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Gaga bringing 'ArtRAVE' tour to Consol on May 8 [Derived headline] [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

December 4, 2013

YellowBrix

Gaga bringing 'ArtRAVE' tour to Consol on May 8

Lady Gaga is bringing her "ArtRAVE: The ARTPOP Tour" to Pittsburgh on May 8, for a performance at the Consol Energy Center.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 16, and range from $35 to $200.

The tour kicks off May 4 in Ft. Lauderdale and will include several cities that missed her tour earlier this year, after a hip injury forced her to cancel.

Details: 800-745-3000 or www.consolenergycenter.com

-- Tribune-Review

Joel to play monthly at Garden at fans' request

Billy Joel will perform once a month at Madison Square Garden -- if the fans will have him.

The Grammy Award-winning icon announced Dec. 3 that he'll perform a residency at the famed New York City venue once a month for as many months as New Yorkers demand. He's set to perform sold-out shows on Jan. 27, Feb. 3, March 21 and April 28. He also will perform on his 65th birthday, which is May 9. Tickets go on sale Dec. 7.

Joel said in a statement that "there's no place like coming home to The Garden." The Bronx-born Joel first performed at Madison Square Garden in 1978.

-- Associated Press

PBT's ex-director gets Dance Magazine Award

Patricia Wilde, who was artistic director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre from 1982 to 1987, will receive the 2013 Dance Magazine Award, a recognition of lifetime achievement with a lasting impact in the world of dance.

Wilde, described as George "Balanchine's "allegro ballerina" by the magazine, was a principal dancer for New York City Ballet for 15 years. She performed nearly every leading role in the company's repertoire, including several Balanchine created for her.

Other recipients of the 2013 awards, to be bestowed Dec. 9, will be San Francisco Ballet dancer Yuan Yuan Tan, American composer Philip Glass and Swedish choreographer Mats Ek.

-- Mark Kanny

Dark horse 'Llewyn' wins at Gotham awards

The Coen brothers' folk music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis" has won best film at the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York.

The win Dec. 2 at a glitzy ceremony was an upset. The slavery epic "12 Years a Slave" is widely considered an Oscar front-runner and had a leading three Gotham nominations but didn't take any awards.

Best actor went to Matthew McConaughey for his performance in the HIV drama "Dallas Buyer's Club." Brie Larsen took best actress for her performance in the foster-care drama "Short Term 12."

Steve Buscemi presented a posthumous tribute to his "Sopranos" co- star James Gandolfini.

The Gotham awards are presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project, an advocacy group for independent filmmakers. Awards are selected by juries.

-- Associated Press

'Cats' might yet get another life -- as a film

"Cats" may claw its way to the big screen thanks to Hollywood's renewed appetite for movie musicals, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber told England's Daily Mail.

He says Universal Pictures, which owns the film rights to the stage smash, "...has now got 'Cats' out of the drawer in which they locked it years ago when they bought the rights and, suddenly, they're talking about a film."

If the movie gets made, it has "Les Miserables" to thank for it. The film adaptation of the hit musical grossed $441.8 million worldwide and earned an Oscar nomination for best picture. It was released by Universal.

The studio did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

-- The Wrap

Oscars' documentary field winnowed to 15

The Academy Awards has winnowed the best documentary field down to 15 finalists that include the Indonesian death-squad examination "The Act of Killing" and the backup-singer tribute "20 Feet From Stardom."

Also making the shortlist are: "The Armstrong Lie," "Stories We Tell," "Tim's Vermeer," "Blackfish," "The Square," "The Crash Reel," "Cutie and the Boxer," "Dirty Wars," "First Cousin Once Removed," "God Loves Uganda," "Life According to Sam," "Pussy Riot: A Punk's Prayer" and "Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington."

Five nominees will be selected from the 15 by documentary branch members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 16. The 86th Academy Awards ceremony is March 2.

-- Associated Press

100th 'Glee' episode invite sent to original cast

"Glee" is hoping to get the old gang back together.

Ryan Murphy, the co-creator of the Fox series, announced via his Twitter account on Dec. 3 that the full original cast of the series has been invited back for its upcoming 100th episode.

"ALL The Glee Originals received invites today to be in our 100th episode! More to follow," Murphy wrote.

The 100th episode of the musical series will air March 18.

As previously reported, the songs on the episode will be fan- chosen. Gleeks can choose between 30 songs previously performed on the episode. The top 10 vote-getters will be re-mixed and performed by the cast.

-- The Wrap

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