Set up in 2001, Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) sets out to promote jazz both as an historical and a contemporary art form. If you really want to live it up and can get there Washington D.C is JAM’s main home with an extensive program of events, however it’s celebrated in 40 nations, and every state of the USA, so wherever you are there should be something exciting to do.
During JAM, schools, concert halls and libraries are encouraged to host events to get local areas interested. If nothing’s going on in your area there are still plenty of ways to get involved, perhaps watch some webcasts to get clued up on jazz’s cultural history, tune in to a jazz radio station or buy some new CDs and have a party with your friends. Jazz is a celebration of freedom and creativity so parties and dancing are positively encouraged!
thanks for the funnies, Shelley
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Lacking conviction or boldness or courage.|
|Usage:||Crupp...became within a few days so faint-hearted, that rather than encounter my aunt upon the staircase, she would endeavor to hide her portly form behind doors...or would shrink into dark corners.|
Idiom of the Day
— There is a specific, rational purpose in what one is doing or planning, even though it may seem crazy or absurd to another person.
The Chicago Flood (1992)
|The source of the water pouring into the basements of buildings in the Chicago Loop area had not yet been identified when reports of live fish in the water began surfacing. This helped lead a reporter to the source of the flood—a leak in an old tunnel that ran underneath the Chicago River. It turned out that the leak had been discovered months earlier, but the city had failed to repair it in a timely fashion, allowing it to worsen and eventually inundate the area.|
Philippe de Rothschild (1902)
A member of the aristocratic Rothschild banking family, Philippe was one of the most successful winemakers in the world. In the 1920s, the wealthy French playboy took up Grand Prix motor racing, among other pursuits, but soon withdrew to focus on the family vineyard. He spent decades building the Château Mouton Rothschild label, finally achieving Premier Cru—or First Growth—status in 1973. His idea for bottle labels became an enduring part of his vineyard's image.
French Quarter Festival
The French Quarter Festival celebrates Louisiana's distinctive musical and culinary traditions. Held in New Orleans, the festival features performances by local and other Louisiana musicians as well as those foreign musicians influenced by Louisiana's musical traditions. Scores of bands perform at various sites throughout the French Quarter (also called the Vieux Carré). Sixty local restaurants operate food booths on the festival grounds, offering spectators the best in Louisiana cooking. In recent years, close to 300,000 people have attended this three-day event.
Massive 205-million-year-old ichthyosaur fossil discovered, 'one of the largest animals ever'
The massive jawbone of a 205-million-year-old ichthyosaur has been discovered in southwestern England, making it "one of the largest animals to ever live" — it was nearly the size of a blue whale. The findings, published in the journal PLOS, show that ...
1742 - George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" was first performed publicly, in Dublin, Ireland.
1782 - Washington, NC, was incorporated as the first town to be named for George Washington.
1796 - The first known elephant to arrive in the United States from Bengal, India.
1808 - William "Juda" Henry Lane perfected the tap dance.
1860 - The first mail was delivered via Pony Express when a westbound rider arrived in Sacramento, CA from St. Joseph, MO.
1870 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in New York City.
1933 - The first flight over Mount Everest was completed by Lord Clydesdale.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial.
1949 - Philip S. Hench and associates announced that cortisone was an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
1954 - Hank Aaron debuted with the Milwaukee Braves.
1964 - Sidney Poitier became the first black to win an Oscar for best actor. It was for his role in the movie "Lilies of the Field." What a terrific movie and beautiful performance, eh?
1997 - Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament at the age of 21. He also set a record when he finished at 18 under par.
1998 - Dolly, the world's first cloned sheep, gave natural birth to a healthy baby lamb.
IF YOUR BIRTH DATE IS APRIL 13
You were born with daring, genuineness and brains. You have a tendency to face adversity head on using your given talents. Those born under this zodiac sign of Aries are generally very “lucky” even as a child. Although you lose yourself in anger sometimes, and say or do hurtful things, you mainly are a gentle soul but you can be impatient and become easily upset when someone criticizes you. Otherwise, you typically work to resolve problems using your instincts and principles. The 13th April birthday personality loves to travel, so you can move around a lot. You are honest to a fault so most people trust you with confidential matters. Sharing your birth date: 1519 Catherine de' Medic, 1570 Guy Fawkes, 1743 Thomas Jefferson, 1866 Butch Cassidy, 1917 Howard Keel,1950 Ron Perlman
Sacramento State Festival of the Arts 2018
Apr 10-15, 2018 | Sacramento, CA
California State University, Sacramento|6000 J St
Sacramento State's Festival of the Arts showcases the talent and creativity of students at the school's College of Arts & Letters. The festival features concerts, dance performances, film screenings, theater acts and a variety of other events. There are also ongoing visual art displays. Presentations and exhibits at the festival reflect a multilingual and multicultural selection of arts in different media and styles
further information: Festival of the Arts presented by CSU Sacramento (Sacramento State), Photography Month Sacramento | Festivals | Sacramento365
Shaw Festival 2018
Apr 4 - Oct 28, 2018 | Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
George Bernard Shaw was a prolific Irish playwright who used theatre as a vehicle to express his controversial views. His ballsy, yet critically acclaimed work led to the creation of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The theatre company produces an abundance of plays that channel Shaw’s critiques on society, and boy are they entertaining.
further information: Announcing The Shaw's 2018 Season - Shaw Festival Theatre
Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018
Mar 28 - Apr 22, 2018 | Melbourne, VIC
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival provides a massive program of comedy and the performing arts including showcases of theatre, cabaret, street performances, film, television and visual arts. The event is one of the largest comedy festivals in the world and features local talent as well as performers from all around the world. The festival takes place over three and a half weeks and hosts special events in multiple venues throughout the city.
further information: Melbourne International Comedy Festival
A gold 20-stater depicting Eucratides I, the Greco-Bactrian King who reigned from c. 171 to 145 BC. The largest gold coin ever minted in antiquity, it weighs 169.2 grams and has a diameter of 58 mm. Originally found in Bukhara, and later acquired by Napoleon III, it is now held at the Cabinet des Médailles, Paris.
A sandstone Buddha statue nestled in the tree roots beside the minor chapels of Wat Maha That, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, Thailand.
crochet, English pattern is towards bottom of page
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... Mother's Day
right picture, wrongly labeled
SUDOKU ... medium
HOW MANY TRIANGLES? (answer below)