Thursday, April 9, 2009

News Round-up: POZ, No Doubt, Kathleen Widdoes

EVENT: POZ's AIDS Walk Fund-raiser
POZ’s fourth annual fund-raiser for AIDS Walk New York, Love Out Loud, is well on its way to becoming another memorable evening. Good friend to POZ, Ilene Kristen of ONE LIFE TO LIVE, always a very special guest will be performing with John Kouri & Tremors. Participation includes many local celebrities most notably, Marj Dusay, the accomplished actress who lost her son, Randall, to AIDS in 1993 and Mark Dobies, who appeared in Larry Kramer’s "The Normal Heart" as well as tireless devotees to many charities. Thorsten Kaye of ALL MY CHILDREN, AS THE WORLD TURNS' Jake Silbermann and Laurence Lau, DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Kevin Spirtas and many more will all be in attendance.

No Doubt Go '80s With New Cover, GOSSIP GIRL Cameo
In 2003, they released a cover of Talk Talk's 1984 hit "It's My Life," which earned them a Grammy nom. Then, early Wednesday morning (April 8), Ryan Seacrest posted a link to yet another cover, this one of Adam & the Ants' 1981 track "Stand and Deliver," which the band will perform on the May 11 episode of GOSSIP GIRL.

Kathleen Widdoes joins "As The Epic Turns"
AS THE WORLD TURNS actress Kathleen Widdoes will join the previously announced cast of the Epic Theatre Ensemble two-night benefit event: "As The Epic Turns," to support its esteemed after-school "Shakespeare Bridge Project" programs. Under the direction of Zak Berkman, the 90-minute evening features two-time Emmy Award Winner, Martha Byrne, along with Paolo Seganti, and Tamara Tunie in a series of staged readings with special material written by Christopher Durang, John Guare, Judy Tate, Zak Berkman, plus the exclusive New York premiere of Paul Leyden's film Bye Bye Sally featuring Malin Ackerman, followed by a reception with the cast and Epic Theater Ensemble artists. Two performances are scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17th and Saturday, April 18th at The Peter Jay Sharpe Theater (416 West 42nd Street).

Mala Bhattacharjee: Today's GL a 'great hour of soap'
"Wow, today's GL was a seriously great hour of soap ... thus making me even MORE depressed about its cancellation than I already was. And here's the shocker: wildly popular duo Olivia and Natalia weren't even on! Yes, Virginia, there IS more to GL than the awesome bisexual women."

Soap opera an enduring art form
Darrell Norman writes: "These days’ teenagers write autobiographical novels on their cell phones and post them to the world one episode at a time. Their readers wake up to a ring in the middle of the night to learn whether Niko will go home with Raul. These modern stories are not sponsored by Oxydol or Ivory Snow, but they are still soap operas. Fans are still eager to know what will happen next."

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