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The big screen from the past taking on an 8mm cast.

September 14, 2016 Leave a comment

sewickley-theaterSo, the predictions of the big screen being gone due to the lcd bigs screens blowing them away seems to be much less of a valid vision in modern times.

The pic on the left is a new theater in a small community (Sewickley) being built from scratch containing a community room (for about 145), a 160 seat theater, and a 90 seat theater. along with that many communities like Lawrenceville, and Zelienople, etc have remodeled old theaters, or old buildings refitting them for theaters realizing that dinner and a movie in your own community is still better than dinner with a two hour wait at a corporate restaurant, moving to park again, and a thirty minute line for the movie, along with waiting in traffic to get our of the theater parking lot.

In other words spending a whole days with friends, dinner, and a movie is still loved a bit more than jockeying your car around to get to the dinner and a movie – spending most of the time complaining with your friends how long it took.

So, this is cool. With losing many traditions for families and friends, seeing one brought back (other than sports, drinking, sports, drinking, sports, drinking) is great. Even movie directors and film geeks are following suite in their own way … with a what was though to be dying along with the local theaters, the Kodak Super 8 film camera.

How so?

super_8_lcd_white_v1Well Kodak, thought to be a dying company is catering to the wishes of a current batch of film makers and directors that want to shoot with the inspiration of 8mm film, just like their mentors from the past did. Sort of like current artists producing vinyl, because they came to the senses and realized digital takes away from natural sound(unless you have a small super-computer the size that most medium level governments can’t afford). The pic to the left is (c) Kodak and a shot of their new hybrid super 8mm camera. You get a digital copy of the film from the film after it is developed. If you still shoot still film, you understand as a photographer that light passed through actual film differently than an lcd and images on paper differently than a paper producing more natural shading and color tones. The way an image is projected onto a screen is also affected by this. Surprisingly, even the newest of film makers have to be given credit for realizing this.

cluelesstrophyBut a clueless award has to be given to the movie industry as a whole to forced small theaters to invest 60k or more in refitting completely to digital …

 

but kudos to those theaters that decided to keep some of their old analog projection gearswbkudos2 in place – and even one or two new theaters are rebuilding and placing some of the older projection equipment to accommodate film makers truly wanting to use and project on film.

If you have a local theater reopening or remodeling, please support it … most of the films they most likely chose will be much better than the ones the corporate clones show (and most likely make it to Netflix free within a month anyway).

A couple of theaters to check out:

Support your local theater, and keep your family memories on film!

Add any local theaters you know of via the comments!

-SWB

 

Review: BD’s Mongolian Grill SouthSide Works

February 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Yes, a chain made it into one of our ‘fine dining’ reviews.  We were invited to the rehearsal run for the opening on Mongo (apologies to the local owner, but the nickname just stuck), so we decided to send our tech and his wife. That’s how we treat some of our contributing folks to local perks, and get some reviews ourselves. We honestly didn’t think we were going to review on this site, as the review was initially destined for the Screaming Weasel blog we acquired. But …

Sometimes you just get surprised.  We aren’t going to sell Mongo as a five star restaurant, or tell you about some celebrity chef that showed for the opening, or anything even close to that.  What we are going to say is it’s unique, and that’s why we reviewed here.  The creators of Mongo, and the local owner that had enough vision to bring it here deserves our attention.  When our tech came back with the photos from lunch and his opinion of the establishment, we reviewed the info and agreed with him that we might want to consider placing the review here.

Read the rest of the article on Sophisticated Pittsburgh!

Art Art Art All Night 2011

SP did the early thing this year. Last year our tech went a little later while covering more of the entertainment portion of the event for another website  We wanted a chance to check out the artwork without pushing through – although when you aren’t covering for an article, that really is a required part of the Art All Night experience.  If this was your first time – only next time will you experience the true feel of Art All Night … the fact that even when it is in the same spot, it completely transforms that spot from what it was the year priors event.  That didn’t change this year ….. Click Here to read article.

Changes To SWB

January 24, 2011 2 comments

Our New Owners

Yup, we being taken over.

This is for the good.  After being inactive for a while, another site has inquired about taking over Screaming Weasel.  There will be changes, it will retain some of  the sarcasm, but will lose some of the “rantiness”  and negativity that it had when it started around 2005-2006 and rant blogs were the fad – although we will gripe a little through it,  and SWB will be the occasional guest writer.

We think you’ll like it … and what it will present about Pittsburgh.

If you want to check out our new owners, Click Here

Here is their future WordPress Blog (Click Here)

Please welcome Karyon Nightly (sophisticatedpgh) as  the new main writer.

-SWB

Jackie Evancho’s Loss = The Opera World’s Win

September 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Picture of Jackie Evancho and Sarah Brightman singing together in the final episode of 2010’s America’s Got Talent as seen in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review (c)NBC.

Even looks on Michael Grimm’s face and statements during interviews said it all … What??????  He didn’t believe it either.  Jackie lost the top spot.

But did she really … and did Pittsburgh and aspiring singers everywhere lose notoriety and hope with her not winning first place?

We believe not, for many reasons:

  1. Most of the first place winners on the major talent competitions never go that far.  They get over-hyped and can’t keep up with it.  This isn’t their fault, those competitions are designed to gain advertising income for networks, not really help talent find their place in the world.
  2. Part of the prize was a gig in Vegas.  I think the voting crowd new that was eventually a bad outcome for Jackie (or any 10 year old).  This isn’t because of the influences of Vegas, but the fact that in the Vegas area, there probably aren’t enough opera fans to fill an auditorium for one night, let alone a year of nights.  What do you think Jackie would have felt like come from “screaming fans” to having to give away tickets to see her.
  3. As Pittsburghers, we’re selfish … we want her in the internationally known Pittsburgh Opera where she belongs.

The most positive thing that came out of Jackie making in as far as she did was seeing my ten year old step daughter watching her with more interest than she has in Hanna Montanna. I had the rare opportunity to see that some kids have a broader interest in music and culture that my generation did – and honestly that’s why I am personally glad Jackie did not win the number one spot that included the Vegas gig. She now has a chance to find a place where she can influence a whole new generation of cultural kids and opera goers of all ages, races, and classes.

Michael Grimm will bring excellent talent to a Vegas show and help his grandparents get a new home, while Jackie has and will help and entire city. Click Here for a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article on Jackie.

Related Resource: Pittsburgh Opera

Jackie — we award you and SWB kudos for doing things at the age of ten that others can’t do at the age of forty!

-SWB

PS – No smart comebacks on this one, but it would be really cool to see Michael and Jackie on stage together other than the AGT tour.

SouthSide Works Exposed 2010!

July 15, 2010 Leave a comment

We’re using the really old SSW Exposed web banner, because, simply, we’re to lazy to pull down the new one and crop it.

That’s just the way us bloggers are.

Past the useless crap, and on to the good stuff:

It’s Exposed weekend again. Click Here for the info.

Check it out … Carrie is bringing in the artists again, and Pam from SSW has done another excellent job of mixing up the entertainment.

So, if you have nothing better to do this weekend, get down to Exposed and check out the artists and bands. If you have something better to do (daughter’s wedding, kid’s birthday, etc) nix it and get down to Exposed anyway. I’ll be there (my cousin is showing, and I’m working with Pam on some other stuff) – so if I don’t make an appearance, I’ll hear about it from someone. Nobody said being a weasel was easy.

If you are looking for a breaking during the outside gigs, stop in at Tusca on Friday during Happy Hour for half priced drinks and a Happy Hour menu in the bar area.  I’ll be there spinning the background tunes.  Help us out by making friends with “Tusca Tapas” and liking “Tusca Global Tapas” on Facebook.

See Ya At Exposed!!! ….. and buy something besides that cheap $3 Steelers bracelet – artists occasionally like to be able to eat something other than dollar store mac and cheese.

-SWB

PS – Contrary to popular belief, artists have real jobs.

Art All Night Walkthrough Videos

April 27, 2010 Leave a comment

For all of those that did not make it to Art All Night (I don’t know what could be more important that going to Art All Night, but …..), we have kindly posted four videos giving you a 31 minute total tour of Art All Night 2010.

Check them out here (FYI – we did not edit out anything, so view before you share with the kiddies):

AAN Tour Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

These are YouTube videos, so if you are at the office of have that blocked for the kiddies, correct the situation :-).