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”

Plagues Gone Past

Where are the plagues of yesteryear? So there I was, reading Fifty Years in the Magic Circle by Signor Blitz (the memoirs of a mid-19th-century magician) when I saw this bit (pp. 58-59):   Irish Wit. During the season, a band of Russian horn-players appeared at the Theatre Royal. Their style of music was originalContinue reading “Plagues Gone Past”

Krush the Kaiser!

So there I was, reading the 02 November 1918 issue of The Billboard (which is now called just “Billboard,” originally a newspaper for folks who stuck up handbills on walls), when I saw this ad: https://archive.org/details/billboard30-1918-11 “KRUSH THE KAISER” New York is going wild over this novelty and the craze is spreading all over theContinue reading “Krush the Kaiser!”

Featuring My Glorious Sister

Music Institute of Chicago Musicinst.org 847.905.1500 Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation” for soloists, choir, and chamber ensemble adapted by D. Wallenberg Sunday, March 17th, 3:00 pm Nichols Concert Hall 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL $15 adults | $10 seniors | $7 students Tickets mic-chorale-lay-garland.brownpapertickets.com