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Winter Solstice and The Nutcracker

Happy Winter Solstice!

Today Sophie, Katrin & I had our second annual holiday excursion to see “The Nutcracker.” Last year we went to George Balanchine’s classic production at Lincoln Center. This year we went to Keith Michael’s version performed by the New York Theatre Ballet at the Florence Gould Theater. The Balanchine is quite the spectacular, what with “growing” Christmas trees and all, but this was lovely & fun to compare the two with Sophie and Katrin!

On Thursday, Linda & I went to the 50th anniversary concert of the Shirelles, the first all-girl group to have a number one song on the Billboard (1960). At one point, Beverly Lee, one of the original four singers, performed an over-the-top jitterbug that had us all on our feet. She also talked about the pioneering women of blues & rock & roll–great women’s history!

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