Arts & Culture

Speaking Volumes
4:46 am
Mon May 6, 2013

All For One, One For All

The Three Musketeers books are as much fun as you remember, says Matthias Sundberg
Credit Josh Raulerson/90.5 WESA

Matthias Sundberg, from Point Breeze, likes action and adventure stories tinged with social realism. 

Dan Baum, Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans

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Essential Pittsburgh
8:44 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Pondering a Life with Robots

Robot Parts at Fraley's Robot Repair Shop/Art Instillation
Heather McClain 90.5 WESA

Through recent artistic conceptions, we explore a world of advanced robotics and consider the philosophical questions one might ponder if robots were a part of everyday life. Essential Pittsburgh Production Assistant Rebekah Zook  and WESA reporter Margaret Krauss visited Fraley's Robot Repair Shop in its final week Downtown and we spoke with Japanese contemporary theater Director Oriza Hirata at the Andy Warhol Museum.

Essential Pittsburgh
11:03 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Coming Out in the NBA

Washington Wizards player Jason Collins came out earlier this week.
Credit Washington Wizards / NBA.com

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman shares his thoughts on NBA player Jason Collins becoming the first active athlete in any of America's four major professional sports leagues to acknowledge his homosexuality. He'll discuss what it means for the LGBT community as well as the African American community.

Essential Pittsburgh
8:29 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Images From the Silk Road

Spices sold in a market along the Silk Road
Christopher Rolinson Point Park University

In 1972, Alban and Virginia Curtze of Erie, PA traveled to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and India in an area known as the Silk Road. Little did they know their vacation photos would become artifacts of world history. Thirty nine of the Curtze's images have been transferred from slides to 11-by-14-inch prints and are on display at an exhibition on the Point Park University campus. The exhibition curator and associate professor of photojournalism and photography, Christopher Rolinson gives us a tour of the Silk Road images.

Essential Pittsburgh
8:09 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Girlfriend Getaways with the New Girl in Town

Enjoy a weekend away with the girls at he Waldorf Astoria in NYC
Credit Chris Breeze / Flickr

Bachelorette weekends, reunions spa retreats or the need to simply get out of town. Those are some of the reasons you and your best girlfriends may want to plan a weekend away. This week travel contributor Elaine Labalme offers up some suggestions for girlfriend getaways.

Start planning your own getaway with these recommendations from Elaine Labalme:

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:56 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me Hits the Big Screen

Peter Sagal is the host of Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me, the NPR news quiz show
Credit Kyle Cassidy / Wikipedia

  NPR's weekly news quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me has been entertaining public radio listeners for more than 15 years. Now the show hits the big screen with a nationwide cinecast. We'll talk with host Peter Sagal about the radio show, it's failed TV pilot and his experience at the recent Boston Marathon.

Arts
4:16 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

2013 Three Rivers Arts Festival Marks Return of Point State Park Fountain

The 2013 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off in early June with a splash.

On June 7, after years of reconstruction, the fountain at the Point will be turned back on permanently.

“Point State Park has been rebuilt from top to bottom over the last five years thanks to the efforts of one of the most extensive public-private partnerships in our history,” said Riverlife President and CEO Lisa Schroeder. “Planning for this massive project began in 2001 and is the largest park project ever undertaken in the commonwealth.”

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Speaking Volumes
3:30 am
Mon April 29, 2013

From Antietam to Nigeria with Mary Calland

Mary Fraley Calland offers book picks in history and contemporary fiction.
Credit Josh Raulerson / 90.5 WESA

Writer and Mt. Lebanon resident Mary Frailey Calland does intensive research for her Civil War era novels. In between deep dives in the archives, she reads contemporary fiction.

James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Sports N' @: Discrimination Within the NFL?

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

  Every major business in the U.S. has an anti-distrimination policy when it comes to hiring. That includes the National Football League. But what about reports of loaded personal questions for players trying out for the draft? Sports Contributor Bob Dvorchak talks about how athletes are tested at the NFL scouting combine and where the league stands on the discrimination claims.

Arts & Culture
1:01 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Gallery Crawl, Night Market to Feature Arts and More in Pittsburgh Tonight

Pittsburghers venturing downtown on Friday night have at least two opportunities to experience the arts.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Spring Gallery Crawl takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m., while the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's Night Market IV runs from 6 to 11 p.m.

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Arts
3:15 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Gallery Crawl to Preview Theater and Visual Art CSAs

The "Community Supported Agriculture" or CSA model is taking on more and more iterations.

Traditionally, a CSA offers subscriptions to locally grown produce, but it was recently announced that a visual art CSA would be available April 30. Now a theater CSA is in the offing as well.

The New Hazlett Theater on the north side is selling CSA shares that include six performances every other month, from August to June.

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Art From the Ground Up
3:30 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Through Collaboration, Pittsburgh's La Harrier Finds 'Creative Playground'

Ryan Neitznick (left) and John Fischer (right) at their Lawrenceville studio, known as La Harrier.
Credit Bob Studebaker / 90.5 WESA

Ryan Neitznick and John Fischer comprise the production team known as La Harrier.

Their studio in Lawrenceville is also known as La Harrier, and it’s part of  a growing aspect of Pittsburgh’s arts community — nontraditional, independent music producers.

They each grew up and began their musical careers in Pittsburgh but actually met and formed their partnership about six years ago in Philadelphia.

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Art All Night
3:59 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Leave the Light On: Art All Night to Hold 16th Annual Event This Weekend

It's that time of year again when artists of all skill and experience levels descend on an empty warehouse in Lawrenceville to celebrate what has become one of the largest art events in the region. 

Art All Night will hold its 16th annual event starting at 4 p.m. Saturday at 4001 Willow St. in Lawrenceville.

Anyone can submit a work from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday. The art will then be put on display in the non-juried event. Artists will be asked if they want to offer their works for sale.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Sandra Bernhard is Off the Wall

Sandra Bernhard comes to the Byham Theatre this weekend for the Warhol Off the Wall Series
Credit Andy Warhol Museum

Actor, comedienne, singer, and author Sandra Bernhard is coming to Pittsburgh as part of the Warhol Museum's Off the Wall Series. She talks about how her entertainment career has evolved through the years, her affinity for Andy Warhol and the 30th anniversary of the King of Comedy, a film that greatly impacted her acting career.

Speaking Volumes
3:32 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Dr. Mario Fischetti interprets neuroses, novels

Dr. Mario Fischetti interprets neuroses, novels at the Pittsburgh Psychiatric Center
Credit Josh Raulerson/90.5 WESA

Dr. Mario Fischetti is a clinical psychologist with the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, and the moderator of its ongoing "Reading Fiction with Freud" discussion series. 


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Essential Pittsburgh
3:00 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak

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

  After last week's bombing at the Boston Marathon and the passionate singing of the national anthem at Wednesday's Bruins game, sports contributor Bob Dvorchak talks about how sporting events can galvanize a city and a nation. Also, what concerns does the bombing raise about security at sporting events?

Essential Pittsburgh
9:30 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Professional Ballerinas Speaking On Pointe

New and broken in pointe shoes
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

  Instead of the traditional glass slipper, this weekend’s Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre production of Cinderella involves a glass ballet shoe. This notion made us wonder--how important is the perfect fit for a professional ballerina? Pittsburgh Ballet Principal dancers Alexandra Kochis and Julia Erickson give us a peek at the world of a dancer and her toe shoes.

Community Art
3:30 am
Thu April 18, 2013

New Pittsburgh CSA Replaces 'Agriculture' with 'Art'

An example of Ed Panar's photography. Photographer Ed Panar will also have work in the Community Supported Art package. His images depict Pittsburgh streetscapes, rivers and houses tucked into hillsides.
Credit Larkin Page-Jacobs / 90.5 WESA

Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, has become common in many cities.

CSA typically refers to a subscription service for fresh produce from local farmers, but a new initiative in Pittsburgh is putting a twist on the concept and replacing “agriculture” with “art.”

A Community Supported Agriculture package might include lettuce, apples, and peppers. But with Community Supported Art, subscribers will unpack a box of sculptures, photographs, drawings or paintings.

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Arts & Culture
3:26 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Pittsburgh and Santiago to Swap Artists Via Cultural Exchange Program

Gov. Tom Corbett signed an agreement Tuesday making Chile and Pennsylvania "Sister Chambers" by fostering job growth and business development opportunities between the two governments. The agreement came at the end of the governor's trade mission to Brazil and Chile.

The state's First Lady, Susan Corbett, is reaching out to the Chileans in a different way, announcing a cultural exchange program based in Pittsburgh and Santiago. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Anything Goes Revamping a Classic

The musical Anything Goes, performed by the Roundabout Theatre Company
Credit Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

  This week, the 200th performance of the touring broadway show Anything Goes will be performed in Pittsburgh. The current incarnation of this Cole Porter classic won a Tony in 2011 for best musical revival and choreography.We'll talk with Pittsburgh native Kathleen Marshall, the Director and Choreographer of Anything Goes.

Marathon Bombings
4:44 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Pittsburgh Runners Say They're Not Deterred by Boston Bombings

Pittsburgher Karen Harr finished the Boston Marathon Monday well before the explosions that killed three and injured more than 170 people.

She could have been back at the hospitality suite in the hotel where she was staying, but a decision to head back to the medical tent to get a dose of asthma medicine put her just yards away from the blast.

Harr wasn't hurt, but she said the experience will not prompt her to hang up her running shoes. 

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Soundscapes & Postcards
12:23 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

For Students, Pens Hockey is Worth the Wait

Hundreds of students wait in line for hours in freezing cold temperatures for Penguins tickets.
Credit Rachel R. Grozanick / 90.5 WESA

High school and college students have the opportunity to buy discounted tickets online for every Pittsburgh Penguins home game.

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Soundscapes & Postcards
12:21 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Giggles the Kookaburra Stays True to His Name

Giggles the Kookaburra
Credit 90.5 WESA

Giggles the Kookaburra lives at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh’s North Shore. Native to Australia, Laughing Kookaburras have the nickname of the “bushman’s alarm clock” due to their tendency to make their raucous laughing call early in the morning.

Soundscapes & Postcards
12:08 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Lawrenceville Cookie Tour a Real Treat

Once a year, the Lawrenceville Corporation organizes the Joy of Cookies shopping tour. This year, 26 businesses set out plates of treats along the Butler Street route, giving neighbors a chance to meet in a very merry setting.

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Soundscapes & Postcards
12:00 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Chandelier Cleaning a Delicate and Difficult Affair

One of the three crystal chandeliers in the William Penn Hotel is lowered to the lobby floor for hand cleaning. Dusting and buffing the 1,754 individual pieces takes a three-person team eight hours to complete.

Soundscapes & Postcards
11:58 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Grumbling and Creaking, the Duquesne Incline Climbs On

Take a ride on the Duquesne Incline. Its cars have carted Pittsburghers up and down Mount Washington since 1877. And it sounds like it.

Soundscapes & Postcards
11:52 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Can Pittsburgh Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?

Co-owner of Lawrenceville’s House of the Dead, Chuck Cramer believes Pittsburgh stands little chance of surviving a zombie apocalypse.

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Soundscapes & Postcards
11:48 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Games as 'Social Grease' and 'Spatial Glue'

Adam Nelson plays games and thinks you should, too. Nelson ruminates on how games can change a city’s landscape and its citizens for the better.

Soundscapes & Postcards
11:42 am
Mon April 15, 2013

For Mustache Champ, a Growing Sense of Community

Adam Paul Causgrove
Credit Chelsea Banks

Winner of the 2012 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year award, Adam Paul Causgrove ruminates on the past, present and future of the mustache.

Speaking Volumes
3:57 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Cloak & dagger, sword & sorcery picks from Michael Lamb

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb didn't expect to be blown away by George R.R. Martin.
Credit Josh Raulerson / 90.5 WESA

When Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb isn't busy minding the city's books, he's reading history and genre fiction. 

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