Blanche Calloway - singer, dancer, yes. But also bandleader, composer, and arranger. Taught her litter brother Cab everything about show business. A true trail blazer: The first woman to lead a successful all-male orchestra in the early 1930's ... not nearly well known enough today.
A hot spot called Hell’s Café lured 19th-century Parisians to the city’s Montmartre neighborhood—like the Marais—on the Right Bank of the Seine. With plaster lost souls writhing on its walls and a bug-eyed devil’s head for a front door, le Café de l’Enfer may have been one of the world’s first theme restaurants. According to one 1899 visitor, the café’s doorman—in a Satan suit—welcomed diners with the greeting, “Enter and be damned!” Hell’s waiters also dressed as devils.