Arts, Entertainment, Living

Rizzoli speaks (actually, it's Angie Harmon)

Thursday, 14 July 2011 12:00 PM Written by

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Actress Angie Harmon says the biggest surprise of the success of TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” last summer was who she’d hear was watching the cop-‘n-coroner drama that returned Monday at 10 for its second season.

“I thought it was primarily a chick show and I’ve had a lot of men come up and tell me how much they enjoy the show,” she said in a phone interview last month, “and I was like, Really? You do? And that was very flattering. Obviously a lot of the people are fun to look at and I get it. As much as women see themselves or their friends in the female characters, I think men also see the women they care about or women friends they have in these characters.”

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'Dance Moms': What did you think?

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 10:00 PM Written by

Dancemoms1I weighed in on the Lifetime show "Dance Moms" in the Post-Gazette Magazine section, but now I want to hear what viewers who watched the series premiere thought of this "reality" show set at a Penn Hills dance studio.

Does the show give Pittsburgh a black eye? Do you think Abby Lee Miller is a tyrant or tough teacher? What about the moms themselves and their willingness to put their kids on TV, opening them to ridicule for their mothers' bad behavior?

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Anatomy of a Song: 'My Window Faces the South '

Monday, 25 July 2011 06:20 AM Written by

"My Window Faces The South" was written in 1937 by three pop songwriters, and good ones: Jerry Livingston, Abner Silver and Mitchell Parish.  But the song has long been viewed as a country music standard, from 1938 right up to the present time.  This is a sort of journey through its history through some notable performances,.

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'Rescue Me' has its last season premiere

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:00 AM Written by

rescue_me_learyFX has backtimed the season premiere of "Rescue Me" (10 tonight) so the finale will air on Sept. 7 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that inspired the show.

And judging by the first episode, it appears the writers are returning to the 9/11 theme.

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PGHer in OBX designs jewelry for the stars

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:00 AM Written by

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When North  Hills native and current Outer Banks resident, Gail Kowalski, started designing jewelry in high school, she never imagined it would be worn by celebrities or appear on a famous television show. 

Her jewelry line, “Jewelry by Gail,” has been worn by Eva Longoria on the popular television show, Desperate Housewives, and is owned by some of the housewives.  Housewives guest star, Vanessa Williams was gifted a pair of Gail’s long “Grace” earrings and Nicollette Sheridan has a bow pendant.  (Photo above of Ms. Williams wearing Gail’s earrings).

Though she is not a Pittsburgh resident anymore, Gail says she still has family in the North Hills and sees plenty of Pittsburghers when they visit her shop in the Outer Banks.  You can purchase her jewelry online at www.jewelrybygail.com

Check back on Friday for another Clutch post! 

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61bRLeLaYvL._SL500_AA300_I have one fine album that came out a couple of weeks ago, that it's time to write about it. 

You not be too familiar with Jeff Golub, but he's been a guitarist with great chops for years, having played jazz, worked with Billy Squier and spent almost a decade as a guitarist with Rod Stewart. So I can hear you saying, "What about the blues?"

Well, that's where his work has headed in his last album, "Blues For You," and his latest, "The Three Kings," a tribute to the work of B.B., Albert and Freddie King. Adding to the mix is the very excellent musical work and tough vocals of piano giant Henry Butler, whose New Orleans roots nourish this creative effort. 

Add in some guest guitar by Robben Ford and Sonny Landreth, a sharp backing band and recordings produced with a live feel, and you have a CD filled with great music that honors some blues masters with rich and imaginative interpretations of their music.

I don't want to make this sound like some dry tribute album here. These guys know their stuff, and it shows. From the opening guitar chords and horn riffs of the classic "Let the Good Times Roll," Butler's vocals inject the familiar lyrics with drive and power. Butler also does magically smooth things on "Have You Ever Loved a Woman"(with a nicely stinging solo by Golub).

They tackle a bunch of classics in similar style, including "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Side Tracked," "I'm Tore Down," "Everyday I Have the Blues," and the elegantly done "Freddie's Midnite Dream."

Golub, Butler and the band obviously love the music and the talent to pull off an album that makes old hits sound fresh again. You should give it a try.

On a personal note, Golub began to lose his eyesight during the production of this CD, a story he tells here. We wish him well, and continued great music-making.

Here are some videos that show what these artists can do:

Henry Butler

Jeff Golub (from the CD)


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CD Review: Eliane Elias: 'Light My Fire'

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 04:58 PM Written by

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Nearly half a century ago, Brazilian jazz hit the American mainstream with the 1962 Charlie Byrd-Stan Getz album Jazz Samba followed by the enormous hit single "Girl From Ipanema" pairing Getz with Brazilian vocalist Astrid Gilberto in '64.  Since then, Brazilian jazz has enjoyed a worldwide following through the music of veterans and younger artists like Ivan Lins and Eliane Elias, whose gifts as singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist give her the sort of mainstream appeal Gilberto herself had in the mid-60's.

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Syfy goes on a lame 'Legend Quest'

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 12:00 PM Written by

legend_questSyfy's "Legend Quest" (10 p.m. Wednesday) proves if you speak with urgency over a bombastic, propulsive music score, anything can be made to sound exciting even when it isn't.

This dreadful new series follows archaeological explorer Ashley Cowie as he searches for long-lost things that, despite bombastic suggestions otherwise, remain lost.

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