You get two possibilities to see a traditional silent film over the subsequent two Saturdays, each with dwell accompaniment on a classic pipe organ and in opposition to imposing backdrops. One is in Riverside, one is in Pomona. Come down and I will provide the particulars.
• “Metropolis Lights,” Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 comedy a few blind flower vendor who errors a bum for a millionaire, will air at 6:30 pm Saturday, April 30 at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 600 N. Garey Ave. in Pomona. Price: $15.
“Metropolis Lights” walks a tightrope between humor and coronary heart. Simply as he’s about to fall into the bathtub, Chaplin undermines the emotion with a fall. In case you’ve solely ever seen one silent film in your life, it ought to be this one. (However why cease at one?)
• “Blood and Sand,” a 1922 love triangle starring heartthrob Rudolph Valentino as a success man in Spain, will display at 1 pm on Might 7 on the Mission Inn’s Grand Parisian Ballroom, 3649 Mission Inn Ave. in Riverside. Price: $20, benefiting Associates of the Mission Inn.
It’s stated that 100,000 folks lined the streets for Valentino’s funeral. Maybe your matador film will present why this isn’t bull.
Private observe: I knew I might someday squeeze Riverside and Pomona into the identical merchandise. My thanks – silent, in accordance with the movies in query – to the information gods for permitting this to occur. (Cheerful cue, dwell organ accompaniment.)
hit the band
The Pomona Live performance Band will mark its seventy fifth anniversary on Sunday, Might 1st with a free live performance at 3pm at Ganesha Park, 1575 N. White Ave., on the bandshell. The band is looking this their diamond jubilee. And also you thought they have been only for queens.
The music will embrace works as disparate as a march, a medley from the “Wizard of Oz” soundtrack, a John Williams medley, a fugue, “America the Lovely” and a tuba solo. And Bob Selby, son of band founder Stan Selby, will lead a quantity.
How do I consider this confidential info? I’m the MC. Evidently, my first time on the mic in December was deemed acceptable. Exit to hearken to the band, hearken to my foolish feedback between songs, and say howdy (however not throughout my feedback).
As a bonus, as a result of my new e book – extra on that quickly – will likely be out that day, I’ll have a restricted variety of copies on the market after the present. Be the primary in your block, and possibly the final in your block, to purchase one!
After my childhood story right here of my first superhero comedian, challenge 101 of The Avengers, launched in April 1972, reader Dave Null of Claremont informed me his first comics have been a batch of EC comics. from the Fifties, together with a science fiction version with the traditional story “Judgment Day.”
This sensible story of a Galactic Alliance astronaut has a stunning ending: the astronaut is revealed to be black. Heady stuff for 1953. None aside from Ray Bradbury wrote a fan letter to EC, saying the story “ought to be required studying for each man, lady and little one in America.”
“I used to be shocked,” says Null, who was 7 years outdated when he learn the comedian. He provides, “I am so glad my huge brother stole these comics so I might learn them.”
“Too dangerous you did not begin with Avengers #100,” reader and old-time Avengers fan Charles Bentley laments concerning the title’s March 1972 launch. the primary 100 points. No marvel 101 used a barely rambling plot; needed to comply with a really epic edit.”
I emailed my column to Roy Thomas, then author of The Avengers. Now 81, he’s greatest recognized not solely as Stan Lee’s protégé at Marvel Comics within the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, however as the author who tailored Conan the Barbarian and “Star Wars” into comics.
Attentive readers will do not forget that I stated the story was tailored from a sketch by distinguished science fiction author Harlan Ellison and that the outcome was too grownup for me at age 8. .
However two years later I gave Marvel one other probability and it took it. I nonetheless learn your comics.
Roy says readers have responded positively to an earlier a part of Avengers and The Unimaginable Hulk plotted by Ellison, which was sufficient of a reputation that Roy determined to adapt a storyline Ellison had written for rival DC that had been rejected. Ellison’s title was featured on the quilt of #101, a rarity for creators on the time.
“Lots of people appreciated this version, and it offered in addition to others and did not damage future gross sales, so in that sense it was successful,” replies Roy. “I agree it was a bit subtle and onerous to intelligibly squeeze into a difficulty… However I am glad I did, and I am glad you are within the minority. Glad you gave Marvel a second probability afterward.”
Roy slyly concludes: “Personally, I feel Avengers #101 was most likely higher than any challenge of The Pink Panther, however that is simply me.”
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