Daily Archives: May 22, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

BetteBack: Midler To The Max

The Daily Herald
Crowd gets maximum Midler
Saturday, July 16, 1983

When Bette Midler performs, the folks at Webster s must scurry to t h e ir dictionaries to redefine words l i ke outrageous and ‘ entertainment But outrageous ent e r t a inment is just wh at Midler provided to an enthusiastic crowd of 7 500 Thursday night at Poplar Creek in H o f f m an Estates.
Considering the hot muggy pavilion Midler’s p r a n c i n g, energetic performance qualifies as a musical and comedic decathlon worthy of a gold medal. Nobody enjoys the show more than the Divine Miss M herself.
A Midler concert has the u n c a n ny kna ck of peaking w i th Midler’s initial appearance and ma i n t a i n i ng its ene rgy t h r o u g h o ut the entire two h o ur show.
What helps sustain t h at frenetic pace is a blend of her mus ic w i th a n a t u r al  comedic
t a l ent as she reels off i r r eve r ent one-liners, lewd stories, and a r u n n i ng social commentary on anything that comes to mind. Read More

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Reminder: 10th annual Spring Picnic Wednesday

Liz Smith

ON WEDNESDAY Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project celebrates their 10th annual Spring Picnic at Gracie Mansion. Among the throng who want to help Bette beautify NYC will be Jann Wenner … Mica Ertegun … Enid Nemy … Mario Buatta … Margo and Jimmy Nederlander … Judy Gold and but of course Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Since 2007, Bloomberg and Bette’s MilliontreesNYC project have planted close to 470,000 new greeneries in and around Manhattan. Read More

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Donna Maxon To Receive ‘Heart of a Champion’ Award

Family foundation bestows ‘Heart of a Champion’ awards
Published: Sunday, May 22, 2011
By Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Frank J Reali III Family Foundation will host its 4th annual memorial dinner “Saving One Young Heart At A Time!” on June 6 at 7 p.m. at LiGreci’s Staaten, West Brighton. Tickets are $100 per person; reservations can be made by calling 718-420-2331 or e-mailing RealiFoundation@aol.com.

WCBS-FM 101.1 radio host Joe Causi will emcee the event. Read More

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BetteBack: Bette Barred From Playing The “67”

Syracuse Herald-Journal
Entertainers that draw ‘rowdies’ being barred
Monday, May 30, 1983

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UPI) – Interior Secretary James Watt may
h a ve s t a r t ed a t r e nd w h en he
banned what he considered unwholesome entertainment from the
Washington, D.C., Mall.
Watt said the July 4th concert at
the Mall the last few years had attracted the “wrong element,” a remark that was considered a slap at
the Beach Boys, who have played at
the Mall two years in a row.
An avalanche of bad vibrations,
some coming from first lady Nancy
Reagan and Vice President George
Bush, caused Watt to rescind the
ban shortly after President Reagan
presented him a symbolic statue of a
foot with a hole in it.
But Watt’s idea seems to be catching on. Read More

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Video: From A Distance

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From A Distance

by Dunstan Chan. Posted on May 22, 2011, Sunday

‘FROM a distance’ is a song written by American singer-songwriter Julie Gold and made famous by Bette Midler in 1990. It paints a picture of a world in harmony from a distance but laments the fact that up close we seem to be always at war. The lyrics in parts read:

UNITY IN DIVERSITY: Celerating the beauty of friendship.
“From a distance the world looks blue and green, and the snow-capped mountains white. Read More

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