In 1940, just as the stage was setting for the Second World War, Duke Ellington returned to the United States after a successful tour of Europe. Upon his return, he penned “Cottontail” and recorded it with his band on May 4, 1940.
As the film opens, the Wild Magnolias’ version of "Iko Iko/Brother John" is slowly pumping up the volume while the camera zooms in on close-ups of a chef’s hands expertly dicing up fennel fronds, zesting lemons, seasoning pots, and slicing up juicy fruit sections. It’s mouth watering and it’s funky and you know something tasty is getting ready to happen in “Chef” (2014).
“Autumn Leaves,” composed by Joseph Kosma and featuring lyrics by the French poet, Jacques Prevert, debuted as “Les Feuilles Mortes.” Yves Montand performed the song in the 1946 poetic realism film, Les Portes de la Nuit, a dark drama set in post-World War II Paris.
When did you last witness a total, super moon, blood red lunar eclipse in the early evening? If you cannot recall a specific time, do not feel lonely. For many, this alignment of rare occurrences will only happen once in a lifetime.
It's official, and just in time for the Great American Beer Festival. Portland-based writer Jeff Alworth has written "The Beer Bible" (2015, Workman Publishing, 644 pages). In Denver for the Great American Beer Festival, Alworth visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis."