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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler

Mister D: Ok, I admit that I’m prejudiced, but this list could be whittled down in seconds for me. My standards are high, well in some things, and some of these people don’t really belong on this list. Gold Derby Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler Chris Beachum April 11, 2018 6:00AM The next recipients for the Kennedy Center Honors will be announced in the late summer, often around Labor Day. The all-star event is held each year in the nation’s capital during the first weekend in December and then airs on CBS as a two-hour special after Christmas. Each year, the selection committee chooses five entertainment veterans from a variety of fields – film, television, popular music, theatre, and the fine arts (dance, opera, classical music). Selected artists are almost always over 50 and generally are 60 and beyond. The first recipients in 1978 were singer Marian Anderson, actor and dancer Fred Astaire, choreographer George Balanchine, composer Richard Rodgers and conductor Arthur Rubinstein. The most recent honorees in 2017 for the 40th anniversary program were dancer Carmen de Lavallade, singer Gloria Estefan, singer LL Cool J, producer and writer Norman Lear and singer Lionel Richie. But there are a number of notable performers missing from the honors roll. Our photo gallery features 50 entertainers who deserve to be selected soon. For our purposes a person must be at least 60 years old to be in our gallery. We are not going to include the retired Doris Day and Gene Hackman as well as the reclusive Woody Allen since attendance at the event is mandatory. Tour through our photos and sound off in the forums about who you think should be selected soon. 1. Dick Van Dyke Van Dyke is just an Oscar away from EGOT status. He is a five-time Emmy Award winner for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Van Dyke and Company,” and “The Wrong Way Kid.” He won a Tony Award for “Bye Bye Birdie” (1961) and a Grammy Award for “Mary Poppins” (1964). Van Dyke is a member of the Television Academy Hall of Fame and received the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award in 2013. 2. Liza Minnelli Minnelli is very close to EGOT, having never won a Grammy Award before. She won a Tony Award for “Flora the Red Menace” (1965), an Oscar for “Cabaret” (1973), and an Emmy for “Liza with a Z” (1973). The daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland, other films have included “The Sterile Cuckoo” (1969, her first Oscar nomination), “New York, New York” (1977), and “Arthur” (1981). 3. Denzel Washington Washington is the only African-American with two Academy Awards for acting (“Glory,” 1989; “Training Day,” 2001). His other Oscar nominations were for “Cry Freedom” (1987), “Malcolm X” (1992), “The Hurricane” (1999), “Flight” (2012), “Fences” (2016, producing and acting), and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (2017). He also won a Tony Award for the same role in “Fences” (2010). 4. Gladys Knight The “Empress of Soul” started her career in 1952 on Ted Mack’s “Original Amateur Hour” TV show. Her group Gladys Knight and the Pips joined Motown in 1966 and became one of the top recording artists of the 1960s and 1970s with such hits as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” “Neither One of Us,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” The six-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. 5. Mick Jagger Whether he gets selected by himself (like Paul McCartney) or with his group The Rolling Stones (like The Who and Led Zeppelin), this honor is long overdue. The lead singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his band in 1989. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. Their lengthy list of hit singles has included “Satisfaction,” “Get Off My Cloud,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” “Angie,” and “Start Me Up.” 6. Jessica Lange Lange is just one notch away from EGOT. She is a two-time Academy Award winner (“Tootsie,” 1982; “Blue Sky,” 1994) among her six nominations. She is a three-time Emmy champ (“Grey Gardens,” 2009; “American Horror Story,” 2012; and “American Horror Story: Coven,” 2014). Lange won a Tony Award in 2016 for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Other films in her career have included “Frances,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Cape Fear,” and “Big Fish.” 7. Alan Alda Alda has established himself as a triple threat on television, on stage, and in films. He won five Emmy Awards for the legendary comedy series “M*A*S*H” spread out over acting, directing, and writing (the only person to prevail in only three fields). He also took home a sixth Emmy for his role on “The West Wing” and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1994. He’s been nominated at the Oscars (“The Aviator,”), Grammys (“Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself,” 2008), and three times at the Tony Awards (“The Apple Tree,” 1967; “Jake’s Women,” 1992; “Glengarry Glen Ross,” 2005). 8. Bette Midler Midler was a big hit right out of the gates when she won Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 1974. It was the first of three Grammys along with three Emmys for her variety specials and a Tony Award in 2017 for “Hello, Dolly.” That just puts her an Oscar away from EGOT, and she has competed at those awards twice as a leading actress for “The Rose” and “For the Boys.” 9. Harrison Ford Ford is the biggest box office star in American history but still hasn’t had much of an awards career but did receive an Oscar nomination for “Witness” (1985). He was awarded the American Film Institute life achievement in 2000 and the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes in 2002. His film career has included “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Working Girl,” “Regarding Henry,” “Patriot Games,” “The Fugitive,” “Air Force One,” and “42.” 10. Reba McEntire McEntire is a Country Music Hall of Fame member who has been one of the most popular singers and performers in the 1980s and beyond. She has had the most CMA Award nominations (49) and ACM Awards nominations (45) of any female artist. She has won two Grammy Awards for “Whoever’s in New England” (1987) and “Does He Love You?” (1994) among her 12 career nominations. McEntire has had a successful TV show with “Reba” (2001-2007) and was widely acclaimed for her Broadway debut in “Annie Get Your Gun” (2001). 11. Tommy Tune Tune has been one of the top choreographers and dancers in Broadway history. He is a nine-time Tony Award winner for his performances in “Seesaw” and “My One and Only,” for his direction of “Nine,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies” and choreography of “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine,” “My One and Only,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies.” 12. Betty White White is one of the favorite comedic performers in TV history and was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1995. She has won five prime-time Emmy Awards for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls,” “The John Larroquette Show” and “Saturday Night Live” plus a Daytime Emmy for “Just Men.” 13. Burt Bacharach Bacharach has composed hundreds of songs in his lengthy career, many of them popular hits. He is a three-time Oscar winner for his original song and score in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and original song in “Arthur.” He is a two-time Grammy champ for “Cassidy” and “I Still Have That Other Girl” plus an Emmy winner for his 1971 variety special. 14. Diane Keaton Keaton is an Oscar-winning actress (“Annie Hall,” 1977) who has been primarily working in films since the early 1970s. Her career has included “The Godfather,” “Reds,” “Marvin’s Room,” “Baby Boom,” “Father of the Bride,” “The First Wives Club” and “Something’s Gotta Give.” She was the 2017 recipient of the American Film Institute life achievement award. 15. Arturo Sandoval The Cuban-born Sandoval is one of the greatest trumpet players in music history. He defected to America in 1990 while performing with previous KCH recipient Dizzy Gillespie. He is a 10-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner and recipient of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. 16. Cynthia Gregory Gregory is one of the most famous American prima ballerinas of recent decades. She first became well known in San Francisco as a teenager before joining the American Ballet Theatre in 1965. She has had roles in “Giselle,”” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Coppelia,” “Don Quixote,” “The Eternal Idol” and “At Midnight.” 17. Bob Newhart Newhart has proven to be one of the most beloved comedians in American history since the early 1960s. In fact he won at the 1961 Grammy Awards as Best New Artist and for Album of the Year. He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1993 for his roles on “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart.” He won his only Emmy Award in 2013 for a guest role on “The Big Bang Theory.” He was the 2002 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. 18. Whoopi Goldberg Goldberg is one of the few people who have achieved EGOT in her entertainment career. She won an Oscar for “Ghost,” a Grammy for her comedy album “Direct From Broadway,” a Tony Award for producing “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and a Daytime Emmy for hosting “The View.” Other film roles have included “The Color Purple,” “Sister Act” and “The Lion King.” She was the 2001 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Bette Midler Will Be Playing The FOLD Festival With Niles Rodgers And Chic Saturday, August 13, 2016

North Fork Patch Nile Rodgers Announces Fold Festival Lineup, Set for Riverhead Master Class By LISA FINN May 4, 2016 8:32 am ET Bette-Midler NORTH FORK, NY – After months of anticipation, musical powerhouse Nile Rodgers has announced the star lineup for this summer’s FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards. The festival, which is taking shape for the third time at the venue, will take place on August 12, 13 and 14, with the following schedule: =&0=& Joe Jonas Chic and Nile Rodgers Big Daddy Kane DJ Cassidy with special guest Stetasonic Emin DJ Prince Paul =&1=& Earth, Wind & Fire Bette Midler, performing with Nile Rodgers and Chic Chic and Nile Rodgers King =&2=& Nile Rodgers Dance Party! with KC & The Sunshine Band The Village People Taylor Dayne De La Soul Doug E. Fresh Ultra Nate Grandmaster Melle Mel DJ Nicky Scianao of Studio 54 Additional artists will be announced each day. For tickets, click here. =&3=& And that’s not all. This weekend, Rodgers will be bringing his toolbox of talents to Riverhead to teach a master class. Rodgers, whose magical touch has teamed him up with Madonna, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Duran Duran, Keith Urban and so many more, will give a talk on songwriting, guitar playing, and the music industry, followed by a Q&A session, at the event. The master class will be presented by East End Arts at the Suffolk Theater, located at 118 E. Main Street in Riverhead, on Saturday at 3 p.m. The event is open to the public and is perfect for musicians, music lovers, and anyone interested in any aspect of the music industry, organizers say. Tickets cost $25, $40, $50. To purchase tickets, click here.
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Saturday, March 5, 2016

BetteBack February 13, 1994: Why Does Music Cost So Much?

Sandusky Sunday Register February 13, 1994 10-15-2015 5-07-32 PM Sure, a new compact disc runs $15-$16 and the trusty cassette goes for $11-$12. Seats to an average pop music concert rarely start below $20 or $25, and if you want to see Paul Simon or Bette Midler or want really good seats, you can double or triple that. But what you should remember, say record companies and concert promoters, is they make very little money from many concerts and actually lose money on most records. In other words, they say, you can’t understand the cost of music these days simply by looking at “The Bodyguard” (10 million copies) or Frank Sinatra’s “Duets” ($15 million worldwide profits) or a Billy Joel tour ($500,000 to $600,000 a night, even before scalping). All this, companies and promoters argue, subsidizes less successful acts. There is, however, another view. “One word accounts for the price of music,” says Marc Eliot author of the book “Rockonomics.” “Greed.” On the matter of recorded music, he notes, the raw plastic for a CD costs 35 to 40 cents. Warner Bros., a major label, estimates the whole package, including inserts, box, etc., costs $1.80. For a CD that retails at $15, Warners’ price to distributors is $10-$11 — from which, says Warners, the distributor gets 14 percent. The rest roughly breaks down, says Warners, to 40 percent for recording costs and royalties, 30 percent for manufacturing, and the rest fdr overhead and promotion — like videos, at $250,000 and up. Since it usually costs at least $500,000 to sign an artist and get out a record, major labels say, 80 percent to 90 percent of each year’s several thousand releases loses money. Eliot says it isn’t that simple. He notes, for instance, that recording costs are charged back to the artist. Still, he agrees new releases can be risky, which is why reissues — which cost nothing to record and little to produce — are everywhere. Some 40 percent of “new” releases last year were reissues, and without them, the industry’s glowing $8 billion sales figure would be far dimmer. Overall, however, the industry seems confident consumers have accepted a $15-$16 price for top CDs — in contrast to Britain, where complaints about CD prices sparked a government probe. “Technology costs less as it evolves,” says Eliot. “But instead of the price of CDs coming down, the industry has used them to boost the price of cassettes.” So the price of CDs is likely to creep up — in contrast to concerts, where ticket prices, at least for good seats, seem likely to keep roaring skyward.
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Same Songs, Other Voices Jukebox Playing Now

MR2057 This playlist features songs that Bette Midler has performed/recorded at one point in her life, but sung here by other artists/songriters….some versions may be good, and some very, very BAD! This playlist features Boz Scaggs, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and more… To Listen: Click Here
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

BetteBack Oct. 1986: Lawyer Turned Novelist Says Talented Musicians Most Defective, But Adores Bette Midler!

Lawyer’s novel captures rock’s golden age By Susan Stewart Knight-Ridder Newspapers Tuesday, October 14, 1986 “It isn’t just a titillating book about sex, drugs, orgies and rock ‘n’roll,” Freddie Gershon said earnestly. “It’s about the 20th century. I don’t want to be too heavy, but there was a’ revolution.” So we’d heard. Still, listening to ’60s stories from Gershon, hotshot rock ‘n’ roll lawyer-turned-hotshot novelist, was more entertaining than, say, listening to Walter Cronkite’s album of ’60s social history. For one thing, Gershon’s patter was delivered through the most incredibly pearly set of teeth we had seen in a while. For another, Gershon was the best-dressed social historian we had ever met. “This is a Tommy Nutter shirt. He’s the best tailor on Savile Row. He used to make Mick and Bianca’s matching outfits.” Sizzling sex scenes Even without the book (Sweetie Baby Cookie Honey, Arbor House, $17.95, already practically a miniseries) Gershon can afford Savile Row clothes. Did he get rich representing “fifth Beatle” Peter Best in his suit against the Beatles? “No, I got rich because I was the only entertainment lawyer around.” And he was around — representing clients from Van Morrison to Eric Clapton — at the right time. “I got my law degree at Columbia in ’64. That was three months a f t er the Kennedy assassination. America had lost her virginity.” And so, it would appear from Sweetie, had everybody else. While this thinly fictionalized expose does not have more sex scenes per chapter than, say, the novels of Gershon’s literary exemplar, Jacqueline Suzanne, the sex scenes in it are more memorable. Gershon said the most shocking scene for most people is the one where “Hedy Harlowe,” lusty but lonely superstar, orders a pizza, then lets it get cold while she enjoys the pizza delivery man. Our favorite sex scene, however, manage to eke out a sustenance. When he and his wife sold their Southampton house, they had to pay $4,000 a month just to store their furniture. Gershon rode the crest of the rock wave for 15 years, from the Beatles through the protest years —”1968 was devastating for me. It was the year the dream went sour” — and into the late 70s, when rock and movies merged. In 1976 he became Robert Stigwood’s partner in RSO Records, and thus was part of the team that produced Saturday Night Fever and Gallipoli. Casting dreams After Gallipoli, it stopped being fun, and Fast Freddie became Frenzied Freddie. “I was out of control. We had the 22,000-square-foot beach house with a staff of six, the helicopter, the limo.” The epiphany came one day when he was having 30 or so to lunch. “I said to my wife, I don’t know who these people are having lunch with us. Then I noticed the staff putting a ’66 Haul Brion into the sangria.” So in 1981, Fast Freddie retired. Freddie the Lawyer became Freddie the Author. Sure, his social life is less impressive, but “I prefer the reclusive l i f e .” And now, irony of ironies, it looks like he might be doing it all again, at least until Sweetie makes it into miniseries land. Yes, he’s thought about casting. ” E l t on m i g ht p l ay ‘ B r a n d on Levy’ ” — the impresario who had the Palace guard fling — “I’d love to h a ve S t i ng p l ay ‘ T h a ne C r a wley’ ” — the bad guy. ” . .. And you know who I’d like to direct? Bette Midler fan Gershon leaned forward, eyes glinting. “Barbra Streisand.” Gershon loves music. “Favorite songs? Walk Away Renee by the Left Bank, because it’s built on the p e n t a t o n ic s c a l e, a nd P r o c ul Harum’s Whiter Shade of Pale.” And he loves musicians. But he will never represent musicians again; he has had enough of their antics for a lifetime. “They’re idiot savants. I’ve discovered most major talents are defective in proportion to their talent.” Naturally, Gershon won’t name names, unless he has something nice to say. He adores Bette Midler. “… just the warmest dearest person .. I know this project she’s working on… Suddenly, Gershon was all business. “It’s the story of an obnoxious performer who becomes a caring friend to a friend who’s dying of cancer — she turns her home into a hospice. This is Tales of Endearment Goes Show Biz. This is it. Bette can sing, she can show, but she can grow . . . .” If Gershon could get this fired up about a project he has nothing to do with, how can he stand not being in the business any more? He smiled a wise, 46-year-old smile. “I mean, I’ve done the Plaza Athenee suite, the helicopters — I’ve done it all.” And now it seems as if it was all j u s t . .. research. Gershon is planning a sequel to Sweetie, bec ause he h as so m u ch d i rt l e ft over.
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Moogy’s Gotta Have Friends, To Make That Day Last Long….

The Huffington Post Michael SigmanWriter/Editor, Music Publisher Posted: December 24, 2010 06:38 AM Moogy’s Gotta Have Friends You got to have friends/To make that day last long Mark Klingman isn’t a household name. But the terrific singer/songwriter/keyboardist/producer known as Moogy has, in addition to enjoying a stellar solo career, crossed musical paths with such diverse musical giants as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Todd Rundgren, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, Paul Winter and Guns N’ Roses. And now Moogy’s sick. What began as bladder cancer has spread to the rest of his body. He’s gone through four surgeries and four rounds of chemo. And like so many other dedicated artists who get sick, he needs help defraying his medical and living expenses. To that end, a benefit will be held next month at The Bitter End in New York City. (Details below.) Moogy and I became friends in Great Neck, Lawn Guyland, when we were 8 or 9. He was the scraggly-haired kid up the street with the evocative name and the cool basement, where we traded DC comics and he spun 45s like a pre-stoned-age Murray the K. My mom admired Moogy’s mom for being a committed “lefty,” and I learned that word referred to something more than my southpaw status in stickball. As we crossed the threshold of teenagery I lost track of Moogy, but rediscovered him in his high school incarnation as a ’60s radical — before that term was commodified — and an amazing rock & roll singer and keyboardist. When Moogy was 15, his sister, who was dating someone in Dylan’s entourage, swung her brother a “kin” pass to the Newport ’65 Folk Festival, and he hung out with Dylan both before and after the “electric” set that became a seminal moment in rock & roll history. (Moogy would later be managed by Dylan’s manager, the legendary Albert Grossman.) When Moogy returned to high school that fall, his band, The Living Few, played a dance in the Great Neck South High School gym. Instead of the pop hits of the moment, they began with an angry, passionate version of “Maggie’s Farm” — one of the tunes Dylan had played at Newport — and for me high school dances would never be the same. Moogy moved into Manhattan after his gig at the Great Neck South High Civil Rights concert ended in fiasco — some would say near-riot — after Steve Sloan, the Zelig of our class, performed a strip tease. (At that same show Moogy took the hand of Andy Kaufman, another Great Necker, leading the deadpan “blind Cuban refugee” to his conga drums for Kaufman’s first public performance.) Within a year, at age 16, Moogy was playing with Jimi Hendrix’s band, Jimi James and the Blue Flames, at the Cafe Wha in the Village. By the time we were 22, Moogy had written a huge hit song — Bette Midler’s “You’ve Got to Have Friends” — and recorded a solo album for Capitol. Our relationship became professional for a moment when I wrote a profile of him for Record World magazine. Moogy went on to, among myriad accomplishments, front his own bands; become a founding member of Todd Rundgren’s Utopia; participate in the “lost” supersession Music from Free Creek with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Dr. John, Linda Ronstadt and other superstars; and produce the Dylan-Midler duet of “Buckets of Rain” for Bette’s album “Songs from the New Depression.” Since the ’70s, my contact with Moogy has been limited to high school reunions — where he can be seen handing out flyers for forthcoming gigs — or chance meetings in Greenwich Village or the Lower East Side, where, as often as not, he’s handing out flyers for anti-war rallies. And, every now and then, word comes about yet another Great Neck musician whose career Moogy helped along without asking anything in return. The benefit, set for Sunday, January 16 at The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street at 9 pm, is scheduled to feature Peter Yarrow, David Amram, Randy Brecker, Danny Kortchmar’s group the Kingbees and Moogy’s own outfit the Peaceniks are scheduled to perform. (Yes, remarkably, Moogy is still rockin’.) Admission is a $25 donation. A much-anticipated Utopia reunion concert — this one’s not a benefit — will salute Moogy January 29 at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan. All the original members — Todd Rundgren, Ralph Schuckett, John Siegler, Kevin Ellman and Moogy — will be on hand. It’s awful to find out that an old friend is ill and only then to express appreciation. But in the words of my brother Jeff — one of the many who began making music with Moogy long, long ago — “better late than later.” If you haven’t been lucky enough to get to know Moogy, at least through his music, now’s the time. Follow Michael Sigman on Twitter: www.twitter.com/majorsongs
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Monday, October 25, 2010

AOL and the American Cancer Society Host Blockbuster Charity Auction with Fundraising Items from Autograph Store Charity Fundraising.

Article from: PRWeb Newswire Article date:October 19, 2010 Autograph Store Charity Fundraising is proud to support the American Cancer Society, through it’s charity auction fundraiser with tech giant AOL (PRWEB) October 20, 2010 — Autograph Store Charity Fundraising is proud to announce it’s successful partnership with AOL and the American Cancer Society for their second annual charity auction fundraiser and auction. According to AOL, the fundraising event was such a tremendous success, it raised nearly $100,000 for the charity — twice the amount raised in 2009. AOL’s partnership with the American Cancer Society has a unique history. After three members of AOL’s paid services department were diagnosed with cancer in 2009, the department’s program director, Ron Tiesler, rallied his team and contacted the American Cancer Society, searching for a way to show his team’s support for both their colleagues and the community as a whole. From this first contact, the concept of hosting a charity auction fundraiser together was born. “Our relationship with the American Cancer Society started with a phone call,” Tiesler said. “Then, it was just a matter of pulling together employees who wanted to buy in and participate in what we wanted to accomplish.” With nearly 1,200 members of AOL’s Dulles, Va. staff and local community in attendance, the event’s primary fundraising source came from the autographed memorabilia and once-in-a-lifetime experiences made available for auction by Autograph Store Charity Fundraising. Some of the event’s most popular charity fundraising items included autographed guitars from Eric Clapton, U2, Carlos Santana and The Jonas Brothers; autographed drumheads from The Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews Band; autographed record albums from Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, David Bowie and others; celebrity-autographed photos from Angelina Jolie, Michael Jackson, Kiefer Sutherland, the casts of “Star Wars,” “Sex and the City” and others; as well as a wide array of travel packages and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. “The autographed guitars and travel packages had the most buzz,” Tiesler said. “A big part of (the event’s success) had a lot to do with what Autograph Store Charity Fundraising did for us. The fact that [they bring items to the table that are highly desired, that resonate with folks in charity auctions, and [they’re just a breeze to work with.” Now, with a second year behind them and a third on the horizon, AOL’s charity event planning team is looking to make an even bigger splash in 2011. Autograph Store Charity Fundraising is excited to bring more unique charity fundraising items to all the wonderful charity fundraisers AOL has in store for years to come. For more information regarding this story, please contact Sean Gallagher, social & digital media director for Autograph Store Charity Fundraising, at (888) 232-2500, ext. 103 or seang (at) autographstore (dot) com. Autograph Store Charity Fundraising proudly serves more than 1,800 charities and non-profits worldwide, providing charity auction items to a wonderfully diverse group of worthy causes. In 2009, the company’s no-risk auction items helped raise over $1 million at silent auctions, charity auction fundraisers and charity benefits in all 50 states and around the world.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Yoko Ono Brings All Star Band To L.A.

Bette MidlerImage by Alan Light via Flickr Mister D: Sadly, I have to tell the Fallen Ones that Miss M Will NOT be part of this line up. I got the official word today. Yoko Ono Band to Play Orpheum ‘We Are Plastic Ono Band’ To Play Two Nights in October Published: Thursday, August 5, 2010 3:57 PM PDT DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – Yoko Ono’s eclectic ensemble “We Are Plastic Ono Band” has announced a two-night stand slated for October at the Orpheum Theatre on Broadway. Under the musical direction of Sean Ono Lennon and backed by Yuka Honda and Japanese pop band Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada, Shimmy Hirotaka Shimizu and Yuko Araki), the band is a sort of revival of the Plastic Ono Band that featured John Lennon and released “Give Peace a Chance.” The group is scheduled to play Oct. 1 and 2. Promoters promise several special guests. In a show in February in New York, the band played with Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Thurston Moore and Bette Midler. Presale tickets are on sale now.
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Video: Bette Midler Interview / Sophie-jokes / In The Mood 1979

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Friday, April 16, 2010

BetteBack: On Raising Sophie

Bette Midler doesn’t let her 2-year-old watch sesame street or other TV because ‘it hardens’ kids & ‘makes them less like children.’ Article from:PR Newswire Article date:February 14, 1989 BETTE MIDLER DOESN’T LET HER 2-YEAR-OLD WATCH SESAME STREET OR OTHER TV BECAUSE ‘IT HARDENS’ KIDS & ‘MAKES THEM LESS LIKE CHILDREN’ /ADVANCE/NEW YORK, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ — Bette Midler says she doesn’t let her 2-year-old daughter, Sophie, watch Sesame Street or other television because “it hardens” kids and “makes them less like children.” Midler states in the current (March) issue of Redbook, “I’m happy to teach (Sophie) numbers and letters myself…I don’t want to let a machine do it. I think you should let a certain amount of the world into a child’s life but not the whole world. I think it hardens them. It makes them less like children.” Midler reveals that she and her husband, Harry Kipper (whose real name is Martin von Haselberg), are “trying” for another child and that she ultimately wants to have six. The actress says she doesn’t want Sophie treated like a star’s daughter. “I’m not going to drag her around to my shows. I’m not going to make her go to the movie theater and watch my pictures. I don’t want her to lionize me. I don’t want her to hear people applauding me and wonder why they’re not applauding her….I just want to be mommy to her. I don’t want to be some Bette Midler thing. Mostly I want to make sure we have a strong mother-daughter relationship before I throw out to the world and have it pinch and scratch and bite her.” When asked what surprised her the most about being a mother, Midler responds, “That I would love someone so much. That I was capable of coming out of myself, of waking up from my self-interested stupor and seeing that there was this little thing there. I could nurture it, teach it, make it laugh, have fun. What a big surprise.” Midler states in Redbook that her mother “made me believe that I was as good as anybody….I never had any self-doubt about whether I could make the grade. That’s a very important thing. Self-esteem will carry you a long, long way.” Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
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