My local art museum has a late work by Rembrandt, which was recently cleaned and authenticated as being an actual Rembrandt (rather than "the school of"), so the museum was the perfect place to hold a reading of one of the acts from the play The Guard by Jessica Dickey. The performance was just the first act (a teaser that has left me hanging, so now I will have to go see the whole play), which is about a museum guard who touches a famous Rembrandt painting! The play "looks at the longevity of art and the brevity of a life", and it has totally piqued my curiosity. I want to read the play now, but I think it is too soon to buy the playscript as it is so new and being performed. You can see a peek of the play (performed at Ford's Theatre) here.
I (had) to stop by the museum gift store on my way out for a little browse and (of course) didn't plan on buying anything. It was more a delaying tactic for going out into the dark and cold for my walk home, but then they had these tables with sale items and . . . How do you possibly pass up looking at the books they marked down. Art books. You know those hefty, glossy, beautiful art books that I normally cannot afford to buy. The prices were so inexpensive I felt almost guilty when I took them up to the register. I brought home: Encounters: Photography from the Sheldon Museum of Art, Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s (I'm into sculpture these days!), and Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art. Drum roll please . . . do you want to know what I paid? Just over $12! I can't wait to sit down with my new books this weekend and look at them properly.
I'm going to have a very cultured February it seems as tomorrow I get to have a backstage tour (and another peek) at the upcoming opera production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte. The actual opera is not until next weekend, but this weekend season subscribers get a little perk and get to go backstage and see where all the magic is made. According to the wikipedia Cosi fan tutte means "Thus do all [women]" or "Women are like that". The story: " In a quest to disprove that all women are fickle, two scheming men test the devotion of their fiancées. As faithfulness is wagered, the deck is stacked with deception. Love is tested and lives are tangled when the women are unknowingly tempted by the other’s lover in Mozart’s masterpiece. Will the contest prove to be more than fun and games?"
To round things out I also hope to go see the movie Paterson this weekend as well. Paterson is a bus driver who happens to live in Paterson, N.J. and also happens to be a poet. The film takes place over the course of just one week and it sounds wonderful!
Today is apparently my five year anniversary for Postcrossing! I was utterly addicted to it when I first started, but I must admit that I have not been a very good Postcrosser of late. I want to, but I find free time is taken up with reading or stitching or writing cards and letters to my regular correspondents. Still, I should get a new name this weekend as a little Postcrossing celebration.
A few weeks ago I was wondering what my next NYRB selection would be, and it turns out I was right. The February book is Guy de Maupassant's Like Death. " . . . in an elegant new translation. . . . A finely shaded portrait of desire, will, and the complex entanglements of love, set against cutting social commentary from a realist master." (Kirkus Reviews). Another treat to look forward to in my mailbox. I am still waiting for this one.
So much in the news about refugees this week . . . It's certainly been on my mind this week. I had no idea that so many authors were at some point in their lives refugees, too.
Did you know that Margery Allingham (of Albert Campion fame) wrote under a penname, too? I think I need to check out Rogues' Holiday by Maxwell March.
I will leave you with some very cool new illustrations for Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. One of these lucky artists will get to have their illustrations in a new edition of the book. Personally I will be spending some time with Persuasion this weekend.
I hope your weekend is filled with sunshine and bookishness!