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National Blues Museum St. Louis Missouri

Happenings at the Museum
Ending on May 19, 2018 is our traveling exhibit “See That My Grave is Kept Clean”, by Curator John Wegrzyn 

in the Scott and Dianne McCuaig Family Gallery

The exhibit entitled “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” is taken from a song by Blind Lemon Jefferson and includes rubbings of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Memphis Minnie, Professor Longhair and dozens more.

John Wegrzyn has traveled the United States visiting grave sites of famous blues musicians for the past 20 years. About 10 years ago he created gravestone rubbings on album record sleeves from these sites. This process transforms the images of the gravestone onto paper making a unique artful homage to each musician.

Our upcoming exhibit is
“Expresssions of the Blues”, by Curator Carol Boss, June 2nd – September 29, 2018
in the Scott and Dianne McCuaig Family Gallery

Curators talk – 12-1 p.m., June 2

Influenced by Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Goghs vibrant use of color and harsh brush technique, the artwork of Carol Boss is enhanced by bright accents of color and tells a story. Most of her works focus on the City of Saint Louis, musicians, blues and the Delta.

‘Blues Improvisation Workshop’ on May 26th
by Gerard Conners

“In this workshop I will demonstrate how to create meaningful jazz solos, even if you are a beginner with limited knowledge of music theory, using the two basic Blues Scales that are commonly played by jazz and blues improvisors, rather than one single scale. Step-by-step you will learn how to develop a blues vocabulary, as well as expand your ideas for composing, so that your playing sounds authentically bluesy.”

To learn more, and to register for this event, visit our event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/400196810443406

Sterling K. Brown highlights
the National Blues Museum during SNL

During a recent broadcast of Saturday Night Live, this actually happened.
Yes, the broadcast of Explore St. Louis commercial with Sterling K. Brown recommending the National Blues Museum.

Check it out right here


Join the Blues Museum Jam!

Enjoy our ‘Sitting on the Porch’ jam session, it’s every Thursday from 6-8 PM in the Lumière Place Legends Room.It’s about mentoring and strengthening the Blues legacy, with guest musicians being mixed with experienced players.

Come Join the Jam!l


Howlin’ Fridays
in May

Happy Hour from 5-7 PM, Live Music from 7-10 PM
in the Lumière Place Legends Room

May 18th
Skeet Rodgers and the Inner City Blues Band
May 25th
Marquise Knox

Standard Seating and Premium Table Seating tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (314) 925-0016 ext. 403 or in person the night of the show at the National Blues Museum Box Office.
If you can’t attend the show, watch it on our Live Stream feed
or on our Facebook page.Howlin’ Fridays are sponsored in part by The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis and WSIE 88.7 FM The Sound.


#RACStLouis #wsie887thesound #howlinfridays #nationalbluesmuseum

Soulful Sundays
in May

From 4-7 PM in the Lumière Place Legends Room

May 20th
Ghalia & Mama’s Boys
May 27th
Big George Brock

Standard Seating and Premium Table Seating tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (314) 925-0016 ext. 403 or in person the night of the show at the National Blues Museum Box Office.
If you can’t attend the show,
watch it on our Live Stream feed or on our Facebook page.Sponsored in part by the Missouri Arts Council

 #MoArtsCouncil #soulfulsundays #nationalbluesmuseum

Blues in Brief

Saturdays at noon feature our ‘Blues in Brief’ presentations,
showcasing the people, places and history of the Blues.
Free with your paid museum admission!

This Saturday, May 19th features:
The story of Chess Records

Next Saturday, May 26th features:
The Legend of the Crossroads

“The Blues Highway”

Have you heard the National Blues Museum’s radio program,
“The Blues Highway”?
You can listen live every Thursday from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
on WSIE 88.7 the Sound.

If you miss our show, you can always enjoy any of the Blues Highway shows on the National Blues Museum website.

Email us at radio@nationalbluesmuseum.org

 #wsie887thesound #nationalbluesmuseum #theblueshighway
The National Blues Museum Presents:
Cedric Burnside –
An Evening With

at the Old Rock House on May 24th
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

A Grammy nominee for best blues album for “Descendants of Hill Country, Cedric Burnside comes by his love of the music naturally, as he is the grandson of R.L. Burnside, and the son of drummer Calvin Jackson.
The ‘National Blues Museum Presents’ project
celebrates the Blues, and also accomplish 3 things.

1. Promote touring artists as they perform near the Museum.
2. Invite the artist to their (and your) National Blues Museum
3. Work with venues that hire the artists (besides our own).

It’s just a few ways to help keep the Blues alive & thriving.

#nationalbluesmuseum @cedricburnside #cedricburnside
#oldrockhousestl @oldrockhousestl

Albert Castiglia pays a visit
to the National Blues Museum

It was fun to have Albert pay a visit to the National Blues Museum while in town for a show at BB’s, on his way to the Blues Music Awards! He shared how Junior Wells was his mentor and inspiration, and posed next to Junior for a photo. Then Albert was off to Memphis to host the Blues Music Awards jam session at the Rum Boogie on Beale St. Enjoy it here on YouTube!

The National Blues Museum always welcomes musicians
to visit anytime they tour through St. Louis!

@AlbertCastiglia #AlbertCastiglia @BluesFoundation #BluesFoundation

We love our visitors

The National Blues Museum is a ‘must-see’ on any Blues Highway adventure, located right between Memphis & Chicago.

Here’s what some of our visitors had to say!Alec from New Haven, CT – “really beautiful exhibits”

Dan and Gisele from Shediach NB, Canada – “Well done tribute to the blues”

Marlene from Farmington, MI – “Very enjoyable”

Alan from Hobart Tasmania, Australia – “Simply wonderful & full of history, thoroughly recommend! 5 stars”

Come see for yourself why Nat Geo, the Smithsonian, NY TIMES and others have named the National Blues Museum a ‘Top Travel Destination’.

Bring your group tour!

We enjoy having local, national and international visitors of every age group visit the National Blues Museum for a group tour. From K-12 to corporate outings to senior groups, everyone enjoys visiting the National Blues Museum.

Pictured – Principia Students

If you’re interested in bringing your group to visit the National Blues Museum, drop us a line – our contact information is below.

Who To Contact

Adult Group Tours: Dave Beardsley, Coordinator
Volunteering : Dave Beardsley, Coordinator
School Group Tours: Kirk Zimmerman, Asst. Education Coordinator
Event Rentals: Jeri Peterson, Executive Assistant
Memberships: Jeri Peterson, Executive Assistant

Hours of Operation
10 AM – 5 PM,  Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 5 PM, Sunday – Monday

(314) 925-0016

Historia Mínima de la Pornografía


El término pornografía procede del griego:: porne es ‘prostituta’ o ‘puta’ y grafía ‘descripción’, es decir, descripción de una mujerzuela. Designa en origen, por tanto, la descripción de las prostitutas y, por extensión, de las actividades propias de su oficio. Hay que decir, sin embargo, que el término es de aparición muy reciente pues en la Grecia antigua nunca se usó la palabra pornografía.

Modernamente se entiende por tal un conjunto de materiales que muestran órganos genitales o actos sexuales y que se exhiben o contemplan con una determinada actitud que, normalmente, tiene por objeto la masturbación o, al menos, excitación de quien busca este tipo de materiales. Estos materiales normalmente se producen por interés lucrativo, aunque Internet ha introducido la posibilidad de acceder gratuitamente a ellos.

La pornografía se manifiesta principalmente a través de tres medios: la literatura, el cine y la fotografía, aunque también admite representaciones a través de otros medios como la escultura, la pintura, el cómic e inclusive el audio.


Bien podría decirse que la pornografía es casi tan vieja como el mundo. En tiempos prehistóricos se dibujaban o se hacían estatuillas con caracteres sexuales exagerados: senos enormes, falos prominentes.


Sin embargo, en aquella época, la intención de estas representaciones no era excitar sexualmente sino pedir a los dioses fertilidad y buenas cosechas.

En la India hay templos hinduistas construidos hace más de 2.500 años con decorados en relieve o esculturas que muestran parejas en el momento de la cópula.


En China se han descubierto dibujos y grabados de la época de la dinastía Chin con representaciones en pleno acto sexual. En las ruinas de las ciudades griegas se han encontrado desde jarrones con dibujos de parejas en el momento del coito hasta grafitis y textos con clara intencionalidad erótica.


Las ruinas de la ciudad de Pompeya, en el sur de Italia, sepultada por una erupción en 79 d.c. son como una cápsula de tiempo que ha permitido conocer cómo se divertían los romanos. Los restos del principal burdel de la ciudad muestran numerosas escenas de sexo.


El surgimiento del cristianismo convirtió a las manifestaciones gráficas de sexualidad en un tabú, pero no desaparecieron del todo pues resurgieron en el Renacimiento, bien abiertamente o bien de manera discreta o encubierta. La escultura que hizo Bernini de Teresa de Ávila la muestra en una pose que muchos interpretan como en un éxtasis orgásmico.


1601. Considerada la primera novela pornográfica de la literatura estadounidense, su autor, Mark Twain, la publicó de forma anónima. Su trama gira en torno a una supuesta reunión entre la reina Isabel I de Inglaterra, el dramaturgo Ben Jonson, el pirata Walter Raleigh y varios personajes de la nobleza, que se entregan al juego de relatar la mayor proeza erótica.

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La pornografía, tal como la conocemos hoy en día, surgió con la aparición de la fotografía. Pocos años después de que Daguerre inventara su daguerrotipo ya se hacían las primeras fotos de desnudos y las primeras fotos de parejas en el momento del coito.

En Gran Bretaña existe una fotografía tomada hacia el año 1890 que muestra una mujer realizando sexo oral a un hombre, en lo que sería la primera foto pornográfica en un país anglosajón.


La invención del cinematógrafo amplió aún más la producción de pornografía, sobretodo después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. En los Estados Unidos, la llamada revolución sexual de los años sesenta permitió que temas de sexualidad se trataran más abiertamente. Una consecuencia indirecta de estos cambios sociales fue el aumento en la producción gráfica de material de contenido erótico. Hacia la década de 1970 se produjeron una serie de películas que atrajeron gran número de espectadores al género pornográfico, entre ellas Deep Throat (Garganta Profunda), Taboo e Inside Jennifer Wells.


En la década de 1980 llegó al público a través de vídeos. Con la difusión masiva del video, millones de personas en todo el mundo pudieron ver películas porno en la privacidad de sus hogares, sin tener que asistir a un cine porno, lo que resultaba algo embarazoso.

Las estrellas pornográficas como Cicciolina o Rocco Siffredi se hicieron populares y ampliamente conocidas. Con el surgimiento de internet, el porno ha alcanzado una expansión aún mucho mayor.


Solar System 10 Things to Know: Planetary Atmospheres




Every time you take a breath of fresh air, it’s easy to forget you can safely do so because of Earth’s atmosphere. Life on Earth could not exist without that protective cover that keeps us warm, allows us to breathe and protects us from harmful radiation—among other things.

What makes Earth’s atmosphere special, and how do other planets’ atmospheres compare? Here are 10 tidbits:

1. On Earth, we live in the troposphere, the closest atmospheric layer to Earth’s surface. “Tropos” means “change,” and the name reflects our constantly changing weather and mixture of gases.

It’s 5 to 9 miles (8 to 14 kilometers) thick, depending on where you are on Earth, and it’s the densest layer of atmosphere. When we breathe, we’re taking in an air mixture of about 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen and 1 percent argon, water vapor and carbon dioxide.

2. Mars has a very thin atmosphere, nearly all carbon dioxide. Because of the Red Planet’s low atmospheric pressure, and with little methane or water vapor to reinforce the weak greenhouse effect (warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from the planet toward space), Mars’ surface remains quite cold, the average surface temperature being about -82 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 63 degrees Celsius).

3. Venus’ atmosphere, like Mars’, is nearly all carbon dioxide. However, Venus has about 154,000 times more carbon dioxide in its atmosphere than Earth (and about 19,000 times more than Mars does), producing a runaway greenhouse effect and a surface temperature hot enough to melt lead. A runaway greenhouse effect is when a planet’s atmosphere and surface temperature keep increasing until the surface gets so hot that its oceans boil away.

4. Jupiter likely has three distinct cloud layers (composed of ammonia, ammonium hydrosulfide and water) in its “skies” that, taken together, span an altitude range of about 44 miles (71 kilometers). The planet’s fast rotation—spinning once every 10 hours—creates strong jet streams, separating its clouds into dark belts and bright zones wrapping around the circumference of the planet.

5. Saturn’s atmosphere—where our Cassini spacecraft ended its 13 extraordinary years of exploration of the planet—has a few unusual features. Its winds are among the fastest in the solar system, reaching speeds of 1,118 miles (1,800 kilometers) per hour. Saturn may be the only planet in our solar system with a warm polar vortex (a mass of swirling atmospheric gas around the pole) at both the North and South poles. Also, the vortices have “eye-wall clouds,” making them hurricane-like systems like those on Earth.

Another uniquely striking feature is a hexagon-shaped jet streamencircling the North Pole. In addition, about every 20 to 30 Earth years, Saturn hosts a megastorm (a great storm that can last many months).

6. Uranus gets its signature blue-green color from the cold methane gas in its atmosphere and a lack of high clouds. The planet’s minimum troposphere temperature is 49 Kelvin (minus 224.2 degrees Celsius), making it even colder than Neptune in some places. Its winds move backward at the equator, blowing against the planet’s rotation. Closer to the poles, winds shift forward and flow with the planet’s rotation.

7. Neptune is the windiest planet in our solar system. Despite its great distance and low energy input from the Sun, wind speeds at Neptune surpass 1,200 miles per hour (2,000 kilometers per hour), making them three times stronger than Jupiter’s and nine times stronger than Earth’s. Even Earth’s most powerful winds hit only about 250 miles per hour (400 kilometers per hour). Also, Neptune’s atmosphere is blue for the very same reasons as Uranus’ atmosphere.

8. WASP-39b, a hot, bloated, Saturn-like exoplanet (planet outside of our solar system) some 700 light-years away, apparently has a lot of water in its atmosphere. In fact, scientists estimate that it has about three times as much water as Saturn does.

9. A weather forecast on “hot Jupiters”—blistering, Jupiter-like exoplanets that orbit very close to their stars—might mention cloudy nights and sunny days, with highs of 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit (about 1,300 degrees Celsius, or 1,600 Kelvin). Their cloud composition depends on their temperature, and studies suggest that the clouds are unevenly distributed.

10. 55 Cancri e, a “super Earth” exoplanet (a planet outside of our solar system with a diameter between Earth’s and Neptune’s) that may be covered in lava, likely has an atmosphere containing nitrogen, water and even oxygen–molecules found in our atmosphere–but with much higher temperatures throughout. Orbiting so close to its host star, the planet could not maintain liquid water and likely would not be able to support life.