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The TueDo List: Movies, Shopping and Holiday Cheer

(Photo: Courtesy Zürich Film Office) Hanukkah is happening. Christmas is nearly here. And the crush is almost over — as well as the chance to order anything in time for, well, anything. I’m not sure I can take one more bold type e-mail from a retailer, telling me that “THERE’S STILL TIME,” which of course implies the opposite. (There is still time for stocking stuffers, and there are some fun ones all day today on Amazon Prime.) Here’s how to catch up on some last-minute odds and ends for the people in your life. You can buy most of them from home, so you’ll also have time to relax and enjoy the weekend, holiday-style. Movies and TV I already told you I love my Roku, and I can’t stop talking about it. I’ve already got a Netflix membership, but I only have Hulu free for three months, so I’d love to get that picked up for me by someone who loves me. Sometimes, it’s the coolest thing to have someone else spring for a relatively small splurge item like that. If someone cares …

Women Who Inspire: Ali Wentworth

(Photo Credit: Ted Sabarese/Harper Collins) NAME: Ali Wentworth AGE: 49 OCCUPATION: Comedian, Actress, Author, Producer WHO SHE IS: Alexandra “Ali” Wentworth is a study in comic incongruities: the WASP-y blonde daughter of Mabel “Muffie” Cabot, Nancy Regan’s press secretary… and a salty-mouthed comedian known for her Cher and Amy Buttafuco impersonations on In Living Color. The wife of ABC’s respected anchor George Stephanopoulos… and someone who likes to surprise him by jumping on tables on Good Morning America. A mother of two and an actress who’s appeared in films like Jerry Maguire, Office Space and It’s Complicated and a woman who publicly takes us on her plastic-surgery quest for a less puffy pair of eyes. Some first fell for Ali as “schmoopy” on Seinfeld. My introduction to Ali, however, was through her two-season stint as the creator and star of Head Case, a gone-too-soon Starz original. Ali played the worst, most self-centered shrink-to-the-stars you’d ever meet — quirky, cringeworthy and hilarious. You can catch up on YouTube — highly recommend it. I devoured her fun …

Women Who Inspire: Sharon Jones

(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons) NAME: Sharon Jones AGE: 57 OCCUPATION: Soul singer extraordinaire WHO SHE IS: ON FIRE! What else can you say about this 57-year-old rock and old-soul dynamo? The last time I saw Jones perform was at the Beacon Theater with Daryl Hall and Allen Stone, and she blew both of the notable crooners off the stage with her powerhouse pipes. Flickering like a live wire across the stage, wearing a short, shimmery dress, she kicked off her heels and delivered more funk and grit than you can imagine. The Georgia native was schooled in gospel and has been gigging since the 1970s, somewhat under the radar. She worked as a correction officer at Rikers Island and a security guard until she reemerged as a backup singer in the mid to late ’90s. In 2001, she aligned with the Dap Kings as part of the so-called “vintage soul revival” which led to several critically acclaimed albums on Daptone Records including my favorite: 100 Days, 100 Nights. Just don’t call her “retro.” She told Rolling …

Women Who Inspire: Marcie Allen

(Photo Courtesy of MacPresents.com) NAME: Marcie Allen AGE: 40 OCCUPATION: Music Industry Entrepreneur WHO SHE IS: Marcie Allen is the President of MAC Presents, a NYC-based sponsorship agency that negotiates high-profile partnerships between the world’s leading brands and artists. She is a dynamo matchmaker in the music industry and perfect at pairing corporate with cool. Marcie has strong roots in Nashville. Her grandfather, Bill “Hoss” Allen, was a famous disc jokey in the 1950’s, known for playing rhythm, blues and jazz and standing behind his beliefs in the segregated South. Marcie married a lawyer working in one of the city’s top firms and established herself as the toast of Nashville’s thriving music scene. She orchestrated sponsorship deals for talent like Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum. She was content living and working in her hometown. Then suddenly, her marriage of six years ended. Facing a nasty divorce — in a town where everyone knew her name — was motivation enough for Marcie to pack her truck and move to an apartment in Brooklyn. That was four years …

Women Who Inspire: Jonatha Brooke

(Photo Credit: Sandrine Lee) NAME: Jonatha Brooke AGE: 50 OCCUPATION: Singer-songwriter, Creator and Star of the Autobiographical One-Woman Show My Mother Has Four Noses WHO SHE IS: Careful chronicler of nuance. Observer and interpreter of maladies. Of cautionary tales, the stories between the seams, the moments just before the bottom falls out. Think the poetic preening of Joni Mitchell meets the wry incandescence of Nora Ephron, with a voice that ranges from a whispering wind to a damning, devastating downpour. The pop-music poet laureate for the cautiously optimistic dysthymic in all of us. WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: Her music, though not preachy or pedantic or particularly crafted in the “get ‘em, tiger,”  spirit of Corporate McGirl Power Lite™, has always been both a security blanket and a beacon of hope for me. Like one-way advice from the big sister I never had. Lyrics like “I go on looking for comfort/I can no longer see to the left or the right/But I walk with my head held high and naked in the sun/Claiming these streets for myself” from “Paris” and “My hands get shaky …

Sarah Silverman

Women Who Inspire: Sarah Silverman

(Photo Credit: Facebook) NAME: Sarah Silverman AGE: 43 OCCUPATION: Sarah Silverman is a dirty-minded author, comedian, actor and — for those dreamers amongst us — partner in crime. WHO SHE IS: She’s the girl who says what we wish we had the cojones to say. And she does it often and well. Her experience includes a stint on SNL (though she was fired after one season), bit parts in several movies (There’s Something About Mary, School of Rock) and acting as one of the creative forces behind the YouTube channel JASH. She’s probably better known, though, for her headline role in The Sarah Silverman Program, her film and one-woman show, Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic and her Emmy-winning video for then-boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel, “I’m Fucking Matt Damon.” Then there’s Sarah’s memoir, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage and Pee, plus a hosting gig for the MTV Music Awards. And her role in The Aristocrats? Just beyond. The controversial performer has had her hand slapped multiple times for so-called racism, sexism and generally offensive statements. Her brash style isn’t for …

Women Who Inspire: Karyn Kuhl

(Photo Credit: Christina Pepe) NAME: Karyn Kuhl AGE: 52 OCCUPATION: Rock Goddess WHO SHE IS: I first met the longtime Hoboken-based guitarist, singer and songwriter when she was part of the power trio Gut Bank, back in the mid-eighties. They played a heavy blues that was way harder than the indie-rock of the usual Maxwell’s band; they were grunge before it was a term, Riot Grrrls pre-Revolution. I caught up with Kuhl again in the ‘90s, when she was still laying down luscious leads for the band Sexpod. Karyn’s a rock’n’roll survivor, never stopping making badass mood music, and is now the leader of the Karyn Kuhl Band. Check out “Floating World,” from her EP The Beautiful Glow: mesmerizing, hypnotic, beautiful. WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: Kuhl never let mainstream indifference slow her down or silence her. She still gigs regularly around the Tri-State area, still makes records, still looks about the same as when I first met her almost 30 years ago. Kuhl reminds me that perseverance is its own form of success, and that music …