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'12 Years a Slave' descendant to host Q&A session in Manor

| Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 6:41 p.m.
Michelle Arcila

Descendant of ‘Slave' author to do Q&A at Manor

Clayton Adams, the great-great-great-grandson of the main character of “12 Years A Slave,” will be featured in a question-and-answer session at the Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill.

Adams, of the West End, is the descendant of Solomon Northup, a free African-American who was deceived by two men in 1841 and eventually sold into slavery.

The talk will be after the 1:30 p.m. screening Nov. 17.

Details: 412-422-7729 or

— Bob Karlovits

Cacaw unites rock and jazz in Lawrenceville

Rock and jazz seemed perfectly happy to go their separate ways, long ago.

Sometimes, though, they run into each other again. Often, it's a wreck, or a fight.

Once in awhile, though, there's a meeting of the minds, and something new and interesting emerges, like pianist/synthesizer ace Landon Knoblock's band Cacaw. There's something in Cacaw's music to offend both rock and jazz fans, but lots more for music fans willing to keep an open mind.

For prog-rock, post-rock and electronic music fans, there's lots to like about the moody, futuristic complexity of all-instrumental cuts like “Replicant Lover” and “Space Robot Falls in Love.” For jazz fans, when's the last time you've heard someone improvise intelligently with a synthesizer?

Cacaw will be at the Thunderbird Cafe in Lawrenceville at 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Admission is $7. Details: 412-682-0177 or

— Michael Machosky

Christmas traditions of yore at Woodville

Colonial Christmas traditions will be explored at candlelight tours Nov. 17 at the Woodville Plantation near Bridgeville.

From noon to 8 p.m., the holiday celebrations will be observed with costumed guides, holiday displays and traditional decorations. Guests will learn about 18th-century holiday customs such as Twelfth Night, Boxing Day and the firing of Christmas guns. A full feast table from Twelfth Night will be decorated.

The plantation was the home of John and Presley Neville and was built in 1775.

Admission is $5 and free to those under 6. Details: 412-221-0348 or

— Bob Karlovits

Ex-'Burgh ‘Voice' hopeful makes Top 10

Former Pittsburgher James Wolpert is now in the top 10 on NBC's “The Voice.”

Viewers voted to keep the former Carnegie Mellon University student and Shadyside Apple store employee on the show earlier this week, after he performed “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers. Coach Adam Levine said Wolpert turned into “a rock star before our very eyes.”

He'll be back performing live on Nov. 18. Two more competitors will be eliminated on Nov. 19.

— Tribune-Review

‘Fifty Shades' bumped to a 2015 release date

The release of the big-screen adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey” has been postponed until 2015.

The film had been scheduled to open in August next year, but Universal Pictures announced that it will now debut on Valentine's Day in 2015.

The production of “Fifty Shades of Grey” has not gone according to plan. “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the project shortly after his high-profile casting as billionaire Christian Grey. Jamie Dornan replaced him, and the start of production was pushed from November to December.

A Valentine's Day release is fitting for the erotic romance, but it also moves the film out of the lucrative summer movie-going months. February is often a dumping ground for Hollywood's less prestigious releases.

— Associated Press

‘Last Comic Standing' to return to NBC

NBC is bringing back its summer stand-up comedy competition, “Last Comic Standing,” yet again.

Comedy vet Wanda Sykes will executive produce the show for Universal Television along with her partner at Push It Productions, Page Hurwitz. The network has not named a host for the summer 2014 incarnation, which will be the eighth season of the show.

The unscripted program has been off the air for three years. It was on hiatus the summer of 2009, returned in 2010 and has been off the air since then.

— The Wrap

Disney to put ‘Princess Bride' on the stage

In 1987, the novel “The Princess Bride,” penned 14 years earlier, became a hit film. Now it is being developed for the stage.

Disney Theatrical Productions announced that it will create a theater version of the classic tale, based on the acclaimed novel and movie, both penned by two-time-Oscar winner William Goldman. The new deal was shepherded by Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, who was closely involved with the film version while at Castle Rock Entertainment.

As the creative team and development timetable for the project have yet to be determined, it is not clear whether this stage “Bride” will be a play or musical.

— USA Today

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