What is a “Petrucelli Pick”?
It is, in the opinion of the quirky nationally-known media whore, something you need to watch, read, listen to, and own. Sometimes it’s a place you need to visit. It’s a must. Instant Petrucelli Picks include everything Dame Shirley CD ever recorded.
Here are our picks for this week’s best must-haves.
THE WRITE STUFF
Who Knew? 10,001 Easy Solutions to Everyday Problems (Telebrands Press)
We knew vinegar was the cure-all for almost everything. We knew turning fresh eggs upside down prolongs their shelf life. But who knew fresh sliced onions remove scorch marks from clothes and that acne could be fought with a potato? Who Knew is the best-selling book that that’s filled with thousands of tips, tricks and secrets that help you save time and money and energy. Learn how to whiten your teeth with strawberries, dry your clothes in half the time, get rings off your wood furniture and so much more. Order at www.WhoKnewBooks.com or www.TeleBrands.com.
FOR THE RECORD
Save the date! On June 25, Nonesuch Records releases Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle, featuring highlights from three concerts in honor of the late Kate McGarrigle, the beloved singer and Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame member. After McGarrigle died of sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in 2010, her children—the acclaimed musicians Rufus and Martha Wainwright—and her sister and musical partner Anna McGarrigle led tribute concerts in London, Toronto and New York.
Proceeds from the concerts provided seed money for the Kate McGarrigle Foundation—a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money in the fight against sarcoma and also to preserving her legacy through the arts. Net proceeds from the sale of also will be donated to the Foundation. The double-disc set was produced by Joe Boyd, who curated the concerts, and features performances by Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Anna McGarrigle, Emmylou Harris, Antony, Norah Jones and Teddy Thompson, among others. The New York concerts were also filmed for a feature documentary entitled Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle.
Paul Lynde would be smiling: Broadway Records is releasing When I Grow Up: Broadway’s Next Generation—Live at 54 Below. Those in attendance at their 54 Below show were treated to a spectacular show performed by some of Broadway’s brightest upcoming stars from shows such as A Christmas Story, Mary Poppins, Bonnie & Clyde and Evita . . . .all under the age of 17.
See, the sun does come up tomorrow.
DVD QUICK PICKS
JFK: A New World Order (Mill Creek Entertainment) is a six-hour+ chronicle of John F. Kennedy’s life from barely surviving birth to the years leading up to his decision to enter politics, to the tragic events in Dallas on November 22, 1963 to the legacy he created. Fifty years after his death, Kennedy’s life and legacy continues to capture the hearts and minds of an entire nation. Experience the history all over again as a new generation of Americans is introduced to the compelling story of this unforgettable leader, and the political dynasty that he left behind. Insightful and concise, this 8 part documentary series covers the life of JFK, from his perilous birth to his dramatic assassination in 1963. The DVD is broken into eight programs. Bonus features include coverage of the Kennedy vs. Nixon debate, JFK’s assassination and funeral service.
Gig posters: We have all seen them plastered on the plywood walls of construction sites, slapped on lampposts and proudly displayed in glass cases, all to promote a band’s appearance at a local venue. But how did this odd practice get started and who are the artists who create these eye-catching ads that have become valued collectibles, some selling for thousands of dollars? Just Like Being There (Virgil Films) reveals how a community of dedicated artists has created a unique means of expression. Scout Shannon’s film profiles artists such as Daniel Danger and Jay Ryan, who are at the forefront of an expansion of the gig poster genre, as galleries like Austin’s Mondo and Los Angeles’ Gallery 1988 showcase their works and allow them to reach a greater public beyond the music fans who are their intended audience. However, in a community with strong roots dating back to the 1960s, this expansion into the larger art world is controversial . . . refreshing to some, sacrilegious to others.
Charlie Zone (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a twisting dramatic thriller set against the drug-ravaged streets of one of Canada’s roughest neighborhoods. Avery Paul, a disgraced boxer and ex-convict, is hired to abduct a runaway from a crack house in the city’s notorious “Charlie Zone,” and return her safely to her family. But nothing goes quite as planned and nothing is quite what it seems. What follows is a harrowing ride through the underbelly of a seemingly picture-postcard Canadian city, as two lost people attempt to face the darkness—in their world and themselves—and hopefully find redemption.