Daily Archive: October 5, 2013

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Entertainment

At 80, Wayne Shorter performs ‘without a net’

This July 23, 2013 file photo shows jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter performing at the 5 Continents Jazz Festival, in Marseille , southern France. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File) NEW YORK (AP) — At age 80, Wayne Shorter isn’t ready to rest on his reputation as one of the greatest composers in jazz history. Instead, whenever he performs the saxophonist can’t resist the urge to “de-compose” his works and create something anew. “Jazz to me is something that doesn’t have to sound like jazz,” said Shorter, speaking by telephone from his home in the Hollywood Hills. “The word ‘jazz’ means I dare you. I dare you to go beyond what you are. You have to go beyond your comfort zone, to break out of the box. … You’re talking about not just music, you’re talking about life.”

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Lifestyle

Restaurant Review: Bistro to Go with Chef Alfredo

Bistro to Go is a restaurant that serves contemporary cross cultural comfort food. They offer cooking classes and catering services but most interestingly, they feature a different menu every day. The restaurant opened in 2007 and is located at 415 East Ohio St. on Pittsburgh’s North side. Owner Nikki Heckman said that she had one thing in mind when she decided to open a restaurant, and that was to “create extraordinary experiences through food while building relationships within the community.”

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Entertainment

From Kanye to Pharrell, rap stars embrace Cyrus

In this Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, Miley Cyrus performs at IHeartRadio Music Festival, day 2, in Las Vegas, NV. Cyrus’s wild child antics, from being nude in the music video for her first No. 1 hit, “Wrecking Ball,” to her nipple tape at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, have made headlines. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — While Miley Cyrus has a batch of critics, there is a group rallying behind her and praising her as a vital talent: rappers. Pharrell produced several songs on Cyrus’ new album. She has been featured on the latest albums from Snoop Lion and will.i.am. Big Sean requested her as the star of his “Fire” music video. And to top it off, Kanye West invited her to appear on the remix to “Black Skinhead,” his anti-racism rant from his eerie and dark “Yeezus” album.

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Entertainment

Film Review: Bullock is out of this world in ‘Gravity’

This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Sandra Bullock in a scene from “Gravity.” Bullock says making the lost-in-space movie directed by Alfonso Cuaron was her “best life decision” ever. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures) Dr. Ryan Stone (Saundra Bullock) battles more than scientific elements when she is trapped in outer space in Warner Brothers Pictures’ “Gravity”. As if “Prisoners” hasn’t been killing in the recent box office, we now get the pleasure of another great movie.

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Opinion

10% of Americans like Congress: Are they nuts?

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, accompanied by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, express their frustration after the Senate passed a bill to fund the government, but stripped it of the defund “Obamacare” language as crafted by House Republicans, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (CNN) — Our Congress sucks. This is truly one of the few things we agree on. In fact, a new CNN poll released earlier this week found that Congress has only a 10% approval rating. When you think that 10% of Americans believe Congress is doing a good job, you have to ask yourself one question: Who are these people?! (Imagine this asked with true Jerry Seinfeld-esque exasperation.)

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National

In Vegas, clubbing almost as popular as gambling

This Jan. 20, 2013 file photo, revelers are led by professional dancers as DJ Afrojack plays his mixes at the XS nightclub in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) LAS VEGAS (AP) — The cannon at the Flutter Fetti booth near the front of the gambling trade show in Las Vegas last week delivered regular bursts of metallic and crepe paper cutouts, shooting them to the ceiling in big booms and carpeting the floor with shimmering hearts, stars and circles. The glittery mess outshone the slot machines and online poker touchscreens in more ways than one.

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Opinion

Rev. Marbury delivered an excellent message

LOUIS ‘HOP’ KENDRICK Last Saturday, Rev. Donald Marbury returned home to Pittsburgh and was given the theme of “Let’s Fill the House”. He delivered the message in three parts and it could be summed up by his opening words, “Those of us who profess to be born again must demonstrate by precept and example, and maybe those on the outside of the church may attempt to follow us and begin to occupy those empty seats in the church.”