“Sir Ernie of Fall River”, or how a Portuguese MIT professor helped bring about the Iran deal

There are so few Americans of Portuguese descent that are seen on the national stage, much less the international stage, and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz has managed to do both.  He is one of the few people in politics and policy circles that I would totally go all fanboy over if I ever had the chance to meet him.

Why? you might ask.  After all, this guy is probably more famous for his hair in American culture than for anything else about him.

Well, let me tell you a bit about him.

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Cappella Clausura & Back Bay Night Out – 9/10/15 – 5:00pm-8:00pm

Come join Cappella Clausura and Emmanuel Church and we participate in the 3rd annual Back Bay Night Out.  Retail stores, restaurants, and all sorts of other organizations will be participating in an event that will stretch from the Public Garden, down Newbury St. and throughout Copley Square and the Prudential Center.

Stores are offering everything from discounted shopping to free beauty consultations, gifts with purchase, and more.  Check out the schedule of events for the Prudential Center here.  The Back Bay Association lists some of the other participating retailers here.

With the warm weather it’s the last gasp of summer so don’t miss your chance for some amazing fun!


P.S.  And if you like keeping your dollars local, there’s still time to advertise with Cappella Clausura for the upcoming season.  Click here to check it out!

Two judges cause much celebration

I haven’t been able to do a lot of writing here on the blog lately.  It’s been a combination of having a very full schedule and not sleeping well.  I am working on trying to fix the part about not sleeping well.  The full schedule will start easing off a bit after October 10th.   I will probably post more about that in the near future.

In the meantime, I wanted to say something about two stories in the news that are related to the title of my post.  One is in regards to civil rights, the other is in regards to one of New England’s favorite athletes.
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When memes jump the shark, or, artistic integrity at the pet store

I’m not sure where in the mists of Internet history the Jesus riding the dinosaur to church thing first happened.  To me it’s felt like it’s been around as long as the Westboro Baptist Haters or the crazy doomsday prophets on the street corners.  That is, always.

Today, however, I think the meme jumped the shark… as it were.  Today, it showed up in Petsmart.

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Tom Zajac, you will be missed

Unlike a lot of people in Boston I can’t claim I knew Tom well.  I’m sure that the couple of times we met didn’t make an impression on him at all, as a matter of fact.  But he was a bit of a legend in his own time and, unlike a lot of far less talented people I’ve met, he wasn’t a legend in his own mind.  That much was clear the moment you met him, he didn’t buy into the “Artist as Asshole” phenomenon.

I hate that particular phenomenon.

Regular readers will remember that not long ago I posted in this space about a benefit for Tom.  The link to that post is here.  Teri had told me recently that Tom was being moved into hospice care.  That’s never good.  People generally go into hospice care in order to peacefully move from this world into the next, not to return to the bloom of full health.  Tom had apparently been given about 6 months, maybe less, as a prognosis.

The Early Music community here in Boston has been collectively holding its breath while Tom’s illness has been unfolding.  He was not only a well respected performer here, he was also a teacher and friend to many.  He was also just unfailingly nice.

Tom died on Saturday.  And though I didn’t know him nearly as well as many, I still grieve for those who loved him, especially his lovely wife Lilli, the community of which he was a linchpin, and the rest of us who were touched by his presence.

There is a lovely post about his life here.  I encourage you to read it.  I do not know the author, I found the post by happenstance, but it is beautifully done.

“Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

Shakespeare, Hamlet Act 5, Scene 2

Rest in Peace, Tom.


4th Annual Helping Haiti Talent Show – Boston Medical Center

Many of the readers around here know that Geoff and I both have neurologists at Boston Medical Center.  You may also remember me singing in the Boston Medical Center Concert When Patients Heal You last November.  (Video is here, sorry for the sound quality)  I’ll be singing in the concert again this October.  Watch this space for more details.

Anyway, the BMC is loaded with great talent and with people who give their time and talent to not only give back to the community here in Boston but also but to raise money for others who need it, as well as to fund health care for those who would not otherwise have access to it.  I’m not performing in the concert listed below, the pianist/nurse/saint I’m performing with in October is.  Check it out.

stage lights


Haiti Show from Keith top
Want to make a difference?  Here’s how.
Haiti Show from Keith

That’s globalhealthneurology@gmail.com with questions or to volunteer.  To donate, click here.  The concert has a $20 ticket/donation at the door.

The Baskt Auditorium is in A Building at 72 East Concord St. Boston, MA 02118 on the Boston University Medical School campus.



Newton, Brookline, Boston, and local businesses!

If you want to appeal to a local audience and support the arts, check this out.

Regular readers of this space know that I’m the General Manager for Cappella Clausura.  Aside from looking for volunteers for our group, running front of house, and doing all the other things I do, one of my other responsibilities is to find advertisers who’ll help defray the costs of keeping the doors open and the lights on.

That’s where you come in, dear readers.  Do you own a small business that would benefit from advertising in Cappella Clausura’s programs?  Would you benefit from buying linkspace on our website?  If the answer is yes, (or even maybe) then I have all of the details below to help you contribute the arts and drive customers to your door at the same time.

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#WheresRory goes to @HarvardMuseum- The Glass Flowers part 2/2

Well, Rory has seen a lot in is trip at HMNH.  It’s taken four previous posts that you can view here, here, here, and here.  This is the last in the HMNH series.  Rory had a very busy day, but, as you’ll see, he got quite a sendoff from the staff when it was time to go home.

But first, more flowers.

Ok, technically, cacti.  Either way, they're really cool.

Ok, technically, cacti. Either way, they’re really cool.

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#WheresRory goes to @HarvardMuseum- The Glass Flowers

Rory has made his way through much of HMNH at this point.  In my previous posts, he’s seen much of what the museum has to offer and even got a “backstage entrance”.  Thus far we haven’t seen Rory’s visit to the crown jewel of the HMNH collection, the Glass Flowers.

Rory is Furiously Happy about seeing the Glass Flowers.

Rory is Furiously Happy about seeing the Glass Flowers.

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Apparently, Dash does not like the Grateful Dead

Or, perhaps, it’s more accurate to say that he’s not a fan of tie dye.   He is, however, a fan of play.  And of stuffed toys.  And of absolutely killing stuffed toys while playing.  And, unlike Rerun, he doesn’t eat the stuffing.  WIN.

Which bring us to tie dye, dancing bears, and the Grateful Dead.

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