73. Liza Minnelli And Julia Roberts

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Music I…Liza Minnelli And The Television Program Smash

“Big mistake! Very big mistake” Those were the memorable words that Julia Robert used on the clerk that refused to wait on her in the movie Pretty Woman. Roberts, with Richard Gere’s help, just spent an inordinate amount of money in a store down the street that would wait on her. So purchases in hand, her character returned to remind the clerk about the commissions she just lost and the clerk’s rudeness.


We need Julia Roberts back to deliver those five words to the producers of the television show Smash. There is a whole country of Liza Minnelli fans out there. We were anxiously waiting to see her singing appearance on Smash. Please, designers of musical creativity, give us a show! Who would they team her with of the show’s up and coming starlets? Would she sing Somewhere Over The Rainbow in some tear-jerking scene?

Katherine McPhee sang that same song on Idol. Wouldn’t that make an awesome duet sequence with a flashback montage of Judy Garland singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow, at the same time. Brilliant! TV Guide would say the next day.

But, Noooooooo! (The word ‘No’ should be in descending sized letters for dramatic effect). Say the two words in that extended format before reading the next sentence. But, Nooooooo, they put Liza Minnelli in one thirty-second spot singing a birthday song with piano accompaniment. What a waste! We are in protest mode and refuse to watch Smash until next week.


Join 500,000 Internet viewers and watch Goldie Hawn and Liza Minnelli perform All That Jazz. It is a three-minute treat to start off anyone’s day. The video help fill the void created by Smash’s booking shortcomings.


Music II…Marian Anderson…A Defining Event In American History

Speaking of protests! On April 9, 1939, Marian Anderson (1897-1993) gave her history-defining performance at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday. Anderson had just been denied the right to perform at the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. The organization didn’t like her skin color. This event was a keystone in the future of the Civil Rights movement.


Hearing of this refusal of Anderson because of her skin color angered First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Roosevelt, with a national forum watching, submitted her resignation from the Daughters of The American Revolution in protest. She then went on to help organize Anderson’s performance at the Lincoln Memorial. Through her singing and lectures Anderson continued to be a driving force in the Civil Rights Movement until her death in 1993.


Marian Anderson’s early singing history in Philadelphia is an eye opener. She was turned down for admittance by the Philadelphia Music Academy, the school that is today the University of the Arts. The additional racial blocks that would follow sent her to France where she gained great fame. Returning to Carnegie Hall, a stamp in her honor, and a Time Magazine cover all add to a life that changed many. She is a great research topic for individuals that made a difference.


Movies…Julia Roberts And Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson wants to star in the re-make of Pretty Woman. That would be a: Please! No! Hope you are not as offended with the punctuation in this last sentence as we would be of this re-make.

While we are still on the topic of this movie, how about a “Best Scenes From Pretty Woman” contest….Our choices are:


  1. Horse manure stomping. No one did for polka dots what Roberts did for that fashion statement in the movie.
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  3. Hand snapping with the jewelry case…everyone in the theater jumped as well as Julia. What a great necklace!
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  5. Being asked by the new male sale’s clerk how obscene will his spending be on Robert’s new outfits after Gere mentions obscene spending to the clerk. For some reasons this scene is often cut out in the television version of the movie.

Children’s Literature…(A Repeat)

One Day Left Before Kickoff…Don’t Miss This Great FREE Event

Philadelphia Reads…A Wednesday Love of Books’ Gala.

The University of Pennsylvania is teaming with Philadelphia Reads to host a FREE open house from 5-8 PM on Wednesday April 10th. You will get a chance to meet museum people, Philadelphia Reads staff, and a host of organizations that support reading throughout the area. The Egyptology and China sections of Penn’s Museum are a must see as part of the celebration.

Please bring some books to donate to the effort. Thousands of teachers and tens of thousands of students have enjoyed books from the Martin Luther King Center FREE book bank. If you know of any organization that hasn’t joined the Philadelphia Reads’ Network of Supporters, please encourage them to join with a financial or book donation.

The news’ release for the event is extensive and is reproduced for you below:

PHILADELPHIA, PA Spring 2013—It’s a groundswell and it’s building momentum—Philadelphia’s cultural community is putting the spotlight on reading, literacy, and community engagement. Reading opens up worlds of opportunity—and books, like the many cultural treasures in the city, bring so many worlds vividly to life.

Penn Museum, in cooperation with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s GroundSwell initiative, opens its doors Wednesday, April 10, 5 to 8 pm, for a free Philadelphia READS! Community Night and the official kickoff of a month-long children’s book drive to benefit the teachers, the children, and ultimately, the community of Philadelphia.


The free event is an invitation for people young and old to explore the world through the Penn Museum’s many-cultured galleries—filled on this evening with a host of special activities and a literary twist. Guests are welcome to bring a gently used or a new children’s book—suitable for pre-kindergarten through elementary school—to contribute to Philadelphia READS, a program that provides books and literacy resources to educators in the City of Philadelphia.

A Night to Celebrate Reading


Penn Museum curators, collections keepers, and graduate students join in the celebration with gallery storytelling, and hands on activities.

The Museum has the world’s largest collection of ancient clay cuneiform tablets with Sumerian literature—featuring some of the earliest storytelling in the world. Irene Plantholt, Graduate Student, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, teaches guests how to write in ancient Sumerian on clay tablets, in a “first day of school” workshop at 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 pm. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs workshops, where everyone can learn to write his or her own name in hieroglyphs, are offered by Allison Hedges, recent Penn MLA graduate in Ancient Studies, at 6:30 and 7:15 pm.


Guests can enjoy favorite stories from diverse cultures, presented by curators and keepers and staff in the Museum’s related galleries: International Classroom Program Manager Prema Deshmukh at 5:00 pm; Egyptian Section Associate Curator Jennifer Wegner at 5:30 pm; Near Eastern Section Assistant Curator Lauren Ristvet at 6:00 pm; Mediterranean Section Associate Curator Ann Brownlee at 6:30 pm; Physical Anthropology Curator Janet Monge at 7:00 pm; and Adrienne Jacoby, Executive Director, Philadelphia READS, at 7:30 pm.

Community presenters and performers join in the evening. Guests can explore the “language” of the drum, at a Middle Eastern drum workshop hosted by renowned Philadelphia drummer Joe Tayoun at 5:30 pm. Teaching artist, actor, and storyteller Jan Michener of Arts Holding Hands & Hearts leads an interactive program using newspaper headlines to create and perform poetry. Youth poets from ArtWell perform throughout the evening. Local dance companies Chisena Danza, Stone Depot Dance Club, and Jennifer Yackel & Dancers dazzle guests with two lively performances at 6:00 and 7:00 pm.

The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC) joins the night. WePAC opens and staffs elementary school libraries with screened and trained volunteers, making a difference for more than 5,000 students. They will provide information on ways to volunteer in their effort to promote literacy.

Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Reach Out and Read Program are also on hand. Reach Out and Read is a national program that prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

Guests are invited to sign up in advance and share the invitation with friends: http://philadelphiareadscommunitynight.eventbrite.com/

Walk ins are welcome, too!

Thanks….Pam Kosty

 Harris Burdick


Poetry…The Cinquain…Baseball As A Summer Topic

The Cinquain employs five lines lines of poetry and a syllable requirement of  2, 4, 6, 8, 2 to grab the reader’s and writer’s interest. Pick a theme of your own and the fun will begin. This makes a great birthday card or love poem format.


Hitting, running,

Fans yelling for some runs

Utley, Howard, Rose, Schmidt  swinging,



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