From The Library of Congress’ Official Website:
“Celebrating a Beloved American Musician”
“An evening of celebration with President and Mrs. Obama at the White House in honor of musician Stevie Wonder’s [born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950] receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song takes place February 25, 2009. The concert will include performances by Wonder with a cavalcade of popular musicians, [including Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Will.I.Am, India. Arie and Paul Simon] performing a selection of Wonder’s hit songs. The sixty-minute program airs Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 8 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.” (check local listings)
“The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song”
“The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song is named in honor of the legendary George and Ira Gershwin. This award recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world’s culture. The prize is given annually to a composer or performer whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins. The first Gershwin Prize was awarded to Paul Simon in May 2007.” more from the LOC…
“Obamas praise Stevie Wonder at White House”
“I think it’s fair to say that had I not been a Stevie Wonder fan, Michelle might not have dated me. We might not have married,” Obama said Wednesday as he and the first lady hosted a concert and award ceremony for Wonder. “The fact that we agreed on Stevie was part of the essence of our courtship.”
“Wonder was presented with a Gershwin Award for lifetime achievement during the event, which is scheduled to air on PBS Thursday.” read more from CNN.Com
This is personal for me since I witnessed a Stevie Wonder rehersal – in the penthouse of the Hollywood (CA) Hyatt House in the late 60s. My producer/bassist was part of Wonder’s NO CA touring band. There were only about six of us in the room. Pretty Cool…
“An Evening at La Cage” The Female Impersonator Show at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas Closes after a nearly 24 year run.
The Associated Press 2/10/2009, 9:02 p.m. EST. This AP story is from NJ.Com
LAS VEGAS (AP) “The fnal curtain has fallen on the long-running Las Vegas female impersonators revue “An Evening at La Cage.” Headliner Frank Marino and the rest of the cast were informed after Monday’s performance that the show was closing immediately, ending a nearly 24-year run” read more from NJ.Com…
I first played Multi-Strike Poker a few years back in Las Vegas.
The Stardust offered the video game for: $.01, $.05 and $.25. I also played at Arizona Charlie’s, Texas Station and Silverton.
Multi-Strike Poker is a multi [four] level Video Poker game that starts the first level payoff at 1X win, then progresses (if you win the hand) to 2X, then 4X and 8X. It offers an occasional “Free Ride” and other bonus features. Bets can be wagered on 1 to 4 hands / 1 to 5 credits per hand – 20 max. The “real machines” accept – up to a 96 coin wager. Jacks or Better, Bonus Poker Games, Joker Poker, White Hot Aces, Super Aces, Deuces Wild and Deuces Wild Bonus Games (all video) are among the games that are offered online…
This online game is authentic, and exactly like the real thing, including the audio.
You can find “live” machines in most Las Vegas casinos as well as at the Riviera in Black Hawk, CO…
Multi-Strike Poker online is played for credits – no monetary exchange is involved.
From Monday, November 10, 2008 at 8 p.m: George Carlin – 2008 Prize Recipient of The Eleventh Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor – presented at The Kennedy Center.
“The Kennedy Center will posthumously award The Mark Twain Prize to the late George Carlin at the eleventh annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The evening will recognize the life and achievements of the late comedian. Carlin passed away on June 22, 2008” read more from The Kennedy Center website…
This is a YouTube video of the Oldies tune: “CHERRY PIE”, written by Joe Josea, Jules Taub & Marvin Phillips, performed by George Carlin – live on the Arsenio Hall Show – Thursday, 30 November 1989. There is a bit of banter before George sings the song, but it’s worth the wait. This is a fine, magical R&R moment. It’s very revealing…
The last time I saw George Carlin, we were passing each other near the Starlight Lounge at the Stardust – just a “Hey Man.”
On some far off planet called New Jersey, where the men are as hard as grey sky and the women are as attractive as Marisa Tomei, the film “THE WRESTLER” was crafted.
At least the movie was supposedly filmed in New Jersey. Wait a minute, it has to be from a planet called New Jersey, I’ve never seen human beings like that on this planet. At least not as many in one place, not as many who have gone astray, not as many who are so far from the PTA, and the FTA, and the CIA. But then again, that’s a Western perspective…
Mickey Rourke as Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson is a fading professional wrestler who’s holding on to his career and his life, as both are slipping away. He is proud of his trade and accepts the trade-off of having “small change” and a broken body for having self-respect; it’s just part of the deal. The fix is in, Randy feels, and the fat cats who ride in limos have the limos but no real skills. Randy has skills and talent, and long hair, and Marisa Tomei (as Cassidy – a striptease artist with a heart of gold.) He is his own boss (most of the time) and lives in a single family dwelling (a trailer in a seedy trailer park,) and fans sometime ask him for an autograph.
When times get tough-er, Randy takes a job behind a deli counter. He slices and dices – until smacked with the undeniable reality that living his true destiny – and loosing, is better than success in living a life without passion . He goes back to “take it to the limit – one more time.”
It’s becoming more difficult to find a traditional Italian restaurant that serves (thick) homemade spaghetti with a robust, rich, red sauce (cooked for hours in a big pot) like Mom used to make. Romano’s Restaurant is one of those restaurants, and it’s authentically Italian.
On South Windermere street in Littleton, Romano’s is a cozy family restaurant & pizzeria. It’s been there since 1967. The area has turned into an artsy village, of sorts.
Pastas, Chicken and Veal dishes, Baked Entrées, Combination plates, House Specialties, plus Pizza and Calzones, Sandwiches, Soups, Salads and Appetizers are also on the menu.
A Spaghetti (thick homemade or thin noodles) dinner with choice of: meatballs, sausage or mushrooms, served with bread and butter, and a decent salad goes for about $10.95. The portions are large and your server will cheerfully bring an extra cup of the tangy red sauce should you need it. Beer and wine are available.