Friday, March 17, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DONNA ANTEBI



WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PARTY IT WAS!!!!        CONGRATS! DONNA



"You just gotta love' Wendy Burch. This selfie takes the birthday cake!!!!!!

We were all gathered at the beautiful new private room at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills. Donna was born on the 17th; it's 2017, and her daughter, Sophie, also turned 17 today!!!






Donna and Cheryl Saban


Lunch was a Caesar salad, followed by Pumpkin Tortellini, and then a choice of Filet Mignon, Whitefish, or Chicken. Frankly, I could have eaten the entire Tiramisu birthday cake.

It was wonderful to celebrate Donna, who has been such a good friend to all of us.







Hope and Lisa

Joely Fisher and Linda Thompson

Wendy Burch, Lisa, Linda, and Peggy Vandeweghe



Cheryl, Donna, Joely, Danielle Del


Me, Christine Chiu, Cecelia Kamifuji, Peggy Vandeweghe, Alisa Li, Donna, Stephen Estes


Shannon Tweed Simmons and Nicole Agnes Winter

Thursday, March 16, 2017

DEAR HILLARY---I'M BEGGING YOU--DON'T RUN FOR MAYOR



        SHE'S JUST "THINKING ABOUT IT"







DON'T DO IT, HILLARY!!!! YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST QUALIFIED PEOPLE TO HAVE EVER RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY. YOU HAVE BEEN A SENATOR AND SECRETARY OF STATE.

Now you want to worry about garbage collecting? Do you really need, like former Mayor Jimmy Walker, to have your favorite song played every time you walk in a room? Do you want to run for a lesser office like Nixon? He lost, of course. You'll win, but what will you win?

I know you love a life of public service. But there are other things to do to help the United States. Why don't you turn the Clinton Foundation around and have it focus on American problems? Use that money to educate American youth, provide care for our veterans, add after school programs, give kids in Appalachia a chance, etc. Teach adults how to read. Train people on welfare so they can get off the checks. Run more programs to empower women. There are so many incredible things you can do and be the national leader of all these causes without having to cajole congress into voting for anything. If your foundation has the money, the money is the power. And YOU can be the head of all of it!

Please, please THINK before you act. Put your talents to their best use.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

HALLELUJAH!!! A WOMAN HOST FOR AMERICA'S GOT TALENT



   CONGRATULATIONS, TYRA BANKS




Well, NBC tried everything they could to replace a black guy with a black guy, after stupid Nick Cannon quit. I guess when they couldn't get the guys they wanted, they had to "resign" themselves to what was left----A WOMAN!!!!!!


Monday, March 13, 2017

HOTTEST SHOW IN PALM SPRINGS---THE JUDY SHOW



HARDEST TICKET TO GET IN PALM SPRINGS---THE JUDY SHOW 
---AT THE PURPLE ROOM




Larry Luckinbill, Lucie Arnaz, producer Dick Taylor, "Judy" (Michael Holmes) and Moi

Literally, we had to wait three weeks to get into this show. And, WE HAVE PULL!!!!

Michael Holmes owns The Purple Room, the really cool supper club in Palm Springs where Tommy Tune and Marilyn Maye just played. The "whole New York supper club" crowd performs here, and it's so great. It's hidden in the back of the Club Trinidad Hotel (if you need to know.)

But, "in residence" is "The Judy Show," starring Michael as Judy, Pearl Bailey, Bette Davis, and others. However, it's not your typical drag show. There's no lip synching. He really sings and is GOOD. What his act is, is really legit impersonations. He is a comic with a really quick wit who slays with impromptu one-liners. The show is different each time, because there is audience participation, and you never know what's going to happen. The audience is a combination of tourists (many were from Canada the night I was there), desert country club couples, and, of course, an LGBTQ extravaganza of people. It couldn't be better!

Michael sings as himself on Wednesdays, backed by a trio. And coming up soon--two legends---Charles Busch, followed by Carole Cook. Go to the website to find the dates!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

SUZANNE SOMERS SENSATIONAL SHOW IN PALM SPRINGS



      CONGRATULATIONS, SUZANNE!!!! 
                  WHAT A NIGHT!!!!


Jamie Kabler, Suzanne, Helene Galen















Suzanne Somers and I have known each other since the mid-70s, before there was even a glimmer of fame. She impressed me then as a very smart, very kind, warm, terrific person. She dealt in truth. There were no games with her. She had a very clear sense of business and personal. I liked her immediately.
Helene
And when she became famous, her behavior never changed.  What a pleasure!
That warmth and "adorable-ness" was front and center at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs last night when Suzanne did her Las Vegas showroom act to a packed theatre. It was a fabulous night! Entertaining is something she was born to do and you can see that she truly loves it!

I have watched her perform live since the 80s. I was there at her first Vegas show. She is like watching a sweet, sexy best friend on stage telling stories from her life, accompanied by clips from THE TONIGHT SHOW, AMERICAN GRAFITTI, THREE’S COMPANY, BOB HOPE SPECIALS, and more.
Suzanne’s voice is rich and nuanced. She has really become a true song stylist with great musicality. She moves beautifully on stage, and we all enjoyed her FIVE costume changes---so much glamour---from her strapless leather, short full-skirted opener, to shimmering animal print sheath, a silver-mini dress, a white sequined tux jacket, and a floor-length peach movie star gown.

She sang standards from Frank Sinatra and Eydie Gorme, as well as Rosie and The Originals’ “Angel Baby” (a capella!) and Ronnie Milsap’s “Happy Birthday Baby.” Each song was relevant to something in her life.
Yours truly and Don Amendolia

 
The production design and lighting were impeccable. I always remembered how elegant and well done her acts were visually, and this one was first class, as usual. And I loved her charts and her band.

Arnie and Anne Kopelson
Suzanne is a woman with a plan, and her latest is to try to redevelop the Plaza Theatre in downtown Palm Springs (that’s where the long-time FOLLIES played) and turn it into a showroom residency for herself, and probably others, when she’s on vacation. It’s a spectacular idea, and she is working with the Palm Springs City Council to make it happen.
Beverly Johnson
“I really love what I do,” Suzanne told me. “I want to do it every night, and in my home town.”

Her latest dream will succeed, I’m sure.

Friday, March 10, 2017

A TYPICAL NIGHT IN PALM SPRINGS----SOMERS, CALLAWAY, MARTIN



Peter Marshall, Sal Ministretta, Valorie Armstrong and Gavin MacLeod



Jill Donohue, Millicent Martin, Don Amendolia, Valorie Armstrong
DEZARTS, A THEATRE COMPANY, had a clever benefit called ON THE AIR, recreating live old radio shows with Gavin MacLeod, Peter Marshall, Tony award-winner Millicent Martin, Don Amendolia, Valorie Armstrong and many other wonderful actors. Actress Mariette Hartley drove in from LA to be in the show and came down with the flu as soon as she arrived! Others took her place at the last minute. They were all there to support Artistic Director Michael Shaw's dream of getting a permanent theatre for his company.

At the same time, Ann Hampton Callaway was at the McCallum Theatre headlining a FOLLIES tribute.
Ann Hampton Callaway


Tonight, Marilyn Maye opens at the Purple Room. And tomorrow night, Suzanne Somers does her Vegas show at the McCallum.

Suzanne Somers


I've discovered that if you live in Palm Springs, the rest of the world comes to you!



Marilyn Maye

Thursday, March 9, 2017

STOP O.J.'S PAROLE---CALL THE NEVADA PAROLE BOARD



STOP O.J. FROM BEING RELEASED 
                FROM PRISON




FROM VANITY FAIR:



O.J. Simpson could be released from prison as early as October 1, CNN reports. A hearing that will take place in July will determine the decision. David Smith, spokesperson for the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners, confirmed the news to the outlet.
According to CNN, Simpson has been serving a 9-to 33-year sentence, and this is the first year he will be up for release. At least four of the seven commissioners on the board will have to vote in Simpson’s favor for his release.
Simpson has been at Lovelock Correctional Facility, a Nevada-based, medium-security prison, since 2008, after being convicted of charges including kidnapping, armed robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon. At the time of his trial, Simpson and six other men were accused of forcibly entering sports memorabilia collector Bruce Fromong’s Las Vegas hotel room. Simpson claimed that he had been trying to reclaim “sports memorabilia that was rightfully his,” as the Las Vegas Sun noted. He was found guilty on all 12 counts for which he was on trial.
The former football player was famously acquitted in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in 1995. The FX series that documented that trial, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, along with the Oscar-winning documentary O.J.: Made in America, launched Simpson back into public attention in the past year. Simpson is now 69 years old, and as CNN notes, is considered less of a risk because of his age.
Vanity Fair has reached out to the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners for comment.


PICTURED BELOW IS THE PAROLE BOARD. CALL THEM AND TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON PAROLE




CHAIRMAN CONNIE BISBEE
4000 . Eastern Ave. Suite 130
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Phone (702) 486-4370