New Website: Theater X-Net
Featuring: Ida Rubinstein Belle Epoch Russian/Parisian beauty.
Read more about Ida in Sisters of Salome by Toni Bentley
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Theater, Art, Flash Gordon, Funky Music and MORE!
Weather: A sunny day after a snowfall is usually a cold day, and today was not an exception.
Charity Alert: Cure the outdoor cold by warming your heart with a click on The Hunger Site.
Media Watch: I'm reading a book called The Future of Music -- Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution by David Kusek and Gerd Leonhard. Recordings as "product" are losing their prominence -- the way the record industry continues to rob creators of music makes that fact good news. Live musical performances are still vital, profitable endeavors, and audience attendance is growing overall, but THE ROAD is a HELL of a way to make a living, as I can attest. The thesis of the book is "music like water" not free, but not expensive, and readily available via media "taps." Networks of media can help creative people a lot if the vast public pays a little for learning, absorbing, and enjoying music in its many forms. (I could say the same about other arts.) For musicians, getting money from other sources besides live gigs helps them make better performances, more stable lives, and enjoy longer careers.
Future of Music Website
NFL Football on Saturday -- Pre-game madness featured MAD-TV's Frank Calliendo in the studio on Fox. His live voice impersonations were mostly good, but his comedy was more than a bit off. If Jillian Barbarie attempted comedy today, I didn't laugh at anything in her segment. She was well-dressed in an off-the-shoulders ensemble a lot like the one in those photos I posted earlier in the week, except with an above-the-knee skirt. It was definitely warm-weather fashion. (Did I mention how cold it was today?)
New England shut out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to clinch the AFC East Division. The Bucs are a better-than-average team, but even with injuries, the Patriots are still the champs unless they lose in the post-season. Kansas City gave the NY Giants a hard time at the frigid Meadowlands in New Jersey, but they still lost to the home team.
Yes! That is Aishwarya Rai as a model in an eyeliner commercial. I hope she makes more appearences in the American/European media.