Strange days, when one discovers hairy giants in the yard and there is quick thinking involved in keeping up appearances, fore causing a stir in Victorian times was frowned upon.
Mary "Calamity" Jenkens was a popular stage performer who acted in plays and the occasional opera. On Thursdays she wore her special laced sleeves. They brought her good luck and made a fun noise which she also modified by the speed at which she swung her delicate arms. Thursday was the day when several suitors came by to visit her with attempts to woo her with promises of "good times" and acting work. Sometimes she would sit still by her window and just listen to "things"(she had extraordinary hearing). She would try and count every pin that dropped between the seamstress across the street and the tailor who worked next door to her flat. She was called Miss Calamity because there was a history of accidents and injuries attached to every show she was involved with. All the shows were quite successful, but it was always a risk. It was reported that many of the ticket holders came to shows for the possibility that something calamitous might occur. She was never injured of course, because she could always "hear it coming". You can see this painting and several others at my new exhibit opening at K P Projects Gallery in Los Angeles in Oct, . . .set the date for Oct 14th
"Slappy, the wonder cyclops" in full clown costume took the stage at the Metropolitan Opera House in an attempt to realize his dreams of being Enrico Caruso in 1907. What transpired is more slapstick than opera.