Blog: Monday July 18
Melanie Gall has a big smile on her face this week. In addition to writing and performing in two shows at this year’s Fringe, A Toast to Prohibition (Venue 6) and Everleigh and the Magic Book (Kids Venue), Gall received advance copies of her first book on July 15, which will be available for sale at bookstores on August 1. Her book is called Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland, and the Golden Age of Hollywood and it is based on the research she did for her previous Fringe show Ingénue. It’s the first biography of actor Deanna Durbin, who was born in Winnipeg in the 1920s and became a big Hollywood star in the 1930s and 1940s, before quitting movies in her mid 20s.
You might think that Gall will be on a book tour in August, but no, she will be performing two shows at the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland. Fortunately, one of the shows she is performing in Edinburgh is Ingénue, so hopefully she’ll be able to sell some books while in the UK.
If you visit The Cinematheque (Venue 7), I encourage you to look at the posters as you enter the venue. There is a beautiful tribute to Dave Barber, the longtime Cinematheque movie programmer, who died in July 2021. Dave was passionate about movies and the walls of that venue show a couple of posters he created back in the 1970s for his high school film club (I didn’t realize that Dave was passionate about movies back then). I remember talking to Dave over the years and he seemed like a magician pulling rabbits out of his hat — he would always suggest an obscure movie or two that I’d never heard of before to watch that I would check out.
Quote of the Day
“What do a group of men talk about? Nothing.”
From Gabe Mollica: a Solo Show About Friendship (Venue 7).