Arts & Culture

Essential Pittsburgh
5:16 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Preserving the Harvest, Beyond Canning

Pickling is a fairly simple preservation method. Find out how to create bread & butter pickles
Credit Rhonda Schuldt / Local Goodness

Food contributor, Rhonda Schuldt of LocalGoodness.com knows a number of ways for you to preserve your harvest this time of year. She shares some simple methods which go beyond the process of canning.

Read more
New to the 'Burgh
1:26 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Grab Some Popcorn: 7 Theaters Every Pittsburgh Movie Buff Should Experience

The Harris Theater in downtown Pittsburgh.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Finding a good movie theater is like falling in love.

The match between theater and audience-member is an important one; lifelong bonds can be formed if the connection resonates, and viewing a movie in the right venue can mean the difference between a relaxing day off and a bitter drive home.

Each person has their own needs for a theater, be them movie selection, general size or atmosphere. If you’re new in town, how could you be expected to choose an afternoon sanctuary when you can barely find your way around the city?

Read more
Weekend Watch
12:27 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

90.5 WESA Weekend Watch 9/14 & 9/15

This Saturday, the Arcade Comedy Theater and Knights of the Arcade attempts to turn the notoriously reclusive Dungeons & Dragons role playing game into a spectator sport with “Knights of the Arcade: An Epic D&D Comedy Adventure.” Dungeon Master Fred Betzner and featured players Dave Ranallo, Liz Labacz, Mike Rubino, Brad Stephenson and Joseph Lyons improvise the live show, with the overall goal of keeping the fan-favorite game fun and focused as they build their story.

Read more
Essential Pittsburgh
2:24 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Traveling to Oktoberfest Celebrations With the New Girl

Contrary to popular belief, Oktoberfest starts in the month of September, not October.
Credit Paul Vincent / Flickr

From the wurst to the brats, Oktoberfest celebrations are just around the corner. Travel contributor Elaine Labalme tours festivals from Ohio to Texas, recommending the best and most entertaining German heritage festivities.

Read more
Arts & Culture
2:51 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Dust Off the G.I. Joes: Vintage Toy Roadshow Headed to Pittsburgh

In 2003, the first prototype G.I. Joe action figure sold on eBay for $200,000 and is listed as one of the most valuable toys in the world.

Starting Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel just south of Mt. Lebanon, experts from the FX Vintage Toy Roadshow will be on-hand to appraise and buy vintage toys for the next four days.

Roadshow General Manager Mark Leinberger said he’s looking for everything from Shirley Temple dolls to Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.

Read more
Arts & Culture
12:42 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

August Wilson Center Plots New Plan for Sustainable Future

The Interim President and CEO of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture Oliver Byrd said in an interview on Wednesday that his organization is getting itself on the track to financial stability.

On Tuesday, Byrd sent a three-page letter to supporters of the center and to the media, outlining what he sees as the issues the organization has faced and the path they will take moving forward.

Read more
Community
3:33 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

After the Yarn Bomb: Knit the Bridge Panels Donated to Area Shelters

Knitted and crocheted panels from the Pittsburgh Knit the Bridge project add a splash of color and comfort to shelter beds at the Light of Life Rescue Mission on the North Side.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

The 588 knitted and crocheted panels that adorned Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Bridge for the Knit the Bridge project have come down, been professionally laundered and are now being distributed to various agencies in the region.

“Homeless shelters and different womens’ shelters, there’s a juvenile shelter in Westmoreland County that some are going to and then also animal shelters, Humane Society and some nursing homes,” said Amanda Gross, lead artist for the Knit the Bridge Project.

On Tuesday, Gross delivered 60 blankets to the Light of Life Rescue Mission on the North Side.

Read more
Essential Pittsburgh
3:06 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Graham Nash Continues to Compose Music With A Cause

Singer-songwriter Graham Nash comes to Pittsburgh on Sept. 14.
Credit Matthew Harris / Wikipedia

Legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash is revered for his prolific musicality, his inviolable commitment to human rights and his ability to seamlessly intertwine his compositions with worthy causes.

Nash is touring the East coast with keyboardist James Raymond and guitar player Shane Fontaine, playing old favorites and new tunes. They will be visiting the Carnegie Library Music Hall on Sept. 14.

Read more
Weekend Watch
3:01 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

90.5 WESA Weekend Watch 9/7 & 9/8

This Saturday, City of Asylum hosts a cultural exhibition in two parts. First, City of Asylum’s Writers in the Garden event begins in the afternoon. The event shines a spotlight on local Pittsburgh writers, featuring the authors reading in six different private gardens around the Northside. Each writer treats their audience to a special, space-limited reading.

Read more
Essential Pittsburgh
2:53 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Preserving the Harvest with Shrubs

A shrub drink with raspberry and lime
Credit Molly Sheridan / Flickr

With the growing season coming to a close and a surplus of fruits ready for harvest, there are some interesting ways to consume and preserve your rapidly ripening produce. Food and drink writer, Hal B. Klein suggests using shrubs to put overripe fruits to good use.

Shrubs are tangy drinks that let you preserve ripe fruits and vegetables with sweetened vinegar. The concept started in ancient Arabic culture as a way of preserving food before the advent of refrigeration. They were also popular in colonial American times.

Read more
Arts & Culture
12:58 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Pitt Art Gallery Hosts Exhibit on Conservation

Conservation and preservation is the theme of a new exhibition at the University of Pittsburgh’s Art Gallery.

The gallery was chosen by Heritage Preservation to take part in the 2013 Conservation Assessment Program. In June, a professional paper conservator spent two days examining the layout of the gallery as well as the site’s policies, procedures and environmental conditions.

An initial report points to issues in lighting, shelving and storage that could harm artwork over time.

Read more
Arts & Culture
3:30 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Pittsburgh Opera Looking For 'Super' Men

To kick off its 75th season, the Pittsburgh Opera is looking for “super” men — minus the red cape … and the shirt.

The opera is holding open auditions to find approximately 60 male supernumeraries, or extras, for non-singing parts in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida.”

The extras will play priests and slaves marching after an Egyptian victory over invading Ethiopians as part of the opera’s famous Triumphal Scene.

While some “supers” will be dressed in robes, many will have to bare their chests as Egyptian soldiers.

Read more
Essential Pittsburgh
4:01 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Old School Media & Modern Muckraking on Film

Citizen Kane starts off the September Sunday series for Pittsburgh Filmmakers. The theme: Typewriter Ribbons & Newsreels
Credit RKO/Turner Entertainment / Wikipedia

Sunday, September 1st kicks off a month long media focused film series sponsored by Pittsburgh Filmmakers and PublicSource.  Pittsburgh City Paper’s Film Critic, Al Hoff says the series brings classic investigative journalism back into the spotlight with films that demonstrate, “news gathering, how media works and how media is a cultural force across decades.”

The series begins with Citizen Kane, a film that is often considered the greatest movie of all time, followed by His Girl Friday starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, Ace in the Hole with Kirk Douglas, Medium Cool directed by Haskell Wexler.

Read more
Weekend Watch
2:43 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

90.5 WESA Weekend Watch 8/31 & 9/1

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park is running a unique take on one of Shakespeare’s famous works. PSIP’s Romeo and Juliet asks the audience to choose a side in the story’s fatal feud. Accompany either Romeo and the Montagues or Juliet and the Capulets as the story progresses. Theatregoers will view the performance on blankets or chairs, and move to follow their part of the story as it moves throughout the park, making for a truly natural experience.

Read more
Arts & Culture
1:15 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Columbia County Gallery to Auction Unsigned Print Said to be Warhol's

A previously unknown silkscreen believed to be printed by Andy Warhol will go up for auction on Monday at Col. Kirk’s Auction Gallery in Columbia County.

The piece, entitled “Of Thee I Sing—Nico,” isn’t signed by the pop art icon, but auction gallery General Manager Josh Williams said the silkscreen can be identified as an original Warhol because of the unique paper it was printed on.

Read more
Essential Pittsburgh
2:23 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

End of Summer Getaways

Shopping area in Cape May, NJ
Credit Rick Scully / flickr

With the arrival of Labor Day weekend, summer will soon be coming to an end. Travel contributor Elaine Labalme says forecasts call for good weather over the next few days, and families should take full advantage.

Luckily for Pittsburghers, there are a variety of activities nearby for families to check out this holiday weekend.

Read more
Art From the Ground Up
10:51 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Creating a 'Weave of Culture' with the Kente Arts Alliance

Mensah Wali and Gail Austin of the Kente Arts Alliance.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

Kente Arts Alliance is an organization whose mission is to present art from the African diaspora. TV and radio personality Chris Moore says they are “a great civic resource” and believes that if they weren’t here, “there would be a void.”

Brooklyn native Mensah Wali and Pittsburgher Gail Austin founded the organization in 2007 and have presented a wide variety of artists to Pittsburgh audiences. 

Wali terms it a “weave of culture.” The word Kente is West African in origin and describes a type of cloth common in Ghana.

Read more
Arts & Culture
3:30 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Wilkinsburg Students Produce Film Calling for Redevelopment

Wilkinsburg once had a popular business district with a large, upwardly mobile population, according to the Borough of Wilkinsburg website.

But the borough has struggled ever since the steel mill closures in the 1970s and '80s resulted in layoffs and a depleted tax base.

But Wilkinsburg students are looking towards the future.

The students, as part of an after-school program called FUSE, produced a short documentary called "Wilkinsburg: The Way We See It," which highlights efforts made by the community to redevelop.

Read more
Essential Pittsburgh
3:29 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

A Wide Variety of Authentic Mexican Restaurants for Pittsburghers

Nic DiCio at Casa Reyna in the Strip District, built a mini tortilla factory in the back of his Mexican restaurant, because he says authentic tortillas should be made fresh each day.
Credit Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA


Even though the Steel City is hundreds of miles away from the southern border, Pittsburgh has recently seen a rise in restaurants offering authentic Mexican cuisine. The new establishments are finding Pittsburghers to be eager customers.

One such customer is food critic Melissa McCart. A fan of Mexican food, McCart says these authentic restaurants have brought an increased variety of regional flavors.  McCart points to how Pittsburgh has begun to approach a Tex-Mex favorite: the taco.

“Six years ago you might not have seen a tongue taco or a chorizo taco, but now you can find them at four or five different places,” says McCart.

Although the number of restaurants has been rising, McCart says the important trend is the variety of styles and approaches within the cuisine.

Weekend Watch
2:17 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

90.5 WESA Weekend Watch 8/24 & 8/25

This Sunday, come out and honor the work of over 1,500 makers at the Knit the Bridge Art Party. Under the direction of artist Amanda Gross, families, friends, and volunteers came together from across Allegheny County to organize the yarn bombing of the Andy Warhol Bridge. Pittsburghers can come to experience the art project firsthand at the event.

Read more
Arts & Culture
11:00 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Hidden Treasures Event Returns to Pittsburgh

Treasures aren’t always strings of pearls or gold doubloons — sometimes, they’re toilets.

1,500 people are expected to attend the sixth annual “Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures” event at the Heinz History Center Sunday.

Visitors can bring up to two items and to be examined by a team of more than 40 appraisers, including experts from Christie’s, the world’s largest fine art auction house. The appraisers will evaluate the historical importance and possible monetary worth of the items.

Read more
Arts & Culture
10:56 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

VisitPITTSBURGH Promotes City with Photo Contest

Travel and tourism generates $28.6 billion a year in Pennsylvania, but Allegheny County’s official promotion agency thinks Pittsburgh is not living up to its potential because of its smoky history.

VisitPITTSBURGH hosted a photo contest with the goal of attracting tourists to Pittsburgh by showing it as a “vibrant” city.

Spokeswoman Connie George said the agency wanted to break the stereotype associated with the city.

Read more
Essential Pittsburgh
4:07 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Elaine Labalme's Midwest Adventure Continues

The Gateway Arch is just one of the many treasures of the Midwest.
Credit Steven Martin / Flickr

As great as the ballparks of the midwest may be, Essential Pittsburgh travel contributor Elaine Labalme found that there was much more to the cities that housed them than just baseball.

From the amazing Nelson-Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City to Milwaukee’s historic third ward, to the “photographer’s dream” that is the Gateway arch in St. Louis, Labalme quickly learned that the cultural happenings of the midwest were manifold.

As an added bonus, much of this art and culture is paired up with some of the tastiest eateries these cities have to offer. As Labalme puts it, “I would say food meets art is all over the midwest.”

Essential Pittsburgh
2:32 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

An Update on the Blooming Corpse Flower

Spectators flocked to the Phipps Conservatory this week.
Credit Casey Premoshis / The Allegheny Front

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has been swarming with visitors over the last few days. And thankfully, not flies.

The rare and odoriferous corpse flower has been in bloom for the last 48 hours.  Casey Premoshis visited the giant plant named "Romero" for the Allegheny Front and WESA:

Read more
Essential Pittsburgh
3:52 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

The Moth Mainstage: How to Tell a Compelling Story

The Moth is described as, true stories, told live, without notes.
Credit The Moth

The Moth Mainstage returns to Pittsburgh tomorrow at the Byham Theater. Participants share a ten-minute story onstage centered on the theme “balancing acts.”

Producer Kate Tellers says The Moth StorySlams, Radio Hour and Mainstage have experienced huge success in Pittsburgh over the past few years.

She coaches storytellers before they perform and worked with Justin Strong, owner of Shadow Lounge and AVA, in crafting a story. Tellers says truly effective stories are able to reach to the lowest point in someone’s life and illustrate a turning point that defines them.

Read more

Pages