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We’re Movin’ On Up!

16 Feb

Glitzburgh has moved!

You can now find us at the new website:

http://Glitzburgh.co Bookmark it, and visit often!

– Ashley,
Glitzburgh

Pittsburgh Rapper Wiz Khalifa Nominated for 2 Grammy Awards!

12 Feb

Wiz Khalifa continues to make Pittsburgh proud!

The rapper has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards at tonight’s 54th Annual Grammys  in the categories of Best Performance and Best Rap Song.

Here is a video of a backstage interview with Wiz, and a photo, below, from a pre-Grammy gala.

Also, Wexford’s own Grammy award winner (and judge on “The Voice”) Christina Aguilera was nominated with Maroon 5 for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the single “Moves Like Jagger.”

Wiz:

Rest in Peace, Whitney Houston

12 Feb

Whitney Houston, music legend, died yesterday, February 11th, 2012, and, according to TMZ, was found under water in a bathtub in her hotel room. According to one report on CNN, one music executive said the star looked “healthy and happy” just days before her death. But, according the L.A. Times and other outlets, the singer had appeared disheveled with erratic behavior in the days leading up to that fateful day. The Times also stated that, “while an autopsy on pop star Whitney Houston could occur in the next day, it is likely to take weeks before the L.A. County coroner’s office makes an official cause-of-death ruling.Both the Beverly Hills Police Department and Los Angeles County coroner’s office are investigating Houston’s death. No cause has been established, and authorities said Saturday night it’s too early to determine whether she died of natural causes.”

Strangely, a Twitter user by the name of @chilemasgrande broke the news of Houston’s death before the AP or any other major media outlets, but, there were no signs of criminal intent. (Though the user in question has not been able to be reached for comment.)

Houston’s last performance, chillingly, was “Yes, Jesus Loves Me” and appeared to have been Friday night in Los Angeles, where she was in town for a pre-Grammy party. (Sadly, according to multiple media outlets including CNN and The Insider, Houston appeared “dazed” and “aggressive” leaving this particular party. TMZ also reports that Whitney would take Xanax before big performances like she was scheduled to make at the Clive Davis party last night.)

News just broke of Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, age 18, being rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital late this afternoon. Sources say that the cause was believed to be panic or anxiety, but this is unconfirmed. This was not her first, but her second trip to the hospital since learning of her mother’s passing.

Many were not surprised by Whitney Houston’s death, but the world is truly mourning at the tragic turn the embattled star’s life had taken.

Despite her struggles with addiction and substance abuse, Houston was, in addition to being a lovely person according to most who knew her, also one of the most talented voices in music history and one of the most acclaimed and successful singers of all time.

Whitney had won 2 Emmy awards, had 4 US number-one albums, 6 People’s Choice awards, 6 Grammy awards, 7 Soul Train music awards, 11 number-one songs, 16 NAACP Image Awards, 22 American Music Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 99 RIAA awards, had 562 total award nominations with 415 wins. She sold 170 million albums, singles, and videos worldwide, and starred in a serious of movies, most notably, The Bodyguard. Her album Whitney was also the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts!

She was loved by her many fans, her family, and will be greatly missed. Tonight’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards will have a special tribute to the late singer.

 

Poll: Can any other singers come close to Whitney Houston’s vocal talents? http://www.civicscience.com/u/Question/?q=11438

Remembering the good times:  Considered by many the best rendition of the United States National Anthem ever – VIDEO, here.

Photos:

Happy Jersday! New Season Premieres Tonight…Jersey does South Africa…AND Deena Making an Appearance in Pittsburgh!

5 Jan

Happy Jersday!

 

Season 5 of MTV’s Jersey Shore premieres tonight.

Twitter is abuzz with anticipation of the wildly popular reality show returning for its newest season.

In other Jersey Shore news, the next season is reportedly going to be filmed in SOUTH AFRICA!

Also — cast member Deena Nicole will be making an appearance here in Pittsburgh at World of Wheels on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 from 1pm-5pm.

The World of Wheels will be held at the David L. Lawrence Center in Pittsburgh on January 27-29.

Hopefully, Deena is on her best behavior….

Psssttt…rumor has it that Snooki may be getting her own spin-off. That being said, other Jersey Shore cast members have also been rumored to be involved in spinoff projects; but none yet have ever come to fruition.

Candlelight Prayer Vigil for Missing Bridgeville Man Jimmy Slack

22 Dec

Tonight, December 22nd, 2011, a Prayer Vigil will be held at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Bridgeville, PA. The service will be an outdoors candlelight vigil, weather permitting, and will honor Jimmy Slack, age 25, who has been missing for 2 weeks.

Slack is from Bridgeville, and went missing on December 6th, 2011 after a String Cheese Incident concert at Stage AE in the North Shore.

The prayer vigil is to gather together to pray for his safe return, to offer the family support, and to keep hope and faith present in a difficult situation.

We hope that he will be found safe and sound, and that he will be home as soon as possible.

This vigil is open to the public. More information can be found at the links below:

Prayer Vigil for Jimmy Slack and Family 

Help Find Jimmy Slack

Prayer Vigil Planned for Jim Slack – Chartiers Patch

If you have any tips, clues, leads, or information regarding his disappearance, please call the Pittsburgh Police at 412-323-7800. They will accept anonymous calls.

For directions to Bethany Church visit http://bethanypresby.org/ –– again, the prayer vigil is 12/22/11 at 7pm-10pm EST. If you cannot attend, please keep spreading the word about his disappearance to help bring him home! Or, at least keep him and his family in your prayers.

Read the past two Glitzburgh entries on the story, below:

Missing Person: Jimmy Slack, Last Seen at Stage AE on Tuesday – Have You Seen Him? Please Re-Post! [UPDATED]

MISSING PERSON: Update on James Slack: Help Find Jimmy! – Reward

PHOTOS BELOW ARE: JIM SLACK’S CURRENT FACEBOOK PROFILE PHOTO, THE LAST KNOWN PHOTO OF JIM SLACK TAKEN THE NIGHT HE WENT MISSING (MIDDLE), and the MISSING PERSON FLYER (RIGHT)

Glitzburgh Glam: Bebe Bridal Line Debuting this March

22 Dec

Bebe. While, yes, it’s a mall store, it definitely is a mall store with a whole lot of style, while still being affordable — and this is exactly why it appeals to so many. Unfortunately, as of late, they’ve become more well-known for their “comfy” clothing and animal-print clubwear than their more chic and sophisticated pieces. This is why they are re-branding and launching an upscale bridal line come March 2012. The line will feature “dramatic yet tasteful” silhouettes for the modern bride.

“Project Runway” runner-up and fan favorite Rami Kashou will be at the head of Bebe’s bridal collection. Another bonus? The price. With today’s economy, brides-to-be are trying to scrimp and save where they can. No one wants to get a sub-par bridal gown, but lately many budget-friendly AND nice wedding gowns have hit the market, as evidenced by Disney’s Princess collection, as well as the Vera Wang for David’s Bridal collection, replicas of the Kate Middleton / Alexander McQueen dream gown, and even a replica of Twilight Breaking Dawn’s Bella Swan gown for Alfred Angelo. (Which was, BTW, to die for! – – Pardon the pun.)

Bebe will just be the next step in affordable bridal wear, falling right in line with Anthropologie/Urban Outfitters’ launch of BHLDN and the brands listed above.

This collection  also shows that Bebe is maturing as a brand, and upping the ante as far as taste goes. Would you wear a Bebe wedding dress? Do share! Leave us a comment and let us know.

East Liberty’s GO EAST Holiday Promotion

7 Dec

East Liberty is like a hidden gem in Pittsburgh, the City of Neighborhoods.

This weekend, East Liberty businesses invite you to a special Go East Holiday Promotion!

Check out the happenings, below:

 

Go East this season and make the holidays brighter with exclusive discounts from East End shops and restaurants!

Just text GOEAST to 76274 to join. You’ll get a reply welcoming you to Go East. Show the text at any Go East partner location to redeem the discounts. You’ll also be entered win free swag from the Pittsburgh Glass Center, KST, & the Union Project!

Redeem Special offers by showing your “Welcome 2 Go East” text message. Raffle winners will be chosen via text message at 3 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011.

Go East Partners, Prizes & Discounts:

• Abay Ethiopian Cuisine | 130 South Highland Ave
10% discount for all Go East participants

• Kazanda’s Café |5943 Penn Ave
$1.00 off all sandwiches or one free small coffee with a sandwich order for all Go East participants

• Kelly Strayhorn Theater | 5941 Penn Ave
Raffle Prizes: 1 Dance Card good for eight classes at Dance Alloy Theater; 2 tickets to the Gene Stovall Holiday Concert; 1 Membership to the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (3 winners total)

• Panaché Boutique | 6008 Penn Circle South
10% discount for all Go East participants

• Pittsburgh Glass Center | 5472 Penn Ave
Raffle Prizes: Gift Certificates for workshops and a fused-glass magnet (3 winners total)

• Tana Ethiopian Cuisine | 5929 Baum Blvd
10% off Dinner Menu for all Go East participants (excludes drinks)

• Shadow Lounge/AVA | 5972 Baum Blvd. @ Highland
Raffle Prize: Passes for free admission to Shadow Lounge/AVA on selected nights (3 winners total)

• Union Project | 801 North Negley Ave
Raffle Prize: Ceramic artpiece

• Vanilla Pastry Studio | 6014 Penn Circle South
Raffle Prize: $25 gift certificate

• Zeke’s Coffee | 6012 Penn Ave
Special discounts on coffee by the pound or get 1 Free cup of coffee – open to all Go East participants
Raffle Prize: Coffee Gift Bag

Glitzburgh Glam: Carey Mulligan’s Copycat Covers

7 Dec

If you subscribe to Vogue magazine, and, perchance, happened to pick up a copy of the most recent issue of the French ELLE Magazine, you’d likely end up puzzled and surprised — with a bad case of deja-vu!

Why, you ask?

The latest cover of French ELLE is nearly identical to an October 2010 issue of Vogue magazine.

The photo, shot in 2010 in the South of France by Peter Lindbergh, features actress and fashion plate Carey Mulligan with styling by Vogue’s Grace Coddington.

The magazines are competitors, and not within the same publishing house, so the situation leaves many questions unanswered.

Take a look:

Mark Zuckerberg Coming to Pittsburgh

7 Nov

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will be in Pittsburgh tomorrow, November 8th, 2011, to address students and faculty at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University.

According to a CMU press release, “Carnegie Mellon is one of three campuses being visited by Zuckerberg during an East Coast college tour. He also has scheduled appearances at Harvard University and MIT….Though this will be Zuckerberg’s first visit to Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburgh campus, he and his colleagues at Facebook are well-acquainted with the university, which boasts a consistently top-ranked computer science program. Facebook is a major recruiter at Carnegie Mellon and employs about 50 alumni. Many CMU students have benefited from internships with the Palo Alto, Calif., company.”

Mr. Zuckerberg is 27 years old and founded Facebook circa 2004.

This speaking engagement will be in front of an invitation-only audience.

New TV Series “Hart of Dixie” Review

24 Sep

I had the opportunity to screen the CW’s “Hart of Dixie” series in
advance. The hourlong dramedy, which premieres on Monday, September
26th, stars the lovely Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe Hart and is set in
Blue Bell, Alabama.

Bilson thrives as a chic yet gritty NYC-bred wannabe cardiothroacic
surgeon turned small-town general practitioner. Yes, she’s a bit
bratty and a bit blase about the (stereotypical) Southern town.
However, there’s something lovable underneath the tough-girl exterior.

The premise is this:  Dr. Hart lost both her boyfriend and her chance
at a cardio fellowship in New York due to her lack of compassion, her
poor bedside manner, and, her generally just not being
feelings-oriented. She is forced to make a decision and moves to Blue
Bell due to the urging of a kindly older doctor. Once she arrives in
the small town, she makes a few friends, a few enemies, a few
mistakes, and learns a couple of surprising secrets. She also does
some good, and begins to grow into the kind of doctor that she was
born to be.

In her quest to learn “to see patients as people to help and not
problems to solve,” she has her Christina Yang-esque moments like when
she snippily wonders “why everyone is so obsessed with bedside manner”
and as she snobbishly demands office staff to find her a soy latte.
But underneath that facade is a girl just wanting to be loved by her
uncaring parents… and a girl who is also feeling lost and alone. She
is essentially an outsider wondering how she will ever fit into this
tightknit community that seems so backwards to her.

Yes, it is a show that seems rife with Southern stereotypes. The pilot
episode contained a Dukes of Hazzard horn, references to the Crimson
Tide, women dolled up in Gone With the Wind era garb, a girl named
Lemon, an alligator, country music, gossipy old women, and mud, muck,
and pickup trucks. That being said, it also contained laughs, tears,
and drama.

The CW stays true to form in having a mostly absurdly attractive cast
from the hunky smalltown lawyer, the suave ex-NFL star mayor and the
annoying-but-charming boy-next-door, to the perky and pretty Lemon,
and the stunning, stylish Dr. Zoe Hart herself as a brunette beauty
with a killer sense of style. But, the show also has some real people
with real problems and, I expect, will cultivate itself a real
following.

I know that I will be tuning in again.

The Hart of Dixie premieres Monday, September 26th, on The CW at 9/8c.
Check your local listings — and after you watch, feel free to leave a
comment and let me know if you agree with my critique!

~~ Ashley Boynes-Shuck