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Video Verdict: Reviews of ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Get On Up’

Ellar Coltrane stars in the Richard Linklater film “Boyhood.”  Photo courtesy of Paramount

Ellar Coltrane stars in the Richard Linklater film “Boyhood.”

Photo courtesy of Paramount

This week’s home video releases are anchored by a much-hyped project from writer-director Richard Linklater.

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Katy Perry visits the troops at Fleet Week

Recently Katy Perry visited with U.S. troops in New York. Fans will get a chance to see Perry on the big screen when her 3D movie, “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” hits theaters over the July 4 weekend. For more information, check out this video:

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Joe Satriani interview in the Reno Gazette-Journal

I recently interviewed guitarist Joe Satriani for the Reno Gazette-Journal. He’s performing in Reno on Jan. 14. If you’re a fan of his music, check out the story here: http://www.rgj.com/article/20110107/ENT02/101070312/1056/ENT/Satriani-proves-success-is-possible-minus-stereotypes

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Def Leppard is still working hard

NOTE: The remainder of Def Leppard’s current tour dates (including the Reno, NV concert) were canceled after this story was initially published.

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott says he and his bandmates are convinced that they’re yet to write their best song, and it’s that belief that keeps them going.

“It doesn’t matter whether you or our audience think, ‘He must be kidding himself,’ ” Elliott said during a recent phone interview. “Just because we’ve had massive hit singles, doesn’t mean that we can’t write a better song. Maybe nobody will ever hear it, but we will try and do it. It’s just a self-belief that there’s more to life than there’s already been.”

Elliott and the rest of Def Leppard will play Reno Events Center on Thursday along with opening acts Cheap Trick and Man Raze. The band regularly fed the music charts in the 1980s with a stream of pop-metal hits including “Photograph,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Rock of Ages,” but it hasn’t released a hit single in more than a decade. Still, Elliott said, the group draws large crowds on tour.

Click here for the entire story:  http://www.rgj.com/article/20091016/ENT02/910160321/1056/ENT/Def-Leppard-on-hunt-for-hit–but-not-worried-if-it-doesn-t-find-one

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Smash Mouth ready for Sparks show

Smash Mouth is playing a free concert Saturday in Sparks, Nevada.

Smash Mouth is playing a free concert Saturday in Sparks, Nevada.

Smash Mouth bassist Paul De Lisle says it doesn’t matter if the band is playing a festival, a club or even a free show at an outdoor mall, as it will Saturday night at Legends at Sparks Marina.

“We’ve played in the weirdest places and the weirdest situations,” De Lisle said. “It honestly doesn’t matter to us, man. If we’re gigging, we’re happy. “We approach every show the same way.”

Click here for full story: http://rgj.com/article/20090731/ENT02/907310313/1056/ENT/A-sunny-outlook-for-Smash-Mouth

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Reno Philharmonic goes Gershwin

When the Reno Philharmonic played its first concert on Aug. 3, 1969, then-music-director Gregory Stone rolled out a lush program populated solely by George Gershwin tunes.

This weekend, in celebration of the philharmonic’s 40th anniversary, new music director and conductor Laura Jackson is taking the orchestra back to its roots. Her first program as artistic leader of the orchestra is an all-Gershwin affair featuring guest vocalist Anita Johnson and Reno pianist Jim Winn.

Click here for full story: http://rgj.com/article/20090731/ENT02/907310314/1056/ENT/Philharmonic-marks-40-years-as-new-conductor-makes-debut

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Funk Brothers keep Motown alive

Eddie Willis, left, and Bob Babbitt, original Motown Funk Brothers, will perform Aug. 1 for Artown.

Eddie Willis, left, and Bob Babbitt, original Motown Funk Brothers, will perform Aug. 1 for Artown.

Don’t expect Bob Babbitt to hang up his bass any time soon. The veteran musician, best known for playing on Motown hits during the late 1960s and early 1970s, says his instrument is a “fountain of youth.”

“My sister once said to me, ‘Bob, are you ever gonna retire?’ And you know what I said to her? ‘What makes you think I work?’ I don’t care what you do, if you honestly and truly love it, it’s not work.”

So, Babbitt keeps playing, and Aug. 1 he’ll be in Reno to close the 2009 Artown festival with a free performance by his band, the Funk Brothers.

Click here for full story: http://rgj.com/article/20090726/ENT/907260302/1056/Funk-Brothers-carry-Motown-tradition-to-close-of-Artown

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World Music Series hits Reno July 8

The Wailing Souls will play in Reno July 8.

The Wailing Souls will play in Reno July 8.

For years, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada presented a July world music series that ranked among the most popular activities at Artown. So, when the Food Bank decided to try something different, Artown staff stepped in.

“We’ve taken over,” Artown executive director Beth Macmillan said. “It’s a very relevant genre that needs to be offered to the community. I think it really introduces our community to different cultures through the arts.”

That means Wingfield Park will once again play host to world music shows at 7 p.m. each Wednesday. As in the past, admission will be by donation, but this year, cash offerings will help pay Artown’s concert costs.

Click here for full story: http://rgj.com/article/20090706/ENT/907060310/1056/Sounds-from-around-the-world

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Artown opens today in Reno

The 2009 Artown festival kicks off Wednesday, marking the beginning of 32 days of arts and entertainment events spread throughout Reno and Sparks.

The festival officially starts in the morning with a variety of ongoing art exhibitions, but the day’s main event is the opening ceremony — scheduled for 7 p.m. at Wingfield Park — followed by a free concert by folksinger Richie Havens.

Click here for the full story: http://www.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090630/NEWS/90630045&s=d&page=1#pluckcomments

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‘Mamma Mia!’ heading to Reno

Mama MiaMichelle Dawson says you needn’t love ABBA to have a blast at “Mamma Mia!”

“Once you’ve seen it, you become an ABBA fan,” said Dawson who stars in the touring production of the musical, opening Tuesday at the Pioneer Center. “I mean the songs are incredible. “I don’t think people realize how popular and famous these songs are if they’re not an ABBA fan.”

“Mamma Mia!” is mostly a showcase for the music of the Swedish pop group. But that doesn’t mean it’s plot-free. Dawson plays Donna Sheridan, a freewheeling single mother who runs a hotel on a Greek island, and the show begins as her daughter, Sophie, is about to get hitched. Trouble is, Sophie wants her father to walk her down the aisle and Donna doesn’t know who the Daddy is. After some investigation, Sophie invites three men from Donna’s past to her wedding, convinced she’ll be able to figure out who is who. Add the arrival of two of Donna’s longtime girlfriends, and the stage is set for a wild musical comedy and a whole bunch of ABBA tunes.

Click here for full story:  http://www.rgj.com/article/20090528/ENT/305280004/1056/ENT/You+needn+t+love+ABBA+to+love++Mama+Mia+

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