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Page.l,et PO-GAZEIFT ;-SBI:rFE MB]ER'ST,' 113 '' qlr I Fact reviewing TODO MUNDO Conexion Todo Mundo is loosely translated to mean 'the whole world' -- and that is the groups message. Their self- described 'organic' music is drawn from across the Car- ibbean and Latin America. Santiago Orozco is leader, singer and rhythm guitarist, and the power of Todo Mundo. The rhythm pours out with opener "Escucha Que," feel- ing the fire of "Gitana," the catchy Latin pop of "Male Male," the reggae-flavor of "Flying Through the Air" the oneness of "Yemaya," ad- dressing the state of the na- tion "Cuba" and the plea of "Freedom" and change. Sec- ond half happenings take off with the light-hearted "Por Ti Sere," feeling the mood with "The Sound," the soft beat of "rumba Esa Negra," followed by the soft flowing "La Calle," the CD title track "Todo Mundo" and finishes up with the encouragement of "My Only Light." Mundo's cry is for one world -- a world that is one! JOHN LEGEND - LOVE IN THE FUTURE Columbia John Legend is rapidly becoming a 'living legend' -- having won nine Grammy Awards. 'Love in the Future' is his fourth solo studio album and serves up 16 origi- nal songs. It will be hard to pick a favorite from this album of potential hits. In- cluded are several top-shelf guests as Rick Ross, Kimbra and Stacey Barthe who put a positive effect on the music. "The Beginning" sets the pace, followed by the advice of "Open Your Eyes," as a trio of songs are featured -- "Made to Love," "Who Do We Think We Are" with Rick Ross" and the soft, piano- laden "All of Me." The plead- ing "Hold On Longer" main- tains the mood, trailed by the driving "Save the Night," the chance for action on "Tomor- row," the heavenly "Dreams," the inviting "Wanna Be Loved," an interlude titled "Angel" featuring Stacy Barthe," the 'just us feel' of "You & I (Nobody in the World)," putting the final touches on this excellent album with the romantic "Asylum" and Legend brings it home with "Caught Up." This much-anticipated al- bum is solid -- no hype! MAD MEN: ON THE ROCKS Silva Screen David Carbonara's original television soundtrack for 'Mad Men: On The Rocks,' is a testament to his talents. Creating a mix of contempo- rary score and period jazz, he delivers a sound that is such a part of and fits in so tightly to the series, that it has be- come as recognizable as the timeless visuals and charac- ters. 'Mad Men' is a TV drama based around the trials and tribulations of a New York ad agency in the 1960s and has already earned three Golden Globes and fifteen Emmys in a very short time. The twenty-three slices on by bob morello ax the rest this refreshing and relaxing collection also includes "A Beautiful Mine," the original theme from the TV series. From the sway of the initial cut "Pacific Coast Highway" through to the closing theme, Carbonara's music is as tasty as the Italian sauce of the same name. Twenty- three good reasons to enjoy the music of 'Mad Men.' JUSTIN MOORE - OFF THE BEATEN PATH Valory Music Co. If you're wondering if Jus- tin Moore is country -- let me tell you -- "Hell yeah, he is." To confirm his good ole boy/ redneck status, just give a listen to Moore's eleven-song CD 'Off the Beaten Path.' He talks of the 'good ole days' to open with "Old Back In the New School," livin' life via "Lettin' the Night Roll," the regret of "Old Habits" has Miranda Lambert in duet, trailed by the hit single "Point At You," and the booty beat of "I'd Want It to Be Yours." Moore painting a postcard with "This Kind of Town," tun- ing it to the max with the guitar-laden "Country Radio," the true love of "That's How I Know You Love Me" and par- tying outside the box on "Off the Beaten Path." Moore can make his vocals tender on a ballad or he can create a bite in his voice, either way he sounds great. Winding down this album he kicks up the dust on "One Dirt Road" and features country legend Charlie Daniels to spew the litany of living life true to principles and not giving in to convention on "For Some O1' Redneck Reason." AGACHIKO - YES! Accurate Not to be overlooked is the recent release of Gabrielle Agachiko's debut album 'YesI' The Boston-based jazz vocal- ist released an eleven-track album with a distinct sound that is powerful and rejuve- nating. Check out the con- tents beginning with the tender ballad "Blue Winter," reflecting on her mother's words on "Your Mama," cov- ering Nina Simone's haunt- ing "Four Women," plus the funky groove addressing the environment titled "When the Water Is Gone," the intensity of the standard "Angel Eyes" and takes a political stand on the issue of "Words." Agachiko was born in Kenya and spent her child- hood in East Africa, but now makes Boston her home. That is lucky for jazz fans everywhere, but the fact Boston can call her their own, is special! The haunt- ing art song "Love Isn't Easy" contains lyrics Agachiko penned, moving on to cover Buddy Johnson's classic "Since I Fell For You," followed by the pulsating "Now I Know," the narrative "Unlov- able" winds down to the finale, the affirmative "Yes!" which is not only the name of her album, but also the appropriate word you will probably utter after listening to her offerings. Great debut -- Yesl 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 GREAT HOUSE PARTY FOR CONNOLLY Last week, the John Connolly campaign came to East Boston for a great Italian House Party cam- paign event at the home of Jack and Gina Scalfione where folks were feted with a seven-course dinner out in the backyard of their home. A large crowd showed up days before the preliminary election to hear mayoral candidate John Connolly, who was escorted to the event by Rep. Carlo Basile, talk about his vision for Boston's future in a Connolly Administration. KUDOS TO MIKE NICASTRO MI AMIGO Mike Nicastro has become the face of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Cen- ter. As Community Out- reach Director, Mike is al- ways on the lookout for ways the health center can help folks and other community organizations. This past Sep- tember 17 th. he was at the Revere Hotel in Boston and honored along with 17 other outstanding volunteers by Action for Boston Commu- nity Development (ABCD) for all he and the others do in their neighborhoods putting people on the right track to better lives. He has been with the health center for 35 years and has been a longtime supporter of East Boston APAC. THE ANTHONY L. CIAMPI MEMORIAL FUND 3 RD ANNUAL COMEDY NIGHT Join Tony V. and friends for a great night of comedy at Anthony's of Malden on Sunday, October 13 th. Din- ner is included. For ticket information contact 781- 844-0653 or to purchase tickets by credit card call the YMCA at 617-625-5050. For updates go to Facebook "The Anthony Louis Ciampi Memorial Fund." ROSLINDALE DAY PARADE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 TM The Annual Roslindale Day Parade will be held on Sunday, October 6 th starting John Connolly surrounded by his Eastie friends. at 1:00 pm on Washington Street in Roslindale Square. The theme of this year's parade is "Boston Strong" and Mayor Tom Menino will be honored as this year's Grand Marshal. ITALIAN EXTRAVAGANZA IN EASTIE Sacred Heart Parish cor- dially invites everyone to its Italian Extravaganza on Sun- day, October 20 u at 3:00 pm for a great meal at Mario's Restaurant in Day Square. Go to sacredhearteast for ticket price and more details. ROXBURY OPEN ART STUDIO The Roxbury Open Studios event will be held this year on the weekend of October 4 th through the 6 th For further information, go to LOOKING FOR A GREAT PET GROOMER? Check out Pick of the Litter on Hancock Street in North Quincy. I take my cat "Nica" and she loves the car- ing staff. This place is really going to the dogs and cats in a good way. For more infor- mation call 617-770-0282 or visit their website at RENOVATIONS UNDERWAY AT LIBERTY PLAZA Renovations are moving along at Liberty Plaza and plans are moving for- ward with the Lombardo Company's Seville Theater project on Border Street. KOWLOON CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS ... Shirley Reeves of "The Shirelles" will be appearing on September 27 u. Reeves, is a 1996 Rock 'n Roll Inductee as the original lead singer of The Shirelles. For ticket information, call 781-233-0077. A portion of the ticket price will ben- efit PAWS of Wakefield. KIWANIS CLUB HOLDS AUCTION AT IRISH SOCIAL CLUB The Roslindale/West Rox- bury Kiwanis Club will be holding its 26 th Annual Charity Auction at the Irish Social Club in West Roxbury on Thursday, October 17 u at 6:00 pm. For more informa- tion on this event, please call 617-327-3100. MISSION HILL 5K ROAD RACE The Mission Hill 5K Road Race will take place on Sunday, October 5 th, regis- tration starts at 8:00 am on race day. Walkers start at 9:00 am and runners at 10:00 am at St. Alphonsus Street gate. For more infor- mation, contact Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services at 617-566-6565. Remember to take the chal- lenge. It will be a hill of a run. Wearable Art 2013 on Display at Copley Place Massachusetts College of Art and Design Wearable Art 2013 fashions will be on exhibit at Copley Place now through October 1 st. In conjunction with the exhibit, MassArt fashion designs will parade on a center court runway during Boston Fashion Week on October 2 "d where alumni designs will be an added feature of the showcase. Copley Place is the premier retail location in Boston with international patrons. This fall, nestled around center court, twenty-three ensembles created by the students from MassArt's Fashion Design Department will be on display during the scheduled fashion festivities in Boston. "I was delighted to again bring this year's Wearable Art exhibit to Copley Place" states Jayne Avery, associate professor in fashion at MassArt and curator of the exhibit. "Simon Mall has supported our exhibit each year and to showcase our students' work in Copley Place, just blocks away from our campus, is exciting for the entire MassArt community." Mall patrons will view MassArt's popular non-textile creations that illustrate inge- nuity using unconventional materials such as mini window blinds, synthetic hair, twist ties, film and more. For Wearable Art 2013 the message is about cutting edge design including contem- porary ready-to-wear and red carpet gowns. "I looked for designs that would show the intricacy of construction, shaping and form -- designs that would capture the viewer as they got closer to the exhibit. Such an up close view of these spectacu- lar pieces -- what a perfect way to experi- ence fashion," says Professor Avery. Collection is viewable during regular Copley Place hours of operation: Monday - Saturday I0:00 am to 8:00 pm; Sundays 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. Copley Place is located at 100 Huntington Avenue, Boston