Friday, April 29, 2011 Edition: #4495
Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Edition!
WEEKEND SHOW BIZ SKED:
• Bamboozle Festival (East Rutherford NJ) – The 3-day fest at New Meadowlands Stadium is headlined by Lil Wayne, Motley Crue, Whiz Khalifa, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Bruno Mars.
• Beale Street Music Festival (Memphis TN) – The 35th annual weekend bash includes shows by BoB, Cee Lo Green, Ke$ha, Mumford & Sons, and Stone Temple Pilots. It’s part of the month-long “Memphis in May” celebration, which includes the ‘World BBQ Championship’.
• “New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival” (LA) – The first of a 2-weekend event. Performers include Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Jimmy Buffett, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson.
• Rock & Rebuild Concert (Sydney, Australia) – Sunday “Live Aid” organizer Bob Geldof stages a benefit show to aid victims of the Australian floods, the New Zealand earthquake, and the earthquake/tsunami in Japan.
• Stagecoach Country Music Festival begins (Indio CA) – Saturday-Sunday the 5th annual includes performances by Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Easton Corbin, Josh Turner, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, and oodles more. Kris Kristofferson replaces legendary country queen Loretta Lynn, who’s recuperating from recent knee surgery.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Joe Nichols – Tonight he kicks off his “The Shape I’m In” tour in Toowoomba, Australia. It’s his 3rd tour Down Under.
• Keith Urban – Saturday he & John Mayer perform at the annual Tiger Woods Foundation fund-raiser in Las Vegas. Over 13 years, the event’s raised over $12 million for educational charities.
• Miley Cyrus – After nearly 2-year break from touring, she kicks off an international tour tonight in Quito, Ecuador followed by a show in Lima, Peru Sunday.
• Spice Girls – 35-year-old Mel B is set to become a judge on the Australian version of Simon Cowell’s “X Factor” singing competition. Production begins just weeks after she’s due to give birth in June.
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Fast Five”: The 5th film in the “Fast & The Furious” franchise introduces Dwayne Johnson as a federal agent hunting street-racing speedsters Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.
• “Prom”: Teenagers at a crossroad during a climatic high school dance.
THE GRANDPARENT GAP:
Harvard University psychiatrist Robert Coles says grandparents are having less and less
interaction with their families. Many are reduced to nothing more than ‘holiday visitors’, Coles claims, and are not getting the opportunity to pass on their wisdom or make a difference in their grandchildren’s lives. (C’mon people, who’s gonna spoil the crap out of your offspring to make them unlivable for a month afterward?)
– PA News
THE SECRET OF SLEEP:
If you have trouble sleeping, you should never read, eat, work, surf the ‘net, or watch TV in bed. It’s all a matter of association, according to Medical College of Virginia researchers. They contend that bedtime should be associated only with sleep. (After 20 years of marriage, that’s about all it brings to mind!)
The old school ‘power lunch’ is dead. According to a recent poll, most working people wolf down lunch in a quarter-hour or less. Researchers have found that 56% actually bolt their food in LESS than 15 minutes. 42% eat lunch at their desks or on their go. (It’s no accident the French are happier and more stress-free than most. To be deemed worthwhile, lunch lasts as long as 2 hours in France, every morsel and moment savored.)
– “Working Woman”
BS AMAZING FACTS ABOUT PRINCE WILLS & KATE MIDDLETON:
A few things you likely didn’t know about today’s royal wedding couple …
• Today’s 1,900 royal wedding guests were each given a 22-page book on royal etiquette.
• Royal acquaintances who aren’t attending are calling themselves ‘NFIs’ (Not Flippin’ Invited).
• 6 of William & Kate’s exes are invited to the wedding: 4 of his, 2 of hers.
• Hard to believe, but by all accounts there is no prenup agreement.
• William’s nickname for Kate is ‘Babykins’; she calls him ‘Big Willy’.
– Condensed from TheStar.com
BS CHRONOMETER 04.29.11
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1954  Jerry Seinfeld, Brooklyn NY, TV producer (“The Marriage Ref”, cancelled after 1 week)/really rich retired TV actor (“Seinfeld” 1990-98)/stand-up comedian
1957  Daniel Day-Lewis, London UK, movie actor (2008 Oscar-“There Will Be Blood”, 1989 Oscar-“My Left Foot”)
1958  Michelle Pfeiffer, Santa Ana CA, movie actress (“Hairspray”, “Dangerous Liaisons”)/married to producer David E Kelley since 1993
1970  Uma Thurman, Boston MA, 6-ft movie actress (“Kill Bill”, “Pulp Fiction”)/spokesmodel (Virgin Media, Louis Vuitton)
Country singer Willie Nelson (“On the Road Again”) is 78; Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is 52; Movie actress Kirsten Dunst (“Spider-Man” is 29; TV actress Dianna Agron (“Glee”) is 25.
Country singer/movie actor Tim McGraw (“Number One Hits”/”Country Strong”) is 44.
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Adult Public Skipping Day”, a day for adults to skip in public to feel like a child again. Hopscotch, anyone?
• “Hairball Awareness Day”. Any cat owner who’s ever stepped on a fresh wet one is already well aware! The usual cat hairball isn’t round but tubular, approximately 1 cm (half-inch) in diameter and about 4 cm (1.5 in) long. Too much information?
• “International Dance Day”, introduced in 1982 by UNESCO to increase awareness of the importance of dance in societies, as well as to persuade governments worldwide to provide a proper place for dance in all systems of education, from primary to higher.
• “Zipper Day” celebrating the 1913 date when Swedish-American inventor Gideon Sundback, who developed the manufacturing machine for zippers, patented the ‘Separable Fastener’ which became the 1st all-purpose zipper. In 1937 the zipper replaced buttons as the ‘fly’ in most trousers.
• “Canada Revenue Agency Tax Filing Deadline”. Tonight at midnight is the deadline for filing your 2010 income tax return either electronically or via snail mail.
• “Hairstylist Appreciation Day”, honoring the great contribution snippers and coiffeurs make to our self-esteem. Back in 1994, salon owner Anne Camilleri of San Carlos CA came up with the idea to recognize her employees. So don’t forget to say ‘thanks for the good hair day!’
• “Honesty Day”, to celebrate those who are honorable in all their dealings. Observed annually on the anniversary of George Washington being inaugurated as first US president in 1789.
• “Sense of Smell Day”, the 18th annual sponsored by the Sense of Smell Institute on the last Saturday of April at children’s museums and science centers to focus on the important role the ability to smell has in our daily lives. What’s the absolute best smell? And worst?
• “Spank Out Day”, focusing on alternative methods of disciplining children other than corporal punishment.
• “Walpurgis Night” In many parts of Northern Europe where, according to legend, witches ride on broomsticks to revel with the devil. The tradition is celebrated by university students in particular. In Sweden it’s known as the “Feast of Valborg”; in Switzerland it’s called simply “May Day Eve”.
• “World Tai Chi Day”, celebrated annually on the last Saturday of April to create awareness for the slow-motion martial art that’s now touted as a great way to relieve stress.
• “Couple Appreciation Day”, a day to tell a duo how cool you think they are together. Something to do with encouraging a marriage.
• “Homebrew Day”, a celebration of the joys of making beer in the basement that began in 1988.
• “Lei Day”, the 83rd annual in Hawaii. Observed since 1928, it’s when people give one another the gift of a kiss and a lei. Hey, you gotta like that!
• “May Day”, officially observed in some 66 countries. The tradition of rallying ‘round the Maypole began in ancient times. An old legend says freckles will disappear if washed with morning dew on this day. Another piece of folklore says that if you look into a well on “May Day”, an image of your future mate will appear. (Uh, aren’t you going to see your own ugly mug?)
• “Mother Goose Day”, which actually honors many different writers. The term was first used in the title of the nursery rhyme collection “Mother Goose’s Melody” about 1765. Nursery rhymes have been attributed to ‘Mother Goose’ ever since. What’s the most violent nursery rhyme?
• “UNmothers Day”, an annual event a week before “Mothers Day” to honor women who’ve consciously chosen not to be mothers. It’s also “Single Mother’s Day”, celebrating those who do the work of 2 parents all by themselves, as well as “Stepmothers Day”.
• “World Laughter Day”, initiated on the 1st Sunday of May by practitioners of ‘laughter yoga’. The movement begun by Indian physician Madan Kataria in 1995 now has over 6,000 clubs in 65 countries. The idea is that 20 minutes of laughter per day promotes overall wellness.
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2005  Actors Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes go out on a their 1st date (or programming session, if you prefer)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
2005  Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, and Bon Jovi play the 10th anniversary bash for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1852  1st edition of “Roget’s Thesaurus” (that’s stupendous!)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1995  ‘World’s Longest Sausage’ measures 28.77 miles in Kitchener, Ontario
BS MONTHLY PLANNING CALENDAR . . .
[May 2] Canadian Election Day / Melanoma Monday / Play Your Ukulele Day / Roberts Rule of Order Day
[May 3] Garden Meditation Day / Disabled Pets Day / Different Colored Shoes Day / Paranormal Day / World Press Freedom Day / Childhood Depression Awareness Day / World Asthma Day
[May 4] Grump Out / Respect for Chickens Day / Star Wars Day
[May 5] Cartoonists Day / Childhood Stroke Awareness Day / Cinco de Mayo / International Midwives Day / Occupational Safety & Health Professionals Day
[May 6] “Caterpillar”; “Jumping the Broom”; Something Borrowed”; “Thor” open in movie theaters / Military Spouse Appreciation Day / Prevent Teen Pregnancy Day / No Diet Day / No Homework Day / RN Recognition Day / No Pants Day / Tuba Day
[May 7] Birthmothers Day / Astronomy Day / Child Care Provider Day / Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day / Free Comic Book Day / Join Hands Day / Kentucky Derby (Louisville KY) / Mother Ocean Day / Babysitters Day / Homebrew Day / Scrapbooking Day / Space Day
[May 8] Mothers Day / No Socks Day / VE Day / World Red Cross Day / Miniature Golf Day / “Why Not? with Shania Twain” debuts (OWN)
[May 9] Accounting Day
[May 10] Buddha Day / Lupus Day
[May 11] Eat What You Want Day / Donate a Day’s Wages to Charity / School Nurse Day / Third Shift Workers Day / Receptionists Day / Cannes Film Festival begins
[May 12] Fibromyalgia Awareness Day / Limerick Day
[May 13] “Bridesmaids”; “Priest” open in movie theaters / Friday the 13th / Blame Someone Else Day
[May 14] International Migratory Bird Day / Chicken Dance Day / Train Day / Windmill Day / Stay Up All Night Day / Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton wedding
[May 15] International Day of Families / Chocolate Chip Day / Peace Officer Memorial Day / NASCAR Day
[May 16] Biographer’s Day / Sea Monkey Day / Global Poverty Project’s Live Below the Line begins
[May 17] World Hypertension Day / World Telecommunications Day / Full ‘Flower’ Moon
[May 18] International Museum Day / Visit Your Relatives Day / Employee Health & Fitness Day
[May 19] Boys Club Day
[May 20] “The Lion of Judah”; “Pirates Of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” open in movie theaters / Eliza Doolittle Day / International Virtual Assistants Day / Bike to Work Day / Rhubarb Day / Weights & Measures Day
[May 21] US Armed Forces Day / Endangered Species Day / Wait Staff Day / Preakness Stakes (Baltimore MD)
[May 22] 2011 Billboard Music Awards (ABC) / International Day for Biological Diversity / Maritime Day / Neighbor Day
[May 23] Victoria Day (Canada) / Lady Gaga releases “Born This Way” album / Taffy Day / World Turtle Day
[May 24] Brad Paisley releases “This Is Country Music” album / “Glee” Season 2 finalé (FOX) / Brother’s Day / Hug Your Cat Day
[May 25] Oprah Winfrey’s final show / African Freedom Day / Missing Children’s Day / Tap Dance Day / Nerd Pride Day / Senior Health & Fitness Day / World MS Day
[May 26] “The Hangover Part II”; “Kung Fu Panda 2” open in movie theaters
[May 27] Cellophane Tape Day
[May 28] Sierra Club Day / International Jazz Day
[May 29] Indianapolis 500 / International Day of UN Peacekeepers / Rural Life Sunday
[May 30] Memorial Day (USA) / “Platinum Hit” debuts (Bravo)
[May 31] World No-Tobacco Day
BS SUPERPOWERS OF THE BRITISH ROYALS:
• SETI Ear – Ability to detect extraterrestrial messages using Dumbo-sized appendages.
• Rodent Impersonation – Able to imitate beaver & otter with single flash of giant Chiclet teeth.
• Grimace Disguise – Lips form into smile but somehow convey total opposite meaning.
• Ramrod Rump – Able to protect entire broomsticks from damaging solar rays.
• Mind Meld – Able to convince millions that money-wasting pomp & ceremony still has relevance in the post-recession world.
BS RANDOM JOKE:
The best way to find something you have lost is to buy a replacement.
BS PHONE STARTER:
Would you be willing to regularly work 10-hour days in exchange for a 4-day work-week? (A recent poll finds that 66% of us would … gladly.)
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
• Which artist once made a recording under the fictitious name ‘Apollo C Vermouth’?
a. Paul McCartney. [CORRECT]
b. Kanye West.
c. Weird Al Yankovic.
• Which Major League Baseball team was once known as the ‘Bees’?
b. Braves. [CORRECT. The Boston (now Atlanta) Braves used the name for 5 years before going back to the ‘Braves’ nickname 70 years ago today in 1941.]
THE LAST WORD ON TAXES:
• Most problems are all in your mind … unfortunately paying taxes isn’t one of them.
• Making out your own income tax return is akin to a do-it-yourself mugging.
• There is no child so bad that he or she can’t be used as an income tax deduction.
• Golf is a lot like taxes. You drive hard to get to the green and then wind up in the hole.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: Oddly enough, adults now do THIS more than teens.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Use social networks.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn’t have to do it.