THE CULTURAL CALENDAR
Today is Sunday, February 21st, 2016. It is the 52nd day of the year. There are 313 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Pisces. There’s a fine line between, “deeply sensitive,” and, “emotional wreck.”
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
In 1804, the first self-propelling steam locomotive made its first outing at the Penny Darren Ironworks in Wales.
In 1848, Marx and Engels published The Communist Manifesto.
In 1878, the first telephone directory was issued in New Haven, Connecticut.
In 1885, the newly completed Washington Monument was dedicated.
In 1925 The New Yorker magazine published its first issue.
In 1948, NASCAR was incorporated.
In 1956, Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel became his 1st hit in Billboard’s top 10.
In 1958, the peace symbol, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in protest against the proliferation of Atomic Weapons, was debuted.
In 1989, U.S. authors demonstrated against Iranian death treats aimed at author Salman Rushdee, because of his novel, The Satanic Verses.
And on this day in 1992, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love were married.
PEOPLE WERE BORN ON THIS DAY
French-American author Anais Nin in 1903, English-American poet, W. H. Auden in 1907. American humorist Erma Bombeck in 1927. The high priestess of Soul, Ms. Nina Simone was born on this day in 1933. Golden Girl Rue McClanahan in 1934. English actor, and dearly departed Alan Rickman in 1946. Broadway diva Christine Ebersole in 1953. The great David Foster Wallace was born in 1962. And, ladies and gentlemen, Jennifer Love Hewitt was born on this day in 1979.
PEOPLE DIED ON THIS DAY
Activist Malcolm X was assassinated on this day in 1965. Florence Ballard, one of the original Supremes, died in 1976. Margot Fonteyn, considered the 1st lady of British Ballet, died in 1991.
THINGS GOING ON ABOUT TOWN
Our very own Leah Coloff, longtime member of The Secret City band, has been working on a new piece of multimedia theater. ThisTree, based on her album of the same name, explores the idea of family and inheritance through music, images and movement. It’s part of CultureMart, March 8th and 9th at HERE in SOHO.
Also part of CultureMart, Secret City board member, director Kristin Marting presents Assembled Identity, a new work about ethnic identity, twins and cloning. That’s March 8th and 9th at HERE. Check out thei HERE website for more info on the entire CultureMart festival, featuring all new work by the HERE resident artists. That’s here.org
Puppeteer Theodora Skipitares has a new show, Six Characters (a family album) opening April 1st at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theater. With a nod to Pirandello, Six Characters explores the idea of family, reality versus illusion, and displacement. Featuring giant puppet figures, video and live music by Sxip Shirey, the evening is highlighted by guest appearances with Margaret Mead and Pirandello himself. Visit lamama.org for info and tickets.
International Women Artist’s Salon presents Salon Symphony taking place on Internatonal Women’s Day, Tuesday, March 7pm here at Dixon Place. All proceeds support the artistry of women and girls everywhere. Event also includes womanly cocktails, artistic bake sale, and righteous raffle. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Hostess with the mostess Jenny Green is also here today on behalf of The International Women Artists’ Salon if you want to find out more. Raise your hand, Jenny.
And, this afternoon, Free Comedy! Our dear pal Milo Kotis, progeny of Ayun Halliday and Greg Kotis and longtime volunteer here at The Secret City, is performing his first set of stand up with Rick Crom’s Stand Up Comedy Class at 4pm today and again next Sunday at the Comedy Cellar, 117 MacDougal St. Milo is the only teenaged participant in a class full of adults. Look out.