Firstly Man Ray. This is a truly wonderful small show. There are iconic portraits that we all know - of Picasso and Matisse for example. But here we have the full range of what he did, with his lovers, his friends, his rolodex......and there is no chance for my non travelling American friends to see it apart from in Edinburgh (at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery from June 22 through the 1913 festival) and in Moscow (at the Pushkin Museum from mid-October this year to mid-January 2014).
But the book of the show is beautifully produced with the astonishing Lee Miller on the cover (left). Get the hardback version - or preferably get at your local bookshop if there are any left. You will love it for life. I DO have a wonderful local bookstore and have given up on other ways of buying books as a result. And Waterstones survives on many high streets.
If you are in the US get it here, likewise preferably at your local bookshop. But it is only published this very day in the US, so there may only be the one solution.
Secondly my early evening event at the Garrick. David Peppercorn was splendid last night, reminiscing about "provincial France in the 1950s and '60s". But in fact it was largely about Bordeaux and the Medoc, with some mischievous references to Burgundian Spanish practices. It was an entertaining insight into the subtle, and not so subtle, politics of the wine trade from a man who knows it inside out having been deeply involved in it professionally for 60 years. And probably for the whole of his so far 82 year life since his father was also an eminent English wine merchant - the crème de la crème indeed.
It was good to see him again - he was a habitué of Glyndebourne during all my years there - but that is a long time ago now!
This evening it is to Milton Keynes to see Lulu. I will report tomorrow if I have time before I leave for the dress rehearsal of Nabucco at the Royal Opera House.