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Monthly Archives: November 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Thanks to a Divine BetteHead, who wishes to remain anonymous, we have about 7 “behind the scenes” pics to look at from Ms. Midler’s appearance on “The View.” I put them in the “Scrapbook 4 BetteHeads” : Click Here Love, Mister D PS: Many, many thanks to the special person who sent these in…..
11/29/2005 Antiques and the Arts Online It Just Keeps Getting Better And Better: Modernism Celebrates 20 Years By David S. Smith NEW YORK CITY – Older, wiser and better looking than ever, Modernism: A Century of Style and Design, 1900–2000, opened its doors for a four-day run with a lavish star-studded preview party and awards ceremony on Wednesday evening, November 9. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the show was by far the best looking Modernism to date, the merchandise was stellar, and many of the dealers outdid themselves with sumptuous presentations. Modernism has become the jewel in the Sanford Smith stable of shows and its importance as a premier Twentieth Century venue has become internationally recognized. Who, however, can forget the fun-filled days of the crazy lunch boxes, the Predicta TVs and the eye-popping colorful displays of Herman Miller’s designer’s furnishings seen in booths across the floor. In Modernism’s humble beginnings, many of the dealers also participated in Smith’s Fall Folk Art show and naturally they were among the first to sign on for the new venue. The show was cliquey, yet its serious side began to show through immediately. The preview, a benefit for the Brooklyn Museum of Art, boasted one of the largest attendances in the show’s history with more than 900 joining the celebration. The star-studded field included Bette Midler, Candice Bergen, musician David Byrne, Martha Stewart, Ulma Thurman, Michael Richards, David Hyde Pierce and Steve Martin, who reportedly did some buying at the show. There were also top European dealers, big-time American collectors and numerous representatives from museums across the country taking serious looks at items seen all around the floor. For the full article and some great history: Click Here
Monday, November 28, 2005
Well, that sounds like my surprise birthday parties…Barry could never, ever keep a secret from me. And then I took over. I wonder if Bette does the same thing…LOL Scan: Da’Vi Anyway, seems as if Martin and his elves are planning a surprise birthday party for Bette and it’s driving her insane…but methinks she’ll gain control “somewhere along the way.” There I go quoting songs again…I do wish I could stop! Anyway, that’s basically what she and the girls talked about for the short segment that Bette was on. Later on, Bette came out and sang a sassy version of “I’m A Woman” to close out the show. She seemed like she was enjoying herself and left the audience in good spirits. Thanks to Da’Vi, we have some scans from the show: Click Here (And you can see the ladies of The View actually asking Bette to show off her cute ass…I kid you not! 🙂 ) Related Article: Contact Music MIDLER PREPARING FOR BIG SURPRISE 28/11/2005 21:14 BETTE MIDLER is bracing herself for a 60th birthday surprise because she knows her husband is arranging something grand. The WIND BENEATH MY WINGS singer is convinced her husband MARTIN is planning a big bash to help the diva celebrate her landmark birthday later this week (01DEC05). She says, “I have no idea what’s going on… and every time I say, ‘Well, did you invite so-and-so, he says, ‘What party?’ “But I see them on the phone all the time… I see them in the office, my beautiful assistant, JILL, and I see my husband plotting and I see him at the computer all the time and I know there’s something going on. “I know there’s a party; I just don’t know where it is, who’s coming, what time it is.” Midler secretly hopes her instincts are wrong – because she hates hosting parties. She explains, “I would be so relieved (if I was wrong). Parties are hard for me because I always feel like I have to entertain.”
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Season 6 of Seinfeld has been released on DVD. This included the episode, “The Understudy” in which Ms. Midler appeared as herself. This partcular DVD box set contains 4 discs with Bette’s episode being the last on the last disc. Here is what is included as far as extras:
6-24. The Understudy – Inside Look (10:28) includes interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Director Andy Ackerman, Costume Designer Charmaine Simmons, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, Writer Carol Leifer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Stiller, Larry David, John O’Hurley, and Writer Peter Mehlman. Jerry talks about the real softball games involving celebrites. They talk about Bette Midler, Frank speaking Korean, how they got some lines from Buddy Rich bootleg tapes, the J. Peterman catalog, and the loss of Marjorie Gross. Deleted Scenes (4 Scenes – 2:49) – Jerry, George, and Genniece are in the hospital looking for Bette Midler. Bette and one of her teammates talk at the softball field. Jerry and George run inside the apartment after George barrels into Bette Midler. Kramer and Bette talk about Bob Barker and The Price Is Right in Bette’s hospital room. ...
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Bette Performs at “Womenâ€™s Voices for Change” for the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), “the leading non-profit, scientific organization devoted to womenâ€™s health through midlife and beyond.” (According to Ms. Smith, “the evening benefited underprivileged women who cannot afford gynecological health care.”) Liz Smith and Governor Ann Richards were the hosts for the event…the very first honoree and award recipient was Gail Sheehy, who many , especially of my age might remember, wrote the book, “Passages.” Bette supposedly came barrelling out with songs and jokes right after dessert…ending with a standing ovulation (just a joke kids, not a typo!) and closed the evening down with a beautiful rendition of “The Rose.” Ah, I wish I lived in New York! Love, Mister D PS: Now go make your MP3 audio tapes for Darrell expressing your birthday greetings for Bette…don’t know what I’m talking about? Read below!
Billboard Top Internet Sales Bette charts at Number 18 in her 4th week – peak was number 8 Billboard Top 200 Bette charts at Number 77 in her 4th week – peak was number 10
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Help Celebrate Bette Midler’s 6oth Birthday With Darrell & Mister D
Help Us Make A Video! (For Posterity!)
Want to help Darrell and I with a video project for Bette Midler's 60th Birthday? If yes, then head on over to Bootleg Betty and read the fine details!
The Christian Science Monitor Into It: Jim Brickman November 25, 2005
I love this new Bette Midler tribute to Peggy Lee [Bette Midler sings the Peggy Lee Songbook]. Icons like Peggy Lee are people who new generations don’t get to hear unless an artist like Bette Midler decides to do it, like she did with the Rosemary Clooney album. [Midler] is sort of an interpreter-type singer. One of the things I love about her is that she knows what she’s singing about. She’s acting the song. The performer has to be able to bring the song to life and connect the song material with the audience. [It’s] not how loud they can sing a note or how many riffs they can do. That’s what always frustrates me about the “American Idol” generation. Some of the pop music I like: Rob Thomas and Matchbox 20. It’s personal and inventive. I listen to some country. Keith Urban represents the ability to make country music accessible to everybody. ...
CD pick of the week NUVO – Chuck Workman Higher Ground – Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert 18 stars of jazz and pop Bluenote Records This is the audio portion of the PBS Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert of Sept. 17, 2005, at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Its purpose was to resurrect the artistic culture of a community that created an original and perpetual music for the world: jazz! Wynton Marsalis and the LCJO perform with a passion and urgency. Artists from New Orleans and beyond like Terence Blanchard, The Nevilles, Buckwheat Zydeco, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, James Taylor, Norah Jones, Shirley Caesar and Bette Midler are just a few who give heartfelt performances. Trumpeters Terence Blanchard on â€œOver Thereâ€ and Irvin Mayfield on â€œJust A Closer Walk With Theeâ€ give soul-stirring and absorbing performances. Rating: Not necessary, because â€œall of the net proceeds from sale of this CD are to benefit the musicians and music-related enterprises of Greater New Orleans area affected by Hurricane Katrina.â€