Tomorrow (Wed, Feb 14, 2007) 4:00 - 5:00p on the Linux Desktop track at the Linuxworld Open Solutions Summit (Mariott Marquis, 1535 Broadway at Times Square), Don Marti will host a panel with myself, Ian Murdock & Jeremy White.
We'll probably be talking about the current state of Desktop Linux, where it is, where it isn't and what's still holding it back. Don will have some really good questions, so I'm as eager as anyone to find out where we are at.
For attendees of the conference I'd like to provide a few suggestions about things to do when you're in New York. There's supposed to be a few inches of snow, so my suggestion is bring your goloshes, Wellies or what have you and plan to walk through the slush if you leave your hotel -- since traffic will be unmerciful.
If weather is milder than expected (more than likely), Plan B would be to find a cozy bar restaraunt and hunker down. (It's been in the high-20s, Farenheit, this week, and should not get much over the mid-30s with the snow, not a lot colder.)
If you're feeling adventurous, there are two events here in town that I would recommend unreservedly: a broadway show that's way better than most, and a portrait exhibition that's unbelievable.
GREAT ENTERTAINMENT IN NEW YORK
Go see Company...
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
243 W. 47th St. (between Broadway & Eighth Ave.)
Ben Brantley's review in The New York Times...
This visually severe, aurally lush reinvention of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's era-defining musical of marriage and its discontents from 1970 is the chicest-looking production on Broadway.
What we noticed is the musical talent on stage. Remarkable! Let me just say also that Raul Esperanza is excellent (he was great as Caracticus Potts in the (Albert) Broccoli's Broadway production (i.e., James Bond) of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, too).
Expect ticket prices of $45 to $85, and a superb value at that. Box office walk-ups should be no problem.
For background, DA Pennebaker (Monterrey Pop, Bob Dylan's Don't Look Back) filmed a documentary in 1970 after the original Company got its good reviews of the making of the Company original cast recording. It is a typically Cinema Verite' Pennebaker treatment of an 18-hour recording marathon which ends in a cliff-hanger as the stars, Elaine Stritch and Dean Jones, hit the wall in their climactic numbers -- with Sondheim featured as the anxious mid-wife to his own baby.
Alternatively, get yourselves to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Fifth Ave & 85th St., the large edifice on the left) for...
The title is an understatement. This is the work of Otto Dix, Max Beckman, George Grosz and other painters of the Weimar Republic period between the wars (I and II) when Germany was thrown into social, political & economic chaos after the overthrow of the monarchy at the end of World War I (1919).
For me these portraits throw all of the 20th Century into clear focus and answer the question, among others, where did Adolf Hitler really come from.
You'll get in here for something like $12 and the food is good, too, at the Met.