Archive for the ‘Old-Timey’ Category

The Sportsball Song

Oct
17

Being neither a patriot nor a sports fan, I’ve always wondered why people sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a game. As it turns out, they just like it.

The story has it that the melody for “The Star-Spangled Banner” came …

The Apache Dance

Oct
10

Picture a choreographed West Side Story Jets vs. Sharks rumble in late Belle Époque Paris and you have the Apache Dance.

Les Apaches were violent young gangsters with a sense of panache. Think of them in cap, neckerchief and a …

Cuphead: Devilish Deal Done

Sep
26

After years of delays, Cuphead the videogame that looks like a vintage 1930s cartoon comes out on September 29, 2017.

Imagine being able to play a surreal Max Fleischer cartoon. Cuphead, the animated star of the game, must pay …

A Pox on Tom Dooley

Mar
28

Hang down your head, Tom Dooley

Hang down your head and cry

Hang down your head, Tom Dooley

Poor boy, you’re bound to die

In the American murder ballad “Tom Dooley,” Tom’s hanging head takes on a different connotation when …

Build a Diddley Bow

Feb
28

It’s not difficult to build a diddley bow, or one-stringed guitar. I saw a video of Jack Black making and playing one and thought, “I want to do that!”

Here are the materials, most of which I picked up at …

Lockport’s Great Midwestern Ballyhoo

Sep
20

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Lockport’s Great Midwestern Ballyhoo, their Summer Art Series, wraps up their third annual Steampunk Weekend on September 24th and 25th, 2016. There will be a music fest, high tea, popup shopping and a scavenger hunt.

The music fest features …

A Weekend to Remember!

Jul
28

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The dance card for the weekend segueing July into August 2015 is booking up quickly! Just look at the itinerary of things to do.

Eli August

Thursday July 30: Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings play Martyr’s with Spears & Gears and …

Mid-July Mirth

Jul
14

 

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Heavens to Betsy! Have I failed to mention the games and activities that are available at the July Steampunk Tea Party?

The Geek Bar offers game rentals. There are $1 dice games, $1 card games and $2 board …

African Steam Safari via Luxury Train

Jan
26

141106161010-rovos-rail-steam-safari-horizontal-galleryThere’s hardly anything more old-timey than booking a cabin and enjoying the journey of an old steam train. All aboard to Africa for Rovos Rail’s luxury steam excursions! Traverse throughout the continent on your own personal safari, but leave your …

A Victorian Mansion Christmas

Dec
02

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Silver and gold means so much more when I see silver and gold decorations in 19th century Gilded Age mansions. Fortunately, the Chicago area has several of these architectural representations with holiday events.

Downtown, the Dreihaus Museum (40 E …