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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1474

WHAT IS SEA LEVEL: How do we measure it?

ROB FORD: The Bill O'Reilly interview.

LADY GAGA: Visits Ellen's 'Bro Show'.

WOOF TO WASH: UK laundry specialist JTM service has devised and launched the world's first 'Woof to Wash' washing machine which is activated by a dog's bark.

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What To Watch This Week on TV: Sound of Music; Gaga for Thanksgiving; Babs in Brooklyn - VIDEO


Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— Skip the Black Friday crowds and settle in with a legend. Relive Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn on Great Performances, Friday at 9 p.m. Eastern on PBS.

More picks and clips, including Lady Gaga's holiday plans and a glimpse at Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Lady Gaga and R. Kelly Spark Presidential Instagram Scandal in the Oval Office: VIDEO


Lady Gaga and R. Kelly got down with some naughty action in the Oval Office on the American Music Awards, referencing, at least visually, JFK's affair with Marilyn Monroe.


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LGBT Ally Weird Al Yankovic Gave 'Born This Way' Proceeds to HRC: VIDEO

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At a signing for Weird Al Yankovic's new book My Teacher and Me, podcaster Jeff for Justice talked to the legendary parody singer about his Lady Gaga spoof single "Perform This Way" and why he decided to donate all proceeds of the song to the Human Rights Campaign.

Said Yankovic:

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 12.56.11 PM"'Born This Way' is such a positive song I felt this bad about doing a parody of it and I wanted to show that my heart was in the right place. I wasn't making fun of the cause, or concept, or anything like that. It was all in good fun and I thought that by donating to the HRC that would show that it was all in good fun."

Watch the clip (and Yankovic's "Perform This Way," AFTER THE JUMP...

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The Last Show at NYC's Roseland Ballroom Will be a Lady Gaga Concert

ArtpopAs you may know, NYC's legendary Roseland Ballroom is closing in 2014, and now we know who will close it:

Iconic New York City venue Roseland Ballroom is closing its doors for good in 2014, and Lady Gaga will help shut down her hometown venue with a real New York theatrical affair! Gaga will play the final shows EVER at the Roseland in a very intimate residency March 28, 30, 31 and April 2. Tickets for all performances go on sale to to the general public Monday, November 25 at 10:00am ET.

Wrote Billboard in October:

The venerable venue, owned by developer Larry Ginsberg and booked by Live Nation, opened at its 52nd street location, a converted skating rink, in 1958 and is a sentimental favorite for many bands. The history of the venue in New York dates back to 1919, when it was located at 51st and Broadway, and prior to that in Philadelphia.

Evolving from ballroom dancing in the ‘20s to popular music, Roseland has for years been a favored New York play for a wide range of bands from the early days of rock, through disco, grunge, modern rock, jam, pop, urban and EDM. The venue found a new gear with a $1 million production/rigging renovation in the early ‘90s, funded by Ginsberg, which led to more high profile bookings of multiple dates on bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, and other hot acts when competition in that cap range was not as fierce.

Also home of the Black Party.

Russian Promoter Fined For 'Harming Children' By Organizing Lady Gaga Concert

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The heinous Russian anti-gay "propaganda" laws have found a victim in Planet Plus, a St. Petersburg promoter who organized Lady Gaga's concert last year. Even though it was Gaga herself who broke the law by promoting equality and respect for all during her show, a Russian court found Planet Plus in violation of a law that “protects children from information that is harmful to their health and/or development,” a reinstatement of a verdict that had actually been previously overturned.

A fine was levied of 20,000 rubles, or approximately $614. The amount is pretty paltry for American incomes, but the average Russian salary is roughly 23,600 rubles, or $790. So in American terms, the fine is comparable to about $44,000 for a "crime" that Planet Plus was in no way involved in.

The reason Planet Plus was fined in the first place was because a parent who was a member of the conservative group The Union of Russian Citizens complained after taking her 13-year-old daughter to see the show in what is perhaps the most obvious case this year of someone trying to be offended.


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