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Thursday, September 21, 2017

URBAN EXPLORER / SAN DIEGO RESTAURANT WEEK AHEAD

ONE OF THE MANY--Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island/bayside/ [http://www.balihairestaurant.com/ 619.222.1181] will offer American/Hawaiian/Seafood cuisine at prix fixe prices during restaurant week: Lunch $15 per person and Dinner $30 per person.

The 13th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, September 24 thru Sunday, October 1 when more than 180 restaurants will be participating.

Take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego. For one week only, these participating restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 per person.

Pick from restaurants from all across the county: South Bay to East County and to the borders of Oceanside and Fallbrook to the North. and touch on all cuisine types and cravings.

Choose your friends, choose your restaurant and reconnect on all cuisine types and cravings.

Life is delicious during San Diego Restaurant Week!





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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

RETRO FILES / STILL SEARCHING FOR THE MOST POWERFUL WOMAN OF THE ANCIENT WORLD


Archaeologists search for the true face—and the burial place—of Cleopatra,  the “world’s first celebrity.”
Editor’s note: First appearing in National Geographic in 2011, writer Chip Brown follows the trail of a two millennium old ghost: Cleopatra, the final Pharoah of Egypt.   He details the trials of a young Dominican Republic lawyer/archeologist, who spent much of her prime searching for the ancient queen in a mysterious area near Alexandra called Taposiris Magna.


GUEST BLOG / By Chip Brown, writer, National Geographic magazine--
Where, oh where is Cleopatra? She's everywhere, of course—her name immortalized by slot machines, board games, dry cleaners, exotic dancers, and even a Mediterranean pollution-monitoring project. She is orbiting the sun as the asteroid 216 Kleopatra. Her "bath rituals and decadent lifestyle" are credited with inspiring a perfume. Today the woman who ruled as the last pharaoh of Egypt and who is alleged to have tested toxic potions on prisoners is instead poisoning her subjects as the most popular brand of cigarettes in the Middle East.
In the memorable phrase of critic Harold Bloom, she was the "world's first celebrity." If history is a stage,no actress was ever so versatile: royal daughter, royal mother, royal sister from a family that makes the Sopranos look like the Waltons. When not serving as a Rorschach test of male fixations, Cleopatra is an inexhaustible muse. To a recent best-selling biography add—from 1540 to 1905—five ballets, 45 operas, and 77 plays. She starred in at least seven films; an upcoming version are no doubt in the works.

Yet if she is everywhere, Cleopatra is also nowhere, obscured in what biographer Michael Grant called the "fog of fiction and vituperation which has surrounded her personality from her own lifetime onwards." Despite her reputed powers of seduction, there is no reliable depiction of her face. What images do exist are based on unflattering silhouettes on coins. There is an unrevealing 20-foot-tall relief on a temple at Dendera, and museums display a few marble busts, most of which may not even be of Cleopatra.

For the rest of Chip Bloom’s article click here.




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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SNARKY HALL OF FAME / WALDORF AND STATLER FROM THE MUPPET SHOW.

WALDORF (left): I still don't think this show (The Muppet Show) is really suitable for children.
STATLER: I don't think this show is suitable for anyone!
GUEST BLOG / By Muppet Wiki--Statler and Waldorf share the stage left balcony box in The Muppet Theatre, and the two delight in heckling every aspect of The Muppet Show. They usually have the last word, with a final comment at the end of most (but not all) episodes. Statler and Waldorf are especially unforgiving to Fozzie Bear. However, it is revealed in A Muppet Family Christmas that the two critics were friends with Fozzie's mother, Ma Bear. Waldorf is the one with the pug-like face, mustache, and whiter hair. In almost all productions, Statler appears on the audience's right and Waldorf on the left. A helpful mnemonic is that Waldorf has the wide face.

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YouTube compilation of Waldorf and Statler’s greatest hits: Click here.
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Statler and Waldorf first appeared as a pair in the 1975 pilot The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence.

Waldorf (left) and Statler pose for a
cheesy Hollywood style publicity still
On the first season of Muppets Tonight, Statler and Waldorf are seen watching the show from the living room of what appears to be a retirement home. In the second season, they watch the show on a portable television from various locations, including a golf course and a ski lift.

In The Muppet Christmas Carol, they play the ghosts of Scrooge's business partners, Jacob and Robert Marley. In Muppet Treasure Island, Statler and Waldorf are the Figurehead of the Hispaniola. In The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, they appear as the Kalidah Critics, strange beasts who shout insults at anyone attempting to cross a treacherous bridge.

From 2005-2006, Statler and Waldorf starred in a bi-weekly online series, From the Balcony, on the website Movies.com. In the series of short videos, the crotchety pair dished on the latest movie releases.

The duo take on a featured role in The Muppets, sharing the fine print of the Muppet contract with villain Tex Richman. Of course, Statler and Waldorf don't realize that Tex plans to raze Muppet Studios and drill for oil, which would mean the end of their balcony - and their heckling.

In Muppets Most Wanted, they travel with the Muppets watching their touring show. And they say Miss Piggy's performance of the Macarena has made the show even worse, managing the impossible.

PERFORMER(S)
            Richard Hunt, Statler, 1976-1991
            Jerry Nelson, Statler, 1975; 1992-2003
            Steve Whitmire, Statler, 2002-2016
            Jim Henson, Waldorf, 1975-1990
            Dave Goelz, Waldorf, 1992-present
            more...
DEBUT
            1975
DESIGN          
            Bonnie Erickson designer/builder

TRIVIA             

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            Statler and Waldorf were named after two New York City hotels -- the            Statler Hotel (which was renamed the Hotel Pennsylvania in 1992),        and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Waldorf's wife, Astoria, completes the set.  Early in The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years, Statler claims Waldorf has had a pacemaker for over 30 years.

Original concept sketch by creator/designer/builder Bonnie Erickson, circa 1975.

Monday, September 18, 2017

MEDIA MONDAY / NATIONAL BOOK AWARD SEMI-FINALISTS 2017

Bank Square Books, Mystic, Connecticut, owned by one of this year’s National Book Award judges for fiction.
The National Book Foundation, presenter of the annual National Book Award announced the semi-finalists for 2017’s awards in fiction.   The finalists will be announced October 4 with the NBA Gala announcing the winners in fiction on November 15.



SEMI-FINALISTS/FICTION:

Elliot Ackerman, “Dark at the Crossing”
Knopf / Penguin Random House

Daniel Alarcón, “The King Is Always Above the People: Stories”
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Charmaine Craig, “Miss Burma”
Grove Press / Grove Atlantic

Jennifer Egan, “Manhattan Beach”
Scribner / Simon & Schuster

Lisa Ko, “The Leavers”
Algonquin Books / Workman

Min Jin Lee, “Pachinko”
Grand Central Publishing / Hachette

Carmen Maria Machado, “Her Body and Other Parties: Stories”
Graywolf Press

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, “A Kind of Freedom”
Counterpoint Press

Jesmyn Ward, “Sing, Unburied, Sing”
Scribner / Simon & Schuster

Carol Zoref, “Barren Island”
New Issues Poetry & Prose

Judges to date:
Alexander Chee, author
Dave Eggers, publisher, author
Annie Philbrick, book store owner
Karolina Waclawiak, author
Chair, Jacqueline Woodson, author

National Book Foundation reported 394 books were submitted for consideration and culled to ten by the judges. Eligibility for the award was limited to novels/collections published between December 1, 2016 and November 30, 2017.



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