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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 8, 2013 The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings BOSTON'S DOWNTOWN MOVIE PALACES The Strand Theatre Recently, Arthur Singer showed up at the William Clapp House in Dorchester to talk about the history of Boston's great movie the- aters and how several of them have been saved and restored. His book, "Boston's Downtown Movie Palaces" sounds like a great gift for someone who grew up in Boston in the late '40s, '50s and '60s when we had so many grand palaces all over downtown. My favorite neigh- borhood movie theaters in- cluded the Puritan in the South End and the Lancaster over by North Station. Down- town, I loved the Paramount, the Mayflower, the Savoy and the Music Hall. Check this new book out. ATTENTION: TONY BENNETT FANS Legendary crooner Tony Bennett will be appearing at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester on Saturday, No- vember 9 th. For more info visit by Sal Giarratani TISEI READY TO TAKE ON TIERNEY IN ROUND TWO? Back last year, former State Senator Richard Tisei, R-Wakefield barely lost a nail-biter to incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney, D-Salem and is now deciding whether or not to try again. Already Washington DC Democrats are blaming Tisei for be- ing a part of the Republican inspired government shut- down. I hope Tisei decides to run again. Last time he lost by one percentage point in a very dirty campaign up in the 6 th Congressional Dis- trict. Democrats are already calling him a foot soldier for the radical Tea Party and say he is working with his "right wing allies." Tisei calls these negative attacks silly and "laughable" noting he is an openly gay, pro-choice Republican. Tesei would be an excellent can- didate and give frustrated voters a real choice between the current mess in Wash- ington of which Tierney is a part of and a new voice for the Bay State down on Capitol Hill. It is a mess down there and we need new voices speaking for us and getting us out of the mess. DOES ANYONE REALLY CARE IF BROWN MOVES TO NEW HAMPSHIRE? As someone who cam- paigned for Scott Brown both in 2010 and again in 2012, I was disappointed that U.S. Sen. Scott Brown's stay in Washington was so brief. Today, we have U.S. Sena- tors Elizabeth Warren and Eddie Markey. If Brown ran again in 2014 for U.S. Sen- ate against Markey, I would again support his candidacy. If he wants to relocate up north, that is his decision to make. I hope he stays here and runs again without Obama at the top of the ticket. As a Reagan Demo- crat I can support him quite easily over the former ice cream truck driver. It is rare we find the perfect candi- date so conservatives and Republicans need to get over the purity issue. If he decides to run in New Hampshire, I think he could beat U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH and that would be a loss for Mas- sachusetts. Think about it. THE MOODY BLUES LIVE IN BOSTON The Moody Blues. If you are a baby boomer like me, you know these guys and their music like "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday After- noon." AARP is bringing them to Boston at the Con- vention Center in Southie on Saturday, May I0, 2014. For more information, go to / atmbos. SACRED HEART CHRISTMAS BAZAAR The Sacred Heart Parish Christmas Bazaar in Eastie will be held in the church lower hall on November 23  starting at 11:00 am. Join in on the fun for food, Chinese raffle, games, toys, appli- ances and gift baskets. Santa will be showing up for breakfast with the kids at 11:00 am. Dynamic Lighting Scheme for Innovation District Gateway Northern Avenue Bridge Adorned with State of the Art LED Lights Mayor Menino unveiled a new lighting scheme for a key gateway to the Innova- tion District, the historic Northern Avenue Bridge. The bridge, originally con- structed in 1908, serves thousands of pedestrians and bicyclists each day con- necting the financial dis- trict to waterfront destina- tions such as the Moakley Courthouse and Harborwalk, as well as the Innovation District generally. The new lights have been positioned to highlight the architec- tural characteristics of this fixture of Boston's waterfront "Lighting the Northern Avenue Bridge not only en- livens the Fort Point Chan- nel and celebrates the archi- tecture of this historic bridge, but it also under- scores the growing connec- tion between the Innovation District and the Financial District," Mayor Menino said. "I applaud the work of Light Boston, the Depart- ment of Public Works, and all our partners who made this possible." The project was a collabo- ration between the Public Worls- Department, which- maintains the bridge and Light Boston, Inc, a not-for- profit organization advocat- ing for illuminating Boston's unique history and culture. "We are proud to have worked with Mayor's Office and the Department of Pub- lic Works to light this his- toric bridge with sustainable and artistic lighting that contributes to the activation of the Fort Point Channel," said Diane Georgopulos, President of the Light Bos- ton board. The lighting design was done by lighting artist John Powell, with equipment supplied by Philips Color - Ki-ntie s.- .......... (Photo by Matt Conti) "As an innovator in LED technology, Philips under- stands that lighting iconic structures is about creating a meaningful impact in a community, a source of pride for residents," said Paul Kennedy, general man- ager of Philips Color Kinet- ics. "The Northern Avenue Bridge is a shining example of the positive impact that public-private partnerships can have our communities. We are committed to work- ing with city officials and organizations like Light Boston to help make the neighborhoods in which we live and work more vibrant." ......... by bob moreilo Fa reviewing the best .:!;fOrgetting the rest MILEY CYRUS - BANGERZ RCA Records The controversial Miley Cyrus making a lot of posi- tive noise with her album 'Bangerz.' The little lady with the big voice delivers up 13 tracks, several labeled 'explicit lyrics.' Never one to shy away from 'shocking lyrics' -- Cyrus says it all. Her tender opener is titled "Adore You," followed by her #1 iTunes single "We Can't Stop," getting sassy with Britney Spears on the catchy title cut "Bangerz," it all adds up with Nelly joining in for "4 x 4," slowing the pace with Future's vocals on "My Darlin'," and puts it all in motion with the eye-open- ing "Wrecking Ball." Big Sean contributes to "Love Money Party," the tweet repeat "#Getitright," steer- ing the mood with "Drive," and there's little surprise with Miley's "Do My Thang." The final Bangerz hit with "Maybe You're Right" and the driving "Someone Else." There's a lot to like about Miley if you put rumors aside! MUSIC FROM THE IRON MAN TRILOGY Silva Screen Records London Music Works per- forms the powerful, pul- sating and contemporary scores for 'Iron Man.' Ramin Djawadi's score that film, setting the pace for the very successful 'Iron Man' fran- chise. The job of composing 'Iron Man 2' was taken over by John Debney' and the final piece of the impressive trilogy 'Iron Man 3' was com- posed by Brian Tyler. All three pieces contain inno- vative and explosive compo- sitions with intent drum sounds and string sections. Taking five themes from each of the trio of films, Lon- don Music Works is able to create newly recorded ver- sions, including landmark musical moments as, "Driv- ing With the Top Down" (Iron Man), "I Am Iron Man" (Iron Man 2), and "Can You Dig It" (Iron Man 3). An array of punctuating drums, dis- torted and processed guitars make it all a knockout col- lection -- feel the power! KENNY ROGERS - YOU CAN'T MAKE OLD FRIENDS Warner Bros. Records Kenny Rogers was re- cently (10/27) inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and hit Billboard's Top 10 Country Albums with 'You Can't Make Old Friends,' his 22 " 'winner' at #9. The title track is a duet with Kenny's long-time friend Dolly Parton and the diverse collection features 11 cuts featuring country; soul, folk, rock and zydeco, Considered by Rogers to be his best album ever recorded, the music flows via "All I Need Is One," the narrative "You Had To Be There," the patri- otic "'Merica," the pleading "Turn This World Around," and the haunting "Dreams of the San Joaquin." Rogers' credits include, more than 120 million records sold worldwide and 65 albums recorded. Quite impressive! Buckwheat Zydeco joins in on "Don't Leave Me in the Night Time," the pretty "Look At You," riding high with "Neon Horses," taking a page from Bryan Adams song book for "When You Love Some- one" and does a nice job on Dan Seals' "It's Gonna Be Easy Now." 56 years for Rogers and his music is still strong! GARY SMULYAN - BELLA NAPOLI Capri Records The unlikely pairing of sax- ophone player Gary Smulyan and the vocals of Dominic Chianese (Uncle Junior from HBO's Sopranos) comes off nicely on 11 Italian favorites. The 'songs from Naples' come in the form of "Funiculi Funicula," "Anema e Core," "Fenestra Che Lucive," the rhythmic "Marechiare," plus "Peque" and the popular, traditional favorite "0 Sole Mio." Smulyan's baritone saxophone work is immense as he flits like a bumble bee on "O Saracino," slowing the pace for "A Vucchella," the mandolin leads the way into the beautiful "Dicitencello Vuie!" followed by "Tre Veglia e Sonno" and the finishing touches to this Italian romance is the mov- ing "Santa Lucia Lontana." To enjoy this tasty album, one does not need to be Italian! THOMAS RHETT - IT GOES LIKE THIS The Valory Music Co. Thomas Rhett rode the success of his hit single 'It Goes Like This' all the way to the debut of his album of the same name. Rhett poured it all, heart and soul into the dozen songs on this solid country album. For Rhett it started with his first single "Something to Do With My Hands," which peaked at #15, he followed that with "Beer With Jesus" which expanded his follow- ing and hit the bull's-eye with "It Goes Like This" which earned him a record deal (all three songs on this album). Thomas inherited his dad, Rhett Akins's sing- ing and songwriting genes, as he has written hits for Jason Aldean, Lee Brice and Florida Georgia Line. Additional cuts of note have, "Whatcha Got In That Cup," the eye-opening "Get Me Some of That," dialing in with "Call Me Up" and tries to fight temptation with "Make Me Wanna." Hav- ing just finished touring with Jason Aldean, Thomas focuses on his album, continuing with "Front Porch Junkies" already a fan favorite, the instant effect of "In a Minute," the invit- ing "Take You Home," along with the apologetic "Sorry For Partyin'," and ends with the humor of "All-American Middle Class White Boy." A good all-around effort by the 23-year-old Rhett whose songs prove that he can write as good as he sings!.-