Time for a "not-your-high-school history" history lesson. Plus...
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... all in here, AFTER we tell you why January 29th is so special.
First: a moment of reassurance. If you're afraid you're going to find a bunch of stuff on why chickenhawk warmonger John Bolton should suddenly be viewed as a hero because maybe he might defy presidential edict and testify in the impeachment trial, and determine if it will be a real trial or a Republican exercise in "move along, nuthin' ta see h'yere!"-? Well, THAT is literally all you're gonna see in this edition on that subject. (In the words of Forrest Gump, "And that's all I have to say about that.")
So breathe that audible sigh of relief and enjoy the one place you'll find respite.
Settle in. You'll enjoy this.
Today is January 29th. It is "NATIONAL PUZZLE DAY," plus, it marks the birthdays of an especially fascinating assortment of notable luminaries. And more.
On this day in 2002, just 18 years ago: In his "State of the Union" address, President George W. Bush invoked "regimes that sponsor terror" as "an Axis of evil," in which he included Iraq, Iran and North Korea. Fear-based thinking was fed afresh, the warconomy's fuel was topped-off, and the ongoing era of America's ass-kicking purveyor of perpetual wars was poised to begin with the invasion of Iraq.
To which we pair two quotes by ones born on this date:
"War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed."
~ William McKinley (b. 1843, assassinated as President, 1901)
"You don't send a man to his death because you want a hero."
~ Paddy Chayefsky (b. 1923, d. 1981), American author and screenwriter.
Someone you should know: a forgotten giant, born on this date
Allen B. DuMont (b. 1901, d. 1965), American engineer and broadcaster, founded the DuMont Television Network (back before hegemoistic monopolization would leave us with only six corporate controllers of media).
But hang on. We need to go back before that.
|DuMont with first 21-inch |
color TV picture tube (1954)
He was the American engineer who perfected the first commercially practical cathode-ray tube, enabling the economically marketable household TV set.
Keep hanging on.
Before THAT, he was stricken by, and overcame polio, and in 1915, DuMont became the youngest American to obtain a first class commercial radio operator's license -- at age 14.
In WW II, DuMont helped the U.S. Army Air Force develop a key countermeasure by reproducing a critical vacuum tube in a captured Nazi radar. That resulted in sparing the lives of thousands of U.S. and British aviators.
As a successful inventor, DuMont made money. And he used his money for good. He was the first to provide funding for educational television broadcasting. Along the way, he was the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, among them the Cross of Knight awarded by the French Government, the Horatio Alger Award, the Westinghouse Award, and the DeForest Medal.
He wasn't a boring science/engineering nerd. DuMont enjoyed sailing. He participated in boat races, competing in navigation skills, and won three national championships.
Altogether, he earned more than 30 patents for cathode ray tubes and other television equipment. It revolutionized everything. "Screens" became the basis for every kind of information display, and his other devices became the way that tracking and data signals were displayed as meaningful information.
Yet in our time, he is so obscure that you can't even find a quote by him, searching online. It's an understatement that Allen B. DuMont deserves to be better remembered.
There is one modern reference to that television network he founded: "Your TV's so old, I bet you get the DuMont network on it!" ~ Family Guy, "Death is a Bitch" episode.
We're hoping that introducing you helps get him better than that.
THOUGHTS FOR TODAY by ones born on this date...
"Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out."
~ Anton Chekhov (b. 1860, d. 1904), a key inventor of the modern short story that ended revealing something about the main characters' lives. His first play, "The Seagull," opened in 1885 to horrible reviews, but its phenomenal success two years later brought him back as a playwright, to writing, and to fame.
"The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark."
"These are the times that try men's souls."
"To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture."
~ Thomas Paine (b. 1737, d. 1809), best known for writing “Common Sense” (1776), the pamphlet that convinced many Americans, including George Washington, to fight for independence from England. That authorship established Paine as a Founding Father.
"War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed."
~ William McKinley (b. 1843, assassinated as President, 1901), American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 25th President of the United States.
"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its government."
~ Edward Abbey, naturalist, environmental advocate/activist, and author (b. 1927, d. 1989).
" Television is not the truth! Television is a g*ddamned amusement park. Television is a circus, a carnival, a travelling troupe of acrobats and story-tellers, singers and dancers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion-tamers and football players."
"I'm a man without a corporation."
"You don't send a man to his death because you want a hero."
~ Paddy Chayefsky (b. 1923, d. 1981), American author and screenwriter.
And for our present time, this very day...
"There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation."
~ W.C. Fields, born William Dukenfield (b. 1880, d. Christmas Day 1946), comic actor, fabulously skilled juggler, author, screenplay writer of "The Bank Dick" (1940), "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break" (1941), and "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man" (1939), his tragic alcoholism was played for laughs in an era when that was thought acceptable.
Happy birthday to these other artists born on this date
Oprah Winfrey, American talk show host, actress, producer, philanthropist, founder of Harpo Productions.
Bettye LaVette, American singer-songwriter.
Katharine Ross, American actress and author, well remembered for the musical bicycle ride in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
Germaine Greer, Australian journalist and author.
Tom Selleck, American actor and businessman.
Doris Davenport, American poet and teacher.
Ann Jillian, American actress and singer.
Charlie Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer.
Peter Baumann, German keyboard player and songwriter.
Greg Louganis, American Olympic diver and author.
Nicholas Turturro, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter.
Heather Graham, American actress.
Sara Gilbert, American actress, producer, and talk show host.
Adam Lambert, American singer, songwriter and actor.
In memorium to musicians and artists born on this date
John Raitt (b. 1917, d. 2005), American actor and singer, father of the very much alive singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt; and yes, the two recorded together.
Ernst Lubitsch (b. 1892, d. 1947), German American film director, producer, writer, and actor.
Bobby Scott (b. 1937, d. 1990), American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer.
Tommy Ramone (b. 1949, d. 2014), Hungarian-American drummer and producer.
* TIX $17/$12, & info, at: https://deepmix.thundertix.com/
Wed, Jan 29; ONLINE concert:
7 pm (Pacific) - MARINA V plays her "Marinawood" concert series at www.twitch.tv/MarinaVmusic
* More at: https://m.twitch.tv/marinavmusic/videos and www.marinav.com
|Scene from National Theatre Live's "ALL ABOUT EVE," starring GIllian Anderson|
ONGOING, Jan 14-Feb 16:
"THE LAST SHIP," the acclaimed musical stage production written by STING, plays in the Ahmanson Theatre at the Los Angeles Music Center in downtown L.A., 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles, CA 90012
* "This unbelievable show has some of the best talent in the industry... The Last Ship consistently delivers the strongest stage performers around and has a track record of performing in front of sold out audiences..."
* WATCH A VID CLIP of the show on Broadway: https://youtu.be/XEfztIeQcfg
* TIX at: http://www.ahmansontheatre.net/events/
ONGOING, Feb 4-9, MUSICAL THEATRE:
"MARGARITAVILLE," the new touring musical by JIMMY BUFFET, arrives in Southern California for a short run.
ONGOING through Feb 22; MUSICAL THEATRE:
"DAY AFTER DAY (THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF DORIS DAY)" in its West Coast Premiere, produced by the P3 Theatre Company at the Ernest Borgnine Theatre (inside the Long Beach Scottish Rite Cultural Center), 855 Elm Av, Long Beach CA 90813
* This is a brand new musical telling the dramatic personal life story of Doris Day through her music. Songs including "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Sentimental Journey," "Secret Love," "It’s Magic," "A Guy is a Guy," and "Que Sera, Sera," turned Doris Day into America’s Sweetheart.
* Take a deep and personal look into this star’s dramatic personal life while appearing as the quintessential “girl-next-door” in Warner Bros. musicals. Blending factual life events and her songs, this show is a love letter to this extraordinary icon.
* Written by Tony Santamauro, starring Deborah Robin as Doris Day.
* "(Deborah) Robin absolutely shines in her role, fully inhabiting Day’s perky demeanor and delicious voice from her early years as a big-band singer and top recording star– beginning with “Sentimental Journey” after World War II– through to her movie roles opposite leading men such as Rock Hudson, Cary Grant, and James Garner." -- Anita W. Harris, Signal Tribune.
* TIX: 800-595-4849 or www.P3Theatre.biz
ONGOING, Jan 29-May 27; FILM SCREENING of LIVE THEATRE:
"NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE," a series of productions filmed live on London's West End, screening at Boston Court Pasadena, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena CA 91106; www.bostoncourtpasadena.org
* Boston Court, itself renowned for live theatre, brings these brilliantly filmed plays from across the pond; some have two dates, and the near-term one is sold-out; get tix early:
■ "ALL ABOUT EVE," starring GIllian Anderson:
Wed, Jan 29, 8 pm, get tix now.
■ "HAMLET" (encore), starring Benedict Cumberbatch:
Sun, Feb 2, 1:30 pm, get tix now.
Thu, Jan 30 - Sold out; Wed, May 20, 8 pm, get tix now.
■ "PRESENT LAUGHTER," starring Andrew Scott; two dates:
Fri, Jan 31, Sold out; Wed, May 27, 7:30 pm, get tix now.
■ "ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS" (encore), starring James Corden; two dates:
Sat, Feb 1, 1:30 pm; Sat, May 16, 7:30 pm; get tix now, either date.
■ "THE AUDIENCE" (encore), starring Helen Mirren:
Sun, May 10, 1:30 pm, get tix now.
■ "HANSARD," starring Alex Jennings and Lyndsey Duncan:
Tues, May 12, 8 pm, get tix now.
■ "CYRANO DE BERGERAC" – New, starring James McAvoy; two dates:
Mon, May 18, 7:30 pm; Fri, May 22, 7:30 pm; get tix now, either date.
* TIX, $20; Box Office, 626-683-6801, 11 am - 5 pm, Tue-Fri.
ONGOING, PODCAST, on-demand:
"RECORDING ARTISTS: RADICAL WOMEN" is a new podcast series from the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In it, art historian HELEN MOLESWORTH explores the lives and work of six artists — ALICE NEEL, LEE KRASNER, BETYE SAAR, HELEN FRANKENTHALER, YOKO ONO, and EVA HESSE.
* What was it like to be a woman making art during the feminist and civil rights movements? In this season of "Recording Artists," Molesworth delves into their lives and careers, spanning several generations. Hear them describe, in their own words, their work, relationships, and feelings about the ongoing march of feminism. Contemporary artists and art historians join the conversation, offering their own perspectives on the recordings and exploring what it meant—and still means—to be a woman and an artist. Share this with one who'll appreciate it.
* HERE'S THE LINK. The whole series is here in individial episodes so you can pace yourself or binge it. You'll hear rare audiotaped interviews and fresh perspectives on what it meant — and still means — to be a woman making art:
ONGOING, through Feb 23; FREE:
11am-5 pm - "FALLEN FRUIT: SUPERSHOW!" at PDC Gallery, 8687 Melrose Av, West Hollywood CA
* Runs Sun, Nov 24 through Feb 23; free.
* Opening day Sunday features outdoor jamming, preceded by an artist talk with FALLEN FRUIT (aka DAVID BURNS and AUSTIN YOUNG), and Young will be taking his trademark portraits of whoever wants one inside the installation, plus music and apparently, cheerleaders.
* This is "A gorgeous mile of fruit and flower garland wallpaper in a gradient of saturated hues containing within its two story installation multiple scenarios and vignettes of photography and ceramic, faux Grecian luxury statues, gilded mirrors, chaises and sundry objects. All of this exists in the mode of a secular temple to beauty, as well as a sort of public living room where communities are formed through the universal language of shareable fruit."
* Might be the right thing for a memorable date.
ONGOING, through Mar 1:
“MUSEUM ACQUISITIONS 2019: DIRECTOR’S CHOICE” at the Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles CA 90049
* This intends to be the first of many annual exhibitions that highlight the Getty Museum’s acquisitions made throughout the year.
* Highlights key works of newly added art selected by the Museum's director. It includes ancient gems and sculpture; Renaissance and 19th-century paintings; Renaissance sculpture; medieval manuscripts; old-master drawings; and 20th-century and contemporary photography.
* "It’s a small but succinct show, just one gallery, but with a variety of work, including [an] early Crucifixion in which our Lord appears to have four arms, a sort of biplane Jesus." -- Easy Reader News.
* Open 10 am-5:30 pm Sun-Fri, Sat 10 am-9 pm, closed Mon.
Holiday closures: Dec 25, Jan 1; early closings Dec 24 & 31 at 4 pm; short hours Dec 23 & 30, 10 am-5:30 pm.
* Free admission, parking costs. Info, 310-440-7300 or www.getty.edu
ONGOING, through May 29:
“INCREDIBLE JOURNEY: BUGS” opened mid-Dec at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Bl, Palos Verdes Peninsula CA
* Gawd, we love experiential learning. Whichever journey Garden visitors decide to take, they are transformed into that bug – literally (via props).
* This program interactively educates visitors about the butterflies, spiders, ants and bees that can be found in the Garden.
* Full info, 310-544-1948 or www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org
ONGOING, through April 12, daily:
10 am-5 pm - "EGYPT'S LOST CITIES" exhibition at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley CA 93065
* Akin to your best fantasies of Atlantis, these are artifacts recovered from beneath the sea.
* One day as the Mediterranean sun beat down on the bay of Aboukir, two bustling cities of ancient Egypt slipped into the sea without a whisper of wind, buried for centuries.
* These cities, before they sank beneath the waves, were known throughout the world as cultural centers of power, of wealth, of trade, and novel artistry.
* Time may have eroded the memory of a civilization, but not the mystery -- or the breathtaking artifacts -- of what it was.
* This exhibition runs Oct 5, 2019–Apr 12, 2020.
* View the holiday tree exhibit (through Jan 5; see our listing) and the Air Force One Pavilion, along with this current special exhibition, all during one visit for the price of museum admission. But allow yourself PLENTY of time.
* Open seven days a week, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
* Facility features a nice cafeteria-style cafe.
* TIX include the exhibition and the 125,000 square feet of all the permanent exhibits and displays, including Air Force One; you need to allow three to four hours to enjoy all of the galleries and grounds. Gen'l adm $29.95, discounts for youth, kids, seniors; active US military get in free. Free parking. Tix available in advance or at the door. It's worth adding the $7 "audio tour." Online adv. tix:
ONGOING, Feb 5-Mar 1; LIVE THEATRE:
"THE FATHER" starring acclaimed actor ALFRED MOLINA in "a tour-de-force performance that will leave you breathless," at the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S El Molino Av, Pasadena CA 91101; 626-356-7529; www.pasadenaplayhouse.org
* 90 minutes, no intermission.
* “Savagely honest … Hugely rewarding” -- The Guardian.
* Directed by Boston Court Pasadena Artistic Director Jessica Kubzansky. Written by Florian Zeller, translated into English by Christopher Hampton.
* About the play: André was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter, Anne, and her husband, Antoine. Or was André an engineer, whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control.
* An Open Captioned performance is Sun, Feb 23 at 2 pm.
* TIX: $25, less 20% off tickets with code MEMORY. Restrictions may apply.
* TIX at https://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/event/the-father/
New, Jan 29th...
• "THE BAND'S VISIT" STAGE MUSICAL at the Dolby Theatre, Jul 7-26.
* The production features music and lyrics by Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek, and a book by Itamar Moses, the Tony, NY Drama Critics Circle, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards winner. It is based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, and is directed by David Cromer, the Tony, Drama Desk, Lortel and Obie Award winner.
* "One of my favorite musicals of all time!" - Rolling Stone.
* Spend an evening in the company of unforgettable strangers at "THE BAND'S VISIT" — now a celebrated musical. "It rejoices in the way music brings us to life, brings us to laughter, brings us to tears, and ultimately, brings us together."
* Synopsis: In an Israeli desert town where every day feels the same, something different is suddenly in the air. Dina, the local café owner, had long resigned her desires for romance to daydreaming about exotic films and music from her youth. When a band of Egyptian musicians shows up lost at her café, she and her fellow locals take them in for the night. Under the spell of the night sky, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, and this once sleepy town begins to wake up.
* TIX, during this special presale, at: https://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/6touj0
added Jan 28th...
• CHEECH & CHONG, "The World’s Favorite Stoner-Hippie Comedy Duo,"
Pre-sale password TIX now available with passcode “smoke” (at click links for Ticketmaster) for:
Jul 31 at The Canyon at The Saban in Beverly Hills, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills CA 90211
Aug 1 at The Canyon at The Libbey Bowl, 210 S Signal St, Ojai CA 93023
• EAGLES tribute by THE LONG RUN
TIX now available (click links for Ticketmaster) for:
Jul 3 at The Canyon Montclair, 5600 N Montclair Plaza Ln, Montclair CA 91763
Jul 4 at The Canyon Agoura Hills, 28912 Roadside Dr, Agoura Hills CA 91301
added Jan 21st...
• Daryl Hall & John Oates
May 29: Hollywood Bowl
Password Pre-sale: TODAY, Thursday, Jan 23, starting at 10 am
On sale to all, Friday, Jan 24 @ 10am
• Steely Dan and Steve Windwood
June 8: Hollywood BowlPassword Pre-sale: TODAY, Thursday, Jan 23, starting at 10 am
• KLOS & FHF’s St. Patty’s Day With Flogging Molly
Mar 17: The Hollywood Palladium
ON SALE NOW
☆ Mon, Jan 27: "Monday: an international day of remembrance, a time to consider our world."
☆ Sun, Jan 26: "GRAMMY Day Sunday, with notes and live music alternatives"
☆ Sat, Jan 25: "Annual mega-multi-Museum FREE ADMISSION DAY"
☆ Jan 21: "January won't end when the calendar page turns."
(THE ABOVE LINK IS THE ONE FOR THE REMAINING DAYS OF JANUARY, after today.)
☆ Jan 19: "Top honor for Joni Mitchell amidst 35th annual NAMM Tech Awards' comprehensive recognitions"
☆ Jan 17: "News from NAMM, day one"
☆ Jan 12: "A week of concerts and events, before the news from NAMM" (A very photo-heavy edition)
☆ Jan 8: "Special edition: We're Already Against the Next War."
☆ Jan 8: "2020: Ch-ch-ch-changes, and what's happening out there in the land of Musica Acoustica"
...a here are a few from our fully-archived December editions...
☆ Dec 25: "Merry Christmas. A few words. A few pictures."
☆ Dec 11: "Greta Thunberg named 'Person of the Year.' Special edition"
☆ " Impeachment: What it is, what it means, where we go from here. Dec 10 2019 special edition"
☆ THE ENTIRE CATALOGUE of all past editions of The Guide is available (and searchable!) FREE, in our archive. If you don't see the navigation pane on the left side of your screen, just click "view web version" and it'll magically appear (along with the correct photo, art, and page formats that you've been missing if you don't see that left-sidebar.)
features in the works, and they'll
be along as we get them dressed,
shoes tied, cowlicks combed down,
bowties cranked straight,
and strings tuned.
Find a comfortable spot by the
wood stove, play a round or two
of checkers, and we'll be along...
in this new decade...
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"