Barry Goralnick’s Summer Plans

Eating Out: We’ve become regulars at Morandi, a rustic trattoria in the Village named after the great Bolognese painter, Giorgio Morandi. It’s one of Keith McNally’s wildly successful ventures, and it seems to be a place where lots of people we know hang out.

Morandi restaurant New York City

A Barry Goralnick favorite: Morandi, Keith McNally’s trattoria in the Village.  

Still Life, 1961, by Giorgio Morandi

Still Life, 1961, by Giorgio Morandi.

On Stage: I loved the Transport Group‘s revival of The Patsy, a forgotten 1925 comedy by Barry Conners, in which all the parts are played by the completely amazing David Greenspan. It closes August 13, but try to see it if you can. The 15th annual New York International Fringe Festival, August 12-28,  as always promises lots of theatrical fun.

David Greenspan in The Patsy

David Greenspan did a sensational job playing all the parts in the Transport Group’s revival of The Patsy, a 1925 comedy by Barry Conners.

Summer Movies: Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris is still my favorite movie this summer. Owen Wilson traveling back in time to sizzling 1920s Paris to sip absinthe with Hemingway at Les Deux Magots and dine with Picasso at La Rotonde. What’s not to love?

Woody Allen's movie Midnight in Paris

Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard in Woody Allen’s beguiling Midnight in Paris.

Summer Reading: First, two gripping non-fiction books: The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss by Edmund de Waal, about the Ephrussis, an enormously wealthy and influential European dynasty brought low by the Nazis; and In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson.  For fiction, it’s Jean Thompson’s affecting three-decades-long saga of life in Iowa, The Year We Left Home.

The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson

Travel: We’re going to Los Angeles for my nephew’s wedding. We’ll be staying at the Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. Built in 1927, it was the home of the first Acadeny Awards ceremony, and is rumored to be haunted by past guests Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, and Gable & Lombard. That’s quite a cast. Other activities will include a trip to the Cy Twombly exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art; a tour of the Hollyhock House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s incomparable hommage to pre-Columbian architecture; and a visit to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, designed by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, with great bronze doors by the late Mexican-born, Los Angeles sculptor, Robert Graham.

Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood
The pool at the fabled Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

Cy Twombly

MOCA is mounting an exhibition of works by the late Cy Twombly, seen here standing in front of his painting 1994 Untitled (Say goodbye Catullus, to the shores of Asia Minor), at the Menil Collection art museum in Houston. Photography by Michael Stravato for the New York Times.

Hollyhock House by Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright’s monumental Hollyhock House in East Hollywood, built in 1919-1921 for the oil heiress and arts patron Aline Barnsdall. 

Great Bronze Doors of the Cathederal of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles
The Great Bronze Doors by sculptor Robert Graham at Rafael Moneo’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.