This is one guy you don’t want to mess with! If you do, Ken Frawley just might tie you up, without ever laying a finger on you. It’s one of his “tricks”- -the flying loop- -quite like a rope trick that Will Rogers used to do all over the world!
More often than not, however, if Frawley does tie you up, it will because he’s doing one of his American Heritage shows. As part of his performing repertoire, Frawley travels around the country as an old-time Cowboy, fascinating children and adults, as well. On Tuesday, November 16, at 4:00 p.m., the Encino-Tarzana Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library will present Frawley’s eclectic show, complete with songs, stories and more.
For more than twenty years, Frawley, an avid historian, has been performing acts that reflect American traditions, bringing a new richness and understanding to our past. When he first started out performing at churches and YMCAs, he never expected that one day it would become his livelihood. Yet, he couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out because entertaining people brings him an inordinate amount of joy.
He is also an enthusiastic storyteller, because he points out that for centuries storytelling was an integral part of civilization. Among his favorite tales are those of Br’er Rabbit, a character he describes as “the quintessential American trickster.” Using a puppet to accompany his performance, Frawley said that children thoroughly enjoy the animated antics that ensue; it’s one time when children do not have to be quiet in the library!
Frawley has spent a good deal of his time over the years, doing research and studying American history. When he started his endeavor, back before the Internet and search engines were invented, Frawley spent many long hours in the library reading books. Whenever he was interested in a certain period of time, or a particular person, he approached the topic from a holistic point of view. As a result, he learned about all aspects of the subject, including the music, art, science, and other related phenomenon. Ask him what was one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite songs sung at a celebration at the end of the Civil War, and he’ll tell you without hesitation: “Blue Tail Fly”. It’s such trivia that adds much interest and awe to his educational presentations.
Who knew history could be such fun?
(Ken Frawley will perform in “American Heritage Harvest Festival” on Tuesday, November 16, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. The performance is free. The Encino-Tarzana Library is located at 18231 Ventura Blvd. Tarzana, 91356. For additional information call: (818) 343-1983. To find out more about Frawley visit his website.)