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TV Q&A: 'Fringe,' 'The Little Couple' and the Kardashians

Friday, 18 February 2011 12:00 AM Written by

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Fringe,” “The Little Couple” and (shudder) the Kardashians.

As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.
-Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Get the Look: Embellished Scarf

Friday, 18 February 2011 12:00 AM Written by


When I was Downtown a couple weeks ago, I saw a woman with the most fantastic scarf.  She was wearing a chunky-knit, red infinity scarf with a large black flower on it, similar to the scarf above available from mojospastyle on Etsy here

I love this woman's scarf so much, I needed to find a way to recreate the look quickly.  Without having the time to knit a flower myself, I decided that using a cluster of vintage pins would do the trick.  


As you can see in the photo above, I simply added the three pins to my infinity scarf. Now, I have my own, unique, embellished scarf.  Scarves have become my signature piece over the years. I wear scarves every day, no matter what the temperature is outside. And, I have never thought about added some embellishments to them until I saw the woman and her scarf Downtown.  

Since it's cold outside and we are in prime scarf-wearing time, I urge you to spice up your scarves with some embellishments.

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


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Blues notes in a minor key

Friday, 18 February 2011 12:00 AM Written by

I'm sure most of you are familiar with Alligator Records, and aware of its place in the history of modern blues music. Founder Bruce Iglauer started the label in 1971, and has been a major factor on the contemporary blues scene ever since.

I ran across this interview with Iglauer in the Chicago Tribune, as Alligator turns 40 years old. He's been following the business of blues music for at least 40 years, and the interview makes interesting reading.

Here's an excerpt to get you started:

I think blues has a future as long as it doesn’t spend too much time repeating what already has been done. It’s in a double bind. A lot of established blues fans really want their blues to sound like what they grew up with. But it was never a static thing. When Muddy Waters started playing electric guitar at Chess he didn’t sound like Robert Johnson, and Robert Johnson inserting jazz chords into his songs didn’t sound like Son House. To survive, the blues has got to speak to a contemporary audience lyrically, it’s got to be something people can dance to, it’s got to feel like blues but not regurgitate what’s already been done so well.

This weekend, you can find the great jump-blues band Roomful of Blues at Diesel on the South Side, on Saturday night. In its 43rd year, Roomful has been around even longer than Alligator Records, where you can find the band's latest CD, "Hook, Line & Sinker."

Also, on Sunday, the Blues Society of Western Pa. will hold the 17th Annual Blues for Food, Sunday from 1-8 p.m. at Domenico's in Cranberry. Eugene Morgan and the Nighcrawlers will be the musical hosts. All to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank.

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'infoMania' gets a makeover

Thursday, 17 February 2011 12:00 AM Written by

AfBrett_blogter enjoying Current's "infoMania" in 2009, I was disappointed to call it out for turning terrible last year, but that's what happens when people start mucking around with a show that mocks media.

Really, who thought adding a laugh track to a show that could just as easily make fun of another show with a laugh track was a good idea?

Last month "infoMania" returned after a major makeover. Host Conor Knighton was gone, replaced by "Viral Video Film School" segment star Brett Erlich (pictured at right), who is cleaned-up and less scruffy now, except when he's hosting VVFS segments.

"infoMania" also got new graphics, a new opening and a new set, which replaces the green screen backdrop previously used.

So how is "infoMania 2.0"? Read on after the jump. ...

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Big Joe & the Dynaflows - "You Can't Keep a Big Man Down"

Thursday, 17 February 2011 12:00 AM Written by

BigManDownWe've got another new CD to talk about today, someone regional enough that you may have actually heard of him.

The band is Big Joe and the Dynaflows out of Maryland with a swinging, jump-blues sound. The CD - released this week - is "You Can't Keep a Big Man Down" (Severn Records).

And Big Joe Maher himself is a veteran drummer/vocalist who lays down a heavy groove behind his easy-rolling vocals. It's a cool little jump-blues sound, with guitar and bass, plus piano or organ, plus sax -- all the right ingredients.

Big Joe carries everything along with his big rich vocals, from original songs like the rollicking title track to the countryish "Evangeline," and then from Jay McShann's classic "Confessin' the Blues" to Jimmy McCracklin's sax-laced "I'm To Blame," some good, old-fashioned R&B.

These guys do whatever the music demands - rock, jump, swing or even moan the blues, as on Johnny Green's plaintive "Someday." 

And the band members are worth special mention: Rob McNeeley on guitar and Bill Campbell on bass keep thinkgs flowing, plus the keyboard work of Kevin McKendree and saxes by Dennis Taylor add an extra dimension that moves the music beyond the ordinary. McKendree and Taylor, by the way, were the subject of a review last week in which they combined for a a stellar album featuring the late Taylor on sax, titled "Steppin' Up."  

Ask your local blues bar to bring Big Joe to town. If not, check out this CD.

Here's a video of Big Joe:


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'Survivor' adds yet another twist

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 12:00 AM Written by

Rob_MarianoCBS's reality show stalwart "Survivor" returns for its 22nd edition, this one called "Redemption Island" (8 tonight, KDKA-TV), featuring a new twist and two returning players: "Boston" Rob Mariano (at left) and Russell Hantz.

The new twist is thatfor the first time ever, players who are kicked off the island go to a sort of "Survivor" purgatory, "Redemption Island," where they will have the oppotunity to duel with the next evictee. If they win, they remain in exile until the next evictee arrives, then they duel again. The last player standning on Redemption Island will get a chance to return to the game.

Why tweak the format? Allow "Survivor" executive producer Mark Burnett to explain by comparing the show to the works of Joseph Campbell, after the jump. ...


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What To Wear To: A Pens Game

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 12:00 AM Written by


A couple weeks back, I attended my first Pens game at the Consol Energy Center.  It has been about 10 years since I attended my last Pens game and of course when I was asked to go, I immediately thought, “What am I going to wear?”

To answer this question, I took advice from two of my friends who are avid Pens fans.  They both informed me of the following:

  • Pens shirt is a must. Hockey jersey preferred, but Pens logo t-shirt will suffice.  Wearing just the colors black/white/yellow did not go over well with them.
  • Layer up. It can be a bit chilly, so layer, but don’t wear a heavy winter coat. You will have no where to put it because some of the seats are tiny.
  • Dress down and dress comfortably.  Leave the stilettos and tight tops at home. 

So, what did I wear?  A cute Pens t shirt, a fleece zip-up jacket, jeans and UGG boots, for comfort of course.  I was dressed appropriate, however I did see a few women there who looked out of place.  Maybe that was because the game was during the week and they came straight from work or maybe they just didn’t know about the tips above.

Be sure to check back on Friday for another Clutch post!

Photo: Stanley Cup t-shirt available from local company, Fresh Factory ( here

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Chicken Marsala

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 01:20 PM Written by

chicken-marsalaChicken Marsala - when I tried this many many moons ago, it had me at "Hello." So simple and so very tasty! Also very kid friendly! Only one of my kids truly appreciates the beauty and taste of the mushroom. Because the other two scoot them to the side of their plates, it just leaves more for the rest of us!

This is as close to restaurant quality as you can get. I am sure some of you out there have a family recipe that has been handed down through the years. If you think it is better than this recipe and are willing to share, please do so!!! You can contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or as always, follow me on Facebook - Menus That Save by Kristen Kill Reisinger.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy this bright sunshine!!!


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