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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: National Fragrance Day, charity galas and Style Truck on the move

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Do you know what today is?

Besides being Friday, of course, it's National Fragrance Day, a time to explore the beauty world's bevy of sensational scents.

In this week's Setting the SEEN, Natalie Bencivenga and I talk perfume picks, plus some of the parties taking place around Pittsburgh this weekend where you could wear some of them.

Do you have a favorite fragrance? Share it in the comment thread below, and be sure to tune in next Friday for the latest episode of Setting the SEEN.

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Report of new eagle nest inaccurate

Written by John Hayes on .

Wrong bird. Last week's reports of a new Southwest Pennsylvania bald eagle nest were not accurate.

Tom Fazi of the Pennsylvania Game Commission said the agency had been aware of an osprey nest located at the top of an electrical tower in Aliquippa. Sometimes eagles overrun the nests of ospreys, forcing the smaller raptors out. But not in this case, said Fazi.

After talking with the person who reported the siting, and personal observation, the Game Commission confirmed that the birds occupying the electrical tower nest are ospreys.

 


 

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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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Gary Numan: Electrifying at Altar Bar

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

garynumanGary Numan fans from way back likely never expected to see him from a spitting distance.

The closeness was just one of the strange things about his Altar Bar show, as the British New Wave pioneer always seemed like an artist to be appreciated from afar.

This was a “space oddity,” if you will, to go with the fact that Numan hasn’t remained stuck in 1980. He’s also inched into the ’90s with a grinding industrial sound that he’s snatched back, in a way, from Trent Reznor.

His Altar Bar set was heavy on the latter, reflecting the dark shadows of his last few albums, including last fall’s “Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind).” Banish the thought of this being a Nine Inch Nails knockoff, as Numan not only has the vision and melodic sense to take on Reznor, he has better pipes.

While Numan’s Tubeway Army was a keyboard outfit, this band had jagged noise guitarist Steve Harris prominently at his side, with Numan (in a wig, presumably, that made him look like Billie Joe Armstrong) also strapping on a guitar at points. Far from robotic, he flashed punk intensity, whipping himself around the stage, while other times dancing rapturously with his arms over his head.

They played eight of the 12 songs from the new album — from the driving “I Am Dust” and “Love Hurt Bleed” to the dirge-like “Lost.” “Splinter” and “Everything Comes Down This” were the perfect intersection of his styles, with the undercurrent of noise meeting spacey keyboards and soaring choruses.

numan2If you came for vintage Numan, this was a lot of sledgehammer, interrupted by a smattering of old songs that rained down like comfort music by comparison. A sheer moment of bliss was the “Replicas” sci-fi classic “Down in the Park” with its pretty piano line and orchestral synths threatening to bury his nasal robot vocal.

The synth-funk of “Cars,” his signature song, felt like a outdated model in the middle of the set, but there’s no getting around playing it.

More cosmic was “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?,” one of three encores, played with fury and fists flying in the air.

Gary Numan sightings have been rare in Pittsburgh, making this one, in a converted church, all the more magical. It’s good to see the robot so ... lifelike.

 

Set List

 

Resurrection 
I Am Dust 
Metal 
Everything Comes Down to This 
Films 
Here in the Black 
The Fall 
The Calling 
Down in the Park 
Lost 
Cars 
Pure 
Splinter 
We're the Unforgiven 
Love Hurt Bleed 
A Prayer for the Unborn 

 

Encore:
I Die: You Die 
Are 'Friends' Electric? 
My Last Day

 

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 03-21-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We had a five-minute power play late in the game and no matter what the game looks like, you have to find a way to [score then]." - Sidney Crosby.

-The Detroit News' recap. "Finally some karma came to us. It feels good to get those bounces.” - Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar.

-The Detroit Free Press' recap. “We knew going in we were going to be under siege at times. Our guys battled real hard.” - Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

-MLive.com's recap. “I don’t know if I want to call it gutsy, but I thought we showed a lot of character." - Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall.

-The Associated Press' recap. "That was the one area of the game that it got away from us." - Evgeni Malkin on the Penguins' power play.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Detroit's David Legwand butt-ended Malkin in the third period:

-The league does not have a disciplinary hearing scheduled for Legwand.

-Malkin was in bad shape after the hit:

-Happy times for Jussi Jokinen, Malkin and James Neal:

-Matt Niskanen had to fend off Tatar:

-Tatar was pumped:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby has Bylsma's endorsement for the Hart Trophy.

-Nebraska-Omaha forward Josh Archibald, a Penguins prospect, was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's player of the year. Archibald was also named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.

-After the Jump: Rick Nash returns to Columbus.

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