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March 31, 2010

Raquel Welch

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Raquel Welch: Beyond the Cleavage


Raquel Welch: Beyond the Cleavage, ecampus.com

Raquel Welch: Beyond the Cleavage, amazon.com

Raquel Welch’s book Beyond the Cleavage was released on March 29, 2010.

Product description:

Part autobiography, part personal philosophy, and full of practical advice for women of all ages, Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage is a book that skimps neither on entertainment nor on good plain advice.

She didn’t hatch out of an eagle’s nest, circa One Million Years B.C., clad in a skimpy fur bikini. She didn’t aspire to fame as a sex symbol. Yet, for many years after making her Hollywood entrance as every man’s fantasy, Raquel Welch was best known for her beauty and sex appeal. A private person, she allowed people to draw their own conclusions from her public image. Now, Raquel Welch is ready to speak her mind. And, with the luxury of hindsight and the benefit of experience, she has plenty to share about the art of being a woman–even men will find it enlightening to read about what makes her tick.

In Beyond the Cleavage, Raquel Welch talks, woman to woman, about her views on all that comes with being a member of the female sex–love, sex, style, health, body image, career, family, forgiveness, aging, and coming of age. Looking back on her life, she lets women in on her childhood, dominated by a volatile father; her first love, marriage, and divorce; her early struggles as a single working mother in Hollywood; her battles for roles and respect as an actress; and her daring decision never to lie about her age. Looking forward, she offers women a compass to guide them at every crossroad of life, from menopause through the empty nest years, to dating younger men and beyond. Along with bringing baby boomers into her confidence–she offers essential tips for staying motivated and positive past fifty, as well as divulging her secrets for fabulous hair and makeup–she even talks to today’s younger generation of women about the importance of carrying themselves with dignity and self-respect.

With warmth, humor, conviction, and honesty, Raquel reveals her approach to preventative aging, her life-changing commitment to yoga, her recipe for eating right, her skincare regimen, her flair for fashion, and much more. Deeply personal (Welch wrote every word herself–no ghostwriter), Beyond the Cleavage is Raquel Welch’s gift to every woman who longs to look and feel her best, and be at peace with herself.

amazon.com

March 30, 2010

Poetic License: 100 Poems, 100 Performers

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Scheduled for release on April 2, 2010, at amazon.com is a three-CD set Poetic License: 100 Poems, 100 Performers, containing 100 poems read by celebrities.

Track Listings
Disc: 1
1. Eating Poetry (Linda Balgord)
2. Music (Glen Roven)
3. Love Is Not All (Emily Skinner)
4. Sonnet 17 (Joanna Gleason)

Brent Barrett
5. Sonnet 19 (Brent Barrett)
6. Variations on the Word Sleep (Barbara Feldon)
7. The Cinnamon Peeler (Michael Cerveris)
8. Love Looks Not With the Eyes (Christine Baranski)
9. Hang There, My Verse (John Belhamm)
10. i thank God…(Judy Kaye)
11. Lovers on a Bench (Mike Doyle)
12. If You Forget Me (Bobby Steggert)
13. Soft Knife (Judith Light)
14. Meeting at Night (Charles Kimbrough)
15. Last Love (Michele Pawk)
16. To the Harbormaster (Chandler Williams)
17. Music
18. Composed Upon Westminster… (Carole Shelley)
19. Aedh Wishes for the Cloths…(Ceiran O’Reilly)
20. A Supermarket in CA (Michael Rupert)
21. The Sun Underfoot… (Nany Opel)
22. Some Lines Scrawled… (Reed Birney)
23. Lake and Maple (Brenda Wehle)
24. The House Was Quiet (Lauren Kennedy)
25. Fern Hill (Philip Casnoff)
26. Music (Glen Roven)
27. Poetry (Roxanne Hart)
28. Sonnets to Orpheus (Ann Hampton Calloway)
29. Contexts (Douglas Sills)
Disc: 2
1. Music (Glen Roven)
2. Walrus and the Carpenter (Jason Alexander)
3. Vespers (Cynthia Nixon)
4. Psalm Concerning the Castle (Peter Freidman)
5. The Poison Tester (Matthew Schechter)
6. A Little Tooth (Alan Campbell)
7. You Are Old, Father William (Amanda Green)
8. The Nap Taker (Ramona Mallory)
9. Blue Football (Tony Walton)
10. Music (Glen Roven)
11. A Dog Named Bodhidsattva (Cady Huffman)
12. Bottom’s Dream (Gregory Jbara)
13. New Yorkers (Paige Davis)

Daniel Okulitch
14. Self-Improvement (Daniel Okulitch)
15. Beautiful Woman (Michael Minarik)
16. My Last Duchess (Charles Busch)
17. Grosz (Lauren Flanigan)
18. Sun and Fun (Edward Hibbert)
19. Life Stories (Moises Kaufmann)
20. To a Friend… (Peter Paige)
21. Song of a Hopeful Heart (Dean Pitchford)
22. Die While You’re Alive (Sam Robards)
23. Afternoon in School (Tom McGowan)
24. Music (Glen Roven)

Donald Corren
25. Annabel Lee (Donald Corren)
26. Rime of the Ancient…. (John Rubinstein)
27. Ulysses (Chris Sarandon)
28. Music (Glen Roven)
29. Myth (Francesca Faridany)
30. An Ancient Gesture (Michael Learned)
31. Eve–Paradise Lost (Veanne Cox)
32. Mary (Nancy Anderson)
33. To His Coy Mistress (Guy Paul)
34. The Job Interview (Donna Lynne Champlin)
35. Love Song (Dorothy Parker)
36. A Prayer for My Daughter (Maria Tucci)
Disc: 3
1. Music (Glen Roven)
2. But I Can’t (Tyne Daly)
3. On Behalf of Trees (Zoe Caldwell)
4. The Road Less Traveled (David Garrison)
5. Any Fool Can Get in the Ocean (Harriet Harris)
6. Barking (Deidra O’Connell)
7. Sonnet (Glenn Seven Allen)
8. Terra Incognita (Penny Fuller)
9. To What You Said (Douglas Carpenter)
10. If (James Barbour)
11. Music (Glen Roven)
12. Waiting for the Barbarians (Daniel Davis)
13. Correspondence (Kathleen Turner)
14. An Undoing World (Alice Playten)
15. Bearer of Evil Tidings (Ed Dixon)
16. Fire and Ice (Marc Kudisch)
17. The Second Coming (Keith McDermott)
18. Tommy (Michael York)
19. Dulce et Decorum Est (Paul Schoeffler)
20. Music (Glen Roven)
21. The Walk (Harriet Walter)
22. When I Have Fears (JoBeth Williams)
23. Those Winter Sundays (Danny Burstein)
24. Men at Forty (Paul Provenza)
25. A Valediction (Claire Lautier)
26. Doctor Frolic (James Patrick Stewart)
27. The Day is Done (Florence Henderson)
28. Elegy in a Theatrical….(George S. Irving)
29. Spring and Fall (Richard Thomas)
30. Otherwise (Melissa Errico)
31. When You Are Old and Grey (Byron Jennings)
32. Remember (Rebecca Luker)
33. I Could Not Stop for Death (Kate Mulgrew)
34. Mezzo Cammin (Chip Zien)
35. Not Waving but Drowning (Roberta Maxwell)
36. Crossing the Bar (Louis Zorich)
37. Invictus (Dana Ivey)
38. Ye Elves (Len Cariou)
39. In My Craft… (Geraint Wyn Davies)
40. Our Revels Now are Ended (Patrick Page)

March 30, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Administrator @ 10:14 am

“The changeover to Google as Yale’s e-mail provider has been put on hold.”–Yale Daily News

March 27, 2010

March 27, 2010

Filed under: Gerald Finley,Jayce Ogren,Music — Administrator @ 9:02 am

“Lieberson Songs of Love and Sorrow with Gerald Finley Premiered at BSO,”
by Mark DeVoto, The Boston Musical Intelligencer

March 26, 2010

March 25, 2010

Filed under: Gerald Finley,Jayce Ogren,Music,Uncategorized — Administrator @ 5:38 pm

LIEBERSON Songs of Love and Sorrow, for baritone and orchestra

Performance Dates:

Wednesday March 24, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. (Open Rehearsal)

Thursday March 25, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.

Friday March 26, 2010, at 1:30 p.m.

Saturday March 27, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday March 30, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.

Program:

SIBELIUS Finlandia

SIBELIUS Valse triste

LIEBERSON Songs of Love and Sorrow, for baritone and orchestra (world premiere; BSO commission)

SCHUBERT Symphony in C, The Great

Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jayce Ogren

Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts

“Finley was superb in this first performance, and Ogren did an honorable job filling in on short notice. Schubert and Sibelius rounded out the program. But the night belonged to Lieberson.”–from article “Lieberson returns to Neruda’s well,” by Jeremy Eichler, boston.com

“Lieberson’s new song cycle given a moving premiere by Finley, Boston Symphony,” review by Keith Powers, The Classical Review

Jayce Ogren

March 21, 2010

More “stand & sing” baloney

Filed under: Simon Keenlyside — Administrator @ 1:24 pm

“It’s an extremely difficult sing for Ophelia [in Hamlet],” [Simon] Keenlyside said. “It’s right at the extremes of the upper register of a soprano. It’s very difficult and also it demands stage presence, charisma and theatrical abilities as well. You can’t just stand and sing it these days, despite what our critics say.”–aolnews.com

I regret to see him apparently playing along with the phoney-baloney idea that opera in the not so long ago past was a matter of “stand and sing.” It wasn’t. The idea is used to play up the merits of contemporary singers who by and large aren’t so interesting or so good as the singers of the 1950′s and 1960′s.


March 12, 2010

March 12, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Administrator @ 12:18 pm

One has to pay now to read Peggy Noonan’s column at the Wall Street Journal. I can’t imagine that anybody would want to.


Click Here For The Wall Street Journal Online

March 9, 2010

March 9, 2010

Filed under: Books — Administrator @ 11:12 am

Linda Fairstein’s new mystery novel Hell Gate is being released today. The author will be doing a two-week book tour, reports New York Social Diary.



amazon.com

Now Eat This!: 150 of America’s Favorite Comfort Foods, All Under 350 Calories

(Paperback) by Rocco DiSpirito

“FRIED CHICKEN, MACARONI AND CHEESE, BROWNIES, AND 147 OTHER FAVORITE RECIPES UNDER 350 CALORIES

“In this delectable cookbook, award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito transforms America’s favorite comfort foods into deliciously healthy dishes–all with zero bad carbs, zero bad fats, zero sugar, and maximum flavor. What’s more, Rocco provides time-saving shortcuts, helpful personal advice, and nutritional breakdowns for each recipe from a board-certified nutritionist. So prepare your favorite foods without the guilt. Finally, a world-class chef has made healthy food taste great!”–amazon.com

March 4, 2010

March 4, 2010

Filed under: Gerald Finley,Music — Administrator @ 3:42 pm

Purcell: The Indian Queen


Purcell: The Indian Queen / Hogwood, Bott, Kirkby, et al.
arkivmusic.com

Release Date: 10/17/1995
Label: L’oiseau-lyre London/Decca
Catalog #: 444339
Spars Code: DDD

Composer: Henry Purcell

Performers: Emma Kirkby, Gerald Finley, Thomas Williams, Catherine Bott, Libby Crabtree,
Julian Podger, David Thomas, Helen Parker, John Mark Ainsley,
Simon Berridge

Conductor: Christopher Hogwood

Orchestra/Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music Chorus, Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble

Number of Discs: 1

Recorded in: Stereo

Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins.

This CD requires additional production time of 3-5 business days.

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic and includes liner notes.

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