Coming: 26th Buster Keaton Celebration
— Planning for a LIVE EVENT —
Buster Keaton in Changing Times

The Keaton Commemoration
is returning to Bowlus Arts Center, Iola, KS.

See Schedule of this Event, linked here

Visit the Bowlus Keaton Event Page for registration details

Special Guests: Melissa Talmadge Cox, Barbara Talmadge & Harry Keaton

Plans are underway to celebrated Buster Keaton at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center in Iola, KS, on Fri., Sept. 24 & Sat., Sept. 25, 2021. The theme will be "Buster Keaton in Changing Times." His life spanned being a part of the family vaudeville act as a child, becoming internationally known as a silent film comedian, transitioning into making "talkies," and generating fresh enthusiasm for his comic style with appearances on television and in full-color movies!

26th Celebration
Sept. 24 & 25, 2021
Bowlus Fine Arts Center

205 E. Madison, Iola, KS 66749
$40 Admission Fee for Weekend
or $25 per Day, or $5 for a Night- Screening

Admission is to be sold currently only by phone:
620-365-4765, M – F, 9am-4pm, or in person at Bowlus Fine Arts Center
— By the time of this September event full-capacity of the Bowlus venue will be available —

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW, and come celebrate with us!

Keaton Event Archives:

Pausing, with a "Goodbye" in Iola...
Extensive 2017 Iola Event Wrap-up,
interviews with 2017 participants
by Carrie Pomeroy
2017 Iola Wrap-up Photos
— link to 148 images from the 2017 event —

Wrap-up Summary of 2017 Iola Keaton Celebration

by musician/blogger Jeff Rapsis.

Soundcloud podcast of an interview Studs Terkel had with Buster Keaton, about 37 minutes in length, recorded in 1962.
You can watch & listen online on YouTube.

Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast!
   Iola's Keaton Celebration board member Keith Goering found this podcast online between comedian Gilbert Gottfried and his cohost, Frank Santopadre, speaking with actor James Karen, a great friend of Buster Keaton and an honored guest multiple times at Iola's Keaton Celebration. On the podcast they talk at length about Buster, and a great many other things. Toward the end, about 1 hr 26 min into the talk, they mention the Buster award, along with Iola. The podcast lasts over an hour and a half. You can listen online or download it.

50th anniversary of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center, Iola, KS, site of the annual Keaton Celebration. [Created by Keaton Celebration board member Keith Goering / 8 min..]

Video from Buster Keaton's Last Birthday (Oct. 1965, 70th), from American Masters

Fabulous Keaton Montage on youTube, compiling over 7 minutes of magic Keaton moments. Watch!


Harvard grads come to Kansas to film Old West thriller: Movie about infamous Bender family to begin shooting in July, 2013
-- by Jan Biles, Topeka Capital-Journal, 6-30-2013

NPR's Bob Mondello recommends Kino's "Buster Keaton: The Ultimate Collection." Read and/or listen to Bob's comments online. 1/24/2013

Fred KrebsFred Krebs was an original member of the Keaton Celebration Committee. Fred shared years of Keaton Celebration memories onstage at 20th Annual Keaton Celebration in Iola in September, 2012. Fred passed away December 28, 2012, at the age of 66.
He will be fondly remembered. 1/28/2012

From the APM site, usable with Real Player, Buster Keaton movie videos

The Paleface (1921)
Daydreams (1921)
The Playhouse (1921)
The Blacksmith (1922)

Columbia University transcriptions and audio files of Keaton talking about his career:
Interview: Buster Keaton on Comedy and Making Movies
— These files seem to have been blocked from public viewing, but links remain -- in case they ever return
Session One  — Buster Keaton's Vaudeville Childhood
Session Two  — "Fatty" Arbuckle Puts Buster Keaton in the Movies
Session Three  — Buster Keaton on Making Movies
Session Four  — Buster Keaton on the End of Silent Films
Listen to the interviews, then take the Quiz.

Crum on Show Biz: Worth 1,000 Words, Buster Keaton & his boys

Watch & hear Buster play ukulele, a clip from Columbia short "Pest from the West," 1939

Quotes by Buster and about Buster @ Wikiquote
About the passing of Buster's son, James Talmadge

Buster Keaton was almost literally "born in a trunk."
His parents had stopped in Piqua, Kansas in early October, 1895 while
performing with a traveling medicine show. Myra Keaton missed playing the saxophone at
the October 4th performance when Buster arrived,
delivered in a boarding house just across the street from the site of the evening performance.
Young Keaton began appearing on stage with his parents at a tender age,
became a child vaudeville star on Broadway, and earned a reputation as a comic genius
in the world at large with a body of classic silent film comedy.
He died in California in 1966.

In 1993, the city of Iola, Kansas, seven miles east of Piqua,
decided that it was time to start celebrating
the life of their Kansas native son with an annual Buster Keaton Celebration.

All celebrations 1993-2017 were hosted by the Bowlus Fine Arts Center of Iola.
These celebrations included insights into Buster's work by such notibles as
Eleanor Keaton
, David Shepard, Steve Allen, Kevin Brownlow and Leonard Maltin. These and other Keaton experts have mixed with fans in this pleasant,
small-town atmosphere. Celebrations occurred on the last weekend of September, when we celebrated the life of Buster Keaton with film, lecture, music and sharing.

All 1993-2017 events were funded, in part, by the Kansas Humanities Council
with help from the Iola Tourism Fund and private donations

Whereas the first 3 Iola celebrations were not recorded, below is a record of the Iola celebrations since 1996.

Keaton Celebration Archive:
2020: no event
no event
2018: Buster Keaton & W.C. Fields / Keaton in K.C. (available if you log in on Facebook)
Buster Keaton:Celebrating 100 Years of Laughter
Keaton & the Wild West
Keaton & the Marx Brothers
no event
Keaton, Chaplin and the Fabulous Fifties
The Timeless Comedy of Buster Keaton
Keaton & The Kansas Filmmakers
2010: Keaton & The Sad Clowns
2009: Keaton & World War I
2008: Keaton & Will Rogers
Keaton & Douglas Fairbanks
Keaton & the Funny Ladies
Keaton & W.C. Fields
Keaton & Kovacs
Keaton Vaudeville
: 10th Anniversary Celebration
2001: 2001, a Keaton Odyssey
2000: Keaton & Laurel & Hardy
1999: Keaton & Lloyd
1998: Keaton & Pickford
1997: Keaton & Chaplin
1996: Keaton & Arbuckle
Speakers List: 1993-1995

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