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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Joan Crawford: From Sexpot to Psycho-Biddy by Trav S.D.

To be born in the modern age is to discover many of the great figures of past ages backwards. We encounter them by reputation or in classrooms and we usually are introduced to them at their …

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Marx Brothers: The Chico Years by Trav S.D.

Time once again to celebrate the birthday of Leonard “Chico” Marx (1887-1961). Today seems to me an appropriate time to float a notion I came up with the other day, a way of look…

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nine Favorite Chuck Berry Covers by Trav S.D.

Rock in Peace, Chuck Berry! I have little to add to the tribute I wrote in 2010, except 90 is a damn good run, Rudolph. One good measure of the value of a songwriter is the number and qualit…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Stars of Vaudeville #1037: Charles Chaplin, Sr. by Trav S.D.

Born on this date in 1863: Charles Chaplin the Elder: the father of his better known namesake, comedian and movie star Charlie Chaplin. It’s not as well known today that in his time th…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Frank Buck: Brought ‘Em Back Alive by Trav S.D.

March 17 isn’t just St. Patrick’s Day; it also happens to be the birthday of Frank Buck (1884-1950). What an interesting American character! Born and raised in Texas, Buck start…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tonight: Bingo-a-Go-Go with Dandy Dillinger by Trav S.D.

Filed under: Contemporary Variety, PLUGS Tagged: Bingo-a-Go-Go, Dandy Dillinger, DJ La Linda, Ethyl's

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Family in 50 States #31: Maine by Trav S.D.

This new series of posts came out of the realization that I have relatives and roots in all 50 U.S. states. My ancestors lived in 13 of them (all on the eastern seaboard or adjacent), and I …

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The High Aspirations of The Princess Theatre by Trav S.D.

On March 14, 1913, New York’s Princess Theatre opened for business. Aside from a couple of exceptions (e.g., the Palace, Niblo’s Garden) we don’t typically write about spec…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

What’s Up at Coney by Trav S.D.

We all associate Coney Island with summer (it’s a beach and amusement park after all), but it may be a lesser known fact that there’s stuff happening at Coney Island USA all thro…

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Georges Méliès And The Féerie by Trav S.D.

Originally posted on Silent-ology: There is much to love about Georges Méliès. He was a technical wizard, a delightful performer, and an artist whose gorgeous work can still inspire awe. …

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Albert Carroll: Kind of a Drag by Trav S.D.

Today’s a good a day as any to tell you about Albert Carroll, an extraordinarily talented and well-known guy in his day to have become so obscure in ours. Carroll was a Broadway actor…

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Gay Marshall Returns This Week in “Gay’s Paree” by Trav S.D.

Filed under: Frenchy, PLUGS, Singers Tagged: cabaret, French, Gay Marshall, Gay's Paree, Pangea, singer

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Of Billie Thomas and Buckwheat by Trav S.D.

Billie “Buckwheat” Thomas was born on this day in 1931. Thomas was all of three years old when he began to appear in Hal Roach’s Our Gang (Little Rascals) comedy shorts in…

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Tonight: “Long Day’s Journey” on BroadwayHD by Trav S.D.

Filed under: Broadway, PLUGS, Television Tagged: Alfred Molina, Broadway HD, BroadwayHD, Eugene O'Neill, Long Day's Journey, streaming

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Tonight: Nelson Lugo will be “Cheating Death” by Trav S.D.

Filed under: Contemporary Variety, Magicians/ Mind Readers/ Quick Change Tagged: Cheating Death, magic, Nelson Lugo, The Tank

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Tomorrow: The Silent Clowns Presents the Greatest Silent Comedy Feature You’ve Never Seen by Trav S.D.

Tomorrow, March 11, 2017 at 2:30pm, at Lincoln Center Library, the Silent Clowns Film Series will present the hilarious Raymond Griffith feature Hands Up! (1926). Griffith’s stock ha…

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Marie Wallace: From the Follies to the Film Colony by Trav S.D.

A few tidbits on Marie Wallace (1895-1961),whom I came across in Marjorie Farnsworth’s Ziegfeld Follies book. She was born in Massachusetts to parents who’d emigrated from Irela…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Stars of Vaudeville #1036: Louise Beavers by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of Louise Beavers (1902-1962). Originally from Cincinnati, Beavers moved to the Los Angeles area with her family at age 11. Her mother was a singing instructor. Through…

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A Pioneering Woman of Science by Trav S.D.

Someone to celebrate on International Women’s Day, my 6th cousin 3x removed Christine Ladd-Franklin (1847-1930)…not exactly a household name, which is the very point in telling …

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Women’s Strike Rally in NYC Today by Trav S.D.

Filed under: CULTURE & POLITICS, Protests, Women Tagged: protest, rally, Washington Square Park, Women's Strike

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Thoughts on the Selma Anniversary by Trav S.D.

Today is the anniversary of the attack by police thugs on protesters at the first march in Selma, Alabama in 1965. The town of Selma was founded by my 6th great uncle. I am related by marria…

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Hirschfeld, Cats, Algonquin by Trav S.D.

The three words in the title of this post may SOUND like Speakeasy passwords, but they all came together in a semblance of sense yesterday. The fabled Algonquin Hotel acquired a couple of A…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Stars of Vaudeville #1035: Guy Kibbee by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of Guy Kibbee (1882-1956).  Character actor Kibbee became a professional performer at age 13 in his native El Paso, wracking up nearly 35 years of stage experience on …

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Killy Dwyer in “Not Show Business” by Trav S.D.

I was so grateful Kelly “Killy” Dwyer flushed me out of my hiding place yesterday to come see the last performance of her work Not Show Business in the Frigid Festival at Under S…

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Tonight on TCM: The Last of Sheila by Trav S.D.

Tonight on TCM at 10:15pm (EST): a wonderful, obscure oddity from 1973: The Last of Sheila. This all-star murder mystery was co-written by no less than Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins,…

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Hall of Hams #113: Rex Harrison by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of stage and screen Sir Rex Harrison (Reginald Harrison, 1908-1990). It’s safe to say that Harrison was the first serious English actor with whom I had any wide…

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Howard Pyle: Boys, Battles, Buccaneers by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of the influential illustrator Howard Pyle (1853-1911). A mutual love of illustration was one of the first things that brought my wife and I together — our second…

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Stars of Vaudeville #1034: George Shelton by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of George Shelton (1884-1971), best remembered (when at all) as one of the panelists on the popular radio show It Pays to Be Ignorant. Born on New York’s Lower …

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Family in 50 States #30: Vermont by Trav S.D.

This new series of posts came out of the realization that I have relatives and roots in all 50 U.S. states. My ancestors lived in 14 of them (all on the eastern seaboard or adjacent), and I …

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Stars of Vaudeville #1033: Edmund Lowe by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of dashing stage and screen actor Edmund Lowe (1890-1971). The son of a California judge, Lowe considered careers in the ministry and the law before his love of languag…

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New Greg Kotis Play Opens Tonight at The Brick! by Trav S.D.

Filed under: BROOKLYN, Indie Theatre, PLUGS Tagged: Brick Theater, BROOKLYN, Greg Kotis, Lunchtime, Theater of the Apes

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