Friday, April 02, 2010

Django, Max, Lady Liberty, Eggs, 2001 & Shakespeare (?)


- Django lives! In his centennial year, Reinhardt's gypsy jazz takes center stage : "He was a guitarist with such awesome, inexplicable technique that he left his peers with jaws agape, ready to abandon their instruments. Acclaimed as an innovator of a quintessentially American style, he first found fame in Europe. And since his premature death, his legend has grown exponentially along with his recorded legacy, with more of his music available today than at any point during his life..." Read the story at the Boston Globe

- Just in time for the Easter, Bonhams announces the sale 850 carved mineral eggs perfect for the connoisseur's basket. Skillfully produced by noted German craftsman Dieter Jerusalem from the historic carving locality of Idar-Oberstein, Germany, the eggs will be a notable feature of the firm's spring 2010 auction of Natural History... Read the story at ArtDaily


April 2, 1834: Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor of Statue of Liberty, was born.

April 2, 1891: Max Ernst was born. German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. Ernst, a prolific artist, is considered to be one of the primary pioneers of the Dada movement and Surrealism.

April 2, 1902: "Tally's Electric Theatre", the first full-time, purpose-built movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.

April 2, 1968: The science-fiction film "2001: A Space Odyssey" had its world premiere in Washington, D.C.


"History Play. The Lives and Afterlife of Christopher Marlowe"

By Rodney Bolt.
Published by Bloomsbury in 2004.

“Without trying to prove it, Rodney Bolt assumes that, rather than dying at twenty-nine in a tavern brawl, Christopher Marlowe staged his own death, fled to Europe, and went on to write the work attributed to Shakespeare. This is the starting point for a mischievous and brilliantly written biography of Marlowe, which turns out to be a life of the Bard as well. Using real historical sources plus a generous dose of speculation, Bolt paints a rich and rollicking picture of Elizabethan life. As we accompany Marlowe into the halls of academia, the society of the popular English players traveling Europe, and the dangerous underworld of Elizabethan espionage, a fascinating and almost plausible life story emerges”.

Hardcover. 6”x9.5”, 388 pages, dust jacket. New

FREE, while they last.
One per person, please.

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