Real Music & Real Estate . . .

Yiddishe Cup’s bandleader, Bert Stratton, is Klezmer Guy.

He knows about the band biz and – check this out – the real estate biz, too.

You may not care about the real estate biz. Hey, you may not care about the band biz. (See you.)

This is a blog with a gamy twist. It features tenants with snakes and skunks, and musicians with smoked fish in their pockets.

Stratton has written op-eds for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.



I write a lot about women. My metier is feelings. I once did a piece on Erma La Douce, who I saw at the Roxy in 1965. My wife didn’t like the article, so I’m not linking to it here. roxyI also wrote a good essay about Dorothy Stratten, the Playboy playmate who was killed. My wife didn’t like that one either. No link. Lately I’ve been writing a lot about real estate and klezmer.

My high school friend Dave just stopped in. Dave likes to talk about how he schtupped his next-door neighbor — this was 40 years ago — at the Pink Motel on Lake Shore Boulevard. The Pink Motel barmaid, Jan, had a tattoo on her left ankle — Greek letters from her Kent State sorority.

Enough. The Mazeltones, a now-defunct Seattle klezmer band, played a few Sephardic tunes because many early Seattle Jewish settlers were from Rhodes, Greece . . .


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1 Ken Goldberg { 09.14.16 at 10:11 am }

It’s Irma la Douce, sonny. I recall I was in the car when my father dropped off my grandmother to see it at the Cinema Theatre in Rochester. She had no qalms about seeing slightly racy movies and I think she was old enough.

2 Dave Rowe { 09.14.16 at 10:33 am }

Real estate and Klezmer aren’t real SEXY topics.

3 Bert Stratton { 09.14.16 at 10:45 am }

To Ken Goldberg:

I’m gonna stick with “Erma La Douce.” Here’s why: I think there was a stripper with that name. I vaguely remember the ads from the Roxy in the Cleveland Press, possibly with the “Erma” spelling. Research this, Ken!. Not to confused with the movie Irma la Douce.

4 Ken G. { 09.14.16 at 10:34 pm }

Funny then they changed the spelling for the film. Fear of legal action?

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