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LAP DANCE THE WEIGHT
Oversized rumps are giving an added dimension to the term SRO. Americans are getting too big
to squeeze into theatre seats. Chris Bryant, a member of Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor Party informed
the House of Commons that "theatre seats were built for backsides of a Victorian era, not of a modern era - or
indeed an American size." As an example, he pointed out that The Old Vic, which is now helmed by Kevin
Spacey, has seats which measure "a standard size of about 18 inches."
Lard butt Americans can't get into them. The posterior problem is hurting West End theatre ticket
Americans are a bunch of overweight, fat slobs. That's what even our own government is telling
us. More than half of American adults are overweight or obese. An additional 6 million are "super
obese" they weight about 100 pounds more than they should. No other nation in history has
gotten so fat, so fast. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) estimates that "280,000 Americans
die every year as a direct result of being overweight."
Want to lose 1200-1500 calories a day? That equals a weight loss of somewhere between a third
and a half a pound a day - 3500 calories equal one pound - and not have to alter your current
Get a job as a lap dancer, also known as table dancing. Apparently,
those who shove their private parts in
the faces of total strangers are being admired and imitated by those who save it for
Dr Petra Boynton, a prominent member of the British Psychological Society, says increasing
numbers of women are visiting lap-dancing clubs to compare their bodies with the performers and also want
to learn how to be sexy.
"There is a gap in their knowledge, which is one of the reasons why
they are going to these places to learn."
"These dancers are portraying themselves in a sexy way, and there is a subtext in there that
women can watch it, copy it, take it home and be sexy themselves."
She added, "It's a 'like me' or 'not like me' situation.
Women will either imagine themselves in the place of the dancer, or attempt to judge themselves
and their own worth by how much better or worse they perceive the dancers look than them."
An energetic lap dancer, who is suppose to perform three dances per hour, or 17 per shift, will
burn off 1200-1500 calories a night.
Work just one day and you can eat a Burger King Whopper and fries and not gain an
The same holds for other menu items. McDonald's Big Mac and Super-Size fries 1100 calories,
56 grams of fat. Taco Bell bean burrito 370 calories, 12 grams of fat. Taco Bell
Nachos Bellgrande 760 calories, 39 grams of fat.
Burger King Whopper and Fries 1250 calories, 70 grams of fat. Hardee's Super Star
and Crispy Curl Potatoes (monster size) 1380 calories, 84 grams of
Sex, by the way, is supposed to expend between 200-300 calories per hour, meaning a
probably burns off 20 calories - you do the math.
If the lap dance job description, or the possibility of a police record, isn't within your comfort
consider belly dancing.
An ancient dance once associated with fertility rites and religion has made it mainstream onto
videos and into health clubs. Dance studios use it as a get-fit alternative to treadmills and other
Belly dance comes in a wide variety of styles using dance elements
from around the world, particularly the Middle East and India: Egyptian Cabaret is controlled,
elegant and typically what you'll see on television, in movies or at a banquet/restaurant.
Cabaret is more flamboyant, with leaps and more pronounced pelvic movements. Persian
emphasizes the arms and shoulders, while fusion, sometimes called tribal, is a modern mix of
According to Harvard researchers a 110-pound woman who belly dances for 45 minutes burns
240 calories, while that same-sized woman performing slower dances, such as waltz, uses up
about 120 calories.
PRESIDENTS WHO GET STUCK IN
BATHTUBS HAVE A BAD MOON RISING AND OTHER ZODIAC PECCADILLOES
Until 1971, both February 12 and February 22 were observed as federal holidays to
honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George Washington (Feb.
In 1971 President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal holiday, the Presidents'
Day, to be observed on the third Monday of February, honoring all past presidents of
the United States of America.
There have thus far been a total of 42 different individuals who have served in the office. 12
percent of them have had their Sun Sign in Scorpio or Aquarius Least apt to become elected are the Sun signs of Aries,
Gemini or Virgo.
For a list of the Presidents and what happened; including which president got into a physical
altercation over his wife and which one got stuck in the bath tub CLICK HERE
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Everyone remembers the good old days of Hollywood cowboys in western movies. Good guys
wore white, fought the good fight, and ultimately triumphed over evil. In the final reel, the heroes mounted
their trusty horses and rode off into the sunset singing the cowboy songs that we all knew and loved. The President
Herbert Hoover Library and Museum celebrates this mythic West with Western Movies in Perspective The Last
Hollywood cowboys reminiscing about their days in the Western sun include; Will Hutchins,
Robert Horton, silent star Marion Shilling, director Earl
Bellamy, and singer/composer Johnny Western. Moderated by Boyd Magers, the symposium will
give attendees a chance to listen to stories about making western movies and television shows,
ask questions and get an autograph.
Bellamy was assistant director for the classic films A Star is Born and From Here to
Eternity. Among the scores of westerns directed by Bellamy are Seminole Uprising
Incident at Phantom Hill. Bellamy's television work was also diverse. His credits include
episodes of: The Lone Ranger, The Virginian, Wagon Train and Rawhide. But
not limited to westerns, he also directed episodes of I Spy, M*A*S*H, and The Andy
Show, among others. By the time he retired in 1986, Bellamy had directed over 1600 films
Actor Robert Horton is best known for his work on television's Wagon Train. His
included appearances on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Murder She Wrote and As the
He also acted on Broadway and in regional theater for more than twenty years, beginning with a
star turn in
110 in the Shade. In a May 1960 command performance at the Victoria Palace Theater he
song Shenandoah for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Will Hutchins starred as easy going, cattle roping Sugarfoot in the eponymous television series.
Sugarfoot went off the air, Hutchins played Dagwood Bumstead in television's
worked with Elvis Presley and Shelley Fabares in Clambake and Spinout
Beginning in 1929 Marion Shilling has worked in more than forty films. She is most noted for her
role in the
western serial, The Red Rider, with Buck Jones. Shilling's last film role was in 1936,
Hoot Gibson in Cavalcade of the West. Recently Shilling's career accomplishments earned
coveted Golden Boot Award from the Motion Picture & Television Foundation.
The event takes place at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum in West Branch, Iowa
The night before, February 21, the Museum will be the site of a benefit concert for the Englert
Johnny Western performing.
Best known for composing and singing The Ballad of Palladin, the ever-popular theme
song to the CBS
television show Have Gun-Will Travel, Western began his career as a performer and
guitarist on the
Gene Autry show and moved on to play with Johnny Cash and appear in 37 features and western
He was recently inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame.
All proceeds from the concert will go toward the restoration of the historic Englert Theatre in
The Englert Civic Theatre, Inc. is a nonprofit community organization working to restore and
Englert Theatre building with the long-term goal of creating a multi-use performance venue in
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Jerry Orbach will be honored by The
Drama League during its annual A Musical Celebration of Broadway February
The black-tie event, which features dinner and an original musical revue, will be held in the Grand
Ballroom of the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan. Orbach, a Broadway veteran who, according to Drama League
President Patricia Follert, "has appeared in more American musicals than any other living actor,"
successfully made the transition to cynical Det. Lennie Briscoe on Law and Order, will be saluted by
celebrities from the world of both Broadway and television including Richard Belzer, Jesse Martin, Hinton Battle,
Karen Ziemba, Donna McKechnie and Judy Kaye.
Law & Order co-stars Jesse Martin will perform Mack the Knife, and Richard
Belzer will present a comedic tribute. Broadway veterans Hinton Battle, Karen Ziemba, Donna
McKechnie and Judy Kaye will deliver a medley of Broadway tunes. Liz Smith will introduce the creators of The
Fantasticks, Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, who will perform a medley from the musical
that originally starred Orbach.
Jerry Orbach in The Fantasticks
The Bronx born and bred Orbach, a Northwestern University alumnus, has accomplished what
few ever achieve. He has steadily worked as an actor since the age of 20.
After training with Herbert Berghof and Lee Strasberg, Orbach received his job off-Broadway as
an understudy in the 1955 revival of The Threepenny Opera. The cast included Bea Arthur,
Ed Asner, John Astin, Jerry Stiller, and Lotte Lenya. Eventually Orbach played the lead role of
Jerry Orbach in Promises, Promises
In 1960, Orbach created the role of flamboyant interlocutor El Gallo in off-Broadway's The
Fantasticks. Orbach was paid $45 per week.
The lanky, deep-voiced performer has starred in the Broadway production of; Carnival, Guys
and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, The Natural Look, and Promises, Promises. He was also in the
original Chicago and 42nd Street.
He also managed to make a film a year, including portraying Jennifer Grey's father in Dirty
Dancing, the voice of the Chevalieresque candelabra in the Disney delight Beauty and the
Beast, and Billy Crystal's agent in Mr. Saturday Night.
He went on to received a Tony Award for his performance in Promises, Promises. He has
also starred on Broadway in Carnival, Guys and Dolls, The Natural Look, 6 Rms Riv Vu and
the original companies of Chicago and 42nd Street.
The Drama League was created in 1916 to nurture artists and audiences for the American theatre.
The Feb. 24 evening will benefit the Drama League's Directors Project.
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES The
Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum and Library is giving Bob Hope, who turns 100 on May
29th, an early birthday present by unveiling the Bob Hope: American Patriot exhibit.
Friend of every President of the United States since Franklin Roosevelt, golfing buddies
with Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush Sr. and Clinton, winner of the
Congressional Gold Medal, the Medal of Freedom and the Medal of Arts, and the only
civilian to be named an honorary veteran of the United States Armed Forces, Bob Hope
is proclaimed a true American patriot.
Celebrating his first 100 years of life, this exhibit will showcase his work during World
War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and the Gulf War. Also on display
are highlights of his career and friendship with the last eleven presidents.
An exhibit featuring rare photographs, video and film clips, and letters from the families
of military personnel Hope visited on overseas USO.
Former first lady Nancy Reagan welcomed Hope's wife, Dolores, for a personal tour
through the Bob Hope: American Patriot last Saturday night. His daughter, Linda,
toured the exhibit on Thursday.
The exhibition Bob Hope American Patriot opens to the public on Monday February 17
remaining through June 7.
MARY KAYE founding member
of the legendary Mary Kaye Trio honored with a benefit in Las Vegas February 17. During the
celebrity studded event it is promised that Kaye will even deliver a short performance. Noon at
Nick's on the Strip.
27th ANNUAL LAURENCE OLIVIER AWARDS in association with Hilton UK and Ireland, were presented February 14 at
the Lyceum Theatre in London. Hosted by Clive Anderson the theatrical accolades are the British
version of the Tony Awards. For a list of the winners CLICK HERE
THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE RESEARCH ON
DEPRESSION benefits from a special gala performance of
La Boheme on Saturday, February 11.
ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR TICKET is back on Broadway. That will be the top ticket price for the revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's
Journey Into Night when the classic opens May 6 at the Plymouth Theatre for an 18-week run. The
production will star Brian Dennehy, Vanessa Redgrave, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robert Sean Leonard.
That ticket price does not include a $1.25 per ticket "restoration fee". The last time a straight play charged
$100 for a ticket was in 1999 for The Iceman Cometh, which starred Kevin Spacey.
VINCENT IN BRIXTON by Nicholas Wright.
Directed by Richard Eyre.
Everyone has seen Vincent Van Gogh's paintings, those swirling, thickly-pigmented canvases
filled with sunflowers, soulful faces and starry night skies. But what do we really know about Van
especially his early life when he first discovered he wanted to paint?
In various films, Van Gogh has been depicted as a cliched epitome of a tortured genius, but
Center Theater's production of the new play Vincent In Brixton, author Wright
presents Van Gogh as
he genuinely might have been: raw, ruthless, naive, tactless and comically direct.
Wright starts with the historical fact that Van Gogh went to live in Brixton, a London suburb,
in 1873 at the
age of 20. He had moved from his native Holland to work in the London office of an
firm?this was no stepping stone to a life as an artist, however. Van Gogh had three uncles
who were art dealers, and he was simply being groomed for a middle-class career in the family tradition.
Vincent rented a room in the house of a young widow named Ursula Loyer and her adult
Wright speculates that Van Gogh fell in love with both women, but it was his affair with Mrs.
Loyer that was a life-altering experience in a journey that ultimately ended with mental breakdown, death
His intriguing scenario uses information gleaned from letters written by Van Gogh and his
family as a
stepping-off point. "I was encouraged by an intriguing six-month gap in Vincent's surviving
letters and by the
well-known tendency of young men writing home to be less than frank about their most
formative experiences," said Wright. The play traces the transforming effects of love, sex and youthful
adventure on Van Gogh's still-unformed talent.
The play was a hit with its London debut last spring at the Royal National Theatre.
Vincent In Brixton
went from the small Cottesloe auditorium at the National to an extended run on the West End.
Now Sir Richard Eyre has brought his acclaimed production to New York for a limited engagement
complete with the play's original London stars: Clare Higgins, who just won the Evening Standard Award
for her performance, and Jochum ten Haaf, in the lead roles.
Sets and Costumes by Tim Hatley. Lighting by Peter Mumford. Sound by Neil
At the 800-seat Golden Theatre, in a limited run of just 92 performances to May 4.
SHOWTUNES a revue by Jerry
Herman begins a six week run at the Theatre at St Peter's, NYC with previews beginning February 18.
Directed by Joey McKneeley, the production stars Karen Murphy and Martin Vidnovic. Also
featured are Paul Harman, Tom Korbee, Russell Arden Koplin and Sandy Binion. Musical direction by James
Followell with Bobby Peaco show pianist. Showtunes officially opens February 27.
Deborah Gibson to the Broadway revival cast, in the role of Sally Bowles, on February 21. The John Kander and
Fred Ebb musical plays at Studio 54, NYC.
THE LUCKY O' LEARY'S
an Irish family comedy by Jim Brochu. A woman needs some ready cash right away because her
apartment is about to be condo-ed. As she believes she is going to win the big lottery, she withdrawals her life
savings to buy tickets. Meanwhile her husband, who left her three years before, arrives back home on her
birthday, the day of the lottery drawing.
Russell St. Clair directs the production that features Rosina Pinchot, Bob Kokol, Daniel
John McCoy, Linda Van Dine, Libby Letlow, Ian Tanza, Liam Cannon, Ken Seeraty and Faye
Scenic design is by Vincent Roca; Sound Design by Ron Wyand, Costume Design by
Donna Fritsche and Lighting Design is by Millicent Dickinson.
Opens February 22 at the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, Long Beach,
California. The opening performance is followed by a champagne reception with the Director, Cast,
Crew, and Playhouse Staff. Through March 29.
OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN
John Travolta's onetime Grease co-star performs with a 20-piece orchestra at Paris Las
Vegas from February 20 through February 23.
PETER CINCOTTI performing at the
Algonquin Hotel in New York City through March 8.
NANCY SINATRA AND FRANK SINATRA, JR are pitted against each other in a February 22 engagement at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville,
The casino has more than one performance space. Sinatra, Jr. begins a four night engagement on
Wednesday. On Saturday his sister comes in for a one night stand.
Nancy Sinatra's show times 8 and 11 p.m. in the Wolf's Den. Sinatra, Jr performs in the Cabaret
room and his show on Feb 22 begins at 8 p.m.
BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY
entertaining Friday in Verona, New York at Turning Stone Casino. Next Sunday they will be performing at the
Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncascille, CT.
ELTON JOHN AND BILLY JOEL
pick up the tour on stage February 21 in Birmingham, Alabama at the Jefferson Arena.
PHISH closes out a Las Vegas two
nighter this evening at the Thomas and Mack Center. On Tuesday the are in the spotlight at the Pepsi Center
in Denver. Thursday the performance takes place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois and on
Friday they begin a two night engagement at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.
TORI AMOS plays the Ryman
in Nashville, Tennessee on February 23.
THREE MO TENORS appearing
tonight February 16 at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Ill. On Friday the show is in Des Vos Hall at Grand
Central in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
MAYNARD FERGUSON on
stage at the Blue Note
in New York City on February 18.
entertaining at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, California on February 16.
STEVE & EYDIE in a two nighter
at the Cerritos
Center in Cerritos, California Saturday and Sunday, February 22-23. Las Vegas residents,
Lawrence has a new CD, his first solo album is some years, Steve Lawrence Sings Sinatra - all
classic Sinatra arrangements and standards.
SMOTHERS BROTHERS telling
stories Tuesday, February 18 in Springfield, Missouri at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall. On Thursday the
will be at the McComb Center in Clinton Township, Michigan. Friday the barbs will be
hurled in Dearborn,
Michigan at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. They close out the week,
Saturday, in Jackson, Michigan at the Potter Center.
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK
in the spotlight
tonight in Montgomery, Alabama at the Davis Theatre. On Tuesday they are center stage at
the Ruth Seaton James Auditorium in Bermuda. On Saturday the can be found at the Meyerhoff
Symphony Hall in Baltimore.
JOHN PIZZARELLI Saturday
on stage in
Springfield, Missouri at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall.
SHUT OFF YOUR PHONE
Last Wednesday the
New York City Council approved legislation that bans the use of cellphones at public
performances. The Council's 38-5 vote, with two abstentions, overrode Mayor Michael
Bloomberg's veto on the bill.
City Councilman G. Oliver Koppell told his colleagues: "We have testimony from actors and
actresses that when they are interrupted by cellphones, it breaks their concentration."
Violators will face a $50 fine and eviction from the venue for talking on, listening to or having a
cellphone ring at movie theaters, plays, musicals, museums, libraries and other performances or events. The law doesn't
go into effect for another 60 days. Emergency calls are exempted and sporting events at stadiums do not fall
under the restrictions.
Theater owners will be required to post signs about the new law.
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