Were you looking for a way to celebrate Shakespeare's 444 birthday? Why not celebrate at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC? On April 27, from noon to 4 pm, there will be jugglers, jesters, music, song, and dance. Also, you can perform your favorite lines of Shakespeare (what ARE your favorite lines of Shakespeare?) on the Folger stage, or take part in treasure hunts of the Folger's reading rooms on the only day of the entire year that they're open to the public. What fun! Click here for all the info.
And if you wanted to do a little light reading on Shakespeare to prepare for the party, why not try Bill Bryson's Shakespeare: The World as Stage? The book is devoted to what we DON'T know about Shakespeare, and it's full of amusing anecdotes -- such as that he never spells his name the same way twice in the signatures of his that survive -- Willm Shaksp, William Shakespe, Wm Shakspe, William Shakspere, Willm Shakspere, and William Shakspeare. Oh, how my inner proofreader cringes!
**The art above is by an unknown artist. It's oil on panel, late 1600s to early 1700s.