After Hours

It was on 27 June, in 1949, that the American artist Edward Hopper, sold his painting ‘Office at Night’ (seen above) to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for $1,500. The painting depicts two …

Rosebud

It was on 1 May, 1941, that the film ‘CITIZEN KANE’ had its premiere. The film was directed by Kenosha, Wisconsin native, Orson Welles, and would prove to be his most celebrated work in what …

Apocalypse When?

1 March marks the day in 1976 that director Francis Ford Coppola would arrive in Manila, The Philippines, to begin filming ‘Apocalypse Now’, a Vietnam War film about a US Army Captain assigned a secret …

Songs of the Earth

31 January marks the birthday of Alan Lomax in 1915. Lomax was a pioneer in cataloging and preserving folk songs and folklore, not only from America, but also from around the world. He began taking …

Dropping the Big One

It was on 29 January, 1964, that the film “Dr. Strangelove” was released to the movie going public. The full title of the film is: “Dr. Strangelove, or, how I learned to stop worrying and …

A Tip of the Hat

It was on 7 January, in 2000, that Makhmud Esambayev died. He had been one of the most famous dancers in the USSR. Born in Chechnya in 1924, as a child his father would take …

A Purple Sound

June is African-American Music Appreciation Month and it was on 25 June, 1984, that the musician PRINCE released the album, ‘Purple Rain’. The first two singles from the album, “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go …

Armenia’s Son

1 May marks the death of composer Aram Khachaturian in 1978. In his early years Khachaturian wrote, “I grew up in an atmosphere rich in folk music: popular festivities, rites, joyous and sad events in …