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Ghost O Crosstown

Ghost O Crosstown

Most known for her days as a flapper in the speakeasies of the 20s, Lauralynn Hemsely, otherwise known by her pen name, Ghost O. Crosstown, has an extensive resume of literary works dating back to 1901. Her first novel gave unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt Jr., something unheard of at the time. She penned the president’s personal biography titled, “ “Walk softly and carry a big stick,” names after a quote Roosevelt was widely known for. Her flamboyant days as a dancer earned her a slew of colorful and well heeled friends, granting her admission to exclusive clubs and societies in and around the nation’s capitol at the time. Also focused on the supernatural, Hemsely was sure she had a connection to the “other side” and often said she saw ghost regularly. Her untimely death and sightings around her late home in Memphis, Tennessee made her a legend and a myth in the Crosstown section of the city. She has been known to cause trouble for and even haunt the Crosstown area to no avail. Her writings, including the Arts in Motion blog, Ghosts of Crosstown edition, give readers an inside look at the goings-on of the Sears Crosstown area as far back as its grand opening in 1927.

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Arts In Motion: Ghosts of Crosstown part 2

Posted on April 3rd, 2014

Any good ghost knows you can’t possibly pen a great opera without a compelling story and an intriguing score, and that’s just what Ghosts of Crosstown offers: climactic crescendos, a dramatic rise and fall that keeps you wondering what will happen next. Of course, being that I’ve been around the block a few hundred times, I know EXACTLY what to expect.  read more »

Topics: Opera Memphis, ArtsMemphis, Arts in Motion, Midtown Opera Festival

Arts In Motion: Ghosts of Crosstown part 1

Posted on March 25th, 2014

Here lies the evolution of Opera and the new angles, messages and audiences it’s reaching. You may know nothing of the subject, be unfamiliar with any noted works or libretti (we’ll get to that one later,) but who said change was easy? Not me. I’m still sneaking up on and scaring the beetlejuice out of people from 1943! By the way, I’m Ghost. Ghost O. Crosstown. (Where’s a rim shot when you need one)?  read more »

Topics: Opera Memphis, ArtsMemphis, Arts in Motion, Midtown Opera Festival