Thursday, December 09, 2004

January 2005 Is the Month of MAE

Why January 2005 will be the month of MAE . . . .

Mae West once again will be ready for her close-up -- and fans can visit her for free during a month-long-period that begins on Monday January 3, 2005.

Where: NY Public Library [Jefferson Market branch, 2nd floor] on 6th Avenue at West 9th Street in Greenwich Village.

When: during the building's regularly scheduled hours January 3rd-30th, 2005.

What: an illustrated version of the play "Courting Mae West" written by dramatist LindaAnn Loschiavo and depicted in 16 colorful panels by artist Michael Di Motta. This play is based on TRUE EVENTS that took place in Manhattan during 1926-1929 when actress-playwright Mae West suffered a social injustice and endured a lengthy court trial, a jail term, and enormous fines as well as legal fees. Discovering New York City history during the Roaring 20s has never been so entertaining. No "reality TV" show can compare to these episodes in Mae West's life, long-forgotten and about to be placed on view. DiMotta's sketches are based on archival photos.

Why: to commemorate the February 9, 1927 arrest and incarceration of Mae West that took place in this very location when the building was a courthouse and jail and also to announce a staged reading of the play "Courting Mae West" at 8 PM on February 9, 2005 at C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center [365 Fifth Avenue, NYC 10016].

Admission: free and open to the public.

Information: 212-243-4334.

Public transportation: IND E, F, D, A, C trains to West Fourth Street station.
From New Jersey: P.A.T.H. to the 9th Street station. [Library is across the street.]

Media & Sponsors & "Angels" & Invited Guests only:
January 17th Roaring 20s-theme press party with 1920s cocktails and menu by celebrity chef Stephen Lyle in a former Village speakeasy and co-hosted by Mae West.

RSVP: Fax on your publication's letterhead: 212-533-4073.
Confirmed media members and press photographers will get an email with the
speakeasy's secret knock + password by Jan. 16th. Invitation is non-transferable.

Come Up and See Mae - - at the library during the month of January and also at CUNY Graduate Center [365 Fifth Avenue, NYC] at 8:00 PM on Feb. 9th, 2005.
Discovering New York City's 1920s history has never been so entertaining.
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