Kathy Griffin isn’t sorry for brutally slamming Melania Trump’s false assertion about family separation

CHRIS PIZZELLOComeback-minded comedian Kathy Griffin performs in San Francisco June 14-15.

After Kathy Griffin faced massive backlash last year for posting a photo of her holding what appeared to be President Donald Trump’s decapitated head, she initially apologized. But later she backed off her apology and said she wasn’t sorry.

Kathy Griffin (CHRIS PIZZELLO)

The comedian doesn’t appear poised to offer any kind of apology for tweeting out a profanity-laced criticism of Melania Trump, after the first lady Sunday issued a statement of concern about immigrant children being separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on border crossings.

“(Expletive) you, Melanie,” Griffin tweeted. “You know damn well your husband can end this immediately…you feckless complicit piece of (expletive).”

Griffin’s tweet to her 2.1 million followers garnered 29,000 “likes” and was retweeted more than 6,000 times; it also used the president’s wrong spelling of his wife’s name in a recent birthday greeting. Griffin tweet was in response to this statement that was issued Sunday morning through Melania Trump’s spokeswoman to CNN.

“Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform. She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”

NEW: Statement from @FLOTUS spokeswoman @StephGrisham45 to me regarding what’s happening to kids at our borders: pic.twitter.com/fpsfHJSOTa

— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) June 17, 2018

Some, including Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty, praised the first lady for breaking her usual reticence by addressing her husband’s “heinous” policy and by saying the United States needs to govern “with heart.”

But many others, from a New York Times report by Peter Baker to Griffin, noted that Melania Trump’s “both sides” comment merely echoed her husband’s repeated false assertions that his administration is …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Top SF Bay Area concerts: Kevin Hart, Chris Brown, Pretenders among best bets

This week brings another entertaining round of concerts to the Bay Area. Here are some of the top picks, including two shows by one of the most popular comedians in the business.

Kevin Hart at Shoreline, Pavilion

We’re not sure how he finds the time to tour, given that Kevin Hart seems to put out a new movie every other week or so. OK, so maybe we’re exaggerating (a little). He’s not quite as ubiquitous on the big screen as his buddy — and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” co-star – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But it’s close.

But don’t miss the opportunity to see Hart in concert. He is performing two big Bay Area shows at 8 p.m. June 21 at Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheatre and 8 p.m. June 22 at the Concord Pavilion.

Details: Shoreline tickets are $33-$153.50, Concord Pavilion tickets are $33.50-$129; www.livenation.com.

Violent Femmes at Mountain Winery, UC Theatre

This band’s eponymous first album in 1983 stands as one of the great debuts in rock history. You’ll likely hear plenty of that album when the Violent Femmes perform at 7:30 p.m. June 21 at Saratoga’s Mountain Winery and 8 p.m. June 22 at Berkeley’s UC Theatre. Ashwin Batish is also on the bill.

Details: Mountain Winery tickets are $39.50-$79.50, www.mountainwinery.com; UC Theatre tickets are $39.50, www.eventbrite.com.

Chris Brown

Brown is out on the road in support of his latest chart-topping R&B effort, “Heartbreak on a Full Moon.” Catch him at 7 p.m. June 21 at the Concord Pavilion. H.E.R., 6LACK, Rich The Kid and JACQUEES are also on the bill.

Details: Tickets are $16-$191, www.livenation.com.

Belle and Sebastian

Catch this terrific Scottish act, which has delivered such sparkling indie-pop gems as 1998’s “The Boy with the Arab Strap,” at 8 p.m. June 25 at Oakland’s Fox …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Huey Lewis among the millions suffering from ear issues

Huey Lewis was in the news recently (sorry, couldn’t resist) regarding his recent diagnosis of Meniere’s disease, and as a result, his cancellation of all of his remaining concert dates for 2018. This rare disease highlights how little we all know about how our inner ear works, including the doctors looking to treat problems of this tiny organ.

Let’s start with a brief review of anatomy. The outer ear is what we see and the ear canal to the eardrum, the eardrum vibrates with sound waves, turning sound into mechanical vibration. This vibration transverses the middle ear through three bones — the hammer, anvil and stirrup. The stirrup sends the vibration into the inner ear. The inner ear is filled with fluid and the vibration of that fluid is what stimulates a sensitive membrane that triggers nerve endings. These nerve endings are extremely sensitive and are what wear out in time as we age, or have been exposed to too much loud noise.

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The “inner ear” is actually two attached organs, the cochlea and the labyrinth. The cochlea converts the vibrational sound signal to an electrical one and transmits it to the brain. The labyrinth consists of semicircular canals and is our sense of balance. These canals work like a carpenter’s level, but with little crystals in them instead of air bubbles. These crystals move in the channels of the semicircular canals bumping into the walls, thereby stimulating nerve endings, and sending a signal to the brain as to which direction we are moving. The canals cover three different planes, so we know we got in the wrong elevator without looking just as well we know …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


TV tonight: The ‘MTV Movie & TV Awards’

TV picks for Monday, June 18

“The Bachelorette” (8 p.m., ABC): Clay’s stunning exit only revs up the already fierce competition for Becca’s heart. The cocktail party continues with a private conversation between the Bachelorette and Blake while an intimate sit-down chat with Jordan ends in a surprise. The group begins their journey with a trip to Park City, Utah. Becca and her date of the day join celebrated 2006 Olympic bobsled silver medalists Valerie Fleming and Shauna Rohbock for a quick trip down the track. Country star Granger Smith caps off the night with a romantic private concert. Thirteen suitors see if they can make the grade as lumberjacks, and one last individual date takes Becca and her guy on a snowmobile excursion.

“MTV Movie & TV Awards,” (9 p.m., MTV): Tiffany Haddish is our hilarious host for the annual celebration of the actors, stories and moments that drove pop-culture the past year. Not surprisingly, the blockbuster “Black Panther” leads the field with seven nominations. Chris Pratt will receive this year’s “Generation Award” and Lena Waithe will be honored with the “Trailblazer Award.”

“American Ninja Warrior” (9 p.m., NBC): The show takes over downtown Indianapolis at the foot of the majestic “Monument Circle” where competitors will face two new obstacles among the six they must tackle, including the “Wheel Flip” and the “Spin Hopper.” “American Ninja Warrior” season 7 champion Isaac Caldiero returns to the show after a two year hiatus.

“The Proposal” (10 p.m., ABC): Brace yourself for another very weird dating show. Each episode of features 10 eligible men or women competing in four pageant-style rounds to win the heart of a mystery person whose identity is concealed from them. Jesse Palmer is our host.

“Running Wild With Bear Grylls” (8 p.m., NBC): Actor Don Cheadle joins Bear on a journey …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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