Monthly Archives: August 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

Repeat: Bette on Rachel Ray (Thanks Shaunna)

Hi, Mister D! I was just looking at Rachael Ray’s website and it says Bette is going to be on this Friday, September 4th. I think it’s a repeat though, but I missed it last time so now I get to watch it! =)

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I Know You By Heart by Melanie S.

I have been a Bette Midler fan since the summer before I started sixth grade, six years ago, but my parents have been fans for much longer. On a date in 1988, my parents went to see Beaches, and they chose “I Know You By Heart” from the soundtrack as their wedding song when they married in 1989.

This summer marks my parents’ 20th anniversary, and I wanted to do something special for them. Knowing how hard it was for my father to find the sheet music to “I Know You By Heart” and how long he looked for it, I decided to have the sheet music framed for them. Unable to find it though, I asked my Dad if he knew where it was, and he caught on. With his help, we contacted Shannon Rubicam, George Merrill, and Dean Pitchford (they wrote the song), who said they were not sure if they had it, but were willing to help us find a copy. Ironically, my Mom, who had no idea of what we were scheming at that point in time, found the sheet music. The simple idea of having the handwritten sheet music framed evolved into a much bigger task though, getting it signed with an autograph from Bette. Read More

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

It’s Confirmed: Bette Set For “Rose” Discussion

Just got word that Bette will indeed be at the discussion group of The Rose's 30th Anniversary in Beverly Hills. Tickets on sale tomorrow.....

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Video: Beaches Audition Tape

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50 fun facts about Hawaii as 50th star hits 50

San Fran Chronicle
50 fun facts about Hawaii as 50th star hits 50
Jeanne Cooper, Special to The Chronicle
Friday, August 28, 2009

It’s Hawaiian custom to wear a lei for special occasions…. Kids get a dance lesson at the Polynesian Cultural Center… Although most live in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, mon… Iolani Palace is called the nation’s only royal palace, b…

Sure, you know that a luau features a whole roasted pig, that Mount Waialeale on Kauai is the wettest earth on Earth and that humuhumunukunukuapuaa is not only the state fish, but also is fun to say.

In the 50 years since Hawaii became a state and jet travel to the islands began, much about this former Polynesian kingdom has become familiar territory for travelers.

But the joy of visiting these spectacular specks in the ocean – the most remote in the world – is that there’s always something new to learn. Ancient Hawaiian culture and modern multiethnic life, the enticing yet fragile environment and enduring man-made attractions: All reward a closer look.

When your job – writing Hawaii Insider, a near-daily blog about travel and culture for – is all about a closer look, it’s surprising what you might uncover. What follows is a pupu platter with 50 morsels of trivia (and a little vicarious travel) celebrating the half century since the 50th state became the 50th star.

Polynesia’s two biggest petroglyph fields – carvings in hardened lava – are found on the Big Island. The Puu Loa Petroglyph Field in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park contains more than 15,000 of the enigmatic etchings, while closer to the tourist hotels, the Puako Petroglyph Field has about 1,200. Both contain many puka (holes) designed to hold piko (umbilical cords), tying children to the land of their ancestors.

Until the late 19th century, Hawaiians called a festive feast a paina (“dinner party”) or ahaaina (“feast”), but the common inclusion of luau – young taro tops baked with coconut and chicken or seafood – on the menu gave rise to the newer moniker: luau.

Fire-knife dancing, the climax of nearly every luau, is believed to have been created in 1946 by a Samoan man – in San Francisco.

Just two commercial pineapple growers remain in Hawaii: Dole Foods on Oahu and Maui Pineapple Co. Among the attractions at the Dole Plantation in Wahiawa: a pineapple maze.

Only one precinct voted against statehood for Hawaii: the all-Hawaiian enclave of Niihau, where the natives almost a century before had also protested the sale of their island to the Sinclair family. In 1897, nearly 22,000 Native Hawaiians – more than half of the full or part Hawaiians counted in a census that year – signed a petition opposing annexation by the United States.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Ticket News: Week Ending 08/23/2009

Week Ending 08/23/2009
Mon, 08/24/2009 – 4:45pm

Event Score
1 Bette Midler Tickets 48.00
2 Cher Tickets 33.03
3 Donny & Marie Osmond Tickets 2.74
4 Criss Angel: Believe Tickets 1.97
5 Cirque Du Soleil – O Tickets 1.90
6 Cirque Du Soleil – Ka Tickets 1.66
7 Blue Man Group Tickets 1.31
8 Le Reve Tickets 1.21
9 Cirque Du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets 1.00
10 David Copperfield Tickets 0.75

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50 Cent’s Free Show Cancelled…

Mister D: Although there are conflicting reports coming in this report is accurate. I had it confirmed with the home office…

Aug 28 2009 3:55 PM EDT
50 Cent‘s ’40 Day’ Postponed Indefinitely
Organizers were unable to obtain permits in time for event, scheduled for Sunday.
By Jayson Rodriguez

50 Cent may rub some rappers in New York the wrong way at times, but the Queens-bred artist is generous as any entertainer when it comes to serving his community and fostering a direct relationship with fans. Read More

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Bette Midler – ‘Countdown’ 1980 (Part 1,2,3)

Mister D: I want to thank Scott W. for letting me snag these! Hope you enjoy.

Bette Midler – ‘Countdown‘ 1980 (Part 1)

Bette Midler & Molly Meldrum interview on Australian music show ‘Countdown’ on November 30, 1980. In Part 1 the show opens with ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ live performance taken from the 1980 movie ‘Divine Madness‘ which Bette was out also to promote.

Bette Midler – ‘Countdown’ 1980 (Part 2)

Bette Midler & Molly Meldrum interview on Australian music show ‘Countdown’ on November 30, 1980 as she discusses her movie ‘Divine Madness’ and book ‘A View From A Broad’. Read More

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Heaven Is Under Our Feet

Lake County Record-Bee
Mount Konocti: West Coast Walden
By Mandy Feder
Updated: 08/27/2009 11:07:32 PM PDT

“Our village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it. We need the tonic of wilderness.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden

I worked as a counselor for the California Youth Authority (CYA) before I fully dedicated my time to writing.

I had twice-weekly dealings with youth who robbed stores, homes, people on the street and one teen who shot someone in the face for his shoes, the day before Christmas Eve. Read More

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Smug Mutha Cousins

Dear Mister D,

I just had to share with you the experience my cousin and I had with the Divine Miss M. We purchased her Smug Mutha package and had the opportunity to meet her this past Sunday night. Needless to say she was an absolutely wonderful hostess. Her show was amazing as usual. This was our fourth time seeing her and she just keeps getting better and better. We sat front row right where she sits on the steps and plays the ukelele, which is one of the best moments in her show.

After the show we were taken backstage by Talia from AEG Live to wait on Bette. And let me just say how nice Talia, Marty Hom, and all of Bette’s staff were to us. When Bette came in to meet us, she first took a moment to speak with the L.A. chief of police Mr. William Bratton and his lovely wife. They both were also wonderfully nice to us. After speaking with them, it was our turn to meet Bette. Without hesitation, she gave us both a big hug and welcomed us. She told us several times how adorable we were and asked us about where we were from. My cousin mentioned to her that this was our fourth time seeing her show, and she looked at her with that look that only Bette can give and said, “four times?…but it’s the same show!”. We both immediately told her how great the show was and we would be back to see her as long as she was performing. Read More

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