The happy convergence of Midweek Madness time with Barbra Streisand's 71st birthday means a little levity is in order.
I always did have a soft spot for every moment of "Color Me Barbra," because it was the first Streisand album I owned and the beginning of a life-long, unrequited romance. The TV special that generated that album includes this comic gem -- a harried Marie Antoinette getting a hurried last song in.
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Tim Smith is the fine arts critic for The Baltimore Sun, covering classical music, theater and visual arts. Before starting at The Sun in 2000, Smith was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where he also contributed to NPR. He's written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and he's a longtime contributor to Opera News. His book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.