Apr
21

Roseanne Barr to Host New Series on Extreme Helicopter Moms

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From New York Post

Roseanne Barr wants everyone to listen up.

The outspoken comedian — known for voicing her opinion on topics from George Zimmerman to Kim Kardashian’s latest selfie — will now take on motherhood as host of a new Investigation Discovery series “Momsters: When Moms Go Bad.”

The show spotlights stories of mothers who will do anything in order for their children to succeed — from the soccer mom who stalks, threatens and attacks her son’s coach to the theater mom who takes auditions into her own hands.

Tabloid news stories like the “Texas Cheerleader Mom” Wanda Holloway — who attempted to hire a hitman to kill the mother of her daughter’s junior high school cheerleading rival — will be recounted in the typical ID style through re-enactments, with Barr offering her commentary.

Though still in pre-production, the plan is to premiere the half-hour “Momsters” episodes later this year.

Barr was already a huge fan of the network (favorites shows include the Jerry Springer-hosted “Tabloid,” “Wives With Knives” and “Who the Bleep Did I Marry”) and says the “Momsters” topic is right up her alley because it allows her to take bad moms to task — which she already does without the forum of a TV show.

“I like to correct people when I don’t think they’re doing good mother things in public,” Barr tells The Post, recounting how she chastised a woman in the park on Tuesday who was pushing a kid in a stroller who had bare feet in 40-degree weather.

“It’s weird what people do and how everyone ignores it,” she says. “So this [show] is like let’s not ignore this for a while.”

Before “Momsters,” Barr will next be seen in the PBS series “Pioneers of Television” on April 15, talking about her journey from stand-up to the groundbreaking sitcom “Roseanne,” which she says is even more influential now because a second life in syndication has brought it a new generation of fans.

She’s also been cast as a judge — alongside Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters — in NBC’s revival of “Last Comic Standing,” premiering May 22 with host JB Smoove. The job’s few weeks of shooting was perfect for balancing her life in Hawaii, while getting Barr back to her comedic roots.

“I’m a stand-up comic — [I] just [wanted] to get back around that and see what new comics are doing so I can steal their material,” she deadpans.

As for what the comedians and viewers can expect from her judging style?

“Losing my temper and swearing at people occasionally because they think they’re smarter than me. That makes me mad,” she says. “That’s the same thing on the ID channel, too. Who do these people think they’re kidding? They should all be listening to me more, in my opinion.”

Feb
04

Vagina Monologues Big Island Hawaii Feb 8 and 9th

 

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Saturday February 8, 2014 at 7:00pm

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Sunday February 9 at 2:00pm

Kahilu Theatre in Waimea, Hawaii

Big Island

Click here for Tickets 

Vagina Monologues

 

Article by KAREN ROSE  North Hawaii News

PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO (SPECIAL TO NHN)

Despite its unique and provocative title, The Vagina Monologues” is much more than a highly acclaimed stage production. It’s also a social movement and a testament to the violence experienced by women and girls globally. “The Vagina Monologues,” directed by Jane Sibbett with a guest appearance by Roseanne Barr and 22 women actors, will run Feb. 8 and 9 at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.

“Our cast is comprised of women who not only have talent, but also have the heart to be in this,” said Sibbett. “We also have two 16-year-olds who are participating, and who are on fire for helping. It’s nice to have some young women be a part of this.”

Eve Ensler, an author, playwright, professor and activist, wrote the “The Vagina Monologues” book in 1994 after conducting more than 200 interviews with a vast array of women – from urban New York City to remote African villages. The book was so powerful that Ensler adapted it for the stage, where it debuted off-Broadway in 1999 at the Westside Theatre. Since then, it has been translated into 48 languages and performed in more than 140 countries. Yet, despite these worldwide advances, saying the word “vagina” still makes many people uncomfortable 15 years later.

Performed for the first time in Kahilu Theatre last year, “The Vagina Monologues” runs as a series of soliloquies from different women on their struggles and life experiences with their sexuality. Some of the stories are funny and many are tragic, depending on the issue — rape, sex, menstruation, love – are just a few of the topics. The play raises awareness of the serious and often fatal struggles that women and girls face. It is a confirmation of how complicated, and often devalued, women’s experiences are within society.

“We have such a great cast that knows how to do this really well,” Sibbett said. “We’ve put a lot of humor into it too, which is a good balance. Because of the humor, and because of the mixed media I have included, I think people will enjoy it. I feel the humor is so key and I’m excited that we have a cast that is going to carry it off.”

Ensler adds to the play annually, connecting the dialogue to current issues.

“There are two new monologues this year and some of the old ones are still there,” said Sibbett, who also directed last year’s production.

Addressing domestic violence on Hawaii Island

“The Vagina Monologues” provides an artistic medium to raise awareness about these serious issues through humor, solidarity, and well…vaginas. The Family Violence Prevention Fund estimates that one in three women will face sexual or physical assault in her lifetime.

Hawai’i Island is not immune to the devastating effects of violence against women. Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth said, “Domestic Violence is a root problem to much of the crime and other negative social consequences on Hawai’i island. Our office is very active in the education of victims and others in the community – proactively reaching out to others in government and social services to improve the systems dealing with domestic violence – and most importantly, supporting programs that puts an end to the circle of violence.”

The play is described as a celebration of women and a celebration of the vagina. It’s also a dark reminder of women’s place in society—whether in developed countries like the United States, or in parts of the world like Central Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Asia and parts of Europe where women are raped, beaten, prostituted, murdered, and permanently immobilized by the fear that is instilled in them from childhood.

Yisa Var is one of the actresses in this year’s production and feels it’s imperative that we talk to our children about the realities of violence against women in hopes of breaking the cycle.

“Even if someone has not experienced abuse themselves, they will still connect to many themes throughout the show,” said Var. “I have an 11-year-old son, and although the show is recommended for a little older audience, I feel as a parent that it is imperative that my child learn the truth— good and bad. The stories in the ‘Monologues’ may go a little above his head, but I am hopeful that it will start a dialogue and help him to feel comfortable talking about sexuality and how to love someone without hurting them. It is a step toward breaking the cycle to put forth into the world strong, but sensitive, empathetic and loving young men. To do that, they need the knowledge. ‘The Vagina Monologues’ offers that and so much more.”

The play is full of powerful narratives that make a statement about the prevalence and reality of violence against women around the world. Participants acknowledge that saying the word ‘vagina’ is not going to end the war on women, but hope that it will raise awareness of harsh realities that many women face on a daily basis.

According to Ensler in her book, “I say ‘vagina’ because I have read the statistics, and bad things are happening to women’s vaginas everywhere: 500,000 women are raped every year in the United States; 100 million women have been genitally mutilated worldwide. Saying ‘vagina’ is the first step in acknowledging our authentic selves.”

Sibbett is just as passionate about empowering women to reclaim their power over their bodies and themselves.

“For the women who’ve experienced violence, I want them to know that they’re not alone. It’s a club that none of us wish we were a part of, but now that we are, I want them to know that they have a lot of support,” she said. “There are a lot of strong women that come from this. We can unite together and make a difference. “

“The more voices we get pulling together, especially on this island, the better.” She said. “I want people to know that there are resources for them, and that there are many other wonderful women that are going through this situation that they wouldn’t even suspect. Once we start putting our voices together we really can start making some changes.”

In addition to Barr and Sibbett, the cast of this year’s monologues includes Sara Beery Hagen, Bonnie Cherni, Sophie Dommer, Beth Dunnington, Rep. Cindy Evans, Ronja Giesser, Harmony Graziano, Barbara Harris, Isabel Kalaau-Catrett, Rona Lee, Rani Moore, Robin O’Hara, Naomi Peters, Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter, Melinda Polet, Jan Rae, Madeline Schatz, Mary Sharma, Shanon Sidell, Maia Tarnas, Corine Tilson, Yisa Var, and Tess Yong.

Ensler’s work has inspired the social justice movement known as V-Day, with the goal to end violence against girls and women. It includes the worldwide annual production of “The Vagina Monologues.”

Performances of The Vagina Monologues and the V-day movement have raised more nearly 100 million dollars worldwide, and benefited numerous community-based programs dedicated to anti-violence causes.

“It’s important to raise money for needed programs on the Big Island and to celebrate the great writing of Eve Ensler, a revolutionary force for good,” said Roseanne Barr.

“Regardless of whether or not you’ve been touched by violence, I invite everyone to come to the show so we can all find our voices all together,” said Sibbett. “This has got to stop. It’s got to happen by us coming together as a community. It’s time for peace. We all deserve our divine right to choose happiness. None of us need to submit to this kind of violence.”

The Vagina Monologues shows at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 9Tickets are $10, $15, and $20 and can be purchased on line at kahilutheatre.org or by calling 1-808-885-6868. All profits will benefit women and families affected by violence on Hawaii Island.

Jan
30

The Vagina Monologues with Roseanne Barr Feb 8 & 9

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Saturday February 8, 2014 at 7:00pm

&

Sunday February 9 at 2:00pm

Kahilu Theatre in Waimea, Hawaii

Big Island

Click here for Tickets 

Vagina Monologues

Article by KAREN ROSE  North Hawaii News

PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO (SPECIAL TO NHN)

Despite its unique and provocative title, The Vagina Monologues” is much more than a highly acclaimed stage production. It’s also a social movement and a testament to the violence experienced by women and girls globally. “The Vagina Monologues,” directed by Jane Sibbett with a guest appearance by Roseanne Barr and 22 women actors, will run Feb. 8 and 9 at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.

“Our cast is comprised of women who not only have talent, but also have the heart to be in this,” said Sibbett. “We also have two 16-year-olds who are participating, and who are on fire for helping. It’s nice to have some young women be a part of this.”

Eve Ensler, an author, playwright, professor and activist, wrote the “The Vagina Monologues” book in 1994 after conducting more than 200 interviews with a vast array of women – from urban New York City to remote African villages. The book was so powerful that Ensler adapted it for the stage, where it debuted off-Broadway in 1999 at the Westside Theatre. Since then, it has been translated into 48 languages and performed in more than 140 countries. Yet, despite these worldwide advances, saying the word “vagina” still makes many people uncomfortable 15 years later.

Performed for the first time in Kahilu Theatre last year, “The Vagina Monologues” runs as a series of soliloquies from different women on their struggles and life experiences with their sexuality. Some of the stories are funny and many are tragic, depending on the issue — rape, sex, menstruation, love – are just a few of the topics. The play raises awareness of the serious and often fatal struggles that women and girls face. It is a confirmation of how complicated, and often devalued, women’s experiences are within society.

“We have such a great cast that knows how to do this really well,” Sibbett said. “We’ve put a lot of humor into it too, which is a good balance. Because of the humor, and because of the mixed media I have included, I think people will enjoy it. I feel the humor is so key and I’m excited that we have a cast that is going to carry it off.”

Ensler adds to the play annually, connecting the dialogue to current issues.

“There are two new monologues this year and some of the old ones are still there,” said Sibbett, who also directed last year’s production.

Addressing domestic violence on Hawaii Island

“The Vagina Monologues” provides an artistic medium to raise awareness about these serious issues through humor, solidarity, and well…vaginas. The Family Violence Prevention Fund estimates that one in three women will face sexual or physical assault in her lifetime.

Hawai’i Island is not immune to the devastating effects of violence against women. Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth said, “Domestic Violence is a root problem to much of the crime and other negative social consequences on Hawai’i island. Our office is very active in the education of victims and others in the community – proactively reaching out to others in government and social services to improve the systems dealing with domestic violence – and most importantly, supporting programs that puts an end to the circle of violence.”

The play is described as a celebration of women and a celebration of the vagina. It’s also a dark reminder of women’s place in society—whether in developed countries like the United States, or in parts of the world like Central Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Asia and parts of Europe where women are raped, beaten, prostituted, murdered, and permanently immobilized by the fear that is instilled in them from childhood.

Yisa Var is one of the actresses in this year’s production and feels it’s imperative that we talk to our children about the realities of violence against women in hopes of breaking the cycle.

“Even if someone has not experienced abuse themselves, they will still connect to many themes throughout the show,” said Var. “I have an 11-year-old son, and although the show is recommended for a little older audience, I feel as a parent that it is imperative that my child learn the truth— good and bad. The stories in the ‘Monologues’ may go a little above his head, but I am hopeful that it will start a dialogue and help him to feel comfortable talking about sexuality and how to love someone without hurting them. It is a step toward breaking the cycle to put forth into the world strong, but sensitive, empathetic and loving young men. To do that, they need the knowledge. ‘The Vagina Monologues’ offers that and so much more.”

The play is full of powerful narratives that make a statement about the prevalence and reality of violence against women around the world. Participants acknowledge that saying the word ‘vagina’ is not going to end the war on women, but hope that it will raise awareness of harsh realities that many women face on a daily basis.

According to Ensler in her book, “I say ‘vagina’ because I have read the statistics, and bad things are happening to women’s vaginas everywhere: 500,000 women are raped every year in the United States; 100 million women have been genitally mutilated worldwide. Saying ‘vagina’ is the first step in acknowledging our authentic selves.”

Sibbett is just as passionate about empowering women to reclaim their power over their bodies and themselves.

“For the women who’ve experienced violence, I want them to know that they’re not alone. It’s a club that none of us wish we were a part of, but now that we are, I want them to know that they have a lot of support,” she said. “There are a lot of strong women that come from this. We can unite together and make a difference. “

“The more voices we get pulling together, especially on this island, the better.” She said. “I want people to know that there are resources for them, and that there are many other wonderful women that are going through this situation that they wouldn’t even suspect. Once we start putting our voices together we really can start making some changes.”

In addition to Barr and Sibbett, the cast of this year’s monologues includes Sara Beery Hagen, Bonnie Cherni, Sophie Dommer, Beth Dunnington, Rep. Cindy Evans, Ronja Giesser, Harmony Graziano, Barbara Harris, Isabel Kalaau-Catrett, Rona Lee, Rani Moore, Robin O’Hara, Naomi Peters, Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter, Melinda Polet, Jan Rae, Madeline Schatz, Mary Sharma, Shanon Sidell, Maia Tarnas, Corine Tilson, Yisa Var, and Tess Yong.

Ensler’s work has inspired the social justice movement known as V-Day, with the goal to end violence against girls and women. It includes the worldwide annual production of “The Vagina Monologues.”

Performances of The Vagina Monologues and the V-day movement have raised more nearly 100 million dollars worldwide, and benefited numerous community-based programs dedicated to anti-violence causes.

“It’s important to raise money for needed programs on the Big Island and to celebrate the great writing of Eve Ensler, a revolutionary force for good,” said Roseanne Barr.

“Regardless of whether or not you’ve been touched by violence, I invite everyone to come to the show so we can all find our voices all together,” said Sibbett. “This has got to stop. It’s got to happen by us coming together as a community. It’s time for peace. We all deserve our divine right to choose happiness. None of us need to submit to this kind of violence.”

The Vagina Monologues shows at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 9. Tickets are $10, $15, and $20 and can be purchased on line at kahilutheatre.org or by calling 1-808-885-6868. All profits will benefit women and families affected by violence on Hawaii Island.

 

 

Nov
26

Domestic Goddess Cooking Show 2003 Flashback

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Roseanne & Johnny had just hooked up (about 11 years ago) and he found himself in the reality show she was doing at the time, “The Real Roseanne.” It was an hilarious premise: a network (ABC) show about Roseanne trying to get a cable cooking show. It was brilliant and ahead of its time (It was Roseanne, after all!). Producers mentioned a theme song for the cooking show & Johnny asked if he could submit one for consideration. Here’s “Somethin’s Cookin’ – he wrote the words and music, played everything in a jazzy, Bluesy organ format, dashed into an LA studio and came out in less than an hour with this demo. Johnny and Roseanne loved the idea of the late, wonderful Phoebe Snow singing it when it got past the demo stage, but that wasn’t to be. But, we thought Roseannearchists and Roseanthropologists might enjoy this little 2-minute slice of history. It’s kind of a fun blast from the past that never really saw the light of day – but Roseanne liked it and that’s all that mattered to Johnny.

 

Oct
09

AMA has weighed in on Obama’s new health care package.

The American Medical Association has weighed in on Obama’s new health care package.
The Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.
The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.
   
Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while the Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted.
Pathologists yelled, “Over my dead body!” while the Pediatricians said, “Oh, grow up!”
The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it.
Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and the Internists claimed it would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow.
The Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would “put a whole new face on the matter.”
The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.
Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no.
In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in  Washington .