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Sunday, April 7, 2024

STEVE! (martin): a documentary in 2 pieces by Trav S.D.

I’m fairly ecstatic at the advent at Morgan Neville’s new two-part documentary about Steve Martin, not just because it filled me with such mirth and pleasure to reconnect with memories o…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:42AM
Saturday, April 6, 2024

Speaking of Earthquakes… by Trav S.D.

The title of this post of course because yesterday in the Northeast we experienced an extremely rare earthquake that measured 4.8 on the Richter scale, which is roughly a once in a century e…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 08:24AM

Killers of the Flower Moon by Trav S.D.

Warning: I include spoilers. Chronic back pain combined with the flu (ugh!) sidelined me yesterday so I took the opportunity to finally catch up with Killers of the Flower Moon. To my mind i…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 07:12AM

V for Victory Bateman by Trav S.D.

April 6 was the birthday of stage and screen actress Victory Bateman (1865-1926). She was named after the triumph of the Grand Army of the Republic over the Confederacy; Lee’s surrender wa…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 03:54AM
Friday, April 5, 2024

Love For Lord Buckley by Trav S.D.

A reference on Robin Williams’ 1979 album Reality…What a Concept was my first introduction to Lord Buckley (Richard Buckley, 1906-1960). Buckley was gone long before I came into the worl…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:48AM

This Friday in Hollywood: Michu Gets Memorialized by Trav S.D.

L.A. Friends, this jumped out at me as something worth attending, and, as Wilford Brimley used to put it, “the right thing to do”. Today at 1pm Pacific time the remains of Hungarian-Amer…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 05:24AM
Thursday, April 4, 2024

Happy 80th Birthday, Craig T. Nelson by Trav S.D.

We’ve had call to mention Craig T. Nelson (b. 1944) a half dozen times or more here — I’m an unabashed Craig T. Nelson super-fan and I don’t care who knows it! And, happily, I can op…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:02AM
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

The Sideshow Hootenanny Comes to Brooklyn! by Trav S.D.

Exciting news for lovers of sideshow and the variety arts! The Sideshow Hootenanny (previously known as the Southern Sideshow Hootenanny), now celebrating its tenth year, and making its NYC …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:12AM
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

On the Original ZOLA by Trav S.D.

The title of this post is to clarify that it’s not about Janicza Bravo’s terrific 2020 road movie with Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, and Colman Domingo, which is highly…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:06AM
Monday, April 1, 2024

The Romantic Edmund Rostand by Trav S.D.

There’s something highly appropriate about Edmond Rostand (1868-1918), having been born of an April Fool’s Day, given the holiday’s history in his native country and Rostand’s reviva…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 12:42PM
Sunday, March 31, 2024

Big Maceo Merriweather and the “Worried Life Blues” by Trav S.D.

March 31 was the birthday of blues piano player Big Maceo Merriweather (1905-1953), and 2024 (as I write this) marks the centennial year of when he moved from his native Georgia up to Detroi…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:42AM
Saturday, March 30, 2024

The Works of Warren Beatty by Trav S.D.

A decade has passed since my initial stab at a post on Warren Beatty (b. 1937). It is focused on one of his more obscure movies, Mickey One (1965) mostly because this blog was narrowly focus…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 02:06PM

Greta Thyssen: No Greater Grison by Trav S.D.

Greta Thyssen (1927-2018) lived at the center of a Venn Diagram that included the overlapping categories of a) Hollywood blonde bombshells of the Marilyn Monroe / Jayne Mansfield/ Mamie Van …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 04:24AM
Friday, March 29, 2024

RIP: Purple Organ by Trav S.D.

Good Friday seems the ideal time for this post, and though there’s still a good deal of uncertainty around the topic, I’m going to forge ahead anyway. It concerns a different long-haired…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 03:18PM

Moon Mullican: King of the Hillbilly Piano Players by Trav S.D.

Born this day, King of the Hillbilly Piano Players Aubrey Wilson “Moon” Mullican (1909-1967). Fittingly, in some years, his birthday falls on World Piano Day. Mullican is one of those mu…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:54AM
Thursday, March 28, 2024

For Opening Day of Baseball Season: A New Book About Turkey Mike Donlin by Trav S.D.

Yes, it’s true — it’s MLB opening day…and shaping up to be a rain day here in NYC. But it seemed like a good time to let you know about an upcoming new biography of pro baseballer an…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 01:01PM

In Which We Crash “The Mickey Mouse Club” by Trav S.D.

March 28 was the birthday of Jimmie Dodd (1910-1964), a.k.a. Jimmie from The Mickey Mouse Club (1955-1959). Don’t get any funny ideas! I’m about a decade too young to have watched this c…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:22AM
Wednesday, March 27, 2024

The Sarah Vaughan Centennial by Trav S.D.

Singer Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990) was born 100 years ago today. Vaughan is often characterized on the short list of great 20th century jazz and blues singers, along with Billie Holiday, Ella …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 07:34AM
Tuesday, March 26, 2024

More Unearthed Silent Treasures (Accidentally Preserved, Vol. 5) by Trav S.D.

I had no fewer than FIVE show biz people I might have written about today, and got perhaps a third of the way though a post on one of them, but it has been like pulling teeth. When that happ…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 05:24PM
Monday, March 25, 2024

A Moment with Monique Van Vooren by Trav S.D.

This exceedingly rust-colored creature is Belgian-born actress, singer, model, and dancer Monique Van Vooren (1927-2020). Van Vooren first came to my notice in her over-the-top performance a…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:12AM
Sunday, March 24, 2024

The Arbuckle Archive: A Fatty Finding Aid by Trav S.D.

For the birthday of slapstick screen comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, a little aid to navigating his posts on Travalanche: People Main Biographical Post on Arbuckle Minta Durfee (wife) …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 12:32PM

For His 150th Birthday: A Houdini Finding Aid by Trav S.D.

Born 150 years ago today: the great Harry Houdini! Houdini’s the only magician to whom I’ve devoted an entire section on Travalanche. We thought we would observe this benchmark birthday …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:18AM

Charlotte Mineau: From Michigan to “Monkey Business” by Trav S.D.

Thanks, Matthew Coniam, of The Marx Brothers Council Podcast and The Annotated Marx Brothers, who made me aware of Charlotte Mineau (1886-1979). I’d noticed her in Monkey Business (1931) a…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:18AM
Saturday, March 23, 2024

For World Bear Day: The Bears of Travalanche by Trav S.D.

We celebrate World Bear Day by bestowing upon the ursines similar attention to that which we have directed toward dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, mules, birds, ducks, lions, tigers, elephants, …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 11:32AM

Paul Valentine: Of “Love Happy” and Lili St. Cyr by Trav S.D.

Paul Valentine (William Daixel, 1919-2006) comes to our attention (just barely) because he plays one of the principals in the late Marx Brothers movie Love Happy (1950). Unfortunately, after…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:32AM
Friday, March 22, 2024

A Chico Marx Finding Aid by Trav S.D.

What with today being Chico Marx’s birthday, and Marxfest looming (less than two months away), we thought we would get all our chicks in a row to assist your investigation of this intrigui…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:48AM

For International Taxi Driver’s Day: On “The Taxi Boys” by Trav S.D.

March 22, by some mysterious decree, has been designated International Taxi Drivers Day, the ideal time, it would appear, to introduce Hal Roach’s “Taxi Boys” comedies. The Taxi Boys w…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:48AM
Thursday, March 21, 2024

Four More Activities This Weekend for the Discerning Variety Lover by Trav S.D.

The word “more” appears in our title on account of the previous post, which promoted an April 13 burlesque tribute to Flo Ziegfeld. Here are four other related events happening prior to …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 12:18PM

Ziegfeld, A-Z (And a New Tribute Show) by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of the great showman Flo Ziegfeld — seemed like the proper time to let you know about The Ziegfeld Girls Revue, playing at the The Green Room 42 (and livestreaming) o…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:12AM
Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Odds and Ends on Ibsen by Trav S.D.

#botd Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), who, as depicted above, could easily have been cast as a member of The Three Keatons. Ibsen’s name is often paired with Chekhov’s but…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 05:02PM

Of Gelding, Gilding, and Edmund Goulding by Trav S.D.

Only recently did I conclude that I was a fan of director Edmund Goulding (1891-1959), having passed that crucial moment when I was realized that several movies I like had a key artist in co…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:42AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards