Friday, January 19, 2018
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE DOING A FULL SYMPHONY CONCERT AND HALF OF YOUR ORCHESTRA DIDN'T SHOW UP?
Meet David Robertson, the conductor of the St. Louis Symphony. He came to Palm Springs to do a concert for the Palm Springs Friends of Philharmonic, a highly-respected group, now celebrating their 45th anniversary of concerts in the desert.
BUT ONLY HALF OF HIS ORCHESTRA MADE IT TO PALM SPRINGS. The other half, on a different flight at a different time, got snowed in in St. Louis---45 players!
This charming, genial man had a big problem. His entire program was unavailable. He also had the brilliant violinist, Augustin Hadelich, set to play Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto. The other pieces on the program were Ades and Shostakovich. BUT HE COULDN'T PLAY ANY OF THEM! They didn't have the instrumentation in Palm Springs to do it.
With only about five hours to pull off a miracle, he had to find pieces that the remaining orchestra members already knew, and pieces that would work with the instruments he had left. OMG!
ALSO, ALL THE CHARTS WERE ON THE SECOND PLANE THAT DIDN'T ARRIVE.
The entire orchestra spent the day getting charts by email, printing all the pages and then having to scotch tape them together so they could actually do a show. Pages and pages were laid out all over the floor of the McCallum Theatre, with orchestra members and staff on their knees taping.
And, you know what? They made it on time, and the concert was absolutely glorious. Robertson let the audience in on what happened from the very beginning, and quipped in every introduction.
It was a very exciting miracle to witness.
Monday, January 8, 2018
I NEVER THOUGHT I'D PUT UP A PICTURE OF OUR CONSTITUTION FOR A GOLDEN GLOBES STORY, BUT I THINK ITS THE MOST APPROPRIATE IMAGE TODAY
Congratulations to all the winners! But, the big winners were women, strength, truth, and hope. Normally, I don't like issues on awards shows, but, this time, it was the only way to go. The Golden Globes was the perfect venue to highlight, honor, and carry-on the "Me, too" movement that was started because women in Hollywood spoke up about abuse.
I loved all the women's acceptance speeches, but particularly adored Natalie Portman's comment about the all-male nominee director's category.
Our country is in the middle of a giant revolution. It doesn't feel right to start talking about "frilly Globes gossip" today.
Oh....OK. I thought Dakota Johnson wore the best black dress.
......I thought Seth Meyers did a funny monologue and then kind of disappeared.
....I thought the show had no pace and was dis-jointed.....
Could I love Nicole Kidman any more than I already do???.....and, let's face it....Oprah just won over 99% of the citizens of the U.S.
No one got drunk and fell down last night. Good. It's time we all stand up.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
THE GOLDEN GLOBES ARE THIS SUNDAY. IT'S HARD TO TELL HOW MANY VERBAL REFERENCES TO SEXUAL HARASSMENT WILL BE DELIVERED.
I have been to so many Globes shows that they should give me one for attendance!
I know women and most men will be wearing black in support of Time's Up, and that's fantastic. But I don't want the show to be a somber funeral. How I long for the days of Rita Hayworth and Elizabeth Taylor being drunk; fights in the bar; Pia Zadora's win causing the HFWA to be banned from network TV; standing in line with Shirley MacLaine in the bathroom; commiserating with Debbie Reynolds in the bar on the roof after she was robbed of the Globe for "Mother"--she was unbelievably disappointed; colliding in the dark back stage with Tom Cruise (I really hurt his foot)
(Side note: My BioDad father was the lawyer for the Globes for decades and tried to get them out of their messes.). The Globes was also the last time I ever saw my aunt. She looked radiant at my father's table and was dead two weeks later from a heart attack.
The Globes are filled with memories and emotions for me. I hope it's wonderful tomorrow night.
A FUN LOOK BACK BEFORE WE GO TO PREDICTIONS:
|JAMES DEAN AND URSULA ANDRESS|
|JUDY AND MARLON|
|KIM 1955 NEWCOMER AWARD|
Seth Meyers---Nice guy. Funny guy. This is a tough year to be emcee. I hope he pulls it off, but I'm concerned.
BEST MOTION PICTURE DRAMA----Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
BEST MOTION PICTURE MUSICAL OR COMEDY----GET OUT (if the voters are feeling "hip this year). I would prefer DISASTER ARTIST OR LADY BIRD
BEST ACTOR MOTION PICTURE DRAMA----GARY OLDMAN (the voters think Tom Hanks is God, and, since Daniel Day-Lewis' performance might be his last....)
BEST ACTRESS MOTION PICTURE DRAMA----FRANCES MCDORMAND (big competition from Sally Hawkins) And, please God, let Jessica Chastain get an Oscar nomination
BEST ACTOR MOTION PICTURE COMEDY OR MUSICAL----JAMES FRANCO (if GET OUT has momentum, it may carry Daniel Kaluuya, and The Globes love Hugh Jackman almost as much as Tom Hanks)
BEST ACTRESS MOTION PICTURE COMEDY OR MUSICAL----JUDI DENCH. God, I love a good Judi Dench musical! Don't you? It will be a crime to see Margot Robbie or Saorise Ronan lose.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR----CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER AND YOU ALL KNOW WHY
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS----ALLISON JANNEY, but, My God, does Mary J. Blige have a promo machine behind her......
BEST DIRECTOR----GUILLERMO DEL TORO because I want it for him. That's all.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM----FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER
BEST TV SERIES DRAMA----HANDMAID'S TALE OR THIS IS US
BEST TV SERIES COMEDY OR MUSICAL----MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (Let us pray)
BEST TV DRAMA ACTOR----STERLING K. BROWN (the surprise could be Freddie Highmore)
BEST TV ACTRESS DRAMA----CLAIRE FOY
BEST TV ACTOR COMEDY----AZIZ ANSARI
BEST TV ACTRESS COMEDY----RACHEL BROSNAHAN
BEST LIMITED SERIES ACTOR----ROBERT DE NIRO
BEST LIMITED SERIES ACTRESS----NICOLE KIDMAN
BEST LIMITED SERIES----BIG LITTLE LIES
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS----CHRISSY METZ (my personal choice would be Michelle Peiffer)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR----ALEXANDER SKARSGARD
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
HODA NAMED PERMANENT TODAY SHOW CO-ANCHOR
Yes, NBC should have chosen a woman, but that's not why she got the job. She's bright, funny, VERY likable, superb at her job, and has raised the ratings of THE TODAY SHOW
ever since she sat in right after the debacle. The audience loves her and NBC took note and did the right thing.
And, Hoda will still do the 10 a.m. hour with Kathie Lee. Happy New Year, Hoda!
Sunday, December 31, 2017
THIS IS THE LAST CHRISTMAS PARTY
I'LL MENTION THIS YEAR!
The truth is that I was all set to go and had my cowboy outfit with me, when I was called away a day early to go to a different city for a business thing. I was VERY disappointed to have missed this extraordinary party and sharing the holidays with Cheryl, but thanks to Donna Antebi, she sent me lots of photos. You'll have to make up your own captions since I wasn't there. Darn! And, one of the many things so wonderful about Cheryl, is how she combines fun with charities. She always has crafts to make at her parties, but this year she had everyone make baskets of toiletries to give to the Children's Action Network as well. Cheryl, I love you.
So, when you see the pictures you'll recognize Donna, Rosanna Arquette, Jane Fonda, Susie Sheinberg, Carol Biondi, Linda Thompson, Kelly Meyer, Red Barris, Tracy Danza, Catherine Bach, and all the other wonderful ladies.
|Cheryl is leading the line dancing!|
BELUGA, MIMOSAS AND CROQUET
Yes, it was 11:15 a.m. and I was at Michael Childers house celebrating with Stefanie Powers and Michael. I walked into the breakfast room and was invited to eat Beluga by the spoonful and wash it down with a Mimosa. And a Happy New Year's Eve to you!
Monday, December 25, 2017
SOMETIMES, YOU JUST HAVE TO LET OFF STEAM. THROW SOME VODKA AND MUSIC IN THE MIX, PLUS THE HOLIDAY SPIRITS OF SLIGHTLY "WILD" WOMEN......
YOU GET DANIELLE DEL'S
CHRISTMAS GIRLS' NIGHT IN!
|Wendy Burch, Linda Thompson, Lisa Franchot, and Danielle Del play to the music|
After many passed hors d'oeuvres, we were then treated to a sumptuous buffet.
|Don't ask. It was a chocolate frosting moment with Linda|
|Justina Machado, Danielle, French singer Cynthia Gillet|
|With Karen Rosenthal and Linda|
|With Joely. What a shock!|
It was a fascinating shoe night. No one could take their eyes off of Mychelle Charters' furry shoes.
|Danielle, Karen, Me|
|Joely and Linda|
|With Wendy Burch|
L-R the shoes belong to: Donna Antebi, Karen Rosenthal, Lisa Stanley, and Yours Truly.
All the women at the party were wearing designer shoes between, $500---$1000. So, I asked the ladies to put their shoes in a row with mine on the end, right. I said, 'Say who made your shoes' and I heard, "'Yves St. Laurent, Givenchy, Prada....and then I said, "Zappo's." I win.
|Dagny Dubelko and Tracy Danza|