Arts, Entertainment, Living

'Dallas' returns next summer

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 12:44 AM Written by


Late last week TNT announced plans to pick up a next generation "Dallas" pilot to series. Last night the trailer for the new show debuted, bringing back familiar faces (Larry Hagman as JR! Linda Gray as Sue Ellen! Patrick Duffy as Bobby!) and introducing new actors as their offspring.

Is it wrong that I'm already excited about this show that will air next summer? As a child of the '80s who stayed up watching the show with my parents on Friday nights, I can't help it.

Although a new "Dallas" means nothing to the young viewers TNT craves, I suspect if it's done well it will draw enough older viewers to be successful -- especially because it will be on cable (and not a network) and because it will air during the summer when scripted dramas are in short supply.

Watch the new "Dallas" trailer and read the press release after the jump. ...


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Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys had a number of great fiddlers.  Chubby Wise, part of the so-called "classic" 1940's band with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs was one.  Later came Gordon Terry, Vassar Clements, Bobby Hicks, Richard Greene (yes, the Richard Greene of Seatrain fame and various acclaimed fiddle albums) and Buddy Spicher. But Bill Monroe himself always considered Kenny Baker the greatest he ever employed. Baker, who worked with Monroe in 50's, 60's 70's and 80's, died Friday in Gallatin, Tennessee, not far from Nashville, of a stroke he suffered earlier in the week. He was 85. 

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Where would video games be without humans’ competitive nature?  Single player games like Mass Effect, Assassins Creed and Farmville may remain popular, but one could argue that competitive video games account for the majority of the industry’s success.  With head-to-head, team-based games like Call of Duty, Starcraft and Halo throwing up gargantuan sales numbers it would be difficult to argue otherwise.  These days, competent multiplayer modes can make or break new titles.

So, in honor of our incessant need for superiority, here is my list of the greatest 1-on-1 competitive video games.  Some of them take meticulous planning, others require pinpoint accuracy and precision, but all require countless hours of practice to achieve mastery.  Two gamers enter, one leaves….

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Some Sunnyland Slim

Monday, 11 July 2011 12:32 AM Written by

As Bluzer so aptly pointed out a few days ago, Sunnyland Slim (along with many other great old blues player) hasn't been mentioned enough here in the BlueNotes world.

So here's a a taste of of the man who had one of the longest blues careers ever, who set many standards for blues piano, and whose music should not be forgotten. His playing career began about 1925, and he didn't stop performing until he died in 1995. The bio on Wikipedia that I linked to above doesn't begin to do justice to his magnificent career. I'll do more later.

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'Roseanne's Nuts': Tell me something I haven't heard

Monday, 11 July 2011 12:00 AM Written by

rosea6964Roseanne Barr hasn't been in the public eye much in recent years, although she's active online, most recently Tweeting up a storm about her displeasure over the outcome of the Casey Anthony trial. But now she's about to star in a new prime-time series whose title perfectly captures what many people think of her: Lifetime's "Roseanne's Nuts" (9 p.m. Wednesday).

It's a reality show set on Roseanne's Macadamia Nut farm in Hawaii and the first half-hour episode consists of her chasing pigs, hiring people to catch the pigs and then her decision to release the pigs because she doesn't want killing them to be on her conscience.

So, yeah, the show does live up to its title.

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I can’t tell you how often I have driven past Little Black Dress on Ellsworth Ave. in Shadyside without going inside. That changed this past Saturday when I stepped inside the little dress shop owned by designer, Diana Misetic.

As I entered the front door of the Little Black Dress, my eyes got a little bit brigher and smile grew bigger. Handmade dresses stood out against the basic white walls and a table filled with bold statement jewelry glistened in the back corner. As I stared in amazement, I heard Diana’s platform sandals clomp down the stairs from the second floor. 

After we greeted each other, we talked for what seemed to be hours. We talked about everything from fashion in Pittsburgh and her designs, to her family and her native country, Bosnia.  She immediately felt like a long time friend or even the fashionable older sister I never had but always wanted.

Diana said she loves seeing a woman dress in confidence, allowing clothing to accentuate her figure, rather than letting the clothing wear the woman.  Each year, she designs two collections, one for spring and one for fall. Last month, Diana launched her Fall/Winter 2011 collection, HUNT, at Little Black Dress. She said that the inspiration behind the collection is the concept of a modern woman as a huntress for a job, rights, education, freedom, happiness and everything that makes her a strong and beautiful woman.

Lace, stretch denim, leather, and twill make up the pieces in the collection that reflects a modern business woman, with a touch of elegance, sass and edge. Though the collection is mostly black, a leopard dress with red piping and a cream dress stand out.  My favorite pieces in the collection include a black, structured jacket with removable knit collar and a metallic lace dress with stretch denim and an exposed zipper.


As a modern woman in pursuit of her own happiness, Diana creates all of her collection in the basement of the shop. She took me into her creative space, which she warned was never well kept. A large table took up most of the floorspace, while patterns, and muslin samples filled the walls.  Diana showed me her patterns, dress form and some of the personal designs she has in the works for clients.

Diana is a true designer, creating everything herself- patterns, samples and clothing.  The perfect model of the woman she is designing for.

“I design for a confidant and open minded woman,” says Diana, “The woman who is not afraid to stand out in a crowd.”

Though Diana is based in Pittsburgh, she has her sights set bigger. She is in talks with a large luxury store to have her designs sold nationally.  In the meantime, you can see the entire Diana Misetic Fall/Winter 2011 collection at and at the event, B/Side on July 23, 2011, at Bakery Square.

Check back on Wednesday for another Clutch post! 

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Grilled Salmon

Sunday, 10 July 2011 07:23 PM Written by

grilled_salmonHappy Monday!!!

It is Meatless Monday and we are grilling up Salmon! A super easy marinade of lemon juice, olive oil and rosemary that will have your tastebuds jumping for joy! If you have fresh rosemary use it! Dried herbs are fine but fresh ones will take your dinner to a new level!

Not to mention, it is super easy to have your very own herb garden. I have several pots on my back patio where I am growing basil, mint, parsley, chives and rosemary! So if you don't have the "room" in your yard for a garden, trying potting fresh herbs so you can enjoy them all summer long!

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Willie Nelson's Buddy: Wade Ray

Sunday, 10 July 2011 08:47 PM Written by

Wade Ray, who died in 1998, was a fiddling Western swing bandleader like Bob Wills. He had a following, especially in Southern California from 1949 through 1958 and later in Vegas. Ray was a "musician's musician," admired by other performers for his blazing, swinging fiddle and jazzy vocal style.  From 1951 to 1957 he recorded swing and ballads, vocals and instrumentals for RCA Victor.

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