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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!


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