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Neapolitan

Born on this day in 1797 composer Gaetano DonizettiRead more »

Back street love affairs burst into flame behind closed doors

Born on this day in 1923 actress Gloria GrahameRead more »

Futurama

Today, on “Cyber Monday,” our doyenne La Cieca invites you to peruse some of the remarkable deals in electronics, books, DVDs, computers and cell phones available at Amazon.com.  Read more »

“I don’t think you need to have a difficult childhood to be funny, but it helps”

Happy 63rd birthday cartoonist Roz Chast.

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Quarrel about what

Born on this day in 1896 composer Virgil Thomson.

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How to sing

Born on this day in 1848 soprano Lilli Lehmann.

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Wild turkey surprise

Happy Thanksgiving USA Parterrians from La Cieca (pictured, left.)

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Evil under the sun

On this day in 1898 Pietro Mascagni’s Iris premiered in Rome.

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Giorno d’orrore

Born on this day in 1694 writer and philosopher Francois-Marie Arouet (known as Voltaire.) 

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Heil sei dem Tag

On this day in 1808 Beethoven’s Fidelio premiered in Vienna. 

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