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A Sunday Kind of Love

Happy Sunday! Here is a song by soul singer Etta James  (January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012). You can learn more about Etta James here, here and here. You can also listen to one of her most famous songs, “At Last” . Listen to the song, read the lyrics and sing it to a friend. Enjoy…

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Opera Friday

Lynne Hayden-Findlay, who teachers our weekend classes (W1 & W4), works with the Chelsea Opera Group. This week they are putting on two shows, The Winners and La Pizza,

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More information about the operas can be found “here“.

I am the stage director and costume designer for the production, in addition to being co-producer.

University Settlement Adult Literacy students are invited to attend the Friday, Oct 11, 7:30pm performance free of charge at St. Peter’s Church  in Chelsea, 346 West 20th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues.

If students wish to attend, they must arrive at the theater between 7pm and 7:15, go to the box office table and say “Lynne sent me!”  They can then go in for free.

Winners (1999) is based on the play Lovers by Irish playwright Brian Friel.  In Richard Wargo’s opera, Mag and Joe, two young lovers, celebrate their final days of high school, pending marriage and dreams of their life together.  But as foretold by two ballad singers, they will die later that day in a boating accident.  The lovers will leave the world with their love intact and their youthful aspirations unscathed, never to know heartbreak and disillusionment. In that sense, they are “winners”.
La Pizza con Funghi (1988) is a parody on 19th century Italian opera: the soprano, in love with the tenor, plots to poison her older baritone husband.  Her mezzo maid spills the beans and as in many operas, no one is left alive at the final curtain!  The casting mirrors that of Winners (soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone) and singers will appear in both operas.
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Idiom of the week

Catch someone’s eye

Meaning: to attract attention; to make eye contact

Examples:

  • The bright red car caught Tina’s eye.
  • While driving on the freeway, an interesting billboard caught my eye.
  • When Jen was walking down the street a handsome man caught her eye.

Pop Quiz: What will probably catch your eye?

a. someone walking a dog down the street

b. seeing a taxi cab drive by

c. seeing someone with a lot of jewelry walk past you

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Idiom of the week

Butterflies in My Stomach
Meaning:  a feeling in your stomach when you are excited or nervous or in love; a fluttering or tickling in your stomach.


For example:

 
  • Whenever I have to speak in public, I get butterflies in my stomach.
  • She is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. Every time I look at her I get butterflies in my stomach.
  • When we went down the big hill on the rollercoaster ride, it felt like I had butterflies in my stomach.

Pop Quiz:  When do you think you would have butterflies in your stomach?

  1.  After you eat too much pizza
  2. Before you give a presentation
  3. After you take a test

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A Romantic Story

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we’ve posted a very romantic video about a man from Texas and a woman from Thailand. This is a true story, and it’s brought to you by StoryCorps – a great site that features real people telling their real-life stories. Watch:

The real Ruben and Rachel

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