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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…..
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.
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
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.
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.”
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
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.