Italian American Museum,
155 Mulberry Street,
New York City,
(at Grand St.) Subway: B or D to Grand Street; N, Q, J, Z to Canal Street
When they met in Detroit in August 1913, the 26-year-old was a vaudeville headliner, an accordionist and a composer who recorded for the Columbia label, a star who often earned $600 a week. Mae was a hopeful 19-year-old, a singing comedienne, who opened for larger acts. They fell in love, married, and developed a vaudeville routine together.
• • On Thursday, 16 August 2012 you will learn the untold story of Guido Deiro, born in Salto Canavese, Italy, and Mae West, born in Brooklyn, NY, who became his second wife and, eventually, a star on Broadway and in Hollywood motion pictures. Come and hear the music Guido Deiro composed for the Broadway show "Kismet
" and some of the other pieces that delighted Mae and his vaudeville audience. Clips of Guido Deiro performing in 1928 on the piano-accordion will also be shown.
• • The speaker on August 16th is LindaAnn Loschiavo, a dramatist, journalist, and long-time columnist for L'IDEA Magazine. LindaAnn Loschiavo's stage play "Courting Mae West" was recently seen in Melbourne, Australia in January 2012. Her writing appears in "Anti-Italianism: Essays on a Prejudice" (NY: Macmillan, 2011), in her column for L'IDEA Magazine, and elsewhere. Her new book "Flirting with the Fire Gods: Writing with an Italian Accent" will be out soon.
• • This musical event concludes with an exciting raffle, Italian sparkling wine, and light refreshments to celebrate the birthday of Mae West