Saturday, February 4, 2017

Trying to Find Rapture in Trying Times in the 'Little Things'

We are standing with a brand new frontier in front of us. It’s been a difficult two weeks for many of us. Every day, it seems there’s a new assault on the values that have historically defined what it means to be an American.
Photographer Francoise Gautier wrote, "More important than the quest of certainty is the quest for clarity." Looking forward to the next 8 Days! The WORD for the day is RAPTURE . Think of this word as your mantra for the day. First apply the word to yourself, THEN apply this word to EVERYONE YOU meet. Think of this word as you respond to EVERY POST you see throughout the day.
The word for TODAY is RAPTURE! Please pay it forward...
Actress and director Ida Lupino, born Feb. 4, 1918, in glorious color.

Today is Saturday, February 4th, 2017
My horoscope tells me today that Ingenious ideas are never far behind you unconventional Aquarians, but your mind is racing faster than ever as each new thought seems more vibrant than the last.
That describes me and where I am to a 't'. The world is changing at such break neck speed that it is sometimes difficult to make sense of it all.
Just hang on for the ride. The news cycle is changing so rapidly around us that as we are trying to make sense of the news item du jour, we are quickly hit with another news item that seems even more outlandish as what happened yesterday. It's impossible to process it all. But I am trying!
Remembering Karen Carpenter who transitioned on this day 34 years ago. Hard to believe it has been 34 years. Pictured here with Elvis Presley who also passed on at a very early age. A start reminder for us to cherish each other on a daily basis
Celebrate my birthday with me and let's celebrate each other Check out my Promo
This is my birthday month! We stop to celebrate Black History Month. It is the month in which we celebrate two of our GREATEST Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. It is the month of hearts and flowers. Both my mom and my second in line brother were born also in February. Some of my favorite people were born in February. It is the shortest month of the year and yet, it is jam packed with so much!
It is also the month in which a groundhog determines our fate...as far as how many more weeks of winter we will endure.
Today, I am finding rapture in Karen Mason's latest CD! It's About Time
There are days in which the air is crisp and I actually love those kind of winter days. I also love the snowy days in which I can stay ensconced in my home on Valentine Avenue (yes, that's where I live!) in Sparkill (or I love to call it Sparkle) with my husband and our four legged babies in front of a fire, a nice dinner, and a classic on Turner Classic Movies.
Today, as I write this, it is the former type of a day that we are experiencing. It is a beautiful crisp day. I feel like a moth emerging from a cocoon. I was felled earlier this week with the flu.
I am feeling better today than I have over the past three days. I am not completely out of the forest. I am experiencing a raspy voice today and the remnants of a cough and am hoping to be back to 'normal speed' by this time tomorrow.
But tonight, my plans are to sit back and enjoy one of my favorite films, Breakfast at Tiffany's.
This movie resonates with me on so many levels. First of all, it was released the year I was born, 1961.
That opening shot of Audrey Hepburn at Tiffany's puts a lump in my throat every time. I don't remember the very first time I saw it but I think I was around fifteen the first time I saw that shot and that was the New York that I dreamed of coming to. New York is just as much a character in this film as Holly Go Lightly, George Peppard , that iconic black dress, and Moon River. In the movie-making business, it’s highly
unusual that the first hour of the first day of shooting becomes the first scene of the film. But that’s how it happened on Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Moon River happens to be one of my favorite songs. It was sung brilliantly at our wedding by our Best Man, Miles Phillips.
As a matter of fact, every time I hear it, I feel that my Grandmother Skipper is nearby!

My paternal Grandparents, Emory and Getha Skipper
I know that sounds crazy, but I do. We both loved that song.

Anyone who knows me very well knows that I've been saying that for the past 22 years since her passing on February 2nd of 1995.
How interesting that this film is playing tonight on the anniversary of her funeral. She was one of the few that I could actually talk to about my New York aspirations.
After I came to New York, I called her every five days just to check in and give her an update that I was OK. I did this up until the very end of her earthly existence. The last year of her life as she was in increasing failing health, I went home five times her last year.
I'm also happy that she knew Danny (my husband).
I don't know if she ever grasped the extent of our relationship but she liked him and that meant a lot to me. When she passed, we were in the midst of a New York snow storm and I was unable to get home for her funeral.
I still check in with my Grandmother on a regular basis. She has never left me.
Years later, I was at a party at Celeste Holm. I find myself in a corner with Patricia Neal. I was able to tell her how much I loved her in this film and how much the film meant to me. She held my hand for almost the entire evening and even told me that I reminded her of a young George Peppard!
Now, that's rapture!  

There are other things that happen in my life that also helps me to find rapture in these unsteady times. One of those is sharing in the music of those that are my friends in this business.
Today in the mail came Karen Mason's It's About Time, her latest CD. I am thrilled that I played a small part in this Go Fund Me Campaign. It truly is a great CD! I cannot wait for you to hear it! Congrats, Karen!
I am looking forward to sharing my show on the 12th for all that will be attending. In addition to Sidney Myer, Josephine Sanges, Cathy Szabo, and a very special Mystery Guest, I'm looking forward to making music with Rex Benincasa, Michael Lavine, and Saadi Zain.
I have also been asked to sing in Bernie Furshpan's Birthday celebration on the 13th at The Metropolitan Room. I'm thrilled to be asked and to participate.
We have to hold on to the good. There is a LOT of unrest in the world today. I saw this post in my feed today and wanted to share it with you.
I am shocked, stunned, and appalled at the number of my Facebook friends, who are condoning the insane violence by protesters on the UC Berkeley campus, in response to an appearance by Milo Yiannoupolis. You/I/WE are all free to disagree with one another and criticize and challenge the arguments of our political foes. However, NONE OF US is given the authority to riot and assault people who dare to disagree with us.
I am not a particular fan of Milo's. I think he's silly, affected, Narcissistic, and self serving. He's far more of a clown than a serious intellectual. HOWEVER, I've heard, and seen enough of what he has to say to know that he does not venture into 'hate speech', but instead, deliberately, and humorously, trolls hyper-
Keep Your Light Shining
reactionary people, who never fail to be outraged at even the slightest provocation. It's a very deliberate MISCHARACTERIZATION of what he has said and done, in an attempt to rally people to condone violence and suppression of free speech.
If you are buying into this hyperbolic rhetoric of the Left, then you are being led right off a cliff. I am so sad to say (and see) this, but the Left is losing it's collective mind, and has moved bag and baggage into some parallel reality, where disliking someone's policies, means taking license to demonize, vilify, and brutally physically assault them and/or their supporters. Get a grip please. 

Life is so much better when you stop caring about what everyone thinks, and start to actually live for
yourself!!
Sit back! A new news cycle is about to begin!


Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for showing me that it is up to ME to lead by example!


With grateful XOXOXs ,
 


Countdown to Bette Midler's Opening Night in Dolly: 75 Days

Today, I celebrate John Conrad Schuck (Happy Birthday, John!). Here is my interview with John regarding playing opposite Madeline Kahn in Hello, Dolly!




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Russ Woolley and Wright Bros. Real Estate, Nyack, NY proudly present Richard Skipper Celebrates...His Birthday...And He'll Sing If He'll Want To! He will be joined by Sidney Myer, Josephine Sanges, Cathy Szabo, and a very special Well Known Mystery Guest...star of stage, screen, and television!
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Love Is All Around...Or Lessons I Have Learned from Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore, Julie Andrews, Carol Channing: Thoroughly Modern Millie
Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it's you girl, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it
Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can never tell, why don't you take it
You're gonna make it after all
You're gonna make it after all
How will you make it on your own?
This world is awfully big, girl this time you're all alone
But it's time you started living

It's time you let someone else do some giving
Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can never tell, why don't you take it
You might just make it after all
You might just make it after all

-Sunny Curtis

This week,  the world was saddened by the news of the passing of Mary Tyler Moore. I even heard a reporter say on the radio that we sadly remember. I disagree. We remember and we can't help but smile.
Her comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen.
Mary Tyler Moore has been a part of the landscape of the world since I made my debut almost 56 years ago.
HERE is a clip of her from 1961. The show is Lock Up - This clip from "The Case of Nan Evans" Season 2, Episode 39 which was the last episode of TV the series which ran from 1959-1961. She plays Nan Evans, who is accused of
Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show
espionage by police detective Jim Weston (John Doucette). Corporate Attorney Herbert Maris (Macdonald Carey) gathers the evidence to prove her innocence.
Of course, it was around this same time that Mary was also starring on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Brilliant cast, brilliant writing, brilliant all around. Oh how wonderful it would be to have something on THIS level on TV today! Can you name anything that even comes close?
Last night Mary was right back where she belongs, on CBS!  The network paid tribute to Mary, with a one-hour special. Go HERE for more info.
With all due respect to CBS and the powers that be, too much emphasis was put on Oprah Winfrey, who I love. What should have been three to five minutes top, went on a lot longer. Perhaps if Oprah had hosted the show, it would have had a different feel. 

 Most people only think of either The Dick Van Dyke Show or the Mary Tyler Moore Show and a close second would be her Oscar nominated role in Ordinary People.
How I wish she had gotten the Oscar for that role.
From Wikipedia:  Mary Tyler Moore (December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017) was an American actress, known for her roles in the television sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977), in which she starred as Mary Richards, a thirtyish single woman who worked as a local news producer in Minneapolis, and The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966), in which she played Laura Petrie, a former dancer turned Westchester homemaker, wife and mother. Her film work includes 1967's Thoroughly Modern
Millie and 1980's Ordinary People, in which she played a role that was very different from the television characters she had portrayed, and for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Along the way, she won our hearts. And it's no understatement to say she was truly beloved, even though she probably laugh out loud at the use of that term to describe her.
The following is a celebration of all Things Mary Tyler Moore
The Minneapolis residence featured in the opening credits of The Mary Tyler Moore Show is currently for sale at $1.695 million. The turreted Queen Anne Victorian mansion, built in 1900 on a prominent corner parcel of just over one-third of an acre in the well-to-do Kenwood neighborhood between Cedar Lake and the Lake of the Isles, has actually been for sale for coming up on five years at steadily declining prices that started at $2.895 million.
Unfortunately for the current owners, a couple of successful executives in the financial services sector, they’re facing a gut-wrenching, million-plus dollar loss on the property they purchased in the summer of 2007 for $2.8 million.  Read MORE

Mary's passing has created a big problem for a real estate company that is trying to sell the house used in her iconic TV show -- how do you sell it without creating a fan frenzy? READ MORE

She introduced fully developed Jewish characters into the American popular imagination. Read MORE

Joan Jett's version of Love Is All Around


The Paley Center will pay tribute to Mary Tyler Moore with free screenings:Click HERE

 Remembering Mary Tyler Moore's legacy with interviews from those who knew her best TONIGHT on ABC2020 10PM

I celebrate all the trailblazers!

From a friend:  I am truly loving all of the wonderful comments and posts that I have been reading about Mary Tyler Moore, and the Mary Tyler Moore Show. This was one of CBS' most successful shows.

However, I have heard how the show paved the way portraying the single woman as independent, but please keep in mind that there were many shows before this even half hour situation comedies which did the same. particularly what comes to mind is Diahann Carroll in the TV show Julia..... what was so groundbreaking about Julia was that it was not only about a single mother raising a young child but she was independent...I believe she was a nurse, and she was black and that of course was groundbreaking. Does anyone remember Diahann Carroll in Julia?

Life is so much better when you stop caring about what everyone thinks, and start to actually live for yourself!!


Sit back! A new news cycle is about to begin!



Mary Tyler Moore and Grant Tinker



Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for showing me that it is up to ME to lead by example!


With grateful XOXOXs ,
 





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February 12th, 2017

Russ Woolley and Wright Bros. Real Estate, Nyack, NY proudly present Richard Skipper Celebrates...His Birthday...And He'll Sing If He'll Want To! He will be joined by Sidney Myer, Josephine Sanges, Cathy Szabo, and a very special Well Known Mystery Guest...star of stage, screen, and television!
All under the musical Direction of Michael Lavine with Rex Benincasa on percussion and Saadi Zain on bass. This is a 1PM BrUNCH SHOW (90 minutes)  At The Laurie Beechman Theate 

Reservations a Must! Please Reserve Today
RIchard Skipper Celebrates is a tour-de-force cabaret show -- top names in musical entertainment, meet to talk and perform -- songs, stories and recollections of lifetimes and moments in show business.    $30 Cover and $20 Minimum per person ORDER HERE 

Additional Details to Come!
*Previous Mystery Guests have included Hillary Kole, Melba Moore, Stacy Sullivan, and Jana Robbins

Keeping America great through Art!     


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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Revelations Of The Time We Are Living In


Hal Elrod wrote, "The moment you take responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you can change anything in your life." Looking forward to the next 18 Days! The WORD for the day is REVELATION . Think of this word as your mantra for the day. First apply the word to yourself, THEN apply this word to EVERYONE YOU meet. Think of this word as you respond to EVERY POST you see throughout the day. The word for TODAY is REVELATION ! Please pay it forward...

Happy January 24th, 1017!
January 24 is the 24th day of the year. There are 341 days remaining until the end of the year. Today is also National Compliment Day so say something nice to someone today and mean it. 
Be yourself and bask in your uniqueness. 
Comparing yourself to others is race you can never win.  As I sit down to write today's blog, I'm listening to Catherine Zeta-Douglas sing I Can't Do It Alone from the soundtrack of Chicago.
How apropos. None of us cvan do it alone. We are ALL in this together. WTG, La La Land!! 14 Academy Award nominations, tying All About Eve and Titanic for the most nominations ever for a film.
A musical film! Musicals really took off during the Great Depression when audiences were able to escape the stark realities of their lives.
Even when people had very little money, the movies were affordable and sometimes by attending you could receive dishes or other items as an incentive to keep you coming back.
WE are now in the midst of another depression.
This time it is an emotional depression. It doesn't matter what side of the political spectrum people are on, people are angry, bitter, and crying out for help. Some are shutting down. I heard on the news the other day that Facebook is increasing how narrow minded people are.
People are quick to hit the 'un-friend' button if someone has a different set of beliefs...or worse, the BLOCK button. When that happens, it may seem like closure but it is truly a false sense of that.
I will rise above all obstacles. I think that POTUS (I no longer mention his name) wants us to be divided.
Each day, I post a positive work on Facebook (see above) and I try and think of that word throughout the day with every action I take and every word I utter either orally or on the screen.
The word that came up today is revelation.
This is actually a word that I've been thinking of a lot lately. I know that many are angry to find out revelations about family members, best friends, people they do business with and those they break bread with.
I'm not angry. I'm hurt by some revelations. I am also surprised at some of the things I have observed and seen over the past year or so...since this election got started.
Over the weekend, Aziz Ansari performed the first "Saturday Night Live" monologue of Donald Trump's presidency and inspired praise from many viewers. Read more about that HERE.
I loved it except when he told all the racists/bigots to 'go back into hiding'. As much as I dislike it and don't want to see it, we HAVE to know who they are. Pretense is falling by the way side. People are revealing their authentic selves and for better and worse, THAT is a blessing. We now KNOW who you are!
I asked my friends on Facebook to give their revelations. This blog is based on what has been sent to me and what I'm observing!


From Leonard Jacobs: My fellow Americans...including artists, arts administrators, arts advocates and those supporting arts, culture and entertainment, and those who believe in the right to free expression:

This is why we lose.
This is why we struggle.
This is why we’re chronically underfunded.
This is why the National Endowment for the Arts may go.
This is unacceptable.

When 49 out of 56 arts agencies won't publicly acknowledge the NEA's possible elimination, you should wonder what's up. Read MORE



Wise words from Rabbi Toba Schaller.
"To those who are confused or surprised about why millions of people showed up to protest yesterday. . .
"Women are marching because our children deserve a secretary of education that cares about education.
"Women are marching because our family and friends deserve healthcare. Did you know that before the ACA, newborns in the NICU would hit their lifetime caps on health insurance coverage. That's right, babies who had never felt the sun on their skin could no longer get health insurance.
"Women are marching because domestic violence crisis centers and after school programs deserve funding.
"Women are marching because we deserve clean air, clean water, and national parks.
"Women are marching because we believe the children protected by the DREAM act deserve to be here and they deserve to live with their parents, not in orphanages and foster homes.
"And most of all, women are marching because we have the right to. The right to protest and speak out against our government is the first amendment. That's right, #1! It is one of our most fundamental American rights.
"Saying that we're whining, throwing temper tantrums, or that we're immature, or that we need to get over it will not stop us. It will not stop us from fighting for you. And we are fighting for you because you deserve these rights too.
"We're not marching because Trump won.
"We're marching because he wants to take all of the things that we hold dear away. All of the things that we've been fighting for for generations.
"And we're not giving up easily.
"Anyone who thinks we're marching because we lost just simply isn't listening. We're fighting because we refuse to lose more."
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Rabbi Toba Schaller

Here is one woman's take. I have taken out the expletives and I am not using her name: So much focus on the march's and protests ....and what the heck are they protesting...the fact that Trump won the election????? Get over it... he won, end of story. There is nothing to protest as he has not taken away anyone's rights and likely won't so let it go and instead let's turn our prayers to the poor people having to deal with losing everything

they own because of the weather conditions in Georgia and the south. Instead of smashing windows at Starbucks, maybe that energy would be better spent helping people rebuild their lives instead of tearing more stuff down..... I, for one, have always been proud to be an American but right now, not so much. AMERICA is all about the people and what the American people are doing right now is not something I can be proud of. Enough is Enough. Lets turn our attention to more worthy causes and help our fellow Americans. If you want to march and break windows and beat each other up and take a gun into a mall to shoot people....get the !@#$ out of My America. The people who share MY AMERICA with me don't behave like that.... remember 9/11 and Katrina and other times when American's came together and this was the best country in the world..... What happened? Let's bring that America back.

Gloria Steinemat The Women's March in DC on 1/21/17
Trump and his handlers have found a fox for every chicken coop in Washington. A twitter finger must not become a trigger finger, HIS grandiosity, impulsivity, hypersensitivity and an apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality ... was on full display in his inaugural address.
-Gloria Steinem

Another woman's view:  
The biggest thing that stuck me from the enormous march in Washington DC I attended and from what I hear about all the others in almost every state in the Union is that there is a common cause and that civility and concern for mankind globally and domestically were central.

I understand that any vulgarity that appeared on some signs was not pleasing to some. But unfortunately the vulgarity that is central to our President's character ( also to some of our past Presidents as well) was being addressed in some of those signs. But it goes beyond vulgarity...Trump is a seventy year old man whose entire life has been only about him. His public lack of respect for the new First Lady is just a hint of his preoccupation with self. Yes, he is there, but once there the spotlight is permanently on....no President is given a free pass....this is what he signed on for....yes people will continue to watch, critique, complain .....all within the rights of democracy. ...it is certain that President Trump will continue to be complainer in chief....it is too ingrained in his personality. Whether I watch, critique or complain will not
inhibit his potential...it will simply make him accountable....he has no idea what the responsibilities ahead will cost him....something Every other President learned as they fulfilled their duties.New York City.
-Leslie A, Snow


Saturday was a real win for democracy and truth. As much as we hear lies from some of the new people in charge it is comforting to know that the majority of the voters were in opposition, and the numbers who spoke out Saturday can't be written off.

And yet someone else's revelation: Our delusional leader believes 3 to 5 million people voted illegally, according to the always truthful Press Secretary. When asked, he could not provide evidence.
Why? Because there isn't any. So, the President (maybe), I guess believes he didn't win. I mean, millions of votes could mean the election. This man us a complete wack job. He's questioning the very process which put him in the White House. That's fine by me. Welcome back Hillary!

Here is an Exchange I had on Facebook today 
ME:  This country is torn apart because those that we used to respect are revealing who they truly are. No self-respecting person voted for that man, in my opinion

RESPONSE: That's one of the most insulting statements you can make, Richard, but that was your intent, quite obviously. (Editor's Note: It was not) Who in the world are YOU to say that, for instance, I myself am not a 'self-respecting person'? On what basis that you personally know from your never-having-met-me-in-person status could you possibly say such a thing unless it is indeed your intent to merely hurl an insult? (Not my intention) You're itching for a fight, that much is clear. You hate Trump and anyone who
dared to vote for him instead of your chosen candidate - that much is also clear. Ok. I get it. You're on record. I won't insult you in return but I would point out the obvious disconnect between the public pronouncements of 'tolerance, unity, love, compassion, mutual respect, diversity,' and the rest of the 'virtues' to be found on many of your FB posts which you claim to honor. Forgive my cognitive dissonance between what you claim to desire and what your words right here bespeak.
And I'm done with this discussion whether you
have 'the last word' or not. Have a delightful day!

ME: I say that based on HIS words and actions over the past 17 months. I don't hate anyone. That word has no place for me. But I happen to be someone who was bullied as a child. I know a bully when I see one. Please prove me otherwise. IF you voted for him, what are his core values that you admire?

ANOTHER RESPONSE : Richard Skipper Don't go there. I AM a self respecting person and the people I know who voted for him are as well. I don't call you not self respecting because your views are so different. As I told you before, you can't tell me who I can love or vote for and you dang sure can't tell me I don't respect myself.

ME: So, what the attributes you admire in him?

*no response yet*

Here are a few revelations sent to me today
Hi! The biggest revelation I've had recently is that I need to be less trusting of people. I know that's not the positive outlook you like to promote, but I've had too many hurts and disappointments lately.

On New Year's morning around 9:30, I was walking to meet Jane for breakfast at a Denny's in St Augustine, Florida. I was full of the hopefulness, gratitude and resolve that I normally feel in abundance at the start of a new year.
And particularly, I was thinking how lucky I am to have (knock wood) bountiful good health, and how blessed I feel two years after having dual hip replacements, to be able to stride along briskly with no pain. And suddenly, about 20 yards in front of me on a sidewalk parallel to the parking lot where I was walking was a man with no legs seated on a board with wheels pushing himself forward. --This was a profound revelation to me to do all I can in the year ahead to spread the word of the value and the power of having an attitude of gratitude, and the need to count your blessing constantly.  Stop and count your blessings right now…..

What has been revealed to me over the last five weeks is that I really can do whatever I set my mind to.  that I can accomplish many different things, and that I was REMINDED that I can have have many different passions, and they can fuel several different types of businesses.  I am not pigeon-holed into one business or career -- Different businesses and passions can compliment each other.  Creativity and success is driven from love.  Success is defined within ourselves, not by external judgement of others.  If someone likes what I am doing - that is GREAT, but it is not the driving force. 
Now, what I have always KNOWN in my heart is that friendship can be new or it can be decades, and each one is as valuable and important as the other.  It is about the God connection I feel.  (Richard this applies to our friendship - it is new, but it is as important as any other).  
In closing, I'd like to say that my intent is never to offend but we have to stop giving those who do, a free pass!

Life is so much better when you stop caring about what everyone thinks, and start to actually live for yourself!!


Sit back! A new news cycle is about to begin!





Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for showing me that it is up to ME to lead by example!


With grateful XOXOXs ,
 


with Rita McKenzie celebrating the 53rd Anniversary of Hello, Dolly!


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Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!  
  
February 12th, 2017

Russ Woolley and Wright Bros. Real Estate, Nyack, NY proudly present Richard Skipper Celebrates...His Birthday...And He'll Sing If He'll Want To! He will be joined by Sidney Myer, Josephine Sanges, Cathy Szabo, and a very special Well Known Mystery Guest...star of stage, screen, and television!
All under the musical Direction of Michael Lavine with Rex Benincasa on percussion and Saadi Zain on bass. This is a 1PM BrUNCH SHOW (90 minutes)  At The Laurie Beechman Theate 

Reservations a Must! Please Reserve Today
RIchard Skipper Celebrates is a tour-de-force cabaret show -- top names in musical entertainment, meet to talk and perform -- songs, stories and recollections of lifetimes and moments in show business.    $30 Cover and $20 Minimum per person ORDER HERE 

Additional Details to Come!
*Previous Mystery Guests have included Hillary Kole, Melba Moore, Stacy Sullivan, and Jana Robbins

Keeping America great through Art!     


Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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TILL TOMORROW...HERE'S TO AN ARTS FILLED DAY

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