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Vesta: Worcester's Wonder of the Music Halls By Chris Jaeger
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Vesta Tilley was a remarkable woman. Born in Worcester in 1864, the second oldest child of thirteen, she started her performing career at the age of three and went on to be one of the greatest stars... More > of the Music Hall, always appearing on stage dressed as a man. She was a major star on both sides of the Atlantic, becoming very wealthy in the process. She performed at the first ever Royal Variety Performance, at which the Queen covered her eyes in embarrassment at the way Vesta was dressed. When she retired from ‘the boards’, she was presented with a thank-you petition signed by nearly two million people. Vesta is a one-woman show about the one of the greatest entertainers of all time. It includes 12 of her songs and goes to the very heart of both the woman and the performer. It is a fascinating rags-to-riches story about one of the least-known entertainment ‘megastars’ this country has ever produced.< Less
PICASSO LESSONS: The Sixth Woman of Les Demoiselles d'Avignon [Third Edition*] By JEF7REY HILDNER
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2007 MARKED THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY of Pablo Picasso's painting Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. The Demoiselles triggered the invention of Cubism and ignited an artistic revolution. Form broke free.... More > Abstraction erupted. In this short essay, architect/painter Jef7rey Hildner revisits Picasso's landmark canvas, x-rays its organizing principles, and discovers new . . . Picasso lessons. JEF7REY HILDNER is an architect, a painter, and a writer. Author of Daedalus 9, Garches 1234, and Henry Trucks—Painter, his award-winning work and his essays on the theory and practice of art appear in a wide range of publications, including Journal of Architectural Education and Global Architecture Houses. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Princeton University.< Less
That Hideous Thing By Ran Cartwright
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A collection of Lovecraftian horror from supervolcanoes to the London blitz...
MISFITZ BECAUSE: What Doesn't Belong—and Why? Mind-Teasers! By Eliot Plum
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What doesn’t fit and why? Nationals, Blackhawks, Rays, Astros. —Not so tough. ANSWER? Blackhawks, because the other teams play Major League Baseball, but the Chicago Blackhawks play in... More > the National Hockey League. OK, try this one: cucumber, tomato, radish, avocado. —A little harder, right? ANSWER? Radish, because the others are botanical fruits (they have seeds) that we treat as culinary vegetables, but a seedless radish is a root vegetable. But most of the mind-puzzlers in this fun book don’t test your knowledge of special-area facts or trivia—your “vertical thinking.” Nope. Most of the puzzles in this book test what Edward de Bono calls “lateral thinking”: your ability to think creatively—to leap outside the box. Take this example: poker, chess, skate, score. —ANSWER? You'll have to get the book!< Less