A Night at the Cicada Club
This week’s gallery is a photo essay. It combines two of my great passions, photography and ballroom dancing. Sunday evening Lynne and I took our son and his fiancée to the Cicada Club in downtown Los Angeles. With the grandeur of a classic Hollywood musical from the thirties, The Cicada Club is a most unique experience that transports you back in time to the glamorous days of Hollywood’s golden age of nightclubs. http://www.cicadaclub.com/

The photo captions are taken from lyrics of the songs of the era.
“Meet Me at the Copa” by Sammy Cahn
“Stompin at the Savoy” by Edgar Sampson
“Cheek to Cheek” by Irving Berlin
“Sleepy Lagoon” by Eric Coates
“Isn’t it Romantic” by Lorenz Hart
“We’ll Meet Again” by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles
“Mr. Bassman” by Johnny Cymbal


This week I tried to capture a little bit of the SoCal feel on our walk from Santa Monica Pier down to Venice Beach.


For many of us living in the Northampton, Massachusetts area, the Spring Bulb Show at Smith College is a “must see” in early March. After a long winter, the colors, textures and fragrances offer welcome relief from the drab landscape outside. It can be quite crowded on weekends, so vist on a weekday if you can. While there, don’t miss “Places for the Spirit, Traditional African American Gardens’, an exhibit of photos from Vaughn Sills’ book of the same name.


Photographing March in New England can be a challenge with lots mud and sticks, and it looks like spring will be arriving late this year. The crocuses and tulips are still buried under at least two feet of snow. I’ll be shooting street scenes, animals and interiors for a while . . . but I will be spending a week in California so stay tuned.


This week I decided to visit Lyman Plant House at Smith College in Northampton, MA. It was a wonderful retreat from the bitter cold winter we’ve been experiencing here in New England. They’re open 7 days a week 8:30am to 4:00pm. Their annual Spring Bulb Show runs March 7 – 22.


Winter continues to offer beautiful opportunities for photography in New England. Checked in at some of my usual haunts this week . . . Downtown Westfield, MA, Storrowton Village in West Springfield, and, of course, Northampton, MA, my favorite photographers’ playground.


Took a short photo drive . . . Stanley Park in Westfield, MA to Granville, MA, to Granby, CT, and back home to Southwick, MA. It just shows that you don’t have to travel far to appreciate the beautiful world that you live in.


I tweaked my back cleaning up after the “storm of the century”. I didn’t want to go out shooting by myself due to the risk of falling in single degree temps. I stayed home and shot dogs and birds until going out to dinner in Northampton Friday night.


This week I decided to take a photo drive west on Massachusetts Route 57. After stopping to shoot in New Marlborough, I found myself in Norman Rockwell’s hometown of Stockbridge. Of course I couldn’t let a week go by without visiting Northampton for a photowalk and finished up with a couple of shots on our deck at home.