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Cultural Calendar October 21st, 2013

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Today is Monday, October 21st, 2013. It is the 294th day of the year, there are 71 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Libra.

This is Apple Day in the United Kingdom. It’s also International Day of the Nacho in Mexico and the US. Now, that’s something to celebrate.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

In 1858, Jacques Offenbach’s opera Orphee aux Enfers premiered in Paris.

In 1921, the silent film The Sheik, starring Rudolph Valentino, debuted.

In 1940, Ernest Hemingway’s novel, For Whom The Bell Tolls was published.

In 1959, in New York City, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opened to the public.

In 1971, the Nobel prize for literature was awarded to Pablo Neruda.

In 1976, the Nobel Prize for literature was awarded to Saul Bellow.

And in 1992, Madonna’s book Sex went on sale.

PEOPLE WERE BORN ON THIS DAY

Poet/philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1772. Jazz great/trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie in 1917. Cuban-American singer, Celia Cruz in 1924. Joyce Randolph (The Honeymooners) in 1924. Author Ursula K. Le Guin in 1929, Manfred Mann in 1940, actor Ken Watanabe in 1959 and reality icon Kim Kardashian in 1980.

PEOPLE DIED ON THIS DAY

American author Jack Kerouac died on this day in 1960. French film director Francois Truffaut in 1984. Maxene Andrews, on the Andrews Sisters, in 1995. And singer-songwriter Elliott Smith died on this day in 2003.

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Cultural Calendar October 18th, 2013

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Today is Friday, October 18th, 2013.  Today is the 291st day of the year, there are 74 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Libra.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

In 1775, African American poet Phillis Wheatley was freed from slavery.

In 1776, in a New York bar decorated with a bird tail, a customer ordered the first, “cock tail.”

In 1851, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick was first published as The Whale by a London publisher.

In 1967, Walt Disney released A Jungle Book.

In 1887, the Sherlock Holmes’ mystery A Case of Identity began.

In 1910, E. M. Forster published Howard’s End.

In 1979, Beatlemania opened in London.

In 1978, Circus Circus opened in Las Vegas.

PEOPLE WERE BORN ON THIS DAY

Austrian singer and actress, the great Lotte Lenya was born in 1898. Miriam Hopkins in 1902. Bandleader, composer and actor, Bobby Troup in 1918. Singer and swinger Anita O’Day in 1919. Greek singer/actress and politician Melina Mercouri in 1920. Chuck Berry in 1926. The great Klaus Kinski in 1926. George C. Scott in 1927. And, singer/songwriter, Laura Nyro in 1947. Indian actor, Om Puri in 1950. Playwright Wendy Wasserstein in 1950 and jazz great Wynton Marsalis in 1961.

PEOPLE DIED ON THIS DAY

Julie London, American singer and actress in 2000. Also in 2000 – Gwen Verdon, Broadway dancer and singer and star of Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees and others.

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Cultural Calendar October 13th, 2013

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Today is Sunday, October 13th, 2013. It is the 286th day of the year. There are 79 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Libra, watch that your attention to detail doesn’t turn you into the kind of person that no one wants to have anything to do with.

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

In 1773, The Whirlpool Galaxy was discovered by Charles Messier.
In 1884, Greenwich, England, was established as Universal Time meridian of longitude.

In 1903, Victor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland premiered in New York City.

In 1947 Kukla, Fran and Ollie premiered on Chicago television station, it would run for ten years – and what began as a children’s puppet show would soon attract a much larger adult audience. The show had no script and was entirely improvised.

In 1958, Paddington Bear made his debut.

In 1962, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened on Broadway, starring Uta Hagen, Arthur Hill, Melinda Dillon and George Grizzard.

In 1963 the term “Beatlemania” was coined after the Beatles appeared at the London Palladium.

And on this day in 1985, Sunday in the Park with George closed at The Booth Theatre in New York City after 604 performances.

PEOPLE WERE BORN ON THIS DAY

English fashion designer Charles Worth was born on this day in 1825. English actress Lillie Langtry in 1853. Bassist Art Tatum in 1909. French singer and actor Yves Montand in 1921. Comedian Lenny Bruce in 1925. Greek singer Nana Mouskouri in 1934. And, Ladies and Gentlemen, Marie Osmond was born on this day in 1959.

PEOPLE DIED ON THIS DAY

Actor Clifton Webb in 1966. TV host, Ed Sullivan in 1974. And singer Al Martino in 2009.

THINGS GOING ON ABOUT TOWN

  • James Turrell show at LACMA is on now until April. Go see this spectacular display of light.
  • Monday, Oct 14th at 7p Write Club LA – 6 opposing writers, 7 minutes each, audience picks the winners. Literature as Bloodsport! $5-15 suggested donation. Guerilla Chef a.k.a Michael Dunn selling eats on the patio after. That’s here at the Bootleg.
  • The End of It, a play about the universality of love and heartbreak, is playing at The Matrix Theater until October 20th.
  • Lovers of collaboration, rejoice! Next Sunday, Oct. 20th at The Bootleg, at 2pm sharp join us for a non-denominational super sassy Libra-tastic Tent Revival with the amazing and lovely Rachel Kann, it’s a Zumba-poetry-beatboxing funktacular love revolution/barnraiser. So come already.
  • The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later is playing now through November 15th at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center in Hollywood. See laglc.org for details.
  • And High Desert Test Sites, a site-specific installation and performance event, kicks off this weekend in Joshua Tree and continues to Arizona and New Mexico through October 19th with events at various sites throughout the week. Visit highdeserttestsites.com
  • Opening, October 31 here at The Bootleg: The Late Late Show created & performed by Paul Outlaw. Three acts…three centuries…three spaces: a musical journey from the Antebellum South to Post World War II Los Angeles to the 22nd Century. Runs through November.

 

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Cultural Calendar October 10th, 2013

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Today is Thursday, October 10th. It is the 283rd day of the year, there are 82 days remaining until the end of the year.
This is Literature Day in Finland.

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

 

In 1865, John Hyatts patented the billiard ball.

In 1886, the 1st dinner jacket was worn to The Autumn Ball at Tuxedo Park, New York and the tuxedo was born.

In 1917, The Plymouth Theater opened at 236 W 45th St. New York City.

In 1935, George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess opened on Broadway.

In 1938, Dmitri Shostakovich’s 1st String Quartet premiered.

In 1961, Milk and Honey opened at The Martin Beck Theater New York City for 543 performances.

In 1971, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Jesus Christ Superstar premiered in New York City.

And, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton re-married on this day in 1975.

 

PEOPLE WERE BORN ON THIS DAY

French painter Antoine Watteau in 1684. Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1813. Fashion designer Lilly Daché in 1898. Actress Helen Hayes in 1900. Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti in 1901. Composer Vernon Duke in 1903. Trumpet player Sweets Edison in 1905. American pianist and composer Thelonious Monk in 1918. Australian author James Clavell in 1924. Actor, director, screenwriter, and producer Ed Wood in 1924. Playwright and Nobel Prize laureate Harold Pinter in 1930. Actor Peter Coyote in 1941. Song and dance man Ben Vereen in 1946. Country star Tanya Tucker in 1958.

 

PEOPLE DIED ON THIS DAY

Russian author Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy died in 1875. Singer

Eddie Cantor in 1965. English actor Ralph Richardson in 1983. Actor

Yul Brynner in 1985. The great Orson Welles in 1985. Actor/Superman, Christopher Reeve in 2004. And soprano Joan Sutherland in 2010.

 

 

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Cultural Calendar October 7th, 2013

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Today is Monday, October 7th, 2013. It is the 280th day of the year, there are 85 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Libra – watch that your romantic obsessions don’t lead to jail time.

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

 

In 1520, the 1st public burning of books took place in Louvain, The Netherlands.

In 1943, the Kurt Weill, SJ Perelman, Ogden Nash musical, One Touch of Venus, premiered at The Imperial Theatre in New York City.

In 1946, Charles Ives’ 2nd string quartet premiered.

In 1957, the TV show American Bandstand debuted on WFIL TV in Philadelphia.

In 1961, after 607 performances, Bye Bye Birdie closed at the Martin Beck Theater in New York City.

In 1982, Cats opened at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City and ran for over 5000 performances.

In 1991, child star Adam Rich (Eight is Enough) was arrested for stealing hypodermics.

In 1993, Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

 

PEOPLE WERE BORN ON THIS DAY

 

Actor Alfred Drake was born in 1914. June Allyson in 1917.

Amiri Baraka, American poet, actor, and activist Amiri Baraka in 1934. Singer-songwriter John Mellencamp in 1951. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1955. Author Sherman Alexie in 1966. Singer, actress and reality TV star Toni Braxton in 1967. Singer-songwriter and Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke in 1968.  Actress Nicole Ari Parker in 1970. And singer-songwriter Taylor Hicks in 1978.

 

PEOPLE DIED ON THIS DAY

Author Edgar Allan Poe in 1849. Author Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., in 1894. American tenor Mario Lanza in 1959. Irish actor

Cyril Cusack in 1993. And American photographer

Irving Penn in 2009.

 

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Cultural Calendar March 24th, 2013

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THE CULTURAL CALENDAR

Today is Sunday, March 24th, 2013. It is the 83rd day of the year, there are 282 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Aries! Your perkiness is annoying to others.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

In 1721, Johann Sebastian Bach premiered his Brandenburg Concertos.

In 1900, Mayor of New York City, Robert Anderson, broke ground for a new underground Rapid Transit Railroad that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.

In 1913, the Palace Theater opened at 1564 Broadway New York City.

In 1949, at the 21st Academy Awards, Laurence Olivier won the award for Best Actor for his performance of Hamlet.

In 1955, Tennessee Williams’, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” opened on Broadway for 694 performances.

In 1958, Elvis Presley was drafted into the U.S. Army.

And, on this day in 1960, the U.S. appeals court ruled the novel, “Lady Chatterly’s Lover,” was not obscene.

PEOPLE WERE BORN ON THIS DAY

British designer William Morris was born in 1834, photographer Edward Weston in 1886, Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle in 1887, poet and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1919, Italian writer Dario Fo in 1926, comedian Louie Anderson in 1953, Donna Pescow in 1954, and the lovely Jessica Chastain was born on this day in 1977.

PEOPLE DIED ON THIS DAY

Royal Monarch and arts patron, Queen Elizabeth I of England, died on this day in 1603, poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow died on this day in 1882, and the French novelist Jules Verne in 1907.

THINGS GOING ON ABOUT TOWN

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Cultural Calendar February 24th, 2013

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Today is Sunday, February 24th. It’s the 55th day of the year, there are 310 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Pisces; don’t be a crybaby.

This is National Artist Day in Thailand.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

In 1607, L’Orfeo by Monteverdi, one of the first works recognized as an opera, received its premiere performance.
In 1711, Rinaldo, by Handel, the first Italian opera written for the London stage, premiered in London.
1809, London’s Drury Lane Theatre burned to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute.
Ibsen’s Peer Gynt premiered in Oslo on this day in 1876.
In 1965, The Beatles began filming Help in the Bahamas.
In 1989, The Ayatollah Khomeini offered a $3 million bounty for the death of Salma Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses.
On this day in 1998, Elton John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, for his service to the arts and humanity.
And, in 1999, Lauryn Hill won five Grammys for her debut solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

PEOPLE WERE BORN ON THIS DAY
Willhelm Grimm, of the Brother’s Grimm, in 1786. American artist Winslow Homer in 1826. Actress Marjorie Main in 1890. Abe Vigoda in 1921. Composer Michel LeGrand in 1932. Barry Bostwick in 1945. Edward James Olmos in 1947. Deborah Jay Rupp in 1951. Michelle Shocked in 1962. And Mr. Billy Zane was born on this day in 1966.

PEOPLE DIED ON THIS DAY

Dinah Shore in 1994. Henny Youngman in 1998. Andre Dubus in 1999.

THINGS GOING ON ABOUT TOWN

  • Ayun Halliday will be reading from and signing copies of her recently released young adult novel Peanut, which just got a rave in the New York Times. There will also be a Q & A about the making of a graphic novel. Tonight at 7pm at BookCourt in Brooklyn. See Ayun for details.
  • Nick Hammond has a new song getting airplay in the UK, performed by recording artist Chesney Hawkes. It’s called Caught Up in Circles and can be seen on YouTube and purchased on iTunes.
  • The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek, a Ken Burns meets Spinal Tap Civil War mockumentary featuring our own Raquel Cion, and many other scintillating downtown performers, plays March 1st through 7th at The Quad Cinema on West 13th Street:  Information at PussyWillowCreek.com or QuadCinema.com.
  • Deb Castellano’s show, Waste Management, is part of the One Woman Standing New Works festival, playing Thursday, March 7th, at 7pm. Tickets are only $10. See Deb for details.
  • Our friend Jomama Jones is returning to New York with a one night only gig at Joe’s Pub, Sunday, March 31st at 9:30pm. Go to the Public’s website to buy tickets.
  • And, The Academy Awards are tonight. It’s all about Argo.

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Cultural Calendar April 29, 2013

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Below is the cultural calendar and quotes from artists on money, as read during service. Enjoy!

Today is Sunday, April 29th, 2012. It is the 120th day of the year, with 245 days remaining. We are in the sign of Taurus. You tend to be delusional when it comes to romance.

Today is International Dance Day!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
In 1910, The British Parliament passed the People’s Budget, the first budget in British history with the expressed intent of redistributing wealth among the British public.
In 1967, after refusing induction into the United States Army, Muhammad Ali was stripped of his boxing title.
Also in 1967, Aretha Franklin released, “Respect.”
In 1968, the musical HAIR opened on Broadway.
In 1988, Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson were married.
Also in 1988, Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols were married.
In 1996, the musical RENT opened on Broadway.
And in 2011, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, married Kate Middleton, a commoner.

PEOPLE WERE BORN ON THIS DAY
Duke Ellington in 1899, Filmmaker Maya Deren in 1917, Celeste Holm in 1917, and she’s still alive! Tammi Terrell in 1945, Jerry Seinfeld in 1955. And get this, on this day in 1958, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eve Plumb and Daniel Day Lewis were born. Carnie Wilson in 1968. And, Uma Thurman in 1970.

PEOPLE DIED ON THIS DAY
Ludwig Wittgenstein died in 1951 and Alfred Hitchcock in 1980.

THINGS GOING ON ABOUT TOWN

ARTISTS ON MONEY

When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss Art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss money. – Oscar Wilde

It is a sad fact about our culture, that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it. – W. H. Auden

The sinews of art and literature, like those of war, are money. – Samuel Butler

My God! How terrible these money questions are for an artist! – Paul Gauguin

A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money. WC Fields

I’d like to live like a poor man with lots of money.  – Pablo Picasso

Poverty makes you sad as well as wise. – Bertolt Brecht

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons. – Woody Allen

The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as ‘SoHo’ poverty. It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent. – Quentin Crisp

All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy. – Spike Mulligan

Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art. – Andy Warhol

I believe you are your work. Don’t trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That’s a rotten bargain. – Rita Mae Brown

Making money ain’t nothing exciting to me. You might be able to buy a little better booze than the wino on the corner. But you get sick just like the next cat and when you die you’re just as graveyard dead as he is.  – Louis Armstrong

I don’t want to make money. I just want to be wonderful.
– Marilyn Monroe

I’ve always found it very sanitary to be broke. – Orson Welles

The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it. – Edith Wharton

And, Maria Callas said – I don’t need the money, dear. I work for art.

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