Saturday, March 31, 2012

2012 Best of the Burgh Poll for Pittsburgh Magazine

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Trayvon Martin_Brewed On Grant: Crooks - Rob Rogers' Cartoons

Rob Rogers' Cartoons
Brewed On Grant: Crooks
March 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM
State Senator Jane Orie is the latest Pennsylvania politician to be convicted of corruption. Fourteen counts of it to be exact. Orie follows Bill DeWeese, Mike Veon and John Perzel, to name a few. If this keeps up we may have to replace the Pennsylvania state bird (the Ruffed Grouse) with a jailbird.
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Trayvon Martin
March 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I hope all the attention surrounding the Trayvon Martin case will remind Americans that young black men are dying in huge numbers every day. These deaths have become as commonplace on the evening news as traffic reports. Where is the outrage for these young black men? Where is the justice for them?
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Nutting to Make 2012 Pirates All-Spectator Team by Ron Placone


Inspired by a recent episode of the popular television show, “Portlandia,” Pittsburgh Pirates owner, Bob Nutting, has decided to make the Pirates the first all-spectator team in major-league baseball. Starting in April, anybody who shows up to the game will have the opportunity to play, though Mr. Nutting is hoping to get some regulars.

“In Portlandia, they have these try-outs for the baseball team and people from town show up, and I thought, hey, Pittsburgh can do this.”

Under this new model the salary cap restrictions are lifted, since all of the players will be on a volunteer basis. Although some are wary that this is just a ploy for the franchise to save money, Nutting’s camp assures that it is not. Requests for an exclusive interview were denied as Mr. Nutting had prior engagements monitoring the installation of his new Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Many Pirates’ fans are worried this will not make their team competitive, though after 20 losing seasons, the majority of critics openly admit that a spectator-team may be worth a try.

Additionally, some residents, including Matt Cliff of Oakland, are excited about this new model as they feel their opportunity to play professional baseball has finally arrived. Parker, 31, sees this as the break he has been waiting for: “I was an awesome baseball player in high school, had a full-ride to Pitt, well, not a full-ride, they told me I could be a walk-on, but then I got injured and well, I’m healed now, and I think I still got what it takes to play pro ball, I’m ready to serve Pittsburgh and the Pirate organization.” Cliff’s passion for the game is apparent as he can be seen often on a Saturday night in the Southside sporting his North Allegheny Senior Letter-jacket.

Jay Sizeman of Mt. Lebanon shares Parker’s enthusiasm, as he has already changed his Facebook employment status from “Unemployed” to “Professional Baseball player.” This can be found directly under his interests which include “Skoal chew and chasing bitches.” “I’m excited for this opportunity,” Sizeman, 32, says, “we’re not getting paid, we’re just here for love of the game, and we’ve got something to prove. Look out MLB, there’s a new spectator-team in town!” 

More from comedian Ron Placone @ RonPlacone.com

Thursday, March 29, 2012

April Fool's Eve Comedy Pageant at HAMBONE's: March 31, 2012

April Fool's Eve Comedy Pageant
Come join us on the eve of the funniest day of the year as six of the regions best stand ups show off their comedy goods*:

Featuring:
Travis Walling - "Mr Snarky 2011"
Anthony Savatt - Talent: Treading water while holding watermelons
Curtis Cook - "Mr Leather Daddy Runner Up 2006"
Scott Patton - "Nominated for King of Facebook 1995"
Ahri Findling - Talent: Can spell any word with the letter" R" in it
And your host Derek Minto!

Door Opens 8:30pm
Show Starts at 9:30pm
Tickets are $7
Free Parking right across the street!


*Please no cat calling, loose1 dollar bills or general back sass. Last year's pageant was an unmitigated disaster due to over couching from some of the moms. Please leave the coaching and costume changes to the back staging area. Its distracting to the audience when you are mouthing all the words to your full grown son's joke about penile chaffing.

Hambone's
4207 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201-3132

Supreme Protest - Rob Rogers' Cartoons








Rob Rogers' Cartoons










Supreme Protest

March 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM

The Supreme Court is reviewing Obamacare to see if the health care mandate is "constitutional." Will they let politics get in the way of what is good for the country? Probably. Forgive me if I don't trust the motivation a Supreme Court that says Super Pacs are people and that George W. Bush won the 2000 election.
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Dodge Intrepid and the Pages of Time at the Cabaret Theater: March 31, 2012

Live Radio Adventure Debuts New Episode with Expanded Cast
“Curse of the Book Thief” offers up a fun mystery starring talented
local voice actors.

Treating audiences to peculiar conflicts, plucky heroes, and pulpy
villains, “Curse of the Book Thief” is the next installment of the
serial radio play known as Dodge Intrepid and the Pages of Time, which
follows the adventures of a time-traveling librarian. In “Book Thief,”
the titular hero, Dodge, is in a cat-and-mouse-chase for a major
factory’s stolen recipe book in this imagined 1940s Pittsburgh. This
time around, writer/creators James Catullo and Michael Rubino have
added a female actor to the cast in order to more fully bring to life
this colorful world and the humorous characters that fill it. This
live radio comedy is one night only on March 31 at 10:30pm in downtown
Pittsburgh, at the Cabaret at Theater Square, where tickets are sold
at the door for $5.

Harking back to the golden age of radio, Dodge Intrepid and the Pages
of Time offers the over-the-top adventure and death-defying danger of
serials like The Shadow or The Green Hornet. Because the show is
written by and stars improvisational comedians, humor is front and
center. Writers Catullo and Rubino, originally from Beaver County
where the show first premiered, along with their third cast member,
Pittsburgh actor Michael Hinzman, have regaled audiences with the
daring exploits of Dodge Intrepid, the librarian hero, and Pluck
Gumption, his intern sidekick, since 2005. The show mixes adventure,
local history, and comedy in a unique spin on an old art form. With a
resurgence of interest in classic radio programs across the region,
Dodge Intrepid joins Bricolage’s popular Midnight Radio series at the
forefront of the movement.

“Curse of the Book Thief,” continues Dodge Intrepid’s run at the
Cabaret at Theater Square, a venue well-suited for the light-hearted,
high-adventure radio conventions of the show. For this installment,
the original cast of Rubino, Catullo and Hinzman is joined by Abby
Fudor, Pittsburgh comedic actor and arts manager. Fudor has performed
improv comedy at various venues throughout Pittsburgh. She is a
founding member of Frankly Scarlett, where she serves as an actor,
writer, and producer for this all-female variety act. Fudor will play
the show’s new heroine character, Fairlane, amongst other voices.

Dodge Intrepid and the Pages of Time began as a side project for
Rubino and Catullo, both members of the Beaver County comedy troupe
The Cellar Dwellers. The duo, both writers and radio-lovers, have
produced over 50 episodes and have appeared at the Cabaret at Theater
Square three times in the past six months. Recently, the series has
re-launched their podcast, which features live and studio recordings
of all their serialized adventures, available at
www.dodgeintrepidradio.com and the iTunes Music Store.

DODGE INTREPID RADIO SHOW: CURSE OF THE BOOK THIEF
Saturday, March 31 at 10:30pm
Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh
$5 at the door, 21+