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PagelO POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 8, 2010 Bob )'s 00eat by Bob DeCristoforo NAZZARO CENTER KIDS AT FIRST NIGHT Once again the Nazzaro Center kids wel- comed the New Year in taking part in the Grand Procession of First Night 2010. The kids have been getting ready for the past few months under the about direction of The First Night staff They even gave a dress re- hearsal at Polcari Playground, home of the Nazzaro Center. A TASTE OF EAST BOSTON Tuesday, January 12 is the date for the 14 th Annual 'Taste of Eastie' to be held at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport from 6pm- 9pm. The event is hosted by East Boston Main Streets. For tickets call 617-561-1044 or 617-569-5000. ST. JOHN REGISTRATION St. John's School in the North End will hold Registration for the 2010-2011 school year for K1 on January II th from 8:30am to 10:00am, K2 on January 12 th from 8:30am- 10am, and Grades 1-8 on January 19 th from 8:30am to 10am. Upon registration a birth certificate, baptism record, and immunizations records will be required. Call the school at 617-227-3143 for more in- formation. EDUCATION PLUS Congratulations to St. Leonard's Parish members Justine Firicano, Marl- lena Phillips (First Honors), Jillian DeMarco, Frank Ludiciani, Marina Phillips (Second Honors), and Tia Bevilacqua (Honors) on their educational achievements at Arling- ton Catholic High School during the first marking period. HIGH SCHOOL PREP NOTEBOOK St. Clement Boys Hockey, coached by Townie Keith Wallace, and St. Clement Boys Basketball, coached by Columbus Alum, and Townie Leo Boucher are off to great starts, as are the East Boston Boys Basketball Team, and the Eastie Hockey Team. All four teams could go deep at Tournament time, if not win it aIH Jimmy Vesey, son of Colum- bus, and Merrimack Hockey great Jim Vesey, and his Belmont team played a game on the ice at Fenway Park on Tuesday evening. HOCKEY EAST AT FENWAY The college doubleheader that everyone has been waiting for takes place at Fenway Park this Friday, January 8 th when the UNH women takes on the Northeastern Women's Team at 4:00pm followed by Bos- ton College taking on Boston University at 7:30pm in the men's game. COLLEGE BOARD On the ice Suffolk University won the Codfish Bowl defeating host UMass Boston 2-1. St. Lawrence shocked BC in the open- ing round of the Denver Cup 5-2. BC then was defeated by host Denver 4-3. UMass came from behind to defeat Union 4-3, but the Minutemen were stunned by Bentley 4-1 in the Championship game of the UConn Toyota Classic. Union came back beating up host UConn 7-0 in the Consolation game. UMASS took another dip Saturday afternoon falling to host BU 7-3. I attended this game, and it looked like the BU we know. Colby Cohen and Zack Cohen had two goals each for the Terriers, and Kieran Millan had 20 saves. Prior to the game a moment of silence was held for long time Hockey East Referee Ned Bunyon, who died on Wednesday. Maine won Florida College de- feating Princeton in an OT shotout, and toppling Colorado College 3-2 in the championship game. Harvard got off to a great start toppling ranked Quinnipiac 3-1. Kyle Richter had 36 saves. Sunday after- noon Cornell upended UNH 5-2. Vermont won its own Catamount Cup defeating Alabama Huntsville and Minnesota-Duluth 5-2 in the final. Northeastern won the Dartmouth Tournament blasting host Dartmouth 7-0, and tipping ULowell 2-1 in the closing minutes of the championship game. Merrimack was defeated by Wiscon- sin 5-4, and Ferris State 5-1 in the Badger Showdown in Wisconsin. PROLINE Former BU Hockey Alum Chris Drury, now Captain of the New York Rangers, has been selected for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Joining him is Boston Bruins star goaltender Tim Thomas. The Winter Olympics begin on February 12 th. Chris Rooney from South Boston was one of the referees in the Winter Classic at Fenway. TIDBITS Celeb Sightings: Dom Giammarco taking in the Classic at Fenway Park along with Mira Giangregorio and Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Paul Massimino at Mangia Mangia, North End/Columbus Base- ball alum Tommy Moretti with his friends from Australia dropping in at Fenway for the Bruins-Celeb Classic game, and Columbus Basketball Alum Paul Tizzano strolling down Fleet Street. SMILE! WINTER CLASSIC, A BOSTON CLASSIC by Bob DeCristoforo Winter Classic III at Fenway Park Way back in 2008 who figured Jan- uary I st, always a College Bowl Day, would become an NHL Winter Classic Day. I myself figured I would click back and forth. Didn't happen! When Buffalo hosted Pittsburgh before 71,217 at the home of the Buffalo Bills it was magic, especially when it started to snow. Pittsburgh won 2-I in overtime, and we were hooked. Winter Classic II was a no brainer. Chi- cago would host Detroit at Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs. I attended a Cubs game once at Wrigley on a cold, blustery April day. It was fantastic. 40,818 saw Detriot defeat Chicago 6-4 on January 1, 2009. Now we come home. January I, 2010 the Bruins hosted the Flyers in Winter Classic Ill at Fenway Park. 38,112 watched the Bruins come from behind to defeat Philly 2-1 in OT. The Bruins had trailed with less than three minutes to go in the third period. Mark Recchi tied it up at 17:42, and Marco Sturm won it at 1:57 Bob D., and the Ice Girls of overtime sending Fenway into World Series, NBA Championship, Superbowl, Stanley Cup Championship roar. It will be one of the most memorable moments in Boston sports history. It was a good place to be. No one could come up with a better script. Bruins Black and Gold is back in Boston! Peter Nesbit, my boss at Fenway, called it "the Superbowl of the NHL." He was right, and a whole lot more. The REAL Ice Girls! Fact reviewing the best GENE SEGAL- HYPNOTIC (CD) Innova Russian born, Brooklyn- based guitarist Gene Segal's debut album is titled Hyp- notic. Segal's music success- fully flows through styles from odd time signature grooves to head-bopping funk and Afro- beat rhythms to melodic bal- lads and swinging blues. The bottom line - if you're a jazz listener who appreciates music played with heart, soul and groove, this will appeal to you. The ear-opening track is the spirited "Red Eyes," trailed by the lengthy title track that is truly "Hypnotic," plus the surreal "Free Fall," the catchy feel of "Alef," and close to six minutes of the serene and rewarding, "Quiet." Segal had a hand in the creation of all the songs on his debut, continuing with the penthouse sound of "Four Flights Up," followed by a brief, two-minute salute with the raucous "Captain Chaos" and the refreshing solace of "In the Morning." Segal's "Blues Again" is fast-paced and highly energetic, closing out his debut with the honesty of "Truth." A delightful blend of sharp arrangements and breathtaking solos fill this outstanding albuml SERENA RYDER -- IS IT O.K. (CD) Atlantic Canadian recording artist Serena Ryder makes her At- lantic debut with Is It Ok, a 13-track album that show- cases her diversity, and al- ready contains the hit singles, "Little Bit of Red" and "All For Love." Produced by Grammy winner John Aiagia who has had success with Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer and Jason Mraz, Serena has made her mark with songs in which she had a hand in writing. Check out the passion in her vocals on, "Sweeping the Ashes," "Brand New Love," the tender "Hid- ing Place," the courageous "Blown Like the Wind at Night," and the honesty of "Weak in the Knees." Second half happenings shine via, "Stumbling Over You," the uncertainty of "Why Can't I Love You," the powerful "Truth," the title cut "Is It O.K.," followed by the ques- tioning "What I Wanna Know," and Serena's finale is the perceptive "Dark As the Black." Songs of honesty and integrity! JOHN FUNKHOUSER TRIO -- TIME (DVD) Jazsyzygy Pianist John Funkhouser's trio included bassist Greg Loughman and drummer Mike Connors. Combining the successful blend of jazz and rock, giving new shape and feeling to their music with unusual time signa- tures. Experiment in Funkhouser's musical lab that creates cuts as the spir- ited, "Green Dolphin St.," trailed by the melodic "El- lipse," the creative "Prelude & Fugue in a Minor" featur- ing cowbell sounds, plus the complex "Dyin' Nation/ Emancipation," and the by bob morello ' the rest funky, high energy "Eleventy One." John adds adventure to his version of the classic "Come Rain Or Come Shine," along with the familiar stan- dard "Alone Together," serv- ing up over ten exciting min- utes of "Ode to a Lame Duck," and puts it all together with the help of "Kelp." The fluid- ity of Funkhouser's songs plays a big part in its success! A SERIOUS MAN (CD) Lakeshore The Coen Brothers' film A Serious Man features a soundtrack with original music by their longtime com- poser Carter Burwell, along with three Jefferson Airplane tracks. Burwell composed a moving score to fit nicely with the film's theme, the 1967 era, about an ordinary man's search for clarity. Jefferson Airplane contributions have, "Somebody to Love," "Comin' Back to Me," and "Today." World-renowned Yiddish music performer Sidor Belarsky supplies "Dem Milner's Tr6rn." Burwell's score serves to frame the emotional roller-coaster on which Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) rides in situations where his wife Judith (Sari Lennick) plans to leave him, his unemployable brother Arthur (Richard Kind) is sleeping on his couch, his son Danny (Aaron Wolff) is a dis- cipline problem, and his daughter Sarah (Jessica McManus) is pilfering money from his wallet to save up for a nose job. Other than that, everything is fine with this poor guy, as the music follows him through his misery. The music is the vehicle, and it drives the film's story excep- tionally well! SLIIMY -- PAINT YOUR FACE (CD) Warner Bros. Sliimy is a 20-year-old French singer/songwriter who has become a media phe- nomenon on Twitter and MySpace with over a million streams. Sliimy is pro- nounced "Slim-e" to rhyme with Jimmy. His 13 slice al- bum Paint Your Face, will take you on a memorable ride with music that is here there and everywhere, touching on a bit of pop-funk, mournful ballads and a bit of everything else. The best description is to listen closely to lyrics that will zip in and out of your mind, stinging like a bee. The first single, "Wake Up" is just that, a wakeup call to pay at- tention to Sliimy and his music. The "Magic Game" is played with words, trailed by quirky pop songs, "Our Gen- eration," the catchy "Every- time," the title cut "Paint Your Face" is a stroke of 'color' -- and "Baby" is clever. The pleading 'lh-ust Me" leads into the finger-snapping "Mum," the impatience of "Waiting For," the tasty "Tic Tac," and then Sliimy confesses his love with "My God." Sliimy winds down his US debut with the haunting "See U Again," and ends with an enjoyable cover of Britney Spears' "Womanizer." This is not your grandma's proverbial French vocalistl