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Barbara Mann

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall  on the campus of Florida SouthWestern College in Fort Myers, Florida.  January, 2017.  Photograph by Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net.

We went to the Barbara Mann to see the Book of Mormon.  It had received many accolades, but we didn’t care for it very much.  The subject matter was often pretty gross and unpleasant, plus it was anti-religious, especially towards the Mormons;  as well as condescending and/or obnoxious  towards a variety of groups including blacks, gays and women.  

However,  the musical song and dance  numbers were often wonderful, such as “Hello” which opened the show  (see below).

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The show is about the pairs of young men who are sent on two year religious missions all over the world to try to gain converts to the Mormon Church. In the opening number, a group of missionaries dressed in their usual black pants, white shirts and ties, with name tags, perform this lively number called “Hello.”  The song is about how they go from door to door, ringing doorbells,  with their sacred texts of the Latter Day Saint movement. 

 They try to interest people in their religion with the ultimate goal of baptizing them. This show is set in a primitive village in Uganda, so the young Elders have their work cut out for them.

The Barbara Mann Theater has a high, grand entrance-way illuminated by the lights shown in the photograph above.  The packed house seemed to love the show and gave it a standing ovation with whistles and cheers, although some folks around us left at intermission.

ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST OF BOOK OF MORMON  with the opening number “Hello!”

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Fort Myers, Florida. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Fort Myers, Florida. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©   Click photo

THE CHIFFONS:

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Roseate Spoonbills at the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida c 2012. By Eileen Goldfinger ©

Roseate Spoonbills. Morning at the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Southwest Florida c. 2012. By Eileen Goldfinger ©

EDVARD GRIEG.   Peer Gynt “Morning.”  By the Royal Tuscany Orchestra.

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Naples Botanical Gardens. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Naples Botanical Garden. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

 

TERRY BLAINE and THE MARK SHANE QUINTET (Live in concert)

“The Louisiana Fairytale”

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he Great White Egret observes a standup paddleboarder gliding by. Gulf of Mexico, Florida. Paul Goldfinger. 2013. Left click for a bigger bird.

The Great White Egret observes a standup paddleboarder gliding by at the  Gulf of Mexico, Florida. Paul Goldfinger. 2013. © Left click for a bigger bird.

SOUNDTRACK:  Big Bird here has his eye on the young lady paddle boarder.  He thinks she’s another waterbird, but if he could sing, this is what he would sound like:

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Family Day

Sunday, April 10, 2016.  Sanibel Causeway.  Click to enlarge.  By Paul Goldfinger ©

There are many Hispanic families in southwest Florida, and they love to get together by the Gulf, set up tables, cook, eat, fish, play Spanish music, romp with the kids and have a great time.  This is the causeway which separates the mainland from Sanibel Island, a privileged place mostly for those with money.  There are few public beaches, and parking is difficult.

But the causeway is different because, for the price of a bridge toll, these families can enjoy the sun and breezes for free.

I passed a big muscular guy with tattoos up and down both arms; he was grilling for his group. He wore a sleeveless  white T shirt, shorts and a pork pie hat. I loved the vibe and the Latin rhythms.  I looked at him and wondered about him  (I have always been a people watcher.) I didn’t dare take his picture. He looked grimly at me and my camera; then he flashed a big smile; I smiled back and walked on.  It really was a good day.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @ Blogfinger

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB  “Veinte Anos.”

 

 

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Gulf of Mexico, Ft. Myers, Fla. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

Gulf of Mexico, Ft. Myers, Fla. By Paul Goldfinger. ©  Click to see more.

BOB MARLEY and the WAILERS   “Stir it Up.”

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Tina works at the French bakery in downtown Fort Myers. ©

Tina works at the French bakery in downtown Fort Myers. 2011 © By Paul Goldfinger. Her brioches make fine French toast.

ALAN ARKIN  (She keeps his blood pressure normal–a non-pharmacologic therapy)

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Del Ray Beach. Florida, east coast. 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Del Ray Beach. Florida, east coast. 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

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Fla camel

Fla camel. Photo by Paul Goldfinger ©

I was driving by K-Mart in Ft. Myers when I saw a camel by the side of the road. So I parked my car and walked a mile to see him.  He was eating some grass when I came over to take his picture.  I asked him, “What’s going on?”

He said, “I hear they’re having a sale on lawn furniture.”

“Do you live here? “ I asked.

“I come down from Jersey in the winter.  We travel in a long file down 95. We pack spices and silks”

“Where are you from?”  the camel asked.

“Ocean Grove, New Jersey” I said.

“Oh” said the camel. “Do you know Ted Bell?”

Then he said that he was going to a costume party and didn’t know what to wear.  I said, “Go as a camel.”

He said, “I did that last year, but a guy in a camel costume won the prize.”

I asked the camel if he liked walking in the desert. He said that it’s fine because he has 3 eyelids to protect him from sand.  But he wasn’t done.  He said, “The blue whale’s tongue is heavier than a fully grown elephant.”

tigoo

The Tigoo  PG photo

“No kidding,” I said.  Then I spotted the tiger.

It seems a mini-zoo had set up camp by the side of the road.  A little boy about two was looking at the tiger.  He said to his mom, “Mommy, can I play with the tigoo?”  Mom said no.

It’s up-tight mothers like that who cause childhood neuroses.

I went back to the car, avoiding the pony rides, because the sign said that ponies bite.

—Paul Goldfinger

SAMMY DAVIS, JR.:

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