Tuesday, June 27, 2017

George Walker

Music Appreciation

African-American composer George Walker was born on June 27, 1922 in Washington, D.C. At age 14, Walker held his first public recital. That same year, he was admitted to Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio.

Walker became the first black instrumentalist to present a debut recital in Manhattan's Town Hall, a historical landmark venue known to host countless cultural and musical milestones. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony.

In 1956, Walker became the first black to receive a doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music.

He is the first Black to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his work Lilacs in 1996.

via Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra - Topic


Cosplay... Is An Art: ANIMEFEST 2017

via pixtream

Monday, June 26, 2017

Spaceballs (1987)

Film Appreciation

Spaceballs was released in movie theaters on June 26, 1987. Directed by Mel Brooks, the film is a parody to numerous sci-fi films such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien, and Planet of the Apes.

Starring Mel Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, and Joan Rivers, the film became a cult classic and is considered one of Brooks' most popular films.

via Movieclips Trailer Vault

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sister Hazel - All For You

Music Appreciation

American alternative rock band Sister Hazel was formed in Gainesville, Florida in 1993. The band, which was named after a local missionary who ran a homeless shelter, is known for their hit song "All of You." The song peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

via SisterHazelVEVO


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Haddon Sundblom

Art Appreciation

American artist Haddon Sundblom was born on June 22, 1899. He is best known for the images of Santa Claus he created for The Coca-Cola Company.

Sundblom, who was born in Muskegon, Michigan, moved to Chicago, and studied at the American Academy of Art. In his early twenties, he decided on a career in illustration and partnered with friends to launch an advertising agency.

In the 1930s, he worked the The Coca-Cola Company's Santa Claus advertisements. He is credited for creating the modern image of Santa Claus.

Aside from being credited for creating the modern image of Santa Claus, Sunblom is also recognized for his many pin-ups and glamour pieces. In 1972, his last assignment was the Playboy's Christmas issue cover.

Sundblom past away on March 10, 1976.

Santa Claus (1942) via rjart

via muscleheaded

Playboy Original 1972 via conchigliadivenere


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Michael Gross

Actor Appreciation

I remember him as the ex-hippie dad to Michael J. Fox' character, Alex P. Keaton, in the 1980s TV sitcom Family Ties.

The actor, Michael Gross, was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 21, 1947. He started as a theater actor before landing a part in the TV movie A Girl Named Sooner in 1975.

In 1982, Gross was cast to play Steven Keaton in the sitcom Family Ties. The series was originally written to focus on the liberal suburban parents, but audiences reacted positively towards Michael J. Fox, who played the conservative son.

After Family Ties, Gross starred as Burt Gummer in the Tremors movies and TV series. He's also played several TV and movie roles since.

One cool fact is that Gross is a railfan. He collects railroad antiques and model railways.

via Hollywood Today Live

via GreatestHobby