Spring Begins, Nightlife Booms, Chaka Khan Eats Her Birthday Cake

TGIGF (Thank God it’s Good Friday). For many, this is Good Friday. For the folks over at EVR, it figures to be a Great Friday. They will resume their late-night programming, which had been curtailed by wording on their liquor license which I have been told has been reworded. The restaurant/lounge on 39th St. between 5th and 6th is removed from residential buildings on a block where they fold up the sidewalks on weekends since the retail/business establishments aren’t usually open. The very pretty EVR (pronounced ever) has had a pretty good week so far.

Tuesday, EVR hosted Chaka Khan’s 60th birthday bash. The "I’m Every Woman" and "Ain’t Nobody" legend attracted a lot of non-every-woman types… a slew of somebodies including Aretha Franklin, Whoopi Goldberg, Star Jones, Cissy Houston, Taraji P. Henson, Soledad O’Brien, Juanita Jordan, and many more. A three-course dinner was served for her 150 guests.

On Wednesday at EVR, I DJd at Nick Andreottola and Nicole Rose Stillings’ Champagning event. The packed, adult crowd enjoys the sharp atmosphere, great food, and early hours (event starts at 6pm) – and maybe my music. For working folks who can’t get to my 11pm-till-4am DJ gig at The DL, pop by EVR to visit Mr. Lewis. 

Spring is in the air. I’ve seen crocuses and daffodils and migrating birds and an ice cream truck by the school by my Brooklyn abode. I have pep in my step, although my increasingly serious relationship with Amanda has stopped me from looking for love in all the wrong places. 

The next few weeks will bring a big boom to nightlife as the frost will finally leave and Al Gore’s global warming shtick finally comes to fruition. As always: party responsibly. Never try to fit a year’s worth of mayhem into a single evening. 

Photo: Uptown Mag.

Your Daily Guide To Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Robin Roberts

Googlers are filled with concern this morning for Robin Roberts, the Good Morning America host who revealed yesterday that her breast cancer treatment—she beat the disease five years back—has left her with a rare blood disease called myelodysplastic syndrome, which can cause anemia, a drop in red and white blood cell and bleeding.. “Sometimes treatment for cancer can lead to other serious medical issues,” Roberts said to her audience, “and that’s what I’m facing right now.” 

Dingo

An Australian coroner has ruled that it was indeed a dingo that ate baby Azaria Chamberlain 32 years ago in the Australian desert and Google searchers are lapping it up. Even though Chamberlain’s parents have spent years claiming this (her mother was at one point sentenced to life in prison for killing the child, but only ended up serving four years), it’s the first time they’ve had the law on their side. If any of this sounds at all familiar its likely because you’ve seen the 1988 movie A Cry In The Dark, starring Meryl Streep, or you’ve just heard people yelling “A dingo ate my baby!” over and over your entire life. This is what they’ve been talking about. 

Joy Behar

Yahoo! users are apparently very curious about the career moves of Joy Behar, the redheaded co-host of The View. It’s been announced that Behar will in September premiere a talk show for Current TV. Behar’s show will feature political and cultural commentary and discussion, not too far off from her last project, The Joy Behar Show, which was on HLN network until last year when it was canceled. "Joy Behar is a beloved veteran television personality with her finger on the pulse of what viewers care about," said Current TV chairman Al Gore—yes, that Al Gore. "Millions of Americans tune in daily to hear her take on the issues along with her inimitable style. We are honored that Current TV will be Joy’s new primetime home." 

Frank Cady

The celebrity news at Bing this morning is a bit more macabre. The top trending story is about former Green Acres star Frank Cady—he played Sam Drucker, the general store owner—who died two days ago due to an undisclosed cause of death. Cady was 96. And Bing users are apparently very attached to character actors from the golden age of television.

#GirlsLoveItWhen

At the bottom of the list of Twitter’s trending topics for the U.S. is Jeb Bush, the son and brother of former presidents who recently spoke out against the state of the Republican party. Way more popular than that momentous occasion, however, is Twitter’s own wisdom on what it is women want.

Girls Want 4

Girls Want 3

Girls Want 2

Girls Want 1

 

Five Questions For Internet Week Honcho David-Michel Davies

How is Internet Week different from any other week, you might ask? Are you required to do more tweeting, Facebook stalking, online shopping, Grindring and illegal downloading? No, you are not.

Internet Week, which kicks off today, is a seven-day festival of panels, parties, workshops and Klout superstars that celebrates the way the web has influenced the culture and people of New York.

We sat down with festival co-chair David-Michel Davies to find out what Bjork, Bill Clinton and Instagram all have in common.

What exactly is Internet Week?
It’s a city-wide festival celebrating our industry’s thriving community. It’s a fun and interesting model for a festival in that it really mirrors the way the Internet works. Instead of us sitting in a room and coming up with events, we work closely with New York’s Internet community to program the festival, which means there are more than 200 events that are thrown by all sorts of different organizations under the festival’s umbrella. Those range from panels and conferences to arts events and parties. We also have a 50,000-square-foot headquarters at 82 Mercer Street. It’s relevant to what’s happening on the Internet today because the content is created by the city itself.

What events are you most looking forward to?
I’m excited to see the New York City photo exhibit at the W Times Square. It’s New York’s most talented Instagram photographers taking photos of the city and shown in a gallery there. There’s another exhibit at a Soho gallery called The Art of Apps, where people like Peter Rojas will have an exhibit of art interfaced with iPhone and iPad by some of the world’s top designers. And we’re having a panel at the headquarters with comedian Billy Eichner and others talking about comedy on the Internet.

And you also produce the Webby Awards, right?
We do produce the Webby Awards, which will be on May 21 at the Hammerstein Ballroom and will be hosted by Patton Oswalt, so it’ll be super funny. Even if you can’t come to the show, it’s live streamed at webbyawards.com at 5:30 EST and anyone can tune in. We’ll be honoring Louis C.K., we’ll be honoring Bjork, we’ll have a special tribute to Steve Jobs that we’ve been working on which will feature video message from President Clinton, Al Gore, Jimmy Fallon and more.

Do you see Internet Week as helping the pale, sweats-clad people of the web overcome the stereotype of being socially awkward loners?
The thing about it is that the web is really the hub of pop culture today. When I was younger it was television, that was the media that drove conversation. Today that’s the internet. We see all sorts of type of culture emerging online and Internet Week is a way of seeing that and bringing it to life in real space. Absolutely it’s a way to see people outside of behind the screens, but it’s also mirroring how vital the Internet is to the world.

Taiwan’s Animated Take on the Al Gore Sex Allegations

Ever find the presentation of the news a little stale? Ever get tired of the same old talking heads? Well, Taiwanese news service NMA prefers to mix it up, juicing their reportage with a trashy gimmick American news organizations have side-stepped: cheap animated re-enactments. This is basically turning the “news” into a cartoon, and the latest example is especially mind-blowing. Behold, the Al Gore sex allegations, the animated version!

In case you missed the story, an unidentified masseuse first contacted police in 2006, alleging Gore had been all hands during her visit to his Portland hotel room. She quickly changed her mind about pressing charges, skipping out on three scheduled police interviews, only to come forward again earlier this year with a complete statement in which she described the former vice president as a “crazed sex poodle.”

The video, of course, is in Taiwanese, but it’s easy enough to understand. Flames shoot out of Gore’s eyes, and there’s even a graphic of a poodle humping someone’s leg! The only thing that baffles me here is what, exactly, Al saying to the masseuse about Pink and George Bush?

Just for shits & giggles, there’s also an animated version of the Tiger Woods scandal, this time courtesy of China.

Links: Al Gore Masseuse Only Wants $1 Million, Tori Spelling Knows Farrah Fawcett’s Ghost

● The woman who called Al Gore a “crazed sex poodle” is so scared and hurt that the only thing that will make her feel better is $1 million to tell her story. The horror! [Page Six] ● Speaking of pay-offs, Tiger Woods and his wife Elin have reportedly reached a divorce settlement worth $750 million, or a hell of a lot of massages. [Hollywood Life] ● A young Chinese girl sought plastic surgery to transform herself into Jessica Alba in order to win her boyfriend back. Alba convinced her not to do it, but probably took the boyfriend anyway. [Starpulse]

● Tori Spelling claims Farrah Fawcett contacted her from beyond the grave. For more details, buy her book! [HuffPo] ● After crowd riots ruined a free Drake concert in downtown New York City, a similar Ke$ha show has also been canceled. Allegedly Jack Daniels makes 14-year-olds really rowdy. [WSJ] ● Alex Trebek tries auto-tune, gets his T-Pain on two years too late. [Vulture]

Links: Al Gore’s Sexual Abuse Allegations, Mariah Carey’s Dog Bill Accusations

● Al Gore was the focus of a sexual abuse investigation stemming from a “three-hour, $540 massage session” in Oregon. You can’t make this stuff up. [Page Six] ● Jerry Seinfeld continues to run his mouth about Lady Gaga: “You take one ‘A’ off of that and you’ve got ‘gag.’” Gross like a father poking fun at his daughter’s friends. [TIME] ● Everyone knows the internet is for toplessness, so sit back and enjoy the top 25 photos of Jack Nicholson without a shirt on — eating not recommended. [BuzzFeed]

● Mariah Carey has been sued by her veterinarian, who claims the singer owes $30,000 in unpaid bills for her three dogs. Thirty grand is like two weeks of babysitting for Nick Cannon. [PopEater] ● According to a new GQ profile, M.I.A. wants to wear a white suit to her wedding, because that’s what rebels do, and Billy Idol, too. [Celebuzz] ● U.S. soccer hero Landon Donovan’s last minute goal against Algeria has been appropriately remixed, demonstrating American might. [TDW]

Links: Robert Pattinson’s Valium Habit, Levi and Bristol Together Again

● Robert Pattinson admits he popped “a few” valium before his Twilight audition, putting him closer to Rush Limbaugh than Tom Cruise on the heartthrob scale. [Starpulse] ● Laurie David, the ex-wife of Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Larry David and alleged mistress of Al Gore, denies the affair. She’s really more of a Bill Clinton type of lady. [HuffPo] ● This Lady Gaga sex doll is upsetting on levels that haven’t even been thought of yet. [PipeDream]

● Levi Johnston and real life Juno Bristol Palin are back together again; love is real. [US Weekly] ● A free show featuring the rapper Drake, on the release day of his debut album, and one-hit legends Hanson, all grown up, was canceled amid a riot. The gods would not allow such a pairing. [Sound of the City] ● What celebrity sex tape would your United States Senator least like to see? Susan Boyle and Abe Vigoda, he said. Wait, what? [Page Six]

What Broke Up Al and Tipper Gore?

Breaking News! Politico is reporting that former Vice President Al Gore and his wife of 40 years, professional photographer Tipper Gore, are separating. In an email obtained by Politico, the Gores wrote, “This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration. We ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family, and we do not intend to comment further.” There is no word yet on precisely what prompted the separation, but BlackBook has obtained an exclusive photo of Al Gore’s alleged mistress. Check it out after the break.

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Wit!

Who Said It, Al Gore or Osama Bin Laden?

Osama bin Laden recently had some thoughts on climate change and it got me thinking…if one were to pull a bunch of Al Gore quotes and shuffled them with some Osama bin Laden quotes, could you tell the difference? Well, could you? It’s harder to do than you might imagine. After the break, see if you can figure out which quotes are from the world’s most wanted man and which quotes are from the should-have-been POTUS.

(‘DiggThis’)1.”Our world faces a true planetary emergency.”

2.“America is a great power possessed of tremendous military might and a wide-ranging economy, but all this is built on an unstable foundation.”

3.”This is a message to the whole world about those responsible for climate change and its repercussions – whether intentionally or unintentionally – and about the action we must take.”

4.”That [Letterman] show is so lame. ”

5.”Speaking about climate change is not a matter of intellectual luxury – the phenomenon is an actual fact.”

6.”[The] war in Iraq makes millions of dollars for big corporations, either weapons manufacturers or those working in the reconstruction, such as Halliburton and its sister companies.”

7.“When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When you have neither, holler.”

8.“While President Bush likes to project an image of strength and courage, the real truth is that in the presence of his large financial contributors, he is a moral coward.”

9.”I’m in this huge feud with Lindsay Lohan.”

10.”The US loves life.”

11.”No matter how hard the loss, defeat might serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.”

12.”There are many who still do not believe that global warming is a problem at all. And it’s no wonder: because they are the targets of a massive and well-organized campaign of disinformation lavishly funded by polluters who are determined to prevent any action to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming out of a fear that their profits might be affected if they had to stop dumping so much pollution into the atmosphere.”

In Order: Gore, bin Laden, bin Laden, Gore, bin Laden, bin Laden, Gore, bin Laden, Gore, bin Laden, bin Laden, Gore.