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Singer Joan Baez performing at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington.

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Joan Baez!

January 04, 2019

Joan Baez was born on January 9, 1941. Baez was one of the major stars of the 1960s folk music movement, and has been acclaimed for almost sixty years for her songwriting and interpretive skills.


Collage of Waiting for Godot performance by Bert Lahr and E. G. Marshall

A Week to Remember: Waiting for Godot

December 31, 2018

On January 5, 1953, the first full production of Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot took place in Paris. The play has become a theatrical landmark, despite—or perhaps because of—its cryptic nature.


Donna Summer "Queen of Disco"

Music Friday: Donna Summer

December 28, 2018

Donna Summer was born on December 31, 1948. Summer is best remembered as the "Queen of Disco," but her career lasted for thirty years after the disco era ended. Summer was raised in Boston, and moved to New York after high school.


Engelbert Humperdinck and an illustration of his opera Hänsel und Gretel

Music Friday: Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel

December 21, 2018

Engelbert Humperdinck's opera Hänsel und Gretel was first performed on December 23, 1893, in Weimar, Germany.


Film director FW Murnau with his creation Nosferatu

A Week to Remember: F. W. Murnau

December 23, 2018

F. W. Murnau was born on December 28, 1888. Murnau was a German film director, one of the most acclaimed craftsmen of the silent film era.


Collage of the Ghost of Christmas Present and Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens' 1st Edition book, A Christmas Carol and the 1999 movie

A Week to Remember: A Christmas Carol

December 17, 2018

Charles Dickens' novella A Christmas Carol was published on December 19, 1843.


Music critic Lester Bangs

Music Friday: Lester Bangs and Writing About Music

December 14, 2018

Lester Bangs was born on December 14, 1948. Bangs wrote about popular music, and he was one of the most influential music critics of the 1970s. He wrote for Rolling Stone, Creem, The Village Voice, and a variety of other magazines.


Portrait of Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz

A Week to Remember: Naguib Mahfouz

December 10, 2018

Naguib Mahfouz was born on December 11, 1911. Mahfouz was an Egyptian novelist who was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature, the first (and still only) Arab writer to receive that honor.


Close-up of Sammy Davis, Jr. performing

Music Friday: Sammy Davis, Jr.

December 07, 2018

Sammy Davis, Jr. was born on December 8, 1925. Davis was a singer, dancer, and actor whose show business career spanned most of the 20th century.


Collage of cookies

A Week to Remember: National Cookie Day

December 03, 2018

December 4 is National Cookie Day.


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