Thursday, May 04, 2017

The Movies, Books, Theater, Concerts, CDs I've Seen/Read So Far In 2017

Updated August 1, 2017


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(Increasingly, I am sampling books, reading 10%, 20% even 40 or 50% before deciding to move on. The books below are only the ones I've read completely. That also explains what looks like generous grading -- more and more, if I sense a book is not going to be among my favorites, I stop reading. Too many books; too little time!)


1. The Book That Changed America by Randall Fuller ***
2. The Evenings by Gerard Reve (1956) (trans by Sam Garrett) ***/
3. Demon Vol. 2 by Jason Shiga ***
4. Decelerate Blue by Adam Rapp and Mike Cavallaro ** 1/2
5. Feed by M.T. Anderson (2002) ***/
6. Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar ***
7. Robert B. Parker's Revelation by Robert Knott ** 1/2
8. The Stone Heart: The Nameless City Volume 2 by Faith Erin Hicks ***/
9. Round by Joyce Sidman and Taeeun Yoo **
10. Curious George Goes To The Hospital by Margaret and H.A. Rey; read by John Krazinski (1967) ** 1/2
11. Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders ****
12.  Their Finest by Lissa Evans *** 1/2
13. Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering Of The All-American Town by Brian Alexander ** 1/2
14. Direct Action by LA Kaufman ** 1/2
15. The Horseman by Tim Pears *** 1/2
16. Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie **
17. The Wages of Sin by Kaite Welsh **
18. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo ***
19. The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo ** 1/2
20. New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson ***
21. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier ** 1/2
22. We'll Always Have Casablanca by Noah Isenberg **
23. The Evangelicals by Frances Fitzgerald ***
24. The Road To Jonestown by Jeff Guinn ***
25. The End Of Eddy by Edouard Louis ** 1/2
26. Eight Flavors by Sarah Lohman
27. When The World Stopped To Listen by Stuart Isakoff ** 1/2
28. Otis Redding by Jonathan Gould ***/
29. Aliens: The World's Leading Scientists on the Search For Extra-Terrestrial Life edited by Jim Al-khalili ***
30. Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi *** 1/2
31. The Absolutely True Adventures of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie *** 1/2
32. The Doorman's Repose by Chris Raschka *** 1/2
33. Grief Cottage by Gail Goodwin **
34. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie *** 1/2
35. The Changeling by Victor LaValle ***
36. Quiet Until The Thaw by Alexandra Fuller ***/
37. New Thoughts by Wallace Shawn ***
38. The Adventures Of John Blake: Mystery Of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman and illos by Fre4d Fordham **
39. Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory *** 1/2
40. The Last Cowboys Of San Geronimo by Ian Stansel ***
41. The Epiphany Machine by David Burr Gerrard ***/
42. The Unwomanly Face Of War by Svetlana Alexievich (1985) ****
43. Refugee by Alan Gratz ***
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1. Neil Diamond -- Stones (1971) ***
2. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976) ***
3. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -- You're Gonna Get It! (1978) ** 1/2
4. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -- Damn The Torpedoes! (1979) *** 1/2
5. John Mayer -- The Search For Everything ep Wave One ***/
6. Rose Elinor Dougall -- Stellular ** 1/2
7. Bones -- Disgrace ***
8. Bernhoft -- The Morning Comes ep ** 1/2
9. The Go-Betweens -- Quiet Heart/Best Of (2012) *** 1/2
10. Kasey Chambers -- Dragonfly *** 1/2
11. Neil Diamond -- I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight (1977) **
12. Anderson.paak -- Malibu (2016) ***/
13. Ryan Adams -- Prisoner ***
14. The Go-Betweens -- Send Me A Lullaby ((1996) **
15. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -- Hard Promises (1981) *** 1/2
16. Various Artists -- Songs Of Lennon and McCartney (UK) ** 1/2
17. Everly Brothers -- mixtape EB CD Burnwood *** 1/2
18. Jason Falkner -- mixtape Burnwood *** 1/2
19. The Sadies -- Northern Passage  ** 1/2
20. Son Volt -- Bolts Of Blue ***
21. Tift Merritt -- Stitch Of The World ** 1/2
22. Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau -- Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau ** 1/2
23. Mac Wiseman -- I Sang The Song ***/
24. Chuck Prophet -- Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins ***
25. Dinah Washington -- A Bouquet Of Hits **
26. Cream -- Fresh Cream (1966) **
27. The Delfonics -- La La Means I Love You (1968) **
28. R.E.M. -- Green (1988) ***/
29. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -- Long After Dark (1982) *** 1/2
30. The John Sally Ride -- A New Set Of Downs *** 1/2
31. Various Artists - Southern Soul Crate *** 1/2
32. The Feelies -- In Between ***/
33. Chip Taylor -- A Song I Can Live With ** 1/2
34. The Haley Sisters -- Always By My Side * 1/2
35. John Mayer -- The Search For Everything Wave Two ep ***/
36. Oleta Adams -- Third Set * 1/2
37. Jim Lauderdale -- London Southern ** 1/2
38. Laura Nyro -- New York Tendaberry (1969) **
39. Alison Krauss -- Windy City ***
40. Lowland Hum -- Thin **
41. Charlie Finn -- P.S. I'm Gay-ish * 1/2
42. Eliza Carthy -- Big Machine ***
43. Jens Lekman -- Life Will See You Now **
44. Dan Baird -- So Low ** 1/2
45. Albert King -- The Big Blues (1962) *** 1/2
46. Brent Cash -- The New High **
47. Various Artists -- Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie's 26 Northwest Songs **
48. Bob Dylan -- Triplicate ***/
49. Doris Day -- Day By Day (1956) ****
50. Chris Stapleton -- From A Room Vol. 1 *** 1/2
51. Nina Simone -- Nina Simone And Piano (1969) ****
52. Doris Day -- Day By Night (1957) ****
53. Blossom Dearie -- My Gentleman Friend  (1961) *** 1/2
54. Anita O'Day -- Sings The Winners (1958) ****
55. Dan Auerbauch -- Waiting On A Song **
56. John Mayer -- The Search For Everything (album) ** 1/2
57. Kay Starr -- I Cry By Night (1962) *** 1/2
58. The Mavericks -- Brand New Day ***/
59. Dear Evan Hansen original cast album ** 1/2
60. Harry Styles -- Harry Styles ** 1/2
61. Nat King Cole -- Songs From "St. Louis Blues" (1958) ****
62. Nat King Cole -- After Midnight (1957)
63. Jack Teagarden -- Think Well Of Me (1962) *** 1/2
64. Tiny Tim -- God Bless Tiny Tim (1968) *** 1/2
65. Tiny Tim -- Tiny Tim's 2nd Album (1968) ***
66. Louis Armstrong -- Meets Oscar Peterson (1957) ****
67. Doris Day and Robert Goulet -- Annie Get Your Gun (1963) ****
68. Margaret Whiting -- Sings The Jerome Kern Songbook (1960) *** 1/2
69. Eydie Gormé and Steve Lawrence -- Sing The Golden Hits (1960) **
70. Royal Blood -- Royal Blood **
71. Steve Earle -- So You Wanna Be An Outlaw ***
72. Glen Campbell -- Adios ***
73. Jason Isbell -- The Nashville Sound ***/
74. Billy Eckstine -- Billy's Best (1958) *** 1/2
75. Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong -- Bing and Satchmo (1960) ***
76. Bobby Short -- Bobby Short (1956) ****
77. Bobby Troup -- Sings Johnny Mercer (1955) *** 1/2
78. Lambert, Hendricks and Ross -- Sing A Song Of Basie (1957) *** 1/2
79. Fleet Foxes -- Crack-Up ***
80. Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly and James McAllister -- Planetarium ** 1/2
81. Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie -- Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie ** 1/2
82. Jimmy Scott -- The Source (1969) *** 1/2
83. Todd Rundgren -- White Knight ** 1/2
84. Chuck Berry -- Chuck * 1/2
85. Gorillaz -- Humanz ***
86. H.E.R. -- Volume 2 ** 1/2
87. Kendrick Lamar -- Damn ** 1/2
88. Lorde -- Melodrama ***/
89. Ray Davies -- Americana ** 1/2
90. Robyn Hitchcock -- Robyn Hitchcock ** 1/2
91. Roger Waters -- Is This The Life We Really Want? ** 1/2
92. Songhoy Blues -- Resistance ** 1/2
93. Steely Dan -- Two Against Nature (2000) ** 1/2
94. Big Boi -- Boomiverse ** 1/2
95. Brockhampton -- Saturation **
96. Sarah Vaughan -- Sarah Vaughan aka Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown (1954) *** 1/2
97. Tinariwen -- Elron ** 1/2
98. Les Amazones d'Afriques -- Republique Amazone **
99. Joan Shelley -- Joan Shelley ***
100. Willie Nelson -- God's Problem Child ***
101. Diana Krall -- Turn Up The Quiet ***
102. Various Artists -- Baby Driver soundtrack *** 1/2
103. Preservation Hall Jazz Band -- So It Is ***/
104. Van Halen - MCMLXXXIV **
105. Marvin Gaye -- Midnight Love (1982) **
106. Run D.M.C. -- Run D.M.C. (1984) *** 1/2
107. Daryl Hall -- Sacred Songs (1980) ***/
108. Dick Haymes -- Rain Or Shine (1955) ****
109. Dick Haymes -- Moondreams (1957) *** 1/2
110. Judy Garland -- Judy In Love (1958) *** 1/2
111. John Moreland -- BIg Bad Luv *** 1/2
112. Luther Vandross -- The Night I Fell In Love (1985) ***
113. Elton John -- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) *** 1/2
114. Haim -- Something To Tell You ** 1/2
115. Brad Paisley -- Love and War ***
116. Sade -- Diamond Life (1984) *** 1/2
117. Rev Sekou -- In Times Like These **
118. Johnny Hartman -- Songs From The Heart (1955) *** 1/2
119. Charlie Warsham -- The Beginning Of Things ***
120. Bobby Troup -- Bobby Swings Tenderly (1957) **
121. John Moreland -- In The Throes (2013) *** 1/2
122. The Specials -- The Specials (1979) ***/
123. Sade -- Promise (1985) *** 1/2
124. Sampha -- Process ***
125. Angaleena Presley -- Wrangled **
126. LL Cool J -- Radio (1985) ** 1/2
127. Low Cut Connie -- Dirty Pictures **
128. Zephanaiah Ohora -- This Highway **
129. Nicole Atkins -- Goodnight Rhonda Lee ** 1/2
130. Captain Beefheart -- Doc At the Radar Station (1980) *** 1/2
131. Garland Jeffrey -- 14 Steps To Harlem **
132. Rhiannon Giddens -- Freedom Highway **
133. Japanese Breakfast -- Soft Sounds From Another Planet **
134. Sheer Mag -- Need To Feel Your Love * 1/2
135. Scott Nolan -- Silverhill **
136. Hall & Oates -- Abandoned Luncheonette (1973) *** 1/2
137. Declan McKenna -- What Do You Think About The Car? **
138. Johnny Hartman -- And I Thought About You (1959) ***
139. Arcade Fire -- Everything Now **
140. Stanton Moore -- With You In Mind ***/
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(Not TV movies, of course, but movies and TV -- and TV movies if it comes to that. Mostly I only list TV shows when I've tackled an entire season at once or reappraising an entire series after it's over This doesn't really capture my ongoing watching of current TV.)

1. The Rains Came (1939) ** 1/2
2. John Wick Chapter Two ** 1/2
3. Kong: Skull Island **
4. Detectorists Season One ****
5. Detectorists Season Two *** 1/2
6. Detectorists Christmas Special **
7. The Sound Of Music (at United Palace) ****
8. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial at Lincoln Center w full orchestra ****
9. Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 * 1/2
10. Wonder Woman **
11. Baby Driver ** (but *** 1/2 soundtrack)
12. War For The Planet Of The Apes ***
13. Dunkirk (in IMAX 70mm) *** 1/2
14. Valerian and the City Of A Thousand Planets *
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THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS
(The names after the shows are the people who joined me at the performance.)

1. The Fever (The Public’s UTR Festival )(w Noam) **
2. Lula del Ray (The Public’s UTR Festival) (w Noam) **
3. La Mélancolie des Dragons (The Public’s UTR Festival at the Kitchen) (w Alisa) **
4. Top Secret International (State 1) (The Public’s UTR Festival at Brooklyn Museum) (solo) **
5. The Present (Cate Blanchett) (w Cohen)**
6. The Tempest (Harriet Walter at St. Ann’s) (solo) *** 1/2
7. The Liar (David Ives at CSC) (w Noam) *** 1/2
8. Jitney (John Douglas Thompson on Broadway) (w Noam) *** 1/2

6. The Liar (w Noam) *** 1/2
7. Jitney  (John Douglas Thompson on Bway) (w Noam) *** 1/2
8. The Tempest (Harriet Walter at St. Ann’s) (solo) *** 1/2
9. Significant Other (w TJ) * 1/2
10. The Skin Of Our Teeth (w Noam) ***
11. Natasha, Pierre And The Great Comet Of 1812 (w Groban) (w Cohen) ** (third visit, but *** if you haven’t seen it)
12. Everybody (at Signature) (w Cohen, Zoe, Noam) ** 1/2
13. Idomeneo (at Met w Levine conducting) (w Garrett) *** 1/2
14. Sunday In The Park With George (w Jake Gyllenhaal) (solo) ****
5. The Light Years (w Zoe) * 1/12
16. The Glass Menagerie (w Sally Field, Joe Mantello) (w Luis) *** 1/2
17. 946: The Amazing Story Of Adolphus Tips (St. Ann's Kneehigh) (w Noam) **
18. The Price (w Mark Ruffalo) (w Noam) *
19. Come From Away (w Justin Trudeau, Ivanka Trump) (w Noam) *
20. Miss Saigon (w Cohen) **
21. Picnic/Come Back Little Sheba (w Noam) * 1/2
23. Vanity Fair (at Pearl)(w Luis) ***
24. Latin History For Morons (solo) * 1/2
25. On The Grounds Of Belonging (workshop production w Bobby Steggert)(w Noam)
26. Wakey Wakey (w Noam)***
27. Present Laughter (w Kevin Kline)( w Noam) ***
28. CasablancaBox (w Noam) ** 1/2
29. Amélie (w Noam) * 1/2
31. Indecent (w Frima) ** 1/2
32. The Hairy Animal (w Bobby Cannavale) (w Noam and Frima) ***
33. The Antipodes (w Zoe, Heather, Noam, Cohen) **
34. Anastasia (w Noam) **
35. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (w Garrett) **
36. Oslo (w Zoe) *** 1/2
37. The Little Foxes (w Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon) (solo)**
38. Groundhog Day (w Noam) ** 1/2
39. Babes In Toyland (Kelli O’Hara at Carnegie Hall) (w Noam and Frima) ** 1/2

40. Mourning Becomes Electra (w Noam) **
41. A Doll’s House, Part 2 (w Luis) *** 1/2

42. Bandstand (w Luis) ** 1/2
43. Pacific Overtures (at CSC)(w Noam) ***
44. Six Degrees Of Separation (w Allison Janney)(w Zoe) **
45. Twelfth Night (Public Theater Mobile Unit)(alone) ** 1/2
46. Rooms (w Noam) **
47. Arlington (w Noam) ***
48. All The President’s Men (Public Theater one-night event at Town Hall)(w Noam) ** 1/2
49. In and Of Itself (Derek Delgaudio illusionist) (w Noam) ***
50. War Paint (Christine Ebersole, Patti Lupone) (w Cohen) **
51. Happy Days (w Dianne Wiest)(w Noam) *** 1/2
52. Derren Brown: Secret (w TJ) *** 1/2
53. The Whirligig (w Noam) * 1/2
56. The Boy Who Danced On Air (w Noam)** 1/2
57. The Government Inspector (w Noam)** 1/2
58. Sweetee (at Signature) (w Noam) *
59. Venus (at Sig, Zainab Jah excellent) (w Noam and Zoe and Cohen) ** 1/2
60. Cyrano at the Met w Roberto Alagna (gorgeous sets and staging, but what a dull score) **
61. Theater Of War on the Intrepid ***
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Updated August 1, 2017

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