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Jeff Tweedy to open Three Rivers Arts Festival lineup

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Jeff-Tweedy-561530-1-402The music lineup for the 2014 Three Rivers Arts Festival is being announced throughout the day March 24 on sponsor station WYEP (91.3 FM).

The festival is bringing back some major acts from previous while adding some fresh faces. All concerts are all free at Point State Park, running June 6-15. We'll keep a rolling blog here as they are announced.

Friday, June 6: Jeff Tweedy: This will be the first solo trip here for the frontman of Wilco and the former co-leader of Uncle Tupelo.

Sat., June 7: Sam Bush: Bluegrass multi-instrumentalist who made his name in the band New Grass Revival in the ‘70s and ’80s.

Sunday, June 8: Trampled by Turtles: Indie-folk band from Duluth, Minn., that has played Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. It is also WYEP Day with Colonizing the Cosmos, townsppl, Brooke Annibale.

Mon., June 9: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Tues., June 10: Kaiser Chiefs: Pittsburgh debut for the British post-punk revival band about to release its fifth album.

Wednesday, June 11: Amos Lee: Singer-songwriter from Philadelphia who combines rock, folk and soul.

Thursday, June 12: The Smithereens: Veteran New Jersey rock band, known for such songs as "A Girl Like You" and "Blood and Roses," was here last summer to open for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

 

Fri., June 13: Curtis Harding: Former CeeLo Green backup singer also plays in the garage-soul band Night Sun.

 

Sat., June 14: Lucinda Williams: Queen of Alt-Country returns to the festival for the first time since 2001.

Sunday, June 15: Jake Bugg: Young British singer-songwriter and "next Dylan" type who has worked with Rick Rubin.

Updated: Monday 2:49 p.m. 

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AnchorVan in Pittsburgh

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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The AnchorVan, a news-food truck and mobile marketing machine for the digital, Blu-ray and DVD release of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” is coming to Pittsburgh today.

It will allow visitors to test their Teleprompter skills like Ron Burgundy and score some of Champ Kind’s Whammy! Chicken (“of the cave”).

It will be in town on Monday, March 24:

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – University of Pittsburgh

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Market Square

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Jerome Bettis Grille

The sequel is now available on digital and will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD April 1.  The Blu-ray combo pack includes three versions — the original theatrical version, the unrated version and the super-sized R-rated version with 763 new jokes and four hours of bonus features.

See www.AnchorVan.com for more about tour stops.

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Photos by Jack Dempsey/Invision for Paramount Pictures/AP Images, from Austin, Texas stop. 

 

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Divergent pulls in $56 million

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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milestellerEveryone knew “Divergent” would be No. 1 at the box office. The only question was:  How much would it make its first weekend?.
 
And the answer is roughly $56 million, although the Muppets and Mr. Peabody and Sherman kept families entertained and “God’s Not Dead” (not previewed in Pittsburgh) opened at 780 locations and pulled in nearly $8.6 million. 
 
The preview for “God’s Not Dead” was among the trailers before the showing of “Son of God” I saw one Saturday morning at AMC-Loews at the Waterfront. It looked as if the message might be better than the movie but I haven’t watched the movie.  
 
Here are the top 100 courtesy of Rentrak: 
 
1. “Divergent” —  $56,000,000.
2. “Muppets Most Wanted” — $16,514,000.
3. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” — $11,700,000, bringing its total to $81,002,384.
4. “300: Rise Of An Empire” — $8,665,000, for $93,753,119 since release. 
5. “God’s Not Dead” — $8,563,512.
6. “Need For Speed” — $7,781,000, or $30,404,000 so far. 
7. “Grand Budapest Hotel” — $7,000,000 (playing on only 304 screens), bumping its total to $13,210,519.
8. “Non-Stop” — $6,346,475, or $78,621,205 to date. 
9. “The Lego Movie” — $4,115,000, for a robust $243,351,674 since its Feb. 7 arrival.
10. “Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club” — $3,100,000, for $12,910,024 since release. 
 
Photos:  Shailene Woodley and Theo James climb an abandoned Ferris wheel in upper photo and Miles Teller steps into the ring in "Divergent."  
 
 

 

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Big news in the classical music world

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

Classical music continues to make national news with two especially big headlines this week: the San Diego Opera has decided to shutter, citing a unceasingly difficult financial climate, and Michael Henson will step down as the controversial CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra. Mr. Henson has been a divisive figure in Minnesota, where he was viewed as responsible for a major renovation to the orchestra's concert hall and the long lockout of its musicians. His departure may pave the way for the return of the orchestra's beloved music director, Osmo Vanska, who'd left due to the ongoing labor strife. 

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"Her" gets DVD date -- finally

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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“Her” will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD on May 13. It was the last of the nine best picture Oscar nominees to get a date.

Spike Jonze won the Academy Award for original screenplay for a love story set in the Los Angeles of the near future. Joaquin Phoenix portrays a soulful, heartbroken man who falls for the voice of a new advanced operating system. Scarlett Johansson invests "Samantha" with humor, intelligence and insight, turning her into a true character.

The movie also was nominated for best picture, original score, song and production design.

Blu-ray combo pack will have a suggested retail price of $35.99. That includes the film on Blu-ray, a DVD and digital version.

Photo by Aaron Poole, A.M.P.A.S. shows Spike Jonze posing with his Oscar for the press.

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