Liza Minnelli Stepping Out! 2015

Liza Minnelli Stepping Out! 2015

Thursday, July 29, 2010

LIZA ~ looking back ~ Beauty From Enerey"...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Liza following Betty's lead?
Liza Minnelli is bracing herself for a career resurgence. The 64-year-old Hollywood legend has reportedly been bombarded with job offers after she promoted her new fashion line, the Liza Collection, on the Home Shopping Network last month. "She's already been presented with a reality-show concept and a sitcom script with her playing a wacky grandma," a source told the National Enquirer. "Her handlers are comparing it to the recent resurgence of Betty White's career after she starred in a Snickers commercial. It's the last thing Liza or her people expected, but they're not complaining. They're busy fielding offers. She'd love to be in another film, do a reality show or host Saturday Night Live. Clearly, she's still kicking - she just needs a vehicle to showcase her uniqueness." Minnelli also made a splash singing Beyonce's Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) in the film Sex and the City 2.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Not Just Window Dressing

Not Just Window Dressing


Published: July 26, 2010

MUCH of the lore surrounding the South American window artist who went by the name of Victor Hugo, and was the lover of Roy Halston Frowick, centers around his rather memorable ability in the 1970s to make Halston's sophisticated drawings seem downright shocking.

This is a man, after all, who arranged to have a mannequin give birth in the windows of the designer’s store, something that impressed Juliana Cairone, the owner of Rare Vintage, when she saw the recent biopic “Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston.” She was planning a Halston sale at her gallery, at 24 West 57th Street, and she decided it called for a more daring installation than hanging dresses on a rack.

Between windows with birthing mannequins and one that depicted the aftermath of the 1975 La Guardia Airport Christmas bombing, Halston once had to acknowledge that some people found them to be “bad taste and vulgar.” Not to be outdone, Ms. Cairone was kicking around the idea of a commemoration of the kidnapping of Patty Hearst. Think of Patty in a strapless tie-front dress flanked by cashmere-swathed terrorists toting machine guns.

Whatever you might think of the display, the sale, opening on Aug. 19, sounds like a good one. Ms. Cairone has some prime pieces, including a cashmere sweater dress with the high armholes and tight sleeves that were Halston signatures, a papery gold shirtdress and a strapless gold wrap-dress, priced from about $1,600 to $3,100.

“People don’t want to let go of the really good pieces,” she said.

Also included in the sale are 22 original sketches of Halston designs by Joe Eula. Each about the size of a postcard, they are from the collection of Chuck and Candy Pratts Price. Ms. Price, a Vogue editor, was once part of that glamorous Halston entourage, and herself a onetime window dresser at Bloomingdale’s (showstoppers for sure, just not as provocative).

Among the sketches, priced from $650 to $750, are ones that show shirtdresses and fur-trimmed capes on the Halston model Karen Bjornson, and a funny one depicting Liza Minnelli in a swimsuit with what appears to be a fan made of bananas.

“I don’t normally respond to drawings, but these — they are so Halston,” Ms. Cairone said.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Art: Warhol's photographs at the Pa. Academy

An unidentified man (left), Lorna Luft (center), and her half-sister Liza Minnelli in an undated photograph taken by Andy Warhol. An exhibition comprising 44 Polaroids and 21 photos by Warhol is at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts through Sept. 12.
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By Edward Sozanski

Contributing Art Critic

Andy Warhol might have been more an inspired graphic designer and cultural barometer than an artist of elevated ideals, but as a prophet, social historian, and validator of trends he was a certified genius.

In Warhol's hands, low art became high art, lowering a standard that had endured for centuries. In Warhol's method, the artist as observer and interpreter became the artist as voyeur.

The camera enabled Warhol to establish this new paradigm in his factory-style art-production process. For the portraits that he transformed into silk-screened paintings, he relied on his trusty Polaroid. His night-hawking celebrity voyeurism depended on the more casual and discreet use of a 35mm.

By the time of Warhol's untimely death at 58 in 1987, years of clicking away had built up a massive archive of more than 60,000 Polaroids and black-and-white prints. Two years ago, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts created a "photographic legacy program" under which it donated blocs of the master's images to museums, galleries, and art collections across the country.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts received 101 Polaroids and 50 photographic prints, the source for a small exhibition comprising 44 of the former and 21 of the latter. The show is installed on the second floor of the Hamilton building, next to the Vogel donation (discussed in this space last week).

This is an exhibition to die for only if one is an unqualified Warholite or an avid consumer of celebrity culture. Both groups of images affirm the artist's fascination with socialites, entertainers, and "celebrities" - in many cases, people famous for being famous - an appetite that now seems almost universal among the general public.

The Polaroids are essentially mug-shot portraits, taken in a controlled studio environment; they look like professional studies for more formal likenesses. They aren't especially revealing of character, only of style and glamour.

But Warhol had an instinct for images of this kind, which, on a purely technical level, make one nostalgic for the warm, chromatic lushness of the Polaroid color palette.

Portrait subjects include pop singer Paul Anka , legendary dancer Martha Graham , actress-singer Pia Zadora , and sports stars Dorothy Hamill and Wayne Gretzky.

Habitués of the more casual, "roving-photographer" party snaps range from museum curator Henry Geldzahler to singers Liza Minnelli and Neil Sedaka to artists Eric Fischl and Keith Haring to the designer Halston.

The party pictures, too, are professionally composed; no one can accuse Warhol of being an amateur. As to whether these photos served his art - he referred to making them as work - one can only speculate.

The camera helped to reinforce his membership in the social elite, and it created a market for his portraits and a constituency for his art generally. Equally important, it provided camouflage for a person who hardly seemed the type to mingle comfortably with the Southampton set. As a photographer, Warhol could join the group while remaining apart from it.

In any event, these photographs - Polaroids and otherwise - document a time and a place that might not, in retrospect, seem particularly significant. As Warhol once commented: "My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous."

Not exactly Beaumont Newhall, and perhaps only a put-on, but the comment is consistent with the legend of America's master of banality.

Quietly beautiful porcelains. The plethora of exhibitions organized in connection with the recent national ceramics conference in Philadelphia demonstrated that aesthetic minimalism, expressed by emphasizing form and surface over decorative flair or narrative exuberance, has become a minority position in American ceramics.

Yet purity of elemental form still has much to recommend it, and nowhere is this quality more succinctly and eloquently expressed than in traditional Korean clay art.

We can appreciate both the clarity and the understated beauty of the Korean minimalist philosophy in a small but intense exhibition in the Perelman building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The museum's Korean-art curator, Hyunsoo Woo, has selected 16 examples of historical and contemporary works, most from the collection, some borrowed.

She has given the objects added luster and resonance by pairing them with 20 photographs of Korean pots by contemporary photographer Bohnchang Koo. The most demonstrative of these are large color prints in which the pots are immersed in a hazy pink aura.

Playing the pots against the photographs, or vice versa, allows each medium to reinforce the impact of the other. The pots in the vitrines are concrete and tactile, yet those in the photographs are ghostly and ethereal. Each impression is a true one.

The museum describes the ware - narrow-necked bottles, bowls, dishes, and specialty items like a water-dropper - as "white" porcelain, but in fact few pieces appear even close to white. Coloring is subtle, ranging from pale green to celadon gray to bluish tints.

Beginning in Korea's Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), white was the ceramic ideal, typified by a 15th-century dish in the show. Color creeps in gradually over the next six centuries, but it's never dominant. Most of the pieces appear more white than anything else, which tends to accentuate the clean lines and smooth surfaces of the forms.

Koo spent four years photographing similar wares in Korean and foreign museums; the result was a series called "Vessels," from which the pictures in this show were taken. His technique, especially the pinkish lighting, sublimates color to form, magnifying the formal integrity of each piece.

The photos might remind some viewers of still lifes by American painter William Bailey or Italian painter Giorgio Morandi, whom Koo cites an an influence. His goal in the "Vessels" series, he says, was to show "the porcelain itself, without painting or patterns." In that he has succeeded admirably.

The hidden irony of the photographs, according to Koo, is that "the most wonderful collections of Korean white porcelain are in Japan," which conquered and colonized Korea between 1910 and the end of World War II in 1945. Through the work of current artists like Kim Yikyung and Lee Gee-Jo, the exhibition indicates that Koreans have reclaimed their centuries-long dedication to the primal allure of plain white.


Art: Celebrity Snaps

"Andy Warhol: Polaroids and Black and White Prints" continues in the Hamilton building of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Broad and Cherry Streets, through Sept. 12. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $15 general, $12 for visitors 60 and older and students with I.D. and visitors 13 through 18. Information: 215-972-7600 or

"Plain Beauty" continues in the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fairmount and Pennsylvania Avenues, through Sept. 26. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Admission: $8 general, $7 for visitors 65 and older, $6 for students with I.D. and visitors 13 through 18. Information: 215-763-8100, 215-684-7500 or


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Friday, July 23, 2010

A Liza Moment... by Gary Smiler

Back in the 80's Lizas new protege was the wonderous Michael Feinsten who was making his one man Broadway and I was already a big fan and wihed I could emjuate him as a pianist and singer myself. So naturally I adored the show. During intermission I spot Liza across the lobby wit a group of people and not one to ever be accused of being shy, I walked over and said hello to her and gushed a little. She was as warm a toast. I mentioned that I was a pianist singer and a music teacher with the Ny board of education for many years. Her ees widened and told me what a wonderul Job I had nd how important what I did was and that ther may be a lot of children out there that I might be cultivating for future mjusical success. He immodest about her self an dhr interets in MY work mad me fall in love with her even more. I will never forget telling her how much I ws enjoying Michaels show and wishe me furture success. I walked away floating on air an feeling even more significant then when i walked over. OOOOOOOOOh what a doll she was. BTW back in the60's i sat in front of Liza and her new steady Peter Allen at a showing of Its a Mad Mad mad Mad Mad world and they were holding hands like two teenagers. Liza was still in pre halston waif look days and they were adorable but i dedided to protect their privacy until(see the above story).

Kay Thompson Biography

Simon & Schuster is publishing his book, Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise, on November 2 -- and these are among the advance endorsements from those who knew Kay and have read the manuscript:

“The greatest gift my parents ever gave me was my godmother, Kay Thompson.

No one was as brilliant or as funny,

and Sam Irvin's book manages to capture that lightning in a bottle.

Hang onto your hair!”


“Kay Thompson was the most important influence on me and my musical career.

Sam Irvin's wonderful book is right on the mark.

It brought back many memories of how brilliant she was

and how far ahead of her time she really was. She was one of a kind.”


“Kay Thompson never ceased to amaze. It is high time someone wrote

a comprehensive book about her extraordinary life and Sam Irvin has done just that.

It is positively loaded with fascinating stories and details.”


“Isn’t it wonderful that Sam Irvin was able to capture this fantastic lady on paper?

She was a true genius, overflowing with talent and humor which was so incredibly unique.

It was my great privilege to have known her and to have loved her.

She was a very special lady.”


“It takes a dazzlingly written book to properly capture the incandescent life of Kay Thompson.

This is one of the best showbiz bio's I've ever read,

meticulously researched and filled with captivating stories!”


“This informative book details Kay’s and my collaboration. Like some very special unions

it produced a child: the ageless, guileless, indomitable and endearing ELOISE.

Thank you Kay and especially Sam Irvin for this astounding story.”


“As sizzling, as crackling, as modern, as snarky and advanced as showbiz history can be,

this biography surpasses it. You may have no idea how much the great, insane and wild woman,

Kay Thompson, influenced the entertainment decades from the Forties to her death in 1998.

You love celebrity? Celebrity loved Kay!

A smashing work.”


“For anybody who knows anything about the history of show business,

my friend Kay Thompson was its most lovable lunatic doll.

In a 50-color deluxe box of Crayolas, she was fire-engine red.

Sam Irvin has now preserved an authentic legend in amber with an exhaustively researched book that captures her genius, eccentricity, talent, personality and unique sense of humor

in words as colorful as Kay herself. Like her own favorite word for anything special

she discovered, experienced, savored and liked, it's got ‘Bazazz’!”


“Sam Irvin has given Kay Thompson the kind of biography she’s long deserved:

smart, dishy, and full of fascinating show-business stories.

I loved every bit of it.”


“Auntie Mame, Cleopatra and Madonna could all take lessons from Kay Thompson.

Trying to put this outlandish, brilliant, immensely creative fireball down on paper

is akin to containing lightning in a bottle but Sam Irvin has accomplished the impossible

with this marvelously researched, infinitely interesting and entertaining key-hole look

at one of the most accomplished but least-known fascinators in the history of show business.

To borrow a word once used to describe her work, Irvin's book is Thompsensational.”


Here is the S&S link for the book:

Sam will be in New York for a presentation and signing event at Barnes & Noble/Lincoln Center on Tuesday evening, November 9 (which would have been Kay's 101st birthday). The night before, on Monday, November 8, Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland will feature a melange of Thompson's songs, performed throughout the evening.

In West Hollywood, Sam will be doing a presentation and signing at Book Soup on Sunset Boulevard on the evening of Wednesday, November 3. All these events are open to the public.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Over 45 years after Judy Garland and her daughter Liza Minnelli performed together at The London Palladium, these iconic performers are back together again thanks to Judy and Liza, a brand new musical experience, which previews around the Northwest this November before touring nationally in 2011.

This all new production presented by Waverly Productions will feature live performances of all of your favourite Judy and Liza hits including Cabaret, Maybe This Time and The Man That Got Away performed by West End stars Emma Dears (Mary Magdelene-Jesus Christ Superstar, Ellen –Miss Saigon) and Lucy Williamson (We Will Rock You, Fame and currently playing the lead role of Mavis in the UK No1 tour of Stepping Out). The performances will be intertwined with images of Judy and Liza, whilst Emma, as Liza and Lucy, playing Judy, tell the sensational stories of the lives of two of the world’s most legendary stars of stage and screen.

Emma and Lucy will be backed by a four piece band arranged by Greg Francis, providing the perfect setting for the songs of Judy and Liza, with Musical Direction from renowned Conductor and Composer Michael England, who has worked on a number of West End productions including Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot and Miss Saigon. Michael also conducted the 25th Anniversary cast recording of Les Miserables.

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‘So I would dance and she would sing, and it was kind of a family thing. Performing was part of our world.’ Liza Minnelli."

Pete Price: Show is pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

Jul 22 2010 Liverpool Echo

Add a commentRecommend I’M very fortunate to be asked to go to all sorts of launches and openings. Most of the time it is good fun, a lot of the time it is boring.

But every so often you go to one and a spark is lit, and you think, I am watching something in the embryonic stages that could blossom and hit the public, who love music, right between the eyes. Especially if you are a fan of Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli.

How exciting to bring the music of these two icons to the stage. I must point out from the outset this is not a tribute act, this is two very talented ladies taking you on a journey through music, conversation and film footage between a mother and daughter.

I was sitting in the Noble House bar and restaurant at lunchtime not knowing what to expect. Liverpool-born Emma Dears looks uncannily like a young Liza Minnelli.

Then we were introduced to Lucy Williamson in a vintage dress that Judy definitely would have worn.

There was a feeling I was in the presence of two musical actresses capable of bringing to life two great ladies.

I thought at this time of day their vocal warm up must have been extensive – not the greatest time to sing.

They started and all the hairs on the back of my neck stood up.

I found myself near to tears with emotion. I can’t imagine what state I will be in watching the stage show Judy and Liza.

The show will be at the Hope Theatre at St Helens Theatre Royal and at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion in November.

To top my lunchtime off the arrangement, by their musical director Michael England, of Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Maybe This Time was the icing on the cake.

Emma Dears will be appearing at Liverpool Pride this August and I’d like to leave you with a quote from Judy about her daughter: “I think she decided to go into showbusiness when she was an embryo – she kicked me so much.”

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Meeting Liza!... by Bradly Briggs

This was an amazing experience and was the day after Natalie Cole at The Hollywood Bowl...evening before during ending ovations Natalie introduced Liza to the audience as a member of her "extended family" and we all cheered for Liza! The next day was kind of hoarse from yelling at the concert when around 5pm Liza appeared in the front of the Furniture Dept of Robinson's Beverly Hills where I worked 15 yrs till it's closure...Liza was in heels, short skirt with spiked black hair and a black lace top with a tailored jacket...she looked incredible and summer of 02 Liza was looking hot! She was with a tall assistant who was black and handsome in a green silk suit and David Guest who was friendly & fun...we all hit it off well after Liza looked at me with those big gorgeous eyes and asked "do you have beds here" and I said yes and follow me and welcome to Robinson's! Was alone much of this time as it was dinner hour and early shift were out of the dept and had a great time with her and must have been around an hour...we talked about the concert the evening before and she commented on Natalie's pianist that he was "hot" wondering who he was and told her it was Joe Sample and she repeated the name back to herself as to remember it...later while sitting at my desk phoning Ann Rutherford-May (knew Mrs. May well as she was a regular) to confirm dinner arrangements, Liza stooped down with her face level to the lamp shade on my desk which lit up her face and with eyes half closed in a low breathy (this was very Marilyn!) voice said "we've got to stop meeting this way!" to which I almost fell over backwards laughing...she was so warm and funny and I quietly let her know have been a fan of her since our teens...she loved that and I told her it really did mean alot to me to see her happy and looking so great...something along those lines and could tell she appreciated it by saying a warm and sincere "thank you". We had a great time together and her Stearns & Foster King Bed ultimately went to her apt in NY...a magical Liza moment! Love and best wishes, Bradly

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Marshall Artist Series Highlights Include Liza Minnelli

Special to
Liza Minnelli - 7 p.m. Sunday, September 12, 2010 at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center. Liza Minnelli, the Tony®, Oscar®, Gram­my® and Emmy® Award-winning super­star of stage, film and screen, will perform at Huntington’s Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center with a sextet including long­time collaborator pianist Billy Stritch. Minnelli, daughter of the legendary Judy Garland, is perhaps best known for her Oscar®, and Golden Globe winning performance as Sally Bowles in the hit musical movie Cab­aret. Since her early stage performanc­es, Minnelli has continued to appear on Broadway in musicals such as Chicago, Victor/Victoria and The Act. In 1999, she paid tribute to her father, legendary director Vincente Minnelli in a show titled Minnelli on Minnelli. Her most recent stint on Broadway in 2008’s Liza’s at the Pal­ace garnered her fourth Tony Award. From her famous friendships with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. to her spectacular cameo in this summer’s smash “Sex & the City 2,” Liza Minnelli has always been a performer who is consistently among the best of the best.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Liza Minnelli to release new CD
Published: July 14, 2010 at 9:53 PM

NEW YORK, July 14 (UPI) -- Liza Minnelli's latest album "Confessions," a collection of American classics, is set for release this September, Decca Label Group said Wednesday.

"Confessions" features some of Minnelli's favorite songs with accompaniment by her longtime pianist Billy Stritch, the record label said.

It is set for release Sept. 28.
It just sort of happened," Minnelli said in a statement on the project came about. "I used to have these evenings at my house, usually on a weekend, and people like Tony Bennett -- or more surprising people like Janet Jackson -- would come by, and we would end up singing around the piano."

Inspired by the intimacy of those incredible evenings, Liza decided to start recording some of her favorite songs with Stritch, and producer Bruce Roberts," Decca said. "Excited by how effortless the process became, she decided to keep going, giving the listener an up close and personal glimpse into her musical world."

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Liza & Vincente Minnelli on the set of "An American In Paris"...

Mark Griffin, author of the Vincente Minnelli biography released earlier this entitled A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli ( ) posted some additional quotes on his blog from some of the interviews he conducted for the book. One is from MGM dancer Marian Horosko recalling filming the ballet sequence of An American in Paris:

“When I first went on the set, we were shooting the Place de la Concorde scene and Vincente Minnelli was very high up on the boom – looking down at all of us – and in his lap was this little girl with these great big eyes and she was fascinated. And that was Liza. And actually, I have to admit, we played to her. She looked like four or five, maybe. You know, on the set you usually don’t have an audience but here was this child who was very interested in everything we were doing. Having Liza with him was a big treat for us and he was very pleased that she liked what she saw…She wasn’t a kid who just looked at it like a circus. She somehow got into it. I think her talent was blossoming or just forming at that point and even at that early age, she saw where she wanted to go.”
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Liza Dec 5th ~ SF Symphony announces new concerts for 2010-11 season

StarkSilverCreek  by SSC News Desk

The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas announced several new concerts for its 2010-11 season, including a rare Bay Area holiday concert by Liza Minnelli and her sextet Sunday, December 5. San Francisco Symphony Chorus concerts are highlights of the 2010 holiday season, including, new this year, ’Twas the Night holiday concerts with conductor Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin, members of the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, and organist Robert Huw Morgan on December 22, 23, and 24. The Orchestra will perform live musical accompaniment for the 1982 film The Snowman on December 18, and, for the first time since 2007, will offer four performances of Handel’s Messiah, December 15, 16, 17, and 19. Also performing are Mariachi Sol de México de Jóse Hernàndez December 12, and The Blind Boys of Alabama with special guest Ruthie Foster December 19. Singers Peabo Bryson, Stephanie Mills, Oleta Adams, and Ben Vereen join the Orchestra in three Colors of Christmas concerts December 13, 14, and 15.

The San Francisco Symphony’s 99th season opens Tuesday, September 7 at 8 p.m. with the Opening Gala featuring Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the Orchestra with special guest Jessye Norman performing Duke Ellington songs. Norman is joined by the SFS Chorus in Copland’s In the Beginning. MTT also leads the Orchestra in Ravel’sDaphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2, and Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture.

On December 5, in her only Bay Area appearance, the legendary Liza Minnelli will sing some of the greatest American standards and holiday favorites of all time at Davies Symphony Hall. She performs in an intimate sextet setting, accompanied by Billy Stritch. Minnelli’s new recording, Confessions, is set for a September 2010 release, and she’ll perform many of its songs at the Davies Symphony Hall concert. Minnelli has been touring with her sextet and performing with orchestras in cities throughout the U.S. and Europe. She recently appeared in the film Sex and the City 2. Liza returned triumphantly to Broadway in 2008 with Liza’s at the Palace …, for which she won her fourth Tony Award. She recreated the show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where her performance was filmed for a public television special and DVD. The show’s cast recording was nominated for a Grammy Award.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wheel/Jeopardy LIZA! Contest

Watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy 7:00 -8:00 pm weekdays between July 12th and July 23rd for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see LIZA! Liza Minnelli will be performing at Roanoke Civic Center Coliseum on September 10th and you could be there. Watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy to find the "Puzzle of the Day" during the commercial break. Make a note of the "Puzzle" and visit to enter. You'll need to enter: your name, your phone number, your address, your age and the "Puzzle". We'll draw 5 winners each week to win a pair of tickets and all ten winners will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a LIZA Gift Pack!

Post card entries will also be accepted and should be sent to:

Wheel of Fortune/Jeopardy Contest

2807 Hershberger Rd.

Roanoke, VA 24017

You'll need to include: your name, your phone number, your address, your age and the "Puzzle of the Day" on the post card.

Wheel of Fortune/Jeopardy LIZA Tickets Contest

Official Rules and Guidelines

During the weeks (M-F) of July 12th, 2010 and July 19th, 2010 WDBJ7 will conduct a contest during Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy (7:00 pm - 8:00 pm).

Viewers should watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy and look/listen for the "Puzzle of the Day" during the commercial breaks.

Viewers will be instructed to note the Puzzle of the Day and visit to enter the contest.

Once on, viewers will click the Win LIZA Tickets/Wheel of Fortune/Jeopardy link in the "Big Blue Box" to enter the contest.

On Monday, July 19th and Monday July 26th, WDBJ7 will draw 5 winners from the contest entries.

Each winner will receive a pair of tickets to see Liza Minnelli at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre at the Roanoke Civic Center on September 10th, 2010.

All 10 winners will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a LIZA Gift Pack!


No Purchase necessary

WDBJ7 employees and their IRS dependants are not eligible

Winners must be 18 years of age or older

Winners must be US Citizens

Winners must live in the WDBJ7 26 County viewing area

Winners must not have won any other contest on WDBJ7 in the past 30 days

WDBJ7 is not responsible if winner loses/misplaces tickets

WDBJ7 is not responsible for any additional costs incurred as a result of winning the ticket packages.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Liza Minnelli ~ July 16th Show cancelled...

Liza Minnelli’s show scheduled for July 16 at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi has been canceled, the Beau said Wednesday morning.

Minnelli suffered an injury last week and is unable to perform, the Beau said. Minnelli’s official Web site states the award-winning singer/actress had to cancel a July 2 appearance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra due to complications from recent knee replacement surgery.

Ticket holders to the July 16 show at the Beau may stop by the ticket office from Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. or call 386-7777 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for refund information, the Beau said.

Friday, July 9, 2010

SLAM's Vincente Minnelli series explores art of film

July 09, 2010 12:00 AM


For The Telegraph

ST. LOUIS — Grab a blanket or lawn chair, pack a dinner and head for the hill.

The Saint Louis Art Museum has handpicked four Vincente Minnelli films to be featured in a four-film series beginning July 9 on Art Hill in Forest Park in St. Louis, bringing art to the outdoors.

In a career spanning 33 years, Minnelli directed nearly 40 films. Known for his musicals, his arsenal of movies also includes melodramas and comedies, all with a certain visual style stemming from his training in art and design.

Bill Appleton, assistant director for public programs and education at the museum, said the institution has a long history of showing films in its auditorium, last year introducing the first outdoor viewing on Art Hill, which was met with positive response.

"This year, we wanted to present a clear, curated outdoor program, showcasing the art of film for all ages," he said.

The four particular movies, to be screened on four consecutive Fridays in July, were chosen for their visual appeal, their status as masterpieces of American film, and their ability to entertain audiences of multiple generations.

"Minnelli had a great artist’s knowledge. He studied at the Art Institute, and his films are as much about art as anything else," Appleton said.

Minnelli’s work was often admired and sometimes criticized, but many of the films have become engrained in American culture and have been viewed by millions, appealing to a wide range of backgrounds and ages. He made his first film, "Cabin in the Sky," in 1943, and made his last, "A Matter of Time," in 1976 (starring his daughter, Liza). He made 37 in all, saying that he wanted them all to have "a little magic."

The first to hit the big screen this summer will be tonight’s presentation of "An American In Paris," released in 1951, starring Gene Kelly as a struggling American painter in Paris who is "discovered" by an influential heiress with an interest in more than art. The musical comedy also stars Leslie Caron and Oscar Levant and features an 18-minute ballet based on the art of six French artists and danced to the music of George Gershwin. It features a number of dance numbers choreographed by Gene Kelly.

July 16 brings "The Band Wagon," starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse and Jack Buchanan. Set as a "backstage" musical, aging star Tony Hunter aims for a Broadway comeback. But he just can’t seem to get along with his ballerina co-star until they find themselves "dancing in the dark."

On July 23, the biography "Lust For Life" will be presented with Kirk Douglas as troubled Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. Released in 1956, the film is considered quite artistic, including intense use of color, and focuses on individual isolation. It examines Van Gogh’s unhappy life and his obsession with painting combined with apparent mental illness.

"Meet Me in St. Louis," released in 1944, is a well-watched classic — and not only by St. Louisans. It will run July 30, starring Judy Garland, Lucille Bremer and Margaret O’Brien. The romantic film blends musical numbers with the lives of the Smith family in the midst of the excitement of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. It was Minnelli’s first color film. "The Trolley Song" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" made their debuts in the film and became hits. Minnelli and Garland began dating during the making of "Meet Me in St. Louis," eventually married and had one child together, Liza Minnelli.

Appleton said that in recent years, people have said the musical movie is dead, but he personally doesn’t believe that. The positive response to recent musical programs such as "Glee" proves there’s still an appeal. And people still love musicals of the past. There’s just something about the advancement of the plot through song.

The films begin at 9 p.m. at Art Hill in Forest Park, across from the Saint Louis Art Museum. Free public parking is available in the north lots flanking the statue of St. Louis in front of the main entrance to the museum. The outdoor film series is sponsored by Macy’s. For more information, call (314) 721-0072 or visit

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Liza Minnelli cancels San Antonio performance

Last Update: 7/07 2:38 pm
SAN ANTONIO - Due to complications from her recent knee replacement surgery, Liza Minnelli has been advised by her doctors to cancel her upcoming performance scheduled for Sunday, July 18 at the Majestic Theatre.

Minnelli has been on tour in recent weeks to promote her forthcoming CD and the constant traveling has resulted in a very painful and swollen knee. There is concern that her knee may have become infected which is not uncommon after this type of surgery. Such infections are very dangerous and doctors have ordered her to return to New York for further evaluation.

Tickets may be refunded at the point of purchase, including the Majestic Theatre Box Office. Ticketmaster phone and internet orders will automatically be refunded.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Liza's appearance on The Joy Behar Show will air again tonight at 9:00PM (EST) on HLN.

Liza Minnelli pulls 'overwhelming' call traffic to HSN By Mark Albright, Times Staff Writer

Posted: Jul 06, 2010 05:52 PM
HSN scored lots of celebrity press and blog buzz from a recent appearance by Liza Minnelli, plugging sales of her collection of velvet jumpsuits, jewelry and accessories.

Fans had a rare opportunity to call in and chat with the 64-year-old singing legend during an appearance that went on for two hours. Loopy as ever, Minnelli advised the network's models on how to make more dramatic gestures, offered tips on storing sequined dresses and noted that "the dress sells you, you don't sell the dress." When host Bobbi Ray Carter asked how many bracelets one can pile up, Minnelli replied: "One will do."

The one-time appearance on the St. Petersburg TV shopping network (much of it still accessible on and several edited versions for YouTube were picked up everywhere from Entertainment Weekly and Us to Huffington Post and Perez Hilton. "The most amazing piece of television we've seen since (Minnelli) appeared on Arrested Development," observed Styleite, a fashion blog.

HSN officials described sales of many Liza Collection items as "hot," viewership as "up" and call traffic as "overwhelming."

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Liza & Kathy!

Liza sends her regrets

The Atlanta Journal Constitution ~ July 6, 2010, by Jennifer Brett

She wanted to be here. She really, really did.

But Liza Minnelli was following doctors’ orders when she scrapped Friday night’s planned concert at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Her representative sent us this statement on her behalf:

“I am having a lot of trouble with this ol’ knee of mine and as soon as I get it straightened out I’ll be back to see everybody in Atlanta.”

Previously, Team Liza had sent the following statement to explain why the concert didn’t happen.

“Minnelli has been on tour in recent weeks to promote her forthcoming CD and the constant traveling has resulted in a very painful and swollen knee. There is concern that her knee may have become infected which is not uncommon after this type of surgery. Such infections are very dangerous and doctors have ordered her to return to New York for further evaluation.”

The Chastain site bills Friday’s scotched performance as a postponed, not a canceled show. We’ll be on alert for news of a new date.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

Liza Minnelli ~ STEPPING OUT!

Liza Minnelli show canceled for tonight Friday, July 2 appearance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre.

July 2, 2010 - New York, NY - Due to complications from her recent knee replacement surgery, Liza Minnelli has been advised by doctors to cancel her Friday, July 2 appearance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre.

Minnelli has been on tour in recent weeks to promote her forthcoming CD and the constant traveling has resulted in a very painful and swollen knee. There is concern that her knee may have become infected which is not uncommon after this type of surgery. Such infections are very dangerous and doctors have ordered her to return to New York for further evaluation.

*Due to complications from her recent knee replacement surgery, Liza Minnelli has been advised by doctors to CANCEL her Friday, July 2 appearance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre.

Minnelli has been on tour in recent weeks to promote her forthcoming CD and the constant traveling has resulted in a very painful and swollen knee. There is concern that her knee may have become infected which is not uncommon after this type of surgery. Such infections are very dangerous and doctors have ordered her to return to New York for further evaluation.

Refunds will be available at the point of purchase beginning Saturday, July 3. Ticketmaster phone and Internet orders will automatically be refunded.

For those who purchased through Groupon, We will contact each patron via email and/or phone to make arrangements for an exchange or refund on Tuesday.*

Liza will sing sensational American Standards in a glamorous and intimate concert. The show will feature some of the greatest songs of all time performed in their purest, most intimate form with Liza and her quartet. Liza will be accompanied by Billy Stritch.

She is at her best singing these classic American standards as only she can.


Liza appears on the cover of Ignite Magazine, San Antonio gay nightlife guide.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Footnotes: A Fan’s Dedication to Judy & Liza Lives On

When Scott Schechter – the author and producer of several important books and CD’s involving Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli* -- died suddenly of a heart attack in May of last year, he left behind a choice collection of Garland and Minnelli memorabilia which, thanks to the persistence of his friends, has been acquired by the New York Public Library’s Performing Arts collection at Lincoln Center.

Once the material is processed and cataloged, it will be made available for public viewing, but there was an intimate event a couple of weeks ago at the Library announcing the acquisition.

Minnelli’s PR rep, Scott Gorenstein, spoke movingly of Schechter and his astonishment at first seeing the immense scope of Schechter’s collection when he finally made it to Schechter’s home in Asbury Park, later persuading the library that this was a collection worth acquiring.

Two display cases – one of Garland memorabilia, another of Minnelli treasures – provided a tantalizing glimpse of items that will eventually be available to researchers.

*the CDs “Liza Minnelli: The Complete Capitol Collection,” “Classic Judy Garland: The Capitol Years 1955-1965,” “The Judy Garland Show: The Show That Got Away” and “Liza Minnelli: Ultimate Collection,” and the comprehensive book on Minnelli's career, “The Liza Minnelli Scrapbook.” Print this post

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