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Happy Repeal Day! Prohibition-style Events To Bring Out Your Inner-Flapper.

Seventy-eight years ago today, prohibition, the national ban on the sale, production and transportation of alcohol that was in place from 1920 to 1933, was repealed. Thus making today “Repeal Day.” Over the last few years we’ve seen a resurgence of interest in this very interesting time in American history. Speakeasy-style bars, classic cocktails with hand-cut ice cubes and the popularity of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire are all evidence of this trend. I have to admit, it’s hard to resist the romanticism of getting dressed up, going to a dimly-lit, subterranean gin joint and knocking back a sazerac while vintage jazz plays in the background.

Prohibition, obviously had some negative effects on American culture: organized crime grew rapidly as mafia groups got into the bootlegging business; the economy suffered as government funds were allocated to enforce prohibition; and it virtually destroyed the fledgling U.S. wine industry as lower quality grape vines with thick-skinned grapes that could be transported more easily replaced quality grape vines causing many winemakers to leave the United States for other wine producing countries or to get out of the wine business altogether. Also, ironically, alcohol-related deaths soared as Americans drank more than they ever had before prohibition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 5, 2011 in Arts, Burlesque, Comedy, Music, Seasonal, Tours

 

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The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Returns to Los Angeles!

Get ready Los Angeles, Cthulhu is coming! On September 16 and 17, The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival returns to the historic Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro for its second year. The festival celebrates the works of famed American science-fiction and horror writer H.P. Lovecraft through screenings of cinematic adaptations of his work by professional and amateur filmmakers from around the world.

H.P. Lovecraft’s work wasn’t widely read during his lifetime but his reputation has grown in the 73 years since his death. He’s now regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century. Stephen King calls Lovecraft “the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale” and credits Lovecraft as the single biggest influence on his writing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Film

 

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Hot Tickets: Seattle

Every Thursday at noon, Seattle time, Brown Paper Tickets will post upcoming events happening in Seattle. Here are hot tickets coming up next week. Check back for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

Saturday, June 4 The Tripwires, The Purrs and Llama It is hardly surprising that the Tripwires have leapt to the very forefront of Seattle’s burgeoning power pop ‘n’ roll scene, for this is indeed a quartet of considerable pedigree and startling showmanship. The group’s music translates brilliantly to the stage, and their rapport with an audience is unparalleled. The Purrs have a rich 10-year musical history, marked by appearances at Bumbershoot and MidPoint music festivals, weekend coast-to-coast jaunts to play CMJ, national tours, broken-down vans, a song featured on the HBO series “Californication,” heavy rotation on influential radio stations such as KEXP, WOXY, and SIRIUS, and hundreds of gigs with such talents as Okkervil River, A Place To Bury Strangers, The Wrens, Jesse Sykes and Film School. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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