Crisp fall days are w wonderful time to walk around and look at the leaves changing color, but sometimes the wind makes it a bit too chilly and you want to pop inside for a bit. How about a movie? Welcome to the Crystal Hall. This proto-movie theater entertained Union Square at the turn of the century. Each tiny machine pictured here provided you with a peek at a short film for the cost of a penny. This hall of amusements also featured other coin operated arcade games such as punching bags, a shooting gallery, and stationary bikes. Eventually a movie theater was installed in the building and for 5 cents you could see two reel “flickers”. Places like these were eventually pushed out of business by the advent of nickelodeons and movie theaters showing feature films. But, the Crystal Hall was gutted by a fire before being demolished and replaced by retail. . . . 220.127.116.118 Byron Company (New York, N.Y.) Building, Automatic Vaudeville & interiors (48 East 14th Street). DATE: ca. 1904 Interior of the Automatic Vaudeville theatre, 48 East 14th Street, N.Y.C.
“Plenty of Fighting Today”: The 9th Illinois at Shiloh by Keith Rocco
“Sent to reinforce the Union left, the 9th was told “There is going to be plenty of fighting today; there must be no cowards.” South of the Peach Orchard, the regiment was ordered to a tree-choked ravine, and found themselves in a race with Confederates for the same natural barrier. The 9th got there first… Confederate commander Albert Sidney Johnston remarked on the Illinois regiment’s stubborn stand as the Arkansas and 29th Tennessee joined the fight. Finally, renewed attacks collapsed the 12th and 15th Illinois on the 9th’s flanks, and with their dead and wounded thick on the ground, the regiment had to withdraw. The 9th suffered 103 killed and 258 wounded on Shiloh’s first day, one of the highest totals of the entire Civil War. Their 90-minute stand helped save Grant’s left, and prepared the way for the great Union counterattack the next day.”
The hit musical “Hamilton” has drawn widespread praise for its use of a diverse cast to explore American history. But a casting call seeking “nonwhite men and women” to audition for the show drew criticism from the union representing theater actors, prompting “Hamilton” to say Wednesday that it will amend its language to make clear that anyone is welcome to try out for the show.
The dispute is in some ways semantic — audition descriptions of many of the characters in “Hamilton,” as for other Broadway shows, often specify the race, gender and age range of the characters, and that is standard practice in the theater industry. But Actors’ Equity said that auditions should be open to anyone.
At the end of the day, the producers of “Hamilton” said that they would change the posting that had drawn criticism, to make it clear that people of all ethnicities are welcome to audition, but would not back away from the show’s commitment to hire a diverse cast. In a written statement, the producers said that they “regret the confusion that’s arisen from the recent posting of an open call casting notice for the show” but also that “it is essential to the storytelling of ‘Hamilton’ that the principal roles, which were written for nonwhite characters (excepting King George), be performed by nonwhite actors.”