Things We Like: Annie Oakley Waffle Maker

July 15th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

Annie Oakley waffle iron

We love waffles. All kinds of waffles. Heck, we used to literally live at the late, much-lamented Cathy’s Waffle Store when it was on Lark Street in Albany.

Milwaukee artist-sculptor Alisa Toninato must like waffles, too. One of her works is a cast iron Annie Oakley waffle maker. It makes 10-inch waffles with Oakley’s image on one side and her name on the other side.

The cost? $950 plus shipping. Hey, it’s art!

We’re hoping that the folks at Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown bought one and to serve up some yummy, steaming waffles during intermission of their upcoming production of “Annie Get Your Gun” with Deborah Voigt in the title role. The production premieres on Saturday.

It’s just an idea…

PS: Toninato is no one-trick pony, either. She’s also created a Jesus waffle maker.


Be Here Now: David Daniels Recital @ Glimmerglass Opera, 7/30/10

July 27th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Sara

Renowned countertenor David Daniels will perform a recital to benefit Glimmerglass Opera on July 30 at 3:30pm in the company’s Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown.

Countertenors are men who sing in the alto to soprano range, a style of singing that has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past twenty years. Yes, it’s a little disconcerting at first to hear such angelic sounds coming out of the mouth of a bearded man, but Daniels, widely acknowledged as one of the leading countertenors in the world, makes it work, combining a warm and powerful voice with a charismatic presence.

Daniels made his Glimmerglass debut in 1994 at the start of his career as Nero in L’Incoronazione di Poppea and returned for leading roles in Tamerlano in 1995 and Partenope in 1998. For this program, he’s chosen music by Reynaldo Hahn, Charles Gounod, George Frideric Handel, Hector Berlioz and Steven Kohn. He will be accompanied by pianist Kevin Miller. Tickets for the 3:30pm concert are $50, $75, $100 and are fully tax deductible.

Here he performs two 16th century Spanish songs, “Con Amores, La Mi Madre” by Juan de Anchieta and “A La Caza” by Gabriel Mena:

Who’s Afraid of a Little Opera? A Glimmerglass Newbie Guide

July 9th, 2010, 3:01 pm by Sara

Glimmerglass Opera
The Glimmerglass Opera opens its season Friday, July 9 (tonight) and runs through Tuesday, August 24. If you’re an opera fan, you already know this, and can stop reading here. If you’re an opera newbie, read on:

Opera is the original multimedia extravaganza, with big sounds, big action, big sets and live excitement. If you’ve never seen live opera, you owe it to yourself to give it a try at least once, and fortuitously, we have a world class opera house right here in Nippertown.

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