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Dan Soda (Windy City Operaman) is a Chicago native whose first visit to opera was at age 17 and Massenet’s Werther with Troyanos and Kraus. Nothing was ever the same. Opera and concert performances, recordings and video are an obsession. He prepares Parterre Box’s daily birthday and anniversary tributes. He also enjoys concerts, live theater and movies.

Let’s Carl the whole thing Orff

Born on this day in 1895 composer Carl OrffRead more »

Nobody indiscreet can find us

Born on this day very early indeed in the 20th century authoress Barbara CartlandRead more »

July song

Happy 66th birthday actress Angelica HustonRead more »

The worker of the world has nothing to lose but his chains

Happy 70th birthday to long-time Village Person David Hodo.

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Born on this day circa 1910 soprano Dorothy Kirsten.

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“Life is a horizontal fall”

Born on this day in 1889 writer, filmmaker and designer Jean Cocteau.

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“Win or lose, we go shopping after the election”

Happy 88th birthday to former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos.

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You have to be taught to be second class; you’re not born that way

Born on this day in 1917 singer and actress Lena Horne.

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“The one thing that matters is the effort”

Born on this day in 1900 writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

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“I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch”

On this day in 1946 actress Gilda Radner was born.

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