Monthly Archives: December 2002

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Ex-Harlette and Sister Girlfriend of Ms. M Sings in L.A. cabaret at the Tiffany Jan. 14

Mister D: Now some of you Westerners get out there and go see Ms. Lewis…should be a dynamite show…

Jennifer Lewis has sung with Bette Midler, done Broadway’s Dreamgirls and Ain’t Misbehavin’ and currently has a TV gig on Lifetime’s “Strong Medicine.” So, Now What?? Jennifer Lewis has sung with Bette Midler, done Broadway’s Dreamgirls and Ain’t Misbehavin’ and currently has a TV gig on Lifetime’s “Strong Medicine.” So, Now What?? Read More

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Actor Alan “Rudge” Bates from “The Rose” Knighted…

Another royal Bette can stand:-)

2002 Tony Award winner Alan Bates was chosen for this year’s British honor of knighthood along with film director Ridley Scott.

Congratulations to Master Bates!!!!:-)

Love, Mister D….tee hee

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Monday, December 30, 2002

New Music Up: Happy New Year Party!!!!

I’d like to take a bit of your time and say thank you, thank you, thank you, for making this site rock in such a short amount of time. I never thought anyone would have that much interest in what I dredge up except for me:-) So this has been a great way to end the year and begin a new one…

I’m getting kind of schizoid on where to take this site, so please bear with me or give me feedback and I’ll try to accomodate your wishes…I have areas I really want to work on…print stuff, the Harlettes, and a tribute to Mr. Vilanch. But I have to say this techie stuff is getting to be a little much for this blonde boy (and I use “boy” very loosely):-) My favorite thing is finding news…so if worse comes to worse…that’s what I’m sticking with. And, of course, the music!!! Read More

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Rex Reed’s Take on Bette’s 10 Minute Perfomance in “Short Talks” on Broadway…

Mister D: Even though it’s only one sentence, I at least found one renowned (notorious) critic, Rex Reed, of the New York Observer who actually commented on her performance:

The best thing I saw last week had nothing to do with movies. It was Short Talks on the Universe, a Broadway benefit for Friends in Deed and the Bay Street Theatre, produced by Mike Nichols. When he asked some of the best writers in New York to write an evening of plays lasting no more than 12 minutes each, hundreds of folks packed the Eugene O’Neill two nights in a row at up to $1,000 a clip. They got their money’s worth. Two generations bonded when Angela Lansbury, a symphony in beige cashmere, and Chris O’Donnell played a once-great star and a young stagehand who meet on the empty stage of a deserted theater marked for demolition in Terrence McNally’s Ghost Light. Bette Midler brought down the house reading a comic essay by Nora Ephron on why she hates her purse.In Elaine May’s Extra, curvy movie star Ellen Barkin and scrappy Alec Baldwin were a couple of elegant strangers at a party who hated each other on sight, insulted each other all the way through cocktails, then forgot and forgave on the dance floor the minute the band launched into a Cole Porter tune. Kevin Kline and Christine Baranski literally stole the show in Steve Martin’s hip, name-dropping skit about a tired married couple in bed who torture each other with lies about their extramarital sex lives to keep each other awake all night. The weakest play was a bit that went nowhere by Jon Robin Baitz, with Matthew Broderick as a tail-swishing Devil who arrived from Hell in a puff of smoke to claim the soul of a bad producer (Tony Roberts) in the men’s room at Sardi’s. After the actors took their bows, Mr. Nichols made his curtain speech, and Candice Bergen, Richard Avedon, Diane Sawyer and others too fabled to mention led a standing ovation you could hear a block away. The miscalculated addition of three long, irrelevant Stephen Sondheim songs was generally regarded as weirdly anticlimactic. Still, it was the kind of swanky event that only happens here. With pals like these, you almost wish Mike Nichols would stop directing and just throw parties. Read More

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Rock Critic, Greil Marcus Discussing the Origins of His “Real Life Top 10” Salon Column

Dave: How did you start writing the “Real Life Top 10” columns for Salon.com? Are those a major focus for you or something to keep you busy between larger projects?

Marcus: I started a column in New West magazine in 1978 called “Real Life Rock.” At the end of each essay, I’d include a little list called “Real Life Top 10.” The point was not to just be a list of records, but anything that remotely had to do with music, a dress Bette Midler wore at an awards show or a great guitar solo in the middle of a song that otherwise wasn’t very interesting. At some point, Doug Simmons, the music editor at The Village Voice, said, “What if you made that into a real column, annotated each item?” I’d never thought of that. So I made it a monthly column for The Village Voice in around ’86. Read More

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Bette and Bag Snaggers…

The Bag Snagger is a new tool for arborists and citizen tree pruners designed to remove plastic bags and other debris from trees.

Able to reach heights of more than 40 feet, the Bag Snagger can get rid of virtually all unsightly bags which have lodged in trees in parks, along city streets, or anywhere trees may be threatened.

Bag Snaggers are now being used by a number of organizations in New York City including the Central Park Conservancy and the New York Restoration Project founded by Bette Midler. Click below to see photos of Ms. Midler and members of her group removing bags from trees. Read More

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Sunday, December 29, 2002

Tom Waits on Bette Midler

Mister D: This is from an interview with Francis Thumm in Interview Magazine, 1989

FT: Bette Midler attended some of your earliest New York concerts(7). What was that like?

TW: Well, she came in with all the feathers and ermine and red hair on fire, trailing ten or twelve people behind her. She was moving turbulence. She was in the audience, and I think we became friends right away.

FT: What did she say about your performance?

TW: She said. “You need some feathers, girls, hula skirls, and beaded curtains, and then you might have something.” I wrote some songs for her. like “I Never Talk to Strangers” and “Rainbow Sleeves.”(8) As soon as I met her, I felt like I had already known her she can do an hour on your hair. We can talk about anything. I love her musical impulses; she has a great sense of history in terms of her involvement in show business. She wanted to open a lounge act together, featuring us as Edie and Edie Wednesday. We’ve been friends for a long time, you know, since ’74. Read More

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