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Local musicians to play from 'All Things Must Pass'

| Friday, Dec. 5, 2003

George Harrison's work outside the Beatles was finally honored last week when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo performer. Tonight at Club Cafe in the South Side, the late Beatle will be feted by local musicians with a tribute to his album "All Things Must Pass." Featuring Daryl Fleming & the Public Domain, with help from vocalist Sarah Siplak, Ben Opie on reeds, keyboardist The Sleaze and Roger Dannenberg on trumpet, the musicians will perform about 15 tracks from Harrison's 1970 release that included "My Sweet Lord," "Isn't it a Pity" and "Wah-Wah."

Tickets for the 10:30 p.m. show are $6.

Details: (412) 431-4950.

-- Regis Behe

Holiday Festival of Lights opens today in McCandless

Fireworks -- weather permitting -- will cap the 2003 Holiday Festival of Lights opening at 4 p.m. today on the adjoining campuses of UPMC Passavant, the Sisters of Divine Providence and La Roche College, all in McCandless.

Festivalgoers will find food, live music and gift shopping. Admission is free.

Lighting of the Lights of Love Tree is set for 6 p.m. today, followed by a parade with Santa, and 7 p.m. performance by R&B singer Walt Maddox, all at UPMC Passavant.

UPMC Passavant Board of Auxiliaries will present its Holiday Mart from noon to 8:30 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the hospital lobby.

Other scheduled events and performances begin at 4 p.m. each day and include high school bands, jazz choirs, dance groups and bell choirs.

Details: (412) 367-5228.

-- Deborah Deasy

Winter festival planned by arts group

Penn Avenue Arts Initiative will present Unblurred: A Winter Festival for the Whole Family, featuring children's activities, entertainment, art exhibits and sales, from 4 to 10 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, along Penn Avenue in the city's Friendship and Garfield neighborhoods.

A community tree-lighting ceremony is set for 6 p.m. today at Penn and Pacific avenues.

Photos with Santa will be available - after the tree-lighting - in Bloomfield Garfield Community Center, 113 N. Pacific Ave.

Details: (412) 441-6147.

-- Deborah Deasy

Nativity display in Greensburg

A live nativity scene, sponsored by Anna Marie Stevenson family and friends, will be on display 6-8 p.m. today, Saturday, Sunday, Thursday, and Dec. 12-14 at the Courthouse Annex, Greensburg.

Sale to benefit community projects

Open Hands Boutique, Cook Township Community Center, Route 711, Stahlstown, will hold a $1 bag sale Monday through Dec. 13. The proceeds from the sale will benefit community projects to help those in need. The sale is sponsored by the United Methodist Churches of the Ligonier Valley. Regular store hours are 5-8 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays.

Festival of Lights in Ligonier

The annual Festival of Lights, sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Historical Society, will be held noon-7 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 14 in the gallery of the Ligonier Valley Library. More than 50 trees and 14 wreaths will be decorated by local families, businesses and groups. The items are for sale and will be available for pickup on Dec. 15. The festival is the major fund-raiser for the historical society, which operates Compass Inn Museum, in Laughlintown. Admission to the festival is $2 for adults and 50 cents for children. For more information, call 724-238-6818.

Coats to be given away

A coat giveaway for children and adults in need will be held 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Uniontown Community Storehouse, 26 E. Fayette St. The giveaway is sponsored by the Bread of Life Tabernacle, 15 Bouquet St., Uniontown. Details: 724-438-4882.

Seton Hill Christmas concert set

Seton Hill University's music program will present its annual Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in St. Joseph Chapel, on the campus in Greensburg. Performing will be the 48-voice University Choir, the 34-voice Women's Chorale and two handbell choirs. Admission is free.

West Newton homes part of tour

The West Newton Historical Society will hold its annual Christmas house tour 6-9 p.m. Saturday. This year's tour will feature five homes, the West Newton Public Library and the John C. Plumer House. Tickets are $10 and are available at Hometown Crafts, Tull's Florist or from members of the historical society or the library board. For more information, call 724-872-9477 or 724-872-6982.

Norwin plans holiday house tour

The Norwin Historical Society will be the host for "Homes for the Holidays" Christmas house tour, 3:30-8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are available at the Norwin Chamber of Commerce, 321 Main St., and the Norwin Public Library, 299 Third Street, both in downtown Irwin . Cost is $14. Details: 724-863-0888.

Irwin Male Chorus plans holiday shows

The Irwin Male Chorus will present a concert of Christmas music 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Reformed United Church of Christ, corner of Maple Avenue and Third Street, Greensburg, and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at First United Methodist Church, Oak Street in Irwin.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin expecting first child

Gwyneth Paltrow and boyfriend Chris Martin are expecting their first child next summer, her publicist said Wednesday.

The couple were "pleased" to confirm the pregnancy, publicist Stephen Huvane said in a statement. He declined to say whether there were wedding plans.

The 31-year-old actress has been dating Martin, frontman for the British band Coldplay , for the past year. Both have been reticent about publicly discussing their relationship.

In a recent interview with the British Broadcasting Corp., Paltrow said she hopes to marry but wouldn't reveal whether that aspiration extended to the 26-year-old Martin.

Paltrow won a best-actress Oscar in 1999 for "Shakespeare in Love." She stars as poet Sylvia Plath in the new film "Sylvia."

Barry Manilow performs live on TV tonight

Barry Manilow grew up Jewish in Brooklyn, but he's had a longtime love of Christmas music. He's recorded two albums of holiday songs, which he'll perform from tonight on A&E's "Live by Request."

"It's holiday music, really. It's not religious music," Manilow told The Associated Press. "What I love about the holidays is families getting together, people giving to each other, stopping, smiling, hollering at each other."

But Manilow said the show, airing live from 8 to 10 p.m., will mark the first time he and his band will perform these songs live.

"We're gonna cross our fingers," the 57-year-old said Wednesday, laughing. "I'm going to rehearse right now. We're rehearsing 40 songs. We'll be ready for anything they throw at us."

And if someone calls in or sends an e-mail wanting to hear "Mandy" or "Weekend in New England" or another of Manilow's hits?

"It's a Christmas special, so maybe they won't put that call through," he joked, though he acknowledged that he might give in if there's a clamor for his old favorites.

The singer also will make a cameo Dec. 11 on NBC's "Will & Grace," which he called "the funniest show on television." In the episode, ultimate Manilow fan Will ( Eric McCormack ) waits in line for tickets to his concert.

"I said yes immediately," Manilow said. "I said, 'Tell me what to do.'"

- The Associated Press

National Board of Review names 'Mystic River' best

"Mystic River" wound its way to the top of the National Board of Review's list of the best films of 2003.

Director Clint Eastwood's intensely moody tale of murder, friendship and lost innocence in a blue-collar Boston neighborhood stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden and Laura Linney.

Penn was the group's choice Wednesday as best actor for his work in both "Mystic River" and "21 Grams." In "Mystic River," he plays a man seeking revenge for his daughter's death; in "21 Grams," he plays a math professor whose life changes after a car crash.

The board named Diane Keaton as best actress for "Something's Gotta Give," in which she plays a divorced playwright who falls for her daughter's boyfriend, played by Jack Nicholson.

Supporting-actor honors went to Alec Baldwin for his role as a sleazy casino owner in "The Cooler" and Patricia Clarkson for her performances in two films: "Pieces of April," in which she plays a mother with cancer, and "The Station Agent" in which she plays a grieving artist.

Rounding out the group's picks for the best films of 2003, in order: "The Last Samurai," "The Station Agent," "21 Grams," "House of Sand and Fog," "Lost in Translation," "Cold Mountain," "In America," "Seabiscuit," and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."

For the first time, the National Board of Review also chose its five favorite documentaries of the year, with Errol Morris' "The Fog of War" coming in at No. 1.

The group's pick for best foreign film: "The Barbarian Invasions" by French-Canadian director Denys Arcand.

The National Board of Review is traditionally the first group to name it top films each year, but it's not necessarily a bellwether for the Oscars.

Last year the group chose "The Hours" as best film, and the Academy Award went to "Chicago." In 2001, it picked "Moulin Rouge," and the Oscar went to "A Beautiful Mind."

The National Board of Review, made up of teachers, writers, actors and movie production workers, will award the winners at a ceremony Jan. 13 in New York.

-- The Associated Press

America theme runs through Independent Spirit Awards

It'll be an all-American Independent Spirit Awards ceremony, with "American Splendor" and "In America" among the nominees for best feature.

Other nominees in that category, announced Wednesday, are "Lost in Translation," starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson as jet-lagged Americans in Japan; "Raising Victor Vargas," about a Dominican teenager growing up on New York's Lower East Side; and "Shattered Glass," starring Hayden Christensen as disgraced journalist Stephen Glass.

"American Splendor" blends actors, the real people they're playing and animation to tell the story of comic book writer Harvey Pekar. "In America" is director Jim Sheridan's semi-autobiographical tale of a family of Irish immigrants in New York.

In the best-actor category, the nominees are Peter Dinklage for "The Station Agent," Paul Giamatti for "American Splendor," Ben Kingsley for "House of Sand and Fog," Murray for "Lost in Translation" and Lee Pace for "Soldier's Girl."

The best-actress nominees are Agnes Bruckner for "Blue Car," Zooey Deschanel for "All the Real Girls," Samantha Morton for "In America," Elizabeth Moss for "Virgin" and Charlize Theron for "Monster."

Winners will be announced Feb. 28 in Santa Monica, Calif. The show will air live at 5 p.m. on IFC and will be rebroadcast at 10 p.m. on Bravo.

The Independent Spirit Awards, organized by the Independent Film Project, recognize the best in smaller-budget films. The ceremony takes place each year on the Saturday before the Oscars.

-- The Associated Press

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