Cape Coral hosts many pleasant surprises. Some friends and I recently spent a pleasant evening at Nemo’s Sports Bistro at Bowland in Cape Coral. Along with a bowling alley brimming with activity, there is Nemo’s Cafe where diners can relax, play pool and darts, watch live sports, and order bar fare like drinks, wings, and pizza.
The ancient language of the Persians, Farsi, is the ultimate romantic language, and the nuances and shades are deep and numerous. Rumi is considered the greatest poet of this language; his significant works are the Masnavi, rhyming couplets like those quoted above, and Divan-e Shams-e Tabrizi, a collection of lyric poetry.
Neil Simon’s clever use of humor to tell soulful stories about the suburbs of New York City and the friction of ordinary lives is spellbinding. He wrote what he knew, which were primarily autobiographical pieces he termed “urban neuroses.” Barefoot in the Park depicted his marriage to his first love and wife. They lived every detail.
The President has blurted out another gaffe, and everyone is scurrying to fix his latest blunder. Sound all too familiar? Well, in this case, it takes more than his wife and favorable news reporters to cover up this mess. It’s so bad that the care of seven women is needed for damage control.
The women carry the show. Memorable, and the highlight is Mrs. Laine (Mare Winningham). She has dementia and lost her filter years ago. She is rip-roaring hilarious and made the otherwise severe, sad, and depressing depiction of life wake up the audience. Another resident Mrs. Burke (Luba Mason), takes off and starts playing the drums – in heels!
Guston and Ross Feld met after Guston read a review Feld had written of his latest exhibition. It was not received well, and Feld had praised it, seemingly understanding Guston’s new direction. Guston, in his day, created quite an uproar when in the 1970 Marlborough Gallery show, he switched from his abstract expressionist style to a cartoonish mode.
The brother Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell created the book and are back at it again to make music and lyrics of pure unadulterated fun. Mrs. Doubtfire at the Stephen Sondheim theater is an update of the 1993 film starring Robin Williams, but funnier and more entertaining.
Comedians tackle the great debate of talk vs. text. Two teams 5 minutes a piece argue their case, and then the anchor on each team gets 7 minutes to wrap. The audience applause denotes the winner. You probably think the talk team won since the winner was recognized verbally – WRONG. Texting won by a razor-slim margin hardly audible.