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'The Kazoo: More Than Just An Annoying Party Favor' Exhibit


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until January 30, 2013[days & times]
  • WHERE University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

"The Kazoo: More than Just an Annoying Party Favor" exhibit will showcase the kazoo's African and African-American roots, plot its place in Americana, reveal its role in the early jazz age, catalog its classical repertoire, and peek at its popular music successes. A collection of intriguing kazoos will be on display.

Some surprising kazoo facts will be explored further at the exhibit: Speech therapists have had considerable success using the kazoo as a therapy tool. Richard Wagner, Arnold Schoenberg, Charles Ives, Paul McCartney, and other musical luminaries have used the kazoo in composition, performance, and recording.

An exhibit bonus: the physics behind how the kazoo works will be revealed!

Exhibit runs January 2 through January 30, 2013 on the lower level, West wing of Geisel Library at UC San Diego. For more information, contact the exhibit curator, Scott Paulson, at or (858) 822-5758

National Kazoo Day Event: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 12:00 noon
Live event at the exhibit site! All library visitors on National Kazoo Day will get a free kazoo! We'll survey the kazoo's greatest hits and premiere some new chamber works for kazoo. Hosted by Scott Paulson, outreach coordinator of the Arts Library at UC San Diego. Free exhibit, free event, free kazoo.

Location: UC San Diego’s Geisel Library, 9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA 92093 Google Maps

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Exterior image of UC San Diego’s Geisel Library where "Th...

Above: Exterior image of UC San Diego’s Geisel Library where "The Kazoo: More Than Just An Annoying Party Favor" is on display beginning January 2- January 30.


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