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Tix for Hobbit marathon on sale Nov. 14

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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Fans who cannot get enough of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” can binge on what is being called Marathon Monday.
 
On Dec. 15 — two days prior to the third and final film’s theatrical release — moviegoers in select theaters across North America can experience Middle-earth one last time, beginning with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” followed by “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and, a full 24 hours prior to its theatrical release, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” 
 
Tickets for Marathon Monday go on sale Friday, Nov. 14 at noon Eastern time, the same date and time as tickets for opening day of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” 
 
AMC-Loews at the Waterfront is among the theaters participating.  Tickets for individual screenings of just one or two of the three films will not be sold for this event. See

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When will It's a Wonderful Life air on TV?

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

iawlposterIt will turn up at two local theaters but you may want to know the answer to this seasonal question. When will "It’s a Wonderful Life" air on TV? 
 
NBC just released the information and reports it will air from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and on Christmas Eve (which is only fitting) from 8 to 11 p.m. 
 
Frank Capra directed the holiday classic starring Indiana, Pa., native Jimmy Stewart as small-town banker, husband and father George Bailey.
 
He contemplates suicide before a guardian angel intervenes and allows him to see what a difference his birth and life made in the world. 
 

 

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"The Voice" puts live spotlight on Pittsburgh's Chris Jamison

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

 

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Chris Jamison was performing live on NBC's "The Voice" Monday night, in front of a national audience of 11.36 million. And he was singing a song ("Don't," by Ed Sheeran) that was both up-tempo and wordy.
"But when I walked on stage at the beginning, it kind of pumped me up. I was just so excited, and I will never forget the feeling," said Jamison, a college junior from Ross Township.
"I was actually more nervous for the other [taped] part of the competition. I felt like I had to unleash something I had been holding in for awhile."
It left him literally breathless, at one point hustling to catch up on the words but covering nicely with a little whoop.
"I wanted people to know I was enjoying the song."
He and his Team Adam Levine mates get to watch two other teams sing tonight, then it's the big reveal program at 8 p.m. Wednesday. This week's shows were the first to involve audience voting, and the roster of 20 singers will be pared to 12 (eight chosen by viewers, four by coaches).
"Now that I've had the experience of feeling [the rush of live TV], I want to make that top 12," Jamison said.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Liner Notes Vol. XII

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From the New York Times, the state of subscriptions http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/arts/music/as-subscriptions-fall-orchestras-aim-higher.html?_r=0 

From the Wall Street Journal, fixing education through music http://online.wsj.com/articles/a-musical-fix-for-american-schools-1412954652 

From the BBC, Jonny Greenwood's views on classical concerts http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29559804 

From the Boston Globe, the 200th anniversary of the Handel and Haydn Society http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2014/10/04/handel-haydn-bernard-celebrates-society-success/TIJxnfCHfUtIBTd8g425zI/story.html 

From the Wall Street Journal, a WikiLeaks opera (by Ted Hearne, whose concert-length work "The Cage Variations" was commissioned and performed by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble) http://online.wsj.com/articles/wikileaks-inspires-an-operatic-source-at-brooklyn-academy-of-music-1413927654 

From the Washington Post, the pianist who tried to have a negative review removed, using the law http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/10/31/pianist-asks-the-washington-post-to-remove-a-concert-review-under-the-e-u-s-right-to-be-forgotten-ruling/ 

From the New Yorker, did Mrs. Bach write the Bach cello suites? http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/case-mrs-bach 

 

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Let the Hunger Games questions begin

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 
mockingjayposter2014The cast and filmmakers behind “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1” will participate in a one-day global social media event #ASKMOCKINGJAY.
 
On Monday, Nov. 17, fans from around the world will have the opportunity to participate in a series of social media events including live chats, Q&A’s, exclusive clip debuts, and a live stream from the Los Angeles premiere.
 
Scheduled to participate are actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Mahershala Ali and Natalie Dormer, along with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson.
 
Starting today (Nov. 10),  fans can submit their questions on Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #AskMockingjay.
 
Schedule for Nov. 17  #ASKMOCKINGJAY
 
1 p.m. Eastern time: Reddit AMA with Natalie Dormer.
2 p.m.:  Twitter chat with Francis Lawrence.
7 p.m.: Facebook fan event with cast including exclusive new clip. 
9 p.m.: Yahoo and Tumblr live stream from the Los Angeles premiere with new footage from “Mockingjay -- Part 1.” 

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