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Cultural Calendar October 27th, 2013

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Today is Sunday, October 27th, 2013. This is the 300th day of the year, there are 65 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Scorpio: don’t confuse pathology for depth.



In 1904, the first leg of the New York City subway line opened. Today the subway delivers an average of 5.4 million rides a day.

In 1947, You Bet Your Life, with Groucho Marx, premiered on ABC radio.

In 1960, Singer Ben E. King recorded, Spanish Harlem.

In 1964, Sonny and Cher were married, Cher wore bell-bottoms.

In 1975, the covers of both Time and Newsweek featured Bruce Springsteen.

In 1987, Peter Shaffer’s, Lettice and Lovage, starring Dame Maggie Smith, premiered in London.

In 1988, ET was released on home video – with 14 million presales.

In 1988, Larry Flynt offered a hitman $1M to kill Hugh Hefner, Bob Guccione and Frank Sinatra. The deal was never closed and the hitman died shortly thereafter.

In 1992, Tipper Gore admitted to covering the clock on her VCR with black tape so she wouldn’t have to watch it blink.

And on this day in 1997, Microsoft argued it should be “free from government interference.”



Isaac Singer, known for innovating the home sewing machine, was born on this day in 1811. American painter, Lee Krasner in 1908. Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas in 1914. Actress Teresa Wright in 1918. Artist Roy Lichtenstein in 1923. Miss Ruby Dee in 1924. Poet Sylvia Plath in 1932. John Cleese in 1939. Fran Lebowitz in 1950 and ladies and gentlemen, Miss Marla Maples was born on this day in 1963.



Author James M. Cain in 1977. Bandleader Xavier Cugat in 1990. French director Jacques Demy in 1990. And actor Morey Amsterdam in 1996.



  • Anthem, a play based on the Ayn Rand novel, is currently running off-Broadway at the Jerome Robbins Theatre in the Baryshnikov Arts Center on W. 34th St. through November 1. Our own Stephanie Summerville is the moderator for the talkbacks sessions following the show and has a pair of tickets to give away after the service. See Stephanie for details, or visit

  • Rebecca Leigh Silverman is appearing in A Mind Bending Evening of Beckett, 3 short plays running at The Irish Repertory theatre through December 1st. Visit

  • Anthology Film Archives presents The Golden Age of Spanish Horror Cinema, Showcasing eleven classics of the genre. Multiple dates and times from 10/30 thru 11/10, Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave, NYC. Visit for details.

  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, starring Jefferson Mays, opens November 17th at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

  • And, The 40th annual Village Halloween Parade will kick off on 6th Avenue between Spring and Broome Streets at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 31.


About the Author

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.