It is a hot and humid Saturday. The temperature has been stretching towards the 90 degree level, and is now about 95 degrees. Forecasts call for this sort of challenging weather to continue for many more days. 100 degrees may be reached.
I've been a lazy blogger, but will try to give you all a bit of a catch up of recent city views.
Last Monday, I met a friend over at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to see a very fine exhibit of opaque watercolor miniature paintings from India. These beautiful paintings currently belong to The Kronos Collections, but are "promised gifts" to the Met. Please do click on the link to see the Met's information about the show.
Sometimes I find exhibit labels irritating. The labels for this show were wonderfully informative and actually quite witty in explaining the setting and story line of the scene depicted in each painting. I definitely intend to return for another look and will make use of the available magnifying glasses. The air conditioning was another plus!
My Met membership has expired, and for the time being, I will be taking advantage of the "suggested contribution" to attain entrance to the wonderful museum. Having worked there for quite a few years back in the 1970s, I feel no guilt at now making minimal monetary contributions.
The pictures I have added to this post show a pretty little desert plant I bought at the farmers market. I plan to use it as a subject for some watercolor studies. The plant's colors are almost iridescent.
I confess that on several evenings this past week I did force myself to watch the Republican Party's Convention in Cleveland. There was much anger on display and also an attempt to spread fear.
However, on one evening, I fixed myself an early supper, and then walked a few blocks down to Lincoln Center to see the opening event to this year's Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors festival. Everything is free and a variety of performances are on the schedule. I've provided a link for folks who might be in New York during the festival weeks.
July 20th's headliner was Patti Smith and her band. She has performed several times before at the Out-of-Doors festivals and is a New York City favorite. I am fortunate to have met Patti and to have been given an inscribed copy of her memoir, Just Kids.
It was a swell night outdoors, under the almost still full moon. Patti read a bit from Just Kids, declaimed an Allen Ginsburg poem and then, she and her band, including guitarist Lenny Kaye, played for about two hours. Lots of Patti classics, but they also played tribute covers of When Doves Cry, This Will Be the Last Time, and My Generation.
There were thousands of folks attending the show, some very early arrivals got to be close to the stage where rows of folding chairs were lined up. No one really sat down after the music started up. The rest of us just found a bit of space somewhere in Damrocsh Park plaza. Folks of all ages from babies to folks older than I am.
The spirit of the evening was fabulous. Lots of smiles and some very varied dance styles on display.
On yet another hot morning, I walked over to Central Park to watch a playoff game in the Broadway Show Softball League. It was truly too hot for such activity. I actually left for my walk home before the game was over, and while the Hamilton team was well behind in runs. I was wilted and decided to act my age.
Let's see, what else got me out of the apartment? Yesterday two friends and I decided to brave the heat to meet for lunch at a Greek restaurant that has sort of become our clubhouse. The food is delicious and very reasonably priced. The location on Ninth Avenue is in a neighborhood traditionally referred to as Hell's Kitchen. Appropriate in the current heat, even if the neighborhood is yet another area that has undergone lots of gentrification.
My friends and I had a marvelous catch up visit and agreed to meet up again soon.
Last night, the media reported another shooting incident, this time in the Munich suburbs. I turned the television off.
Even with the overnight heat, I slept well and woke up early enough to accomplish my outdoor errands before today's true sizzle struck. I will now stay indoors near my fan and lots of cold water for the rest of the day. Salad is on the menu for supper tonight. I've noticed that the 1954 film Hobson's Choice is on television tonight, along with many other viewing choices. I've also got several books on my to-be-read stack.
I'm hoping that this post has given you all an idea of how city summer days may be experienced. Thank you so much for your visits to and comments on my previous post. Summer in the city can be very enjoyable if you pace yourself!