16 February 2005

Ask Sieglinde

She knows from art

1. I miss Renata terribly. What should I do? Gaze upon the Toulouse shot of the shrunken Debbie over at trrill.

2. I'm color blind. When did saffron become more than a pricey spice? Girl, get with it. Check out Jeanne-Claude's hair. Or, sashay to trrill again and examine the site's skid marks, the Ebersole lips, and trrill's melodious banner. I don't think Mmes. Grisi Pasta & Co. will mind if Sieglinde says the jarring color motif of their effervescent website is orange. But Sieglinde believes Jeanne-Claude will claw your eyes out if you tell her her Gates are.

3. Opera & Broadway, aren't they the same expensive shit? From the NYT, regarding Broadway's repeat attenders: "Fans like Bowlegged Lou do not need a reason to feed their habit and are not looking for something different each time, any more than a child wants something different each time he watches 'Toy Story' on DVD. 'We do the same show eight times a week,' Ms. Espinosa pointed out. 'It's not like we're going to slip in a deleted scene." The experience itself, preferably unchanged, is what these fans want..."

4. Opera & NASCAR, aren't they the same expensive shit? Ed Hinton, a syndicated sports columnist, thinks so: "NASCAR has long been considered a diversion for common audiences, as surely as opera was supposed to be only for the rich. Both the Feb. 19 performance of La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera and the Feb. 20 running of the Daytona 500 are virtually sold out. But one legitimate Web ticket broker lists the best seats for La Boheme at $295 each, and for the Daytona 500 at $345 each. Just what is priced beyond the reach of whom?"

5. After weeks of watching world series of poker on TV, this girl wants real action, but is too lazy for a trip to AC or Foxwoods. Where can she go instead? Again Sieglinde refers you to the paper of record. Their article on "secret" orchestral codes reveals the where & when of the nearest game: "Backstage traditions at some orchestras include decades-old poker games. At the Metropolitan Opera, the game extends back at least to 1940, said Craig Mumm, a violist in the orchestra. Hands are played during tour travel, breaks in rehearsal and, most famously, intermissions. 'We really play fast,' Mr. Mumm said. 'Of course, we don't have time with intermission to be changing chips, so everything is done in cash.' The games of choice are stud, draw, Omaha and the increasingly popular Texas hold'em. Stakes range from $2 to $8 a bet, he said."

6. Who's that drag queen doing a filthy impersonation of our beloved Renée, and how dare s/he? Sieglinde's saffron lips are sealed on this one.

7. Wait, but isn't opera a dead art form? F*ck yeah. My mother always says one can only truly/thoroughly love dead things. She's always right, sugar.