- Ascension - Catholicism
- Beltane - Celts/Gaels
- Constitution Day - Latvia & the Marshall Islands
- Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker
- Festival of Bona Dea - Rome
- Kazakh Peoples' Unity Day - Kazakhstan
- Labor Day AKA Labour Day AKA Workers' Day - Worldwide
- Law Day - USA
- Lei Day - Hawaii
- Loyalty Day - USA
- Maharashtra Day (Maharashtra Divas) - Maharastra, India
- National Day of Prayer - USA
- National Love Day - Czech Republic
- Save the Rhino Day - USA
- Taco Truck Night - Los Angeles
- Virgen de Chapi - Peru
May Day celebrations are rooted in the ancient Celtic/Gaelic practice of Beltane and the Anglo-Saxon/Germanic observances of Walpurgisnacht. These include crowing the Queen of the May, Morris Dancing, the giving of May Baskets, getting drunk, and the erection of a Maypole.
As you most likely well know, Madonna is back with her brand new album Hard Candy (Warner) which hit Amoeba Music shelves earlier this week. What is interesting about this new album from the "Queen of Pop" is that while the artist, who built a career on controversy -- usually via her music videos-- is at perhaps the very least controversial portion of her long extended, ever shape-shifting pop life, she somehow manages to still stir up controversy.
The controversy (or heated discussion) this time amongst the Madonna fans and haters is not about the music, but about age-- her age. Can a woman still be sexy and/or act sexy at almost 50? (Her birthday's in August.) That is the real question posed by the masses and the issue says more about our culture than about the pop singer who inspired the discussion.
Pop music doesn't have a history of being particularly kind to its aging stars, especially its female stars, and especially its aging female stars who choose to still act sexy. So the floodgates of debate or controversy over whether Madonna should still be making catchy contemporary pop music -- and, what's more, shaking her stuff while collaborating with the likes of the much younger Timbers -- Timbaland and Timberlake (Justin) -- have opened up.
Not too surprisingly, the best place to go to put a finger on the pulse of what the Madonna fans and haters are really thinking of Madge Version 008, you need go no further than YouTube -- a place where no one minces words, as proven by the swath of comments posted for the video to the new single "4 Minutes" featuring the aforementioned two Timbers. In the time since the video (see below) was posted three weeks ago, the opinions have poured in: divided into the diehard Madonna fans on one side and the Madonna haters on the other, with a substantial group of in-betweeners who are undecided or have mixed feelings in the middle ground.
The yellow sticker above is an original promotional tool from the 60's, the green tape was added later to preserve the shrink! Below is a sticker used on pressings from the late 70's, early 80's.
The sticker below is an excellent accompaniment to the jacket design and adds a little prestige to the piece.
Amoeba Music and Phil Blankenship are proud to present some of our film favorites at Los Angeles’ last full-time revival movie theater. See movies the way they're meant to be seen - on the big screen and with an audience!
Saturday May 3
RARE screening of the '70s horror classic starring Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith, Bette Davis & more !
New Beverly Cinema
7165 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
May - New Beverly's 30th Anniversary!
May 3 Burnt Offerings
May 10 Smokey And The Bandit
May 24 Creature From Black Lake
May 31 Zardoz
June 7 Heavenly Bodies
June 21 John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness
June 28 Van Damme in Sudden Death