Arts, Entertainment, Living

News about Porky Chedwick

Friday, 04 March 2011 12:00 AM Written by

I got an interesting email last night from the webmaster of the Porky Chedwick web site, with some updates on what's happening in the Bossman's life these days.

Some of you may already know this, but it seems that Porky, who just turned 93, is back in Tarpon Springs, Fla., with his wife Jeannie, after spending some time in Pittsburgh in the past couple of years. He's in the process of selling his Florida home and moving back to the Burgh, where he says he belongs -- and where he really does belong. He plans to be in Pittsburgh soon for a Roots of Rock and Roll Show at the Benedum on March 12, and at least one other appearance, March 19 in Stockdale.

Even more importantly, Porky has attracted the attention of film producer Josh Gilbert, who is planning a long-overdue documentary on the Bossman's life. You can read more about that here. Note that Gilbert is raising funds for the production. If you give enough, you can be a co-producer! It's all important because Porky brought blues and R&B and doo-wop into the hearts of Burghers long before most people had ever heard the music he played.

You can find even more on Porky's Facebook page. Seems he was tossed quite a 93rd B-day party  last month in Sarasota.

I'll try to get some more info on this as it develops and pass it along. Regular readers will know that if it wasn't for the Bossman, BlueNotes would never have acquired the musical blues gene that changed his life and brought him to this illustrious position today. Thanks, Porky.

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Lo-Mein, Enchiladas and Rolled Pizza!

Thursday, 03 March 2011 03:59 PM Written by

pork-lo-meinPork Lo-Mein was on the menu last night and it was soooo very good!!! We loved loved loved it!!! It was so easy too. My kinda meal! Tonight we are serving up Part Two of our Double Duty meal of the week - Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde.
chix-enchiladas-with-salsa-The enchiladas are creamy without being too creamy. Spicy without being too spicy. And just simply delicious! The best part is that the meal is so quick to get on the table too!

Here is a sneak peak at tomorrow night's dinner - Pizza Bread Roll-ups. This is a really great meal to get your kiddos involved in the prep. My kids love to brush on the egg and help sprinkle the cheese and pepperoni! Most of all they love eating them!  I hope yours do too! This is a very fun and tasty way to kick off the weekend! Have a great one!!!pizza-bread

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WTAE names new general manager

Thursday, 03 March 2011 10:38 AM Written by

Mike_Hayes_2009_blogWTAE, Pittsburgh's Hearst-owned ABC affiliate, announced a new general manager today to replace Rick Henry, who is said to be retiring.

The new GM, Michael Hayes, is a former sports anchor-turned-sales exec who comes to Pittsburgh from another Hearst station.

Read the official release after the jump. ...

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Revisiting 'Firefly'

Thursday, 03 March 2011 12:00 AM Written by

fillion_in_fireflyIt's not unusual for past failed series to get rerun on cable networks without much fanfare -- anybody care that "Frasier" reruns bow on Hallmark Channel in April? Didn't think so -- but news that Science Channel will rerun the 2002-03 Fox series "Firefly" beginning Sunday at 8 p.m. brought a rush of blog posts and news items.

Partially that's because this news is geek catnip and partially because of what "Firefly" star Nathan Fillion said in an interview. In what I'm sure was an offhand remark, Fillion said if he won the lottery he'd buy the rights to the show and re-launch the franchise. That was all some fans needed to hear before they started expressing a desire to fundraise for just such an effort. Fillion asked them to essentially simmer down.

Even before this latest "Firefly" flareup, I had the chance to talk with the woman who canceled the show, former Fox Entertainment president Gail Berman, for an upcoming Post-Gazette feature story. Read what she had to say after the jump. ...

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A little night music

Thursday, 03 March 2011 12:00 AM Written by

I was listening to some music from my past last night, and of course, I thought I would share some of  it with you.

A little from the great Smiley Lewis:

The fantastic Clovers:

Delbert McClinton with one of those great little songs he writes. I love the lines about the Oldsmobile and the dog that don't bite:

The Ray Charles classic, "Night Time is the Right Time," with the spine-tingling solo by Margie Hendricks:

The raw sound of the Midnighters:

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell:

Eat your heart out Justin Beiber. And everyone else.

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Recap of the week

Wednesday, 02 March 2011 08:39 PM Written by

I hope you are all enjoying your week! The meals have been fabulous! We kicked things off on Meatless Monday with Falafel - this is definitely one of those meals to expand your tastebuds! My kids will have a few bites but prefer the Feat Cheddar Pizzas. My hubby and I think they are delicious! And it is such an afffordable meal!

falafelAnd then on Tuesday we took advantage of the BOGO free special at Giant Eagle and roasted not one but TWO birds!!! This saves so much time!!!! You have already done the prep work for your dinner on Thursday! The Enchiladas are super easy and incredibly tasty!

Roast-ChickenTonight we expanded our palettes again and visited Asia with Pork Lo-Mein. Such a yummy and super easy dish! What did you think???

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Bulletstorm - review

Wednesday, 02 March 2011 02:31 AM Written by

When I was given an early look at Bulletstorm last year at E3, I thought Epic Games and People Can Fly Productions were on to something magical. They were bringing something new to the FPS gathering, something that was needed in the now oversaturated military shooter market.  Plus, I’m always partial to new IP’s in a gaming world dominated by sequels and remakes.

The “kill with skill” motto that is plastered on the case art and commercials sums up the gameplay.  The developers introduced point-scoring gameplay that rewards you for how creative you can get when offing your enemy.  This style opens the door for a myriad of competitive possibilities and is a total breath of fresh air.

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The CW goes 'Shedding for the Wedding'

Wednesday, 02 March 2011 12:00 AM Written by

SheddingForWeddingThere are a bunch of questions that swirl around The CW's "Shedding for the Wedding" (9 tonight, WPCW) once you watch it, most notably, why is this show on The CW?

As reality shows go, it's not terrible, basically a "Biggest Loser Couples: Wedding Edition," with some of the most candid, amusing contestant interviews I've seen yet.

But the series seems like an odd fit on a network that glamorizes svelte young women on shows like "Gossip Girl," "90210," "Hellcats" and lead-in "America's Next Top Model." Are those show's viewers  interested in watching overweight people prepare for a wedding? Are those young viewers even thinking about getting married to an extent that they can relate?

In its premiere broadcast last week, the answer to both those questions was mixed as "Shedding" shed one million viewers from it's "Next Top Model" lead-in but scored the network's best reality show premiere ratings in two years in its key demo of viewers ages 18-34.

"Shedding for the Wedding" has a few other problems, too. Read more after the jump. ...

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