Arts, Entertainment, Living

Pittsburgh Jazz Society Sunday Concerts Resume January 8

Wednesday, 28 December 2011 04:35 AM Written by

Earlier this year, the Pittsburgh Jazz Society ended their Sunday Night concerts at Rivers Casino. They recently announced they're resuming the series Sunday evenings in a new locale: the reopened James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy on the North Side.  Tony Mowod will emcee.

Here's the information.

From the Pittsburgh Jazz Society Site:

From the James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy Site







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HBO's 'Angry Boys'

Wednesday, 28 December 2011 12:00 AM Written by

angry_boysChris Lilley first made an impression in America with the HBO import "Summer Heights High" and now he's following it up with "Angry Boys" (10 p.m. Sunday, HBO).

"Summer Heights High" developed a cult following and perhaps "Angry Boys" will do the same but it doesn't seem as funny.

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'Couponing' taken to further extremes

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 12:00 AM Written by

extreme_couponing_copyIf you're having a holiday shopping hangover, two new TLC programs are designed to inspire savings. And mania and hoarding; don't forget the mania and hoarding.

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Who Inspired the Musical 'Memphis?' Dewey Phillips!

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 03:55 AM Written by

On the heels of the Million Dollar Quartet musical, covered by Sharon Eberson when it appeared here last fall, comes Memphis, centered around the character of eccentric, manic Memphis disc jockey Huey Calhoun, a fictionalized version of the real-life, larger-than-life  50's Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips, best known as "Daddy-O" Dewey, a Memphis radio legend whose work and mix of R&B, country and rockabilly music left repercussions far beyond Memphis. In reality, his life began with unorthodox triumphs and ended in tragic decline.

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What hath 'The Sopranos' wrought?

Monday, 26 December 2011 12:00 AM Written by

if_you_likeIn the new book "If You Like The Sopranos..." ($14.99, Limelight Editions) author Leonard Pierce looks at iconic movies and TV shows and then tries to find similar filmed entertainment that may be of equal interest.

But make no mistake, it's generally mobbed-themed or some variation on an element of "The Sopranos."

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TV Q&A: 'The Real World,' 'Terra Nova' and 'The Closer'

Friday, 23 December 2011 12:00 AM Written by

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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 “The Real World,” “Terra Nova” and “The Closer.” As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Star Wars: The Old Republic review on the way

Thursday, 22 December 2011 04:53 PM Written by

If there was ever a game to begin a piece with a clichéd lead like, “the wait is finally over,” it’s Star Wars: The Old Republic. This MMO has been in development for at least four years and it’s rumored to be the most expensive video game ever created.  So yeah, EA has a couple eggs in this basket.

I’m working on the review as I write this.  It’s an MMO that makes other MMOs look like Xbox Live Arcade titles, meaning this review is going to require a lot of time.  I’m hoping to get enough of The Old Republic experienced to have a review up by January 3rd.  Of course, there will be a follow-up piece a month or so down the road after I reach the higher levels.

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A Christmas Phenomenon: 'The Chipmunk Song' Story

Thursday, 22 December 2011 05:15 AM Written by

Some time ago we did a bit of deconstruction of Rosemary Clooney's 1951 hit "Come On-A My House," which was co-written by Armenian-American novelist William Saroyan and his younger cousin, Ross Bagdasarian.  Today Saroyan is a literary legend, but Bagdasarian left his own distinctive and equal impact. At this time of the year, it's worth taking a look at "The Chipmunk Song," the Christmas novelty that left a permanent, ongoing impact on pop culture and made Bagdasarian, aka "David Seville," immortal.  It wasn't spur-of-the moment; it was actually an evolution, and a damned interesting one at that.

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