
Panic AttackBy: - Jun 20th, 2015
My mom, Dr. Flynn, had an instant cure for cancer of the elbows.
Thoreau or, Return to Walden
David Adkins Bonkers in the WoodsBy: - Jun 21st, 2015
If you have read Walden and think you know Henry David Thoreau guess again. The world premiere Thoreau or Return to Walden written by and starring David Adkins, directed by Eric Hill presents the New England transcendentalist and abolitionist as an eccentric just short of lunacy.
Abstract ArtBy: - Jun 22nd, 2015
Cracking the code of complex concepts for most people it helps to have a humanizing hook. What is the anecdote and eureka moment that allows us to connect with daunting aesthetics and technologies? It is the sizzle which enhances the flavor of the steak.
On the Road in BarcelonaBy: - Jun 23rd, 2015
Alone in Barcelona reading On the Road.
Tanglewood This Week
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Huey Lewis, Mark Morris and MoreBy: - Jun 24th, 2015
For under $100 you can purchase lawn tickets and see four popular artists at Tanglewood.
Nudie's of Hollywood
Gonzo Rhinestone CowboyBy: - Jun 24th, 2015
The orange suit with bolero jacket and rhinestone designs was made for a one hit wonder who never picked it up. Since it was a perfect fit Nudie, the designer of the stars, made me an offer I could not refuse. Wearing it always resulted in total gonzo adventures.
Wilco and Real Estate Open Solid Sound Festival
Mass MoCA Be There or Be SquareBy: - Jun 25th, 2015
Wilco and thirty other bands invade Mass MoCA this weekend
Garden of Eden
Advice from NanoBy: - Jun 25th, 2015
There is Irish and Sicilian blood on both sides of my heritage. That means a dirt under the fingernails urge to make things grow. But my grandfather Nano had sound advice for the first garden.
The Nugents of RockportBy: - Jul 07th, 2015
Ancestors is the first of a suite of poems The Nugents of Rockport. Born within a year of each other, 1850 and 1851, Patrick and Mary wed in 1875 and soon settled in Rockport. Soon after marriage Charles, the first of 13, was born. Initially, they leased land then in the 1920s, George, the heir to Beaver Dam Farm brought property down the road. He became the largest and richest land owner and the political whip of Cape Ann.
Tanglewood at its Finest by Philip S. Kampe
Opening days of 2015By: - Jul 07th, 2015
Determined to add new audiences to Tanglewood, the BSO has created an All Star lineup of Musical Acts for the Historic 2015 Season.
Scoundrel and Patriach of an American ClanBy: - Jul 08th, 2015
Dead at 50 Patrick Nugent of Rockport left his wife Mary with 13 children. As well as one more on the side with her sister.
Beaver Dam Farm
Nugent Homestead 1875 to 1927By: - Jul 08th, 2015
In 1658 on 32 acres of land James Babson built a stone building now the oldest in Rockport. It is all that survives of the once extensive Beaver Dam Farm which my ancestors, the Nugents, leased from 1875 to 1927. Patrick died at 50 in 1900 and Mary raised their family of 13 and managed the farm until her death in 1927. Their son George moved up the street and became the owner of the largest expanse of land on Cape Ann including initially all of Good Harbor Beach.
On the Cusp of WWI Tragedy Struck for the Nugent FamilyBy: - Jul 09th, 2015
In 1913 the European avant-garde was shown in the Armory Show in New York. In Paterson New Jersey the IWW led a strike. The world braced for war. In one terrible year Mary Nugent of Rockport lost two sons and a daughter.
Ran Boston Taverns and InnsBy: - Jul 10th, 2015
The only difference between the Boston Irish Flynn and Kennedy clans is that the Kennedys made more money selling bootleg booze. Three of four Flynn children graduated from college. Two went on to careers in medicine and one in law. Uncle Arthur sat on the Federal bench. The Kennedys , of course, knew some success in politics.
On the Eve
Winter Pone PeopleBy: - Jul 11th, 2015
Ice skating on the eve of turning 76 has its treacheries. But also the joy of teaching to the toddlers potential future Bruins.
Tony Winning Actor/Director Roger Rees at 71
Artistic Director of Williamstown Theater Festival 2004 to 2007By: - Jul 11th, 2015
Roger Rees, who has died following a medical procedure in May, had a long association with the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The renowned Tony winning actor/ director first came to Williamstown as an actor. From 2004 to 2007 he was the artistic director of WTF. He returned last summer for a revival of the Kander and Ebb musical The Visit which is currently on Broadway starring Chita Rivera.
The Terrorist Next DoorBy: - Jul 14th, 2015
On Monday nights a group of artists meet for dinner and gossip at Sushi House. Great food and margaritas served by Joy with just that. In the busy summer season there's a lot to talk about. Eric Rudd had hosted his annual Beach Party on Eagle Street. Fun stuff, news of exhibitions, projects and book launches. Then it got real dark.
O' Maley Birthday Party
Renting the Hockey Rink with PizzaBy: - Jul 14th, 2015
On the way to Ipswich for a birthday party. Renting the hockey rink with pizza to celebrate.
Three Irish Lads
Two Nugents and a Flynn Set World RecordBy: - Jul 14th, 2015
My grandfather and two Nugent in laws set a world record in 1898.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Wynton Marsalis Returns to TanglewoodBy: - Jul 15th, 2015
On August 20, 2012 Wynton Marsalis shared an appearance at Tanglewood with bass player Christian McBride. Last night he returned to Ozawa Hall with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. This superb group of New York based musicians presented a program of traditional big band music from the 1930s and 1940s in the first half and works by members of the orchestra, including Marsalis, in the second.
Sicilian Deep in the Heart of TexasBy: - Jul 16th, 2015
The oldest of seven children from an immigrant family in Brooklyn Dad was the first to attend college. With a pharmacy degree he worked three jobs to help support the family. He left home to focus on the goal of becoming a surgeon.
Audra Mcdonald in Concert at Tanglewood
Tony winner plays Ozawa Hall on Sunday, July 19thBy: - Jul 18th, 2015
Known for her recent role as Billie Holiday, multiple Tony award winning actress and singer, Audra Mcdonald takes center stage at Tanglewood on July 19.
On the Porch
Meeting the In LawsBy: - Jul 18th, 2015
Mom married under one condition. That after their internships and residencies the young doctors would return to Boston and her family. Josephine and James Flynn were shocked that their daughter married an Italian even though he was a surgeon. Dad eased into it with pipes on the porch.
Talking with Chicago Star Faye Butler
Currently on Stage at Goodman TheatreBy: - Jul 19th, 2015
Faye Butler describes herself as an actor who sings, not a singer who acts. She's a theater and musical star in Chicago and nationally and has won many awards and honors for her work. She currently plays the cleaning lady, Cassandra, who knows the source of her name only too well, in the current Goodman Theatre production, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. I interviewed her about that role and her other stage and cabaret work. She let me in on a few secrets about her voice, her vocal practices -- and her dreams. (Also see our review of the play.)