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.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
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.
PEOPLE WERE BORN ON THIS DAY
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.
PEOPLE DIED ON THIS DAY
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.
THINGS GOING ON ABOUT TOWN
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 www.mindthegaptheatre.com
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 duanepark.com
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 ryanrumery.com 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.
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 martynthompsonstudio.com