Sunday, February 8, 2015
BITS AND PIECES--FROM NORM'S TO NEIL AND MORE
NORM'S ON LA CIENEGA HAS BEEN SOLD AND ORIGINALLY THE NEW OWNERS WANTED TO TEAR IT DOWN. THEN AN HISTORIC PRESERVATION MOVEMENT STARTED AND THERE IS A TEMPORARY REPRIEVE. So, Sandy Pressman and I decided we were going to Norm's for dinner before we went to see Neil Sedaka at the Saban Theatre. We knew it would be a perfect pairing. I had the best pancakes I've ever had and Sandy had a great Bacon Cheeseburger. Our bill for diner was $15. 69. Excellent!
Here is the lovely Kasi, who told us that even if Historic Landmark status is granted, Norm's may close anyway, but the building will remain. "That would be like Johnnie's on Wilshire. How sad," said Kasi. "We are praying that won't happen. We have people who've come here every day for 50 years. We're a family of kids, seniors, the homeless, and the police and firemen." Amen.
THEN IT WAS TO THE SABAN THEATRE TO SEE NEIL SEDAKA FOR THE FOUR MILLIONTH TIME. I love him. I know he's dorky, but he's just so adorable and sweet. He has written between 700-800 songs, and you know all the hits.
Neil's voice is as pure and strong as ever, and he did a knock-out show for two hours!!! The audience sang along with him almost the whole night. What joyful memories and a night of pure escape.
JOAN WINS THE GRAMMY FOR SPOKEN WORD!!!
GOD BLESS HER, MELISSA, COOPER AND TEAM RIVERS