Arts & Culture

Weekend Watch
11:37 am
Fri June 14, 2013

90.5 WESA Weekend Watch 6/15 & 6/16

This weekend features the swan song for this year’s Three Rivers Arts Festival. Highlights for the weekend include indie rock band The Airborne Toxic Event playing Saturday at 8 p.m. and the Grammy award-winning gospel and blues group The Blind Boys of Alabama playing Sunday at 7:30 p.m., both at the Dollar Bank Stage near Point State Park.

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:01 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

A Conversation with NPR President Gary Knell

NPR President and CEO Gary Knell
Credit Sesame Workshop

Gary Knell is the President and CEO of NPR which remains unique among news organizations. While a number of large media outfits have shuttered their foreign bureaus NPR has reporters throughout the world. However, public radio is also at a crossroads as some of its long time shows like Talk of the Nation comes to an end and Car Talk no longer produces new shows.

What will the future of NPR look like and can it stay relevant in the changing media landscape? Also, how is NPR cultivating new talent to reflect and appeal to a new generation of public radio listeners? Mr. Knell is in Pittsburgh to speak at the Americans for the Arts convention.

Essential Pittsburgh
4:39 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

My Father's Shoes

Raymond Vennare reads from his book My Father's Shoes in the WESA studio.
Credit Cally Jamis Vennare

Raymond Vennare has had a successful career as an businessman and entrepreneur. His latest accomplishment is that of author with the publication of his book of essays My Father's Shoes: Life Stories and Other Memories.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:13 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Americans for the Arts

Art All Night in Lawrenceville
Credit Cory Cousins / Flickr

Over the next three days, arts and community leaders from around the country are gathering around town to strategize about how to better communicate the impact the arts make in U.S. cities. Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, joins us to talk about the convention and how Pittsburgh's strategy in this area has become the benchmark for others.

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Arts
6:38 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Pittsburgh Attracts Art Leaders with National Convention

The city of steel is becoming the city of art this week as 1,000 art leaders from across the country gather to discuss issues affecting artists, art-based development, arts organizations and creative industries.

Pittsburgh is hosting the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Annual Convention June 14-16.

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council will coordinate all of the convention’s performances and “ARTVenture” tours.

Council CEO Mitch Swain said AFTA was attracted to Pittsburgh because of its diverse art scene, especially with its cultural districts.

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Essential Pittsburgh
10:49 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Kitchen Conversations with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Food Section and Joey Fatone

Special cooking guest, Joey Fatone does some grilling with Post Gazette food writer Gretchen McKay
Haldan Kirsch 90.5 WESA

We recently teamed up with food writer, Gretchen McKay, dining critic Melissa McCart and food editor Bob Batz Jr., the folks behind the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Food Section and PG Plate for a discussion on outdoor cooking trends.

And just in time for Father's Day, pop music singer, dancer, father and cooking show host, Joey Fatone was recently in town for the Pittsburgh CLO production of 42nd Street. So Gretchen made him a classic Pittsburgh dish with a twist in the Post-Gazette Outdoor Test Kitchen.

Essential Pittsburgh
10:29 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Getting Where You're Going with the New Girl in Town

Exploring modes of travel with Pop City writer and travel contributor Elaine Labalme
Credit Ryan Lane / Flickr

Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, sometimes the journey is more fun than the destination. This week travel contributor Elaine Labalme looks at various modes of transportation.

Essential Pittsburgh
6:00 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Fox News "Mole" Emerges with Book

Joe Muto is the Fox News "mole" that leaked videos to Gawker.
Credit Alexis Lamster

After graduating from Notre Dame, Joe Muto moved to New York in search of a media position.  He ended up with the Fox News Company, eventually becoming a producer for the top-rated show,The O’Reilly Factor.  After eight years he decided he wanted to search for another position.  He was, after all, a liberal at heart and he noted that since the Obama administration, Fox News was becoming progressively more conservative and far less “fair and balanced.”  Muto approached Gawker as a possible employer after leaving Fox, but was instead encouraged to begin writing for Gawker while still an employee at Fox.  He was to be the liberal inside the right-wing media group.  

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Charges Against Nude 'Pope Girl' Dropped

The indecent exposure charges against two Carnegie Mellon University students have been dropped in exchange for 80 hours of community service apiece over the next 4 months.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for today for 19 year old Katherine O'Connor and 22 year old Robb Godshaw, but an agreement was reached among the District Attorney's office, CMU and the students. 

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Speaking Volumes
7:28 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Weird and wonderful fiction picks from Tom Sweterlitsch

Pittsburgh writer and librarian Tom Sweterlitsch has wide-ranging reading interests in fiction. 

Stewart O'Nan, Songs for the Missing

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:09 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak

Bob Dvorchak is sports writer emeritus for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and blogs for Sports N'at'
Credit Bob Dvorchak / Sports n'at

Sports Illustrated's inaugural Male College Athlete of the Year award has gone to a wrestler at Cornell University, just as the International Olympic Committee announced that the sport of wrestling is still in the running for inclusion in the 2020 games.

Guest: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sportswriter Emeritus, Bob Dvorchak discusses a possible reinstatement of wrestling in the Olympics and the ongoing story of performance enhancing drugs in baseball.

3 Rivers Arts Festival
4:07 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Three Rivers Arts Festival Begins

The reopening of the iconic fountain, the refurbished Point State Park and the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival are converging in Pittsburgh today.

The ten day arts festival usually attracts about 200,000 people each year and has featured more than 12,000 artists through the years.

Veronica Corpuz, director of Festival Management and Special Projects for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, said the festival is for everyone.

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Arts
3:30 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Office of Public Art Creates Website to Display Any and All 'Art Places'

If you’re looking for art, many people would direct you to roped-off paintings at a museum or two-hour theater performances, but the Office of Public Art says try an open mic night at your local bar.

The office is launching a new website called Pittsburgh Art Places, where venues in the 13-county region can create profiles to connect to the public.

The venues can link to their websites or locations to buy tickets and post audio, video and images so the public can sample what kind of art they display.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:13 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Opera Theater and Fallingwater: Two Worlds Making Beautiful Music Together

The Opera Theater of Pittsburgh will be performing from the terraces of Fallingwater
Marcus Charleston WESA

Celebrated American architect Frank Lloyd Wright once drew up plans for the area occupied by Point State Park. While those plans didn’t come to fruition, the area is proud to boast two homes designed by the visionary architect – Kentuck Knob and the iconic Fallingwater. This weekend, which would have been Frank Lloyd Wright’s 146th birthday, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, in conjunction with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, will present Shining Brow, an opera covering eleven years in the life of Frank Lloyd Wright, performed on the exterior terraces of Fallingwater.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:55 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Pedaling The GAP Trail By Rickshaw

Travel the Great Allegheny Passage by pedicab
Credit Green Gears Pedicabs

The Great Allegheny Passage runs 150 miles between Pittsburgh and Cumberland Maryland. This year the Allegheny Trail Alliance celebrates its near completion.

Jennifer Szweda Jordan, host of the Allegheny Front takes a short trip, by rickshaw, in the Pittsburgh section of the trail with Green Gears Pedicabs.

Essential Pittsburgh
4:27 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The Wonder Boys Explore the Mysteries of Pittsburgh

The view from the highest point in Pittsburgh. Can you tell where it is?
Credit Daniel Tkacik and Ellis Robinson / I Wonder

Ellis Robinson and Daniel Tkacik are Ph.D candidates at Carnegie Mellon University. When they’re not in the lab or studying, they’ve found time to produce and host a podcast called I Wonder. Each episode starts with a question, which Ellis and Daniel attempt to answer within a half hour. In this clip, they start with a story of Ellis cursing the hills of Pittsburgh on his single speed bike and wondering about the highest point in Pittsburgh.

Arts & Culture
3:11 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Frick Art and Historical Center to Get $15 Million Facelift

Ground was broken Thursday at the Frick Art and Historical Center in Point Breeze as part of a $15 million renovation and expansion project.

Phase one includes a 3,000-square-foot Orientation Center meant to enhance the visitor experience. The center will provide a more welcoming environment and will teach visitors about the Frick family, what life was like in Pittsburgh at the end of the 19th century and will show everything the museum has to offer.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:55 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Previewing the Three Rivers Arts Festival With Rosemary Welsch

It's that time of year again!
Credit 91.3 WYEP

The 54th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival opens Downtown this Friday, at an exciting time. The Point State Park fountain will be up and running again for the first time in 4 years, serving as a backdrop for the bands, visual artists and vendors. Festival media sponsor, 91.3 WYEP will be broadcasting live from the Point on Friday afternoon as the fountain starts up again and the first act starts to play the main stage.

WYEP Afternoon Mix Host, Rosemary Welsch will host the kickoff show and previews the most anticipated acts coming to the Three Rivers Arts Festival, including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, as well as local favorite, Donora.

Essential Pittsburgh
5:54 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

The New Girl Visits America's National Parks Part Two: Western Parks

Take a long scenic hike through Yellowstone National Park
Credit Kim Seng / Flickr

Ever think of spending your summer vacation visiting America’s national parks? Last week travel contributor Elaine Labalme focused on national parks in the eastern half of the United States. This week we’re heading west to Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, Glacier and Rocky Mountain National Parks. Take in the sights, get active outdoors, and guard your picnic baskets!

Essential Pittsburgh
3:19 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Exiled Voices of China and Tibet Come To Pittsburgh

Dr. Martin-Liao is President of Independent Chinese PEN (Poets, Essayists and Novelists) and Poet and musician Liao Yiwu will read from his prison memoir
Credit City of Asylum

The Pittsburgh based online magazine, Sampsonia Way, seeks to protect and advocate for writers in asylum, educate the public about threats to literary expression, and to create a community where endangered writers can thrive. This is made possible by the Northside's City of Asylum Pittsburgh.

Exiled Voices of China and Tibet is an event taking place this weekend at the City of Asylum.  Notable international writers will for the first time, be able to talk about the exercise of fundamental human rights in China. For many of these writers, they've never been in the same room at the same time or been able to speak freely about human rights.

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Arts
3:12 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Four-Story Duck Headed to Pittsburgh

Artist Florentijn Hofman's giant floating rubber duck will make its way to the Steel City in late September as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s International Festival of Firsts.
Photo courtesy of Studio Florentijn Hofman

The task of making Pittsburgh stand out as an international city has fallen on the shoulders of a floating rubber duck.

The four-story duck is part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s International Festival of Firsts.

Cultural Trust CEO and President Kevin McMahon said the purpose of this festival is not solely to bring money to Pittsburgh.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:10 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Jazz Live International Preview and Anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary of live summertime Jazz in Katz Plaza
Credit OZinOH / Flickr

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's summer long Jazz concert series in Katz Plaza. This year also marks the third annual Jazz Live International Festival.

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Speaking Volumes
3:30 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Yes, George Saunders is that good

Gary Terner likes edgy contemporary fiction and Gonzo-style sports writing.
Credit Josh Raulerson/90.5 WESA

Gary Terner of Mt. Lebanon was blown away by the new short story collection from George Saunders.

George Saunders, Tenth of December

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Arts & Culture
3:30 am
Mon June 3, 2013

2-Minute Film Fest Returns to the Carnegie Museum of Art

The 2-Minute Film Festival returns to the Carnegie Museum of Art this summer with a child-like image.

This year’s theme, “At Play,” encourages applicants to test boundaries, take risks and bring out their childhood creativity.

The 2-Minute Film Festival showcases more than 30 of the best two-minute movies submitted by people from around the country. Judges are looking for the briefest films that best capture the idea of play. Each movie shown at the festival is eligible for the People’s Choice and Juror’s Choice awards.

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:02 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

What About Bob? Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak

Sports Contributor Bob Dvorchak
Credit Bob Dvorchak / Sports n'at

With the Penguins extended playoff run, Pittsburgh businesses are getting an extra influx of cash. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak talks about the business perks of chasing the cup and some interesting rule changes in store for golfers who use the long putter aka belly putter.

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