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Thursday, December 31, 2015


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Five Worth Finding – A Gift Of Love

Windy City Times
Five Worth Finding Special to the online edition of Windy City Times 2015-12-29
11376699_488451387976777_296453309_n   —Trivia night at Pork Shoppe: Meat-focused Andersonville restaurant Pork Shoppe knows how to entertain on Wednesday nights ( starting at 7 p.m. ). Host Cayce mixes wit with questions that range all over the difficulty meter. ( “Where did Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton play college football?” ) Prizes include gift cards to—where else?—Pork Shoppe. —CrossTown Fitness: The fitness chain offers more than a hundred classes in disciplines ranging from yoga and paddleboarding. The newest CrossTown Fitness has opened at Halsted and Addison streets in Lake View. —Teen Wolf: The MTV series proves itself to be miles away from the 1980s Michael J. Fox film ( and its sequel ), with dark, intricate plots; cool special effects; and a town where no one bats an eye when a boy casually kisses another boy. —Bette Midler‘s A Gift of Love: It definitely isn’t too late to buy this hit-laden CD for someone. Among the songs on this album are “The Rose,” “Bed of Roses,” “To Deserve You,” “Every Road Leads Back to You” and, of course, “Wind Beneath My Wings.” —Wine Wipes and Pearly Wipes: Avoid embarrassing red wine-stained teeth ( a condition I discovered is called “Malbec Mouth” ) or bad breath with these little wipes that instantly remove and prevent teeth staining from red wine and other offensive food and drinks; brighten and whiten teeth; and freshen breath. Each set includes 50 individually packaged wipes—perfect for the tiniest clutch or bag. —By Andrew Davis
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Seattle Times – High fives: the best concerts of 2015

Seattle Times High fives: the best concerts of 2015 Originally published December 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm 6-11-2015 2-41-05 PM Our music writers were all over the Northwest in 2015, from dive bars to dance clubs to international jazz festivals. Eight of them look back on the year and choose their favorite shows. By Seattle Times staff The Seattle Times As usual, our music critics look back at the year’s live concerts and list five they thought were tops. Also as usual, their lists reveal tastes that splay so wildly, from doom metal to roots rock to electronica to pop — and a music scene that is so marvelously diverse — that no single show turns up on two lists. (I was tempted to break this streak of incongruence by including Taylor Swift’s wow-prompting pop bash at CenturyLink Field but, in the end, more age-appropriate genres won out.) As you can see from these lists, 2015 was a rich and wonderful year in music, and it looks like we’re already headed into another one. Paul de Barros, Seattle Times music desk editor Charles R. Cross The Replacements, Paramount Theatre: A messy, glorious, perhaps inebriated showcase of ’80s hits (and nonhits) played, if not brilliantly, at least perfectly unbrilliant. Elvis Costello, Paramount Theatre: Perhaps the best show Costello has ever played in Seattle, if only for the video of his father singing “If I Had a Hammer.” Dave Rawlings Machine, Neptune Theatre: Rawlings attempted to turn back the clock on music to sounds that were popular 80 years ago — and succeeded. Patti Smith, Moore Theatre: Smith is always on fire in Seattle, but this night she was particularly pleased to be onstage in the town “of Hendrix,” as she cried out. Paul de Barros Gilberto Gil, Meany Hall: The regal, silver-haired Brazilian singer-songwriter delivered a mesmerizing set that both revisited and subverted tradition.

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Bette Midler – Those Wonderful Sophie Tucker Jokes – Live At Last – 1977

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BetteBack August 8, 1993: Many screen greats had inauspicious debuts

Doylestown Intelligencer Many screen greats had inauspicious debuts By Marc Weinberg Los Angeles Time:, August 8, 1993
Bette Midler, Margaret South, and Bonnie Bruckheimer

Bette Midler, Margaret South, and Bonnie Bruckheimer

Long before Bette Midler sang her way through “Beaches” or Sigourney Weaver blasted monsters in “Aliens,” they and their peers were paying their dues in tiny screen roles True, there is the occasional star who began his or her film career on top, such as Warren Beatty and Kathleen Turner, but most actors have had to claw their way up. There’s nothing wrong with starting at the bottom In fact, most of us have done just that The difference here is that an actor’s beginnings are a matter of public record, something we can dig up and closely examine The actor’s first screen smile, kiss and sometimes appearance in the buff are often available for the price of a video rental It is with this in mind that we’d like to stroll through the pasts of a handful of today’s top stars, recalling roles so unique you’ll never forget them To begin, let’s look at Tom Cruise, Hollywood’s current box office king Sure, he looked great in his early role in “Days of Thunder,” yet just a decade ago he was merely another teenager searching for work The next time you’re desperate for some thing to watch (and we do mean desperate), rent the abominable “Endless Love,” starring Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt You’ll be able to glimpse a pudgy, boyish Cruise in his feature debut, appearing ever so briefly as Hewitt’s best friend. On the action front, there can be no denying that Arnold Schwarzenegger is the reigning giant When thinking back, most fans believe that Schwarzenegger’s career began with the action opu s ”Conan th e Barbarian ” Wrong You have to go back even further than the 1976 Bob Rafelson comedy “Stay Hungry” to a seldom seen European adventure titled “Hercules in New York ” Although Schwarzenegger did earn the title role in his feature debut, he discovered that the film’s producers were troubled by his Austrian accent Subsequently, when you rent the movle, you’ll find that Arnie has been dubbed with a voice that is decidedly more American. Jack Nicholson also found himself in a starring role m his film debut, yet unlike pal Warren Beatty, who turned up in the top movies of his day, Nicholson appeared in a Grade Z quickie that was shown in drive ins The truly awful Roger Corman-produced “Cry Baby Killer” was shot in a matter of days and stars Nicholson as a deranged juvenile delinquent It’s interesting to note that even back then he was typecast as a lunatic. Although Michael J Fox often claims that 1984’s “Teen Wolf” was his film debut, he seldom (if ever) acknowledges that he was a featured actor in the 1980 Walt Disney comedy “Midnight Madness ” This idiotic comedy, which served as Disney’s first stioll into PG rated material, focused on a group of college students involved in a scavengerhunt Fox appears as David “I’m a Pepper” Naughton’s younger, chubby, computer geek brother Harrison Ford is certainly one of the wealthier actors working today (thanks to his profit sharing roles in the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” series), yet 20 years ago, he worked as a carpenter You’ll have to look fast to catch him in his first screen role, a 1966 James Coburn crime drama titled “Dead Heat on a Merry Go Round” Richard Dreyfuss first turned heads in George Lucas’ 1973 nostalgic comedy “American Graffiti,” appearing as a high school senior obsessed with a beautiful blond But Dreyfuss’ true screen debut was in a film that made an other top rated actor, Dustin Hoffman, into a star That film was “The Graduate,” and if you look carefully, you’ll spot Dreyfuss as Hoffman’s buddy in a Berkeley rooming house. Two time Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver has the distmction of having Woody Allen’s Oscar winning “Annie Hall” as her first film However, if you’re looking for her to turn up as an ex wife or even in a speaking role, you’ll be sorely disappointed Instead, even if you look very closely at the end, you still won’t be able to distinguish her as Allen’s date standing outside a movie theater showing “The Sorrow and the Pity” (the camera is too far away) Indeed, the only way you can identify Weaver is by reading her name in the credits. Multiple Oscar nominee Robert Duvall has always been known as an actor capable of disappearing into a role As perfect evidence of this fact, you need look no further than his first film, the classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird ” Interestingly enough, Duvall plays a pivotal role in the movie, yet you must look hard for him if you’re watching the film The part He’s the mysterious Boo Radley. Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa skyrocketed him to stardom in 1967 Yet, only six years before the actor/wnter/director won an Oscar for best screenplay, Stallone was debuting his well known pecs in a soft-core porno film titled “A Party at Kitty and Stud’s,” which was later renamed “The Italian Stallion ” Many people believe that film editors cut out actor Kevin Costner’s film debut in “The Big Chill” (his part as the pal who commits suicide was omitted from the final screen version). However, Costner had already appeared in a movie some nine years earlier, starring in that beach party epic “Sizzle Beach USA ” Pay close attention and you’ll spot Costner as one of the many kids catching a tan. Leading comic actor Tom Hanks has come a long way from his starring role in TV’s “Bosom Buddies,” even earning an Oscar nomination two years ago as the boy who became “Big ” Still, his film debut was nothing to crow about The actor appeared as a slice and dice victim in “He Knows You’re Alone ” On the opposite side of the coin, Jeff Goldblum has the distinction of first appearing as a rapist in “Death Wish ” He’s the street punk whose actions cause Charles Bronson to turn into a gun wielding vigilante And yet, as poorly as these men fared in their screen debuts, it seems some actresses have done even worse For example, both Nancy Allen and Sissy Spacek had the dubious honor of appearing as prostitutes in their screen debuts — Allen appearing in the terrific “The Last Detail,” while Spacek showed up in the crime melodrama “Prime Cut ” And while Rebecca De Mornay’s claim to fame came as Tom Cruise’s hooker lover in “Risky Business,” her first screen appearance came a year earlier as a girl who asks for waffles in the Francis Ford Coppola musical “One From the Heart” Rachel Ward’s first screen appearance came as a young woman brutalized by a psychotic killer in “Night School,”*while Darryl Hannah shows up as a teenager terrorized by Amy Irving’s telekmetic powers m “The Fury ” If you look carefully at the rock ‘n’ soul documentary “The TAMI Show,” you’ll spot a decidedly unsexy Terri Garr as a go go dancer To most, Bette Midler made her screen debut in “The Rose,” the drama based m part on the life of Janis Joplm However, if you watch the 1966 drama “Hawaii,” you can spot Midler as a passenger on the Hawaii bound ship Meanwhile, Michelle Pfeiffer scored her film debut in a truly dreadful 1980 drama titled “Fallmg in Love Again,” in which she appeared as a younger version of actress Susannah York. Inevitably, one must wonder what the lesson is here You’ll find it’s an easy one to remember Quite simply, if you’re going to appear in a movie and your role is an embarrassing one, you better make certain that you never become a star, or somebody will dig it up later.
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BetteBack August 7, 1993: Midler Options Life Stories Of Lainie Kazan And Record Mogul Florence Greenberg

Indiana Gazette By Liz Smith August 7, 1993 10369455_1454346998190788_882307454_n “It’s a hard life. It is a very hard life. Especially If you’re not in the big, big, big, BIG time. If you just meander along, it’s really hard,” said Bette Midler, expounding on the rigors of show biz.” Fans of Lainie Kazan might remember that, back in the ’70s, the actress/singer’s career wasn’t going so great. Kazan – a voluptuous stunner – got a highpowered start as Barbra Streisand’s “Funny Girl” understudy in 1965, and from there went on to a hot nightclub career. But as the decade faded, so did Lainie. It was during this somewhat fallow period that Lainle accepted an offer from Playboy to run two of Its night spots. (She also appeared nude in the magazine itself – one of the publication’s more memorable photo essays.) Over a period of four years, Lainle single-handedly booked rooms, answered phones, performed, ordered the food and greeted patrons at Lalnle’s Room West (in LA) and Lainie’s Room East (in New York City). She was a smashing success. Now Bette Midler has optioned the story of Lainie’s life – this nightclub-entrepreneur period in particular – and plans to bring it to the screen. Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna are writing a treatment focusing on Lainie’s hotel days and nights. Bette will produce this via Disney and her own All Girl Productions. I am not quite sure, and neither was anybody else, whether Bette will actually play Lainie, or a fictional character based on Kazan and her experiences. Either way, it sounds like the sort of material Midler loves to plunge her performing chops into. As for Lainle, she has been running at top speed for the past decade – much In demand for film and stage roles (“My Favorite Year,” “The Cemetery Club,” “One From the Heart”). She opens at New York City’s Rainbow S Stars Sept. £8 and cuts her first album in 15 years momentarily. ***** Bette Midler has also optioned the rights to the story of another indomitable woman – Florence Greenberg, the New Jersey housewife who became the president of Scepter Records and discovered the Shirelles. Bette, of course, will portray Florence, and there is talk about the super-hot girl group En Vogue appearing as the Shirelles. (But It will pain Bette not being able to sing those great old songs. Maybe she can swing it to play both Florence Greenberg and the Shirelles!) Midler, according to Variety, will produce this in tandem with Eddie Murphy Productions. (It was Murphy who convinced Midler to bring her All Girl Productions over to Paramount for this effort.)
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015


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Bette Midler – Drinking Again – Johnny Carson – 1973

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“Cherish forever what makes you unique, ‘cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes.”

“Cherish forever what makes you unique, ‘cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes.” Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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(From her best-selling book, “The Saga of Baby Divine”)

It’s the point of your view that decides what you see. One man’s flop is another man’s hit. From manners to movies, the picture keeps changing, Depending upon where you sit. (From her best-selling book, “The Saga of Baby Divine”) Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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