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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.

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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.

 

PEOPLE WERE BORN ON THIS DAY

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.

 

PEOPLE DIED ON THIS DAY

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.

 

THINGS GOING ON ABOUT TOWN

  • 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 rockwoodmusichall.com 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 phoenixtheaterensemble.org 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 danceparade.org for details.

 

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Chris Wells

CHRIS WELLS is an Obie award-winning writer, actor, singer, cabaret performer, lyricist, teacher and arts activist who has made original theatre, music and performance for many years.

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