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posted by June 29 at 8:51 AMon
Why Do They Hate Our Nightclubs So Much? Massive car bomb discovered, defused in the heart of London. The car—packed with gas canisters and nails—was parked in the West End entertainment district, right in front of a packed nightclub.
Why Didn’t We Think of That? New British Prime Minister Gordon Brown promise to “wage war on terrorism.”
How Do They Do It? Air travel to get even more unpleasant this summer, which hardly seems possible.
You Gonna Eat That? Now it’s farm-raised seafood from China that poses a threat. FDA finds banned drugs and additives in farm-raised Chinese shrimp, catfish, eel, basa, and dace.
How Many Debates are They Going to Have? The Democratic presidential hopefuls debated “minority issues” in DC last night—hours after the Supreme Court banned most forms of affirmative action in schools admission.
What Are We Going to Do About Al Gore? Should pollsters be asking voters about Al Gore in presidential polls or not?
When Will Texas See the Error of its Ways? God sends more heavy rains to flooded, waterlogged and unrepentant state.
What the Fuck? Someone in Stamford, Connecticut, the home of the World Wrestling Entertainment, altered the Wikipedia entry for Chris Benoit to say that the wrestler missed a fight due to his wife’s death—but the change was made before authorities discovered that Benoit had murdered his wife and child, and then killed himself.
Mind If I Smoke? Indeed I do. Study shows secondhand smoke to be more toxic than previously thought—and it was already thought to be pretty damn toxic.
Who Are These People? The Sonics held a draft party at Fisher Pavillion yesterday. And people actually came. To celebrate. Excuse me, but what?
Shall We Search the House? Apparently the answer to that question was “no,” as a decaying body was discovered yesterday in the home of missing, disgraced talk-radio host Mike Webb. The liberal talker has been missing since May.
Jazz Hands, Everybody: Bob Fosse was born in Chicago, where he got his start on theater dancing in burlesque theaters—which inspired his trademark sexy, cynical style. In addition to choreographing Sweet Charity, Bells Are Ringing, Damn Yankees, Pippin, The Pajama Game, and more on Broadway, Fosse wrote the book, directed, and choreographed the original Broadway production of Chicago. It didn’t do well—critics and audiences felt it was too cynical. I mean, really! People getting away with murder by manipulating a gullible press and a dysfunctional judicial system? That doesn’t happen.
Well, audiences and critics were ready for Chicago when a revival opened on Broadway in 1996. The revival recreated much of Fosse’s original choreography, and is now the longest running revival in Broadway history. Chicago was made into a crappy movie starring some crappy people and won an undeserved Oscar. Here’s a clip from the cast of the Chicago revival performing “All That Jazz” and “Hot Honey Rag” at the Tony Awards in 1997:
And here’s “Hot Honey Rag” from the crap film. And here’s Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera, the original Roxie and Velma, performing “Hot Honey Rag.” (Sorry about the poor quality.) And here’s something truly appalling.