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« Reply #30 on: May 07, 2004, 08:46:59 AM »

And one for Mahler.
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« Reply #31 on: May 07, 2004, 08:47:25 AM »

Anne does sing and from what I've read it's her own voice.  Anyone know for sure?
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« Reply #32 on: May 07, 2004, 08:50:40 AM »

Happy Birthday Dear Reader Danise!  We want a full report of your Birthday Doings later tonight, with full cake details, of course.

Well, what do you know. I can contribute to today's TOD. I actually saw a Marilyn Monroe movie once. It's the one where she sings "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." So I guess that would have to be my favorite.
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« Reply #33 on: May 07, 2004, 08:50:56 AM »

My MM Favorites:

Niagra
Some Like it Hot
Bus Stop

Happy Friday!  ;D

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« Reply #34 on: May 07, 2004, 08:51:32 AM »

This morning I went for a walk, and this is what I saw:
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« Reply #35 on: May 07, 2004, 08:51:38 AM »

I don't want to put a jinx (how's that for a fine Scrabble word, Dear Readers?) on things, but I do believe prospects have brightened considerably for the Pasadena Playhouse.  Over the last few seasons, one has had to endure an unseemly amount of chaff before arriving at some wheat in the presentations at this historic theatre.  This year, however, it's been three strong plays in a row.  The season opened with a fine Talley's Folly.  That was followed by Claudia Shear in Dirty Blond, which was quite good.  

Last night, I was not watching Friends , but rather was in attendance at the Pasadena Playhouse's third play of the year, Enchanted April, a thoroughly charming and very well acted theatrical event.  Miss Mariette Hartley was spot on as the crusty Mrs. Graves, and Miss Nancy Bell was splendid in the central role of Lotty Wilton.  All the other actors were excellent in their parts and the sets and direction (by Michael Wilson, who directed the play on Broadway) were superb.

Next up on the Playhouse's agenda is 110 in the Shade, and I'm hopeful they can go four for four.  
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« Reply #36 on: May 07, 2004, 09:00:44 AM »

Yes MR BK, I also am of the opinion that Miss Anne Bancroft did her own singing in Don't Bother to Knock - all those standards from the FOX catalog....

I can find nothing on the net that says otherwise.

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« Reply #37 on: May 07, 2004, 09:01:49 AM »

Welcome ten GUESTS.  Join us as we prepare for the lovely wekkend.
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« Reply #38 on: May 07, 2004, 09:18:24 AM »

Good morning!

Boy did it take me a while to get out of bed (again) this morning!  My clock-radio went off at 8:45.  I sat in bed listening to the final minutes of NPR's Morning Edition - and, yes, I do miss Bob Edwards already.  :(  Then I looked at the clock again and it was 9:30... Then... Then... -And I had to get up since I had to take my morning dosage of meds.  (Only two more days to go!!!  YEAH!!!!)  Well, 11:00 finally rolled around, and I finally rolled and pushed myself out of bed (hmm, that's quite a visual isn't it?)... And now my day has started.

-Thankfully, there were no adverse affects from my wonderful meal yesterday (did you read the late notes?  ;)).  WHEW!!

-And now they broke into regular programming on TV to show the Senate Hearing with Sec. Donald Rumsfeld...

DR Jed - Well, if it was in the budget we could have flown you in, but, alas... Besides, I don't think you're a member of Actor's Equity.   ;)

Topic of the Day - Again, "Ditto".  I know I've seen a couple of Marilyn Monroe films, but, I can honestly say (and don't hate me for this) I haven't watched a Marilyn Monroe film for the sake of watching Marilyn Monroe.  However, I've always enjoyed "Some Like It Hot" and "Seven Year Itch".

When I was on the Universal Studios Japan casting tour last year, we saw some Marilyn Monroe impersonators.  Well... if you could call them that.  It appeared a lot of them had just watched other Marilyn Monroe impersonators, and based their own "version" on those impressions.  Hmm.. Ah, well...

Happy Birthday, DR Danise!!!

Oh, before heading to bed last night, I decided to page through a new cookbook I bought, "Home Baking" by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid.  I'm a real fan of their past cookbooks which have covered topics such as flatbreads, rice(!) and "Hot Sour Salty Sweet".  And since both of them are quite accomplished photographers, the visuals in the books are quite stunning.  Not only of the foods, but also of the various people they have photographed in their travels - and they travel a lot!  This new book is truly a travelogue of sorts - and it's also quite heavy - literally - it could be a coffee table tome.  As the title implies it's about home-style baking.  They cover homes from the States, Europe, Asia, Africa, etc...  I'm sure I'll be giving many of the recipes a try sometime soon.

-And for you Canucks, they're from Toronto.

Media Check:

Basically my CD Player... As I mentioned two nights ago, I put in countertenor's David Daniels' CD, "A Quiet Thing".  Hmm...  I still need to give the rest of the disc a listen, but... we'll see...  Oh, and some Bach...

-And, yet, my pile of unplayed DVDs continues to grow and grow... -And "In America" comes out on Tuesday!!

Oh (again) I did get a phone call from my mother this morning.  She was just checking in.  And she also wondered why I hadn't stopped by in a while.  Well, I have stopped by, but since she usually works until 7:00, I can't stay around in the afternoon to wait for her to get home since I have shows in the evening.  I asked about Mother's Day to see if they were doing brunch.  But, as luck would have it, she's working that day at the nursing home, and since I have a matinee, so...  I'll do my best to get out there tomorrow morning.  Hopefully, that will suffice for my Mother's Day visit.  :-\

OK - That's definitely enough babbling for this morning...

Laters...
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Re:THE WEKKEND REPORT
« Reply #39 on: May 07, 2004, 09:18:52 AM »

Just recieved my copy of Benjamin Kritzer in the mail, can't wait to start reading it...
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« Reply #40 on: May 07, 2004, 09:39:42 AM »

Hope you enjoy!
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« Reply #41 on: May 07, 2004, 09:47:02 AM »

What a lovely day.

Alas, I'm hunched over the computer, flinging notes on music paper (aided by a Midi and software) as fast I can.  I'm responsible for incidental music for a production of Diary of a Scoundrel and the only musician we can fit into the theatre is a solo violinist.

So, the Media Check includes two CDs I checked out of the library, rather randomly, so I could listen to some violin music.  Unfortunately, I didn't have time to find solo violin music (from tsarist Russia) and I've really no time to listen to these CDs.  Joy, asking to hear some religious music, is responsible for the third CD, Bach's Mass in B-Minor.

DVD probably still has Big Fish.  VCR, well, we wanted to record new episodes of West Wing and Law & Order Wednesday night, but, here during sweeps, the National Broadcast Company can't be bothered to provide us with original programming.  Instead, they took the stingy way out and re-ran clips of some sitcom I never watched.  Our cable bill is $57.91 and that's no HBO or Showtime.  In fact, I can't think of a station we DO get that doesn't have commercials.  So, we're paying for it twice.  I realize many of you love this program, but shame on NBC for not giving us our money's worth.

The extraordinary paint job will be inspected by both my parents in a short span of days.  Last night, Dad stopped by, and was clearly very impressed, if itching to get out the moment he sat down.  Joy invited Mom over for Mother's Day, as this is the first Mother's Day we've been in the same city for since 1978.

Happy Birthday incoming NY visitor Danise
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« Reply #42 on: May 07, 2004, 09:50:51 AM »

Happiest of happy birthdays DR Danise!!!!

  ;D  :D  ;)  :)  ;D  :D  ;D  :-*
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« Reply #43 on: May 07, 2004, 10:09:46 AM »

I see from today's NY Times that yet another rendition of Candide--this one at the New York Philharmonic--despite admirable singing, has been undermined by the unfortunate interpolation of broad humor and corny jokes.  Pity.  As if the humor in the music and lyrics of this show cannot stand unsupported.  I know the book to Candide has been doctored and doctored, but perhaps one of these days someone will get it right and create a definitive book once and for all.  

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/07/arts/music/07CAND.html
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« Reply #44 on: May 07, 2004, 10:37:07 AM »

The extraordinary paint job will be inspected by both my parents in a short span of days.  Last night, Dad stopped by, and was clearly very impressed, if itching to get out the moment he sat down.  Joy invited Mom over for Mother's Day, as this is the first Mother's Day we've been in the same city for since 1978.

Well, DR Noel, I hope you will convey to both your parents the fact that I am only one of a number of their new-found fans, having derived great enjoyment from their latest recording.  They are to be commended for their singing and comedy talents--not to mention their bravery.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DANISE !
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« Reply #45 on: May 07, 2004, 10:39:34 AM »

Well, DR Noel, I hope you will convey to both your parents the fact that I am only one of a number of their new-found fans, having derived great enjoyment from their latest recording.  They are to be commended for their singing and comedy talents--not to mention their bravery.

Did I miss a post?  Who, Dear Reader Noel, are your apparently very talented and brave parents?
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« Reply #46 on: May 07, 2004, 10:42:38 AM »

A busy day, a busy day.  We're off to Dover for some necessary shopping, then there's a reception at the Rehoboth Art League this evening.

Reports later, with everything else.
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« Reply #47 on: May 07, 2004, 10:46:10 AM »

I've got the Rumsfeld hearings on in the bg. Extraordinary. Especially when a group suddenly stood up and started screaming "Fire Rumsfeld!" He sat there like so much fish as they carried on for quite a long time.
If he's not fired, I'm a cocker spaniel. They may wait a few days, but I'm betting my vast fortune that he "resigns for the good of the nation."
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« Reply #48 on: May 07, 2004, 10:46:22 AM »

From DR Jay Post Number 45

"Did I miss a post?  Who, Dear Reader Noel, are your apparently very talented and brave parents?"

Jay, I think Mr. Orr is referring to the talents of Noel's parents as heard on their Wedding CD.
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« Reply #49 on: May 07, 2004, 10:47:24 AM »

And there are more photos to come. Even Rummy said so. And videos! Horrible.
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« Reply #50 on: May 07, 2004, 10:48:28 AM »

Today’s topic of discussion: What are my favorite Marilyn Monroe films and your favorite Monroe moments?  I’m not one to remember moments too well, but my favorite movies are:

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
The Seven Year Itch
Some Like It Hot
There’s No Business Like Show Business

In my CD player:  Anna Karenina:  the Audio Musical with Lorna Dallas as Anna.  I’ve never heard or heard of Lorna Dallas.  Is she good?  I just got this last weekend and haven’t had (taken) time to listen to it.  After that, the Petula Clark/Michael Ball Sunset Blvd. that I taped off of BBC Radio on my computer.

Hopefully this afternoon I’ll be able to record the broadcast of Candide with Kristin Chenoweth and Patti LuPone!  I was able to get the time off from work, it’s just a matter of me not screwing up the recording process.

[move=right,scroll,6,transparent,100%]HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANISE![/move]
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« Reply #51 on: May 07, 2004, 10:50:26 AM »

From DR Jay Post Number 45

"Did I miss a post?  Who, Dear Reader Noel, are your apparently very talented and brave parents?"

Jay, I think Mr. Orr is referring to the talents of Noel's parents as heard on their Wedding CD.

Duh.  Thank you, Dear Reader Ben, for rectifying my embarrassing lapse.
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« Reply #52 on: May 07, 2004, 10:55:47 AM »

Just got this request from a friend who does a (more intellectual variety) call-in radio show. This is the perfect place, I do believe, to ask his question...

The first Sunday in June, I'll be doing a show on metaphor (including similes, analogies, etc.) that explores why we use such imagery, how we feel on encountering a particularly apt metaphor, etc.  And for interludes between calls I would like to have a handful of good musical passages (from songs, presumably), that exemplify or otherwise bear upon the theme.  For example, one I already have in mind is Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters."  Do you know any other good possibilities?  I would very much appreciate your suggestions.  Thanks
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« Reply #53 on: May 07, 2004, 10:56:09 AM »

And there are more photos to come. Even Rummy said so. And videos! Horrible.

If there's one thing I abhor, it's hypocrisy.  To wit:

 
 1. Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a
 conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers
 for your recovery.
 
 2. The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our
 highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.
 
 3. Government should relax regulation of Big Business and Big Money
 but crack down on individuals who use marijuana to relieve the pain of
 illness.
 
 4. "Standing Tall for America'" means firing your workers and moving
 their jobs to India.
 
 5. A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but
 multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind
 without regulation.
 
 6. Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary
 Clinton.
 
 7. The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in
 speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.
 
 8. Group sex and drug use are degenerate sins unless you someday run
 for governor of California as a Republican.
 
 9. If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.
 
 10. A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies,
 then demand their cooperation and money.
 
 11. HMOs and insurance companies have the interest of the public at
 heart.
 
 12. Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing
 health care to all Americans is socialism.
 
 13. Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but
 creationism should be taught in schools.
 
 14. Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.
 
 15. A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable
 offense. A president lying to enlist support for a war in which
 thousands die is solid defense policy.
 
 16. Government should limit itself to the powers named in the
 Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the
 Internet.
 
 17. The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but
 George Bush's driving record is none of our business.
 
 18. You support states' rights, which means Attorney General John
 Ashcroft can tell states what local voter initiatives they have a right
 to adopt.
 
 19. What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest,
 but what Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant.
 
 20. Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but
 trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international
 harmony.
 
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« Reply #54 on: May 07, 2004, 10:59:34 AM »

I get so confused these days - today was, of course, what's playing day - so hold off, and we'll do that tomorrow when I am less confused.
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« Reply #55 on: May 07, 2004, 11:02:20 AM »

Just got this request from a friend who does a (more intellectual variety) call-in radio show. This is the perfect place, I do believe, to ask his question...

The first Sunday in June, I'll be doing a show on metaphor (including similes, analogies, etc.) that explores why we use such imagery, how we feel on encountering a particularly apt metaphor, etc.  And for interludes between calls I would like to have a handful of good musical passages (from songs, presumably), that exemplify or otherwise bear upon the theme.  For example, one I already have in mind is Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters."  Do you know any other good possibilities?  I would very much appreciate your suggestions.  Thanks

"Send in the Clowns" would be an apt selection, I do believe.
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« Reply #56 on: May 07, 2004, 11:13:06 AM »

I've never been much of a MM fan.  We never watched any of her movies at my home when I was young, most probably because my mom had little love for suicidal celebrities.  Since I never saw her in films, the only Monroe I grew to know was through her iconography, which was more often than not rife with adulation, demonization, parody and exploitation (just mention her name and the first images that come to mind are from the Tommy movie.)  As I got older and began to explore movies, I would come across her performances (the first being in Some Like It Hot), and I came to appreciate them individually, but I never specifically sought them out.  

That being said, I would list the aforementioned Some Like It Hot, All About Eve and Bus Stop as MM movies that I like.

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« Reply #57 on: May 07, 2004, 11:18:06 AM »

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I think Miss Monroe connected with this role for many reasons, some of which are eerie (you’ll understand once you’ve seen it). I find the “Monroe” act of the films that came just after this a bit tiresome after you’ve seen five or six of the Fox films, but she’s so fresh and real in this picture it just blew me away. Can someone come get me?



It must have blown me away too, BK, because I have been E & T for most of the week.  My apologies to one and all.  Between computer problems and health problems, I have not been online very much either at home or at work.  I will hopefully get caught up, with all of the columns and posts that I have missed, this weekend.

I loved Marilyn Monroe.  It is hard to imagine what she would be like today at the age of 77 (of course, James Dean would be 73).  Favorite MM films are:

SOME LIKE IT HOT
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
BUS STOP
RIVER OF NO RETURN


I could never stand THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL or SEVEN YEAR ITCH, although Marilyn is wonderful in both of them.  THE PRINCE just never seems to go anywhere, and in SEVEN YEAR ITCH, Tom Ewell really creeps me out.  Sorry, personal opinion only.
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« Reply #58 on: May 07, 2004, 11:28:02 AM »

Just the other day we were talking about walking and cycling through cemeteries.  Welllllllll, whadaya tink about dis:

This Saturday (May 8) there will be a screening of the 1945 movie DETOUR at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. (just east of Gower).  Tickets are $10 and are available at the gate.  Gates open at 7:00 and the movie starts at 8:30.  Moviegoers are encouraged to bring blankets and a picnic dinner and make an evening of it.  (Just don't bring tall chairs.)  The film will be shown outdoors on the side of a massive white marble mausoleum.  Film stars such as Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks (Sr. and Jr.), Peter Lorre, Tyrone Power and Cecil B. DeMille are all interred nearby.  (No, we're not making this up!)  You can get more information about this and other similar cemetery screenings by visiting www.cinespia.org.
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« Reply #59 on: May 07, 2004, 11:29:21 AM »

I just had the most delicious ripe strawberries.

Yummy!
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