Something I didn’t know about the late Jane Russell. “Although she did considerable stage acting over the years, her sole Broadway appearance was in 1971 in the Stephen Sondheim musical ‘Company,’ in which she replaced Elaine Stritch as the tough-talking character who sings ‘The Ladies Who Lunch.’”
The Orchestra Sinfônico do Estado de São Paulo performs Bangzália, a 1980 orchestral composition by the Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Jobim, from a 2002 concert retrospective of the composer’s classical works. Robert Minczuk conducts.
Instapaper on iPad (squee!)
My favorite iPhone app, Instapaper, is about to get a lot bigger.
It was a chicken-and-egg thing for me: I’m resistant to buying a tablet device without an amazing reader; but who is going to develop something excellent for a platform that doesn’t exist yet? But as Instapaper’s developer points out, “an iPad without native Instapaper Pro is not a device I want to own.” Thanks, Marco — now it’s a much easier decision.
Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the divine deliverance of the Jewish people from a holocaust engineered by a civil servant in the Persian Empire, Haman. Through the intervention of Esther, a pious Jewish girl, and her elder cousin, Mordecai, they informed Ahasuerus (otherwise known in ancient history as Xerxes I, king of the Achaemenid Empire of Persia (fl. 6th BC?). For Christians Esther is a saint, and is venerated on May 24th.
This is what I’ll be having today for lunch, hamentaschen.
I really miss hamentaschen. A decent Jewish bakery, is that so much to ask?