BARBRA: Back to Brooklyn
Source: Columbia Records. In her sixth decade of providing music magic, Barbra Streisand continues to reach the number one position on the charts. Her “Back To Brooklyn” concert DVD has been confirmed as Number One on the Billboard Top DVD Music Videos chart. Achieving that distinction with the Columbia Records release, Streisand now has topped the DVD charts five times. Her success in the DVD field also includes having earned nine Gold DVDs, six Platinum and three Multi-Platinum.Read more »
Watch Barbra perform "Evergreen" with special guest Chris Botti from her "Back To Brooklyn" show!
"I had just gone to pick up the first serious piece of antique jewelry I ever bought-- a beautiful Edwardian choker. It was a lot of money for me to spend ($750,) but I was doing 'Funny Girl' on Broadway, so I could afford it. In the shop, we heard that the President was gone. I was so stunned and devastated that I got in a cab to go home. Driving through Central Park, I suddenly passed Elliott Gould.. my husband at the time.. sitting on a bench. How did he get there? It was like out of a dream. I stopped the cab, and we just held each other. I never could wear that necklace."
Here is the speech that Barbra made as she picked up the Glamour "Woman of the Year Lifetime Achievement" award at Carnegie Hall on Monday November 11th 2013.
Thank you, Katie…the first woman to anchor the evening news on her own…and also the girlfriend we’d all like to have because she really listens…and asks tough questions in such a sweet way that she makes people reveal who they really are…And I want to thank Glamour magazine for this honor…and for focusing our attention not only on fashion, but also on the most important issues affecting women today.Read more »
To celebrate her remarkable career plus her dedication to raising awareness on women's heart health issues, Glamour magazine is honoring Barbra with its Lifetime Achievement Award at 2013's Women of the Year event.
Read more at glamour.com, and congratulations Barbra!
Columbia Records has announced the simultaneous release of a CD and a CD/DVD package of Barbra’s critically acclaimed 2012 “Back To Brooklyn” concert, set to be released on November 25. Filmed and recorded over two nights, the CD and DVD capture the superstar’s celebratory return to her hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Read more »
By Barbra Streisand
JUNE 12, 1992
Welcome to the year of the woman. We’ve come a long way. Not too long ago we were called dolls, tomatoes, chicks, babes and broads. We’ve graduated to being called tough cookies, foxes, b****es, and witches. I guess that’s progress. Language gives us an insight into the way women are viewed in a male dominated society. Take our business for example. Though I’m sure this would hold true for women in positions of power in any field.
A man is commanding – a woman is demanding.
A man is forceful – a woman is pushy.Read more »
'We are entering an unknown territory of marine ecosystem change,' warns report. 'The next mass extinction may have already begun.'- Jon Queally, staff writer
The news, the evidence that supports it, and the warning that accompanies it could hardly be more dire.Read more »
By Paul Krugman
Lydia DePillis continues her informative series of blog posts on the political haplessness of big business, which with all its money and connections finds itself not only unable to stop the slide into chaos but unable even to exert any appreciable influence. But I still don’t think the businesspeople understand their problem.
DePillis gets at some of this in her post, but still, I think, doesn’t get to the root of the problem.Read more »
By Frank Rich
Every week, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich talks with contributor Eric Benson about the biggest stories in politics and culture. This week: The GOP shuts down the government over Obamacare, Senator Ted Cruz tries to become House Speaker, and NBC and CNN both scrap their Hillary projects.Read more »
By CHARLIE SAVAGE
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is expected to sue North Carolina on Monday over its restrictive new voting law, further escalating the Obama administration’s efforts to restore a stronger federal role in protecting minority voters after the Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act, according to a person familiar with the department’s plans.Read more »
By PAUL KRUGMAN
This may be the way the world ends — not with a bang but with a temper tantrum.
O.K., a temporary government shutdown — which became almost inevitable after Sunday’s House vote to provide government funding only on unacceptable conditions — wouldn’t be the end of the world. But a U.S. government default, which will happen unless Congress raises the debt ceiling soon, might cause financial catastrophe. Unfortunately, many Republicans either don’t understand this or don’t care.
Let’s talk first about the economics.Read more »
By Bernie Sanders, Guardian UK
Obamacare's reforms are a welcome but small step. To give all Americans healthcare as a right, we need a fair, efficient solution
I start my approach to healthcare from two very basic premises. First, healthcare must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the healthcare they need regardless of their income. Second, we must create a national healthcare system that provides quality healthcare for all in the most cost-effective way possible.Read more »
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
By midnight on Tuesday, the leadership failure of Speaker John Boehner was complete. By encouraging the impossible quest of House Republicans to dismantle health care reform, he pushed the country into a government shutdown that will now begin to take a grievous economic toll.Read more »
By CHARLES M. BLOW
Delay and defund. And default.
That is the House Republicans’ brilliant plan in their last-ditch effort to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act. It is a plan that threatens to grind the government to a halt and wreak havoc on the economy.
If they can’t take over Washington, they’ll shut it down. It’s their way or no way. All or nothing.
This is what has become of a party hijacked by zealots.Read more »
By Xerces Society
A report released this week by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation moves the spotlight from the risks neonicotinoids pose to bees to the impacts of neonicotinoids to invertebrates such as earthworms or lady beetles.
Beyond the Birds and the Bees provides a comprehensive review of published articles and pulls together the growing body of research that demonstrates risks from neonicotinoids to these beneficial insects. These risks occur particularly in agricultural systems, but are also found in urban and suburban ornamental landscapes.Read more »
by Jon Favreau
They’re threatening an economic shutdown that will cause financial hardship and even ruin for millions of Americans. So let’s call these House Republicans what they are, says Jon Favreau.
The most terrifying speech I ever wrote for President Obama was one he never gave. On July 30, 2011, I began drafting an address to the nation about what would happen if Congress refused to raise the debt limit within 48 hours, thus denying the United States Treasury the ability to pay our country’s bills for the first time in 235 years.Read more »
Larry Kramer does not need me to publicize his beautiful play. It stands on its own. For the last time – I will answer his complaints, which rewrite history.
When I saw the play in 1985 I was very moved and immediately contacted Larry to acquire the rights. After going through several drafts with Larry, I hired another writer to develop a screenplay that was faithful to Larry’s play -- but adapting it to make it more cinematic. It was finished in 1995. Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Branagh were interested in doing the version that I oversaw.Read more »
Haahaa.... If my sweet wife and I can ever get out of bed
(somedays it's noon)... I have long planned to paper our vintage barn's
outhouse walls, with these excremental egested rag articles that are
void of even a sniff of truth. Of course, she has held me back with
her gift for perfect decor. But I still say my idea is more
authentic,... Haahaa. Right?
Hillary and Bill Clinton have been friends now since I first
met them 16 years ago.... and without any interruptions... birthdaysRead more »
“The most truthful part of a newspaper is the advertisements”
Boy, Barbra must sell a lot of papers. That tabloid keeps re-telling the same lies.
I asked my wife if I could borrow her Truth Alert to respond to the latest tabloid nonsense, an outrageous story that I oppose her doing "Gypsy." These scandal sheet guys only print stuff that is the exact opposite of the truth. I'm already lined up to buy the first ticket for that film. Her youthful beauty will perfectly complement her singing and performance. But the point here is that tabloids only traffic in bad news, bad news that they have to maliciously make up in Barbra's case.Read more »
I was just made aware of a ridiculous story in one of those weekly rags. This is just to say that the story is untrue in every respect, just unmitigated, sloppy, and malicious invention. The madness of the constant inaccuracy of these publications is evidenced by the fact that in this recent story the main photo they use of "Jason" is not even Jason!
One of the tabloids is recycling a fabricated story which we truth-alerted as false in 2004.
It's ridiculous to dredge up a 7 year old story about having a polyp removed. It must be a slow news day.
I’ve endured Larry Kramer’s outbursts in the past, not wishing to dignify them with a response. But at a time when we are all pulling together to achieve such giant steps toward gay equality, it is anguishing to me to have my devotion to this cause so distorted. I think my efforts for the gay community and my immersion in securing its constitutional entitlement and other equitable rights is quite evident and a matter of record.Read more »
I was happy to hear recently that the Loew's Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York will be undergoing renovations for a reopening in 2014 . It was one of those beautiful old movie palaces of the past. I was 13 years old when I first started spending many a wonderful afternoon there, partly because it had double features, air conditioning and great ice cream cones.Read more »
To clarify the ridiculous assertions relating to Barbra Streisand's participation in the new "We Are The World," the recording of which I attended with her, Barbra hit it on her first take, but then asked Patti Austin, who was producing the vocal session, if she could do a few more to see what else she might come up with. Patti thought the first take was perfect, and she thought the fourth one was more perfect. They stopped at "more perfect."
---Jay Landers / SVP A&R Columbia Records.
I discovered in a recent book of rather serious intent, and in which I was otherwise fairly treated, that the author chose to print some of the silliest fabricated tales about me even after acknowledging that they were “perhaps more apocryphal than true.” I was surprised that this author would not even bother to check his facts. I don’t care if someone doesn’t like my work or tells a story that is unflattering…as long as it’s the truth.Read more »
An Addendum to my Truth Alert about Pete Hamill’s 1963 Article in The Saturday Evening Post.
I wanted to write an addendum to the Truth Alert I posted below because I couldn’t stop thinking about which “friend “could possibly have so misjudged me. I decided to track down Pete Hamill, who wrote the 1963 article that appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. Read more »
Have you always wanted to meet Barbra but never thought you'd have the chance? Thanks to The Official Barbra Streisand Music Store, now you do!
Pre-order any configuration of her new album What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan & Marilyn Bergman from The Official Barbra Streisand Music Store and you'll be automatically entered to win a trip for two to meet Barbra on the set of her new movie, "My Mother's Curse."Read more »
Barbra has long desired to release an album with lyrics only by her longtime collaborators and dear friends, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. That dream will finally be realized with her latest release What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, coming August 23.
Barbra would like to clarify some facts about her involvement with The Normal Heart, in response to some comments that Larry Kramer has made to Entertainment Weekly.
Arthur and I go way back to "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" in 1962. Then
we did "The Way We Were" in 1973 and we were about to do "Gypsy" together.
He created people you care about because he cared about people. I spoke to
him a few weeks ago and he sounded so strong, as always. He was lucky to
have lived a full and creative life up 'til the very end.
I'll miss working with him again. - Barbra Streisand
Barbra sets the record straight on recent inaccuracies in the press:
It’s the end of an era. It wasn't just her beauty or her stardom. It was her humanitarianism. She put a face on HIV/AIDS. She was funny. She was generous. She made her life count.
In presenting Public Counsel's William O. Douglas Award to President Clinton, Barbra Streisand made the following comments addressing the spirit of the award which is presented annually to the person "who best exemplifies the very highest ideals of human rights and equal justice for all." Public Counsel has for forty years provided free legal assistance to those who need it most. The award was presented March 18 in Beverly Hills at a dinner which raised over $2.6 million for the organization's pro bono efforts. Read more »
In case you missed it the first time...
Be sure to catch Barbra Streisand in a special appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show
Barbra will be performing "The Way We Were".
*Check Your Local Listings *
President Bill Clinton to Speak at Public Counsel's Annual Event Celebrating 40 Years of Service for American Families, Youth and Veterans
Forty-second President Will Receive 2011 William O. Douglas Award Presented by the Legendary Singer/Actress Barbra StreisandRead more »
THIS IS A REPOST/REMINDER.
The work of the Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai is vital. Did you know that heart disease takes the lives of more women than all cancers combined? Can you imagine? I was so surprised when I learned this.
The symptoms of a heart attack are often different in women than in men. But for decades, women have been treated for cardiovascular disease based on medical research done on men.Read more »
It was a busy weekend for Barbra as she received the MusiCares Person of the Year Award on Friday evening, followed by a special performance on Sunday evening at the Grammy Awards. Here's a selection of photos from both events:
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