A Complete Silk Act

One of the perennial topics in these parts goes something like this: “I’ve signed up for a talent show. What should I do?” Let me make a suggestion, under the rubric “everything old is new again.” In Jean Hugard’s Silken Sorcery (1937), the last chapter describes the Stillwell Silk Act. Here’s what Hugard says: CHAPTER XII THEContinue reading “A Complete Silk Act”

Newberry Consort Happy Hour

Join the Newberry Consort for a Zoom Happy Hour this Friday, February 5th, at 5:00 pm CST and hoist your favorite libation in celebration of their Juan de Lienas Vespers CD release! They will visit with artists from the album, have fun quizzes, and give away free CDs. Feeling festive? Make their Sister Mary MargaritaContinue reading “Newberry Consort Happy Hour”

Maine RenFaire

Looking for something to do this summer?  By July we should be well into the After Times, so — look for the Before Times with the Maine Renaissance Faire. Four days:  July 17, 18, 24, and 25. This is a lot of fun, great performances, interesting food, and a wonderful site.  One of the performersContinue reading “Maine RenFaire”

Paint it Black

Let me introduce you to something that I just learned from my sister: The existence of fan music videos for the BBC series Robin Hood (2006). Specifically, for Guy of Gisbourne (played by Richard Armitage, who went on to play Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit). Apparently, for beautiful young ladies, Guy consistently gets “shag” inContinue reading “Paint it Black”

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