Funky museum exhbits honour black leather jackets, art deco and Geronimo
Yeah, Las Vegas has the new Mob Museum (see Saturday's Star Travel sectionfor a full story). But The Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee has something almost as cool; a tribute to the black leather jacket. The museum will look at its evolution beginning with its role to protect pilots and motorcyclists through its adoption by Hollywood celebrities, rock stars and others as a symbol of rebellion.
It will also look at its modern-day designs from fashion houses such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Gianni Versace. There will be more than 100 artifacts during the exhibit's run, including jackets worn by Elvis Presley and Taylor Lautner of the “Twilight” series.
“Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket” starts June 16.
I was stunned to see that the blurb on the museum's website doesnt' mention The Fonz from Happy Days. I mean, aaaayyyyy, the show was SET IN MILWAUKEE, GUYS!
In case you haven't been, Milwaukee's a fine town. Great pubs, terrific food, nice shopping and plenty of culture in a city that doesn't take itself too seriously...
ART DECO OUT WEST
Things are a little more high-brow – and feminine - in Vancouver. More than 66 women’s garments from these and other leading designers from the 1920s and 30s will be featured in a new Museum of Vancouver exhibition, “Art Deco Chic: Extravagant Glamour Between the Wars,” opening March 8.
The high fashion designs include a black beaded gown worn to the opening of the Commodore Cabaret in Vancouver in 1929, and a red and gold evening dress depicting the battles of the Trojan War. Accessories such as handbags, hats, shoes and jewelry will also be featured in the exhibition, which will run until September. www.museumofvancouver.ca.
GERONIMO! IN ARIZONA
A new exhibit at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, “Beyond Geronimo: The Apache Experience,” draws on that warrior’s fame while also exploring less familiar stories of other Apaches.
The exhibit isn’t all weapons and military history. Visitors will see that Geronimo also was a family man and a showman who capitalized on his name recognition. He was permitted to make public appearances, selling the buttons off his shirt at train stops where people gathered to see Apaches, and autographed postcards, bows and other items at parades and the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
“Beyond Geronimo: The Apache Experience,” runs through Jan. 20, 2013.
AIRLINES ON TIME?
I’m sure nobody who flies actually believes it, but the biggest airlines in the U.S. did one of their best jobs ever in terms of getting passengers and their bags to their destinations on time. Transportation Department stats on the biggest 16 U.S. airlines shows 79.6 per cent of flights arrived at gates within 15 minutes of their scheduled time during 2011; the fourth highest for any year in the 17 years with comparable numbers. Perhaps due to weather, airlines had their best December in 17 years, with 84.4 per cent of flights landing on time.
Stats show 99.7 per cent of fliers got their bags on time, which PROVES that this survey could not have included Pearson.