Egyptian Theater Then and Now

Eliot Neighborhood

Egyptian Theater 1933

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This 1933 picture shows the entrance to the Egyptian Theater located on Union (MLK) near Brazee.  The neighborhood theater was built in 1924 and owned and operated by the Graeper family.  Originally it was home to live vaudeville style shows and later in the 30’s was showing motion pictures.  The building operated as a theater until 1962 then as a warehouse until 1989.

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The Image of Slavery in Orientalist Painting

Eric Edwards Collected Works

In art historical terms, Orientalism refers to subject matter portraying the Near East by western artists and reflects closer 19th century European political involvement with the Near East. Essentially a 19th century phenomenon, Orientalism was an aspect of Romanticism that became a standard theme in which artists throughout Europe specialised. A prevalent form was genre painting with numerous harem and slave-market scenes. The Orientalist concern to create erotic idealisation rather than sociological fact had a profound affect on European perceptions of the region because of the belief that the mysterious Near East could “…satisfy the West’s urge for exotic experience.” (Stevens, 1984).

Orientalists portrayed scenes of contemporary ‘Oriental’ slavery that allowed their viewing public to feast their eyes on the barbarity of the slave trade. Slave-market scenes, as essentially harem scenes, and sensualised images of female slaves were seen as highly erotic. The Woman with a Parrot (1827) by Eugene…

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Watch Lady Gaga Perform a Medley From The Sound of Music at the Oscars


Lady Gaga paid tribute to The Sound of Music with a special performance of the film’s title song at the Oscars.

The pop singer, who recently released an album of jazz duets with Tony Bennett, performed a tribute to The Sound of Music, which is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary next month (the Julie Andrews musical was released in March 1965). Gaga sang “The Sound of Music,” and “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and “Climb Every Mountain,” all beloved songs from the musical; all this preceded the entrance of Sound of Music star Julie Andrews.

Lady Gaga was one of several popular music acts who performed at the ceremony, which also included Jennifer Hudson, Tim McGraw, Tegan and Sara, and Maroon 5. But she may have been the star who sold her work the most aptly.

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AAD (Art a Day): The First Week

Morgan Fahrnbruch

Well, I’ve almost survived the first week of drawing a finished piece of artwork every day. It’s a fascinating project – I feel like I’m learning so much about my art and myself, even though it’s only been  a few days.

The first few were easy because it was the weekend. The real challenge came when I had to work my full time day job, dance, and then run home to finish a picture each day.

Needless to say I had some very late nights.

So here we go: the first round of my Art a Day project.

Keep in mind that art a “Day” to me doesn’t necessarily have to fall within the traditional sense. If I finished a picture after midnight (technically the start of a new day), I still count the picture as finished on the day it started (as long as I haven’t gone to bed…

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25 Rare Photos of Famous Authors


Aldous Huxley

“The trouble with fiction… is that it makes too much sense. Reality never makes sense.” – Aldous Huxley from The Doors of Perception

Aleksandr Solzenitsyn

“For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, author of Cancer Ward

Anthony Burgess

“All art preserves mysteries which aesthetic philosophers tackle in vain.” – Anthony Burgess, author of a whole stack of books, including A Clockwork Orange


At any rate, let us love for a while, for a year or so, you and me. That’s a form of divine drunkenness that we can all try. There are only diamonds in the whole world, diamonds and perhaps the shabby gift of disillusion. – F. Scott Fitzgerald, from “A Diamond as Big as the Ritz”. Pictured here with Zelda and their daughter, Frances.

Harper Lee

“Until I…

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Riddle Me This …

If you were suddenly independently wealthy, how would you spend your time? What positive change would you bring to the world?


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