Arts, Entertainment, Living

Kelly Lane Autumn Soiree and Studio Sale

Friday, 04 November 2011 12:00 AM Written by


Get ready! Local designer, Kelly Lane, will be hosting an Autumn Soiree and Sale at the Ice House Studios in Lawrenceville. On Friday, November 18 (4 pm – 9 pm) and Saturday, November 19 (10 am – 3 pm), you will be able to shop her complete Fall 2011 collection, Cosmos, enjoy 10-50% off past collection pieces and one-of-a-kind samples, purchase gift certificates and shop the well-known $10 bin.  Refreshments and snacks from Arsenal Cider House will also be available.

So, if you have been drooling over a new piece from the Cosmo collection or want to purchase you first Kelly Lane piece, next weekend is the time to do it. You can shop with Kelly by your side as she finds just the right piece for you!


November 18th 4pm - 9pm

November 19th 10am - 3pm


Ice House Studios


100 43rd Street, Suite 108

Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Have a great weekend! Be sure to check back on Monday for another Clutch post!

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“Marvel vs. Capcom 3” came out earlier this year, but if you ask Capcom it’s time for an update.  In a couple weeks the series moves forward with the highly anticipated, “Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.”  UMvC3 is a huge expansion from its predecessor.  In fact, it’s so big that Capcom had to make it a full retail release.  I caught up with Ryan McDougall, US Product Manager at Capcom, and got the scoop on this upcoming fighting frenzy.

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'Spartacus' back with a 'Vengeance'

Thursday, 03 November 2011 03:58 PM Written by

sparty_blog_copyStarz has announced a return date for its addictive "Spartacus" series, this time called "Spartacus: Vengeance" with newcomer Liam McIntyre taking over the title role from the late Andy Whitfield.

Read the Starz announcement with the premiere date after the jump. ...

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'Million Dollar Quartet' - Beyond the Musical

Thursday, 03 November 2011 10:55 AM Written by

The success of the musical Million Dollar Quartet is a given, inspired by a real-life Elvis Presley/Jerry Lee Lewis/Carl Perkins/Johnny Cash jam session that took place at Sun Records in Memphis on December 4, 1956 without much fanfare beyond the Memphis area, save a newspaper article in the Memphis Press-Scimitar and a photo. While the repertoire is largely removed from what was actually recorded, it speaks well of the producers that cast members actually sing and play their instruments, free of the contrivances that often mar these sorts of musicals. Of course, it's also safe to say considerable—and I mean considerable—artistic license was taken to make this the rockabilly oldies extravaganza that it clearly is.

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'Hell on Wheels' chugs to AMC

Thursday, 03 November 2011 12:00 AM Written by

HOW_101_2425BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- I'll have a review of AMC's "Hell on Wheels" (10 p.m. Sunday) in Sunday's TV Week -- short preview: I was kind of bored -- but for now it's worthwhile to look at what's missing from this story set during the building of the transcontinental railroad and how it may appear similar to a past cable series, HBO's "Deadwood."

First, what's missing: Chinese immigrants. Shouldn't they be a part of a story about building a railroad? Turns out, it depends on which railroad. The Central Pacific, which began on the West Coast, did use Chinese immigrant laborers, but "Hell on Wheels" co-creators and brothers Joe and Tony Gayton said that wasn't the case with the Union Pacific, which began in the east.

"What a lot of people think of when they think about the Transcontinental Railroad is the contribution of the Chinese immigrants," said "Hell on Wheels" co-creator Joe Gayton. "The genesis for this goes way back to reading about it and seeing the old 'American Experience' documentary about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. ... It's just so American, the idea of a tent city that packs up and moves.  And it's violent, and it's given to vice and gambling, but there's churches there.  And there was just something about that that caught me and Joe, and I think that's probably the reason, and just budgetwise and timewise, that we could really only concentrate on one side of it, and that's probably why we chose the Union Pacific as opposed to the Central Pacific."

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The weekend will be around again before we know it (don't forget to turn your clocks back), and there are a couple of top-notch blues shows to recommend.

First, tomorrow night (11.4), Paul Richell and Annie Raines will do an unusual early show at the Thunderbird Cafe in Lawrenceville (showtime should be about 6:30, owner John Pergal says).

Guitarist Rishell has long been one of the finest proponents of old country and acoustic blues, even though he doesn't always seem to get the credit his talents deserve. Raines, his wife and partner in blues, plays soaring harp, joins him in song and infuses their music with an upbeat quality and style.

They create wonderful covers of classic material as well as lesser known blues and old-timey music, and are also very comfortable creating their own sounds that slip seamlessly into this great genre.

I can't think of a better way to get a Burgh blues weekend under way.

And I can't think of a better way to spend Saturday night  (11.5) than with the fine blues and soul man John Nemeth at Moondog's in Blawnox (Yes, I know that some of you aging hippie fans might want to check out Arlo Guthrie at the Byham Theater Downtown, and that's okay, too. Alice's Restaurant is probably still cooking.).

Nemeth is an amazing singer, with a tremendous vocal range, and an intensity that belies his boyish appearance. He turns his voice into a musical instrument that swoops and moans and screams the blues -- he can be as beautifully soulful or as down and dirty as the occasion demands. And he plays a mean harp as well. For an Idaho boy who learned to sing in the Catholic church, he's doing quite well with the devil's music. And he wears cool hats.

John's CDs are fine examples of his talents, with crisp arrangements and powerful vocals, but his live shows reach a much higher plane, where you can feel the emotion he generates. And you can just about double that feeling in a small room like Moondog's.

So you can't miss with either one of these talented performers. But you'll be happier if you catch them both.

Now for the video

Paul & Annie:

John Nemeth

Arlo Guthrie (I actually got see one of his first concert performances of this song at the Newport Folk Festival in 1967, I think. And yep, it's about 20 minutes long.):

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Pittsburgh Jazz Channel & Internet Radio

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 07:00 AM Written by

The online Pittsburgh Jazz Channel has announced expanded Internet Radio capabilities.  The online endeavor, which went live in late July, features 24/7 jazz programming hosted by four former WDUQ staffers: Tony Mowod, Scott Hanley, John Lasanich and Chuck Leavens. Behind the scenes are two other ex-DUQ'ers: Dave Becker, former Program Director. Bee Barnett, PubMusic's VP of Marketing and Communications, worked in development and membership at DUQ.

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Battlefield 3 - Multiplayer Review

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 01:45 AM Written by

I was torn between posting a late Battlefield 3 review that included a campaign review and getting something up sooner that focused on multiplayer.  I went with the latter.  So to those of you who really want to know the skinny on Battlefield 3’s campaign, my apologies to the two of you.  You’ll have to wait a bit longer.

Battlefield 3 has been hyped beyond belief, so much so that it has become EA’s biggest release of the year.  EA wants to steal the FPS crown form Call of Duty, but if this is the best we’re getting from this game, it’s not going to happen.

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