Happy to share this info about Marilyn Monroe, born on this day in 1926:
In the 50s, a popular nightclub, Mocambo, would not book Ella Fitzgerald because of her skin color.
___ “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” - Ella Fitzgerald
___ Lumonics is a performance space, gallery, sculpture studio, and art school based in Denver. It is among the first and longest-running light art studios in the US, beginning in 1967.
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Lumonics was honored to be one of ten Denver recipients of the #meowwolf DIY Grant in 2019, used to further the Lumonics School of Light Art. Instructor Marc Billard, co-director of Lumonics, passes on knowledge to the next generation of light artists and anyone wanting to stimulate his/her creativity. 1-session and 4-session classes begin every Saturday.
Vocational education classes are also offered.
The School is part of 7 Healing Stars, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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