Streisand proves you can go home after all
Barbra Streisand was full of Brooklyn pride as she belted out well-known tunes with passion during a concert at the newly built Barclays Center. Thursday night’s three-hour show was Streisand’s return to her hometown, where she’s also performing today on her “Back to Brooklyn” tour.
The 70-year-old told the crowd of 18,000 that the last time she performed solo in the New York City borough was “on somebody’s stoop on Pulaski Street” as an 8-year-old.
She entered the stage in a shimmery black blazer and long skirt, holding her hands close to the microphone as she hit the right notes on more than two dozen songs, including “People,” “Evergreen” and “The Way We Were.”
“Hello Brooklyn,” she yelled. “Who said you can’t come home again, right?”
Richter work fetches record price
A Gerhard Richter painting owned by Eric Clapton has sold for $34.2 million, handily beating pre-sale estimates and setting a new auction record for the German abstract artist. Sotheby’s auction house says Richter’s “Abstraktes Bild” sold to an anonymous buyer Friday in London. The 1994 abstract oil on canvas piece from guitarist Clapton’s collection was expected to sell for between $14 million and $19 million.
Berg to Romney: Get your own slogan
The creator of TV’s “Friday Night Lights” is accusing Mitt Romney of plagiarizing a phrase from the show to use as a campaign slogan.
Peter Berg wrote a letter to Romney on Friday saying he’s “not thrilled” that the Republican presidential candidate is using the phrase “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” on campaign posters and his Facebook page. On the TV show, a small-town Texas football coach uses the phrase to inspire his players before taking the field.
Berg’s agent distributed the letter to the media. In it, Berg thanks Romney for supporting the show but says, “Please come up with your own campaign slogan.”
The birthday bunch
Actress Melinda Dillon is 73. Singer-musician Paul Simon is 71. Country singer Lacy J. Dalton is 66. Singer-musician Sammy Hagar is 65. Singer Marie Osmond is 53. Actress Kelly Preston is 50. Actor Sacha Baron Cohen is 41. Singer Ashanti is 32.