This week, I’m reporting from the incredible Rochester International Jazz Festival. First up, on the anti-aging front, is Maureen Dowd’s column from last Sunday’s NY Times
It appears that the HDTV revolution has movie stars and other high profile folk up in arms. Why? Because they look too real–every flaw and blemish is accurately portrayed, as is the make-up they use to cover it up. So the cosmetic industry is answering with new HD-friendly products.
Dowd reports that Georgetown’s Sephora Salon provides a new airbrushed makeup application that is designed to make you look like you’re not wearing make up! As Art Buchwald once said, being a humorist in DC is easy; all you have to do is report the news.
Some actresses have contracts that require them to be shown slightly out-of-focus. Down concludes by turning down a pair of hi-def lenses, preferring to “keep it fuzzy”. Ironically placed elsewhere in the same paper is an article about hospitals in Prague that are recruiting nurses, not with a traditional
signing bonus, but with plastic surgery. For a 3-year contact, they can have their breasts enlarged or tummies tucked. Needless to say, it’s working.
I’ll finish with two favorite surprises from the Jazz Fest, both from the UK.
First, Liane Carroll. Here’s a video of her wonderful version of
“Summertime”, recorded at a British music school (Video embed disabled by owners request).
Next is the Neil Cowley trio, going a bit farther afield. Here’s my favorite song from their set, “How Do We Catch Up?”: