Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
THE SET OF ALBUMS
CAN DO WITHOUT !!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Dear Lounge Music Fan:Richard Cheese sings lounge versions of your favorite rock and rap songs. Imagine Sinatra singing "Baby Got Back," and you've got Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The ubiquitous Jonny Blu rode a smooth wave of appreciation and applause as he crooned through his holiday show this past Monday at the Soho supper club in Santa Barbara. At easy with his five piece band, which has morphed into a tight jazz blending, Blu himself continued his search for the personal sound at the heart of his music.
Perhaps, surprisingly, the intimate crowd was open to accompanying Blu on his journey. While the expected holiday standards and covers were warmly received, it was Blu's evocation of his own material garnering the greater response. Even more surprising, in this time of cookie cutter jazz singers, both male and female, there IS a specific Jonny Blu sound to appreciate.
While relying mostly on tunes from his recent In Just That Kind Of A Mood CD, Blu also ventured out with some new material. While In A Groove ran the risk of being a little too relaxed, Afternoon Loving brought yet another nuance to the performance with it's rock-a-billy nuances. Clearly, Blu is still experimenting, but he's making great strides in the process.
Blu's standard set pieces -- a swinging lounge version of L. L. Cool J's I Need Love, an upbeat re-imagining of Elvis' Are You Lonesome Tonight, and his kick back encore, Bobby Darin's Mack The Knife – are always nicely framed by songs in Portuguese, French, and – from his previous incarnation as a Chinese pop star – Mandarin. All of these add a unique touch to Blu's repertoire – especially Monday nights acoustical take on his Chinese hit Crossroads.
Blu's holdiay show ended 2007 on a high note for him with much promise for the future.
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Hilarious and touching, Girls Night: The Musical follows five friends as they relive their past, celebrate the present and look to the future during a wild and outrageous girls' night out at a karaoke bar. Friends since their teens, they have all had their fair share of heartache and tragedy, joy and success. There's Carol the party girl, blunt Anita who tells it like it is, Liza and her "issues," boring Kate (the designated driver) and Sharon, the not-so-angelic angel who just couldn't resist tagging along.
Girls Night: The Musical is bursting with energy and packed with classic anthems, from "I'm Every Woman" and "I Will Survive" to "We Are Family," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "Man, I Feel Like a Woman." So grab your sisters, your girlfriends and your co-workers and prepare to laugh, cry and dance in the aisles! Girls Night: The Musical is a not-to-be-missed slice of entertainment for anyone who really knows how to have fun!
Louise Roche (author) to date, has written and produced nine plays: Girls Night (Milton Keynes, 2007; U.K. tours, 2003, 2004, 2006), Bobby and Johnny (U.K. tour, 2005), Girls Behind (U.K. tour, 2005), Checkout Girls (Milton Keynes, 2005), Lucky Balls (Milton Keynes, 2002), Milton Keynes The Musical (Milton Keynes, 2002), Frankie’s Game (Milton Keynes, 1999) and Happy Christmas Shirley (Milton Keynes, 2006). Her writing for television includes work for the BBC and ITV. She also has a novel, Glutton for Punishment, published in paperback by Pan Books. Previously, she worked in television production as a researcher and producer of factual programs. Credits include: "Where There’s Life," "First Tuesday" and the drama documentary "Shoot To Kill." Two more plays -- True Love and Finding Daddy -- are in development. Louise became co-director of Goodnights Entertainment in 2003.
About Coronet Theatre:
In the 50 years since its inception, the Coronet Theatre has presented over 300 plays and musicals. Legends such as Charlie Chaplin, John Houseman, Orson Wells and performances by Glenn Close, Woody Harrelson, and George C. Scott have graced the stage.
The El Portal Theatre is proud to present the West Coast premiere of The Kid From Brooklyn, a musical based on the life of Danny Kaye. The show follows Kaye's rise from the Borscht Belt to Hollywood fame, as well as his tempestuous relationship with his wife and co-writer Sylvia Fine. Brian Childers plays Kaye.
A new musical based on the life of the legendary Danny Kaye makes its West Coast premiere at the historic El Portal Theatre in the heart of North Hollywood, across from the Academy of Radio and Television on Lankershim Blvd.
The show, first performed in August 2006 at the Broward Center Stage Door in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, uses some of Kaye’s most famous and most popular stage, television and film numbers to tell the story of his surprising and rich life, hitting on everything from the then-David Kaminsky's early adolescence in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn , to his ensuing days as a "Borscht Belt" entertainer – the place for Jewish vacationers and where many comedians got there start.
This intimate musical portrayal chronicles Danny Kaye’s career and his relationships on and off the stage and follows the rise of Kaye from an undisciplined improvisational comic to his success under the guidance of his wife, Sylvia Fine. In addition to the role of Kaye, a cast of three moves in and out of characters that were significant in Kaye’s personal and professional life. Favorite songs of the period are used to recreate the highlights of Kaye’s career. Backed by a five-piece band, the musical highlights include "Pavlova", "Tchaikovsky", "Oh, By Jingo," " Minnie the Moocher" & many more!
The dramatic underpinning of this musical is Kaye's relationship with his wife and professional partner, Sylvia Fine. Fine wrote many of the witty, tongue-twisting songs Danny Kaye became famous for. Despite her devotion to him, she is portrayed as a domineering, smothering woman who so suffocated Kaye that she drove him into an affair with comedienne Eve Arden. Arden was professionally closely associated with Kaye from the time that they starred on Broadway (Cole Porter's Let's Face It), appearing as a regular on his radio program and playing major featured roles in most of his films with Goldwyn.
A strong advocate for social responsibility, Kaye logged thousands of hours as a pilot - a hobby he enjoyed immensely - on trips for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - once flying to 65 cities in five days putting Kaye in the Guinness Book of Records as the World's Fastest-Flying Entertainer. The United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cueller said at the October 27, 1987 tribute to Kaye that he was the man who first "heightened global awareness of the plight of unfortunate children throughout the world." Kaye was the spokesperson for UNICEF and was asked to accept the Nobel Prize on behalf of the organization. There is a permanent Danny Kaye Media Center in New York City at the UNICEF Headquarters. Danny Kaye's legacy, both as an entertainer and as a campaigner for children, is set to endure.
ABOUT EL PORTAL THEATRE:
El Portal Theatre is a historic landmark in the San Fernando Valley, located in the heart of North Hollywood just minutes from Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Disney, ABC, CBS- Radford and NBC Burbank. The theatre sits directly across Lankershim Blvd. from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The art deco marquee is visible to thousands of cars that travel on Lankershim Blvd. daily.
Since its opening in 1926, first for vaudeville, then silent movies and then Academy Award-winning films as the primo movie house in the Valley, the theatre has weathered the Jazz Age, the Depression, four wars, and finally the great earthquake of 1994. The lobbies boast luscious carpeting secured from Century City's Shubert Theatre and an art gallery featuring 13 Los Angeles Visual Artists.
Rebuilt in the late '90s and opened in January 2000, the El Portal now houses three theatres, the new Judith Kaufman Art Gallery, and sumptuous lobbies.
Time-warping BBC series begins its final season, unraveling an engaging riddle.
"Am I mad, in a coma or back in time?" Sam asks each week over the opening credits, and while the series pretends that this is a question that needs to be settled, the practical answer is that he's both in a coma and in 1973, which is at once in his head and independent of it. (What he is not is crazy, though the show raises the possibility now and again.) "Am I a man dreaming I'm a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming I'm a man?" Master Zhuang famously wondered.
As the second season opens, Sam is dimly conscious of his present comatose self; someone is trying to kill him there. (It's Marc Warren, from "Hustle," where the "Life on Mars" creators previously labored.) Later in the year, he'll be given an accidental overdose of medication in 2006 (or perhaps it's 2007), which will make him speedy in 1973. Conversely, what he does in the past, or in his head, can affect his present-day health.
The series is rife with the sort of clues and puzzles that make "Lost" fun (when it's good), but "Life on Mars" has a social-satirical component as well, offering a look back at history -- richer, of course, for the British audience -- at once critical and nostalgic. (This season will see episodes involving the IRA, wife-swapping and the introduction of heroin into Manchester; old-school racism, sexism and homophobia are constant themes.) It's a show about how far we've come and what we lost on the way, a kind of pre-forensic, anti-procedural police drama in which crimes are solved by intuition and inspiration.
MARTIN AND LEWIS TRIBUTE SHOW
A HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!
Frank And Dean's Restaurant/Nightclub
3768 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, California 91107 (626) 739-1847
A Tribute to Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis...and "friends".
It's the 2nd Annual Holiday Extravaganza Featuring David Wolf as "Jerry" and Steve Waddington as "Dino".
Hot off their successful cruise ship gig, they are ready to let off some steam!!! This show will be their wildest, funniest and most entertaining yet! All your favorite "hits and bits", plus a lot of new things and a few "surprises".
If you've seen the show before, you know no two shows are EVER the same...and if you haven't seen the show...you are in for a wonderful surprise!
Its all the hits of Dean Martin, all the bits of Jerry Lewis...and a lot more! Comedy, Improv, newly added impersonations/characters, great songs, and a lot of overall fun and mayhem! Lots of Holiday songs too.
The performance runs from about 6:30 til...well, whenever they run out of gas! LOL! (Usually a couple of hours or so!)
The show is at the legendary "Frank and Dean's", a venue built as a sort of "shrine" to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. The owner, Frank, is not only a huge fan of Mr. Sinatra, he was also a friend. Many collectibles and keepsakes from his private collection adorn the walls and you will see many things here that you will not see anywhere else!
Because this place is a sort of "home" for the Martin & Lewis tribute, Steve and Dave will be doing things here (as usual) they wouldn't even think of doing at other venues! This is the place where it all started for the Martin & Lewis tibute, and it was the owner, Frank, that put Steve and Dave together for the first time as a team!
Great food, Rat Pack Vegas-style seating and atmosphere and wonderful service!
You will NOT want to miss this show!!!
By Don Heckman, Special to The Times
There weren't a lot of familiar names in the lineup Friday for the third annual Fil-Am Jazz Festival at Catalina Bar & Grill. At least not for anyone in the audience who wasn't Philippine. Although singer Charmaine Clamor has begun to get some much-deserved attention as an appealing new arrival, many of the other artists are best known in their native Philippines.
Monday, December 10, 2007
ANOTHER GREAT UPDATE FROM www.doublosection.blogspot.comVideoasia released a DVD collection last week containing a number of hard-to-find spy and spy-related movies: The Grindhouse Experience Volume 2. You get twenty films on five discs, so I can't imagine the quality is much to brag about, but there are some very appealing films in the mix, including No. 1 of the Secret Service (released here as Her Majesty's Top Gun)!
The Seventies didn't produce nearly as many Bond knock-offs as the Sixties (the heyday of the Eurospy genre), but director Lindsay Shonteff pretty much single-handedly kept the genre alive with his two Charles Bind films, No. 1 of the Secret Service starring Nicky Henson and No. 1: Licensed To Love and Kill starring The New Avengers' Gareth Hunt as Bind.
Both movies also featured the Moore-era Minister of Defense, Geoffrey Keen, in the M-like role. In addition to being full-blown knock-offs in their own right of Seventies Bond, these were also unofficial follow-ups to the Sixties Bond knock-off series of Charles Vine movies, which Shonteff originated with Licensed To Kill (1965) starring Tom Adams.
Supposedly Shonteff made another pair of "Bind" movies in the early Nineties, Number One Gun and The Running Gun, but I've never heard of anyone having actually seen them. (Please sound off below if you have!) But all of that is just a history lesson; the only Bind/Vine title included here is No. 1 of the Secret Service. One must go into any Shonteff movie with a certain willingness to settle, but it's a fun movie sure to please avid fans of Seventies 007.
But wait! That's not all you get in this set, spy fans! Also of interest is one of one of the few other lost Seventies Bond knock-offs (via blaxploitation), Mr. Deathman, the Eurospy classic O77: Mission Bloody Mary, 3 Supermen Against Godfather (1979) and Diabolik rip-off Phenomenal and the Treasure of Tutankamen (1968)!
Chances are this print of Mission Bloody Mary won't hold a candle to the excellent one put out a few years ago by Dorado Films (who have finally updated their website and are having a fabulous sale during the month of December!), but it's a fun film nonetheless. As far as I know, those others haven't seen any sort of official release in the US before.
I'm particularly excited about Phenomenal; it's one I've always wanted to see. The rest of the movies in this budget-priced set will probably also appeal to Eurospy fans in one way or another; a lot of them features actors well known from the genre.
Hip follow-up to jazz vocalist Judy Wexler's critically acclaimed debut project, "Easy on the Heart." Features an eclectic repertoire, including "Spooky" and "Almost Blue", with inventive arrangements by piano greats Alan Pasqua and Jeff Colella.
Alan Pasqua, piano
Judy Wexler's newest release confirms her status as one of the finest rising bop-influenced jazz vocalists on todays music scene.
Jazzed Media, a jazz record label and film production company,was founded in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area in 2002. Jazzed Media's owner Graham Carter is a Grammy-nominated record producer (The Bill Holman Band "Live" and The Bill Holman Band "Hommage") and award-winning jazz filmmaker (Phil Woods "A Life in E Flat").
Artists appearing on the Jazzed Media label include Phil Woods, Bud Shank, Terry Gibbs, Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Bill Charlap, Brian Lynch, Hubert Laws, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Carl Saunders, Don Menza, Christian Jacob, Scott Whitfield, Andy Martin, Lanny Morgan, Bobby Shew, Irene Kral, Jackie & Roy, Bob Lark, Ron Stout, Jim McNeely, Mel Martin, Benny Carter, Frank Tiberi, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Lorraine Feather, and Matt Wilson.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Garbage. Americans produce more and more of it every year, when we need to be producing less.
Even the most waste-conscious among us can feel overwhelmed by the amount of household waste that goes beyond what municipal recyclers and compost bins can handle.
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That’s why our editors have spent the summer investigating the state of waste management in our country, and putting together information for you, our Co-op America members, explaining how we can get serious about the three R’s – reducing, reusing, and recycling. Supporting members of Co-op America can expect to receive this issue of the Co-op America Quarterly this fall. If you’re not already a supporting member,
www.goodwill.org, or you can contact the Steel Recycling Institute to recycle them. 800/YES-1-CAN, www.recycle-steel.org.
1. Appliances: Goodwill accepts working appliances,
2. Batteries: Rechargeables and single-use: Battery Solutions, 734/467-9110,
3. Cardboard boxes: Contact local nonprofits and women’s shelters to see if they can use them. Or, offer up used cardboard boxes at your local Freecycle.org listserv or on Craigslist.org for others who may need them for moving or storage. If your workplace collects at least 100 boxes or more each month, UsedCardboardBoxes.com accepts them for resale.
4. CDs/DVDs/Game Disks: Send scratched music or computer CDs, DVDs, and PlayStation or Nintendo video game disks to AuralTech for refinishing, and they’ll work like new: 888/454-3223, www.auraltech.com.
5. Clothes: Wearable clothes can go to your local Goodwill outlet or shelter. Donate wearable women’s business clothing to Dress for Success, which gives them to low-income women as they search for jobs, 212/532-1922, www.dressforsuccess.org. Offer unwearable clothes and towels to local animal boarding and shelter facilities, which often use them as pet bedding. Consider holding a clothes swap at your office, school, faith congregation or community center. Swap clothes with friends and colleagues, and save money on a new fall wardrobe and back-to-school clothes.
6. Compact fluorescent bulbs: Take them to your local IKEA store for recycling: www.ikea.com.
7. Compostable bio-plastics: You probably won’t be able to compost these in your home compost bin or pile. Find a municipal composter to take them to at www.findacomposter.com.
8. Computers and electronics: Find the most responsible recyclers, local and national, at www.ban.org/pledge/Locations.html.
9. Exercise videos: Swap them with others at www.videofitness.com.
10. Eyeglasses: Your local Lion’s Club or eye care chain may collect these. Lenses are reground and given to people in need.
11. Foam packing: Your local pack-and-ship store will likely accept foam peanuts for reuse. Or, call the Plastic Loose Fill Producers Council to find a drop-off site: 800/828-2214. For places to drop off foam blocks for recycling, contact the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers, 410/451-8340, www.epspackaging.org/info.html
12. Ink/toner cartridges: Recycleplace.com pays $1/each.
13. Miscellaneous: Get your unwanted items into the hands of people who can use them. Offer them up on your local Freecycle.org or Craigslist.org listserv, or try giving them away at Throwplace.com or giving or selling them at iReuse.com. iReuse.com will also help you find a recycler, if possible, when your items have reached the end of their useful lifecycle.
14. Oil: Find Used Motor Oil Hotlines for each state: 202/682-8000, www.recycleoil.org.
15. Phones: Donate cell phones: Collective Good will refurbish your phone and sell it to someone in a developing country: 770/856-9021, www.collectivegood.com. Call to Protect reprograms cell phones to dial 911 and gives them to domestic violence victims: www.donateaphone.com. Recycle single-line phones: Reclamere, 814/386-2927, www.reclamere.com.
16. Sports equipment: Resell or trade it at your local Play It Again Sports outlet, 800/476-9249, www.playitagainsports.com.
17. “Technotrash”: Project KOPEG offers an e-waste recycling program that can help you raise funds for your organization. Use Project KOPEG to recycle iPods, MP3 players, cell phones and chargers, digital cameras, PDAs, palm pilots, and more. Also, easily recycle all of your CDs, jewel cases, DVDs, audio and video tapes, pagers, rechargeable and single-use batteries, PDAs, and ink/toner cartridges with GreenDisk’s Technotrash program. For $30, GreenDisk will send you a cardboard box in which you can ship them up to 70 pounds of any of the above. Your fee covers the box as well as shipping and recycling fees. 800/305-GREENDISK, www.greendisk.com.
18. Tennis shoes: Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program turns old shoes into playground and athletic flooring. www.nikereuseashoe.com. One World Running will send still-wearable shoes to athletes in need in Africa, Latin America, and Haiti. www.oneworldrunning.com.
19. Toothbrushes and razors: Buy a recycled plastic toothbrush or razor from Recycline, and the company will take it back to be recycled again into plastic lumber. Recycline products are made from used Stonyfield Farms’ yogurt cups. 888/354-7296, www.recycline.com.
20. Tyvek envelopes: Quantities less than 25: Send to Shirley Cimburke, Tyvek Recycling Specialist, 5401 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Spot 197, Room 231, Richmond, VA 23234. Quantities larger than 25, call 866/33-TYVEK.
21. Stuff you just can’t recycle: When practical, send such items back to the manufacturer and tell them they need to manufacture products that close the waste loop responsibly.