A Bronx Tale Reviewed ….in Los Angeles

I will keep this one brief as I am out the door….also there are no words that can fully encapsulate what Chazz did on that stage.

I just saw Chazz Palminteri’s one man show of “A Bronx Tale” and I was floored.

He is truly a one-man show that can’t be beat.  Chazz choked up this Sicilian for sure, bringing me back to my so very Italian childhood roots.  But you don’t have to be a Guinea to appreciate his naked candor and seamless performance.  If you haven’t seen the show or the movie, please go see it.

http://www.abronxtaleonbroadway.com/

Chazz performed with a non-stop flow that lasted 90 minutes of pure performance.  He didn’t even stop for a drink of water let alone an intermission or break!
Please go check it out!!!

I even had to break my rule about ‘celeb photo ops,’ i.e. I was so moved and touched I had to stop and just meet him after the show!  What a great human being and an amazing performer/writer/director.  I am very excited about the new play he just wrote, “FAITHFUL” opening soon.

Sweet Relief

I have not been blogging much, and for those of you that read my rants and ideas, my apologies to you.  I have been engrossed in writing my new project and editing some older projects.

But I wanted to tell you all about an amazing new (well, okay… new to me but from 2006) book:

“Sweet Relief-The Marla Ruzicka Story”

Here is a link to who she was: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marla_Ruzicka

Marla Ruzicka led an extraordinary life and I recommend the book. The world was blessed to have her be a part of it for the short time that she lived.

For those of you that don’t know who Marla was: she was a relief worker who devoted her life to helping save the rights and lives of those civilian casualties left over during the US led attacks in Iraq, Afghanistan, and in many other countries abroad….if there was a good cause, chances are she was behind it.  At the same time Marla also personally fought with mental illness via battling a ‘bi-polar’ disorder of her own.

So go pick up the book! Or you just could wait and see Kirsten Dunst play her in the film based on the book slated for 2009. Either way you will win.  But you’re better off with her book, because it truly shows the fact Marla was a genuine force of nature to be reckoned with.

Have a great weekend all,

CV

The Homeless Soccer League

Please check out the latest news on the world’s homeless soccer league at http://www.homelessworldcup.org…

There is a new documentary out on the Homeless World Cup that is being played on ESPN.  Please go check it out and or donate.  I think you will find it quite informative about the soccer league and the growing problem of homelessnes.  This league has brought new hope and strength to everyone involved, boosting the courage and self-esteem of many who are suffering to try and get back on their feet.  It isn’t just an “American” problem, but a world wide issue.

http://www.homelessworldcup.org/

Hole in the Wall or Gays In Space?

The main difference between the two shows is one is funny and good and one is just terrible.  The good show would be SNL’s “Gays In Space”. “Hole in the Wall” is Fox’s terrible new game show.

Please note the fashion similarities.

Game Shows= the end of civilization as we know it.
SNL= the advancement of civilized culture. Kinda. Well, it’s funny.

From Brit-Pop Rocker to Drug Lord Watchdog

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/panorama/7200749.stm

Alex James from the famed band Blur’s new documentary about Cocaine and how it has affected Columbia and it’s people is deep and intense. Please check it out if you can. It’s an amazing show, and it’s even more amazing to realize what we can learn about the world around us when we just open our eyes.

Here is the BBC link:

http://www.bbcamerica.com/content/330/index.jsp

John McCain’s Labored Day of Opportunism

Happy Labor day.

My own personal message to the people of the South and Gulf of Mexico:

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you that are lying and hiding from the wake of Hurricane Gustav. I am by no means belittling your tragedy but more echoing something larger at work: Hidden agendas.

And yes, I really mean it, I do actually care about you all, and I am not running for any type of office.

A Link to John McCain’s Racist Biography & Sex Scandals Galore

http://www.capitolhillblue.com/cont/node/10086

McCain in 2000 had someone who was a former David Duke/KKK racist supporter on his team.  McCain also was quoted saying he has hated ‘gooks’ as he put it, and he even made fun of former President Ronald Regan’s Alzheimer’s.

Now, the Sex Scandals:

First Mark Foley, then Ted Haggard, now Florida lawmaker (and McCain state campaign manager), and Bob Allen have all been snagged in a gay prostitution scandal.  What’s more, just like Foley, Allen authorized legislation that would ban the very same lewd and lascivious public acts in which he was caught red-handed.  I think it’s time to call it quits, Johnny.  After learning that Allen blamed a “fear of dark people” for his $20 offer, Jon Oliver came up with some better (and more clever) excuses.

More John McCain/Republican Sex Hypocrisy:

Republican executive Randall Casseday of the conservative Washington Times newspaper was arrested for soliciting sex from a 13-year old girl on the internet.