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Page10 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 11,2014 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: ROAD TO XLVIII (3-Blu-ray) Cinedigm The Seattle Seahawks have captured their first ever Super Bowl Champion- ship, and to honor the 'Legion of Victory,' Cinedigm has issued the three origi- nal network broadcasts in one collection. Enjoy the thrills as Seattle battled through a tense game with New Orleans, a thrilling last- second victory over San Fran- cisco, and the flawless wipe- out of the Denver Broncos to earn the Lombardi Trophy. Their fans will revel in the show of ability, style, swag- ger, and poise! CALL THE MIDWIFE: SEASON 3 (2-Blu-ray) BBC Home Ent. 'Call the Midwife' is a popu- lar drama set in poverty- ridden East London in the late 1950s. In Season Three, Nonnatus House is scheduled for demolition, Jenny, Chummy and Sister Julienne search for a new location nearby, while Jenny's relationship with Alex continues to blossom. But an outbreak of polio affects the nurses and nuns more than they could have imagined. Share the sadness and joy, tears and humor, struggle and sur- vival in this award-winning drama, based on the best- selling memoirs of former nurse Jennifer Worth. Also includes the 2013 Christ- mas Special. TERRY FATOR: LIVE IN CONCERT (DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. Terry "Fator won TV's 'America's Got Talent,' and now he wins again, this time at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Fator brings a hilari- ous range of characters to life, including Winston, the impersonating turtle, Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice, and lounge singer Monty Carlo. Fator blends eomedic banter and amazing vocal impressions of musical superstars as Garth Brooks, Dean Martin, Aretha Franklin, and Lady Gaga. A one-of-a-kind fun experience! THE MONEYCHANGERS (DVD) CBS DVD + Paramount This adaptation of Arthur Hailey's best-selling book is a tale of power and greed in the banking business. Two ambitious vice presi- dents become rivals when an imminent board room vacancy arises. Christopher Plummer won an Emmy nomination for his role as one of the protagonists in 'The Moneychangers,' as did Susan Flannery, to Joseph Biroc for his cinematogra- phy, and Phill Norman for his graphics. A story of how absolute power corrupts absolutely! GRAND PIANO (DVD) Magnolia Home Ent. Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) is the most talented pianist of his generation, but has stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public for a long awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of an expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: "Play one wrong note and you die." In the sights of an anonymous sniper (John Cusack), Tom must get through the most difficult performance of his life and look for help without being detected. An enter- taining game of 'Russian Roulette' on piano. HITLER AND THE NAZIS (DVD) Cinedigm A fascinating documentary that spans 27 years of Hitler's quest for power and domina- tion. In 1919, a corporal in the German Army was sent home after the end of World War I. He found his country in economic and social ruins, its heritage and pride irreparably damaged by the Western allies of France, Britain, and the United States. It was a time ripe for change. Adolf Hitler vowed not only to restore his coun- try to rightful glory, but to someday, personally, exact excruciating revenge upon its enemies. First in politics, and then with his unbeat- able WehrmachL Hitler and the Nazis would not only achieve this goal, but come close to taking over the entire world. A wake of ter- ror and destruction followed, leaving an indelible mark on history as one of the most evil regimes of time. MOUNTAIN MEN: SEASON 2 (4-DVI)) Lionsgate Home Ent. The History Channel's 'Mountain Men' continue to heed the call of the wild as they venture back across America's most treacherous terrain. From Montana to Alaska to Maine, Tom, Rich, Eustace, Marty and Charlie each confront menacing elements, from grizzlies and sub-zero temps to time away from family and the threat of losing the lifestyle they love. Time and the environ- ment are unforgiving, but they'll do whatever it takes to get the job done, as these masterminds brave nature's onslaught to live for a living. THE REVENGERS (DVD) CBS DVD + Paramount Civil War veteran-turned- rancher, John Benedict (William Holden), returns home from a hunting trip to discover that a ruthless ren- egade and his murderous gang of rogues have killed his wife and children. But when Benedict recruits six condemned men, including Hoop (Ernest Borgnine) and Job (Woody Strode), to help him exact fatal revenge, he realizes that his newly formed posse answers to no one. They are wild, dan- gerous, and unpredictable killers, much like the men they are pursuing. Will they carry out his plan or turn the tables and add him to their list of their victims? The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani TD GARDEN SHOWS COMING UP The Eagles live in concert at the Garden on Septem- ber 15th. AS an Eagles fan, this is one great '70s band ... Fleetwood Mac will show up in Boston for two Garden shows, October 10th and 25th. Tickets on sale at the TD Garden box office. HOW MANY MORE MR. SPEAKAH, HOW MANY MORE? There is yet other "Planet of the Apes" movie out at movie theaters right now. This one is branded "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and like its more recent cousin movies, it too should fall flat unlike all those great ape movies from the late '60s and early '70s. The original series of mov- ies was based on American society back when I was 20 something. The plots were all connected to the Vietnam War and Civil Rights period. Those movies were able to talk about serious issues that were dividing America back then without sounding too preachy. You would think with all the special effects today, that the newer movies would be superior but this is not the case. SHOULD STATE COVER TRANSGENDER MEDICAL CARE? My personal opinion is that such medical care should be done on a case by case situation. I do not believe, as our governor does, that transgender medical care should be mandated and the lack of treatment seen as sexual discrimination. Just because an indi- vidual demands this treat- ment as medically neces- sary doesn't mean it is. There isn't even a way to test this so-called medical necessity. No mandates forc- ing insurance companies to provide these operations should be issued. The issue should be treated as a medi- cal condition and left to in- dividual doctors to decide if it is medically necessary. These are expensive pro- cedures and it isn't like get- ting a tooth pulled. As far as murderers behind bars get- ting these surgeries, I think that is a crock. CHECK OUT THE 24/7 PROJECT Recently, the 24/7 Project found its way to Quincy Market. This project is covering seven U.S. cities including Boston. the third city visited for 24 hours. The project finishes up in New York City later this summer. I bumped into Darcie Goldberg and Rhoda Kahler who are on the road this summer traveling city to city and day by day and night- time too. For more information on the Boston visit go to www.24- 7PROJECT.COM and tell Darcie and Rhoda that Sal sent you to them. BETTY ANN'S AND THOSE SINKERS ARE BACK Betty Ann's Donut Shop is back and so are the lines to get all those great Sinkers. You haven't had a jelly donut until you have had one from Betty Ann's. Glad to see Bill Scantlebury back making the donuts again at this Bennington Street shop.not far from Wood Island Station. So take a walk, drive your car or take the train to Betty Ann's. Once you try one of Bill's donuts, you'll never go back to a chain donut shop for a card-board donut again. N.E.A.D. PLANNING FAMILY PRIDE WEEK FOR AUGUST North End Against Drugs is planning for this summer's Family Pride Week coming up next month. This week has become a neighborhood tradition. N.E.A.D. is cur- rently looking for volunteers, sponsors and donations" to keep this celebration a great Success. NOEL HENRY'S IRISH SHOWBAND DATES Noel Henry's Irish Show- band will be having two dates in West Roxbury this sum- mer at the Irish Social Club on Park Street. Dates are Sunday, July 20th and Sun- day, August I0th which by the way would have been my parent's 67th wedding anni- versary. Back in her day, my mother loved those Irish dances over at the Hibernian Hall in Roxbury around the corner from Dudley Station or upstairs at Rogan's Hall in City Square Charlestown. CITY HALL PLAZA WEDNESDAY NIGHT CONCERTS ARE BACK The summer Wednesday night concerts are back. Officially these concerts are held in memory of Dorothy Curran and the series be- gins on July 16th and runs until August 20% This year is the 42"d anni- versary celebrating Boston's longest-running outdoor con- cert series begun by Boston Mayor Kevin H. White. First up on July 16th is Tavares. When you think soul and disco, the '70s and '80s, Tavares is your band. On July 23rd, it is Beatlejuice. August 6th Stardust returns for a dance party. The finale on August 20th with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Charlie Thomas of the Drifters. BUSH PUSHING BAKER Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was at the Ridge Club down on the Cape headlining a fundraiser for Charlie Baker running for governor. Bush is consid- ered a potential Republican presidential prospect in 2016. Personally, I am no Bush fan, two Bushes are enough for me and I see Jeb Bush following in the footsteps of that Dead Men Walking Trio of Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney. MAGNA CARTA COMING TO MFA One of the four original copies of the Magna Carta written in 121 will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts this summer. This governing document is con- sidered the inspiration for both the Declaration of Inde- pendence and U.S. Constitu- tion. It is a document worth viewing as an American. CASINO BOARD NEEDS SOME COMMON SENSE However, don't hold your breath waiting. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh had urged the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to hold off naming the winner of the Greater Boston casino li- cense until after the No- vember elections when the casino question will be on the ballot for statewide vot- ers to decide. However, the commission says it will go ahead as planned to pick between the Everett Wynn proposal and the Revere Mohegan Sun site at Suffolk Downs. This is too bad. Why waste time, effort and money not knowing if casinos get banned? John Nucci in one of his recent Boston Herald pieces said it best, "The commis- sion hasn't seen a deadline it wasn't willing to extend or rule it wasn't willing to bend to keep casino developers plans alive. Just look at Suf- folk Downs and the effort to put a casino on its Route IA property. That East Boston casino plan was trounced at the polls last year. So Suffolk Downs moved the casino a few feet and called it a "Revere" site. That couldn't be done before the estab- lished deadline. So, of course, the commission didn't blink an eye before granting Suffolk Downs all the time it needed for an- other bite of the apple. The gaming commission has just insulted the consent of the governed by picking its winner before knowing if there will be any winners. TEAM FLAHERTY COOK-OUT JULY 11 This Friday night is Team Flaherty Cook-out Time at 256 Marginal Street in Eastie at KO Pies in Build- ing 16 For more info, go to East Boston Main Streets (Continued from Page 2) the community recognized by the city council, and I am particularly honored to see our great and hard working staff be acknowledged in this way," said Max Gruner, executive director of EBMS. For more details or ques- tions please contact Max Gruner at mgruner@ebma{n streets.corn or by calling 617-561-1044. EBMS is a non-profit corpo- ration. Its mission is to create a more vibrant business district by initiating private and pub- lic improvements, promoting commerce, and supporting ef- forts to improve the quality of life for all who live, work, and do business in East Boston.