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I,' ........ POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 13, 2017 PAGE 7 i+r.... +ore-- meets +e +e +,etme+cornet+waru,, i by oobMo+,,o+O + MANY +HINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings o,oooooooo..o**,.,o.o,..o,,,.,o bySalGiarratani TASTE OF EASTIE of extracting more money from R&B. Then on February 17% it BRAD PAISLEY - LIFE AMPLIFIED WORLD TOUR: LIVE AT WVU (DVD/CD SET) MVDv/sual Country superstar Brad Pais- ley returned to his roots in West Virginia for a special outdoor concert at West Virginia Uni- versity. Straight off his wildly successful Life Amplified Tour, Paisley played an electrifying two-hour show that included many of his 23 # 1 singles. Songs performed included ~Crushin' It," ~American Saturday Night," ~Water," ~Online," "Perfect Storm," "Letter to Me," "This is Country Music," I'm Still a Guy" featuring Chris Young, "She's Everything," and "ricks." Flip side favorites have Country Nation," "Old Alabama," Then," "Beat this Summer," "I'm Gonna Miss Her," "River Bank," and a very special version of the John Denver song, "Take Me Home Country Roads," which has become an anthem for WVU, "Southern Comfort Zone," "Mud on the Tires," and "Alcohol." This concert, entitled Brad Pais- ley- Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special, will air on PBS, Friday, January 27 at 9:00 pm. Paisley takes his unique skills as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and en- tertainer back to his home state and viewers everywhere. DECOMMISSIONED (DVD). Lionsgato Home Ent~ Retired CIA agent John Niles' quiet life is shattered when he's kidnapped and tortured to reveal his part in an upcoming mission. With his wife (Estella Warren) and son held captive, Niles (Johnny Messner) is forced to take part in a presidential as- sassination, so he turns to his old mentor, Price (Vinnie Jones), to uncover the CIA's covert role in this dark operation. Exciting from start to finish, this film takes you on an action thrill ride. SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Home Ent. Inspired by President Barack Obama's first "date" with the First Lady, Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers are cast as younger versions of Michelle and Barack Obama, the Presi- dent and First Lady of the United States. On a summer's day in 1989, a young law associ- ate named Barack Obama used all his charms to woo attorney Michelle Robinson. Southside with You brings that magical encounter to life as it follows the pair on a clay-long date that takes them from an art exhibit to a screening of Do the Right Thing, to an unforgettable first kiss. RAY DONOVAN: SEASON FOUR (DVD) CBS DVD + Paramount One of the most critically ac- claimed dramas on television is back with its most exciting season yet! After the bloody Minassian shootout, Ray Dono- van (Liev Schreiber) is focused on healing himself and his dam- aged relationship with his faro- fly. But Ray is soon pulled back into his old life by a troubled boxer and an enigmatic art dealer with ties to the Russian mafia. This compelling series also stars Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, and Jon Voight in his Golden Globe-winning role as Ray's manipulative, ex- con father. HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Home Ent~ Harley and the Davidsons charts the birth of this iconic bike during a time of great so- cial and technological change. Beginning at the turn of the 20m century, Walter, Arthur, and Bill risked their entire fortunes and livelihoods to launch the bud- ding enterprise. Each of these men faced very different chal- lenges, but it was the motorcycle that united their dreams and ambitions. Starring Michiel Huisman, Bug Hall, Robert Aramayo, and Arthur Davidson and Bill Harley. GIRLS: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON (2-Blu-ray) HBO Home EnL Follow the assorted humilia- tions arid triumphs of a group of girls in their mid-20s -- each facing new challenges in life and love. As Season 5 begins, Han- nah (Lena Dunham) has put her writing ambitions aside and is teaching alongside Fran (Jake Lacy), her new boyfriend. Mar- nie {Allison Williams) realizes that she needs more space after her honeymoon with Desi. While working towards becoming a therapist, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) also manages a budding rela- tionship. And Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) is thriving at her new job in Japan, flirting with her boss despite her long-distance relationship with Scott (Jason Ritter). Honest and uproarious, with unexpected surprise turns, the fifth season of Girls promises to maintain the series' place as one of the most talked-about shows on television. LITTLE MEN (DVD) Magnolia Home Ent. When 13-year-old Jake's grandfather dies, his family moves from Manhattan back into his father's Brooklyn home. There, Jake befriends the char- ismatic Tony, whose single Chilean mother, Leonor, runs the dress shop downstairs. When Jake's parents Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jen- nifer Ehle) ask Leonor to pay a higher rent -- and a feud ignites between the adults -- the boys take an oath .of silence against their parents in protest. Little Men is the story of a life defining friendship amid family turmoil. STAGECOACH: THE TEXAS JACK STORY (Blu-ray) Cinedigm After retiring from his life as an outlaw, ranch owner Nathan- iel Reed (Trace Adldns) quietly leads an honest existence with his devoted wife, Laura Lee. But his gun-slinging past sud- denly comes back to haunt him when he learns that Calhoun (Kim Coates), the man he once maimed during a stagecoach robbery, is now a U.S. Marshal who will stop at nothing to wreak vengeance. After a violent shootout brings tragic conse- quences, Nathaniel returns to his old ways and becomes Texas Jack, the most wanted outlaw in the West. Judd Nelson also stars in this action-packed quest for redemption filled with galloping getaways, a beautiful bounty hunter, and the possibility of second chances. This year's 21st Annual Taste of Eastie gathering will take place on Thursday, January 26m, at 6:00 pm, at the Logan Hilton Hotel. Restaurants from Eastie and surrounding com- munities will gather under one roof to showcase their delicious ethnic cuisine, including Sotith and Central American, Italian and the Mediterranean, Chi- nese, the Middle Eastem, and Australian. You'll never go hun- gry leaving the Taste of Eastie, that I can guarantee. For more info, contact Max Gruner at East Boston Main Streets at director@ebrnain- streets.corn or call 857-234- 4381. THE HIGH COST OF PARKING METERS Seems the City of Boston's Transportation Department is settling for more in this new year. Parking meters in certain areas will now have floating prices. During high-volume hours, the hourly rate could be all over the place, depending on demand. You can pretty much be sure that demand will always be high on Newbury Street, in the Back Bay, or the Seaport District. Once again, it appears that the city, in its endless pursuit us, has found a golden goose in manipulating prices at partdng meters. You think business will im- prove on Newbury Street ffyou l need 15 quarters to park your car at a meter for one hour? More cash for the city, but less for merchants is the tradeoff. Doesn't sound like a good thing to me, but who am I? WHO'S COMING TO FOXWOODS SOON? If you are a fan of great music, check out Foxwoods' line-up. On January 14% Gladys Knight & The Whispers will take to the stage for a night of solid gold is time for Rascal Flatts to be in the house on their Rhythm and Roots Tour. SOUTHILL CHILDREN'S FUNDRAISER Put this on your social calen- dar. It will soon be time for the Southill Children's Fund fun- dralser to benefit BaUaghderg Pre-School in County Donegal serving special needs children. It will be held at the Irish Social Club in West Roxbury, starting at 7:00 pm, featuring one of my favorite Irish bands, Erin's Melody, with Margaret Dalton.. For more information, go to OOPS ... PHOTO MISIDENTIFIED Here's a Who's Who you won't likely forget! L-R: Patti Santori, Viola Pucillo, Maria Giardina, and Sonny Celona. (Photo by Sal Giarratani} Three Kings Meet La Banfana. Kids Win On Friday, January 6th, the Veronica Robles Cul- tural nter at 175 McClellan Highway in East Boston held a tremendously packed Three King's Day celebration, an evening of song and dance that honors the Latino community tradition. For folks like me, it was the Feast of the Magi or Little Christmas. But in the La- tino culture, it is Christmas all over again as children receive their gifts from the Three Wise Men. In past years, East Boston APAC used to hold its own by Sal Giarratani Three Kings sitting on their thrones handing out gifts to the children. celebration for Three King's Day according to Shirley Fajardo, but this year she said APAC decided to work jointly with Veronica Robles to host the community's Three King's Day celebration at the cultural center and the place was packed with children and their parents. Giuadalupe Tellez, Madelyn Giundado, Christian Tellez, and Diego Tellez await their gifts from the Three Kings. On Sunday, January 8th, Italia Unita held its annual La Bafana celebration at Jevelli's Restaurant. This celebration is once again like Three King's Day, a day in Italy when children receive gifts for being good boys and girls from La Bafana, the good witch who places gifts inside the children's shoes while they sleep. It is also held during the Feast of the Maji. All of the gifts of clothing and toys collected at this celebration were donated to the Crossroads Women's Shelter next to the Holy Redeemer Church. Italia Unita members surrounded by all the donated kids' gifts. (Photos by Sal Giarratani}