It’s All About Armstrong at Queens Library…This Weekend and Always!
Louis Armstrong, the legendary jazz musician and longtime resident of Corona, Queens, bequeathed a huge legacy to the world, with much of it right at our fingertips, right here in our borough! This weekend Lincoln Center Local and Queens Library will be partnering to present “It’s All About Armstrong,” a free concert featuring Grammy Award-winning jazz historian Loren Schoenberg, giving you the opportunity to explore the wealth of creativity Armstrong has left us right now! Below, we’ve also highlighted additional ways you can get tuned into Armstrong through Queens Library.
This Saturday: On Saturday, September 8 at 2:30 p.m. at Queens Library at Peninsula, you’re invited to Lincoln Center Local’s “It’s All About Armstrong.” Join Grammy Award-winning jazz historian Loren Schoenberg and his young band of musicians, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem All Stars, for an adventure through the tunes of the world’s most beloved trumpeter. Admission is free. No ticket or preregistration required.
At Queens Library: Our collection includes dozens of books about Armstrong, books by Armstrong, musical scores by various composers as performed by Armstrong, dozens of CDs featuring Armstrong, and DVDs about the great Satchmo. Check out one or many!
Online: Hundreds of Louis Armstrong hits—including “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Mack the Knife,” and more—can be downloaded through Freegal, a free music downloading service you can take advantage of with Your Queens Library card. (Search for Louis Armstrong under artists.) You can download up to three free songs a week—and the tunes are yours to keep!
At Queens Library at East Elmhurst: Keeping jazz alive in Louis and Lucille Armstrong’s neighborhoods is one of the goals of this community library, home to a “mini archive” (pictured here) of Armstrong memorabilia, books, photos, and more. Special programming—available throughout the year—is also offered for all ages with the goal of celebrating jazz and Armstrong. Find the address of, directions to, hours of service for, and upcoming events at Queens Library at East Elmhurst.
Juxtaposing Vietnam’s incredible past and present.
Vietnamese photographer Khánh Hmoong combines visuals from two eras within one frame. By holding a superimposed photograph from the past over his chosen landscape, Hmoong merges two periods of time, juxtaposing their similarities and differences. Each photograph is meticulously aligned within its original destination, exposing the changes that have occurred in the area. The effects of time are visible through the environment’s shift in architecture, the people’s fashion choices, and the transformation in transportation - whether it be a modernization from horses to vehicles or simply from dated automotive models to modern design.
Regardless of location, comparing the past and present through images is always a fascinating look at history and change. Hmoong’s series reveals so much about the history of Vietnam without words and actually makes the viewer want to learn more.
Via My Modern Met.
I think it’s pretty neat.
August 19, 1944: The Battle for Paris begins.
After Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in June of 1944, the recapture of the French capital was actually not considered a task of high importance. A siege like that of Leningrad or a destructive city battle like Stalingrad would be too costly and too risky, especially to the civilians living in Paris; getting bogged down in Paris would keep the U.S. and British forces from reaching Berlin before the Soviet Union; and it was not of much real strategic importance - although as the cultural center of France and Europe’s most romantic city, its liberation would be a great symbolic event.
On August 19, resistance fighters, encouraged by reports of the approaching Allied forces, rose up against their German (and Vichy) rulers, forcing the Allies to reassess the Paris situation. At the urging of Charles de Gaulle, the French 2nd Armored Division and the American 4th Infantry Division entered the city and the battle a few days later, and together, they swept through the western and eastern halves of the city (apparently, the Americans demanded that the liberation force be all-white - so black French soldiers were excluded). Meanwhile, as the Allied forces approached, Hitler gave orders to Paris’s German military governor, Dietrich von Choltitz, to crush the city into “a field of ruins” should Germany’s enemies take it; Choltitz never carried out the task. Although his reason for directly defying the orders of Adolf Hitler was probably not his sense of honor, he saved Paris from destruction nevertheless.
On August 25, the city was officially liberated after four years of occupation.
Queen Victoria: “the Grandmother of Europe”
In all, Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, had nine children and forty-two grandchildren, thirty-four of whom survived to adulthood.
Princess Victoria (her daughter) and Frederick III of Germany, plus their son, Wilhelm II; Sophie (the Queen’s granddaughter through the younger Victoria) and Constantine I, Queen consort and King of the Hellenes…
King Edward VII (her eldest son) and his wife, Alexandra of Denmark, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark; their son, George V, who succeeded his father; Maud (a granddaughter through Edward) and Haakon VII, Queen consort and King of Norway.
… and finally, Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse, and his wife, Princess Alice (Victoria’s third eldest), and their son-in-law Tsar Nicholas II. The resemblance between the Tsar and George V (his cousin through their mothers) is often pointed out.
Also note that the three monarchs in the middle column, who all ruled during World War I, were first cousins (through marriage, in Wilhelm and Nicholas’s case).
Queen Elizabeth II is a great great granddaughter of Queen Victoria through her father, George VI; her husband, Prince Philip, is also a great great grandchild of Queen Victoria through his mother, Princess Alice of Battenburg. She and Philip, the King of Sweden, the Queen of Denmark, the King of Norway, and the King and Queen of Spain are all descendants of Victoria.
Foot binding was the custom of binding the feet of young girls painfully tight to prevent further growth. The practice likely originated among court dancers in the early Song dynasty, but spread to upper class families and eventually became common among all classes. In the poorer families of Canton in the late 19th century, for example, it was usual to bind the feet of the eldest daughter, who was intended to be brought up as a lady. Her large-footed sisters would grow up to be bond-servants or domestic slaves, and, when old enough, the concubines of rich men or the wives of laboring men. The tiny narrow feet were considered beautiful and to make a woman’s movements more feminine and dainty. Although reformers challenged the practice, it was not until the early 20th century that footbinding began dying out, partly from changing social conditions and partly as a result of anti-footbinding campaigns. Foot-binding resulted in lifelong disabilities for most of its subjects, and some elderly Chinese women still survive today with disabilities related to their bound feet.