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 Norm Ornstein, The Atlantic
Draconian new laws restrict suffrage in North Carolina, Texas, and Alabama - and point to a glaring omission.
t is becoming increasingly obvious that the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which eviscerated the Voting Rights Act, is leading to a new era of voter suppression that parallels the pre-1960s era - this time affecting not just African-Americans but also Hispanic-Americans, women, and students, among others.Read more »
By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog
So how to explain this paradox?
As of November 1 more than 47 million Americans have lost some or all of their food stamp benefits. House Republicans are pushing for further cuts. If the sequester isn't stopped everything else poor and working-class Americans depend on will be further squeezed.Read more »
By PAUL KRUGMAN
John Kasich, the Republican governor of Ohio, has done some surprising things lately. First, he did an end run around his state’s Legislature — controlled by his own party — to proceed with the federally funded expansion of Medicaid that is an important piece of Obamacare. Then, defending his action, he let loose on his political allies, declaring, “I’m concerned about the fact there seems to be a war on the poor. That, if you’re poor, somehow you’re shiftless and lazy.”Read more »
By Walden Bello, Foreign Policy In Focus
31 October 13
The case against GMOs has strengthened steadily over the last few years, even as the industry has expanded all over the world.
he GMO wars escalated earlier this month when the 2013 World Food Prize was awarded to three chemical company executives, including Monsanto executive vice president and chief technology officer, Robert Fraley, responsible for development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).Read more »
By Sen. Bernie Sanders, Reader Supported News
31 October 13
As a member of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, I am more than aware that a $17 trillion dollar national debt and a $700 billion deficit are serious problems that must be addressed.Read more »
By PAUL KRUGMAN
The good news about HealthCare.gov, the portal to Obamacare’s health exchange, is that the administration is no longer minimizing its problems. That’s the first step toward fixing the mess — and it will get fixed, although it’s anyone’s guess whether the new promise of a smoothly functioning system by the end of November will be met. We know, after all, that Obamacare is workable, since many states that chose to run their own exchanges are doing quite well.Read more »
By Beyond Pesticides
26 October 13
A team of scientists in Italy believe they have found the molecular mechanism through which neonicotinoid pesticides adversely impacts the immune system of honey bees. The team's experiments suggest that exposure to neonicotinoids results in increased levels of a particular protein in bees that inhibits a key molecule involved in the immune response, making the insects more susceptible to attack by harmful viruses.Read more »
By Michael Conathan
In recent weeks, there has been a significant uptick in news from Fukushima, Japan. Officials from the Japanese government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, admitted that radioactive water is still leaking from the nuclear plant crippled by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.Read more »
By MARTIN FACKLER and HIROKO TABUCHI
TOKYO — For months now, it has been hard to escape the continuing deluge of bad news from the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant.Read more »
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Twitter is on schedule to go public as a company next month, a sparkling symbol of innovation, technology — and stale, old thinking reflected in a board of seven white men.
Twitter users are reportedly more likely to be female, so it’s bizarre to have no women on the board. But the main reason to add women — not just on Twitter’s board, but in politics, business and the news media — isn’t just equity. This shouldn’t be seen as a favor to women but as a step that would be good for all of us.Read more »
By Richard (RJ) Eskow, Campaign for America's Future
As the Bob Dylan song says: "Things should start to get interesting right about now." You may think they're already interesting - what with government closings, threats of a debt default, and extremist rhetoric under the Capitol Dome - but chances are we ain't seen nothin' yet.
In twelve weeks or so our new system of government-by-crisis will resume its regularly scheduled programming: more threats, more confrontations, and even more extreme rhetoric.Read more »
By Ocean Robbins, Reader Supported News
21 October 13
It hasn't been a good week for Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry.
Just three days ago, Mexico banned genetically engineered corn. Citing the risk of imminent harm to the environment, a Mexican judge ruled that, effective immediately, no genetically engineered corn can be planted in the country. This means that companies like Monsanto will no longer be allowed to plant or sell their corn within the country's borders.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 »
"She was one of a kind, acerbically funny, witty, brash, tough but cuddly, a powerful woman in a man's world." - Barbra Streisand.
Meet Barbra Streisand at the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governor's Gala on November 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. You'll also enjoy two nights' hotel accommodation and a dinner for two during your stay.
The legendary Barbra Streisand will be honored at the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governor's Gala as she receives this year's Humanitarian Award. Attend the gala with a guest and enjoy cocktails, dinner, an auction, and entertainment. Seth Rogen will be the event's host and the evening will feature a performance by Marvin Hamlisch.Read more »
Barbra will be on the cover of Elle Magazine’s new “Women in Hollywood 2011” edition. You can pick up your copy on newsstands beginning October 17th. A must have for every Barbra fan’s home library.
Barbra will be honored with the L'Oréal Paris Legend Award at the 18th Annual Elle Women in Hollywood Celebration on October 17th. Other honorees include actresses Jennifer Aniston, Frieda Pinto and Evan Rachel Wood, as well as DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider. Emerging actress Elizabeth Olsen will receive the Calvin Klein Collection Emerging Star Spotlight Award.
Barbra will be featured on the cover of November's Elle magazine, on newsstands October 17th.
Next month, on November 8th, Barbra will receive the Humanitarian Award at the 2011 Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Gala in LA.Read more »
Barbra Streisand is the ultimate performing artist. The winner of two Academy Awards, eight Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards and a Special Tony Award, she is one of the most beloved and successful entertainers in the world. Now you can have three wonderful items, representing the extraordinary spectrum of her career, signed by Barbra for Broadway Cares specifically to be included in today's Grand Auction.
By Susan King, Los Angeles Times.
Their longtime bond includes the new album 'What Matters Most.' On it, Barbra Streisand sings 10 Bergman numbers she had not previously performed. The lyricists reflect on their connection with the singer.
Lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman's professional and personal lives have been intertwined with Barbra Streisand's for five decades — from the night they first saw her as a teenager singing in New York to their latest collaboration, the CD "What Matters Most," which features Streisand interpreting 10 of the couple's songs she had not yet performed.Read more »
The debut of Barbra Streisand's new Columbia album, "What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman" at Number Four on the Billboard ratings announced today marks the CD as her 31st album to chart in the Top 10, moving her into third place among all recording artists in that category of achievement. With today’s placement, Streisand passes the Beatles to the number three position behind only Frank Sinatra and The Rolling Stones. The new CD's ranking extends her lead over all female artists and acts in number of Top Tens.Read more »
Here are a selection of fan reviews for Barbra's new album...
Sublime, divine, sexy, heartbreaking, uplifting, moving, stunning, swinging, romantic, superb and one for the ages in a voice that is so defiant of time that it now borders on the supernatural. Every brilliant track exudes a timeless quality that sounds both vintage and brand new at the same time. Oh baby she's done it again. Damn!
- Chris Nickens.
This morning I bought Barbra's CD in my local record store and have been listening to it for the last 2 hours and I have been crying for the last 2 hours!Read more »
What Matters Most—Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, a lush, 10-song album written by husband-and-wife lyricist team the Bergmans, long-time Streisand collaborators.
“[They’ve] been in my life since I was 18-years-old,” says 69-year-old Streisand, who’s covered more than 50 of the duo’s songs. “It’s wonderful to work with people that you love on several levels.”Read more »
Barbra's never-before-seen MusiCares performance is now live exclusively at Starbucks across the US! Here are some tips if you're at a Starbucks now and trying to watch "Barbra Streisand: A Happening at Starbucks":Read more »
Barbra Streisand's brand-new album, What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, is available in stores and online today.
Barbra rarely performs live, so when she does, it's a true event. In February, Barbra was honored as MusicCares Person of the Year, and she delivered an incredible 30-minute set at the annual gala. Our Nancy O'Dell sat down with Barbra to talk about the honor and ask why she performs so infrequently.Read more »
By William J. Mann - Advocate.com
With the release of her 64th album, What Matters Most, the legendary entertainer who redefined all the rules is still doing things her way. The author of the upcoming biography Hello Gorgeous considers why, after a career that spans six decades, Streisand remains one of our most relatable icons.Read more »