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Welcome to Comet Atomic, where past meets future. We are home of Tiki Tuesdays, Soviet Film Wednesdays, Discovering Route 66, and more gems from days bygone.

“Nlloro” by Belkis Ayón

Printmaker and artist Belkis Ayón was born January 23, 1967 in Havana, Cuba. She specializes in making collagraphs, and much of her artwork is based on a secret all-male Afro-Cuban society called Abakuá.

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Malcolm McLaren – “Double Dutch”

More Malcolm McLaren birthday love: “Double Dutch,” featuring the 1980s phenomenon of jump rope troupes, which I remember well. The song is from his debut 1983 album Duck Rock and mentions several New York double Dutch jump rope troupes, particularly the Ebonettes. The video features troupes from the American Double Dutch League. “Double Dutch” was also released …

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Malcolm McLaren – “Buffalo Gals”

Here is “Buffalo Gals,” an amazing slice of sound from the early 1980s from Malcolm McLaren’s 1983 album Duck Rock. The video features the hip hop group Rock Steady Crew. Musician, artist, and fashion designer Malcolm McLaren was born January 22, 1946 in the Stoke Newington region of London, England. Malcolm McLaren was also manager of …

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“Twilight” by Jean-Paul Vroom

Happy birthday to actor, artist, and director Jean-Paul Vroom, born January 21, 1922.

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“Awakening the Moon” by Mark Ryden

Happy birthday to “the god-father of pop surrealism” Mark Ryden, born on this day January 20, 1963 in Medford, Oregon. He currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

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Janis Joplin – “Cry Baby”

“Cry Baby” from the Queen Of Rock, Janis Joplin, born January 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas

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“Design for a Costume” by Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Here is a work by Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss artist, painter, sculptor, designer, architect, and dancer born on this day January 19, 1889 in Davos Platz, Switzerland.

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The Legacy of Danny Kaye

Happy birthday to the incredible Danny Kaye, born on this day January 18, 1911 in New York City. The actor, dancer, singer, and comedian’s film legacy includes The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), A Song Is Born (1948), The Inspector General (1949), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), White Christmas (1954), The Court Jester (1956), and …

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Eartha Kitt – “If You Go Away”

Happy birthday to singer, dancer, actor, and activist Eartha Kitt, who captivated audiences with her unmistakable voice and mystique. Kitt was born on this day January 17, 1927 on a cotton plantation in South Carolina. Here is a 1968 live performance of “If You Go Away”

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Sade – “Pearls”

Happy birthday to Sade, born January 16, 1959 in Ibadan, a Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria.

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