July 21ST 2004
"To be sure, we formed a line for the congo half an hour ago and I got tripped up by Ronald Colman and Bonita Granville. But no one notices."
~ --by Ben Hartford,
December 20th, 1942
THREE WEEKS OF DANCING FUN IN STORE FOR YOUIt's always fun to plan ahead interesting events for us all to enjoy. And starting tonite, we have three weeks to envy!
CAMPUS FIVE CD RELEASE PARTY TONITE AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
That's right, The Campus Five have finished producing another fabulous cd and they'll have it tonight for their very first "CD Release Party". I've got an advance copy, and believe me, if you are a collector of swing music, or just an "amateur" beginning to build a library, this is one cd you'll want to add to your collection. It's, in the vernacular, SWELL. The cds will be selling for $15.00 tonight, and you can get them autographed by the band and one of our favorite vocalists, the lovely Hilary Alexander. If you want to hear a preview of the cd, go to the Campus Five website HERE and click on "CD'S".
1940'S USO HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN NITE, JULY 28TH!
As a kick-off to Camp Hollywood, we are having a really special nite at the Rhythm Club. Remember, this is the nite to DRESS UP!!!! You have one more week to get your costume together. Let's make the club look as though we went back in time to the 1940's, when "Swing was King"! (Let's make Pete Vincent, Faye Callen, Rudy Flores, and the rest of our favorite originals think they really have walked back into their youth again!!!!) Dress up in 1940's civilian or Allied Forces Military. I really would like to dare people to get creative... how about a Canadian Mountie or two!
We will be having performances by Rusty's Swing Shift Fliers, The Hollywood Hornets, and a recreation of original radio broadcasts from that time with actors Maxwell DeMille, Will Ryan, Dave Cox, and yours truly, Rusty Frank. Should be something to remember -- bring your cameras!
If you live in the airport area, make sure to pick up a copy of Thursday's Argonaut, there is going to be a big spread about us, The Rhythm Club, and our nite there.
RUSTY TO PERFORM AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
CAMPUS FIVE CD RELEASE PARTY
DRESS 1940'S SNAPPY, USO, ALLIED FORCES!
|Dance Lesson and DJ on the first
Wednesday of each month from 7:30-8:00|
8:00-11:30pm -- Dance! Dance! Dance!
(check our calendar)
This Week's Celebrations
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
Rusty's little Lindy Hop pal, Hope, just had her birthday. And her dad surprised her with a "Lindy By The Sea - Rhythm Club" t-shirt. Here's her letter:
I just had my 7th birthday, and I had a party. It was a 70s disco party with flashing lights and a glitter ball. Here is a picture of me wearing the shirt I got for a present. My birthday cake was a ballerina cake because I go to ballet classes on Mondays. So because I had a ballerina cake, I took one of the ballerinas on the cake to ballet class for show and tell.
I was on TV dancing at the Ball with my dad. I told one of my school friends and he didn't believe me! So I brought in the tape and proved to him that I was on TV.
A few days ago I got my school report card. My dad and mum said it was a good report, so I am very, very, very happy.
Love Hope XXXXOO
THE HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN: The Hollywood Canteen was founded by Hollywood film stars Bette Davis & John Garfield, modeled after Broadway's "Stage Door Canteen". On October 3, 1942 the doors opened and a legend was born. The Hollywood Canteen was the place to be for service men and many of Hollywood's biggest names. The servicemen were served their food by Hollywood celebrities. And volunteer hostesses danced with them throughout the evening to great swing music. Celebrities would pop in and entertain the fellows, and they really had something to write home about!
Here's an excerpt from the website that'll really give you a picture of the atmosphere:
The Hollywood Canteen
by Ben Hartford
For, Hollywood Chapters Magazine
December 20th, 1942
You name them, they were there last weekend at The Hollywood Canteen. From the hostess herself, Bette Davis, to co-founder and vice-president to Davis's president, John Garfield, the canteen was alive with activity so close to Christmas Day.
I got a rousing smile from Davis when asking her how things were shaping up that night.
"To be sure, we formed a line for the congo half an hour ago and I got tripped up by Ronald Colman and Bonita Granville. But no one notices." She laughs just like you are supposed to, Bette, with plenty of energy. "Later I'm supposed to give a speech and it's still being written. I'd wing it, only the last time I did that I didn't get any laughs. If you're standing in front of a few thousand soldiers, the least you can do is make them laugh." She was dressed in a blue cotton outfit with a white scarf dangling around her neck. Very simple, but attractive. Her hair, swept up, allowed me the chance to see she was wearing a small diamond stud in each ear lobe. They call her the little brown wren for her trends away from the glamourous styles of Hollywood. She had said she was the first actress to come in out of a rain, in the moving pictures, and actually look wet.
Suddenly Bette is whisked away by a man in a white hat, the cook, I suppose, so your reporter, feeling dejected momentarily settles on talking to this boy named Joe at the bar. Joe, with no last name, is but eighteen and enjoying his night at the canteen.
"So, you are from...?" I asked the lad.
"Ohio, actually. I haven't been anywhere else but out here. Not overseas or anything. San Diego, then here. I can't believe this. I mean, it's a little hard to imagine myself here. You know?" Joe is blond and wears a white sailors suit and grins most of the time. His shoes are muddy. I do not remember it raining and ask him about this. Super Sleuth, I. He looks down and grins. He can't tell me or won't.
* Wondering what the heck a "gate"is? This was a phrase popularized by 1940's comedian, Jerry Colonna, who would holler it out every time he was introduced on the Bob Hope radio program. It was a friendly salutation to a swing cat (dancer or swing music enthusiast).
JOIN THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB TODAY!
Swing Shift Rhythm Club (SSRC) is the volunteer arm of our local swing
dance community. Through the SSRC, we visit senior homes, children
hospitals, and entertain and dance at street fairs. The purpose of the
club is to do some good deeds and promote the fun of swing dancing.