Arts & Culture

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
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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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Essential Pittsburgh
4:48 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

What About Bob? Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak

Bob Dvorchak also blogs for Sports 'n 'at
Credit Bob Dvorchak / Sports n'at

  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak gives us a recap of the Frozen Four weekend in Pittsburgh and talks about Pitt's new women's basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio.   

Essential Pittsburgh
4:32 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Freeburgh: The Best Things in Life Are Free

Matthew Spangler on living free in the Steel City
Credit ItsFreeBurgh / Twitter

  Call it thrifty or frugal, people watching their budgets are always on the hunt to save a few dollars. If you’re looking for things to do that won’t cost you a dime Matthew Spangler is making it his mission to tweet about free deals.  He’ll tell us how his Twitter account ItsFreeBurgh is helping people find free deals in the Steel City.  

Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Canonsburg: Home of America's Pop Music Hall of Fame

Canonsburg native Perry Como is one of the first inductees to America's Pop Music Hall of Fame.
Credit Wikipedia

    

Canonsburg, PA, is the home of singer Perry Como, and more recently, Wiz Khalifa. And the town is proud of its connection to American popular music. The borough is now capitalizing on its musical heritage with the establishment of America's Pop Music Hall of Fame. We'll talk with borough manager Terry Hazlett about plans for the museum and the first inductees.

Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

The New Girl in Town Travels to the Brandywine Valley

Longwood Gardens is just one of the horticultural and historical gems that can be found in the Brandywine Valley
Credit Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA

There’s so much to do and see in Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Region you may run out of time before you run out of things to do. The area has been immortalized on canvas by artist N.C. Wyeth and  is home to museums, public gardens and more. Travel contributor Elaine Labalme ventures to this area just below Philadelphia.

Find out more about some of the places mentioned in this segment:

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo: An Activist and Artist Blogging from Havana

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo lives in Havana Cuba and is a columnist for the Pittsburgh-based magazine Sampsonia Way.
Credit Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

For the first time in nearly 50 years, Cubans no longer need a special permit to travel outside the country. With the new potential for travel freedom, how does one's view of the world change? Because of the relaxed restrictions, Cuban writer and photographer, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo is now visiting Pittsburgh and the United States for the first time. He joins us to talk about his work for City of Asylum's Sampsonia Way Magazine, publishing Voces, Cuba's first independent e-zine,  and what it took to travel to the U.S.

Hockey
4:28 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

The Frozen Four's Three Games Are Just the Start of the Fun

The Frozen Four is hockey’s version of basketball’s Final Four. Tickets to all three games are sold out, but there is plenty of hockey action that can be taken in for free.
Credit Mark Nootbar / 90.5 WESA

When the NCAA brings a National championship event to town it tries to make a splash, and the Frozen Four is no exception.

“It’s cool event. I’ve been to five of them and it’s unlike any sporting event I’ve ever seen,” said Robert Morris University Associate Athletic Director Marty Galosi, whose school put in the bid to bring the event to CONSOL Energy Center.

The Frozen Four is hockey’s version of basketball’s Final Four, and just like that annual event, the athletic contests themselves are just the beginning of what fans travel hundreds of miles to see.

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Public Art
2:37 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

South Side Public Art the Focus of Walking Tour for People and Their Dogs

James O’Toole’s Steelworkers Monument.
Credit Rachel Grozanick / 90.5 WESA

The Pittsburgh Office of Public Art has been publishing guides to public art in downtown and Oakland for several years.

Last year, interest in guided art walks increased, and now those are being offered as well. This Saturday, a free, hour-long walk will focus on the South Side.

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