Today is Sunday, February 22nd, 2015. Today is the 53rd day of the year, there are 312 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Pisces – you’re not as confident as you might appear.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
- In 1879 in Utica, NY, Frank Woolworth opened the first of his Woolworth’s Five and Dime stores.
- In 1892, Lady Windermere’s Fan, by Oscar Wilde premiered at St. James Theater in London.
- In 1924, Calvin Coolidge became the first president to address the nation via radio.
- In 1934, It Happened One Night, starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, opened at New York’s Radio City.
- In 1956, Elvis Presley had his first top ten hit with Heartbreak Hotel.
- In 1983, the notorious Broadway flop, Moose Murders, opened and closed on the same night at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.
PEOPLE WERE BORN ON THIS DAY
Polish pianist and composer Frederic Chopin in 1810. Poet, playwright and legendary resident of the West Village, Edna St. Vincent Millay in 1892. Spanish film director Luis Bunuel in 1900. Playwright and author Jane Bowles in 1917. Italian actress and muse to Federico Fellini, Giulietta Masina in 1921. Artist and poet Edward Gorey in 1925. Actress Julie Walters in 1950, Kyle Maclachlan in 1960 and Drew Barrymore in 1975.
PEOPLE DIED ON THIS DAY
French painter Jean Camile Baptiste Corot in 1875. Singer Florence Ballard, one third of the original Supremes, died in 1976. Andy Warhol in 1987. Cartoonist Chuck Jones in 2002. Journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.
THINGS GOING ON ABOUT TOWN
- Our very own Raquel Cion’s new show Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie is anight of personal stories and the music of David Bowie, wherein one psychodelicate girl explores her soul love. Directed by Dusty Childers. Musical direction and piano by the brilliant Michael Harren. Wednesday, February 25th at 7:30pm at Judson Memorial Church. Visit www.judson.org or see Raquel & Michael later today.
- Our pal, soul singer Simi Stone, is doing her thing at The Living Room in Williamsburg, Thursday, Feb 26th at 7pm.
- And, Secret City music director and frontman Jeremy Bass has a show this Friday at 7pm at Rockwood Music Hall. See Jeremy for details or visit rockwoodmusichall.com for details.
- Kristina Wong performs her latest solo show, The Wong Street Journal beginning March 1st at Subculture. It’s the story of an Asian American performance artist who visits Uganda and finds herself an African Hip Hop sensation. Visit subculture.com for tickets.