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Café du Monde in the French Quarter.

Café Du Monde  Coffee Stand in the French Quarter  (c. 1862).  Paul Goldfinger photograph on a Sunday morning, early. ©  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

 

The French brought coffee to the New Orleans area around 1700.  In the 1800’s, during a coffee shortage, chicory was added. The Cajuns came from Nova Scotia in the 19th century and brought beignets with them.

Café Du Monde on Decatur Street  has been around for about 150 years. If you visit NO, you must visit the Café.  It is open 24/7 and is always busy. The scene is livened by street musicians and characters.

The photo above is unusual, because there was only one person chowing down on a Sunday morning.   I guess Saturday night on Bourbon Street took its toll.

The menu is very limited featuring beignets  (donuts without a hole, served hot and covered with powdered sugar.)  The coffee is dark roasted and served black or with milk  (au lait). They also have hot chocolate and fresh squeezed orange juice.

 

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Barnegat, NJ. Paul Goldfinger ©. October 21, 2018.  Click to enlarge.

 

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Photograph taken from the live image sent to Earth and shown on TV.   Paul Goldfinger photo from our living room in New York City.  Silver gelatin darkroom print.     Click to enlarge.

“Le Nozze di  Figaro”  by Mozart.  From the soundtrack of The Shawshank Redemption.

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Mysteries abound in Tent Village. Ocean Grove. September 2, 2018. Paul Goldfinger ©   click to enlarge

 

BEN WEBSTER AND OSCAR PETERSON:  “In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning.”

 

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Jason Tramm conducts during the Songs of Faith performance. August 26, 2018. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge

 

A standing O at the end of the concert. 8/26/18. By Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge.

 

Editor’s Note:  We are initiating a series of black and white photographs taken this summer season in or near the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ.   These two images were obtained inside that magnificent building during the Music of the Spirit Concert on Sunday, August 26, 2018.

 

PENTATONIX.  (Christmas in August:   “Mary, Did You Know?”)

 

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Marilyn Monroe, no longer in the dark.

Marilyn Monroe, no longer in the dark.  Photographer George Barris made Marilyn smile.  I always imagined that she was smiling at me.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger  (re-posted from November, 2014)

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles on June 1,  1926.  She tragically died at the age of 36. She was the pin-up girl for most of the guys from my generation.  Marilyn was not only a movie star, but she also was a singer.  Remember “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes?

Many years ago I found this photo of MM in a shop on Thompson Street in  Greenwich Village where they sold images of Hollywood stars.  I loved her smile, her hair, and her towel. The picture was provocative even though it is rated PG. (my initials)

Marilyn has been on the wall of my dark room for many years, so she was always smiling at me, keeping me company, while I was engaged in that solitary activity. Now, as I take down that old technology, the photo of Marilyn will remain, as the dark room takes on new digital form.

There were many photographers who were known for their images of her—tens of thousands of photos of Marilyn exist.

Those who were privileged to photograph her included many great names such as  Avedon, Bachrach, Eisenstadt and Newman.

Earlier  we wrote a post about the photographers on the movie set of The Misfits, where MM was photographed with Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, Arthur Miller, and Eli Wallach.   BF about The Misfits

She was a passionate and vulnerable  person who, like a beautiful butterfly,  flitted from one to another without landing happily.  Here is a quote from Marilyn herself, “I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.
” –From the Unfinished Biography of Marilyn Monroe

Her singing was wispy and sexy. Recently Barry Manilow decided to make an album of “Dream Duets” using technology to bring him together in song with his departed musical heroes.

Here is the one cut containing Marilyn Monroe:

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Zorba's Brother. A plain jane diner style eatery on Nassau Street in Princeton.

Zorba’s Brother—-a plain Jane diner style Greek restaurant on Nassau Street in Princeton. April, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor at Blogfinger.  Re-posted from  2015.

In Princeton, you expect eateries that reflect the Ivy League pedigree of the place. The fancy Nassau Inn is on Palmer Square in addition to a trendy coffee shop, a fine chocolate store and an ice cream parlor  that serves their goods on the soft side.  There also is a lacrosse store and a Barbour shop that carries high brow sporty clothes from England.

But  right across from that amazing opulent campus is Zorba’s Brother. It wasn’t crowded, but it was very appealing because of its simplicity. Music from the show Zorba played in the background.  We had Greek lemon soup and the lunch special—fish and chips. The coffee was so-so.  Have the Greeks forgotten how to make coffee?

Carl, my “date”  from Mt. Tabor Way, went with me to see a photography exhibit at the Princeton University Art Museum. We walked on the magnificent campus and took some photographs. It was a glorious morning.   Those old buildings were accompanied by newly flowering trees, and it was all very lovely.  Everyone there seemed well behaved and most walked on the pathways instead of on the grass. No one smoked cigarettes and no one swore.

Small clumps of visitors were taking tours, and some high school kids got to sit on the tigers in front of Nassau Hall.

I saw a student with a violin and one with a cello.  So that’s how those two got in, thought I.  Two students came by on skateboards. Do they have a skateboard team at Princeton?  All those kids must have gold-plated extracurricular activites in their resumes.

Inside the museum, a guard warned us not to take pictures of the traveling exhibits.  Then he wanted to discuses race relations in America because I was looking at videos of the 1968 Chicago riots at the Democratic convention.

Carl and I stared at the naked gorgeous Diana who was up on a pedestal shooting a bow and arrow. She was hunting. I did a 360 around her, but didn’t dwell on it.  After all, this is Princeton!   But the Greeks did have naughty goddesses, and Diana’s SAT’s must have been quite good, and how many applicants can hit a rabbit at 50 yards with a bow and arrow while standing on one leg?

Diana at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At this time she was shooting for NYU. Internet photo.

Diana at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has excellent form shooting on one leg. . Internet photo.

We  picked up a copy of the school newspaper which had a headline that said “U. appoints Graduate dean of diversity.” I’m not sure why only some words were capitalized.  Another headline said, “Associate dean of the college for programs of access and inclusion appointed by U.”

It seems that political correctness is in the limelight at U.  If any parents are planning to spend about 1/4 million bucks for their kid to go to Princeton, they might want to read that newspaper first.

Carl and I decided not to apply to the U.  Naked Diana is in the museum—-outrageous!

MIKIS THEODORAKIS      “Zorba the Greek”

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Paris. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

Paris. By Paul Goldfinger. ©  Last posted in 2013 on Blogfinger.net

The Marais District in Paris is a historic part of town. Victor Hugo used to live there, but we didn’t bump into Victor when we visited. I guess I was busy trying to figure out how to go down the stairs without having to go up the stairs.  French royalty liked that neighborhood including King Charles V who built his house there in 1361.  Do you think he had to submit the plans to the Paris HPC?

The Rue de Rosiers in the Marais is the Jewish district.  I can imagine King Charles or Victor Hugo strolling over to that neighborhood for a superior knish.   After eating there, Victor probably felt less miserable than before.

There was a deli (Goldenbergs) on the Rue de Rosiers where there were a couple of bullet holes still enshrined in the front window after some terrorists shot up the area in 1981.

We had  really great falafel  at the Rue de R. purchased out the window of a hole-in-the-wall eatery.  Sometimes, when you travel, it is the small moments that you recall most fondly.

–Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

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MARY BETH PEIL  From  Follies New Broadway Cast Album.  By Stephen Sondheim

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Eileen. New York City.  Paul Goldfinger ©  Tri-X series. Undated

 

CAST OF “A CHORUS LINE”

 

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