We thought this 1892 sheet music from our Library for the Performing Arts would make a nice Father’s Day Caturday installment. It would seem, based on the illustrations, that the composer’s daddy wouldn’t buy him a dog, or a “bow-wow.” Perhaps he brought home a kitty instead, as there are multiple cats on the cover. Oddly, though, the actual lyrics seem to indicate that this is somehow a fairly serious English political song. Well … whatever. Happy Father’s Day! And Happy Caturday!
Today the NYPL wishes a Happy Birthday to the legendary entertainer Cher! For decades this pop icon has been entertaining us with both her music and acting, all of which you can check out at most branches of The New York Public Library. She doesn’t act nearly as much as she did in the 1980’s so it is easy to forget that she gave some great performances in films such as Silkwood, Mask (a personal favorite), The Witches of Eastwick, Mermaids , and of course Moonstruck (pictured above) for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. So SNAP OUT OF IT and get to your local branch and check out some of these great movies. Happy Birthday Cher!
Tomorrow, May 10, is the last day to see the Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! exhibition at The Library for the Performing Arts. We’re really tempted to make a bunch of Beatles-related puns to mark the occasion (examples include: “the exhibition is free, so all you need is love,” or “get a ticket to ride the train and come see it,” or something clever with “and in the end…”). But instead, we’ll just remind you that the exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the band’s arrival here in the U.S. and includes a recreation of a Beatles-obsessed teenager’s bedroom at the height of Beatlemania, as well as correspondence, instruments, posters, photographs, interviews, interactive displays, a virtual drum lesson from Ringo, and an oral history booth where you can record your own Beatles remembrances.
As you may have heard, the band Coldplay is revealing lyrics from its upcoming album “Ghost Stories” by hiding them in actual ghost stories located in libraries around the world. The band then offers clues on its Twitter feed and asks fans to track them down. Well, guess where one set of lyrics wound up - the Children’s Center in The New York Public Library’s own Stephen A. Schwarzman Building! The lyrics to a song called “O” were found by one New Yorker in Jeff Belanger’s book Who’s Haunting the White House? It was found 15 minutes after the Library opened after Coldplay posted the clue, “In the library where ghosts were famously busted, look for Jeff B’s kids’ book about spooks in the President’s residence.” Our 42nd Street building was featured in the film Ghostbusters back in the 1980s - that really turns the “clocks” back. Get it?
Join us tomorrow in the Schwarzman Building’s Astor Hall when the Chapel Choir of Exeter College performs Music From the Dreaming Spires, a collection of works from J.S. Bach, Maurice Duruflé and Sir Hubert Parry, directed by George de Voil.
It will be a beautiful day for some beautiful music!
Looking for an inspired take on bar trivia night? Then come to (Le) Poisson Rouge tomorrow night (February 20) for Performing Arts Trivia Night! Join special guest hosts The Brothers Balliett from Q2 Music for a trivia competition where every question is inspired by treasures from The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ collections. Live music and prizes, too! Get your team together, and get ready to rumble.
"Ladies and gentlemen…The Beatles!"
That’s what Ed Sullivan famously said when he introduced America to four lads from Liverpool in February 1964. It’s also the name of the new free multimedia Beatles exhibition on display now through May 10 at The Library for the Performing Arts. Come see rare artifacts and memorabilia, take a virtual drum lesson from Ringo, and share your own Beatles remembrances in the oral history recording booth.
Want more Beatles? Check out free Beatles-related programs and screenings coming up at The Library for the Performing Arts throughout the spring. More info at nypl.org/thebeatles
Wishing all our lovely followers a very happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate we present a few words from the 1892 ballad Dearest, “sung with immense success by Laura Schirmer Mapleson” in the opera comique Fadette. And now, for your enjoyment - the lyrics composed by B. B. Vallentine (we kid you not):
O dearest! O dearest!
Words can never tell…
How strong my love, how pure and true,
you dearest, yes dearest tho’ I love you well
I’d have you love me as I love you,
Love me too… as I love you,
You know I love you well, you know I love you well….
Ah! Love me too.
Head to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to visit its newest exhibit, Motown: The Truth is a Hit!
Featuring items that highlight Motown’s inimitable founder Berry Gordy and the institution’s most beloved musical acts, the multi-media showcase chronicles one of the most significant record labels in American music history.
Stop by the Schomburg for a musical trip down memory lane and to learn more about the iconic Motown today!
Exhibition photos courtesy of Terrence Jennings
Sad news this past weekend as the Rock world mourned the passing of Phil Everly, one half of the iconic and greatly influential duo, The Everly Brothers. Combining Country with Rock, The Everly Brothers penned such classics as BYE BYE LOVE, WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE, and ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM. They toured with Buddy Holly and inspired everyone from The Beatles to The Beach Boys to Simon and Garfunkle. Whether it is records, cd’s or books you can find a ton about The Everly Brothers at most NYPL branches. RIP Phil.