Revelations

On a cold January night in 1960 a 29 year-old African American dancer and  choreographer named Alvin Ailey premiered a piece called Revelations at the 92nd St Y. Inspired by what Ailey called blood memories of his rural Texas childhood, and by Negro spirituals, gospel and the blues,  Revelations was about tribulation, human tenacity and the saving grace of music and dance. That nite at the Y,  Ailey and his young troupe brought down the house and Revelations made modern dance history...

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Lacrosse – for Dick in loving memory

Last month when I wrote here about my friends Celia and Dick,  (See A CUP OF SUGAR,  Nov 5, 2014)  I knew Dick’s health was failing.  Sadly that big heart gave out on November 17. Dick Lidz was a wonderful guy – bright, warm, witty, cultured, well-read and world-travelled,  a gourmand and a bon vivant, an historian and founder of a prestigious educational publishing company he ran for decades. And Celia and Dick had a wonderful marriage – their biggest fight,  she once...

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