Tia & Company
Last night I re-watched Wayne’s World (1992), which aired on Movies!, channel 5–2 on OTA in NYC. Two aspects stood out: Lara Flynn Boyle’s take as the protagonist’s stalker-like obsessed ex, and the fact that the stunning Tia Carrere did her own vocals. I assumed the voice was dubbed, having no clue she was an accomplished singer. She has been nominated for four Grammys for Best Hawaiian Music Album, winning twice, shared with two others. She was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress for True Lies (1994). There are eleven titles under her name at IMDb in the category of Soundtrack, mostly in TV series. I spot no musicals in her canon. It seems she would have been a perfect Maria or Anita in a revival of West Side Story, or in Miss Saigon or Grease or Rocky Horror or just about anything. I did a Google search and found only one theater credit — in Alaska!: White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour, a work about contemporary Iran. “No rehearsals. No director. No set. A different actor reads the script cold for the first time at each performance.” It doesn’t contain any songs, but the work seems to allow for improvisation, so maybe Carrere added a tune or two. Here she is in character as Cassandra Wong:
Headline from nypost.com: “Ex-Georgia official wore fake pregnancy stomach in paid leave scheme.” Thinking outside the box.
I temporarily break my moratorium on the C-word for this howler. NYP headline: “Pandemic payout: Florida woman allegedly uses COVID loan to hire hitman to murder rival.”
This headline from foxnews.com sounds too good to be true: “BLM gets BAD news as Amazon pulls plug on charity funds to national arm.” Has Bezos become un-woke?
Good news from FN: “Organ transplants reach record level in 2021.”
Most of the business at today’s session of the floating book shop occurred as I was breaking down the display. My thanks to the middle age couple who bought eight books in Russian, and to the gentleman who purchased The Soprano’s Cook Book; and to the woman who went the classics route, selecting Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Dubliners by James Joyce; and to woman who chose a book in Russian; and to the one who settled her one-dollar tab; and to the kind folks who donated about 20 titles between them.
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