July 8, 1985 |
The names heralded in humongous letters on billboards further up the Strip belong to Johnny Mathis, Debbie Reynolds and Engelbert Humperdinck. But the conspicuous attraction on the supersign outside the Aladdin Casino is none other than Mikhail Baryshnikov. There his likeness flies in the glitzy sky, frozen in a grand jete amid the neon splendors of quaint neo-penal Bagdad architecture. It isn't a mirage.
August 7, 1985 |
Herb Caen, who used to spend his hours in Bagdad by the Bay spinning lovely prose poems about its beauty, has of late become its scourge and its conscience. A reader, Virginia Vignol, who has just returned from up north, sends me a recent Herb Caen column, from the San Francisco Chronicle, in which he deplores his city's dirty streets. "Our sidewalks are filthy. They need a good hosing down, a scrubbing. There aren't half enough trash receptacles, and those we have are not emptied often enough.
January 31, 1991 |
Ever since Iraq invaded Kuwait, curious motorists passing through the Mojave Desert have stopped to ask the way to Bagdad, the California ghost town named in the 1800s for the Middle Eastern capital. "Every day they come into our gas station or restaurant and ask, 'Where's Bagdad? We can't find it,' " said Buster Burris, 81, owner of the town of Amboy, population 27, eight miles east of where maps indicate Bagdad is located. Burris tells them Bagdad is but a memory these days.
May 25, 1995 |
Percy Adlon loves sending his favorite muse, the ample Marianne Sagebrecht, on personal journeys into quirk-dom. The cheeky German filmmaker pushed her through the Berlin subway on a quest for love in "Sugarbaby" (1985), and he dropped her in the Mojave Desert for a soul search in "Bagdad Cafe" (1988).
July 15, 1989 |
Whoopi Goldberg and Jean Stapleton will star in a comedy series based on the 1988 film "Bagdad Cafe," CBS said Friday. The adaptation, "Bagdad Gas and Oil," is one of four shows that the network said it has ordered as mid-season replacements for the coming season.
May 16, 1988 |
When Wim Wenders spotted fellow German film director Percy Adlon across the room at Musso and Frank's, Wenders rushed over to his colleague, enveloping him with a hearty embrace. Obviously delighted by the chance meeting, the twosome regaled each other--in German--with tales of their latest Hollywood adventures.