Arts & Culture

Arts
7:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Linda Lane

Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane tells Josh Raulerson reading has made all the difference in her life.

Recently, she's been reading:

Isabelle Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns

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Arts
7:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Painter and Sculptor Come Together at Johnstown Art Show

Dialogue, an exhibition featuring paintings and sculptures of two artists, will be shown at this year's annual ART WORKS Art Show in Johnstown. The inaugural showing will start at 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 2nd.

Norman Ed, the exhibit's sculptor and Johnstown native, said he will be working on the pieces up until the day of the show.

"The majority of the work is all buttoned up," Ed said, "but I love the energy and the certain kind of tension and frustration about trying to pull something off."

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Arts
7:20 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Pittsburghers' Input Sought On Cultural Heritage Plan

The city is now accepting public comments for PRESERVEPGH, the cultural heritage planning effort. Members of the community are encouraged to leave comments and concerns regarding the draft plan containing preliminary recommendations. The plan will be available online until June 19.

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Arts
10:30 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Kevin McMahon

Josh Raulerson covers the highbrow-lowbrow split with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust President & CEO Kevin McMahon.

McMahon recommends:

Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Gideon's Corpse

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Arts
4:41 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Testing of New North Shore “Cloud Making” Sculpture Puts on Dramatic Show

On a clear, sunny, and warm Friday morning, Buhl Community Park, outside of the Pittsburgh Children's Museum, was cloudy, misty, and cool. That's thanks to a new sculpture currently under construction, which uses mist to create an ever-evolving cloud-like sphere.

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Arts
3:27 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

International Art Museum Day In Pittsburgh

The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History in Pittsburgh are joining more than 100 museums in the U.S., Canada and Mexico Thursday to celebrate "Art Museum Day."

The annual event is sponsored by the Association of Art Museum Directors and features reduced or free admission along with special events and programming.

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Arts
3:26 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Unusual UK Artwork at Children's Festival in Oakland

A structure that looks much like a playful moon bounce set up in Mazeroski Field on Oakland's Schenley Drive is actually an art sculpture.

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Arts
2:34 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

James Gibson

Rabbi James Gibson puts in long hours in his book-lined study at Temple Sinai, poring over scripture and theological texts. But, as he tells Josh Raulerson, he's also an avid reader of spy novels and contemporary history.

Lately, Rabbi Gibson has been reading:

Benny Morris, 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War

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Arts
2:30 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Walls are Bad, Outside is Good

Friday marks the start of Sustainable Pittsburgh's 11th annual Great Outdoors Week, or as organizers like to call it, the "ten day weekend." The event running from May 11th to May 20th is a compilation of more than 60 outdoor recreational activities over a week and a half period.

Sustainable Pittsburgh Communications Manager Ginette Vinski said people of all ages and all skill levels can participate.

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Arts
7:00 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Mary Frances Cooper

Mary Frances Cooper, President and Director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, loves the heft and texture of a good book. But, as she tells Speaking Volumes, Cooper also sees a bright future for libraries and readers through digital publishing.

Her recent reads include:

Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

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Arts
8:00 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Cultural Trust Gives Sneak Peek At 2012 Arts Festival

People who were passing through Point State Park on Monday morning may have been tapping their feet a little more than usual, as they got a preview of things to come at this year's annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.

One of the new attractions at this year's festival will include a day entirely devoted to Bluegrass music.

Marguerite Jarrett Marks, who oversees the programming for the Three Rivers Arts Festival, previewed all the unique festivities, art and entertainment that will be at this year's festival; which runs from June 1-10.

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Arts
7:00 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Pennsylvania Allows Vintage Plates for Vintage Cars

Owners of antique and classic cars are now allowed to place time period-correct vintage license plates on their vehicles. In other words, House Bill 1203, signed into law on Thursday, allows the car owner to use the license plate from the era in which their car was made.

State Representative John Lawrence (R-Chester) explains that the legislation does not change anything about the registration or use of antique or classic cars.

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Arts
7:00 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Recognizing The Youth Artists Of Pittsburgh

For more than 25 years, the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild has been a champion for youth, art and education in Pittsburgh. In the past, MCG has hosted an annual juried arts exhibition where talented students from the Pittsburgh Public School system competed for accolades and awards. Now, MCG is expanding the competition so more students can compete.

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Arts
7:00 am
Mon April 23, 2012

GMO Debate Should be Case-By-Case

The fight over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food began the moment scientists first learned how to splice a gene, but a University of Pittsburgh researcher thinks she has some new advice for those engaged in the debate.

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Arts
3:26 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Ted Pappas

Ted Pappas, Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Public Theater, talks books with Josh Raulerson.

He is currently reading:

Colum McCann, Dancer: A Novel

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Arts
7:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

CCAC Holds Choral Festival to Honor African American Composers

The works of African American composers Moses George Hogan and Glenn Edward Burleigh are being celebrated by the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC).

The two-day festival held in the Foerster Student Service Center on CCAC's Allegheny campus is open to the public Friday and Saturday and will feature choral performances from groups across the country along with panel discussions.

Organizer Dr. Herbert Jones, who directs the Pittsburgh Gospel Choir, said this event is a first in North America.

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Arts
7:49 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Duquesne Psychology Students Highlight Hill House History

The Hill House, in Pittsburgh's Hill District, traces its roots to two organizations from the early 1900's. Ever since then, more than 500,000 people have come and gone through the House's doors.

Now, some of these narratives will be recounted to the public by a group of Duquesne University students as part of the Hill House's 1000 Stories project.

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Arts
7:00 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Food Preservation Classes Offered

Ever have to throw away unused fruit or vegetables because you bought too much? According to Penn State Extension of Allegheny County, those days could be over when you learn to pickle and preserve your own food.

Penn State Extension will be offering classes on preserving food using research-based information. Class topics will include making jams and jellies, drying and freezing, pressure canning, pickling and relish making, and fall fruits.

Penn State Master Food Preserver Susan Marquesen said preserving food is a great way to save money.

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Arts
6:55 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Rallying for Wage Equality

Tuesday is National Equal Pay Day, and a rally in downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square today marked the first of several events that will be occurring across the region in order to raise awareness about economic injustice.

The Women and Girls Foundation, New Voices Pittsburgh, and the American Association of University Women hosted today's rally. This year's theme for Equal Pay Day is "Economic Justice for All," and Heather Arnett, Chief Executive Officer for the Women and Girls Foundation, says there is more to the issue than the gender wage gap.

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Arts
5:02 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Area Christian Groups Say Provision in Affordable Care Act Violates First Amendment Rights

Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania has released a joint statement against a provision within the Affordable Care Act that has drawn wide opposition from Conservatives and religious groups regarding health insurance coverage of contraceptives.

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Arts
4:35 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

City Joins Partnership to Reduce Entertainment District Crime

The city of Pittsburgh is bringing together community groups and individuals to promote the social aspects of the city, while trying to limit the rising crime rate in the city's entertainment districts.

Working with the Responsible Hospitality Institute, the only organization of its kind that uses research to promote safety and vibrancy in a nighttime economy, Pittsburgh will use $100,000 from this year's budget to present a summary of research into improving the South Side, Downtown and Lawrenceville neighborhoods.

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Arts
1:39 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Carnegie Library Brings Pittsburgh's Industrial Past into the Internet Age

Picture a team of librarians, poring through now-antiquated card catalogs and skimming through seldom-used stacks. They're looking for specific documents: pictures, books, trade catalogs, maps -- anything that helps define the metals industries that dominated Pittsburgh for the better part of the city's history.

Then, the boxes and boxes of books and papers are shipped off to a facility on the North Side, where they're scanned into hundreds of gigabytes worth of computer files.

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Arts
3:14 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Banff Mountain Film Festival Returns to Pittsburgh

Two feature films titled Spoil and On the Trail of Genghis Khan, will be presented at the Byham Theater downtown on April 6thand 7that 7:00 PM as Venture Outdoors presents the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. The festival also includes short clips involving skiing, human behavior, environmental issues and protection.

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Arts
8:51 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

PNC Tower Construction Cuts Environmental Impact

In keeping with its goal of making its new headquarters the world's greenest skyscraper, PNC is requiring building contractors to follow company-specific environmental rules in addition to those enforced by the EPA and Allegheny County Health Department.

Construction is to begin this spring on the $300 million Tower at PNC Plaza in downtown Pittsburgh. Benson Gabler, PNC's Manager of Corporate Sustainability, says construction crews will have to curtail diesel emissions, a requirement the company has never enforced this strongly.

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Arts
5:25 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Local LGBT Blogger and Advocate Takes Cause to U.S. Capital

The Affordable Care Act and Marcellus Shale drilling were among the topics of discussion as 150 community representatives from Pennsylvania took part in the annual Community Leaders Briefing (CLB) in Washington, D.C. Friday.

Another topic was gay rights at the state and federal levels.

As Thomas Waters, Advocacy Chair for the Pittsburgh's Delta Foundation, waited in line to enter the White House, he spoke with Essential Public Radio. He urged the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) population to follow his lead.

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