Daily Archives: May 29, 2012

Hope and Burns

Bob and George do a little sand dance, tell some jokes, and Bob plays Gracie Allen for a vaudeville routine. From a Bob Hope special, based on his book “Don’t shoot, it’s only me” Sept. 15, 1990 

Niccolò Paganini

Cantabile for violin & guitar in D

The Diaz Trio (on Modern Instruments)
Julian Gray, guitar 

Igor Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring

 Yoel Levi conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in this studio recording made in 1991. This specific recording of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (aka Le Sacre du Printemps) is owned by Telarc.

If you’re interested in buying the CD, it is available at Arkivmusic:

This Day in History: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring Sparks a Riot (1913)

Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring Sparks a Riot (1913)

The Rite of Spring is a landmark ballet by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky that provoked a riot when it premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Expecting the demure conventions of classical ballet, the audience was caught off-guard by Stravinsky’s dissonant score and Vaslav Nijinsky‘s violently untraditional choreography depicting fertility rites. Fistfights broke out between detractors and supporters, and chaos ensued. What Disney film popularized the ballet? More… Discuss

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Today’s Birthday: Bob Hope (1903)

Bob Hope (1903)

Famous for his “ski-jump” nose, superb timing, and irreverent attitude, Hope was an immensely popular American comedian. He debuted in vaudeville in the 1920s and later performed on radio, television, stage, and in more than 50 films. He hosted the Oscars a record-breaking 17 times over 38 years. A master of comic monologues and mildly bawdy one-liners, he was a tireless entertainer of US troops overseas. When asked on his deathbed at age 100 where he wanted to be buried, how did he respond? More… Discuss

Today’s Quotation: Lucy Maud Montgomery – On Competition

Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss

Living Statues

Living Statues

Living statues are mimes who stand perfectly still for hours on end, pretending to be statues. They are sometimes painted with a metallic sheen or another color so that they appear to have been cast from metal or carved from stone. Often, they are so still that bystanders believe they are actual statues and—as has been shown on many a hidden-camera television show—create quite a commotion among startled onlookers if they disrupt the illusion by moving. When did the first living statues perform? More… Discuss