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DC Building Museum Takes Summer Vibes to Whole New Level

Imagine a giant green lawn that offers hammocks, lounging areas, refreshments and lawn games – a perfect summer place to unwind and enjoy the season. Now the National Building Museum in Washington has taken these summer vibes to a whole level in an unusual, new installation. Maxim Moskalkov has more.

B.B. King’s ‘Lucille’ Guitar Going up for Auction

Her name was “Lucille,” and in B.B. King’s hands she gave voice to the “King of the Blues.”Julien’s Auctions announced Tuesday that King’s black Gibson ES-345 prototype guitar is among the items from his estate that will go up for bid on Sept. 21.Julien’s says Gibson gave King the instrument for his 80th birthday. The headstock has “B.B. King 80” and a crown inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The guitar is estimated to be worth $80,000 to $100,000.The guitar was not the first to bear the name. The story goes that King first used that moniker for a guitar he rescued from a fire while he was playing an Arkansas club in 1949. The blaze broke out as two men fought over a woman, and the musician narrowly escaped death after he went back into the club to save his guitar, the auction house said.When King learned the woman’s name was Lucille, he named his guitar after her “to remind himself to never fight over a woman or run into a burning building,” the auction house said.The National Medal of Arts that President George H.W. Bush presented to King in 1990 is also up for auction. So are his touring van, jewelry and clothing.The 15-time Grammy winner was 89 when he died in 2015.

DC Building Museum Invites Visitors to it’s Giant Indoor Lawn

Imagine a giant green lawn that offers hammocks, lounging areas, refreshments and lawn games – a perfect summer place to unwind and enjoy the season. Now the National Building Museum in Washington has taken these summer vibes to a whole level in an unusual, new installation. Maxim Moskalkov has more.

Pitt, DiCaprio and Robbie Reconcile a Changing Hollywood

Once upon a time, not too far from Hollywood, two of the world’s biggest movie stars were talking about what it’s like to screw up on set.  “Messing up the lines in front of the entire cast and crew?” Leonardo DiCaprio said.  “It’s the going to school in your underwear nightmare.””It’s awful,” Brad Pitt chimed in. “When a scene’s not working. When YOU’RE not working in a scene…It goes beyond not being able to get the lines. You have 100 people there who are all ready to get on with their day and get home.”DiCaprio hasn’t exactly had to resort to dunking his head in ice water after a too-late and too-fun night out, as his actor character does in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.”But Pitt? “Oh I’ve done that,” he laughed.The two actors, who skyrocketed to fame around the same time more than a quarter century ago, have joined forces for the first time in a major motion picture to take on their own industry, their own town and even their own egos in a time of great change — 1969 Hollywood. Out nationwide Friday, it’s also reunited them with Quentin Tarantino.Once known only as “Tarantino’s Manson Movie,” the actual film is something very different. Manson is a character, as are his most notorious followers. And of course, Sharon Tate is depicted too and played by Margot Robbie. But as with most Tarantino movies, it’s not exactly what you think.FILE – Margot Robbie at the photo call for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in Los Angeles, July 11, 2019.”The best of what 1969 had to offer you kind of experience through Sharon,” Robbie said.Like going to the Playboy Mansion with Mama Cass and go-go dancing the night away. Or rolling up to a movie theater to check out your latest matinee and getting a free ticket because you’re on the poster.”She kind of represented the arms open, doors open sort of policy,” she added. “After 1969 and after her death, things kind of changed in Hollywood and people closed their doors and shut the gates.”The light and the dark of the imminent end of the ’60s is the backdrop to what is otherwise a classic star-driven two-hander. “Once Upon a Time…” is awash in nostalgia, showbiz lore (and cameos), wistfulness and Tarantino-wit that allows DiCaprio, as a past his prime television cowboy in a moment of crippling self-doubt, and Pitt, as his devoted stuntman, to do what they do best: Charm.”I don’t think you can completely act that kind of dynamic,” Pitt said.The change happening in Hollywood around 1969 led to many on-set discussions of what was going on at the time with the new batch of filmmakers upending the establishment and leaving room for the Coppolas and the Scorseses to break in.”The ‘take and wait,'” Pitt said. “Like, we’ll get the take but we’re getting through this story.” Tarantino does that often.It also made them all reflect on their own industry at the moment, where streaming is disrupting the old ways but once again ushering in new voices. As producers, Pitt, DiCaprio and Robbie all find it exciting.  “What’s incredible is this wealth of talent from writers to directors to actors that are getting opportunities now. It’s quite extraordinary,” Pitt said. “You see that we’re not so special.”DiCaprio is even a little jealous to see some “out of the box ideas” and “really ballsy storytelling” that he tried and failed to get made just a decade ago now not only being financed, but made at a high quality too.”There’s so many more opportunities,” Robbie added. “I’m very grateful to be playing roles in this day and age than perhaps when Sharon was.”But it’s not lost on them that they all happen to be promoting a “a big budget art piece like this,” as DiCaprio called it, from one of the major studios whose future is going to depend on people actually going to see films like “Once Upon a Time…” in a movie theater.”Hopefully it becomes like a concert experience,” DiCaprio said. “People want to get together on the Friday night and feel the energy of the crowd and the excitement of a movie coming out that they’ve been anticipating rather than the isolation of being home. Hopefully that’s not lost in the sauce, because that’s half the fun of it, right?””Once Upon a Time…” is Tarantino’s ninth film, and, according to him, his second to last.Pitt and DiCaprio believe him too.”I always imagined it as his little box set that he wants to just hang up on the wall and that’s it,” DiCaprio said. “That completes the Tarantino, you know, cinematic experience.””The Tarantino 10,” Pitt added.As with many button-pushing Tarantino projects, “Once Upon a Time…” has been at the center of a few heated public discussions, including the morality of making a movie about Tate and Manson, and the casting of Emile Hirsch, who in 2015 pleaded guilty to assaulting a female studio executive at Sundance.Then there was that tense moment at the Cannes Film Festival press conference where a reporter asked why Robbie’s character has so few lines and Tarantino curtly responded that he rejected the hypothesis.Tarantino declined to be interviewed for this article. But his response touched a nerve culturally.”He’s an incredibly unique filmmaker,” DiCaprio said. “And whatever choices he makes, he’s one of those rare filmmakers in this industry that has retained the right to say, ‘This is a piece of art that I’m going to give to the world. And this is what this character represents, and this is what this character represents. And it’s my piece of work’… That’s why we consistently want to work with somebody like that.”It’s clear his actors are in awe of him and what he brings to their art form. It’s the kind of admiration that can result in two true movie stars talking like fans.”You know he’s got a four-hour cut of this?” Pitt said excitedly.
 
“Yeah,” DiCaprio responded. “I’m still waiting to see the four-hour cut of ‘Django.'”

All Aboard America’s Oldest Operating Railroad

Coal-fired steam train number 90 takes off on the Strasburg Rail Road, spewing black smoke as its big wheels turn and clank on the tracks. The powerful locomotive, built in 1924, pulls old fashioned wooden passenger cars, as it takes tourists on a 45 minute ride through tranquil farms in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.“I like the train,” said a little boy who was staring at the huge locomotive.The Strasburg Rail Road keeps the feeling of yesteryear alive.“We really desire for people to experience early 20th Century steam railroading, like they would have back then,” said Station Master, Steve Barall.Coal-powered trains worked the rails in the United States for 175 years, starting in the 1830’s, and were an integral part of America’s westward expansion and industrial revolution.The Strasburg Rail Road is the oldest operating railroad in the United States. Founded in 1832, it is known as a short line and is only seven kilometers long. Short lines connected passengers and goods to a main line that traveled to bigger cities.“Back then this was Strasburg’s connection to the outside world,” explained Barrall.The railroad does not have any of the original trains. It currently operates five steam engines and the largest fleet of historic wooden passenger coaches.Passengers can pay to sit in an open air car with wooden seats, or a luxurious first class accommodation with windows, dark green velvet chairs and polished wood walls. It reflects the opulence some people could afford during the era.The locomotive actually travels in reverse for the first part of the trip and then is uncoupled at the end of the line. Then it is re-coupled at the opposite end of the train for the return trip. The trains travel up to 40 kilometers per hour.Trains travel through timeHusband and wife Robert and Carol said the trip reminded them of the allure of steam train travel.“Trains are such a (part of the) fabric of this country, in fact a lot of nations in the world, so it’s nice to go back and see how the trains operated,” Robert said. “It was fun to feel the sway back and forth and the slow pace,” his wife added.“It’s fun and I enjoy it because the scenery is so different,” remarked rider Polly Campbell. “Just takes you way back in time,” said Campbell who is in her 80’s.Another gateway to the past is the nearby Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.  It is one of the largest U.S. train museums that focus on the story of railroading in the northeast with collections from the 1830’s to the present day.“We have around 100 pieces of full-size railroad equipment, passenger cars, steam locomotives, and freight cars,” said Patrick Morrison, the director of the museum. “But we also have smaller objects like tools, tickets, uniforms that were worn by railroaders, and dining car china and silver.”He said the big steam locomotives captivate people as much today as they did in the past when bystanders watched them pull out of the station.“Just the idea of something that powerful pulling many freight and passenger cars, it always fascinated folks.”So did the caboose at the back of the train which onlookers waved at as the train passed by.  At the Red Caboose Motel, which passengers can view from the steam train, guests can stay in 38 cabooses, a baggage car, and a mail car from the 20th century that were converted into rooms.“It’s almost like sleeping in a museum,” owner Tyler Prickett said. “This is the largest caboose motel, the largest privately owned collection of cabooses in the country, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.”Keeping the nostalgia of the old trains alive.“Historically, what we want people to take away from their stay is the importance of railroads in building America,” said Prickett. “I think the train is amazing. It’s fun watching the scenery go by,” said 11-year-old Richard Prindle who was enthralled after his first ride on a steam train.

‘Avatar’ and ‘Avengers’ Trade Compliments as ‘Endgame’ Becomes Box-office Champ

Director James Cameron on Monday handed over the baton for the biggest box-office movie of all time to the makers of “Avengers: Endgame” after it ended the 10-year record of “Avatar.”The Marvel Studios superhero movie “Avengers: Endgame” at the weekend overtook the $2.789 billion record set by Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi film “Avatar” to bring its global total to $2.790 billion, according to box-office data.”I see you, Marvel,” Cameron tweeted, using a greeting in the Na’vi language featured in “Avatar” over a graphic of Iron Man surrounded by Pandoran woodsprites.”Congratulations to Avengers: Endgame on becoming the new box-office king,” the director added.James Cameron talks with his crew in front of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER following testing of the submersible in Jervis Bay, south of Sydney, Australia.”Endgame,” released in theaters worldwide in April and featuring more than 20 superheroes, is the culmination of a story told in 22 Marvel films that have drawn crowds to cinemas for a decade.Joe Russo, left, and Anthony Russo participate in a conversation with the Russo Brothers on day two of Comic-Con International, July 19, 2019, in San Diego.Directors Anthony and Joe Russo on Monday returned the compliment to Cameron.”You’re a monumental reason why we fell in love with film in the first place. Thank you for always inspiring us and opening the world’s eyes to what’s possible.  We can’t wait to see where you take us next,” the brothers said to Cameron on Twitter.Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told fans at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday that “Endgame” probably would eventually lose its box-office king title to Cameron’s next film.Cameron is scheduled to release four “Avatar” sequels starting in December 2021. Disney this year acquired the “Avatar” franchise with its purchase of film and TV assets from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.The top three all-time biggest box-office movies are now “Avengers: Endgame,” “Avatar” and “Titanic.”

Pioneering Native American Author Honored with Peace Prize

A Native American author whose writings have highlighted his indigenous culture is this year’s winner of a lifetime achievement award celebrating literature’s power to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.Dayton Literary Peace Prize officials selected novelist, poet and essayist N. Scott Momaday for the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. It’s named for the late U.S. diplomat who brokered the 1995 Bosnia peace accords reached in Ohio.A Kiowa Indian, Momaday earned the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for fiction with “House Made of Dawn,” about a young man returning to his Kiowa pueblo after serving in the U.S. Army. His 1968 book has been credited with leading a renaissance in Native American literature .Born in 1934, Momaday grew up on reservations in the southwestern United States, where his parents were teachers.He drew from Kiowa history and folk lore for “The Way to Rainy Mountain” in 1969 and wrote about the influence of ancestors and traditions in his early life in “The Names: A Memoir” in 1976.Sharon Rab, founder and chairwoman of the peace prize foundation, said Momaday’s work shows the “power of ritual, imagination, and storytelling” to produce peace through intercultural understanding and that it honors and safeguards “the storytelling traditions of our nation’s indigenous communities.”Momaday said in a statement that peace is the objective of human evolution, and literature is the measure.“The history of human experience is in many ways a history of dysfunction and conflict, and literature, because it is an accurate record of that history, reflects not only what is peaceful, but what is the universal hope and struggle for peace,” he said. “Literature and peace are at last indivisible. They form an equation that is the definition of art and humanity.”The award carries a $10,000 prize. Previous winners include Studs Terkel, Taylor Branch, John Irving, Gloria Steinem, and Elie Wiesel.This year’s awards gala will be Nov. 3, when Momaday will be joined by the 2019 winners of awards for fiction and nonfiction who will be announced Sept. 17. 

1960s Prankster Paul Krassner, Who Named Yippies, Dies at 87

Paul Krassner, the publisher, author and radical political activist on the front lines of 1960s counterculture who helped tie together his loose-knit prankster group by naming them the Yippies, died Sunday in Southern California, his daughter said. Krassner died at his home in Desert Hot Springs, Holly Krassner Dawson told The Associated Press. He was 87 and had recently transitioned to hospice care after an illness, Dawson said. She didn’t say what the illness was. The Yippies, who included Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman and were otherwise known as the Youth International Party, briefly became notorious for such stunts as running a pig for president and throwing dollar bills onto the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Hoffman and Rubin, but not Krassner, were among the so-called “Chicago 7” charged with inciting riots at 1968’s chaotic Democratic National Convention. By the end of the decade, most of the group’s members had faded into obscurity. But not Krassner, who constantly reinvented himself, becoming a public speaker, freelance writer, stand-up comedian, celebrity interviewer and author of nearly a dozen books. “He doesn’t waste time,” longtime friend and fellow counterculture personality Wavy Gravy once said of him. “People who waste time get buried in it. He keeps doing one thing after another.”He interviewed such celebrity acquaintances as authors Norman Mailer and Joseph Heller and the late conservative pundit Andrew Breitbart. The latter, like other conservatives, said that although he disagreed with everything Krassner stood for, he admired his sense of humor. An advocate of unmitigated free speech, recreational drug use and personal pornography, Krassner’s books included such titles as Pot Stories For The Soul'' andPsychedelic Trips for the Mind,” and he claimed to have taken LSD with numerous celebrities, including comedian Groucho Marx, LSD guru Timothy Leary and author Ken Kesey. He also published several books on obscenity, some with names that can’t be listed here. Two that can are In Praise of Indecency: Dispatches From the Valley of Porn'' and "Who's to Say What's Obscene: Politics, Culture & Comedy in America Today.'' For his autobiography, Krassner chose the title, "Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counterculture,'' using a phrase taken from an angry letter to the editor of a magazine that had once published a favorable profile of him. "To classify Krassner as a social rebel is far too cute,'' the letter writer said. "He's a nut, a raving, unconfined nut.''What he really was, Krassner told The Associated Press in 2013, was a guy who enjoyed making people laugh, although one who brought a political activist's conscience to the effort. In this May 7, 2009, file photo, author, comedian and co-founder of the Yippie party as well as stand-up satirist, Paul Krassner, 77, poses for a photo at his home in Desert Hot Springs, Calif.He noted proudly that in the early 1960s, when abortion was illegal in almost every state, he ran an underground abortion referral service for women. "That really was a turning point in my life because I had morphed from a satirist into an activist,'' he said. His original career choice, however, had been music. A child prodigy on the violin, he performed at Carnegie Hall at age 6. Later he all but gave up the instrument, only occasionally playing it as a joke during lectures or comedy routines. "I only had a technique for playing the violin, but I had a real passion for making people laugh,'' he would say. After studying journalism at New York's Baruch College, Krassner went to work for Mad Magazine before founding the satirical counterculture magazine The Realist in 1958. He continued to publish it periodically into the 1980s. For a time in the 1950s, he also appeared on the stand-up comedy circuit. There, he would meet his mentor, Lenny Bruce, the legendary outlaw comic who pushed free speech to its limits with routines filled with obscenities and sexual innuendo that sometimes landed him in jail. Krassner interviewed Bruce for Playboy Magazine in 1959 and edited the comedian's autobiography, "How To Talk Dirty and Influence People.'' When the counterculture arrived in earnest in the '60s, Krassner was working as a comedian, freelance writer, satirist, publisher, celebrity interviewer and occasional creator of soft-core pornography. To mark the death of Walt Disney in 1966, he published a colorful wall poster showing Disney cartoon characters engaging in sex acts. When he and other anti-war activists, free-speech advocates and assorted radicals began to plot ways to promote their causes, Krassner said he soon realized they would need a clever name if they wanted to grab the public's attention. "I knew that we had to have a `who' for the `who, what, where, when and why' that would symbolize the radicalization of hippies for the media,'' Krassner, who co-founded the group, told the AP in 2009.So I started going through the alphabet: Bippie, Dippie, Ippie, Sippie. I was about to give up when I came to Yippie.” As one of the last surviving Yippies, he continued to write prolifically up until his death, his daughter said. His newest book, “Zapped by the God of Absurdity,” will be released later this year. And he recently wrote the introduction for an upcoming book about his old friend Abbie Hoffman, Dawson said. Krassner also had hoped to publish his first novel, a mystery whose protagonist is a crime-solving comedian modeled after Lenny Bruce. He got so into the story, Krassner once said, that he began to believe he was channeling Bruce’s spirit. That ended, however, when the spirit reminded his old friend one day that Krassner was an atheist. “He said to me, ‘Come on, you don’t even believe that (expletive),”’ Krassner recalled with a laugh. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Cain; brother, George; daughter, Holly Krassner Dawson; and one grandchild.