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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 20, 2012 VIEWS...more than meets theeye ! oeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeoeeeeeeoeoeoeeee EVITA (Blu-ray) Buena Vista Home Ent. Celebrate the 15 th anni- versary of the classic 'Evita' -- starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. The riv- eting true-life story of Eva Peron (Madonna), who rose above childhood poverty and- a scandalous past to achieve unimaginable fortune and fame. Despite widespread controversy, her passion changed a nation forever. With an Academy Award for Best Song (1996), and three Golden Globe Awards, critics worldwide hailed 'Evita' as an indelible masterpiece. NEWSIES (Blu-ray) Disney Disney celebrates tlie 20 TM anniversary of the clas- sic family musical 'Newsies' for the first time in digital restoration. Starring Chris- tian Bale and Robert Duvall and screen favorite Ann- Margret, the film tells the tale of a courageous group of newsboys in a classic musi- cal style. Enjoy incredible dance scene sequences bril- liantly choreographed by Kenny Ortega and songs by Hollywood legend Alan Menken. 'Newsies' is burst- ing with unforgettable songs! HIT SO HARD: THE LIFE & NEAR DEATH STORY OF DRUMMER PATTY SCHEMEL (Blu-ray) Well Go USA Ent. Patty Schemel was the acclaimed drummer for Courtney Love's seminal rock band Hole. Openly gay, Patty always felt different and never dreamed she would be in a multi-platinum band, touring with legends ... or that, thanks to drug ad- diction, she could lose it all. Patty filmed everything on Hole's infamous Live Through This world tour, including the shows, the parties and startlingly intimate footage of Kurt and Courtney. The footage seen for the first time now shows the cost of addiction, ultimately, recov- ery and redemption. TYLER PERRY'S AUNT BAM'S PLACE - The Play (DVD) Lionsgate When family's falling out, it's time to call in Aunt Bam to set a few things straightl The fun begins when Bam's favorite nephew-in- law, Stewart, is granted weekend visitation with his children. He and his new wife are thrilled at the chance -- until Stewart's drunken ex shows up with trouble in mind. Now it's up to Bam to calm things down in this high-spirited new play from Tyler Perry. THE BIG BANG THEORY FIRST SEASON & SECOND SEASON (Blu-ray-DVD) Warner Home Video The first and second season of 'The Big Bang Theory' stars physicists Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons), who understand everything from the inescapable gravi- tational pull of a black hole to the intricate structure of the atom. But take those atoms and assemble them into a woman, and their com- prehension comes to a grind- ing halt. Once Penny (Kaley Cuoco) moves across the hall, the guys, and their equally "socially challenged" friends Howard (Simon Hel-berg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) must step out of the lab and into the real world. The five-disc First Season has two Blu- ray, three DVD discs and the six-disc Second Season has two Blu-ray, four DVD discs. Easy to see why this is the # l comedy on network TV! THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION (3-DVD) HBO Home Ent. HBO Documentary Films in its tradition of drawing attention to the nation's most pressing health issues addresses the obesity epi- demic in America in "The Weight of the Nation." This immensely important four- part series spotlights the facts and myths of obesity, showing how this urgent public health issue affects the nation and cripples the health care system. In- cluded are 11 bonus shorts and a two-page informational booklet. ELMO'S MAGIC NUMBERS (DVD) Warner Home Video Will Arnett plays Max the Magician and visits Sesame Street to put on a spectacu- lar magic show for Elmo and his friends. Chris points out that Max's magic is actually based on math concepts that everyone can learn. Each hilarious lesson highlights a different aspect of the sub- ject, including addition and subtraction. The episode also includes favorite segments such as "Elmo's World," "Murray Had A Little Lamb" and "Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures." Happy A nniversary Sulmona Meat Market, Inc. Prffn'e Choice Beef, Veal, Lamb, Pork & Poultry Specializing in Italian Sausages 617-742-2791 32 A Parmenter Street - Boston, MA 02113 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 ROLLER COASTER OF MEMORIES Recently, the Patriot Ledger down on the South Shore did a whole page on the shut- tered Paragon Park down on Nantasket Beach in Hull. Tlie Friends of Paragon Car- ousel are the folks who op- erate the old restored Merry- Go-Round that once stood inside the Park. People come from miles around every summer to ride it one more time and relive old memo- ries of younger days. The Friends are now collecting memorabilia for a museum. There was a photo of Marie Schleiff of Hull holding the sign that hung on front of the roller coast. This summer "Paragon Park: A Musical" opens on July 27 at the Company The- atre in Norwell. At the mu- seum will be a full-scale model of "The Comet," the original Paragon Park sign and lots of other good stuff. Paragon Park opened in 1905 and closed in 1985. Folks who grew up with this amusement park say when they walk along the beach they can still hear the clickety-clack of the old roller coaster. Too bad, there's no mu- seum for Revere Beach's amusement park because whenever I walk the boule- vard, I can still picture ev- erything the way it was in my head. As for the merry- go-round, Revere Beach's Hippodrome housed the greatest-looking old-fash- ioned carousel anywhere to be found. Hello out there. Which roller coast was better, the "Comet" or the "Cyclone?" Results will be published in a future column. THE PINCH FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER The 11 th annaul Fund- raising Banquet for the PINCH Foundation will be DIAMONDS ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jim (617) 263-7766 Jewelers Exchange Building J-Iappy 00dnniversary from East Boston Chamber of Commerce Helping local business to do business 175 McClellan Highway East Boston, MA 02128 Tel. 617.569.5000 Fax 617.569.1945 E-mail: Website: held on October 13, 2012 at the West Roxbury Elks from 7:00 pm until the stroke of midnight. Buy your tickets now. Proceeds to benefit the Beatty-Coyne Children Edu- cation Fund. For more infor- mation, call 617-838-7362. EXCEL ACADEMY SEPTEMBER OPENING Excel Academy will be opening a second location in East Boston this September as construction crews finish up the conversion of the old St. Mary's Star of the Sea School and convert it into Excel Academy Charter School. The property was purchased from the Boston Archdiocese for a reported $1.8 million .... Down the street is the old Dam Savio High School site which is set to become the Edward W. Brooke Charter School but that's probably a year away from happening. Two new parental choices to eventu- ally choose from in the East Boston community is a win- win situation for all. GREATER BOSTON TEA PARTY PROTEST The Greater Boston Tea Party group held an anti- ObamaCare rally at Christo- pher Columbus Park over on the waterfront. Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled ObamaCare constitutional as a form of taxation, the only way to take it down is by electing more conserva- tives to Capitol Hill. Take out the law by legislation. An end-run around the Courts is no longer an option. The people, "We the people" must elect better voices in Congress who rep- resent our beliefs. A good crowd showed up and Talk 1200 Boston's Michael Graham shown up to stir the folks into action. REPPUCCI CORNER AT THE POOL The other afternoon I showed up at my usual spot at the Mirabella Pool to find the area packed by Anthony, Georgie, Anthony and of course, Gigi Reppucci. If they turned this family story into a TV show, they would have to find another Walter Brennan to play Gigi. I ended up on the far left that day which is pretty strange for such a conservative guy like me but Leo already staked out the far right. Meanwhile, Cal was snoring in his chair ... Patty Bona has staked out a new spot this year tired of the same old same old or maybe she just found a bet- ter spot to work on her tan. NEW NAPPER TANDY'S OPENS IN ROZZIE SQUARE John Jacob has just opened a Napper Tandy's at the old Robyn's site on Wash- ington Street in Roslindale Square. If you have been to Napper Tandy's just outside Norwood Center off Route IA you know this place will be hopping with plenty of patrons having a great time. Check it out and tell 'em Sal G. sent you. GAIL HOLDS HER OWN Down at the Knights of Dunkin' Donuts, Gall is pas- sionately anti-Eastie Casino and holds her own in debates with fellow Knights who are mostly pro-casino. She knows her stuff quite well. The Knights know what's coming when she walks into the place. Condolences go out to Gall on the loss of her 95-year-old uncle who recently passed away in Connecticut. WHEN DID THE STATE TAKE CONTROL OF THE NEW CHELSEA BRIDGE AND WHY? Lots of folks have been complaining that the newly rebuilt Chelsea Street Bridge doesn't open in the morning early enough. The posted time reads "5:00 am" but it isn't opened most mornings anywhere near 5:00 am. I just found out the bridge is now controlled by state employees rather than mu- nicipal workers. Why the change? People get the run around when they ask ques- tions. Now, we know, forget City Hall, the problem lies up at the State House. Isn't it time for the people of both Chelsea and East Boston to start up a good offensive and keep the state on defense? The other way around, we only lose. Best Wishes ANTHONY V. BOVA, D.D.S. Office Hours By Appointment 79A Prince Street, Boston, MA O2113 Telephone (617) 523-4446 Fax: (617) 523-3275 Congratulations on J?our d41nniersary Rapino Memorial Home 9 Chelsea St., East Boston 617-567-1380 Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home 917 Bennington St., East Boston 617-569-0305 Dino C. Manca, Funeral Director A Family Service Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corp. Infl 206 Winter St. Fall River, MA 02720 508-676-2454