When will “It’s a Wonderful Life” air on TV?
There will be plenty of chances to see this Christmas classic on the big screen in Pittsburgh (without commercial interruptions) but NBC has scheduled it for 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Jimmy Stewart stars as George Bailey, a Bedford Falls native, husband and father who becomes despondent when his dithery Uncle Billy loses track of a bank deposit.
George, who once dreamed of escaping his small town and seeing the world, knows what that could mean, just as his brother is returning as a war hero. He is granted the chance to see what Bedford Falls and its residents would be like had he never been born, and it’s not pretty.
There were reports and counter reports this week about whether a sequel to “IAWL” could be made. I think they should leave well enough alone and so does Paramount, which vows a fight if the follow-up goes forward.
Jimmy Fallon isn't a rock star but sometimes, he plays one on TV.
A couple of years back, the current "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" star kicked off an Emmy Awards hosting spot with a rousing, all-star "Born to Run" opening number -- complete with The Boss's blue-jean/white tee-shirt, "Born In the USA" look. His many Late Night musical forays are just part of the goofiness; he's also been featured in an epic lip-sync competition against guest John Krasinski. Another legendary lip-sync battle involved Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Stephen Merchant.
House band, The Roots, are a big part of each show.
"I grew up loving music and also loving comedy; I learned to play the guitar later on, like at 15," said Fallon, who was in Pittsburgh today promoting the February 17 start of his hosting "The Tonight Show" on NBC when Jay Leno steps down.
"But I was never in a band... it's almost like, if you like pizza, don't work in a pizzeria, because you probably won't like pizza in five year, won't stand the smell of pizza."
Instead, a young Fallon -- he's 39 now -- chose to bolster the music industry by never allowing his sister or friends to copy any of his purchased record albums. ("If you want it, go out and buy it. when I brought a mix tape to a party, I made sure I left with a mix tape," he said, laughing. "I'd play it, then take it home. I was a very, very weird kid.")
Growing up in Saugerties, New York, Fallon dreamed performing comedy on "Saturday Night Live" but figured he'd work at IBM, like his dad. Hosting "Tonight"? Who even considered that?
With mentor Lorne Michaels still serving as executive producer for Fallon, don't expect "The Tonight Show" to change drastically. "More people involved, more cooks in the kitchen, but it's fine," Fallon said. "Just more network people than I deal with at 12:30. At 12:30, nobody cares what we do."
On December 21, Fallon returns to host SNL, with Justin Timberlake as musical guest.
(For more on Fallon dropping by NBC affiliate WPXI Friday, read Saturday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.)
Time has published an incredible article (along with audio) of the announcement of JFK's assassination in Symphony Hall in Boston. The Boston Symphony's then-music director Erich Leinsdorf broke the news to the audience members right before the BSO's concert that day, and their reaction is just gut-wrenching. The article describes how Leinsdorf changed the repertoire in the minutes before the concert to include the funeral march from Beethoven's Symphony No. 3. Check it out here:
Pittsburgh band Colonizing the Cosmos popped up in 2010 with a sound that combined the folk flavor of Paul Simon, chamber-pop elements of Sufjan Stevens and -- living up to the name -- a dash of Flaming Lips space-rock.
The debut album, "The First Frontier," found the Cosmos core -- singer-guitarist Josh Moyer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Savisky -- exploring the concept of space exploration, without getting into sci-fi cliches.
It was a big hit, locally, and WYEP even declared Colonizing the Cosmos its local artist of the year.
The band now returns with a second concept album, "The House of War is a House of Peace," overflowing with even more musical whimsy. This time, the album is accompanied by a co-written novel "House of War." It will be released with a show on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Library of Homewood, 7101 Hamilton Avenue.
Savisky was kind of enough to explain in an email exchange:
This is another concept record. What is this one about?
This is really exciting for us. We started writing a story about a British heart surgeon named Simon Oxley, soon after we finished recording "The First Frontier." Simon is world renowned for his practice, but he hides an embarrassing secret: his only child, Abigail, is terminally ill with a heart condition he cannot cure.
At the beginning of the book, Simon is approached by a mysterious man who offers Simon a magical elixir to heal Abigail in exchange for helping him take down a society of evil magicians who operate (unbeknownst to everyone) in the basement levels below he very hospital.
We intended to create this story as sort of a backdrop to the music, but it just kept growing. It's now a 300- page novel, that we're releasing along with the album on Saturday.
How do they tie in together?
The book and album can stand alone and be enjoyed alone, but the songs are all about the story and characters. Sometimes a song would inform the plot of the novel, sometimes a plot twist would inspire us to write a new song. So they're very intertwined in that sense. Certain songs just take on the mood of a scene from the book, or the emotional journey of a character.
How did you adapt your sound to suit the concept?
The story is very wild. There are talking elephants, storks, monarch butterflies. There are train rides across Europe and underground caverns. Often, we thought about what these things would become if they were entirely musical. What does elephant music sound like? What music would play in a dank, dark cavern? We selected our instrumentation carefully and wrote songs to fit these constraints. It's artful for sure, but we always made sure to make songs accessible to the casual listener.
Did you record this as a duo? If so, what kind of band will you have for live performances?
Like our last album, Josh and I recorded, mixed and mastered everything in my little home studio. Just the two of us. I play most of the instruments on the album, and Josh does most of the singing. We added some friends to the mix this time, however. So we have our friend Maggie Dahl on vocals, Joe Liu on strings, and Brian Powers on brass.
We were also really excited to have some girls from the Oakland Girls Choir add a chorus to the song about Abigail, Simon's daughter. The clear, choral, feminine voices were really haunting and perfect for capturing the character of the sick little girl.
Live performances will be more compact. Fewer of us doing more individually. We're challenging ourselves to be more mobile and versatile as a unit.
You guys live (with your wives) in apartments in the same house? How does that work out on a daily basis? Are you constantly running back and forth - and how do your wives feel about that?
Yes, we live in the same house! Josh owns the place. My wife Ashley and I live on the first floor. It's lots of fun! Ashley and I ask for cumin when we've run out and need to finish our green apple chili. Josh and Elisabeth grow kale and tomatoes and the backyard. They have a big Great Dane named Gandalf the Gray. We share dinners on the porch in the summer. Josh can stop down for a few minutes and record the chorus to a song if I need it. It's nice. We call them our friendlords. And our wives just so happen to be the best wives in the universe, so they totally support us and encourage us to create and be musical, even when things get busy.
For more on the band, check out the Cosmos Facebook page.