Liza Minnelli still has plenty of zing


Arcadia, Calif.’s Pasadena Symphony and Pops Sierra Summer Concert Series of Broadway’s Golden Age in LA’s Arboretum — ever hear so many words? — honored one word: LIZA.

After selling her longtime big-time East Side NYC home, Liza Minnelli now lives in a high-rise Out There. Close friends honored her. Pops conductor Michael Feinstein, a longtime forever buddy, located Liza’s West Coast apartment for her. Joel Grey, who performed and also appeared alongside her, was Liza’s “Cabaret” co-star.

Joel: “There was a film sequence, and we sang duets and standards from ‘West Side Story,’ ‘Oklahoma!,’ ‘Grease,’ ‘Cabaret,’ songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Marvin Hamlisch, Cy Coleman, Jule Styne, Frank Loesser. Nobody was certain how she’d be, but she’s relaxed, sounded wonderful, and a crowd of 10,000 loved her.”

Coincidence or mystery plot?

Recent reports say certain of Nobel-winning author Günter Grass’ work was mysteriously stolen in Europe. Nobody knows how, where, why. By sheer happenstance, on the current best-seller list is John Grisham’s new Doubleday novel “Camino Island.” Its 290 pages deal with valuable manuscripts of superfamous writers and the risks being taken in stealing them.

Did someone in France read his book?

Come see moi

The Society of the Silurians has fêted our tribe’s known journalists since the ’20s. Due to its president, Bernard Kirsch, and my friend Myron Rushetzky, who worked at the NY Post even before Alexander Hamilton founded it, I’m addressing them tomorrow. Lunchtime. For free. The golden opportunity of employment at the GodBlessUs Post and a speech at the honored, respected Silurians first requires the chosen be independently wealthy.

Foreign bard

Shove “Julius Caesar.” We just had “Hamlet.” Burbling “to be or not to be” in a foreign tongue. Farsi. A language in which Allah knows we are all familiar. Set in Persia, the thing starred Arian Moayed, Barzin Akhavan, Amir Arison, Maryam Ataei, Arash Mokhtar, Ajay Naidu, Sathya Sridharan, music by “the Bob Dylan of Iran” Mohsen Namjoo. It recently closed. Broadway eagerly awaits “King Lear” in Pashto.

Also, I don’t want you to miss anything, so: September comes CBS’s “Star Trek Discovery.” And this week, “Color Purple” co-producer Scott Sanders brings to downtown’s Oculus a Sistine Chapel exhibit.

Thursday lunch, Bloomingdale’s wakes up and hosts — I quote them — “legendary, most sought-after, international, world renowned DJ Vjuan Allure, Drag Superstar Harmonica Sunbeam and Pioneer Icon Grandfather Hector Xtravaganza.”

Wedding zoo

Wait. I have more. The Emerson in the Catskills. Two hours north of New York City, 20 acres inspired by namesake Ralph Waldo Emerson. There Topher Brophy wed Chantal Adair. They had 53 rooms, 104 guests and cocktail hour was a petting zoo with an alpaca, pony, sheep, baby goat, white fox, three bunnies — and their own dog, Rosenberg. A llama led them down the aisle.

TV fighting

And to go with moon/June/spoon and summery July Fourth picnics, Cinemax has ordered the 10-part kill ’em, slash ’em, maim ’em crime series “Warrior,” inspired by martial artist Bruce Lee. About a hatchet man during the 1870’s Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown, it’s guaranteed gritty. Adrenalized. Action-packed. Explosive. Brutal. Production’s in Cape Town, South Africa.


Instructor: “Lady, you have to stop and look when you see a red light.” Student driver: “Oh, please, they’re all alike. See one or two, you’ve seen them all.”

Only in New York, kids, only in New York.



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