inktober 2016: week one

“…and He Who Walks Behind The Rows did say, ‘I will send outlanders amongst you: a man and a woman. And these outlanders will be unbelievers and profaners of the holy.’”  — Isaac Well, here we go again! Inktober is upon us. While other online artists are attempting the “one drawing per day” challenge, I, …

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happy holidays 2015 from JPiC

My annual Christmas music compilation is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD at ge.tt or jumpshare.com for a limited time. This year, it’s a whopping 79 minutes worth of Christmas cacophony that’s sure to ruin your holiday celebration within seconds. You get 27 eclectic Christmas selections plus a custom full-color cover with track listings – all for you …

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from my sketchbook: patsy kelly

Twelve-year old Patsy Kelly made her show business debut as a vaudeville dancer. She eventually moved on to Broadway as a teenager until she landed a contract with producer Hal Roach. Young Patsy appeared in a series of popular shorts with Thelma Todd. Here, she honed her character of the wise-cracking sidekick. Patsy and Thelma …

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from my sketchbook: edwin geist

Edwin Geist taught and composed music and served as occasional conductor in his native Berlin in the early 1930s. However, when Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels founded the Reichsmusikkammer (The Reich Chamber of Music), Edwin’s music was declared “degenerate,” along with compositions by Debussy, Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, even Artie Shaw and Bennie Goodman. Banned from …

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from my sketchbook: james baskett

A one-time pharmacology student, James Baskett headed to New York City to become an actor. He joined Bill “Bojanges” Robinson and Louis Armstrong on Broadway in the all-black revue Hot Chocolates in 1929. When the musical Hummin’ Sam failed to open, James turned to motion pictures, with bit parts in comedies and horror films. He …

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from my sketchbook: sammi kane kraft

In 1976, Michael Ritchie directed a little family movie called The Bad News Bears. It starred Tatum O’Neal, fresh off her Oscar-winning performance in Paper Moon. Tatum played 11 year-old little league pitching whiz “Amanda Whurlitzer” who, begrudgingly, is recruited by alcoholic coach “Morris Buttermaker” (played by the always crusty Walter Matthau) for his bottom-of-the-barrel …

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