Daily Archives: February 18, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Even The Rockers Surprised By Bette’s Razzle Dazzle

A hefty price tag accompanied tickets to this very special one-off at Brooklyn Academy Of Music last night, a mix of simple supply-demand economics and, presumably, underwriting costs associated with corralling these names under one ornamented roof: The reconstituted, radicalized Plastic Ono Band boasted a lineup of legends and friends of Sean Lennon to survey the audio (and visual) output of Yoko Ono, the septuagenarian battling Leonard Cohen for the title of World’s Most Vital. BAM’s lobby was adorned with various Yoko art installations, and the performance portion of the evening set in with a short film, edited by her son, honoring the many faces and phases of a life considerably less ordinary. It was touching and sweet, evoking nostalgia for a time before many attendees were born, framing the evening as a celebration of an enviable, influential output. There were two acts: Read More

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Music: New Music In BLB Jukebox And Mister D’s Playlist

There’s new music in Mister D’s playlist featuring new music by Ben Folds, the Eels, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, a preview of my brother’s upcoming new CD, Woody Bradshaw, a couple of BetteHead CD’s by Brett Every and Janine Wilson, my best friend, Rebecca Hosking, and some oldies but goodies. To listen:CLICK HERE

There’s also new music in the BLB jukebox all ready to go chock full of Bette Midler favorites and rarities. To Listen: Click Here

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Will Bette Head To Peru?

Celebrities will visit Peru‘s Machu Picchu
Isabel Guerra

Peru’s Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister, Martín Pérez, told the press that the Ministry is issuing special invitations to celebrities such as Susan Sarandon, Anthony Hopkins, Bette Midler and the Infanta (Princess) Cristina from Spain.

He said that Susan Sarandon will come.

He also pointed out that the idea is to guarantee these celebrities all the privacy and peace they require, but will also be accompanied by a photographer, in order to use the photos as promotional material to market Cusco as a touristic destination. Read More

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Bette Walks Away With The Show…

Time Out New York
Plastic Ono Band welcomes a boldfaced legion at BAM
Posted in The Volume by Jay Ruttenberg on February 17th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

There is an instance during most successful performances, small or large, when it becomes evident that the people onstage have fallen in sync with those in the audience. At We Are Plastic Ono Band, the Yoko Ono extravaganza presented last night at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House, the moment was more conspicuous than usual: Late in the night, after Ono mentioned that she will turn 77 on Thursday, her audience began singing that atonal avant-garde classic: “Happy Birthday to You.” It began in a murmur from the cheap seats, then spread like a ballpark’s wave until Ono could only step back from the microphone and blush. Participation has been the central element of Ono’s art for decades—but she is, after all, Japanese, and this was simply too much. Suddenly, one of New York’s most resilient black-clad artists was reduced to a bashful granny being ambushed at a restaurant by singing waiters. The artist’s longtime vision materialized before her completely unprompted: Her audience had enlisted itself in the Plastic Ono Band. Read More

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Music: Same Songs, Other Voices

New music loaded up into the Same Songs, Other Voices section of the jukebox. Hope you enjoy! To listen: Click Here

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Robert Turturice, Emmy-winning costume designer, dies at 60

Robert Turturice, Emmy-winning costume designer, dies at 60
Los Angeles Times

Robert Turturice, a Hollywood costume designer who won an Emmy Award for his work on the 1980s hit TV series “Moonlighting” and whose movie credits include “Batman & Robin” and “Big Top Pee-wee,” has died. He was 60.

Turturice, a former president of the Costume Designers Guild who successfully battled squamous cell carcinoma in 2005, died of cardiac arrest Dec. 15 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said Christopher Lawrence, a friend and fellow costume designer. Read More

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A Canny Rearrangement….

Rolling Stone
Plastic Ono Band Return With Eric Clapton, Paul Simon in Brooklyn
2/17/10, 3:50 pm EST

Just before the final song of Yoko Ono’s first performance in four decades with founding members of the Plastic Ono Band, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 16th, her son Sean told a short story: At soundcheck that day, Sean remarked to guitarist Eric Clapton that he had never played slide guitar before and wanted to know how Eric and Sean’s father, John, played slide on the early, chaotic Plastic Ono Band records. Clapton replied that, at the time, he had no idea what he was doing. Read More

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