Monthly Archives: January 2009

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Face To Face in Washington D.C.

Face-to-Face Portrait Talks F Street Lobby, Thursday’s 6p.m- 6:30 p.m. Each week, a staff member of the National Portrait Gallery or a special guest speaker brings visitors face-to-face with a portrait by offering an insight into one person. Visitors meet the presenter in the F Street lobby and then walk to the appropriate gallery. In the February Face-to-Face talks, “Face the Music at the Portrait Gallery.” The next Face-to-Face talk is this Thursday, February 5, when researcher Maya Foo speaks about the portrait of Bette Midler by Richard Amsel in the exhibition “Ballyhoo: Posters as Portraiture.” The talk runs from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Visitors meet the presenter in the museum’s F Street lobby and then walk to the appropriate gallery. * Researcher Maya Foo speaks about the portrait of Bette Midler by Richard Amsel Thursday, February 5, 6p.m – 6:30 p.m * Executive assistant of the deputy director Lauren Johnson speaks about Maria Callas by Henry Koerner Thursday, February 12, 6p.m – 6:30 p.m * Historian Jim Barber speaks about Thelonious Monk by Boris Chaliapin in celebration of Black History Month Thursday, February 19, 6p.m – 6:30 p.m * Archivist and poet Reuben Jackson speaks about Ornette Coleman by Frederick J. Brown in celebration of Black History Month Thursday, February 26 6p.m – 6:30 p.m
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Friday, January 30, 2009

Back In The U.K. U.K.

I just found out Bette will be heading back to the United Kingdom in a week or so to appear on Dancing On Ice once again. So all you Yukkies, please be looking for our fave diva and take really good care of her…… Love, Mister D
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Thursday, January 29, 2009

BillBoard BoxScore Concert Grosses Chart

All the naysayers can kiss Bette’s brass and my ass. She came in at Number One and Number 2 for Ticket sales followed by Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Diamond, and L’il Wayne. There were for the dates Jan 17, 18 and 24, 25th. There is a rumor going around (and a rumor is not fact, please remember) that Bette may be extending her contract with Caesar’s. That rumor is coming from Celine Dion, herself, who seems anxious to get back to Vegas after her World Tour comes to an end. After that, she wants to drop a baby, rest, and then get back in the groove taking turns with Bette and Cher at Vegas’s new Gay Mecca, Caesars. Yes, straight people are allowed to see the show, even those that eschew us. Yes, friends, breeders, and mookies, even we know how the Bible works moreso than some fundamentalist Christians do, I think. Even those of us who don’t practice Christianity or other faiths. It’s just common sense to treat people the way you want to be treated…well unless you’re a sadist, but that’s a whole other subject. But you all get my drifteroo. Okay. I don’t know how I got here, but it’s been fun, so bye and later. Love, Mister D
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Bette Midler: An Icon For All Ages

Enterprise-Record – Chico,CA,USA Bette Midler performs at Caesar’s Palace By PATRICIA FELDHAUS – The Buzz Posted: 01/29/2009 12:00:00 AM PST LAS VEGAS — Bette Midler, 63, still has the pizzazz to hold an audience of 2,000 people in the palm of her hand. Ushered in by a staged tornado, the “People’s Diva” enthralled her fans — some even flying in from Great Britain just to see her at Caesar’s Palace Coliseum in Las Vegas. With her amazing voice and spectacular outfits she started with “I’m Alive” and “In the Mood” and closed the show by accompanying herself on her ukulele with “The Story of Love.” Her encore was “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” with a large screen background of Midler portraying three different persons singing in harmony. The “Divine Miss M.” was accompanied on stage by a 17-piece band, a dancing trio, “The Starlight Harlettes” more than 20 high-kicking Caesar’s Salad Showgirls “with a little dressing,” which proved that “A Showgirl Must Go On.” As Delores del Lago, a mermaid with a tale, Midler entered in a motorized wheelchair with her mermaid retinue and started hopping around the stage in a dance routine which was hilarious. She also featured cameo appearances on the big screen of the three judges of “American Idol” whose faces were distorted by the computer in bizarre ways appraising her performance plus Elvis Presley singing “Now or Never.” Crowd pleasers were “Viva Las Vegas” and “Luck Be a Lady Tonight.” In one musical presentation Midler and the showgirls twirled little round white balls like Maori performers. “From a Distance” featured beaded trees that descended from above against a changing forest scene. For in “The Rose,” Midler encouraged fans to wave their lighted cell phones over their heads in the second verse — creating a candlelight atmosphere — and to sing along on the third verse. These last two pieces were touching and this writer thinks there were few dry eyes in the house. Some of Midler’s jokes reminded this writer of old time vaudeville while many of the dance routines skirted around burlesque shows with large pink plumed fans tastefully covering certain areas of the bodies. Midler alluded to her age by saying, “When I was performing 30 to 40 years ago, my audience was on drugs. Now they’re on medications.” Bette Midler is truly an icon for all ages.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

AARP (50 Years Or Older) Picks Winners For Adult Oriented Movies

Posted on Tue, Jan. 27, 2009 ‘Frost/Nixon’ named best movie for grown-ups By ROBERT W. BUTLER Movies loved by young people may dominate the box office, but that doesn’t mean old folks don’t have their favorites. For example, “Frost/Nixon” was chosen as the movie of the year by AARP The Magazine in its annual Movies for Grown-ups Awards. Meryl Streep was named best actress over 50; Frank Langella was best actor. In fact, for this competition you have to be 50 years old even to be considered. Among the winners: • Best movie for grown-ups: “Frost/Nixon.” Runners-up: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Doubt,” “Married Life,” “The Wrestler.” • Actress: Meryl Streep, “Doubt.” Runners-up: Frances McDormand, “Burn After Reading”; Catherine Deneuve, “A Christmas Tale”; Alfre Woodard, “The Family That Preys”; Annette Bening, “The Women.” • Actor: Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon.” Runners-up: Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”; Clint Eastwood, “Gran Torino”; Chris Cooper, “Married Life”; Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor.” • Supporting actress: Christine Baranski and Julie Walters, “Mamma Mia!” Runners-up: Kim Cattrall, “Sex and the City”; Bette Midler, “Then She Found Me”; Debra Winger, “Rachel Getting Married”; Cloris Leachman, “The Women.” • Supporting actor: Bill Irwin, “Rachel Getting Married.” Runners-up: Bill Murray, “City of Ember”; John Malkovich, “Burn After Reading”; Dennis Quaid, “The Express”; Pierce Brosnan, “Mamma Mia!” • Director: Gus Van Sant, “Milk.” • Screenwriter: J. Michael Straczynski, “Changeling.” • Grown-up love story: Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in “Last Chance Harvey.” • Comedy for grown-ups: “Ghost Town.” • Intergenerational film: “The Visitor.” • Documentary: “Man on Wire.” • Foreign language film: “Edge of Heaven.” • Buddy picture: “The Family That Preys.” • Movie for grown-ups who refuse to grow up: “Iron Man.”
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Save The Children

NYSD Anniversaries, films, and fashion March 13-22, ???? Mister D: I’m not really sure how old this article is….there is no date. But the cause never is outdated: (Robert Daly, Bette, Deepak Chopra, Carole Bayer Sager) Last Thursday night at Lincoln Center, Save the Children celebrated its 75th anniversary of service to children and families. The evening paid tribute to President George H.W. Bush, President William J. Clinton, and Melinda Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for their global humanitarian work and support of Save the Chldren and its programs which reach 12 U.S. states as well as more than 50 countries worldwide. Samuel L. Jackson was Master of Ceremonies. Throughout the evening Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars told their inspirational stories through music and dance. The All Stars are a group of talented musicians who were forced to flee their homeland of Sierra Leone during its horrific civil war. They provided a stirring musical interpretation of life in the refugee camps, the horrors of war, and the universal need for peace. The SLRAS’s story has been documented in an award winning film that debuted this summer on PBS. Who was there: Presidents Bush (Sr.) and Clinton, Mrs. Gates, Mr. Jackson, Bette Midler, Julianne Moore, Drew Carey, Mischa Barton, Ellen Barkin, Edie Falco, Blythe Danner, Robert and Eva Cavalli, Cokie Roberts, Deepak Chopra, Christopher Plummer, Idina Menzel, Anna Deavere Smith, Liza Edelstein, Charles MacCormack, President and CEO of Save the Children, Mark Kennedy Shriver, Vice President and Managing Director of Save the Children’s US Programs.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Shayna Steele Launches Her New Website Today!

Mister D: We all know Ms. Steele as Bette’s background vocalist, but there’s much, much more going on with this talented young lady. Check out her new website today and see the bright future that lies before her. Here’s a note from Shayna to all you Betteheads and fans:

Hi Friends and Fans- I want to welcome you to visit my new website! I’m so excited and I’ve put so much work and love into the site. I hope you love it just as much as I do! Visit to see pictures, video, buy music and see the latest news, show schedule and release date for my upcoming album! If you don’t see the site right away, it will certainly be up by the end of the day. Spread the word! Happy 2009, friends! Much love, Shayna -Shayna Steele  ...  Read More

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Look At Those…Baubles!!!!!

Midler’s name, and brief appearance, a boon to Nevada Ballet Theatre By John Katsilometes Bette Midler, shown with her Nevada Ballet Theatre Woman of the Year award on Jan. 17. Photo: Audrey Dempsey (Bette Midler, shown with her Nevada Ballet Theatre Woman of the Year award on Jan. 17. Photo: Audrey Dempsey ) Metaphorically, it is the mantra of the recession: There is no dancing if there is no money. That is literally true at Nevada Ballet Theatre. All that staging, all those sequined-splashed dancing tights and the dancers wearing those costumes, do not pay for themselves. Not surprisingly, NBT has been pinched financially for at least a year leading up to last night’s Black & White Ball at Caesars Palace, celebrating the company’s silver anniversary and drawing on the super-famous name of Bette Midler as this year’s Woman of the Year. “We almost always live in a recession. The arts are always going uphill. We started feeling it early in 2008, with our donations going down. Ticket sales have been off, and at the end of 2008, we felt it. Even Nutcracker, our meat and potatoes, was down,” NBT co-fonder and 1986 Woman of the Year Nancy Houssels said during a pre-dinner reception at the Cartier boutique at Caesars. “So we are definitely feeling it and we need to be resourceful and creative.” More That means, adhering to a strategy that has been in place over the past several years, NBT has invited celebrities – big names recognizable across the country – to join the list of Women of the Year. In 2001 Larry Ruvo of Southern Wine & Spirits convinced Houssels to take that route, pointing to his own wildly successful Keep Memory Alive galas for the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute. Sometimes the NBT choices make perfect sense. Ann-Margret, who famously shimmied with Elvis in Viva Las Vegas and has for decades performed in Las Vegas showrooms, was the 2005 honoree. Rita Rudner, for years a Strip headliner with a background in ballet, was the Woman of the Year in 2006. But sometimes the results are laughable; Paula Abdul’s loopy promenade through the 2007 gala at Wynn Las Vegas has become part of NBT lore. Houssels, who was something less than thrilled at having to deal with Cirque du Abdul that night, explained that the resulting exposure (clips on such syndicated celeb news shows as Entertainment Tonight, and footage on Abdul’s reality show, Hey, Paula!) long outlasted the headaches. Today, she’s even willing to forgive the “crabby” Simon Cowell for showing up in a gray T-shirt at the black-tie gala honoring Abdul. Leach Blog Photo Photo: Erik Kabik/Retna/ Bette Midler, shown during an October fundraiser for Barack Obama at Krave nightclub at the Harmon Theater. So it hardly mattered to NBT officials that Midler couldn’t show up to last night’s program until about 10:30 p.m. because she was tied up performing for 4,000 fans at The Colosseum; declined interview requests to talk about the honor before, during or after the event; and, aside from a few shots by a house photographer, refused any photos to be taken of her during her brief appearance onstage. Though there was a palpable absence of the night’s honoree for almost the entire program, it was worth it for NBT to have Midler’s well-known name and visage attached to the company’s 25th anniversary. “My God, who wouldn’t like to have her as an honoree?” Houssels said when I asked her about Midler’s limited role in last night’s event. “… if you’ve seen her show, and I’m going again tomorrow, let me tell you, when you’re 62 years old and dancing across the stage the size of a football field several times a night, it has to be exhausting. She has to save herself, and that’s why she’s lasted as long as she has. So, even if we can get her for only a few minutes to make an appearance, it’s worth a whole evening for us. The people here tonight most certainly understand that.” Midler spoke to the audience in a recorded clip early in the show, thanking the NBT, reminding the audience that she was just downstairs at The Colosseum and would be joining the crowd soon enough. When she finally took the stage, she thanked the NBT board for the award and also for its mailing list of donors. That’s something Midler will put to good use as founder of the New York Restoration Project, whose simple charge is to merely clean up New York City. She was also ready with a sharply delivered quip, saying she understood that this year’s Woman of the Year vote was quite close. “It came down to me, and Sarah Palin,” she told the audience. It was a line worth waiting for.
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Nevada Ballet’s Woman Of The Year (Just One More Pic)-Bette Midler

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Top Scottish CD’s As Of Jan 23, 2009

SCOTTISH ALBUMS 1 (1) Kings Of Leon Only By The Night 2 (-) Lady GaGa The Fame 3 (10) The Script The Script 4 (6) James Morrison Songs For You, Truths For Me 5 (3) The Killers Day & Age 6 (9) Bette Midler The Best Bette 7 (2) Take That The Circus 8 (7) Duffy Rockferry 9 (5) Stereophonics Best Of – Decade In The Sun 10 (4) Leona Lewis Spirit
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