On the first night of Hannukah, the family Szilagyi saw Lou Reed’s Berlin at St. Ann’s Warehouse, which has been promoted as “an evening to press between the crumbling leaves of fall.” Indeed, with DUMBO all foggy under the Manhattan Bridge, the slow polished melodies and gritty explosions seemed just right– if only it hadn’t been unseasonably warm. Members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus performed as well and I was mildly surprised to see a youngin’ from Spoke the Hub up there, singing “Sad Song”. I had to wonder what little Timmy thought of the occasionally lurid lyrics (bad pun, I know, but my grandmother did think we were going to see “Lurid’s Berlin”–wee!). After the quasi-rock opera finished, the adult performers came back for an encore. Lou et al. sang “Sweet Jane” and “Rock Minuet” and Antony sang something divine in between.
I also received “Kafka’s Soup: A Complete History of World Literature in 14 Recipes” which has been a fun read so far. I’m looking forward to Clafoutis Grandmere a la Virginia Woolf.