John Black

John Black

Six-time Golden Globe® and four-time Emmy® nominee Liev Schreiber (Spotlight) returns as Hollywood’s most reliable fixer when the thrilling collection RAY DONOVAN: THE FIFTH SEASON arrives on DVD.

Also starring Academy Award® and Golden Globe winner Jon Voight (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), the latest season of the acclaimed SHOWTIME® original series features notable guest stars including Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking), Lili Simmons (“Banshee”), C. Thomas Howell (“Southland”) and Donald Faison (“Scrubs”). In the latest season, Ray’s ongoing family upheaval has taken an emotional toll, leaving him more vulnerable than ever. LA’s preeminent fixer is heading into uncharted territory and will soon discover that some damage can’t be controlled.

In addition to all 12 episodes of the fifth season, the new collection is packed with special features including an exploration of what befalls the character of Abby (Paula Malcomson), an in-depth look at Bunchy (Dash Mihok), Eddie Marsan’s portrayal of Terry Donovan as his character is stricken with Parkinson’s disease and commentary with Malcomson and series showrunner David Hollander.

 

Special Features:             

• Dog the Dog    

• On Death & Dying

- Part 1: The Decision for Abby to Die

- Part 2: The Technical Tale

- Part 3: The Impact

• Nothing Goes Right For Bunchy     

• Terry Donovan and Parkinson’s    

• Episode 508 commentary with Paula Malcomson and David Hollander

 

Specifications:

• Full Frame

• English 5.1 Surround (Episodes), English 2.0 Stereo (Special Features)

• English SDH (Episodes), English Subtitles (Special Features)       

 

U.S. Rating: Not Rated

Run Time: Approximately 10 hours, 29 minutes

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MBFWMadrid Begins

Organized by IFEMA, MBFWMadrid will hold its 67th edition from 24 to 29 January, a few weeks earlier than in recent years

The fashion week will host shows from 48 creators and brands. The event continues to attract new additions. Big names in Spanish fashion such as Pedro del Hierro, Oliva, Leandro Cano and Moisés Nieto will return to the catwalk while brands like La Condesa, Duarte and creative duos Oteyza and Shoop Clothing will participate for the first time

As in September of last year, on 24 January the fashion shows and presentations will take place at different places in the city, and from the 25th until Monday the 29th the fashion shows will take place in Hall 14.1 of IFEMA-Feria de Madrid. Some days there will also be additional shows in other parts of Madrid.

Prestigious brands, leaders in their respective sectors, will once again be sponsoring the event, with notable new sponsors this edition. A total of 23 brands will be sponsoring the event. Mercedes-Benz, L’Oréal Paris and INDITEX will once again be the main sponsors.

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Fashion or Flop: The New Fashion Police

Bad Hat Man.

Wig Girl.

Pleather Jacket Guy.

Those may not be their official aliases, but these three fashionistas sure look like they are dressed up to fight crime…fashion crime.

We found this photo in a file about the White Street Market held recently in the Tortona Fashion District in Milan, but there was no official caption to identify who they were or why they were dressed that way. So naturally, our imaginations ran a bit wild as we thought of ways this intrepid trio could band together to battle fashion crimes. Maybe they could patrol the red carpet at the upcoming Oscar show to make sure everybody correctly identified who made the clothes they were wearing…and that includes the guys who will have to publicly admit if their tux is an owner or a rental.

Then they could head out to Minnesota to make sure that Justin Timberlake doesn’t have another ‘wardrobe malfunction’ when he appears at the halftime show. (in a pregame preemptive strike Wig Girl could also tell Pink that the hairstyle she’s bee trying to make look cool sine her last album dropped is…well, just plain silly looking.)

From there it’s off on a global adventure to stop bad outfits from ever seeing the light of day again. Good Luck Fashion heroes.

 

 

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Coming Soon: White Street Market

A new trade event concept is taking shape in Tortona Fashion District, Milan: WHITE STREET MARKET, an innovative format designed for sportswear&streetwear businesses, which will have a chance to meet buyers and end-users. In the industrial setting of Ex Ansaldo - BASE, Via Tortona 54 Milan - the first B&C (business & consumer) tradeshow, is due to debut in June 2018, during WHITE MAN & WOMAN. At the work in progress to launch the new format, on the 14th January - during Milano Moda Uomo - a teaser event animated Ex Ansaldo – BASE, where Massimiliano Bizzi, founder of WHITE; Paolo Ruffato, founder of Probeat Agency and Walter D’Aprile, co-founder and CEO of nss magazine and nss factory, introduced the concept of WHITE STREET MARKET- the introduction was then followed by a music event which gathered over 2k people. The latter was curated by Club To Club, the music & entertainment authority that, every year, organizes Italy’s most important electronic music festival in Turin.

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Super Hunger Brunch Benefit

On January 27 and 28, 2018, local restaurants will offer special Super Hunger Brunch menus or dishes, donating 100% of proceeds to The Greater Boston Food Bank.

Be part of the 36th annual Super Hunger Brunch by making a reservation at one of the restaurants listed HERE! Every $1 you spend will provide three healthy meals to our neighbors in need. Be sure to ask for the Super Hunger Brunch menu.

On Sunday, January 7th, 2018, a pipe burst at United South End Settlements’ (USES) South End House, causing extensive damage to each floor and displacing over 100 children from early childhood education and after school programming.

USES President and CEO Maicharia Weir Lytle explains the impact: “At $20 per hour for a babysitter, the cost of care per week for one child can be over $1,000. For our low-income families, this burden is devastating. Fortunately, our community has come together in beautiful ways. Families who are able to provide private childcare have opened up their homes and welcomed families who otherwise could not access care.”

To this end, USES has created an emergency fund to support families with financial assistance, cover the costs associated with equipping a temporary space, and assist USES with expenses related to rehabbing our building that are not covered by insurance.

USES has secured temporary space for programming, as demolishing and rebuilding the interior of the building is expected to take 12-18 weeks.  “The biggest expense USES faces is repairing our roof. The pipe burst due to exposure to the frigid outside air. Insurance will not cover the repairs, yet this work is essential to preventing a future recurrence,” said Weir Lytle.

On Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, neighbors and supporters are invited to stop by The Beehive and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres between 6:00PM – 8:00PM and make a financial contribution to USES and/or drop off new and gently used toys and books for USES's classrooms.  In addition, The Beehive will donate 100% food sales on USES dinner reservations February 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2018. (Be sure to use code “USES” and book a separate reservation on the Beehive's website or call 617-423-0069!)

The mission of United South End Settlements is to harness the power of the diverse community to disrupt the cycle of poverty for children and their families. In the South End, where USES is located, 36% of children live below the poverty line. Collectively, they have the capacity to do better for the children in their neighborhood, ensuring that both children and their parents develop the skills they need to succeed in school and in the workplace.

 

To support the emergency fund, donate at www.uses.org.

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An Afternoon in Paris

Bar Boulud takes a modern approach to the classic Parisian patisserie experience with the debut of its new menu: “An Afternoon in Paris.”

Whether gathering for business or pleasure, this “buzz-worthy” experience features a selection of energizing afternoon “perks,” including café, tea and rich house-made chocolat chaud, paired with an assortment of petite patisserie created by Pastry Chef Robert Differ.

Available daily from 2:30 to 5:30pm in the restaurant lounge.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call 617.535.8800 or visit www.barboulud.com/boston.

 

Chef Mario LaPosta and the Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca team invite football fans to pre-order their Italian feasts for the Super Bowl.

Ahead of this year's Super Bowl, Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca will be offering a touchdown dance-worthy Italian feast for hungry football fans. Priced at $90, the package will feed 6-8 and include:

 

25 Fra Diavola Chicken Wings with gorgonzola dipping sauce

16" Meatball Grinder with pickled peppers and smoked mozzarella

16" Ribeye Grinder with porcini mustard, and fontina D.O.P.

Choice of Three Pizzas

 

WHEN: Orders must be placed by Friday, February 2nd

WHERE: Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca

For more information or to make reservations, visit www.babbopizzeria.com or contact (617) 421-4466.

 

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The Berklee Keys

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience featuring three of the best keyboardists on the planet—Jetro da Silva, Dennis Montgomery III, and George Russell Jr.—accompanied by drum virtuoso Ron Savage. The concert, performed and improvised spontaneously and produced by Rob Rose, will feature the group performing solos, duos, trios, and quartets of music from gospel, R&B, and jazz traditions.

 

Jetro da Silva is one of the country’s most in-demand musicians. He is an alumnus and former assistant chair and professor of the Piano and Ensemble departments at Berklee College of Music. He has performed or appeared with Whitney Houston (a 10-year stint, including world tours), Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Jamie Foxx, and many others.

 

Dennis Montgomery III is a pianist, organist, and Berklee professor who has been the director for the college’s Reverence Gospel Ensemble for nearly 30 years. Under his leadership, the Reverence Gospel Choir has become one of the best-known ensembles at the college and beyond. Among those who have passed through and gone on to successful careers are Paula Cole ’90, Lalah Hathaway ’90, and Susan Tedeschi ’91.

 

George Russell Jr. is chair of the Harmony Department at Berklee. Russell has received the Ted Pease Award for Excellence in Teaching, along with the Curriculum Development Award for the Writing Division. He also has been recognized with the Most Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest award Berklee gives to faculty. Russell has performed with with Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Ernie Isley, Cecil McBee, Semenya McCord, and many others.

 

Ron Savage is the interim dean of the Professional Performance Division at Berklee. He has performed with many jazz greats, including Cyrus Chestnut, Gary Bartz, Don Braden, Mulgrew Miller, and the Czech State Philharmonic. He has recorded with Christopher Hollyday, Cecilia Smith, and Patrice Williamson.

 

The Berklee Keys with Jetro da Silva, Dennis Montgomery III, George Russell Jr., and Ron Savage play the Berklee Performance Center on 1/29. Showtime 8 PM. Admission: $8–$12 in advance / $12–$16 day of show

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, the powerhouse pop-jazz phenomenon that has toured the world on the strength of its extraordinary music videos and immense followings on YouTube and Facebook, is finally releasing its first live album.

Entitled The New Classics, the 12-track CD is set for release on November 17, 2017 via Concord Records and Postmodern Jukebox Records. The album is the companion piece to a PBS special taped live at a Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) show in Las Vegas, which will air nationally in late November and will also be available on DVD initially through PBS.

PMJ originally found massive success online, with new videos added weekly that continually find inventive new ways to put creator Scott Bradlee’s trademark vintage twist on modern pop hits. But it’s onstage that the project has really come to shine, with the band and its rotating cast of multi-talented singers and musicians playing hundreds of shows to sold-out houses across the globe, from intimate standing-room gigs to large-scale, theatrical extravaganzas. After one recent show, MusicInsight.com raved, “Go see Postmodern Jukebox. Stop whatever you’re doing, right now, and go see them!”

That “anything can, and will, happen” vibe is fully captured on The New Classics, which features lively performances of a wide range of reimagined hits in the party-like atmosphere that has come to characterize the band’s shows. These include everything from the grunge rock of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” to the feud-fueling pop of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” from Cyndi Lauper’s classic ‘80s ballad “Time After Time” to the disco anthem “I Will Survive” - all given their own time-warping twist.

The unique result of pianist/arranger Bradlee’s novel concept has generated over three million subscriptions to PMJ’s YouTube channel since its 2013 inception, not to mention over one million Facebook likes and nearly 850 million views. 

Bradlee’s inspired ensemble has also released 14 albums, and with a rotating cast of performers is almost constantly on the road. The New Classics offers newcomers a glimpse of what exhilarated audiences see on stages around the world, 300 nights a year. The album and special are a snapshot – you’ll hear and see what happened on this night in this room, but there are new surprises, performers, repertoire and combinations at every single show. Meanwhile, new cast members continue to come onboard, adding to the variety of talent that can be seen on the road and in PMJ’s extensive catalogue of videos — which continue to be produced at a staggering clip of one per week.

Despite that unflagging pace and ever-growing membership, PMJ continues to feel like a family, both on the road and in their weekly videos. That camaraderie and playful chemistry shines through these live performances, which breathe vivid life into antiquated styles.

“The New Classics was all recorded live in front of an audience in the middle of the tour, so everybody got to know each other really well and feel the energy and camaraderie,” says Bradlee. “Listening to it now, it sounds like an amazing radio broadcast from Carnegie Hall from many years ago—a journey through all the vintage styles, whether it’s 1920s hot jazz or ’50s doo-wop or ’60s soul and everything in between. So it’s a great way to experience PMJ if you haven’t been to a live show, with some extraordinary performances by some of our best-known performers as well as some newer ones.”

As any of their legion of fans can tell you, the PMJ live experience is never the same twice, with new songs, new sounds, and new members added to the ever-growing family each time around. It’s something that should be experienced in the flesh – but The New Classics offers the next best thing.

“It’s one thing to be in your living room and making videos, but to interact with both the cast and the audience really makes our music come to life,” Bradlee says. “This first live album is not only representative of our work, but it’s completely unique in the sense that if you’re new to PMJ, you’ll love it for exposing you to an amazing new universe, and if you’ve been part of our community for years, you’ll relive that night when you first saw us.”

 

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox will be performing at the Wilbur Theatre on January 30. Showtime 8 PM. Tickets $39-$189