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POST-GAZETTe, DECEMBER 2, 2016 PAGIE l! ! il The time has come, the walrus said, ..... TO TALK OF MANY THINGS ' . . . more than meets theeye !l 0f sh0es and shipsand sealing wax of cabbages and kingSbySal Giarratani to oe o o oe oo @OOIII@DOOOI OOOO@OOO OI OO| Ho//day Gu/de DEXTER: THE COMPLETE SERIES (24-Blu-ray) SHOWT/ME Ent. + CBS Home Ent. + Parammmt Home Med/a D/st. All eight seasons on 24 discs of the award-winning television series in this one-of-a-kind Blu-ray collection of Dexter. Golden Globe winning actor Michael C. Hall led an amazing performance in Dexter, one of the most critically acclaimed, must-see shows! Ac- companied by Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, James Remar, Lauren Velez, and David Zayas, Michael Hall portrays a vicious sociopath as the series' hero and star. The unique crime drama makes for a frightening and intoxicating col- lection. Don't miss a single thrilling episode of the shocking drama that broke all the rules and changed television forever! INDIGNATION (Bin-ray) Lionsgate Home Enf~ Passions ignite and cultures clash in this provocative coming-of- age story based on the best-seUing novel by Philip Roth. After Marcus {Logan Lerman), a brilliant working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, arrives at a small conservative college in Ohio, he becomes infatuated with a beautiful classmate, Olivia (Sarah Gadon). Their mutual attraction sparks a torrid encounter with consequences Marcus never imagined, putting his family's best-laid plans -- and his own beliefs -- to the ultimate test! BOB HOPE: HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS (DVD) TIME LIFE There's no place like home for the holidays. And there really was no place like Bob Hope's home for the holidaya, with Bob, Dolores, and the Hope family. They invited friends from the world of entertain- ment and sports to celebrate and reminisce about vintage seasonal sketches in the 1993 special Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories. Hope's TV Christmas connection began on December 24, 1950, with The Comedy Hour. Heartwarming and fun -- that's the way Bob planned it. No Christmas party would be complete without music, while flubbed lines in some sketches remain intact and one blooper really hits below the belt. PEANUTS MOVIES: A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN + SNOOPY COME HOME (Blu-ray) CBS Home EnL + Paramount Home Media Dist. In A Boy Named Charlie Brown the whole Peanuts gang stars in their very first big-screen adventure, remastered in high-definition Blu-ray. Take a jazzy joyride through the streets of Manhattan, with delightfully trippy dream sequences and imagination-filled musical interludes as Charlie Brown takes on the National Spelling Bee. If at first you don't succeed, take a step back. Maybe a nap. Then grab the closest beagle.., and dance. Snoopy Come Home has America's most beloved beagle suddenly going missing, and the whole Peanuts gang bands together to find him. Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and the musical team of Richard and Robert Sherman help Snoopy and Woodstock head for the highways in search of their true place in the world, finally discovering that there really is no place like home[ THE SEA OF TREES (Blu-ray} Lionsgato Home EnL Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts star in this powerful story of love and redemption, when Arthur (McConaughey) travels to Japan in the midst of a personal crisis. As he wanders through a mysterious forest with a dark past, he meets an enigmatic stranger who is lost and injured. The two men embark on a spiritual, life- changing journey of friendship and survival that reconnects Arthur with his love for his wife. THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (DVD) CBS Home Ent~ + Paramount Home Media Dist. Bring the heartwarming joy of Mayberry into your home with The Andy Griffith Show: Christmas Special, a presentation of two cherished episodes: Christmas Story, in which local "Scrooge" Ben Weaver manages to have a harmless bootlegger thrown into jail on Christmas, and The Pickle Story, when Aunt Bee enters her home- made pickles in the annual country fair contest -- only they taste like "kerosene cucumbers," as broadcast on CBS in 2015. Also included as special features are the original network versions of the two episodes, both colorized and in the original black and white. LOOKING: THE MOVIE/I-IBO Home Ent. Looking offers up the unfiltered experiences of three close friends living and loving in modem-day San Francisco. The trio's stories intertwine and unspool dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy in an age of unparalleled choices -- and rights -- for gay men. Also important to the Looking mix is the progressive, un- predictable open culture of the Bay Area, with real San Francisco locations serving as a backdrop for the group's lives. The acclaimed series concludes with Looking: The Movie. IMPERIUM (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Home EnL Daniel Radcliffe stars as Nate Foster, an FBI analyst who goes undercover to take down a radical right-wing terrorist group, in Imperium. Inspired by real events, it all begins when extremists steal devastatingly toxic materials in order to build a dirty bomb. FBI Agent Foster (Radcliffe), with help from Agent Zamparo (Toni Collette), goes undercover in order to infiltrate their shadowy under- world. But the question is, can Nate finds the group's leader -- and the bomb -- before his cover is blown? EAT THAT QUESTION - FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS (DVD) Sony Pictures Classics Told solely through rare and never-before-seen historic footage of Frank Zappa's highly acclaimed 30-year career, this unique 90-min- ute documentary is an energetic celebration of an often outspoken and brilliant musician. Unforgettable Zappa interviews and per- formances gathered from the obscure vaults of TV stations around the world create this unparalleled look at the mind of Frank Zappa. IT'S ST. AGRIPPINA CHRISTMAS TIME AGAIN The St. Agrippina Society will be putting on its 22"d Annual Christmas Program for North End kids ONLY..The program runs from 12:00 pm until 200 pm at St. Agripinna's on Hanover Street on Sunday, December 11th. Call 617-363-2678 if you are plannmg to attend between now and December 4th. Viva St. Agrippina! DOUBLE-DUTY SANTA Don't forget Santa will be arriving by helicopter once again at Puopolo Park on Commercial Street for the Annual NEAA Christmas Parade through the streets of the North End. Get to the ballpark by noontime on Sunday, December 11% and you will get yourself a good spot to watch Santa arrive in the North End. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF FIRST Have you ever bumped into someone, perhaps a relative or most likely a friend, who gets so into sports like football that he or she starts telling you how they could do better than the coach or they can do better than the quarterback, or whatever? "If I were the coach, I would have done this." "He doesn't know what he's doing." "Why didn't the team anticipate that?" VThe coach should be listening to me." "The team needs to hire me." Do any of the above questions remind you of someone you know? Those folks who think they know everything tell half stories about this and that, that and this. After screaming at the TV set for two hours, they are so proud of themselves. If only they were in charge, we would have won. Funny thing, when all is said and done, those coaches and players are still reaping their millions while the screamer goes to bed after the game and starts another day of work the following Monday morning, just as poor as he was last Friday. I never worry about someone in the game doing something wrong because it does nothing that affects my life. Worry about yourself first. Your life, after all, is the only real game that puts money in your pocket. REMEMBER WHEN HANOVER STREET WAS LINED WITH COBBLESTONES? Look at those cobblestones. I wonder how they painted crosswalks onto them. (Photo by Sal Giarratani} It happened only a few weeks ago, down by Johnny & Gino's Once again, ITAM Post #6 sponsored its Annual Veterans Thanksgiving Day Dinner celebration for veterans who had no place to eat a Thanksgiving Day meal. They are always welcome to share some turkey here every year. Pictured in photo are cooks, L-R: Michele DeFronzo and morn Virginia Nano cooking up a storm in the Post 6 kitchen. Halrstyling on Hanover. While digging up the street, the workers uncovered a good size section of the old cobblestones. I remember as a kid in the '50s that Boston still had plenty of cobblestoned streets. I am assuming this was good for those horses pulling those wagons, but I assume it was never that great for folks walking about. This is why I hate brick sidewalks today. Not that long ago, a brick sidewalk attacked my foot. Down I went, then over I went to the ER in East Boston. I decided to take a photo of those emerging cobblestones that popped up out of the street recently. THE SOUND OF MUSIC CHRISTMAS WEEK Back by popular demand at the Regent Theatre in Arlington will be the Holiday Sing-a-Long Sound of Music beginning on Sunday, December 25th through Thursday, December 29. For further information, go to or call 781-646-4849. OVER AT THE LYNN AUDITORIUM If you're ever in the City of Lynn, you need to check out the entertainment at the Lynn Auditorium. Coming up on Friday the 134 of January is GET THE LED OUT The American Led Zeppelin. Then the '60s, "70s, '80s DECADES REWIND A Tribute to an Era on January 27th, The Classic Rock Show on March 2"d, Rain a Tribute to the Beatles on April 14th, and Brian Wilson on April 29th. By then, winter will have passed and sp'ing will be approaching. For more info, go to www. IEMEMBERING MY VRITING MENTOR I began writing as a kid. When I was about 16 years old, I helped edit a weekly youth bulletin at St. Philip's Church (Photo by Sal Giarratani) Here is my Uncle Neal in 1948, the year I was born, in his Post Office uniform. on Harrison Avenue not far from City Hospital to the left and the Green Shoe Factory to the fight. The magazine was named Amorus, Latin for Love. In college, I joined the campus newspaper and ever since then, I wrote and wrote, and got published, right up to now. During my younger years, my writing mentor was my Uncle Neal, Neal Harrington, one of my mother's brothers. He too wrote and wrote and got published. We were always talking and comparing notes. He kept up on my writing, and I on his. He passed away 37 years ago in the month of November, and every time I pass by Stoughton Street in the Uphams Comer section of Dorchester, I think of him. He was born in May of 1908, and died in May 1948. We were both Tauruses and hardheaded, but skilled at writing without any formal training. My uncle called writ- ing a gift, not something learned. Either you have it or you don't. He had it, and I still have it. I miss him greatly, but I know he is still watching me and keeping up with my work down here. You might get a call from someone who says they are from your utility company, telling you your bill is overdue, and if you don't pay up, your power will be shut off. They want the money fast, usually through untraceable payment cards or a wire transfer. It's a seam! You should know that utilit3r company representatives won't demand instant payment over the phone. Written notice is always provided to customers in arrears, usually through multiple late and disconnection notices. If you haven't received a notice, the person calling you is a scammer! Report seams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at, or g~ fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention. Ze