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Viola Davis says so long to Denzel Washington and Pittsburgh as 'Fences' ends filming here

Written by Sharon Eberson on .

The Paramount production of August Wilson's "Fences" wrapped filming in Pittsburgh yesterday, and actress Viola Davis said a Facebook farewell to her co-star and director Denzel Washington. No release date is set for the film.

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LoFi Delphi offers warm, melodic touch on new EP

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

lofiPittsburgh band LoFi Delphi, not to be confused with disciples of Guided by Voices, is a pop-rock quartet made up of former members of The Lost Sea and Bridgely Moore.

In 2014, the band -- fronted by pianist-singer Becki Gallagher, with husband and bassist Andrew Belsick, drummer Tyler Jessup and guitarist Andrew MacDonald -- debuted with a six-song EP, "Victor."

On June 10, LoFi Delphi returns with a second six-song EP, "Always the Quiet Ones," produced by J Vega at The Wilderness Recording Studio for the local First Flight Records.

"This one is a bit darker, more mature," Belsick says. "We've kind of honed our sound a bit more and feel like we took a step forward with the songwriting. And the sound is much more organic. The last EP was mostly digital."

Gallagher's pure vocals (think Cranberries) are the center of a sound that's warm and melodic, with gushing builds and searing guitar.

"It's kind of a point of irony," Belsick says of the name. We always say we're unapologetically indie pop. We try to focus on melody and create earworms/hooks whenever we can."

The EP will be released on iTunes, Amazon and for physical distribution on June 10. The release show is June 18 with Chrome Moses, City Steps, The Park Plan, and Jeremy Caywood at James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy, North Side.

For more on the band, you visits its site here.

 

 

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Stephen King's untold story

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

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Author Stephen King's appearance at the Sewickley Academy Rea Auditorium Wednesday night was an opportunity to tell some stories (funny and scary, some funny-scary). It was a fundraiser for Sewickley's Penguin Bookshop, part of his 12-city tour on behalf of independent stores.

King waxed nostalgic about his previous trips to Pittsburgh ("and I'm just so glad to be back"), which began with his collaboration with George Romero. Mr. King wrote the screenplay for the anthology film, "Creepshow," and Mr. Romero directed it onscreeen.

The latter even talked Mr. King into playing the part of a hick who makes an unfortunate, otherworldly discovery. In order to make a fake Steve head, special effects guru Tom Savini needed to make a plaster cast, and the process was as claustrophobia-inducing as one might imagine.

Still, when it came time for actor E.G. Marshall to have a similar cast done, King showed up to watch someone else suffer as he had. 

"I have never told this in public before," he said, laughing, "but I don't care; he's dead and I'm alive."

As the plaster set, he said, Marshall motioned for a pad and pencil he'd placed nearby before the procedure began. "He writes in capital letters BOURBON," King said. "They got an eye-dropper and Tom Savini himself got it to him."

 

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Anti-Flag raises the rally towel on European tour

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Anti-Flag might not approve of flags, but they love a towel!

The political punk band from Pittsburgh, on its annual European tour, took a Penguins rally towel along with them to display on stage. Singer-guitarist Justin Sane posted this pic of bassist-singer Chris Dos on stage in Budapest, Hungary, with the caption "Budapest to Pittsburgh...Bleeding black and yellow."

Longtime hockey fans (they've printed "Drop Pucks, Not Bombs" T-shirts), they are staying up late to watch the games, according to Dos.

In a Twitter exchange this morning, he told me, “watching every one! They start around 2:30am over here. Absolutely worth it,” adding “sun is up when the games end. Hard to fall asleep after these big of wins. All worth it”

Asked if there were any Pens fans in the crowds, he tweeted “I push hockey pretty hard in our world. Lots of fans of the game and pens at our shows”

Wiz Khalifa and the Penguins were both tagged in the tweets, but have yet to respond.

The Pens have a chance to take the Stanley Cup championship Thursday at home against the San Jose Sharks.

Over the last week or so, I’ve seen “Let’s Go Pens!” chants break out at the Eagles of Death Metal concert at Mr. Smalls, the Michael Franti show at the Three Rivers Arts Festival and the Leon Bridges show at Stage AE.

Here is where you can find Anti-Flag on the road:


3/6 Ljubljana, SI - Gala Hala
4/6 Vienna, AT - Rock in Vienna
5/6 Anti-Flag @ Randal in Bratislava, Slovakia
7/6 Budapest, HU - Budapest Park
8/6 Minsk BY - RePublic
9/6 Anti-Flag @ Komma in Wörgl, Austria
10/6 Interlaken, CH - Greenfield Festival
11/6 Donnington, UK - Download Festival UK 2016
12/6 Portsmouth, UK - The Wedgewood Rooms
14/6 Anti-Flag @ Le Grillen in Colmar, France
15/6 Milan, IT - Circolo Magnolia
17/6 Anti-Flag @ 4ecluses in Dunkirk, France
18/6 Dessel, BE - Graspop Metal Meeting
19/6 Lille, FR - ANTIFest @ L'Aéronef
21/6 Eindhoven, NL - Dynamo Eindhoven
22/6 Amsterdam - Melkweg Amsterdam
23/6 Paris, FR - ANTIFest @ La Flèche d'or
24/6 Neuhausen ob Eck, DE - Southside Festival
25/6 Scheessel, DE - Hurricane Festival
28/6 Trier, DE - Exhaus / Trier
29/6 Nuremberg, DE - Der Hirsch
1/7 Frankfurt, DE - Batschkapp
2/7 Munster, DE - Vainstream
3/7 Leipzig, DE - With Full Force Festival
5/7 Hradec Králové, CZ - Rock For People (OFFICIAL)
7/7 Novi Sad, RS - Exit Festival
9/7 Straubenhardt - Happiness Festival

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PSO returns from Europe

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The Pittsburgh Symphony wrapped up its latest European tour this weekend. In case you missed it, here is the Post-Gazette coverage of the tour:

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2016/05/13/Pittsurgh-Symphony-Orchestra-to-kick-off-next-European-tour-this-week/stories/201605150051 

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2016/05/13/Selling-Pittsburgh-through-music-culture/stories/201605150067 

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2016/05/26/Pittsburgh-Symphony-makes-itself-at-home-in-Berlin/stories/201605290070 

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2016/05/26/Music-from-a-concentration-camp/stories/201605290059 

PSO-in-Berlin-1 1Music director Manfred Honeck displays his Pittsburgh pride — and a Terrible Towel — at the Berlin Philharmonie. Read more about it here. (Photo: Kent Logsdon)  

ADDENDUM [June 13, 2016]: Here's video of the orchestra's concert at the Berlin Philharmonie on May 22. More info on the orchestra's website.

And here's one more nugget: Violist Paul Silver shares a bit about his experience on tour — including the special chance to perform in Europe alongside his daughter, Sarah, who plays with the San Antonio Symphony. 

Mr. Silver explained that he normally likes to plan some adventures during PSO tours:

"But due to the fact that I'm still recovering from leg surgery and our very busy concert and rehearsal schedule, I decided to take it easy today," he wrote last week. "A group of us enjoyed a relaxing, restful day walking around the small island portion of the town of Lindau [Germany], where we are staying, and taking an hour and a half boat ride around the eastern portion of Lake Constance, or as they call it here, the 'Bodensee.' Some of our colleagues chose to go a bit farther afield — renting a motorcycle, journeying to nearby Liechtenstein, and hiking in the nearby mountains, to name a few ... In addition, our symphony patrons (who are traveling along on the tour), along with Manfred and some orchestra members, went to Wolfegg Castle for a tour of the site where Manfred's summer music festival, the Internationale Wolfegger Konzerte, takes place. (He has been artistic director of the festival since 1994.)

"For me, the unquestionable highlight of this tour has been the opportunity to share the music making and the travel experience with my daughter, Sarah, who was hired as an extra violinist for the tour and the two weeks of concerts in Pittsburgh prior to departure. She was lucky enough to be excused from her regular position as assistant concertmaster on the San Antonio Symphony. Touring provides a unique challenge for an orchestra — playing each night for new audiences in new venues with distinctly different acoustics. During my 35 years in the orchestra, I've found touring provides a great bonding experience for our orchestra, not only amongst the players but also between the orchestra and our music director. The opportunity to play the same music but to do it a bit differently every night makes us stronger and more flexible as an ensemble. When you can share all of these experiences with your flesh and blood on the stage, it's quite a thrill. Then, afterwards, to be able to discuss the musical experience, the reaction of the audience, and how we felt individually and collectively, makes it that much better."

Sarah chipped in her thoughts, too:

"It is difficult to find the words to express just how wonderfully special this tour is to me," she wrote. "Not only am I playing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, but I also get to sit on stage with my dad. We are getting to travel through Europe together, playing in world famous concert halls with the world class orchestra that I grew up listening to. When we finish a Tchaikovsky symphony in the prestigious Musikverein and the audience bursts into applause, I get to look over at my father smiling toward the standing audience and glancing in my direction to share in the prideful moment. Pittsburgh should also be incredibly proud."

Sounds like a very special experience for the Silvers! It's also worth noting that the orchestra features another father-daughter duo: co-principal clarinetist Thomas Thompson, who was hired by the PSO in 1966, and cellist Alexandra Thompson, who joined it last season. 

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