June 3, 2010 |
In the dusty clutter of yard and estate sales, the lost heroes of Jewish American song and comedy are waiting to be reclaimed and celebrated in all their kitschy splendor. And they can't help but wonder: What's taking you so long? There's vaudeville comedienne Mae Questel, who supplied the voice of Betty Boop, and her loud-mouthed 1969 record, "Mrs. Portnoy's Retort." (Take that, Philip Roth.) On the cutting edge of liturgical singing, there's Sol Zim, who calls himself the Tom Jones of cantors.
February 19, 2013 |
The prop and costume crew for HBO's lavish fantasy series "Game of Thrones" has worked overtime to provide countless swords, helmets, pieces of armor and fantastic gowns to the production. With principal photography wrapped on season three, all those original items won't sit unloved in a warehouse awaiting the filming of season four; they're going to hit the road. Planned to coincide with the series' third-season premiere March 31, HBO is mounting its first-ever touring "Game of Thrones" exhibition, currently slated to appear in five cities worldwide: Toronto; New York; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Amsterdam; and Belfast, Northern Ireland.
October 24, 2010 |
"Hello, I'm Walter Cronkite. " The stentorian voice booms from an oversize replica of an early console television. To viewers older than 40, the image on the screen is familiar, though more distant with the passing of years. Younger observers appear curious or bemused, or both. In quick succession, the TV images highlight some of the biggest events of the 20th century. The coverage of the assassination of President Kennedy appears in black and white. Later images from political conventions and Vietnam are in color, before a return to fuzzy, black-and-white footage of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon.
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March 5, 2014 |
Rosa Quirino liked to perform with leather huaraches on her feet and a shawl criss-crossed over her chest, in a nod to Pancho Villa. When men teased her as she sang, she would tell them: "Gentlemen, we are working. " Then, she'd pull out her gun. The year was 1903, and Doña Rosa, a mariachi from Mexico who began playing violin at age 13, was a rare sight. Her story and others are being featured in an exhibit this month at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. The show covers more than a century of history surrounding female mariachis: ladies who found success - starring on television, scoring sponsors and performing internationally - at a time when the Mexican music genre was ruled entirely by men. "They were seen, they were heard, they performed in front of thousands of people," said Leonor Xochitl Perez, the exhibit's organizer.
March 7, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. The Grammy Museum will put up its third salute to a Beatle with the June 12 opening of “Ringo: Peace and Love,” billed as “the first major exhibition to explore the life of Ringo Starr.” It's also touted as the first major U.S. exhibition focusing on a rock drummer. Museum officials have gathered previously unpublished photos, correspondence and film footage as well as iconic items from Starr's career. Some of the notable artifacts include the drum kits he played when the Beatles performed historic concerts on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and at Shea Stadium in New York, his military-inspired costume from “Sgt.
May 31, 2012 |
As Britons celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne this weekend, Anglophiles can mark the Diamond Jubilee without having to leave the Pacific time zone. Beginning Friday and running through Sept. 3, the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, Canada, is presenting an exhibit of portraits and informal photographs of the queen. The photos by royal photographer Sir Cecil Beaton - some never before publicly displayed - depict Elizabeth as a princess, monarch and mother.
October 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - For a hundred years, artists have been using and abusing newspapers as a vital part of their works. Pungent examples include the Spanish painter Salvador Dali creating an absurd newspaper about himself, the German-born Swiss artist Dieter Roth making a sausage, complete with gelatin and spices, out of copies of the British tabloid Daily Mirror and the American Jim Hodges coating a Jordanian newspaper entirely in 24 karat gold. Little attention has been paid to this phenomenon by the world's museums in the past.
March 25, 2010 |
The prosecutors rear out like gargoyles from the walls overhead, fingers jabbing into the air. The massive cartoon faces of witnesses, lawyers and defendants crowd the walls, words popping in balloons from their lips. "Stand up!" commands a voice as visitors climb the stairs to the exhibition, invoking the opening moments of a trial. "The judge is coming." In a gutted perfume bottle factory on a nondescript street in downtown Moscow, an exhibit opening Friday paints a fantastic, caricatured dreamscape of the continuing trial of former oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
March 8, 2010 |
True "Star Trek" fanatics who visit "Star Trek: The Exhibition" at San Jose's Tech Museum may find some flaws in the life-size replica of the starship Enterprise's bridge. Sure, Capt. James T. Kirk's chair sits in the middle of the bridge, encircled by panels, instrument consoles and blinking colored lights. But the seats for Kirk's multiethnic crew are missing, and the funnel-like device that Science Officer Spock used to analyze space anomalies is on the wrong side of the bridge.
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March 11, 2014 |
Grace Southerland was an excellent student. For 20 weeks, she wasn't tardy and had only three absences. The eighth-grader took such classes as U.S. history, spelling and sewing. Her grades weren't labeled A's and Bs but "excellent" and "good. " That's because Grace's report card dates to 1900. And so do many other pieces, some later in the century, being showcased at the Los Angeles Unified School District's "Heritage House" exhibit, which opened Tuesday. Grace's barely smudged, intact report card was on display, along with a shiny 1950 decorated teapot used by girls in a home economics class.