Lauren Bacall’s “Hearts, Not Diamonds” from the 1981 Slasher Musical The Fan
Kevin Garnett, the Hidden Jewel of Uncut Gems
But Sandler gets a big assist from the maniacal Garnett, who plays himself in Uncut Gems. The film is set during the 2012 NBA Playoffs, and “follows” the big man throughout the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers.
A Tribute to the Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds and Her Superb Multimedia Exercise Program
“Debbie’s well-honed persona, the bawdy but good-natured Broadway chorine, serves her well here, where every side bend is carefully calibrated for minimum physical impact and maximum Borscht Belt shtick.”
There’s A Lot to Be Said for Melissa Manchester’s “Working Girl (For The),” Plus a Recipe for Her Summery Seafood Salad in Eating With the Stars
“I discovered the album quite by accident in 1981 when, drawn to the George Hurrell cover and my love for Melissa, I rented it from the East Brunswick Public Library and played the song over and over one day when I was home from school with a bad cold. I recall so vividly how the song transported me from dolorous East Brunswick, New Jersey and, for that single day that I played the song continuously, I soared across America—from Detroit to Des Moines—on a magic carpet woven of Melissa’s mellifluous vibrato and DayQuil.”
Fanny Cradock Cooks: “Mincemeat, the Cinderella of Christmas Cooking!”
“Whenever I watch Fanny’s videos, (which is an activity I by no means confine to the holiday season), I find myself thinking a great deal about her beleaguered assistant Sarah, who in addition to being made to wear a Branch Davidian-chic caftan had to endure the brunt of Fanny’s intemperateness; for when it came to cooking, Fanny would not settle for anything less than perfection.”
Carole King and Gerry Goffin’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”: When a “Song” Becomes a “Copyright”
What is it about this song that makes it so enduring? Perhaps it’s the way its simple, relatable lyrical concept is married to its emotionally elegiacal melody. Like most great songs, it’s hard to imagine the lyrics and melody existing apart from each other—as if they were created as one. Because “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” translates so well from genre to genre, language to language, and decade to decade, it has become one of the great copyrights—a published song with multiple recordings—of its era (or any era, for that matter).
To Sir Ivan, with Love
“By seeding money to nearly every reputable LGBT-related not-for-profit, from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, to amFar. These organizations and those that benefit from their work, know that they have a friend in Ivan Wilzig.”
November 1, 1970: The Night Barbra Streisand Sang for Bella Abzug, By John Richkus
“Streisand’s support of Abzug culminated that year in her headlining the “Broadway for Bella” concert at Madison Square Garden’s Felt Forum on November 1, 1970. My dear friend John Richkus, whom I’ve known since the early 1980s, recently reminded me that he actually went to the “Broadway for Bella” concert. I was fascinated as he shared his memories of how he attended the concert by himself, not just because it was full of anecdotal theater lore, but also because as he told me the story, I realized it was a turning point in his life; you see John was only thirteen years old in November, 1970.”
If Marie Osmond Sang “Memory” from Cats on a Telethon in 1982 but Nobody Listened, Did it Make a Sound?
The Most Unbelievable Cover Songs of All-Time! Liza Minnelli & Luciano Pavarotti’s “New York, New York”
“Liza was still in her fine mid-1990s post-Betty Ford fighting form, but Luciano is just a quivering lump of bearded vibrato.”