Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mae West: The Ravens of Mae

Move over, chickadee, because an eagle-eyed Washington painter has nested his latest exhibition in the welcoming bosom of MAE WEST.  When you visit “The Ravens of Mae” at Raven Rocks — — yes, this display is online for you Mae-mavens and armchair travelers to enjoy now — — you will notice the screen siren's witticisms inspired each canvas. Fly off and see it.
• • Artist Windwalker Taibi said,  "One of the wittiest and socially edgiest women of her age, Mae West brought humor and insight during a time when America could use a laugh.  Come enjoy this lighter side of art at Raven Rocks Gallery from May 3 through June 6, 2013."
• • WHAT: “The Ravens of Mae” painted by Windwalker Taibi 
• • WHERE: Raven Rocks Gallery: Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road C-101, Greenbank, WA 98253. Or visit online
• • Photo courtesy of Raven Rocks Gallery (at Greenbank Farm on Whidbey Island, Washington)
• • On Wednesday, 15 May 1935 in the N.Y. Mirror • •
• • "Back in 1909 I was playing as a single at the Canarsie Music Hall in Brooklyn on the Fox circuit . . . One day after my performance a swell-looking woman came around back stage and told me she had a daughter who was a comer.  She had seen my act, she said, and thought I could help her kid," Frank Wallace told the reporter from the New York Mirror.
• • The kid was a sweet 16-year-old brunette named Mae West. Frank and Mae immediately began rehearsing in the cellar of the West's Bushwick Avenue residence — — or so he claimed to recall (because city records for 1909 dispute that address).
• • On Saturday, 15 May 1948 • •
• • Mae West and Jim Timony boarded the ocean liner Queen Mary on Saturday, 15 May 1948 at Southampton, England for a return voyage to New York City, arriving in their home port on 19 May 1948.
• • On Friday, 15 May 1964 • •
• • Conservative Catholic publisher Martin Quigley owned the trade journals Motion Picture Daily and Motion Picture Herald.
• • Mae West was interviewed by journalist Martin J. Quigley for Motion Picture Herald. The article appeared in the Friday, 15 May 1964 issue of this popular fan magazine devoted to the doings (and the undoing) of the major screen stars.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Of course, when I do go out, I like to sweep up a few places."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • George Jean Nathan mentioned Mae West.
• • George Jean Nathan wrote:  In some cities "Tobacco Road" has been banned largely on the score of a scene in which a Georgia cracker girl indulges in amatory antics in order to inflame a man's libido. In one or two of the very same cities Mae West's similar antics in "Catherine Was Great" which led up to one of the dirtiest bedroom scenes ever seen on the American stage has not aroused a single moralist peep.  ...
• • Source: "The Theatre Book of the Year 1945-1946" [Foreword] by George Jean Nathan
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2649th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online:

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