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The perfect garden gift

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog glass art tightNikolaj Christensen created this beautiful piece of art out of glass for last year's Summer Flower Show at Phipps. Photos by Doug Oster

blog garden art1I met Jordyn Melino at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens many years ago as the two of us worked on promoting Red, Ripe and Roasted. It's a tomato and garlic festival I helped start in conjunction with the conservatory 10 years ago.

Since then, Jordyn has become exhibit coordinator at Phipps and she's often my source when I film segments about the seasonal shows she oversees there.

Last year, the Summer Flower Show combined glass art with the plants. In the fern room were glass sculptures by Nikolaj Christensen of Philadelphia. The glass pieces resembled obsidian rock and were covered with colorful snails. The artist even was able to duplicate the slime trail which is left behind when the snails crawl over an object.

I fell in love with the pieces and spent quite a bit of time in the room with Jordyn during one of our filmings.

A couple of weeks ago I was at Phipps teaching a photo class for interns there and Jordyn had a gift for me. It was one of the beautiful works of art created by Nikolaj.

I had forgotten all about those shiny, black glass sculptures, but Jordyn remembered. That's why it's the perfect gift. It's something I love, would never buy for myself and will enjoy for a lifetime in the garden.

I still haven't found the perfect place for the art. I've moved it around the garden several times, but eventually the planets will align and the location will be found.

Just like we remember the people who give us certain plants, I'll think of Jordyn every time I look at this work of art.

blog garden art slime trailI have no idea how the artist duplicated the slime trail on this artwork, it's really cool.

 

 

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PSO looking for student singers

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

The Pittsburgh Symphony is seeking young singers for its Student Chorale. More from the PSO:

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Chorale Director Christine Hestwood are looking for high school- and college-age singers to join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale. The Chorale will perform during the PNC Pops performance of "Heroes and Villains" on October 17-19.

Created by the late Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh Music Director Emeritus Robert Page, the Student Chorale provides student performers the unique opportunity to perform on the Heinz Hall stage with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. "Heroes and Villains," conducted by Lucas Richman, features music from a variety of movie scores.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale is open to high school students in grades 10 to 12, as well as college singers. The chorale will total 60 members and all rehearsals will take place in October. Choral directors can nominate quartets of students by filling out the nomination form found at pittsburghsymphony.org/heroes. Nominations are due by September 5. For more information about the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale, please contact Hestwood at 412-977-2047 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Fault in Our Stars DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 16, with deleted scenes

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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tfioscoverthumbnailCatching up with some news about the DVD release of “The Fault in Our Stars" starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
 
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release it on Sept. 16 on Blu-ray and DVD with an extended version of the movie — although no specifics on how much additional footage there is. But writer John Green, along with Ben Avon resident Sophie Guest, should appear in one of the deleted scenes.
 
Here are the details:
 
“The Fault in Our Stars” Little Infinities Extended Edition Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack Special features 
— Extended version
— Extended cut audio commentary by director Josh Boone and Green
— 6 deleted scenes (including commentary)
— The Stars Align: Book to Screen 
— Plus all of the features on the DVD
 
The Fault in Our Stars Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack Special features 
 — Audio commentary by Josh Boone and John Green
— 6 deleted scenes (including commentary)
— The Stars Align: Book to Screen
— Plus all of the features on the DVD
 
“The Fault in Our Stars” DVD Special features 
— Theatrical cut audio commentary by Josh Boone and John Green
— Promotional featurettes: The cast, The making of “The Fault in Our Stars,” The transformation, Literature to Life, Our Little Infinity, The Music Behind Our Stars
 

 

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Dana Holgorsen presser recap: Pads go on today for practice No. 1

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen took the podium Monday morning for his second press conference of fall camp. Here’s a brief recap, with a full transcript coming later. 

• Today is practice No. 5, full pads and hitting. “Kids get fired up” about all that. Good practices the last two days, “lot of energy out there, and even a few fights, which is fun to watch.”

Defense: “After four days they’re doing a lot of good stuff.” Thinks it’s a simpler approach; lining up quickly, using a lot of bodies and repping four deep. Until today, the first day of tackling, you can’t tell all that much.”

Depth: All positions are deeper; only two true freshmen (Henry, Crest) in the two-deep. Crest is taking some second-team reps. “It’s night and day compared to the past.”

Tackling: NCAA recommendation is 12 days, “which I think is about right.” Camp is designed to keep guys healthy, so there’s plenty of recovery time.

Crest: Don’t really need to try to rush him along, “because we’ve got our starter.” Trickett plus Millard, who has repped more than anyone in his career, make it less urgent. … “The plays we call when William is here are not the same ones we call when Clint is out there. You have to simplify. You can overload a guy.” Notes that the past two Heisman winners redshirted as freshmen.

Special teams: At returner, which “is a huge emphasis for us right now,” Worley, Gibson, Shell have returned before and are quality bodies who can compete for kick return. Thompson, Alford are returning as kick returners. “We didn’t find out who our two best returners (Smallwood and Alford) were until about midseason last year.”

Downfield passing: “Clint is doing well at that. Mario and Kevin are light years ahead of where they were last year, technique-wise.” The timing and continuity is better, too.

Alabama game: “I doubt we’ll be overlooking that one. My job gets harder after that game happens.” We haven’t talked a lot about our schedule. The motivation is probably different. "They’re a storied program, but so is Texas and” every team inBig 12. Every game is big. ... "We haven't talked about rankings. (Bama is No. 2) Don’t pay any attention to the rankings. Don’t pay any attention to what they think about us at this point, either. We’ll start preparing for those games two weeks out. … We play in one of the best conferences in the country, and we're playing maybe the toughest schedule in the country."

Close games: It's been an emphasis since January, learning to finish. Tired of talking about it? “It’s better than getting your ass kicked! We’re in a good conference. There’s gonna be close games.”

Team identity: Last year had to rely on the running game more than he’s used to. Now feels comfortable doing that. Sees Sims and Smallwood as very similar, very comparable. Sims left his mark here for the younger guys. “I think we can replace Charles with a combination of” the others.

Dayron Wilson: Saturday, defense closed by getting after offense pretty good. He made two or three good plays, an “unbelievable” interception and a TFL. Has stepped in well for K.J. Dillon. Rewarded him with scholarship after practice as well.

Jewone Snow: Best shape he’s ever been in. He’s not walking around with a red jersey. “He’s probably our most valuable special teams player, at this point.” Is on six special teams units. 

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Wiz Khalifa will play live concert tonight on SiriusXM

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

wiz04Just announced today: Wiz Khalifa, who delivered one of his best local performances Friday night at the First Niagara Pavilion, will perform an exclusive invitation-only concert for SiriusXM listeners at The Studio At Webster Hall in New York City tonight. 

It will air at 9 p.m. via satellite on Shade 45 (channel 45) and will also be available through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com

 

After the broadcast, the concert will be available on SiriusXM On Demand for listeners listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at siriusxm.com.

 

 

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