Arts, Entertainment, Living

Blues on my mind, plus Mark Robinson's CD release

Tuesday, 07 September 2010 09:00 PM Written by

Well, I guess it's time to get back to work. I gave the BlueNotes staff last week off, so you can be sure that very little work got done. And it even looks like one show that I mentioned -- Andrew  "Jr. Boy" Jones at the Thunderbird Cafe -- failed to happen last week. Wouldn't you know -- as soon as I leave town. By the way, Jones' web site now shows him at the T-Bird on Dec. 10.

But there are some good shows coming up in the weeks ahead (hopefully), and I have another pile of new CDs ready for release this month, including a few that dip deep into the wellspring of great old blues.. And maybe I'll have a few thoughts about the blues. While I hung around Bermuda last week, without blues and without good beer, I was forced to contemplate the future of the traditional blues that we know and love.

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Metroid: Other M Review

Tuesday, 07 September 2010 03:14 PM Written by

altThe Metroid series was introduced to gamers almost two and a half decades ago.  Since then, there have been numerous titles on five different Nintendo platforms, including Super Metroid for the Super Nintendo, which is regarded as one of the greatest video games of all time.   Now the galactic bounty hunter known as Samus Aran gets the next-gen treatment she deserves in Metroid: Other M for the Wii.

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'Sons' also rises

Tuesday, 07 September 2010 12:00 AM Written by

SonsofAnarchy-Jax1434FFX's "Sons of Anarchy" returns tonight at 10 with an episode that's largely a scene-setter as Jax (Charlie Hunnam, left) wallows in his grief after the second season finale kidnapping of his son, Abel.

The wallowing, while understandably necessary, is also a bit of a bore. But it may just be a setup for the sucker punch that is the episode's closing moments.

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PCN adds culture series

Monday, 06 September 2010 12:00 AM Written by

Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will air 12 episodes of a new series called "Humanities on the Road" at 6 p.m. Friday begining this week.

The arts and culture program will features topics such as "Pennsylvania German Music, Dance, and Instruments with Keith Brintzenhoff" (Oct. 1), "Teenie Harris’ Photographs and Black Pittsburgh with Laurence Glasco" (Oct. 8) and "John Updike’s Pennsylvania with Frank Fitzpatrick" (Dec. 3).

For details, read the full release after the jump. ...

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TV Q&A with Rob Owen

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This week’s TV Q&A (after the “Read more” jump below) responds to questions about repeat Emmy winners, “Lone Star” and Nielsen Market rankings. As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.
Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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The New Xbox 360 Controller

Thursday, 02 September 2010 03:06 PM Written by

In case you heard about it but haven’t seen it, here are some pictures of the recently-unveiled, retooled Xbox 360 controller.  This is the first update for the controller since the console’s birth almost five years ago.

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The most significant addition to the new controller is a completely new D-Pad, which will provide better control for gamers who shy away from the analog stick.  The new pad lies flat but can be raised for more control. 

This is Microsoft's response to the complaints of gamers who have been quite vocal about the current wonky D-Pad. The current controller has held back fans of the fighting genre that use the D-Pad for a more classic feel.   

The updated remote, which will be available this fall, will also have face buttons that are shades of gray rather than the current blue, yellow, red and green. 

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'Mad' TV returns, sorta

Thursday, 02 September 2010 12:00 AM Written by

mad9Cartoon Network introduces two new series Sunday, "Regular Show" (8:15 p.m.) and "Mad" (8:30 p.m.), based on the classic spoof magazine that also inspired Fox's "Mad TV."

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Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones coming to T-Bird

Wednesday, 01 September 2010 09:00 PM Written by

No, BlueNotes hasn't been around for a few days, but we're still going to recommend a show -- Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones at the Thunderbird Cafe in Lawrenceville tomorrow night (9.3).

I haven't seen Jones before, but a little poking around on the web indicates that he's a 61-year-old guitarist out of Dallas, Texas, who's been around the blues and soul scene for quite a while. And that he plays a pretty mean guitar. Do yourself a favor and check out someone new (unless he's not new to you.)

Here's a video of Jones at work:

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