For those of you who have been to Balboa Park in San Diego and heard the bells of the California Tower, this is a glimpse from where they emanate. One can now take a tour up into the Tower as part of the Museum of Man’s exhibits. The Tower is indeed a magical place, its interior just as beautiful and mysterious as I’d always imagined.
Pen and ink sepia from 1978 of the great American composer.
My life long friend and fellow artist, Barry Bunker RIP. In the “wind caves” of Scottsdale AZ never to miss a gag.
Maurice Ravel was born March 7 1875
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) composed six works specifically for the dance theatre, and while the original choreography for these creations did not survive, the music for all has become enshrined in the repertoires of the world’s orchestras. Over the years since their premieres, the scores have continued to inspire new choreographers who recognize the challenge that they present. Moreover, the dance elements in many of Ravel’s compositions for instrumental ensembles have tempted dance makers to use them for new works for the theatre. Perhaps the most ambitious celebration of his music was shown in the legendary “Homage a Ravel” festival, held in 1975 at the New York City Ballet, in which 12 of his scores, including works for solo piano and song cycles, became the inspiration for new choreographies by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and their colleagues .
Excerpt from: The Ballets of Maurice Ravel: Creation and Interpretation by Deborah Mawer
Pen, brush & ink w graphite pencil illustration on paper © 1978 E.Roxburgh
6′ x 8′ India ink and acrylic paint on canvas.
1994, Market St. studio SD CA.
charcoal, India Ink & acrylic paint on canvas 4.5′ x 5.75′ 1992
Friend and fellow artist Antonio Martinez posed for this portrait in my Market St studio.
This was our Shreveport Louisiana “base camp” for much of the filming of ‘The Pardon’ a 2013 period feature film based on a true local story set in the 1930’s. Among the many wonderful memories from this project as a Scenic artist was how our Production designer Anne Stuhler would have me set-up out on location and paint “ol-timey” signs fast and fun!
• The Louisiana Hayride, began a weekly showcase of talented singers, songwriters and performers. Little did anyone realize the impact that would be made from the stage of Shreveport’s Municipal Auditorium. The Louisiana Hayride became known as The Cradle of the Stars, because so many international stars began their careers on this program. Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, are just a few of the acts that went on to stardom after performing on The Louisiana Hayride. Perhaps the most prominent performer to begin his career on the stage made his performance debut October 16th, 1954. That is when the world was introduced to Elvis Presley!
The Hayride was nationally broadcast on CBS radio and became a staple of Armed Forces Radio programming. Although the weekly programming ended in 1960, the Hayride was regularly scheduled through the 60s.
Many African American musicians played at the Municipal Auditorium as well. Blues musician Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, originally from Shreveport-Bossier, became well-known for his song “Good Night Irene”. Other influential African American musicians who have played at the Municipal Auditorium include James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Bobbie “Blue” Bland and B.B. King.
• excerpted from: City of Shreveport Louisiana brochure
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Detail from a mural I created that’s a part of the Old Globe Theater complex in San Diego’s Balboa Park.