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The Cultural Calendar | 2.21.16

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Today is Sunday, February 21st, 2016. It is the 52nd day of the year. There are 313 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Pisces. There’s a fine line between, “deeply sensitive,” and, “emotional wreck.”


In 1804, the first self-propelling steam locomotive made its first outing at the Penny Darren Ironworks in Wales.
In 1848, Marx and Engels published The Communist Manifesto.
In 1878, the first telephone directory was issued in New Haven, Connecticut.
In 1885, the newly completed Washington Monument was dedicated.
In 1925 The New Yorker magazine published its first issue.
In 1948, NASCAR was incorporated.
In 1956, Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel became his 1st hit in Billboard’s top 10.
In 1958, the peace symbol, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in protest against the proliferation of Atomic Weapons, was debuted.
In 1989, U.S. authors demonstrated against Iranian death treats aimed at author Salman Rushdee, because of his novel, The Satanic Verses.
And on this day in 1992, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love were married.


French-American author Anais Nin in 1903, English-American poet, W. H. Auden in 1907. American humorist Erma Bombeck in 1927. The high priestess of Soul, Ms. Nina Simone was born on this day in 1933. Golden Girl Rue McClanahan in 1934. English actor, and dearly departed Alan Rickman in 1946. Broadway diva Christine Ebersole in 1953. The great David Foster Wallace was born in 1962. And, ladies and gentlemen, Jennifer Love Hewitt was born on this day in 1979.


Activist Malcolm X was assassinated on this day in 1965. Florence Ballard, one of the original Supremes, died in 1976. Margot Fonteyn, considered the 1st lady of British Ballet, died in 1991.


Our very own Leah Coloff, longtime member of The Secret City band, has been working on a new piece of multimedia theater. ThisTree, based on her album of the same name, explores the idea of family and inheritance through music, images and movement. It’s part of CultureMart, March 8th and 9th at HERE in SOHO.

Also part of CultureMart, Secret City board member, director Kristin Marting presents Assembled Identity, a new work about ethnic identity, twins and cloning. That’s March 8th and 9th at HERE. Check out thei HERE website for more info on the entire CultureMart festival, featuring all new work by the HERE resident artists. That’s

Puppeteer Theodora Skipitares has a new show, Six Characters (a family album) opening April 1st at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theater. With a nod to Pirandello, Six Characters explores the idea of family, reality versus illusion, and displacement. Featuring giant puppet figures, video and live music by Sxip Shirey, the evening is highlighted by guest appearances with Margaret Mead and Pirandello himself. Visit for info and tickets.

International Women Artist’s Salon presents Salon Symphony taking place on Internatonal Women’s Day, Tuesday, March 7pm here at Dixon Place. All proceeds support the artistry of women and girls everywhere. Event also includes womanly cocktails, artistic bake sale, and righteous raffle. Contact for more info. Hostess with the mostess Jenny Green is also here today on behalf of The International Women Artists’ Salon if you want to find out more. Raise your hand, Jenny.

And, this afternoon, Free Comedy! Our dear pal Milo Kotis, progeny of Ayun Halliday and Greg Kotis and longtime volunteer here at The Secret City, is performing his first set of stand up with Rick Crom’s Stand Up Comedy Class at 4pm today and again next Sunday at the Comedy Cellar, 117 MacDougal St. Milo is the only teenaged participant in a class full of adults. Look out.


The Cultural Calendar | 2.22.15

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Today is Sunday, February 22nd, 2015. Today is the 53rd day of the year, there are 312 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Pisces – you’re not as confident as you might appear.


  • In 1879 in Utica, NY, Frank Woolworth opened the first of his Woolworth’s Five and Dime stores.
  • In 1892, Lady Windermere’s Fan, by Oscar Wilde premiered at St. James Theater in London.
  • In 1924, Calvin Coolidge became the first president to address the nation via radio.
  • In 1934, It Happened One Night, starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, opened at New York’s Radio City.
  • In 1956, Elvis Presley had his first top ten hit with Heartbreak Hotel.
  • In 1983, the notorious Broadway flop, Moose Murders, opened and closed on the same night at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.


Polish pianist and composer Frederic Chopin in 1810. Poet, playwright and legendary resident of the West Village, Edna St. Vincent Millay in 1892. Spanish film director Luis Bunuel in 1900. Playwright and author Jane Bowles in 1917. Italian actress and muse to Federico Fellini, Giulietta Masina in 1921. Artist and poet Edward Gorey in 1925. Actress Julie Walters in 1950, Kyle Maclachlan in 1960 and Drew Barrymore in 1975.


French painter Jean Camile Baptiste Corot in 1875. Singer Florence Ballard, one third of the original Supremes, died in 1976. Andy Warhol in 1987. Cartoonist Chuck Jones in 2002. Journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.


  • Our very own Raquel Cion’s new show Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie is anight of personal stories and the music of David Bowie, wherein one psychodelicate girl explores her soul love. Directed by Dusty Childers. Musical direction and piano by the brilliant Michael Harren. Wednesday, February 25th at 7:30pm at Judson Memorial Church. Visit or see Raquel & Michael later today.
  • Our pal, soul singer Simi Stone, is doing her thing at The Living Room in Williamsburg, Thursday, Feb 26th at 7pm.
  • And, Secret City music director and frontman Jeremy Bass has a show this Friday at 7pm at Rockwood Music Hall. See Jeremy for details or visit for details.
  • Kristina Wong performs her latest solo show, The Wong Street Journal beginning March 1st at Subculture. It’s the story of an Asian American performance artist who visits Uganda and finds herself an African Hip Hop sensation. Visit for tickets.


The Cultural Calendar | 1.23.15

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Today is Sunday, January 25th, 2015. It is the 25th day of the year, there are 340 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Aquarius – some call you a visionary, some call you insane.



The city of Sao Paolo, Brazil was founded on this day in 1554.

In 1858, The Wedding March by Felix Mendelsohn was played at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter to Friedrich of Prussia becoming the standard wedding recessional for many generations.

In 1890, Nellie Bly completed her round-the-world journey in 72 days.

In 1909, Richard Strauss’s opera, Elektra, received its debut performance at the Dresden State Opera.

In 1915, Alexander Graham Bell made the first transcontinental telephone call, from New York to San Francisco.

In 1937, The Guiding Light debuted on NBC radio in Chicago. The show moved to CBS television in 1952, where it remained on the air until Sept. 2009.

In 1947, Thomas Goldsmith, Jr. filed a patent for a Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device, the first-ever electronic game.

In 1949 the first Emmy Awards were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.

And on this day in 1998, Victoria Adams, aka Posh Spice, was engaged to soccer player David Beckham.



Author W. Somerset Maugham in 1874. Virginia Woolf in 1882. Singer dancer actress Florence Mills in 1896. Actor Dean Jones in 1931 and, the late, great, Etta James was born on this day in 1938.



Actress Ava Gardner in 1990. And, Jonathan Larson, creator of RENT, in 1996.

Kim Katzberg and Nora Woolley are appearing at this month’s SHOWGASM at Ars Nova, this Wednesday, January 28th at 8pm. It’s a raucous variety show meets pop-up party. Visit for details.
Our pal, Idgy Dean, will be performing her tribal electronic rock music this Thursday at Rockwood Music Hall at 196 Allen Street and the show is at 10pm.
And, Deb Castellano from the Secret City Singers, is doing a one-night-only live special called “Deb’s Brain: The Show,” featuring music and other silliness. That’s Sunday, Feb 8th, 5:30-6:30at Under St. Mark’s. See Deb, or for info–or if you want to be in it!


The Cultural Calendar | 10.25.14

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Today is Sunday, October 12th, 2014. It is the 285th day of the year. There are 80 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Libra – people often find you difficult.

Today is Columbus Day in the United States, as well as a host of international holidays in response to that controversial holiday, including Piomingo Day for the Chickasaw Nation honoring a beloved chief; Dia de la Raza in Latin America, Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity in Argentina, Day of Indigenous Resistance in Venezuela and more.

Today is Freethought Day in the United States, honoring the end of the Salem Witch Trials.



In 1773, America’s first insane asylum opened, for Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds in Virginia.

In 1823, Charles Macintosh of Scotland sold the first raincoat.

In 1950, Call Me Madam, starring Ethel Merman, opened at the Imperial Theater in New York City for 644 performances.

In 1953, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial opened at the Plymouth Theatre in New York City.

In 1971, Jesus Christ Superstar opened in New York City for 711 performances.

In 1978, Sid Vicious was charged in the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

And, on this day in 1979, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, was published,



American comedian, actor, and author, Dick Gregory was born on this day in 1932. Architect Richard Meier, who designed the Getty Center and a whole lot more, was born in 1934. Beloved Italian tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, in 1935. American actress, singer and spokesmodel, Susan Anton in 1950. Canadian singer/songwriter, Jane Siberry in 1955. And, ladies and gentleman, Australian actor, singer, showman, wolverine and hunk, Hugh Jackman was born on this day in 1968.


Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sid Vicious in 1978. Singer Songwriter John Denver in 1997. Ray Coniff of the Ray Coniff singers in 2002 and author Oscar Hijuelos in 2013.


  • Tonight, in downtown LA, the longrunning comedy salon, Uncabaret, hosted by Beth Lapides. That’s at 8pm at First and Hope.
  • Also tonight, our friend Kristina Wong is doing a benefit performance for BROADLY SPEAKING at LA Storytelling Festival at Busby’s East on Wilshire – are you here Kristina?
  • Encuentro, a performance festival celebrating the Latino Theater Commons. Performances begin this Thursday at LATC, with lots of new work, community interaction and more. Visit for details.

And, here at the Bootleg:

  • Write Club – Monday, October 13th (tomorrow) at 7p – Literary Bloodsport! 6 opposing writers, 3 rounds, 2 opposing ideas, prize money to charity! The 2nd Monday of every month.
  • Thursday, October 16 – Ladies Arm Wrestling is back!! Doors at 7 and the spectacle starts at 7:30. 4 time Champion Less Slim More Shady defends her crown. Prize money to Charity. Fight Like A Girl!!!
  • Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 – The Meeting of The International Order of Sodomites hosted by Justin Sayre returns! This award winning variety show plays monthly at Joe’s Pub. Come hear the message from the Chairman!


The Cultural Calendar | 5.18.14

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Today is Sunday, May 18th, 2014. It is the 138th day of the year. There are 227 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Taurus – there’s a fine line between homebody and hoarder.


Today is World AIDS Vaccine Day



1830, Edwin Budding of England signed an agreement for manufacture of his invention, the lawn mower. Weekends will never be the same.

In 1926, Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished in Venice. California She showed up a month later and said she had been kidnapped.

In 1960, Jean Genet’s, “The Balcony,” premiered in Paris.

In 1965, Gene Roddenberry suggested 16 names for the role of the captain in Star Trek. Kirk was one of them.

And, in 1974, “The Streak” by Ray Stevens hit #1 on the charts.



Director Frank Capra in 1897. Meredith Willson, who wrote The Music Man, in 1902. Blues man Big Joe Turner in 1911. Perry Como in 1912. Ballerina Margot Fonteyn in 1919. Actor Choy Yun Fat in 1955. The great Tina Fey in 1950. And, singer/songwriter Jack Johnson was born on this day in 1975.

Gustav Mahler in 1911. Playwright William Saroyan in 1981. And, Elizabeth Montgomery, from Bewitched, died on this day in 1993.




  • Leah Coloff, who plays cello with The Secret City Band, will be appearing at Spectrum on the Lower East Side, celebrating the release of her new record, ThisTree, songs of love, family and connection. Saturday, May 24th at 9pm. Info:
  • The Red Gloves Performance Group, created by Billy Schultz and Geneviève Leloup, creates a living comic strip that combines the rigor of dance, the expression of theater and a powerful sense of humor that pulls no punches. With live music from pianist and composer Amir Khosrowpour. May 28 & 29 at 8PM at Irondale Center in Brooklyn – tickets available through brownpaper tickets, for info visit their facebook page – the red gloves.
  • Summerworks, the annual new works festival from Clubbed Thumb, will run from May 30th to July 5th at Wild Project. There are 3 great new plays with a fabulous line-up of actors. Visit for details.
  • Showgasm, a raucous variety show with performances ranging from hilarious to titillating to utterly inappropriate. At Ars Nova, Thursday, June 5th at 9pm. With Drew Droege, Kim Katzberg and additional fabulous performers to be announced. Press release says: “WARNING: May lead to spontaneous singing, dancing and/or an unexpected climax.” All this for only $5, visit for tickets.
  • Sandra Bargman’s new cabaret show, The Edge of Everyday, explores the territory where resistance collides with inevitability in a musical ritual of covers and original songs. Saturday, June 7th at 7pm at the Duplex. Visit for information.
  • June 11 is the 1st Anniversary show of Dead Darlings at Judson Memorial Church!  An all-star lineup of writers, performers and musicians, perform their cut, rejected, or otherwise dead-on-the-desktop material.  Music and wine at 7:30, show at 8. It’s FREE. See Raquel Cion or check out the facebook page “Dead Darlings.”
  • Encore Encore a new play about the private life of Dorothy Parker runs June 12-15 at Gallery Players in Brooklyn. Visit or see Paula for details.
  • The great cartoonist and author Lynda Barry has a show of her work running at Adam Baumgold Gallery on the Upper West Side, featuring drawings, comics, watercolors and mixed media collages from the past 35 years, the show runs until July 11th.
  • And the benefit for The Secret City rescheduled from the winter, will take place here at Dixon Place, Monday, June 30th. Watch your emails for details.


The Cultural Calendar | 4.27.14

Today is Sunday, April 27th, 2014.  It is the 117th day of the year, there are 248 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Taurus. You are not known as a big thinker.
Today is Freedom Day in South Africa – commemorating the first post-apartheid national elections held on this day in 1994.



In 1667, the blind and impoverished John Milton sold the copyright of Paradise Lost for 10 pounds.

In 1749, the first performance of Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks took place in London.

On this day in 1810, Beethoven composed Fur Elise.

In 1897, Grant’s Tomb was dedicated on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

In 1933 Karl Jansky reported reception of a cosmic radio signal in Washington, DC.

And on this day in 1981, Beatle Ringo Starr married actress Barbara Bach.



English author and early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft was born on this day in 1759. Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph and Morse code, in 1791. Ludwig Bemelmans, who wrote and illustrated the Madeline Books, was born in 1898. Animator Walter Lantz, who invented Woody Woodpecker, born on this day in 1900. Actor Jack Klugman in 1922. French film goddess Anouk Aimee in 1932. The great Sandy Dennis in 1937. And, ladies and gentleman, Sheena Easton was born on this day in 1959.



American poet, essayist and transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1882. Poet Hart Crane in 1932. And Vicki Sue Robinson, Disco diva who sang Turn The Beat Around, died on this day in 2000.



  • Glamdammit celebrates the 40th anniversary of David Bowie’s landmark album Diamond Dogs by performing it in its entirety! Live performances by Michael T and the Vanities along with a cavalcade of singers including our own Raquel Cion. That’s Saturday, May 3rd, starting at 11 pm going to near the break of dawn at The Grand Victory in Williamsburg. See Raquel for details.
  • Neo-soul singer/songwriter and superstar Simi Stone appears with her band on May 9th at Rockwood Music Hall, in anticipation of her new album. Visit for details.
  • The Fool’s Lear, a two-man show retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear and his Fool opens May 5th at The Wild Project. Visit for details or see Hillary Spector.
  • And, Dance Parade is coming! Saturday, May 17th Amongst beautifully crafted floats, live bands and DJs, the parade is ordered chronologically honoring the history of dance from ancient to contemporary. The parade begins at Broadway and 21st st at 1pm and ends up at Tompkins Square Park for a huge dance party from 3-7 pm. Check out for details.


Thank you.


The Cultural Calendar | 2.23.14

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Today is Sunday, February 23rd, 2014. It is the 54th day of the year, there are 311 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Pisces. Life is full of difficult emotions.

In ancient Rome, today marked the celebration of Terminalia – honoring Teminus, the god who protected boundaries, limitations and the fair division of goods.


  • In 1455 Johannes Gutenberg printed the 1st book with his printing press it was a Bible.
  • In 1886, Charles Martin Hall, assisted by his sister Julia Brainerd Hall, produced the first samples of man-made aluminum.
  • In 1896, the Tootsie Roll was invented.
  • In 1898, Emile Zola was imprisoned for writing his “J’accuse” letter accusing the French government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus.
  • In 1940, Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio,” was released.
  • And in 1982, Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off,” premiered in London


  • Georg Frederic Handel in 1685.
  • Director Victor Fleming in 1889.
  • Peter Fonda in 1940.
  • Singer songwriter Johnny Winter in 1944.
  • Niecy Nash in 1970.
  • the lovely Emily Blunt in 1983.


  • English painter
  • Joshua Reynolds in 1792.
  • Poet John Keats in 1821.
  • Stan Laurel died on this day in 1965.


  • Kari Morris’ debut young adult novel, The Girl Who Could See, is now available on It’s a girl empowerment urban fantasy for ages 10-14. For more details, see Kari or visit to read the first two chapters for freeWe must warn you, though, under no circumstances should you read Chapter 1 while sitting atop a Central Park rock. You might disappear.
  • Michael Harren’s show, Tentative Armor, will appear here at Dixon Place on March 19th. Described as emotionally raw, darkly hilarious, it combines piano, live musicians and storytelling to create a funny, poignant tour of self-discovery through spirituality, sexuality and grief. That’s Wednesday, March 19th, 7:30 at Dixon Place.
  • Karen Schliefer appears in Broken Moments, a site specific musical at Tammany Hall, where the song and action surrounds the customers at this Lower East Side bar. Only 5 more shows. See Karen for details or visit– Broken MomentsABar
  • Tony-N Tina’s Wedding, featuring our own Susan Campanaro, opens March 5th and plays Wednesday thru Saturday at 7pm matinees on Sat/Sunday. It starts at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High school on W. 46th and parades through Times Square to Guy’s American kitchen and bar on 46th Street (dinner and dancing is included). Visit
  • The NYC Feminist Zinefest is taking place at Barnard College, Saturday March 1st, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. Please see Ayun Halliday for details.
  • Laurie Spiegel’s playwriting class for home-schooled teens is seeking male actors to volunteer a couple of hours for readings of student plays, Friday March 3. See Ayun Halliday or Milo Kotis.
  • And, “Daylight Precision,” a new WWII play by Douglas Lackey tracing the evolution from trench warfare to the the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the resulting moral arguments behind-the-scenes. Runs weekends through March 16th at Theater for The New City. Tix are $15 ($10 for seniors/students, comps for industry.) See me, Danielle Delgado for info.


The Cultural Calendar | 11.24.13


Today is Sunday, November 24th, 2013. It is the 328th day of the year. There are 37 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Sagittarius. You always see the best in things, and this makes people worry.

In Ancient Rome, this day signaled the beginning of Brumalia, a month-long festival celebrating the waning of the light.



In 1859, Charles Darwin published, On the Origin of Species.

In 1936, Noel Coward’s, Tonight at 8:30, premiered in New York City.

In 1947, John Steinbeck’s novel The Pearl, was published.

Also in 1947, The House Un-American Activities Committee found “The Hollywood 10” in contempt because of their refusal to reveal whether they were or were not communists.

In 1952, Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap opened in London, and it is still running today!

In 1956, Pajama Game closed at St. James Theater New York City after 1063 performances.

In 1962, The British satirical television program, That Was The Week That Was, was first broadcast.

And in 1966, The Beatles began recording sessions for Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.


The composer Pachelbel, of the famous cannon, was born on this day in 1690. American architect Cass Gilbert, who designed The Woolworth Building, and many more, was born on this day in 1859. Painter Toulouse Lautrec in 1864. Scottish actor/comedian, Billy Connolly in 1942. And, ladies and gentlemen, Katherine Heigl was born on this day in 1978.



Mexican painter Diego Rivera in 1957. Actor George Raft in 1980. Bluesman Big Joe Turner in 1985. And the great Freddy Mercury died on this day in 1991.


  • Mind The Gap Theatre presents Theatre Uncut – a reading of 7 new short plays by writers including Neil Labute. That’s tomorrow, November 25th at 6:30. The event is FREE and tea will be served. For more info see Kari Morris or visit

  • This Weds, the 27th, there’s a glamtastic tribute to the David Bowie album Aladdin Sane at Duane Park, with a cast of downtown greats, including our own Raquel Cion, performing the album in its entirety. Shows at 9pm and Midnight. More info at

  • Winter Miller is throwing a variety show that’s a benefit for rape survivors: Rape Aid. Friends Don’t Let Friends Rape at the New Ohio, Dec 17th, 7pm. Tickets are 20 bucks with room to donate more directly to charity. See Winter for info.

  • Ryan Rumery’s new EP, Flower Man, from a short film of the same name, will be available exclusively on Bandcamp this Tuesday, Nov. 26. Visit to download or see Ryan after the service – raise your hand Ryan.

  • Micia Mosely brings together hot NYC comics for Micia Mosely & Friends. That’s Thursday December 12, 2013 7:30pm sharp. FREE, upstairs in the Dixon Place lounge.

  • Our dear Justin Sayre is making his Joe’s Pub debut with a show called In My Girlish Days, it’s December 8th and you better get a ticket NOW.

  • And, today’s visual artist, Martyn Thompson has a show December 12th, called Cezanne’s Shadow, he’ll be showing tapestries other work. It’s at LF8 on E. 7th St – info can be found at



Cultural Calendar October 28th, 2013


Today is Monday, October 28, 2013. It is the 301st day of the year. There are 64 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Scorpio. Watch the sarcasm.


In 1793, Eli Whitney applied for a patent on his cotton gin.

In 1858, Macy’s Department store opened in New York City.

In 1886, in New York Harbor, President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty.

In 1893, Tchaikovsky conducts the premiere of his Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Pathetique, only nine days before his death.

In 1915, Richard Strauss conducted the first performance of his tone poem, Eine Alpensinfonie, in Berlin.

In 1954, N Richard Nash’ Rainmaker, premiered in New York City.

In 1954, Ernest Hemingway won the Nobel prize for literature.

In 1959, Jean Genet’s Les Nigres, premiered in Paris.

In 1961, “Fiorello!” closed at the Broadhurst Theater New York City after 796 performances.

In 1965, construction on the 630 foot high Gateway Arch, designed by Eero Saarinen, was completed in St. Louis.

In 1971, John and Yoko recorded Happy Xmas (War is Over) in New York City.

In 2011, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater reopened after a six-year renovation, restoring it to it’s pre-Soviet opulence.


Edith Head, American costume designer in 1897. Elsa Lanchester, English-American actress, in 1902. Evelyn Waugh, English author and journalist, in 1903. Francis Bacon, Irish painter, in 1909. Cleo Laine, British singer and actress, in 1927. Joan Plowright, English actress, in 1929. Suzy Parker, American model and actress, in 1932. Jane Alexander, American actress, in 1939. Andy Bey, American singer and pianist, in 1939. Telma Hopkins, American singer and actress, in 1948. Bruce Jenner, American decathlete and actor, in 1948. Tracy Reed, American actress, in 1949. Annie Potts, American actress, in 1952. Daphne Zuniga, American actress, in 1962. Julia Roberts, American actress, in 1967. Brad Paisley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, in 1972. Joaquin Phoenix, American actor, in 1974. And, Frank Ocean, American singer-songwriter, in 1987.



Ted Hughes, English poet, in 1998. Porter Wagoner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, in 2007. James MacArthur, American actor, in 2010.


Cultural Calendar October 27th, 2013

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Today is Sunday, October 27th, 2013. This is the 300th day of the year, there are 65 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Scorpio: don’t confuse pathology for depth.



In 1904, the first leg of the New York City subway line opened. Today the subway delivers an average of 5.4 million rides a day.

In 1947, You Bet Your Life, with Groucho Marx, premiered on ABC radio.

In 1960, Singer Ben E. King recorded, Spanish Harlem.

In 1964, Sonny and Cher were married, Cher wore bell-bottoms.

In 1975, the covers of both Time and Newsweek featured Bruce Springsteen.

In 1987, Peter Shaffer’s, Lettice and Lovage, starring Dame Maggie Smith, premiered in London.

In 1988, ET was released on home video – with 14 million presales.

In 1988, Larry Flynt offered a hitman $1M to kill Hugh Hefner, Bob Guccione and Frank Sinatra. The deal was never closed and the hitman died shortly thereafter.

In 1992, Tipper Gore admitted to covering the clock on her VCR with black tape so she wouldn’t have to watch it blink.

And on this day in 1997, Microsoft argued it should be “free from government interference.”



Isaac Singer, known for innovating the home sewing machine, was born on this day in 1811. American painter, Lee Krasner in 1908. Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas in 1914. Actress Teresa Wright in 1918. Artist Roy Lichtenstein in 1923. Miss Ruby Dee in 1924. Poet Sylvia Plath in 1932. John Cleese in 1939. Fran Lebowitz in 1950 and ladies and gentlemen, Miss Marla Maples was born on this day in 1963.



Author James M. Cain in 1977. Bandleader Xavier Cugat in 1990. French director Jacques Demy in 1990. And actor Morey Amsterdam in 1996.



  • Anthem, a play based on the Ayn Rand novel, is currently running off-Broadway at the Jerome Robbins Theatre in the Baryshnikov Arts Center on W. 34th St. through November 1. Our own Stephanie Summerville is the moderator for the talkbacks sessions following the show and has a pair of tickets to give away after the service. See Stephanie for details, or visit

  • Rebecca Leigh Silverman is appearing in A Mind Bending Evening of Beckett, 3 short plays running at The Irish Repertory theatre through December 1st. Visit

  • Anthology Film Archives presents The Golden Age of Spanish Horror Cinema, Showcasing eleven classics of the genre. Multiple dates and times from 10/30 thru 11/10, Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave, NYC. Visit for details.

  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, starring Jefferson Mays, opens November 17th at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

  • And, The 40th annual Village Halloween Parade will kick off on 6th Avenue between Spring and Broome Streets at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 31.

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