In this episode we lay out the oddest, largest and most grand instruments ever created. You will hear instruments made of lightning, fire, giant caves and delicate glass. Here are ten strange instruments.
The Curioso Podcast celebrates their second annual live show with an homage to island and Tiki culture. This themed evening hosted by Christopher Scarborough and Joe Taylor, boasts a cavalcade of fantastic performances. Gaze upon the lovely visage of Lady Rockwell as she transports you to a luau with her burlesque stylings. Louisa Hall brings her aggressive joyfulness through the strings of her ukulele. See the hula hooping gyrations of the lovely Liz Christmas. Become transfixed by stunt entertainer and anatomical wonder Dangerous D in his first East Coast performance since appearing in AMC’s Freakshow and America’s Got Talent.
Robert Ripley has left behind a massive legacy all tied to the words Believe it or Not! He has had his hand in cartooning newspapers, hosting radio and television shows and of course his many Odditoriums around the world. Ripley traveled the word collecting oddities and stories to display them to the masses. During this episode we speak with Nora the regional manager for the Maryland Ripley’s Odditoriums. She is a lifelong Ripley fan, as are we and we a great time discussing his early life as a sports champion, his travels and his harem. Robert Ripley wore many hats in his day and even owned his own private island. This episode was recorded inside of the Baltimore location which we toured directly after.
From spiritualism to demonic possession and creepy sleepovers the spirit board or talking board has a long and sorted past. Some use the Ouija to talk to angles, spirits or their own subconscious. Although the visual ascetics might change from board to board the components of yes, no, the alphabet and numbers as well as the sun and moon generally stay the same. The planchette or “little plank” is of course used to roam around the board at your fingertips giving you messages from beyond. So if you’re deciding if you should listen to this episode the Ouija points to “Yes”.
Vaudeville was the most popular form of American entertainment from its rise in the 1880s through 1930s. It played much the same a role in people’s lives that radio and later television would for later generations. Many early radio, television and film stars began as vaudeville performers. It was variety entertainment, consisting of a diverse series of short acts. The acts ranged from singing groups, animal acts, comedians, contortionists, magicians to short musical plays. Very rarely freaks or sideshow acts were performed.
Hot and Bothered
Mentioned in this Episode:
“Everything I know I learned in vaudeville.” -James Cagney
Vaudeville & Burlesque History & Lingo
Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection (1940)
No Applause–Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous