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Studio 54: The Legend

Text by Anthony Haden-Guest .Concept and additional text by Anthony Haden-Guest .Photographs by Felice Quinto

te Neues Publishing Co.,New York 1997,144 pp.,paperback

euro 160,00*

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If the 1970s was a decade of heedless optimism, then Studio 54 was its glittering epicenter. During its reign as New York’s number one hot spot to see and be seen, it was the place where paparazzi mingled with celebrity, where high-brow danced with low-brow, where pop art and fine art talked into the wee hours of the morning. In this stunning and evocative volume, renowned Italian photographer Felice Quinto captures the energy, the giddiness, the chaos, and the craziness of the place Vanity Fair named “the greates club of all time.”

The flamboyant and hedonistic days of Studio 54, the iconic 1970s discothèque are remembered here in this collection of photographs taken by Felice Quinto where celebrities and socialites fill the pages of this fabulous book, as they did the club. The many black and white photographs are accompanied by writings from Quinto himself, Niels Kumner and Anthony Guest-Haden.  

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In a Washington Post op-ed just prior to Erdogan’s visit, Gulen wrote, “The Turkey that I once knew as a hope-inspiring country on its way to consolidating its democracy and a moderate form of secularism has become the dominion of a president who is doing everything he can to amass power and subjugate dissent.”

No wonder Erdogan wants Gulen extradited to Turkey, where he would probably face certain death. So far at least, we have refused to do so. Meanwhile, as Erdogan looked on, his security detail viciously beat protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington.

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On This Day: May 4
  • 1886: Haymarket riot in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1895: Premier of French anarchist Jean Grave’s journal Les Temps Nouveaux.
  • 1916: Joseph Plunkett, William Pearse, Edward Daly, Michael O'Hanrahan are executed by the British for his role in the Irish Easter Uprising.
  • 1919: Kinmel Park Riots by Canadian soldiers in Wales due to delays in repatriation. Up to 15,000 troops involved.
  • 1919: Peking students’ protest; start of May 4th Movement.
  • 1919: Battle of the Barricades on Fremantle, Australia waterfront. Wharf laborers, strikebreakers & police clash. One is killed and 33 injured.
  • 1926: The first day of the British General Strike.
  • 1931: Start of the Harlan County coal miners’ strike in Kentucky. The song “Which Side Are You On?” written about events .
  • 1937: General strike in Barcelona.
  • 1961: Freedom Riders: Civil Rights activists travel on public buses and trains across the American South to personally confront and challenge segregation.
  • 1970: The Angry Brigade bombed the US Embassy in London.
  • 1970: Kent State shootings. The fatal shooting of 4 unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard.
  • 1986: The Australian Anarchist Centenary Celebrations ends.
  • 1998: Ukraine strike by coal miners over unpaid wages.
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Aries: Pete Holmes, Wyatt Cenac, Tommy Johnagin, Tig Notaro, Eric André, Tom Segura, Russell Howard, Keegan-Michael Key, Andy Daly,

Taurus: John Oliver, Dan Cummins, Jerry Seinfeld, Stephen Colbert,

Gemini: Demetri Martin, Mike Birbiglia, Daniel Tosh, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr,

Cancer: Jim Gaffigan, Kevin Hart, Robin Williams, Colton Dunn, Eddie Griffin, Gabriel Iglesias,

Leo: Andy Samberg, Bo Burnham, Rory Scovel, Matt Braunger,

Virgo: Kyle Cease, John Mulaney, Louis C.K., Leslie Jones, Chris Tucker, Jen Kirkman, Jimmy Carr, Billy Eichner, Whitney Cummings,

Libra: Nick Swardson, Brian Regan, Donald Glover, Marc Maron, Zach Galifianakis,

Scorpio: Kathy Griffin, Mike Epps,

Sagittarius: Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, Andy Dick, Richard Pryor,

Capricorn: Jim Carrey, Steve Harvey, Anthony Jeselnik, Kate McKinnon,

Aquarius: Hannibal Buress, Chris Rock, Ari Shaffir, Patton Oswalt, Jim Jefferies,

Pisces: Dane Cook, D. L. Hughley, Chelsea Peretti, Jordan Peele, Trevor Noah, Kumail Nanjiani,   

Feel free to add on other comedians I might of forgotten or just don’t know about!

April Fools!

Holy cow. Thanks to all of you who came out for our April Fools’ Fun-Around! It was a messy, silly, fun night full of FUN and WHIMSY! Thanks to Julie at front of house, everyone at Largo at the Coronet, Type 55 Films, Cayenne Chris Conroy, and the patient, awesome Andy Paley Orchestra: Andy Paley, Becky Ward, and “Spooky” Jonathan Dinerstein!

Thanks to our director Aaron Ginsburg (who had a relatively easy night) and to Ben Acker & Ben Blacker for creating and producing the show.

We had a crazy and fun mix of performers last night, some of whom are WorkJuice Players and some of whom had never even seen the show. All performed memorably and wonderfully, and thanks to all of them:

Autumn Reeser, Annie Savage, Hal Lublin, Craig Cackowski, Busy Philipps, Marc Evan Jackson, John Ross Bowie, Michael McMillian, Lauren Lapkus, Janet Varney (so sorry you couldn’t stay!), Andy Daly, Mark McConville, Ben Schwartz, Felicia Day, John Hodgman,

and our host and ringmaster, the intergalactic instigator, Paul F. Tompkins.

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