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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.


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