GRAMMY WINNER AND SLINKY SIDEWOMAN MAKE TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO BIG APPLE

Vid_allWe took Fellow, Tiny, and friends to the New Victory Theater Saturday for the last concert in a two-week set  of shows by Dan Zanes. Before our review, though, props to Zanes and Friends for offering special daytime sets for public-school groups during their stay in town. Tiny went on a class field trip to the New Victory earlier this week, at an obviously heavily subsidized cost of $2.

Now to the afternoon's program: It was great to see the group live again. We hadn't caught them in a couple of years. And of course, this viewer was pleased to see slinky sidewoman Barbara Brousal back singing  "Mariposa Ole" with the band after taking a break to have a baby a couple of months ago. (She seemed especially happy to be out of the house.) But someone must have gotten word to her that FD was in the theater, because when we took the kids downstairs to get band autographs after the show, she was nowhere to be found. . .

The show itself was a solid mix of songs from the Grammy-winning "Catch That Train," and classics like "All Around the Kitchen" and Father Goose's crowd-pleasing medley from "Rocket Ship Beach." The only disappointment was the lack of high-wattage guest stars, but we suppose it would have been too much to ask the Kronos Quartet to come out and jam to "Grey Goose," amazing as that would have been.

GOOD LORD, WHO ELSE IS IN FELLOW'S COHORT?

We recently taped a pretty good episode of the History Channel's "Modern Marvels," about the world's fastest car, boat, train, and roller-coaster. We enjoy flipping through the DVR channel guide occasionally to find a few good history and/or science programs to record for Fellow. However, since we usually program the TV to record these shows when they're repeated in the middle of the night, we do sometimes end up with the dilemma we had with this "Modern Marvels" broadcast: If we're not there to fast-forward through the commercials, Fellow has to sit through a battery of disturbing Viagra and Valtrex spots.

BAD NEWS, EVERYONE: POLAND SPRING IS ONTO US

Gro_poland_flor_pWe suppose we should offer congratulations to the marketing wizards at Poland Spring. They figured out somewhere along the line that we've all been refilling their water bottles three or four times for the kids, cutting into their sales numbers. And now they have a solution: New 8-ounce bottles, just the right size for lunch boxes, "with added fluoride" and. . . a new, NON-REMOVABLE "Child-Safe Twist Cap" that "reduces risk of choking." Sorry, had there been a risk of choking on the previous bulky  plastic caps? Seems to us, this mostly reduces the risk of parents refilling the bottles to get two or three days use out of them. Damn you, Poland Spring.

And, parents, don't even think about conceding that this is for your own good anyway because the bottles could leach harmful substances into your water if you reuse them. It's simply not true. And the government has no regulation on the reuse of the bottles either. Polyethylene terephthalate bottles "sold in the United States are designed for single use for economic and cultural reasons, not because of any safety concerns." At least according to the plastics industry. . .

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