Thursday, March 25, 2010

Super Bowl Bets, Bartok, Toscanini, French Actresses & Hair Combs


- NEW ORLEANS: A 210-year-old oil painting will go on display at the New Orleans Museum of Art this week - the payoff in a Super Bowl wager of high taste. Joseph Mallord William Turner's "The Fifth Plague of Egypt" is part of the permanent collection at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. But for the next three months, it will reside at the New Orleans Museum of Art instead. Museum executives struck up a bet on the outcome of the February showdown between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts. The Story at WDSU


March 25, 1867: Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor, was born. "One of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 19th century and 20th century, he was renowned for his brilliant intensity, his restless perfectionism, his phenomenal ear for orchestral detail and sonority, and his photographic memory. He is especially regarded as an authoritative interpreter of the works of Verdi, Beethoven, Brahms and Wagner."

March 25, 1881: Bela Bartok, Hungarian pianist, regarded by many as one of the most important composers of the 20th century, was born.

March 25, 1921: Simone Signoret, French stage and motion picture actress, was born. The first French actor to win an Academy Award, she also received a BAFTA, an Emmy, Golden Globe, Cannes Film Festival recognition and the Silver Bear for Best Actress.


"Antique Combs & Purses"
By Evelyn Haertig.

A beautifully illustrated, information-packed study of antique from ancient times to the 20th century, but with a vast majority of the focus on Victorian, Art Nouveau, and 20th century specimens. The first book on the subject, it was the result of seven years research, and provides the dealer, collector, and designer with complete information on the history, styles, repair, and display of antique combs and purses, as well as covering rarities, materials and artisans. The author was a veteran collector of vintage beaded purses and wrote several books on the subject.

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