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March 27TH 2007
TUESDAY




Betty Hutton
1921-2007


(See clip of the week and obit below)

Don't be an ickeroo!
Beat up the chops, you righteous cat.
Tie on your ground grippers and head out to the frolic pad to find a Lindy Crush and blow your wig!

~ "Jive" speak from Cab Calloway's Hepster's Dictionary, 1944

Check our Link of the Week for translation!


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GIOVANNI QUINTERO'S BIRTHDAY
THIS WEEK AT RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB!

You better be there to help him celebrate!

One of the grandest guys on our swing scene, Giovanni Quintero, is celebrating his birthday this week. Won't you join him at Rusty's Rhythm Club for a rip-rousing, rollicking Birthday Dance? Every week, Gio dances with all the girls -- let's make sure ALL the girls dance with HIM this week!

Thanks, Gio, for all the fun and joy you bring to our Lindy Hop world!


MAKE SURE TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS
AND TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25TH 2007

AND WHAT SAY WE DRESS UP A LITTLE!



CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE FULL SIZE!

Thanks to Quinn Nguyen for his beautiful poster design!

THE CLIP WORKS NOW!

OUR MOST ENTHUSIASTIC STUDENT


Last week I posted this clip, but had one of the settings wrong so no one could watch it. Take a look now... it'll definitely make your day. And I feel certain that you'll see a bit of yourself in this 8-year old!


DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW


~ WEEKLY CONTEST

~ 6TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

~ APRIL LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES

~ BETTY HUTTON OBITUARY

~ BALBOA RENDEZVOUS

~ SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB EVENT


(So don't stop scrolling...)




BETTY HUTTON SINGS "MURDER"

We dedicate this newsletter to the late Betty Hutton who added so much joy to the world with her wonderful animated personality. Enjoy the clip!



THIS WEEK'S CONTEST!!

The first person to send us an email with the answer to the following wins a free pass to the Rhythm Club for tomorrow nite:*


Who is the announcer on the Clip of the Week?

Send your answer to us at info@rustyfrank.com.

NOTE: Google is your friend!




LAST WEEK'S WINNER

Dana Creed

LAST WEEK'S CONTEST:

Maxwell DeMille's Club Cicada party is being held in the Oviatt Building, downtown. This gorgeous Art Deco landmark was commissioned by James Oviatt, after attending the famous 1925 Paris landmark Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes (from which the term Art Deco was derived).

Oviatt hired one of the most renowned jeweler and art-glass designers of the '20's (and perhaps in all history) to ornament this magnificent building.

Name this person.

LAST WEEK'S ANSWER:

Rene Lalique

*Contestants may play as many times as they wish, but may only win the prize once a year. Contestants must use their Rhythm Club pass for the week they won the contest.




APRIL CLASSES!

REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE.




MARCH-APRIL 2007 -- FILLED!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW FOR MAY-JUNE MASTER TRACK:

To hold your spot for The Master Track, send us an email with your name and the series you'd like to join. Remember, the course has a limited enrollment, so reserve your spot now. Email us at info@rustyfrank.com.

CLICK HERE FOR MASTER TRACK DETAILS


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COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:

04/25 -- SAVE THE DATE! ANNIVERSARY PARTY!!
GEORGE GEE FROM NEW YORK!

Dress up!

03/28 --Live Music
Neil Morrow

04/04 -- Live Music -- DEBUT
The J-Tones featuring Suzy Williams

(7:30 Beginner Swing Lesson)

04/11 -- Live Music
The Hollywood Combo

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO


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This Week's Celebrations


Alzbeta (Becca) Smith
Dawn Herbert
Glenn Parkison
Gordon Ting
Joseph Rocamora
Klara Farberov


and

GIOVANNI "GIO" QUINTERO!!



Come along and help him celebrate!



If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club
so you can get your birthday dance!




HOLD THESE DATES FOR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

All workshops are held on selected Sundays throughout the year from 11:00am-1:30pm at Rebekah Hall in El Segundo 90245. Click HERE for details (as they are revealed to us!)

2007 WORKSHOP DATES

May 20 - Aerials
June 10
August 19
September 16
October 14
November 18

SAVE THE DATE!


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BALBOA RENDEZVOUS
JUST AROUND THE CORNER DON'T MISS IT! -- WE'LL ALL BE THERE

One of the all-time great dance events in the world is coming up and it's right in our own backyard -- The Balboa Rendezvous. An amazing weekend of nothing but Balboa, Balboa, Balboa! It's a chance to take classes for the best teachers, dance with people from all around the globe, and mix and mingle with the "old timers" -- the one's who originally brought this dance to us! And there are classes for all levels. Click here for all the details.

To make sure you are all brushed up, we are offering a Balboa Workshop THIS coming Sunday -- two tracks -- one for beginners with Rusty, and one for experienced Bal dancers with Ron (details following).


NIFTY 50's SOCK HOP

Our Lindy By The Student is hosting is monthly Sock Hop this Saturday. Dance the weekend away!

DJ playing music from '54-'64
Saturday March 31st
Beginner Dance Lesson 9:30pm
Dance party 10pm-1:30am
$7 cover(dance lesson included with cover), 21+

Where:
Joe's Great American Bar and Grill
4311 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

-Hulahoop Contest
-Dance Contest
-Limbo Contest
-50's Attire Encouraged

www.myspace.com/nifty50ssockhop


THIS IN FROM JESSICA DENSMORE
SSRC COORDINATOR

The Swingshift Rhythm Club received a thank you card with these words from Earlwood Care Center, Torrance, CA this past week. The handwritten note is as follows:

Dear Swingshift Rhythm Club,

Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us. You guys really lifted the residents' spirits. They were talking about you all week long and are looking forward to your next visit.

Much Love,

Earlwood Care Center
Kathy Campbell, Administrator
Joy Jackson, Activities (Coordinator)
Natty Ferrano, Activities (Coordinator)

Pretty rare to get a written thank you note from a facility we visit - even more rare to have one signed by an administrator!

Thanks to all who volunteer to bring a little fun to those in extended care facilities.

Jes



EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT
WHY NOT JOIN THE FUN!

A Repeat Performance at Earlwood Care Center

Saturday, April 28,'07

Activity Coordinator Joy sure is persuasive! She asked we come back "anytime" and she meant it. We have been asked to come back on

Saturday, April 28, 2007, 2pm - 3pm

Earlwood Care Center
20820 Earl Street
Torrance, CA 90502
P)1-310-371-1228
Activity Coordinator Joy Jackson

As usual we will do a script program so you won't need to rehearse. Just show up and dance as you normally do - you will be directed as the program continues. Contact me for questions and "yea"s.

And don't forget, Jamie England's mom, Marie is looking forward to seeing you too!

Thanks, Jes

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE,
CONTACT: JESSICA AT jitterbugstroll@yahoo.com




"Making a difference through swing dancing"




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*The Swing Shift Rhythm Club (SSRC) has two goals:
Fun & Philanthropy.

Anyone can join! See full details at the bottom of this newsletter.

BETTY HUTTON OBITUARY


BETTY HUTTON Musical and comedy actress
Born: 26 February, 1921, in Battle Creek, Michigan. Died: 11 March, 2007, in Palm Springs, aged 86.


BETTY Hutton was an the exuberant singer-actress who shot to Hollywood fame in the 1940s in musicals and comedies such as the madcap classic The Miracle of Morgan's Creek.

During Hutton's heyday at Paramount in the 1940s, her energetic performing style earned her nicknames such as "the Blond Bombshell" and "the Blond Blitz". "If they put a propeller on Hutton and sent her over Germany, the war would be over by Christmas," Bob Hope joked at the time.

Hutton was best known for belting out lively tunes, delivered with appropriately animated body English, such as Murder, He Says and Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief.

One of her greatest screen triumphs came in 1950 when she starred as Annie Oakley in the Irving Berlin musical Annie Get Your Gun.

She followed that by starring as a trapeze artist in Cecil B DeMille's 1952 drama The Greatest Show on Earth, winner of the best picture Oscar.

But Hutton's movie career ended a short time later. Although she cashed in on her film fame, performing a nightclub act in Las Vegas, New York and Europe and made a stab at a television series, she virtually disappeared from the limelight.

Born Betty June Thornburg in 1921, Hutton never really knew her father, a railway worker who reportedly walked out on her mother, Mabel, when Betty and her sister, Marion, were toddlers.

In 1936, the 15-year-old Hutton took a $15-a-week summer job at a lake resort, singing with a local band. She was singing in a Detroit nightclub about a year later when she was hired by bandleader Vincent Lopez, who changed her name to Hutton.

After a smash engagement at Billy Rose's Casa Ma–ana nightclub in New York in 1938, a vaudeville tour with the band and appearances on Lopez's late-evening radio show, Hutton struck out on her own in 1940. She made her Broadway stage debut early that year in the musical revue Two for the Show, wowing the critics with her "riotous" performance.

She followed that up later in the year with a supporting role in Panama Hattie, a long-running Cole Porter Broadway musical hit starring Ethel Merman.

When "Hattie" producer BG "Buddy" DeSylva became head of production at Paramount Studios in late 1941, he brought Hutton to Hollywood with the promise of making her a star.

One of Hutton's most memorable film performances was one in which she did not sing: The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, the 1944 Preston Sturges war-time comedy co-starring Eddie Bracken.

In 1945, Hutton portrayed entertainer Texas Guinan in the musical biography Incendiary Blonde. Two years later, she starred in The Perils of Pauline, a comedy biopic of silent serial star Pearl White.

But the one role Hutton yearned to play was Annie Oakley in the screen version of Annie Get Your Gun, the Broadway hit that starred Ethel Merman in the title role. The film was a major success, reinvigorating Hutton's career.

Returning to Paramount, Hutton went on to star in The Greatest Show on Earth, for which she learned to do trapeze work for her role as an aerialist.

Her final picture at Paramount was Somebody Loves Me, a 1952 biopic of vaudeville star Blossom Seeley.

By then, the studio reportedly was giving her substandard scripts. And after Paramount refused Hutton's demand to have her second husband, choreographer Charles O'Curran, direct her next picture, she walked out on her contract. She would make only one more picture, the low-budget drama Spring Reunion with Dana Andrews, in 1957.

Her movie career over, Hutton gave television a try. In 1959, she starred in the short-lived situation comedy The Betty Hutton Show.

In 1962, Hutton's mother, her constant companion on her tours, died in a fire in her Hollywood home. After her mother's death, Hutton said: "I lost faith in me, and when I lost it, everybody else did too." In 1967, Hutton filed for bankruptcy, reportedly having gone through career earnings of more than $9 million. That year, her marriage to her fourth husband, trumpeter Pete Candoli, ended in divorce. Her previous marriages to O'Curran, camera manufacturer Ted Briskin and Capitol Records executive Alan Livingston had also ended in divorce.

Plagued with insomnia, she took sleeping pills and, she later said, "I couldn't get off of them."

Then came her chance meeting in 1974 at a Boston detox hospital with Father Peter Maguire, who had brought in his cook for alcohol treatment. Hutton became friends with the cook and began working as a housekeeper in the rectory of Maguire's church. With Maguire as her spiritual adviser, she converted to Catholicism.

However, in December 1974, with Hutton reportedly suffering from "a complete emotional breakdown", her psychiatrist had her committed to a psychiatric hospital for several weeks.

Hutton, who continued to live in Rhode Island over the next two decades, eventually began to rebuild her life.

She made occasional show business comebacks, appearing in plays in Louisville, Kentucky, and San Francisco, and in 1980 she played the mean orphanage boss in a limited run of Annie on Broadway.

Under Maguire's guidance, Hutton also finished her high school education and earned a university degree.

In 1996, Hutton moved to Palm Springs. She is survived by three daughters and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


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CAB CALLOWAY'S HEPSTER'S DICTIONARY -- The fun just never ends! Searching the web, you can find just about anything -- including Cab Calloway's Hepster's Dictionary, published in 1944! Here 'tis, start studying!

GET STARTED NOW ON YOUR JIVE SPEAK

Don't be an ickeroo! Beat up the chops, you righteous cat -- tie on your ground grippers and head out to the Frolick Pad to find a Lindy Crush and blow your wig!

TRANSLATION:

Don't be an ickeroo[someone who can't dance or dig the jive]! Beat up the chops [talk, converse, be loquacious], you righteous [splendid, okay] cat -- tie on your ground grippers [shoes] and head out to the Frolick Pad [place of entertainment, theater, nightclub] to find a Lindy Crush [Girl or Guy you would just LOVE to dance with] and blow your wig [get excited, enthusiastic]!




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* 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). Basically, we swing like a gate!


JOIN THE FUN!
BUT, WHAT THE HECK IS IT?

Many of you still don't know about our Swing Shift Rhythm Club. It's one of our best kept secrets. Now is the time to get the SSRC "above the radar."

THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB (SSRC), founded in 2000 by Rusty Frank's swing dance students, The SSRC has two missions:

1. Having fun! (Fun) 2. Doing good deeds! (Philanthropy)

1. Having fun: Events where swing dancers can socialize and get to know each other outside of class (vintage clothes shopping, going to a dance-related movie, dancing in the park, eating at retro restaurants before a dance, etc.).

2. Doing good deeds: Events where we bring swing dancing to hospitals, senior homes, and community events for the purpose of good deeds, entertainment, and education in the Los Angeles area.

The SSRC is a volunteer club open to the public and the events are organized by its members. There are no dues. Members can attend as many or as few events as they wish.

"How do I join?"...
Right now, fill in your email address
and click the Yahoo log (that's it!):

Subscribe to SwingShiftRhythmClub

Then you will receive updates of activities (or you can organize one yourself!). Check the yahoogroup "Swing Shift Rhythm Club" calendar here for postings of upcoming events.

Join us in making the world a better place through dancing!

Thank you for joining!

Rusty Frank, Founder
Jessica Densmore, Philanthropic Events Coordinator
Cathryn Sayer, "Just for Fun" Events Coordinator
Norman Kajikawa, SSRC Photographer

If you wish to exit this list, visit:
http://rustyfrank.com/maillist/mail-list.asp