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Tuesday, October 10 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis

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In his latest book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis, author and historian Richard Schwartz tells the fascinating life story of M.B. Curtis, the first Jewish-American actor to portray a Jewish character on an American stage. Trained in San Francisco and based there during his stardom, Curtis lived in the Berkeley area for years where he donated generous sums of money to civic projects and built the Peralta Hotel, the largest hotel in the Bay Area at the time (1891). Industrious, influential, and daring on and offstage, Curtis overcame the prejudices of late 19th-century America and lived the highs and lows of celebrity, often chasing his ideals of freedom and democracy through grand, dramatic gestures.. $12 general / $9.50 Museum members

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Richard Schwartz

Richard Schwartz is a historian and the author of Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley; Earthquake Exodus, 1906; Berkeley 1900; and The Circle of Stones. An outdoor enthusiast and animal lover, he worked on a Pennsylvania Dutch farm before heading west to find higher... Read More →

Tuesday October 10, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
Museum of Performance + Design 893B Folsom St., San Francisco, CA

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