You have two opportunities to watch a classic soundless movie the next two Saturdays, both with direct accompaniment to a vintage organ and in magnificent settings. One is in Riverside, the other in Pomona. Come down and I will give you the details.
• “City Lights,” Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 comedy about a blind florist confusing a stroller with a millionaire will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Congregational Pilgrim Church, 600 N. Garey Ave. in Pomona. Cost: $ 15.
“City Lights” walks on the tightrope between humor and heart. Just when he’s going to go to the bathroom, Chaplin reduces emotion with a mistake. If you only watch one silent movie in your life, this should be it. (But why stop at one?)
• “Blood and sand,” a 1922 love triangle starring the heartbeat Rudolph Valentino as matador in Spain, will appear at 13:00 on May 7 at the Grand Parisian Ballroom Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave. in Riverside. Cost: $ 20, taking advantage Friends of Mission Inn.
It is said that 100,000 people lined the streets for Valentino’s funeral. Maybe his matador move will show why he is not a bull.
Personal note: I knew I could one day squeeze Riverside and Pomona into the same article. My thanks – the silent ones, in line with the movies in question – to the news gods who allowed this to happen. (Cheerful cue, lively accompaniment of organs.)
Hit the group
Pomona Concert Band will mark its 75th anniversary Sunday, May 1, with a free concert at 3:00 p.m. in Ganesha Park, 1575 N. White Ave., on the bandshell. The band is calling this the diamond jubilee. And you thought they were just for queens.
The music will include various works such as a march, a mix of the “Wizard of Oz” soundtrack, a mix of John Williams, a fugue, “America the Beautiful” and a solo turn for the tube. And Bob Selby, the son of group founder Stan Selby, will lead a number.
How can I evaluate such confidential information? I’m emcee. Apparently my first turn on the microphone in december was considered passable. Go out to listen to the band, listen to my dumb comments between songs, and say hello (but not during my comments).
As a bonus, because my new book – more on that soon – will be out that day, I will have a limited number of copies for sale after the concert. Be the first in your block, and likely the last in your block, to buy one!
The first comics
After my childhood tale here for my first superhero comic, number 101 of the Avengersreleased in April 1972, Claremont reader Dave Null told me that his first comic books were a series of 1950s EC Comics, including a science-fiction edition with the classic story. “Judgment Day.”
This factual story of an astronaut from the Galactic Alliance has an extraordinary conclusion: The astronaut is revealed to be Black. Dizzying things about 1953. No less than Ray Bradbury wrote a letter to EC fans, saying the story “should be read to every man, woman and child in the United States.”
“I was stunned,” says Null, who was 7 when he read the comic. He adds: “I’m very happy that my older brother stole these comics so I could read them.”
“Too bad you didn’t start with the Avengers # 100,” complains old Avengers reader and fan Charles Bentley about the title’s release in March 1972. first. No wonder 101 used a slightly detached plot line; he had to pursue a truly epic issue. “
I emailed my column Roy Thomas, then the writer of The Avengers. Now 81, he is best known not only as Stan Lee’s protagonist in Marvel Comics in the 1960s and 1970s, but as the writer who adapted Conan the Barbarian and “Star Wars” for comics.
Careful readers will recall that I said that the story was adapted from a sketch by the eminent science fiction writer Harlan Ellison and that the result was very high for me at the age of eight. The other comic I bought was an edition of the much more direct movie The Pink Panther.
But two years later I gave Marvel another chance and it took. I still read their comics.
Roy says readers had responded positively to an earlier two-part piece in The Avengers and The Incredible Hulk plotted by Ellison, which was a name enough that Roy decided to adapt a plot Ellison had written about rival DC that was rejected. . Ellison’s name appeared prominently on the cover of # 101, a rarity for creators at the time.
“A lot of people liked that issue, and it was sold like the others and it didn’t hurt future sales, so in that sense it was a success,” Roy responds. “I will agree that it was a bit sophisticated and difficult to comprehend in a comprehensible way çështje But I’m glad I did and I’m glad you were in the minority. “I’m glad you gave Marvel a second try later.”
Roy concludes embarrassingly: “Personally, I think Avengers # 101 was probably better than any Pink Panther number, but this is just me.”
David Allen writes on Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays, but this is just him. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 909-483-9339, like davidallencolumnist on Facebook and follow @ davidallen909 on Twitter.
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