Donald Trump gives shout-out to daughters Ivanka and what’s-her-name

Ivanka Trump, second from right, the daughter and assistant to President Donald Trump, listens to her father speak at Local 18 Richfield Training Facility, Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Richfield, Ohio. Also at the event is Trump's daughter Tiffany Trump, upper left. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Ivanka! Ivanka! Ivanka!

At this point we would be surprised if Tiffany Trump isn’t channeling her inner Jan Brady. President Donald Trump seems to get all aglow when speaking about older daughter Ivanka — with constant praises for her smarts, business acumen and — ewww! — physical appearance.

Ivanka Trump, second from right, the daughter and assistant to President Donald Trump, listens to her father speak at Local 18 Richfield Training Facility, Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Richfield, Ohio. Also at the event is Trump’s daughter Tiffany Trump, upper left. (AP Photo/David Richard)

The president has also entrusted Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, to be part of his Washington, D.C., inner circle with their appointments as senior White House advisors. As for Ivanka’s half-sister Tiffany, well, she’s Tiffany.

Trump’s latest example of favoritism came Thursday during his speech about infrastructure in Ohio, according to Splinter. Both Ivanka, 36, and Tiffany, 24, escorted dad to the event, and at one point Trump acknowledged the two.

“We have two of my daughters here today,” Trump told the crowd. “Ivanka, who is working hard on infrastructure, Ivanka … and Tiffany!”

Trump introduces his daughters: “Ivanka, who is working hard on infrastructure,” and “Tiffany.”

— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) March 29, 2018

Ouch. At least he remembered her name.

Tiffany, along with 12-year-old half-brother Barron, has been the least visible of Trump’s five children since he took over the White House.

Ivanka has national and world matters occupying her thoughts, and Donald Jr. and Eric are in charge of the Trump business empire. Donald Jr. lately has also been tabloid fodder after news of his wife Vanessa filing for divorce was followed with reports of an extra-marital affair with singer Aubrey O’Day.

And there’s Tiffany!

As a student at Georgetown Law School, Trump’s only child with second wife …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


They just want to be loved: Clowns look to revamp their image

Julia Bothun, a former Ringling Bros. clown, applies the final touches toher makeup. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Michael S. Williamson

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By Karen Heller | Washington Post

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — This has been a terribly sad time for clowns, those purveyors of happiness whose recorded history dates back to ancient Greece. Last year was possibly the pits.

Clowns witnessed the shuttering of venerable Ringling Bros., the largest and latest of circuses to close. The layoffs of regional Ronald McDonalds. The movie — don’t get them started — “It.”

It has been one packed clown car of woe.

And it comes on top of decades of portrayals of depressed, malevolent and downright crazed clowns in movies and on TV, not to mention in real life: Krusty on “The Simpsons,’” Zach Galifianakis on “Baskets,” Twisty on “American Horror Story,” the Great Clown Scare of 2016, Insane Clown Posse, Heath Ledger’s Joker, Jack Nicholson’s Joker, John Wayne Gacy.

Recently, 240 entertainers assembled for the World Clown Association convention in Minnesota. In March.

Which prompts the question: Haven’t clowns suffered enough?

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Ah, but you can’t keep a good clown down. The craft requires putting on a good face, after all, and clowns remain a genial, outgoing, colorful lot, ready to laugh off their cares.

“There’s no secret that clowning is taking a hit. It’s not something new,” former Ringling clown and International Clown Hall of Fame founder Greg DeSanto offered in his keynote address to the 36th annual convention, a tribute to Ringling Bros. “The kitsch thing to say is ‘I’m afraid of clowns.’ What do you think I’m going to do? Make you laugh?”

Clowns from across the United States and nearly a dozen countries gathered to consider tiny trikes, colossal footwear …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


TV this week: John Legend leads NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for April 1-7

DON’T MISS: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” — The iconic rock opera based on the final week of Jesus’s life gets an exuberant concert staging in front of an audience at the Marcy Armory in Brooklyn, N.Y. Leading the cast is pop superstar John Legend in the title role. Also appearing are Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas and Alice Cooper as King Herod. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who created the production that opened on Broadway in 1971, are among the show’s executive producers. (8 p.m. Sunday, NBC).

Other bets:

SUNDAY: Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald star in the latest “Masterpiece” drama, “The Child in Time.” Based an Ian McEwan novel, it follows a British couple whose lives are upended when their 4-year-old daughter goes missing. (9 p.m., PBS).

MONDAY: OK, so your bracket was busted weeks ago. Still, someone’s hoop dreams will come true tonight by the end of the NCAA Basketball Championship at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. (6 p.m. PT, TBS; 9 p.m. ET).

MONDAY: “The Crossing” is a new drama about a sheriff (Steve Zahn) of a small Oregon fishing town who is stunned when 47 refugees from a war-torn country wash up on a local beach seeking asylum. Turns out they’re from America — and the war they’re fleeing is 180 years into the future. (10 p.m., ABC).

TUESDAY: Tracy Morgan returns to prime time in “The Last O.G.” It’s a comedy about an ex-con who is shocked to see just how much his Brooklyn neighborhood — and the world — have changed when he is released from prison after a 15-year stint. Tiffany Haddish and Cedric the Entertainer also star. (10:30 p.m., TBS).

TUESDAY: “Legion,” the trippy, twisty drama series starring Dan Stevens as …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Bay Area calendar: Comedy show, ZinFest and more

“Kursk”: Through April 8, La Val’s Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley. On a covert mission to the Barents Sea, a British submarine crew witnesses the sinking of the Kursk. As the crew grapple with how to respond, we become immersed in a poignantly personal story set against the backdrop of a devastating maritime disaster, in this all-female production by Theatre Lunatico. Preview: March 8. $15-$25.

“The Wolves”: Through April 8, Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. As a suburban girls’ indoor soccer team warms up in this play, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. $10 to $49.

“The Bridges of Madison County”: April 4-29, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Musical romance about the roads we travel and the bridges we dare to cross. $45-$105.

Jumpin’ at the Sun Spring Performance: 7:30 p.m. April 6, 2 p.m. April 7, Dougherty Valley Performing Arts, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon. A diverse range of choreography paired with an eclectic music mix. $22. 925-973-3343,

Ragged Wing Ensemble Presents: A Different Long Stretch of Earth: April 6-28. The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland. This original play written by Addie Ulrey was inspired by the Old West, as well as her work with nonprofit arts and social justice groups. $25-$45.

Spring Art Show & Sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 7-8, 3131 Pacific, Livermore. Enjoy artist demonstrations and an Artist’s Store, which will include unique artistic pieces available for sale. Free.

Taste of Mendocino 2018: 1-5 p.m. April 7, Fort Mason, Gallery 308, Landmark Building A, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco. More than 30 Mendocino wineries will be pouring their best wines, paired with bites from Mendocino …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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