Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Favorite Quote: On Catnaps

I catnap now and then. But I think while I nap, so it's not a waste of time.

Who Said It:
Martha Stewart

My Thoughts:
I'll never beat you, Martha. Will I?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Judy Garland in Concert

On Sunday, I'll be going to Judy Garland in Concert. For almost a year I've been looking forward to this show coming to Minneapolis. Tour information:

The legendary voice of Judy Garland and the world's greatest symphony orchestras join together to create this remarkable concert event. Through the magic of breakthrough technology, the incomparable performer returns to the stage!

My friend, John Fricke, was part of the creative team who put together the show. It premiered last year at the Boston Pops to rave reviews:

An astonishing achievement, both technically and artistically. The Symphony Hall audience was riveted.
The Boston Globe

For Garland fans, it was an opportunity to bask in her electrifying talent. Far from being a gimmick, this melding of technical expertise and performance gave Pops audiences an opportunity to see what Garland could do best - seduce an audience with her dynamic deliveries of many familiar songs.

Audience members can expect a concert event designed like a theatrical performance.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Legends I've Seen: Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper

Number of Concerts I've Attended:
One. Cyndi opened for Cher (a future Legends I've Seen post). We had no idea what to expect from her and were blown away by her musical talents, voice and stage presence. Out of the hundreds of concerts I've seen, I believe she is the one who surprised me the most. Amazing performer.

Iconic Moment:
Cyndi singing Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Favorite Quote: On TV

Men don't care what's on TV. They only care what else is on TV.

Who Said It:
Jerry Seinfeld

My Thoughts:
I can't deny I've worn out remote controls with channel surfing.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

New Years 2009: What I Ate

Yesterday I wrote about achieving my 2009 New Years Resolution to try 52 new eating experiences. Today, as promised, is the list of foods I ate.

5 meals of eggs, hash browns and toast
1 egg, bacon and cheese bagel
1 meal of scrambled eggs and french toast
1 breakfast quesadilla

Lunch or Dinner
7 meals of burgers and fries.
3 meals of pizza
1 meal of ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and stuffing
1 meal of potato soup
1 Italian family style dinner
1 fondue experience
3 meals of pad Thai
2 deli sandwiches
1 order of pasta cabonara
3 meals of tacos and Spanish rice
1 Spamdog
1 spaghetti and meatball on a stick
1 pastrami on sourdough sandwich
1 patty melt
1 pastrami and pepper jack on pumpernickel toast sandwich
1 grilled ham, cheese and asparagus sandwich
1 meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes and corn
1 meal of pasta with short ribs, ricotta cheese and aged balsamic
1 cruise ship buffet
1 beef burrito with rice
1 grilled ham, cheese and sliced pear sandwich
1 roast beef sandwich on ciabatta bread with onion jam
1 order of beef lo mein

1 orange dream crepe
1 piece of pumpkin pie
1 piece of chocolate cake
1 blueberry muffin
1 dish of gellato
1 cherry pastry
1 dish of honey ice cream
1 blueberry cream cheese pastry
1 slice of carrot cake

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Food Reviews: Goal Achieved

I did it! I finished my 2009 New Years Resolution to try 52 new restaurants, diners, coffee shops and bakeries. I truly think this is the first resolution I've ever kept.

Thanks to all my friends for sticking with me and getting involved in the fun. And thanks to Mr. Chef (Mattie) for being the inspiration.

Tomorrow I'll post a list of all the food I ate. Going through the blogposts to make this list brought back such great memories. Time with friends, laughs, discussions, great food and new places.

When I started to look back, I wasn't expecting all the smiles, good thoughts and "oh yeah!" moments. I realized this experiment became much more than trying new places to eat.

It also gave me many wonderful memories.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Joan Rivers- A Piece of Work and Me

Back in February 2009, I spent a day with Joan Rivers when she was doing an event for QVC and the Mall of America.

I was thrilled when a documentary crew following Joan asked to interview me. Of course I'd be interviewed! Not only was I interviewed, but the following interaction with Joan was all caught on film.

The crew's project turned into the film Joan Rivers - A Piece of Work. It's premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this week. I don't know if any of my scenes made the final cut of the film (the crew followed Joan for an entire year) but it was great to be part of the process.

If you do see the film, watch for my name in the final credits. I supplied some photos of various stages of Joan's career.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Favorite Quote: On Sex with Husbands

I've only slept with the men I've been married to. How many women can make that claim?

Who Said It:
Elizabeth Taylor Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher Burton Burton Warner Fortensky.

The Marriages:
Conrad Hilton (May 6, 1950 – January 29, 1951) (divorced)

Michael Wilding (February 21, 1952 – January 26, 1957) (divorced)

Michael Todd (February 2, 1957 – March 22, 1958) (widowed)

Eddie Fisher (May 12, 1959 – March 6, 1964) (divorced)

Richard Burton (March 15, 1964 – June 26, 1974) (divorced)

Richard Burton (twice) (October 10, 1975 – July 29, 1976) (divorced)

John Warner (December 4, 1976 – November 7, 1982) (divorced)

Larry Fortensky (October 6, 1991 – October 31, 1996) (divorced)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work at Sundance

Coming to the Sundance Film Festival 2010: Joan Rivers –A Piece Of Work exposes the private dramas of irreverent, legendary comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers as she fights tooth and nail to remain the queen of comedy.

Filmed as a cinema verite documentary, the film reveals a rare glimpse of the comedic process and the toxic mixture of self-doubt and anger that often fuels it.

Joan’s story is both an outrageously funny journey and a brutally honest look at the ruthless entertainment industry, the trappings of success and the ultimate vulnerability of the life of a performer.

I wish I could make it to Sundace to see this! But, I'll have to wait. As I get more information, I'll pass it on.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Michael Rivers Interviewed by Kenneth Fron

Back in December, my friend and fashion jewelry designer, Kenneth Fron, interviewed me for his People Are Talking About blog series.

He asked me about my blog, Joan Rivers and my published book.

If you check out the link, let him know I sent you over!

Tabatha's Salon Takeover Finale

Tabatha’s Salon Takeover season 2 FINALE is tonight (Tuesday 1/12 @ 10/9c)! A fed-up salon owner, Janeen, needs help standing up to some of her stubborn employees. Tabatha steps in and shows Janeen how to release all of her pent up frustrations and how to be a leader for her team.

In one of the season’s most emotional episodes yet, can Tabatha help Janeen become a changed woman and stick up to her difficult stylists with a new and confident attitude?

Tune in to fine out!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Legends I've Seen: Diana Ross

Photo taken during the 2nd Diana Ross concert I attended.

Diana Ross

Number of Concerts I've Attended:
Twice. I also had front-row-center tickets for The Supremes Reunion Tour (don't ask the cost). The tour was canceled one show before mine. I'm still bitter.

Iconic Moment:
There are many of these moments during a Diana Ross concert. The Supremes' songs are magical to hear live. From her solo work, Ain't No Mountain High Enough created a frenzy.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Favorite Quote: On Wrong Guys

A girl can wait for the right man to come along but in the meantime that still doesn't mean she can't have a wonderful time with all the wrong ones.

Who Said It:

My Thoughts:
I've lived with this philosophy my whole life!