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Oscars will say hooray for heroes, show producers reveal

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Some news from the producers of the Oscars:
 
 
OSCARS TO CELEBRATE MOVIE HEROES 
 
The 86th Academy Awards will be a celebration of movie heroes, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. 
 
Offering their first preview of the upcoming Oscar broadcast, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the producers said the show will honor big-screen real-life heroes, super heroes, popular heroes and animated heroes, both past and present, as well as the filmmakers who bring them to life. The Oscars will air on Sunday, March 2, on ABC. 
 
“We wanted to unify the show with an entertaining and emotional theme,” said Zadan and Meron.
 
“People around the world go to the movies to be inspired by the characters they see on the screen. By celebrating the gamut of heroes who have enriched our movie-going experience, we hope to create an evening of fun and joy. And that includes the filmmakers and actors who take risks and stimulate us with provocative subjects and daring characters. They are all heroes in the cinematic landscape.”
 
“Of course, there will be no shortage of comedy with Ellen DeGeneres as our host,” the producers added. “There may also be a few musical surprises along the way.”
 
To coincide with the Oscar telecast theme, the Academy will present “The Oscars Celebrates Movie Heroes,” an exhibition in the Grand Lobby Gallery of its Beverly Hills headquarters. 
 
On display Friday through March 5, the show will feature still photographs and posters from 70 titles spanning nine decades, as well as video montages comprised of excerpts from classic and contemporary films. 
 
The exhibit will include films centered on real-life heroes (“Gandhi,” “Silkwood”), super heroes (“Superman,” “The Dark Knight”), animated heroes (“Shrek,” “The Incredibles”), action heroes (“Seven Samurai,” “Gladiator”), literary heroes (“To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Grapes of Wrath”) and more.
 
The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 8:35 a.m.in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater by Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth. 
 
Photo of producers and host: ABC/Andrew Eccles

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Youth science education camps for kids at Phipps

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Phipps Announces Line-Up of Winter/Spring Science Education Youth Camps

Registration now open for nature-based children’s programs at Pittsburgh’s premier public garden.
 
Pittsburgh, Pa. – This winter and spring, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardensis pleased to offer an exciting line-up of science education camps for children highlighting ecology, conservation, healthy living and art, including a Celebrate! Series for ages 4-9, Little Sprouts Single Servings and Multi-Day Camps for ages 2 & 3, Evening Ed-ventures for ages 6-9, and Move with Me programs for ages 3 & 4. Covering topics from gardening and cooking to plants and insects, all sessions immerse kids in nature.
   Offering a variety of fun hands-on activities, Conservatory exploration time, nutritious snacks and opportunities to create take-home arts and crafts, upcoming programs for February-May include:
·         Celebrate! SeriesOptions for these Saturday sessions celebrating seasonal events include Celebrate! Valentine’s Day on Feb.8 and Celebrate! the Earth on April 12. Times and age groups vary. $12 for Phipps members and $15 for nonmembers. Discounts available for groups of 5+.
·         Little Sprouts Single ServingsThese one-day camps held on Thursdays or Fridays from 10:30 a.m.-noon highlight plants, bugs and healthy foods, and include: Our Tropical Adventure on Feb. 20 or 21, My Favorite Flowers on March 20 or 21, We Heart Veggies on April 24 or 25, and Our Butterfly Friends on May 22 or 23. $12 for Phipps members and $15 for nonmembers. Adult accompaniment required. Note: Camps held within the same week have the same lesson.
·         Little Sprouts CampMy First Garden is a multi-day camp held from 10:30 a.m.-noon on March 10, 17, 24 and 31. $48 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Adult accompaniment required.
·         Evening Ed-venturesGiving parents a Friday night out from 6:30-9:30 p.m. while kids learn and have fun, options include: Conservation Investigation on Feb. 14Deserts and Healthy Desserts on March 14, and Creepy Night Crawlers on April 18. $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers; those enrolling more than one child receive 50% off additional registrations.
·         Move with Me: Youngsters can learn about the natural world through gentle movement exercises in these sessions held from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Feb. 11, March 11, April 8 and May 13. $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Adult accompaniment required.
   Those interested in learning more or registering a child may do so by visiting phipps.conservatory.org or calling 412/441-4442, ext. 3925. More about activities associated with Phipps’ science education program can be found at phippsscienceeducation.org and Facebook/phippseducationandresearch.

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SAG Awards presenters

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71st Annual Golden Globe Aw.674Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto (shown at the Golden Globes), Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey will be presenters at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards this weekend. 
 
The awards honor outstanding performances from 2013 in five film categories and eight television categories, including the distinctive ensemble awards. 
 
This year’s Actor recipients will be announced at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center during a live simulcast on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. (ET). The show will repeat on TNT at 10 p.m. 
 
 
A live stream of the SAG Awards can also be viewed online on sagawards.tntdrama.com and tbs.com, as well as through the Watch TBS and Watch TNT apps for iOS or Android. (Viewers must sign in using their TV provider user name and password in order to view the live stream.)
 
Prior to the televised ceremony, recipients of the honors for television and film stunt ensembles will be announced from the red carpet.
 

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South Fayette's Brumbaugh named All-American ...... Coaches vs. Cancer events

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South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh had a season to remember, setting a WPIAL single-season record for passing yardage and winning WPIAL and PIAA titles.

Brett BrumbaughHis efforts also earned him a spot on an All-American team.

Maxpreps.com has named Brumbaugh a second-team Medium Schools All-American. The team is made up of players from schools with enrollments generally in the 1,000 to 2,000 range. Only 60 players around the country were chosen to the first and second teams.

Brumbaugh is a junior who completed 260 of 379 passes for 3,897 yards and also threw 41 touchdown passes.

Kevin Askeland of Maxpreps.com takes a look at the players on the All-American teams.

Coaches vs. Cancer events

Allen Deep runs the Roundball Classic all-star games every year and he also is staging two events over the next two weekends that present some top matchups of teams.

The Coaches vs. Cancer Backyard Brawlz will be this Saturday at Seton Hill University. It features three boys games and two girls games. The boys matchups are Penn-Trafford vs. Greensburg Salem, Jeannette vs. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic and Gateway vs. Hempfield. The Gateway and Hempfield game matches two top Class AAAA teams. The girls games are Penn-Trafford vs. Greensburg Salem and McKeesport vs. Greensburg Central Catholic.

Next Saturday (Jan. 25) some of the best boys teams and individuals in Western Pennsylvania will play in the Coaches vs. Cancer Clash of the Titans at Geneva College. The event has five boys games and one girls game.

The best boys matchups are Beaver Falls vs. New Castle, Hampton vs. Central Valley and Lincoln Park vs. Kiski School. Lincoln Park is now the No. 1 Class A team in the state. Kiski School is a prep school in Saltsburg and features Satchel Pierce, a 7-footer who has signed with Marquette.

The other two boys games are East Liverpool Ohio vs. Central Catholic and Montour vs. Mt. Lebanon.

The girls game is Hampton vs. Central Valley.

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Young artist shows Beechview some love

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While the Urban Redevelopment Authority markets three properties it owns in Beechview, many residents continue to wait in frustration over so many empty storefronts along Broadway Avenue. The URA has delivered on a promise its acting director Rob Rubinstein made at a meeting last summer to demolish 1602. The promise drew a hearty round of cheers, but that was almost the extent of the good news.
 
But a sliver of good news at the end of the meeting was the hatching of a plan to install a work of art at one of the URA’s properties, 1600 Broadway.
 
Resident Kim Frie headed a committee sponsored by the Beechview Merchant’s Association that promoted a public art work as at least a sign that they could do a better job with windows than plywood boards. At best, it shows that the neighborhood hasn’t given up.
 
Kim knew 15-year-old Claire Pullen from church; Claire’s family lives in Mount Lebanon, where she is home-schooled. Claire is a budding artist. Kim asked Claire if she wanted to produce some mock-ups of images that would suitably cover all the windows in the former Mexican restaurant, which has been vacant for several years.
 
“I agreed,” said Claire, who was familiar with Beechview because she has friends who live there and she makes use of the Carnegie Library there. “I did three and Kim chose that one. Because of the name, I felt like I had to put a tree in it. I did the lights because I thought they were whimsical and welcoming.
 
“It was installed over the weekend,” she said. “We drove by the night we were put up, and it was kind of surreal to see my art in the windows and that big. It was cool though.” 
 
She drew on the impressionists as an inspiration, specifically Van Gogh, she said. 
 
“I’m afraid that when people pass through [on the T] think of Beechview as run-down buildings,” Claire said. “I hope this creates a more welcoming atmosphere. I hope people think ‘someone cares.’”
 
Rob from the URA said there’s no way to be sure what how much a mural or other public art might inspire an investor to take a serious look around “but it is an interim strategy,” he said. “That mural almost gives you the feel of a ‘coming soon’ event and says ‘This isn’t a forgotten building.’”
 
Photo by Kim Frie
 

 

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