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 »
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I wrote these questions in September, 2002, but never put them on my website. I think they are still relevant questions and are worth considering:Read more »
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How incredible is it that only twenty-five hours were spent in the Congress debating WAR!!
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According to Senator Robert Byrd, the Congress only spent twenty-five hours debating WAR when twenty-five h
"THE WAY WE WERE"/"THE WAY WE ARE"
LIGHT THE CORNERS OF MY MIND
MISTY WATERCOLOR MEM'RIES
OF THE WAY WE WERRead more »
When I sing that song now, I can't help but think about it politically.
Remarks by Barbra Streisand
Thank you. Thank you, Speaker Gephardt, for that kind introduction and for coming all the way fromWashington with your busy schedule to present me with this award. You've been a great leader inConRead more »
By Joan Biskupic, Reuters
The last time the U.S. Supreme Court heard a major campaign finance dispute, then-Solicitor General Elena Kagan stood at the lectern making the government's case to the justices. On Tuesday she was on the bench, nearly as forceful, her sharp questions setting the tone for a defense of limits on political contributions and drawing caustic retorts from opposing justices.Read more »
By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog
An old friend who has been active in politics for more than thirty years tells me he's giving up. "I can't stomach what's going on in Washington anymore," he says. "The hell with all of them. I have better things to do with my life."
My friend is falling exactly into the trap that the extreme right wants all of us to fall into - such disgust and cynicism that we all give up on politics. Then they're free to take over everything.Read more »
By Jessica Goad, ThinkProgress
The U.S. government remains shut down, thanks to House Republicans' refusal to fund the government without defunding the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, 401 national parks across the country are closed to tourists and vacationers, provoking "pretty livid" responses.
But the fact that the government and parks are closed hasn't stopped Congress from holding hearings, including one Thursday in the House Natural Resources Committee on a bill that would force a fire sale of 3.3 million acres of public lands.Read more »
By Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian UK
Fracking in America generated 280bn US gallons of toxic waste water last year - enough to flood all of Washington DC beneath a 22ft deep toxic lagoon, a new report out on Thursday found.
The report from campaign group Environment America said America's transformation into an energy superpower was exacting growing costs on the environment.
"Our analysis shows that damage from fracking is widespread and occurs on a scale unimagined just a few years ago," the report, Fracking by the Numbers, said.Read more »
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and MIKE McINTIRE
WASHINGTON — Shortly after President Obama started his second term, a loose-knit coalition of conservative activists led by former Attorney General Edwin Meese III gathered in the capital to plot strategy. Their push to repeal Mr. Obama’s health care law was going nowhere, and they desperately needed a new plan.
Out of that session, held one morning in a location the members insist on keeping secret, came a little-noticed “blueprint to defunding Obamacare,” signed by Mr. Meese and leaders of more than three dozen conservative groups.Read more »
Welcome to Ted Cruz¹s Thunderdome by Maureen Dowd, NY Times, 10/6/13
A PLACE ONCE CALLED WASHINGTON
AN ape sits where Abe sat.
The year is 2084, in the capital of the land formerly called North America.
The peeling columns of the Lincoln Memorial, and Abe¹s majestic head,
elegant hands and big feet are partially submerged in sludge. Animals that
escaped from the National Zoo after zookeepers were furloughed seven decades
ago migrated to the memorials, hunting for food left by tourists.
The white marble monuments are now covered in ash, Greek tragedy ruinsRead more »
By Bernie Sanders, Reader Supported News
I start my approach to health care from two very basic premises. First, health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income. Second, we must create a national health care system that provides quality health care for all in the most cost-effective way possible. Tragically, the United States is failing in both areas.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 »
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 »
Streisand dialed down the diva 'tude for 2009's Love Is the Answer, a relatively restrained collaboration with jazz star Diana Krall that led to the legend's first club date in decades. Here Babs goes bigger, singing the natural-fiber stuffing out of 10 dramatic tearjerkers by her old pals Alan and Marilyn Bergman (''The Way We Were,'' ''You Don't Bring Me Flowers''). On ''So Many Stars,'' she even does a few bars in Portuguese, just because she can. B+
Alan and Marilyn Bergman - Huffingtonpost.com
On August 23, Columbia Music will debut Barbra Streisand's new album "What Matters Most," in which she performs only songs with lyrics by noted award-winning (Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Cable-Ace) lyricists, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. They write below:
To hear Barbra Streisand sing a song we've written is to know why we chose to become writers.Read more »
Did you know that Alan Bergman wrote "That Face" to propose to his wife Marilyn? Watch this new video on <a href="http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/music/info-08-2011/barbra-streisand-favorite-songwriters.1.html" target="_blank">AARP.com</a> to hear the full story behind the song from Alan and Marilyn and listen to Barbra's completely new recording of it now! "That Face" is just one of the tracks included on her new album <i>What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan & Marilyn Bergman</i>, in stores August 23!
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Last month, Vincent & Douglass were lucky enough to meet Barbra on the set of her new movie My Mother's Curse in Las Vegas after pre-ordering "What Matters Most" from the Official Barbra Streisand Music Store.
You, too, could be the winner of a trip to the movie's premiere next spring! Visit the Official Barbra Streisand Music Store to pre-order the album and for complete sweepstakes rules and details. Good luck!
The New York Times has an exclusive first listen of the enchanting bossa nova track "So Many Stars" from Barbra's new album What Matters Most, available everywhere August 23, and a new interview with Barbra and Alan & Marilyn Bergman telling the story behind the song. This recording even includes Barbra singing a few lyrics in Portugese. Have a listen!Read more »
BarbraStreisand.com can confirm that Richard Jay-Alexander, will appear on QVC to promote "What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman" - the new album that will be released by Columbia Records on August 23rd 2011.Read more »
Just announced: another exciting sweepstakes opportunity from The Official Barbra Streisand Music Store! Pre-order any configuration of Barbra's new album, What Matters Most, and you'll automatically be entered to win:
- 2 tickets to the premiere of "My Mother's Curse" in Spring 2012
- 2 roundtrip airfare tickets
- 2 nights' hotel accommodations