Art and Poetry
Brody exhibited art on his restaurant walls, by a variety of artists. A dozen cartoons hung on the walls, the work of artists including Bill Steig, Hoff, Ted Key, Larry Reynolds, John Day, Derso and Kelen. Other works hanging on the walls:
Greenwich Village art experts have tabbed 71-year-old Indian Princess Wawacha, whose paintings can be seen at the Albert French restaurant, as “another Grandma Moses.”
A celebrity incognito:
The name Doris Sirod is signed to a couple of paintings on view at the Albert French restaurant, and although the eating place is located in Greenwich Village, you can be sure that painter isn’t one of the traditional artists of the Bohemian garrets. Sirod is, of course, Doris spelled backwards, and that’s the name Doris Duke uses on some of her masterpieces....
The restaurant hosted the first Greenwich Village Sidewalk Flower Show in 1959:
Flowers grown indoors and outdoors for the first annual Greenwich Village Sidewalk Flower Show will be set up on the south and east pavilions of the Albert French Restaurant, 42 East Eleventh Street. Visitors will be welcome from 12 noon to 9 P.M. tomorrow through May 3. There is no admission charge. Special sections will be devoted to roses, suspended and hanging blooms, kitchen orchids, cacti, miniature dahlias, azaleas and wild flowers. Literature on garden care and plant histories will be provided free by exhibitors. Events scheduled during the show include the election of a queen and the display of several new blooms to be named after Village landmarks.
And the restaurant hosted an annual poetry contest:
Albert French Restaurant announces
its famous annual
FIRST PRIZE $200.00
AND MANY OTHER CASH PRIZES
NOW EVEN POETS CAN MAKE MONEY>
Come all you scops, you would be minnesingers or you can even “list in numbers”
NO HOLDS, BARD
No box tops needed, not even a reasonable facsimile of poetry needed. Just get your entries in by September 26th and confine yourself to 3 minutes reading time...or less.
ENTRIES MUST BE IN BY SATURDAY, SEPT. 26
FINAL JUDGING BY BROADWAY STARS
MONDAY, SEPT. 28TH - 11 A.M.
The finalists will be judged with 3 minute readings by a panel of Broadway Stars
Sponsored by Albert French Restaurant
42 East 11th Street, N.Y.C.