Photographer Russell Olsen was first drawn to Route 66 in 1995—ten years after its decommission—on a road trip from Los Angeles to Chicago. Fourteen years, seven complete trips, and several books later, Olsen is still taking pictures of the route, and he has developed a motto: “Slow down, get off the interstate, and experience America.”
This year's ¡Vivan los Muertos! celebration at the Autry on October 26 features Aztec feathered dancers, frosted sugar skulls, colorful folkloric costumes, offering-laden altars, and fancifully painted faces. In other words, the usual Day of the Dead stuff to celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday dedicated to ancestors and those who have passed.
It was a bit of cowboy swagger from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that drove Tuscarora playwright Vickie Ramirez to write her latest play, Stand-Off at HWY #37, part of the First Look series being presented in the Autry’s Wells Fargo Theater Thursday at 7:30 p.m. In August 2010, Bloomberg inserted himself into a dispute between Indian tribes … Continue reading A Politician Mouths Off, and a Play Is Born
Wedding bells were ringing earlier this month at the Autry! On the evening of Saturday, August 17, Jackie Scahill and Powell Browne, surrounded by family and friends, exchanged marriage vows under the Council Tree in the Autry’s own Gathering Circle. That space has seen many kinds of ceremonies. This one was among the most recent and … Continue reading A Wedding Steeped in Tradition, History, and Hope
Artist John Sonsini talks about how he created a work specifically for the Autry's new Art of the West exhibition.
Hollywood legend and visionary filmmaker Fred Weintraub—the man who guided the careers of Hollywood heavy-hitters Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers, Woody Allen, and Neil Diamond—says his career has been about “going from failure to failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
When I was sixteen years old, going down to my dad’s basement office felt like moving back in a time machine to the nineteenth century. Although we lived in a suburban house in Casper, Wyoming, that basement was filled with antiques from our family’s turn-of-century ranch in No Wood, a few miles away. (Just like so many names of … Continue reading My Dad, Mr. Wyoming
When is a tale true, and when is it tall? In the Old West, myth and history were always blurred, two sides of the same spinning coin. Think no further than Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show, sometimes featuring Sitting Bull and his Sioux warriors, acting out cowboys and Indians for paying crowds before the Indians wars … Continue reading Tales of the Old West
Artists, unlike academics, are not focused as much on authenticity as they are on artfulness. The research I do as a writer/director doesn’t begin to approach the painstaking work of a curator or historian, but the process of creating Tales of the Old West has employed historical source material at every step along the way. Whereas a historian exhaustively … Continue reading Bringing a Story to Life — Research for Creative Purposes
Music and instruments follow people through migrations and relocations, and to the most extreme places and climates. On the way to the American West, settlers, pioneers, and cowboys brought instruments on the wagons (including pianos, which more than once had to be jettisoned on the trail because of their weight!). Fiddles, much smaller and better … Continue reading Music in the Nineteenth-Century West