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Donald Trump Jr., Graydon Carter, Hurricane, Irma, Bat, Zayn and Sia, David Hockney, Mean Girls, DACA: HOT LINKS

HURRICANE IRMA. Latest models above. South Florida being evacuated, shutting down ahead of “nuclear hurricane”. Miami Beach mayor: "Leave Miami Beach. Don't come to Miami Beach." https://t.co/FkzKWIkrdJ — Meg Wagner (@megwagner) September 7, 2017 TRYING TO STOP HIM. Trump ad hammers Schumer and Pelosi one day after he makes debt ceiling deal with them. DONALD TRUMP JR. His prepared statement for the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning. “Donald Trump Jr. told Senate investigators on Thursday that he set up a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer because he was intrigued that she might have damaging information about Hillary Clinton, saying it was important to learn about Mrs. Clinton’s “fitness” to be president.” JUST IN: Donald Trump Jr.'s prepared...

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Jay-Z’s Mom Explained How She Came Out to Him as Gay

Jay-Z’s mother Gloria Carter explained how she told her son she was gay in an interview on the D’USSE Friday podcast. Earlier this year, Jay-Z released a song, “Smile”, with a rap that discussed his mother’s coming out. The track ended with Carter reciting a poem about “Living two lives, happy but not free.” Said Carter on the podcast (transcript via NME): “I just finally started telling Jay who I was. Besides your mother, this is the person that I am. This is the life that I live. So my son started actually tearing. ‘Cause he’s like, ‘That had to be a horrible life, ma’. I was like, ‘My life was never horrible. It was just different.’...

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Harry Styles, St. Vincent, Martha Stewart, Trump Disapproval, Hurricane Harvey, Miley Cyrus, Sunbathing: HOT LINKS

FOX NEWS POLL. Disastrous ratings for Trump: “His job ratings are increasingly negative — and 56 percent feel Trump’s “tearing the country apart,” versus 33 percent who say he’s “drawing the country together.” About two-thirds of Republicans feel Trump is drawing the country together (68 percent), while 15 percent say tearing the country apart and 18 percent are unsure. Nearly all Democrats (93 percent) and over half of independents (59 percent) say Trump is tearing the country apart.” BAKED. Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg reenact the famous scene from Ghost. FIRST HAND. Trump didn’t witness any of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation first hand. He lied again. “He met with a number of local officials who are eating, sleeping, breathing the Harvey disaster,” Sanders said. ...

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Tim Cook, Dolly Parton, Nyle DiMarco, Dana Nessel, Neil Gorsuch, Chris Hemsworth, Apple, Chicago: HOT LINKS

APPLE. Tim Cook tells employees the company is donating $2 million to fight hate groups: “Cook sent a memo to employees Wednesday pledging the donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. The Montgomery, Alabama based SPLC is one of the leading groups that track the rise of hate groups. Cook is an Alabama native. Apple is also encouraging employees to contribute as well, and is matching their payments by two to one through Sept. 30. Additionally, Apple is setting up a system in Apple’s iTunes software to let consumers directly donate to the SPLC, which Cook said would be operational within the next few days.” DELIVER US FROM EVIL. A new album from Dolly Parton! JACKIE SPEIER. Congresswoman calls for ...

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Interview: Mark Nadler Curates New Cabaret Space

The man Stephen Holden of the New York Times has dubbed “Mr. Entertainment,” Mark Nadler is curating a new cabaret space, the Beach Café, on Second Avenue and East 70th Street. When asked to describe Mark’s unique cabaret personality, I always return to an image of him performing that’s burned in my memory. At one point during American Rhapsody a long-running Gershwin tribute he did with KT Sullivan, Nadler, in white tie and tails, leapt from floor to piano bench, tap-dancing madly, singing and keeping steady eye contact with the audience – all this while playing a complex passage on the piano without even glancing at the keys. The man sweats talent from every pore. Many of the shows in the first few...

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Cabaret Review: Tovah Feldshuh

Smart, skillful shtick and schmaltz in service of sharp storytelling. Tovah Feldshuh’s current cabaret act at Feinstein’s / 54 Below, entitled “Aging Is Optional,” pulls together a diverse set of songs and character bits in service of the theme of staying young throughout your life. For starters, she gives an emotional account of Dar Williams’s “When I Was A Boy,” suggesting that few things age you prematurely more than too-rigid gender roles. Feldshuh’s sweet spot is a rich mix of deeply felt sentiment and willfully zany shtick. Previous acts of Tovah’s have felt a little random in the way they mix these two modes, but “Aging Is Optional” is a well-oiled machine, truly sophisticated in the way it approaches its subject...

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Cabaret Review: John Pizzarelli

This is “too marvelous for words”: John Pizzarelli, top exponent of cabaret’s jazzier side, plays a show composed only of songs written by Johnny Mercer, arguably the greatest lyricist of the Great American Songbook. And, as always, he does it with astonishing elan and profound musical intelligence. John’s guitar style is amazingly fluid and elegant, with nonpareil mastery of a technique called “guitar harmonics” that produces high notes of extraordinary expressiveness. For Mercer’s “Skylark” he plays an entire melodic line in harmonics, which is not only very unusual (and I’m guessing difficult), but very beautiful and quite evocative of birdsong. Pizzarelli is also a great interpretive artist in more ways than one. He has a particular genius for chordal improvisations, finding hidden musical...

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Samantha Bee, Scott Baio, Ellen DeGeneres, Poe Dameron, NOM, NAFTA, Jason Chaffetz: HOT LINKS

NOT THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS DINNER. Samantha Bee event will be broadcast on Twitter. “The teens who run our social media accounts said we should do this, and honestly, I was about three margaritas in at the time, so I guess it’s happening.” #NotTheWHCD will air April 29 at 10 P.M. on TBS and 11 P.M. ET on Twitter. UNHAPPY DAYS. Erin Moran’s brother goes off on Scott Baio: “A special shout out to Scott Baio. I already went on Twitter about you. I hope it finds you. You and my lil sis had a very very brief fling. She dumped you. 2 reasons. 1. She told me that you were more like a lil girl and not a man. 2. She told me that you were...

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Theatre Review: “War Paint”

Some of Broadway’s most solid craftsmen worked on War Paint, and it shows. Most of the creative team previously worked on Grey Gardens, and while this isn’t up to the caliber of that show, it’s still pretty darn good. War Paint follows the decades-long rivalry of cosmetics pioneers Elizabeth Arden (Christine Ebersole) and Helena Rubinstein (Patti LuPone), who between them defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th Century. The score by composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie evokes all kinds of music from the 1930s through the 1960s, with generous doses of big band-style swing. Doug Wright’s book, together with Korie’s lyrics, uses the fierce competition between these two female titans of industry to examine their...

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Ewan McGregor Got Naked and Dripping Wet in the Season 3 Premiere of ‘Fargo’ (NSFW)

Ewan McGregor Got Naked and Dripping Wet in the Season 3 Premiere of ‘Fargo’ (NSFW) Back when Ewan McGregor was an emerging, 20-something indie film actor, he used to pull out out his penis in a lot of his films. He had it on full display in Trainspotting, The Pillow Book and Velvet Goldmine. But now that he’s more established and in his mid-40s, he’ll only show his butt, thank you very much. Take his appearance in the premier episode of Season 3 of Fargo, FX’s darkly comic crime series. Ewan plays two roles in the show: Emmit Stussy, the successful “Parking Lot King of Minnesota,” and Emmit’s younger brother Ray, a less successful parole officer who resents his brother’s ...

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‘Broadway Bares’ Features the Big Men on Campus at ‘Strip U’ – WATCH

Broadway Bares announced the theme for its 27th annual burlesque benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and they’re heading to campus this year with Strip U. Check out their sexy behind-the-scenes preview video and poster HERE. Some more info: Broadway Bares: Strip U (#BroadwayBares) will feature more than 150 of the hottest male and female dancers in New York City sharing their hearts and well-toned bodies with an energetic crowd of thousands. The 90-minute show features Broadway’s most talented movers and shakers in a highly choreographed, highly produced spectacular. Using the collegiate theme as a jumping off point, Broadway Bares: Strip U combines the winking humor of classic burlesque with today’s pop music to create a truly unparalleled show. Imagine the Broadway Bares...

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Cabaret Review: John O’Hurley

This man has a finely tuned sense of the absurd, but he’s also capable of sincerity so complete that it’s almost embarrassing. Best known as J. Peterman on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld and as a champion on Dancing with the Stars, the early decades of O’Hurley’s career saw him as a fixture of daytime TV soap operas. More recently, he has spent a lot of time playing Billy Flynn in Broadway’s Chicago. Frankly, I think he’d be a revelation in something by Samuel Beckett, but maybe that’s just me. His current club act at the Café Carlyle is called “A Man with Standards” a reference both to growing up in a more sentimental time, and to the Great American Songbook...

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Wendy Williams, Chris Pine, Betsy DeVos, Libel Laws, Thirsty Cobra, Arkansas, Victoria Beckham: HOT LINKS

LIBEL LAWS. Trump again threatens the New York Times: “When he ran for president, he suggested that he would “open up” U.S. libel law to make it easier for people to sue news organizations, though experts noted that it would be difficult for him to actually follow through on that threat. Notably, it would require getting around a major Supreme Court precedent on press freedom: The 1964 case New York Times v. Sullivan outlined newspapers’ First Amendment protections and established the high bar that plaintiffs must clear to win libel cases against them.” The failing @nytimes has disgraced the media world. Gotten me wrong for two solid years. Change libel laws? https://t.co/QIqLgvYLLi — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017 ISIS. Photos purport to ...

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s Spain Vacation Pics Make Us Envy Him and His Hot Husband (Photos)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s Spain Vacation Pics Make Us Envy Him and His Hot Husband (Photos) Most people know ginger-haired Jesse Tyler Ferguson from his role as Mitchell Pritchett, the mild-mannered but uptight gay lawyer from ABC’s sitcom Modern Family. But in real life, Ferguson married a gay lawyer named Justin Mikita and the two are making us mega-envious right about now. They’ve been married since September 2012 and while New York weathered a snow storm, Ferguson and his handsome hubby jetted off to Spain to enjoy Park Güell in Barcelona, the gay friendly beach in Sitges and who knows how many other fabulous cities. Consider us officially jealous, not only because Barcelona and Sitges are fun as hell, but also because Ferguson ...

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Opera Review: “I Puritani”

Let us now praise Pretty Yende! No, it wasn’t her Met debut, nor is she an unknown quality in the opera world – it’s more like she’s a steadily rising young star. However, she’s not the established performer that Diana Damrau is, so the fact that she truly crushed it when taking over for the ill Damrau as Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani stands as a truly news-worthy event. Now, I’ll admit that I hadn’t taken an active interest in 21st Century opera performers until I started covering opera in this blog a few years back. For almost all of the ’00s, I’d take note of a new opera by the likes of Glass, Adès, Dusapin or...

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Opera Review: “Rusalka”

To make a longish story short, Rusalka is a tragic operatic Czech variation on The Little Mermaid. It also takes elements of the older fairy tale novella Undine (and all three have roots in the medieval legend of Melusine). There’s also a strong musical influence from Wagner here too – and not just musical: The opera opens with a trio of water spirits teasing a gnomish creature, exactly the same opening as Wagner’s Das Rheingold. It is also very Czech. While Little Mermaid and Undine are obvious influences, the libretto takes much more directly from the fairy tales of Czech authors Karel Jaromír Erben and Božena Němcová. As with all of the works of the opera’s composer Antonín Dvořák, Rusalka draws directly on Czech...

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Ashton Kutcher, Clarence Thomas, Amsterdam, Cristiano Ronaldo, Adam Lambert: HOT LINKS

SHAUN KING. Trump is a wife beater who surrounds himself with wife beaters: “Donald Trump, chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, and his now vanquished choice for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, have one deeply disturbing thing in common: Each of them have had wives who accused them of physical assaults.” FLORIDA. Donald Trump holding rally this weekend, and here’s how YOU can attend, resisters. “If you want to welcome Donald Trump to Florida, click here to RSVP and register for tickets. Bring a friend! Bring all your friends!” CLARENCE THOMAS. Justice’s wife pushed travel ban: “In leaked emails, Ginni Thomas asked for advice on how to organize in favor of Trump’s travel ban. But by doing so, she may have ...

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Theatre Review: “The Encounter”

Theatrical maverick Simon McBurney turns in a performance that has been stunningly filtered and processed, in service of telling a story on the theme of getting past all filters and processing. The story he tells follows Loren McIntyre, a National Geographic photographer, as he “goes native” in 1969 among the remote Mayoruna people of Brazil. The Encounter was inspired by Amazon Beaming, a 1991 account of the trip as told to McIntyre’s friend Petru Popescu. McIntyre didn’t speak the Mayorunan language, but somehow learned to communicate with an elder of the tribe through the mysterious “beaming” in the title of Popescu’s book. Every audience member has a hi-fi headset which allows McBurney to speak more intimately to the audience, manipulate his voice electronically, and paint...

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 9 cast Ru-vealed — meet the Queens!

The time has come! The ninth season of the smash Logo television series, RuPaul’s Drag Race, is primped and pampered — and most importantly, cast! The new season, set for this year, features 12 gorgeous drag queens from across America — and one from across the pond, for a total of 13 girls. Meet the full cast below: Aja — Brooklyn, NY BITCH I'm on S9 HENNY spaghetti ? #thecarry has just begun! ? #DragRace @rupaulsdragrace @logotv A photo posted by AJA (@ajathekween) on Feb 2, 2017 at 11:04am PST Feeling very kill v maim ? Bodysuit by @bcallabcalla Hair from @ardawigs Styled by @queenlmnop A photo posted by AJA (@ajathekween) on Jan 28, 2017 at 8:48pm PST Alexis Michelle — New York, NY Wonky AF lash fish. A photo posted by Alexis Michelle (@alexislives)...

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Neil Gorsuch, Anthony Weiner, Snagglepuss, Rob Mallard, Henry Cavill, Blondie: HOT LINKS

DEPARTURES. Tamron Hall leaving NBC News. “I will miss you and I will be rooting for all of you except for the backstabbing trash devil executives and that show wrecking trick demon Megyn Kelly!” KELLYANNE CONWAY. Berkeley students protesting Milo Yiannopoulos “don’t even know what they’re protesting.” .@KellyannePolls: What has these protesters at Berkeley so upset? Is it the free speech? pic.twitter.com/MgTAWNmIff — FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) February 2, 2017 NEIL GORSUCH. In collegiate LGBTQ debate, Trump’s SCOTUS pick defended discrimination. EXTREMISM. Trump to focus counter-extremism program solely on Islam. TRUMP. Business interests in the mideast. ANTHONY WEINER. Former congressman may face 15 years in prison: “Weiner could face up to 15 years in prison if charged with production ...

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Boy George opens up about that rumored feud with George Michael

In the 1980s, Boy George and George Michael were riding high on their success — and occasionally colliding with one another. This week, speaking with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, Boy George opened up about his occasionally fraught relationship with Michael. Related: Boy George Addresses Rumor He Slept With Prince “In the early days, we were competition to each other,” he says. “We were both called George, both made soul music. So in the early days, we were really in competition.”  Then sort of later on, I started to really appreciate him as a musician — you know, right around “Faith”. I started to really appreciate his talent, you know?” Asked if they eventually put their differences behind him, Boy...

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Elton John and Paul Rudnick are Adapting ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ as a Broadway Musical

The Devil Wears Prada is coming to Broadway, and Elton John and Paul Rudnick are writing the musical adaptation, Deadline reports: “To bring The Devil Wears Prada to the stage, we knew we needed to find artists as inimitable as the characters in the story,” Bob Cohen of Fox Stage Productions and McCollum said a joint statement. “We needed artists whose work has run the gamut from music and publishing to drama and fashion. We could think of only two names: Elton John and Paul Rudnick. That’s all!” Composer-lyricist Rudnick’s myriad credits include Broadway’s I Hate Hamlet and such other stage fare as Jeffrey and The New Century, along with the the screenplays for In & Out and Addams Family Values. He also has...

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Opera Review: “Roméo et Juliette”

Well, this is lovely! I’ve never been a big fan of these star-crossed lovers; I thought of them as “stupid damn teenagers” even when I was a stupid damn teenager myself. But add some music to the story and it instantly gains a lot of interest – all that yearning gives abundant opportunities for making beautiful music. I’ve long been a fan of Prokofiev’s ballet version for that very reason. And Charles Gounod, composer of this operatic version, misses few opportunities for making glorious musical hay out of these adolescent passions, not only in the pair’s big arias and duets (which positively glow), but also in sensuously sparkling waltzes for the party scenes. Director Bartlett Sher’s sturdy production drew inspiration from...

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Frank Ocean’s mom wants Kim Burrell cut from son’s album ‘Blonde’ after homophobic rant

Cover of Frank Ocean’s album “Blonde.” Proving yet again that bigotry is bad for business, homophobic gospel singer Kim Burrell continues to take heat after video leaked and was posted to YouTube showing her delivering a sermon at her church wherein she calls gay people “perverted.” She was dis-invited from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which was addressed on the episode on which she would have appeared. Burrell has also lost her radio and television shows as a result of her hateful views coming to light. Now Frank Ocean‘s mother, Katonya Breaux, says she would like to see Burrell also disappear from her son’s album, “Blonde.” She appears on the track “Godspeed.” Breaux sounded off ...

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Cabaret Review: Orfeh and Andy Karl

Big-piped (and married) musical theatre couple Orfeh and Andy Karl aren’t delivering any particular story or message in their current club act at Feinstein’s / 54 Below. Pleasantly enough, they simply sing songs that suit their voices – soulful and wild in her case, poppy and tuneful in his (note to Andy, though: the band When in Rome, whose hit “The Promise” you sing so beautifully and tastefully, have absolutely nothing to do with Depeche Mode, as you said they did). They also touch on songs they’ve done in the musical theatre, including the lovely ballad for Andy called “Seeing You” from the upcoming Groundhog Day. They met doing Saturday Night Fever on Broadway and married soon after, but most people associate the two of...

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Electoral Challenge, The Shins, Naomi Campbell, Princess Leia, Tim Kaine, Rehoboth: HOT LINKS

ELECTORAL CHALLENGE. Democratic lawmakers are considering challenge to Trump’s election at Congressional certification on Friday: “Perlmutter, Scott and other lawmakers were encouraged to file challenges by progressive groups who described three grounds to lodge a protest: foreign interference by Russia in the election, voter suppression and a more technical claim that dozens of electors of both parties were ineligible to serve.” ILLEGALLY SEATED. At least 50 Donald Trump electors were ineligible to serve: “That stunning finding is among the conclusions of an extensive 1,000-plus page legal briefing prepared by a bipartisan nationwide legal team for members of Congress who are being urged to object to certifying the 2016 Electoral College results on Friday.” OMAROSA. Apprentice loser leads Trump meeting with black leaders: “Manigault ...

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Cabaret Review: Norm Lewis

This Christmas cabaret is one of the more conventional ones I’ve seen this year – and that’s entirely a good thing. In the spirit of his own favorite singer, Johnny Mathis, Norm Lewis’s show leans into holiday fun and warmth. It’s not an entirely shallow show – there are dark shadows here and there – but the emphasis is on Christmas’s pleasures and joys. And it’s not strictly a Christmas show. He opens with a frisky “My Favorite Things” – so frisky in fact that he slightly lost track of the lyrics “First night people, first night!” he said with a big ingratiating grin. Lewis assays “Fever”, which Peggy Lee made famous, but he gives it back some of the...

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