On This Day: May 15 | Los Angeles Public Library
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On This Day: May 15

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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Welcome to ON THIS DAY! Each day, we'll look at a few moments from history and popular culture. We'll show you where you can rediscover classic movies and music, or read more about great moments in history. We'll point you to e-books, downloadable and streamable music and film, and e-audio; and of course, we haven't forgotten about physical books or DVDs.

Peter Shaffer: Amadeus On this day in 1926, Peter Shaffer was born. Shaffer was a playwright whose work ranged from the slapstick farce Black Comedy to the psychological drama Equus. Two of his plays, Equus and Amadeus, won the Tony Award for Best Play. Amadeus is a highly fictionalized version of the relationship between composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri; Shaffer's Salieri is tormented at his own mediocrity and the success of the vulgar young Mozart. The Los Angeles Theatre Works production of Amadeus is available as an e-audio at Hoopla.
Jasper Johns: Flag On this day in 1930, Jasper Johns was born. Johns is a painter and sculptor whose work is associated with both pop art and abstract expressionism. His paintings often use already familiar images -- the American flag, a map of the United States -- allowing the viewer to focus on the texture and technique of the painting rather than on the subject matter. The documentary Jasper Johns, a look at Johns' life and career, is available for streaming at Kanopy.
Trini Lopez And on this day in 1937, Trini Lopez was born. Lopez was a popular singer of the mid-1960s, whose biggest hits were "If I Had a Hammer" and "Lemon Tree." He would remain a popular nightclub performer for many years, and continues to record; his most recent album was released in 2011. Several of Lopez's albums are available for streaming or download at Freegal.