Thursday, February 22, 2007

Work got in the way of blogging yesterday which means I must belatedly celebrate the birthdays of some of my favorite artists:Edward Gorey, sexy dead poet Edna St Vincent Millay, and Pittsburgh's own Gerald Stern.

The Library of Congress has made available the The George Grantham Bain Collection
. . . the photographic files of one of America's earliest news picture agencies. The collection richly documents sports events, theater, celebrities, crime, strikes, disasters, political activities including the woman suffrage campaign, conventions and public celebrations. The photographs Bain produced and gathered for distribution through his news service were worldwide in their coverage, but there was a special emphasis on life in New York City. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1900s to the mid-1920s, but scattered images can be found as early as the 1860s and as late as the 1930s.

Available online are 39,744 glass negatives and a selection of about 1,600 photographic prints for which copy negatives exist.

There are tons of early Pittsburgh Pirate photos (remember to search for "Pittsburg" as well), Including this one with Honus Wagner:

This one called "Tusk, held by four men, excavated near Pittsburgh"

or "Miss Pittsburgh in Atlantic City"

and, of course, the "Pittsburgh Arts Committee"
Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players performed at Central Elementary School yesterday
The muticultural troupe of dancers, drummers, singers and storytellers, was in town for a program, "Amandla: A Celebration of the African Arts"

Titusville's Four Sons Brewery sold for, gulp, $323. Please god tell me there was some sort of catch and I didn't miss out on one of those once-in-a-lifetime own a bar for less than an evening's bar tab. The Business Authority say they'll have anew owner within a month. Not to be cynical, but where have I heard that before.

Speaking of the Franklin Club, despite all the rumors that have been flying around, no buyers yet. No surprise there, it's a beautiful property but in need of tens of thousands of dollars (if not more) of repairs.

While the NYTimes hosts a slideshow of celebrity tattoos, local radio station KISS FM is running a tattoo contest. Which would actually be kind of cool until you read the rules and realize it's a random drawing. That means, that like so many local tattoos, quality of art means nothing - a Daniel Johnson tattoo has the same chance as a scorpion eating an eyeball as a tramp stamp. Still, I'll probably rustle something up to send in. venangago-go tatoo anyone?

The Warhol Museum has listed its March programs.

I never actually watched the OC, but was glad to see that Matt Pond PA and Wilco made Rolling Stone's best of the OC's music list.

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