Monthly Archives: June 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Celebrity Charities And Frugality

Celebrity Charities: Good For Image, But What About Good Works?
Monte Burke and William P. Barrett 06.30.10, 6:20 PM ET

Like a good tax advisor, a charitable connection is now considered essential for a serious celebrity building a brand. That can come through an identification with a cause (think Mary Tyler Moore and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), by contributing cash after a disaster (Brad Pitt and Angelia Jolie for Haiti), or from big fundraising events (Jerry Lewis and his annual telephones for the Muscular Dystrophy Association). Read More

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Arif Mardin: ‘The Greatest Ears in Town’

Jewel, Arif, and Bette

Los Angeles Times
Arif Mardin celebrated in documentary ‘The Greatest Ears in Town’
June 29, 2010 | 1:00 pm

It’s a remarkable on one level that a man who played a critical role in shaping a boatload of hit records by Aretha Franklin, the Bee Gees, Bette Midler, Carly Simon, Phil Collins, Dusty Springfield, Chaka Khan, Norah Jones and countless others isn’t a household name. On the other hand, it’s not surprising that longtime Atlantic Records staff producer-arranger Arif Mardin is overshadowed in the pop music history books by the larger-than-life executives he worked for at the label: Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler. Read More

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Video: Everyone’s Gone To The Moon

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Photo: Detective Work

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BetteBack: Roses – A Safe Bette

`Roses’: A Safe Bette
Article from:The Washington Post Article date:August 16, 1995 Author: Mike Joyce

The test for determining who will enjoy Bette Midler’s new album essentially boils down to a simple question. Which Midler do you prefer: the “Divine Miss M,” the outrageous pop diva who once dubbed her act “trash with flash”? Or the unapologetic Top 40 contender with a well-documented taste for songs as sentimental as “Wind Beneath My Wings” and as inspirational as “From a Distance”? Those who checked off the first choice might want to turn to the comics page right about now. To paraphrase one of Midler’s album titles, there’ll be no mud flung this time around. Read More

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Time’s Best Live Concerts Ever!

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The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation will present a special One Night Only Cabaret July 12 at Club Fugazi in San Francisco. Bruce Vilanch To Host

One Night Only Cabaret to Feature Bruce Vilanch and Frankenstein and Wicked Casts
By Andrew Gans
June 29, 2010

The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation will present a special One Night Only Cabaret July 12 at Club Fugazi in San Francisco.

The 7:30 PM concert will feature cast members from the national tours of Young Frankenstein and Wicked, who will offer song selections of their own choice to present “an evening of upbeat, high-energy music, dance and comedy.” Bruce Vilanch, who made his Broadway debut in Hairspray, will be the evening’s special guest. Read More

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Video: Broken Bicycles

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BetteBack: The Queen Of Compost

Getting Hollywood to promote composting in Los Angeles
Article from:BioCycle Article date:June 1, 1996 Author: Anonymous

Singer-actress Bette Midler will be the star of a Los Angeles campaign to “keep the green clean,” as the Sanitation Department seeks to improve the quality of its compost by getting residents to keep contaminants out of yard trimmings collections. Midler got the city’s attention after her quotes about compost in the Los Angeles Times. “I love compost, and I believe in it with every fiber of my being,” she told the Times. “I believe composting can save – not the entire world – but a good portion of it. It’s easy to make, low maintenance and just what the land needs. Read More

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Photo: Disneyland

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