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November 2, 2010

Not Exactly Paradise

My review of San Francisco Opera’s Werther by Massenet compares the production with a classic: Peter Weigl’s film version of the opera with the great Brigitte […]
November 2, 2010

The Latest Lesbian Issue of TRIVIA

It may be the last. Editor Lise Weil is stepping down after her monumental commitment to the magazine that has been vanguard as much as a […]
October 13, 2010

Invitation to a Brain-Jogging Salon

For all everyone who didn’t happen upon my blog post a while ago: “Can a Writer’s Life Experience Earn a University Degree?” It’s important to me […]
October 8, 2010

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 56

Entering fall in high fashion? Dressed in Gertrude Stein from head to toe? Coat, dress, petticoat, handbag and dessous: http://www.shewrites.com/profiles/blogs/why-do-something-if-it-can-be-60  
October 1, 2010

Cuban Ballet, a book by Octavio Roca

True stories about the Grand Dame and tyrant of Cuban Ballet, Alicia Alonso, the company, and its famous exiles, among them the ballerina sisters Lorena and […]
September 30, 2010

Testimonies of Renate’s UIL Students

Testimony of UIL Students “I approached the UIL advanced degree program with that I thought was a healthy disrespect for conventional academia. At 62, with a […]
September 24, 2010

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 55

On our pilgrimage to the sites of Stein’s “mystery” novel, the impression of sadness, the all-pervasive dread of French country life deepened at the Hotel Pernollet. […]
September 4, 2010

Santa Fe Opera Season

Read all about this summer’s season and a brilliant new version of Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann: http://www.scene4.com/0910/renatestendhal0910.html  
September 4, 2010

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 54

Our sleuthing began 75 km east of Lyon on an empty country road, between rabbit cages and sad bistros. Whereas nowadays a plaque guides the pilgrims […]
August 27, 2010

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 53

Translating Stein’s murder mystery Blood on the Dining-Room Floor was very much a case of transleaping. I had to leap into a language, German, that gives […]