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Monthly Archives: December 2015
Thursday, December 31, 2015
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Windy City Times
|Five Worth Finding
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
â€”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 toâ€”where else?â€”Pork Shoppe.
â€”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.
High fives: the best concerts of 2015
Originally published December 30, 2015 at 2:55 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 yearâ€™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 â€” and a music scene that is so marvelously diverse â€” that no single show turns up on two lists. (I was tempted to break this streak of incongruence by including Taylor Swiftâ€™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 weâ€™re already headed into another one.
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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
BetteBack August 7, 1993: Midler Options Life Stories Of Lainie Kazan And Record Mogul Florence Greenberg
By Liz Smith
August 7, 1993
“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.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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“Cherish forever what makes you unique, â€˜cuz youâ€™re really a yawn if it goes.”
Itâ€™s the point of your view that decides what you see.
One manâ€™s flop is another manâ€™s hit.
From manners to movies, the picture keeps changing,
Depending upon where you sit.
(From her best-selling book, â€œThe Saga of Baby Divineâ€)