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Monthly Archives: June 2003
Monday, June 30, 2003
POSTED: 5:32 p.m. EDT June 30, 2003
NEW YORK — GABE PRESSMAN, host:
It’s the 150th anniversary of Central Park. And for parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, this world-famous institution symbolizes the challenges ahead. He supervises 28,000 acres of parkland. At a time when budget austerity is the rule, he’s trying to maintain the health of the parks system. Among his challenges: finding lifeguards for the city’s beaches and pools, rebuilding park facilities shattered by decades of wear and tear, planting trees and flowers. In the vast parks system, there are playgrounds, ball fields, tennis courts, swimming pools and skating rinks. And Commissioner Benepe, who started his career as a teen-aged seasonal helper picking up litter and mopping locker rooms, became a student of horticulture. It’s a passion for that field that he brings to his work.
@Ms. Yuka Takara, of Naha City, who has been active as a free dancer in New York City, returned to Okinawa after an interval of two years, and told of her activities.
@After graduating from Okinawa Christian School, she went to the United States to study modern jazz, hip hop, and tap. She trained hard, and has developed her ability step by step.
@Ms. Sachiko Takara, her ballet coach from when she was five to eighteen, commented, “She acquired her basic skills through classic ballet. It is not as though she plunged into the world only with her dreams. She has the power and shines even though she is small.”
Sunday, June 29, 2003
Thanks to Brandon for alerting me to this. Seems like the cover of “The Rose” DVD has been changed for the US/Canada edition. As Brandon so eloquently puts it…they aren’t using “that ugly one where she looks like a hooker…” Well, it’s true…LOL That was some horrible cover or paint job on the overseas version. My apologies to whomever did that cover:-) Anyway, I really like this cover much better….
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Theatrical Release Date: November 7, 1979
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
Run Time: 134 minutes
Saturday, June 28, 2003
Scan and Design: BaltoBoy Steve
Mister D: Babydivine has been sick, and sick enough to send me this cute poem. Her own words are better: “I accidentally wrote a Bette poem so I thought I’d make u suffer by sending it to ya!”…Thank you, BDJ
The Divine Mrs VonHaselberg
The Divine Miss M
Mrs Martin VonHaselberg.
A sleek black lime
An unreliable Honda
Upper Fifth Avenue penthouse
Gay bathhouse on the wrong side of town
Walking the dog in the park.
Friday, June 27, 2003
Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks W/Guests
To Dan Hicks, the current rebirth of big band swing and jazz is just another curl in the same wave he’s been riding since the late ’60s.
Seemingly fixed in time, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks delighted audiences in the early 1970s with swinging flashbacks to the jazzy sounds of another era. Hicks’ dry humor on the likes of “Where’s the Money?” and “I Scare Myself” was especially winning, as was his low-key vocal interplay with his sexy backing singers, Naomi Eisenberg and Mary Ann Price.
Thursday, June 26, 2003
Picture: Bette and Darlene Love
Ellie Greenwich has the key to hit songs, so listen up
By Lisa Davies
SYDNEY, June 25 AAP – Everyone has their own view on what makes a hit song but Ellie Greenwich’s is backed by a pretty impressive record.
Greenwich has written some of the most catchy and successful singles of the past 40 years, including Be My Baby, And Then He Kissed Me, Do Wha Diddy Diddy, Chapel of Love, River Deep Mountain High, and Leader of the Pack.
Some of these songs have been recorded and rerecorded by artists like Elton John, The Supremes, The Beach Boys, Bette Midler, Cher, Celine Dion, John Lennon and even Australia’s own Jimmy Barnes.
Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Bette Midler-the divine gay icon once known as the “Queen of Trash”-charges along with her mission to clean up New York City.
And now us gays can help!
By: John Polly
Back in the mid 1980s, the primetime CBS news show 48 Hours dedicated an episode to the behind-the-scenes world of Hollywood. Backstage at an awards show, the camera crew snagged a moment with Bette Midler. In a split-second interraction, the reporter thrust a microphone in front of the vampy diva and volleyed off a quick query: “How did you make it? How did you get to where you are today?” Without missing a beat, Midler’s answer came with the frank, wry sass that the star is known for: “Honey, I worked like a dog. I worked like a dog.”
Tuesday, June 24, 2003
Linda Hart, Hairspray’s “Miss Baltimore Crabs,” Developing a Musical for Herself
By Kenneth Jones
June 24, 2003
Hairspray actress Linda Hart told Playbill On-Line she is planning a musical project for herself that will draw on the performing stories she has accumulated over the years, from singing gospel with her family to serving as one of Bette Midler’s “Harlettes.” The varied lives Hart has led — as a gospel-singin’ daughter whose Texas parents were traveling tent preachers, as backup in Midler’s bawdy concerts and as a Broadway star in Anything Goes and Hairspray — should provide fertile soil for musical exploration not only of character, but of changing times, diverse places and distinct musical styles.
BenQ FP791 LCD monitor
JUNE 24, 2003
TIRED of that CRT beast stretching from the front to the back of your desk? Fancy moving away from beige, bulky and boring towards slim, sleek and seductive?
BenQ’s FP791 LCD monitor could be the CRT replacement you’ve been waiting for. Everybody wants more room on their desk, and most of us have noticed the LCD screens in notebook computers manage perfectly without weighing a ton, or stretching half way to the corner shop.
Monday, June 23, 2003
The big bang theory
By Karen Thomas, USA TODAY
First, braids. Now, bangs.
Celebrity hairstyles come and go, but this summer we’re seeing lots of stars sporting that schoolkid look, with heavy bangs brushing eyelashes.
Gwyneth Paltrow hit a screening of Ashtanga, NY with bangs added to her straight-arrow ‘do. Mary J. Blige was sporting new blond bangs at VH1’s Diva Duets. Heidi Klum was on the cover of the May Elle looking as if her mom had just sheared her bangs at the kitchen table. Bette Midler hosted a picnic June 11 with new bangs, and Liv Tyler was recently married in bangs.