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Sports et Divertissements

Posted at 4:18 PM on May 3, 2007 by Don Lee

"Artists on the whole are not a sporty lot. And sports people are, I'm sure, almost totally indifferent to the arts."

When I read that comment Monday in The Guardian, I paused for a moment. But writer Mark Ravenhill's assertion had just enough "truthiness," to borrow Stephen Colbert's coinage, for me to let it pass.

Today I read this, by a DC sportswriter named Jeff Beam who'd been gently coerced into attending a classical music concert:

"The cellist, Wispelwey, comes out to play Haydn, and it's like nothing I've seen before." Beam then goes on to describe the performance in refreshingly vivid language and concludes, "I promise myself (again) that I absolutely must do this sort of thing more often."

And then I think about what I'll be doing tomorrow night--sitting in the bleachers among a bunch of other baseball-loving classical music nerds (and a few others from Minnesota Public Radio) to watch the the Twins take on the Red Sox.

Will we see you there?