Friday, September 03, 2010

Mae West: Lancaster County Show

MAE WEST spent time in Pennsylvania being creative, which included finding collaborators. One very accommodating individual was C. William Morganstern, the former proprietor of Pittsburgh’s Family Theater, where a teenage Mae had performed in 1912. In 1926, in exchange for his assuming the responsibilities of producer of "Sex," his daughter Constance Morganstern was cast in this Broadway play as Marie.
• • Creative women such as the Brooklyn bombshell will be the subject of a First Friday exhibit at the Lancaster Literary Guild — — taking place on 3 September 2010 from 5:00 — 9:00 PM in Pennsylvania.
• • Lebanon County artist Teri Traner was invited by the guild to do this show centered on 17 assemblages that link an eclectic group — — including Virginia Woolf, Flannery O'Connor, Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Frieda Kahlo, Georgia O'Keefe, Mata Hari, Annie Oakley, Janis Joplin, Emily Dickinson, along with a triptych of Mae West, Jean Harlow, and Marilyn Monroe. Teri Traner's work will be on display for an entire month. Viewers will enjoy how she combines objects, images, and words in startling and provocative ways to explore cultural icons, femininity, and mythology.
• • WHERE: Lancaster Literary Guild, 113 N. Lime Street , Lancaster, PA 17602; T. (717) 431-4433. The exhibition and its events are free and open to the public.
• • The West Sisters on West End Avenue • •
• • According to Christopher Gray: The most ambitious town house still standing on West End Avenue is No. 266, between 72nd and 73rd, built in 1896 by Julius Jaros, an importer. "It is sometimes said that Mae West occupied the house for a time with her sister, Beverly, who is indeed listed there in a 1933 directory," Christopher Gray writes in his most current Streetscapes column: "West End Avenue — — Three Apples of Somebody’s Eye"; The N.Y. Times; 2 September 2010. Though his feature will not tell you much more about Mae and Beverly's tenancy there, it's worth looking at if you have an interest in Manhattan's architectural past.

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