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Oscar show a winner
This year's Oscar performance was the best I have seen in many years. This contrasts Rob Owen's column ("Billy Crystal, ABC less than bright," Feb. 27) for a few reasons.
While Mr. Crystal provided his normal presentational spiel, it was still above average and very good considering his short notice to host. His humor was sound, the presentations moved along well, and the Cirque du Soleil performance outstanding. I personally liked them devoting an ongoing few seconds to highlight the normally neglected musicians.
While the "Wizard of Oz" focus group was an admittedly weak sketch, the singing of "What a Wonderful World" during the memoriam was superb. Mr. Crystal will be remembered as an Oscar king, rivaling Johnny Carson and Bob Hope.
Support our symphony
I recently attended one of the Pittsburgh Symphony programs and as usual was reminded of what a world-class treasure we have here. While there, it came to my attention that the symphony musicians and their conductor, Manfred Honeck, had recently taken a 10 percent pay cut. In addition, the musicians had donated $100,000 to their development fund. I must admit I was somewhat shocked and dismayed.
What this told me is our symphony is in need of much broader support from this community. It also spoke to the commitment that these musicians have to their art and to Pittsburgh.
We give so much support to our sports teams, can we fail to do the same for the symphony? Would you please consider a donation to this fine organization and/or attend one of the many remaining concerts this season? If you have never been to the symphony, you owe it to yourself to see what you are missing.
Mary Ann Guzzardi
Three stars for Dahntahn
I had watched with some excitement as the little three-story building on Liberty Avenue was spruced up and lit up by the brightest marquee on Liberty Avenue since the demolition of the peep shows and penny arcades of nearly 20 years ago.
I was drawn in by the Taste of DahnTahn sign with its neon and bubble bulb marker. Plus I was inspired by what I had read about the development of this new restaurant by two transplants and now big 'Burgh supporters.
I agreed with the praise that Marylynne Pitz's story "All 'dahled' up: new look for a Liberty Avenue stalwart" (Sept. 6) gave to Bob and Courtney Lynch-Crawford for the daring and brilliance they showed in opening a restaurant in a short dark block of boarded up Pittsburgh.
So why then did China Millman decide to print such a scathing review of the restaurant ("Taste of Dahntahn might be better for just a drink than a full-course dinner," Jan. 12)? I had to find out for myself, so on the Friday after Ms. Millman's review hit the paper, and following a wonderful symphony performance, I visited Dahntahn and had a terrific three-star experience.
While the calamari was a bit floury and bland, the sliders, salad and cake were great. The atmosphere was charming and the jazz trio a treat. Overall three stars! Good going, DahnTahn! Keep it up.
First Published 2012-03-01 00:01:53