Arts & Culture

Women's Rights
2:06 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

The Women's Rights Movement in Pittsburgh: 1967 to Today

The Women's Rights Movement is a feature of the 1968: The Year that Rocked America exhibit. Freedom Trash Cans were used during the 1968 Miss America Pageant protest as a way to discard things such as bras, Playboy magazines, girdles and other items in symbolic gesture.
Credit Heinz History Center

1968 was a notable year in American history, the Vietnam War was raging, Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated, and the Women’s movement was gaining national attention.

Pittsburgh was among the hotbeds of change with civil unrest in the hill district, war protests on campuses and through all of that, the women’s rights movement was charging forward.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

South by Southwest: Spotlight on Pittsburgh

Each year, thousands gather at the Austin Texas Convention Center for SXSW Music, Film and Interactive conferences & festival
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One of the best known music events in the country is the South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival. We'll take a look at the growing relationship between music and innovation at the festival, and how Pittsburgh innovation fits in. This year marked the first time Pittsburgh has had an official presence at SXSW. The Pittsburgh Innovation Party was hosted by Heinz College at CMU and the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Ari Lightman, Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the CIO institute at Heinz College and Brad Stephenson, senior web media and marketing manager at Heinz College have just returned from SXSW and talk about Pittsburgh's interactive presence.

And Pittsburgh-based electronic music Producer and DJ, Buku talks about his future plans, including a performance at SXSW, and the challenges of getting noticed in the music business. Sample his music at Soundcloud.

Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Christopher Kennedy Lawford: Kicking Habits and Recovering to Live

Christopher Kennedy Lawford has been sober for 24 years. Hear how he recovered from drug and alcohol addiction.
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New York Times Best selling Author, Activist, and Actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford  chronicled his battle with near-fatal drug and alcohol addiction in the memoir Symptoms of Withdrawal. We'll talk with him about his latest book RECOVER TO LIVE: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction and his journey back to sobriety.

Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Speaking Volumes on Essential Pittsburgh: Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson
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It may not be Hogwarts, but Community College of Allegheny County president and Harry Potter fan Alex Johnson is passionate about his school. He shares his reading recommendations with 90.5 WESA Morning Edition Host Josh Raulerson.

Essential Pittsburgh
1:42 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

What About Bob? Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak

Each Monday our sports contributor Bob Dvorchak weighs in on Pittsburgh sports news highlights.

 

   The Penguins are at the halfway mark of their lockout abbreviated season, Pitt basketball is going into the last Big East tournament and will James Harrison remain a Steeler? Our sports guy Bob Dvorchak weighs in.

Speaking Volumes
3:11 am
Mon March 11, 2013

CCAC Pres. Alex Johnson reads Harry Potter, Carson McCullers

Alex Johnson
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It may not be Hogwarts, but CCAC president and Potter fan Alex Johnson is passionate about his school. 

He recommends:

Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Local Goodness: Maple Syrup Season is Here

Grades of maple syrup can range from light to dark coloring, which dictates the strength of the maple flavor.
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When one thinks of pure maple syrup, Vermont often comes to mind. However, Pennsylvania's maple season is also highly anticipated for those with a sweet tooth. Our local food contributor Rhonda Schuldt shares some maple syrup cooking tips and talks about the abundance of local festivals.

Celebrate Maple Season at a local festival:

March 16 & 17 - 10th Annual NW Pennsylvania Maple Association Taste & Tour Weekend in the Erie area 

March 16, 17, 20-24 - 66th Annual PA Maple Festival in Somerset, PA 

April 6 & 7 - The Beaver County Maple Syrup Festival at Brady's Run Park in Beaver, PA

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Art From the Ground Up
4:29 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

The Pillow Project "Experiments" in The East End

The improvisational, free jazz movement, performance group know as The Pillow Project performs the second Saturday of each month in the East End.
Credit The Pillow Project

It began nearly ten years ago as “an evolving experiment for improvisational free jazz movement, performance-happenings and new ideas in dance,” and The Pillow Project has never wandered far from its roots. 

Pearlann Porter heads the group that sees the word “jazz” as a verb. The group gathers the second Saturday of every month at “The Space Upstairs” in Pittsburgh's East End to perform.  Project members call the studio in a repurposed warehouse a “4,000 square foot canvas where audiences and artists interact.”

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Arts & Culture
4:14 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Thomas Merton Center to Hold Forum on Abuse of Women in the Military

Lieutenant Elle Helmer in front of the Vietnam War Memorial, from "The Invisible War"
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On Friday, March 8, in observance of International Women’s Day, the Thomas Merton Center will screen The Invisible War, a documentary about abuse of women in the American military.

The Academy Award-nominated film addresses sexual assault against women in the armed forces. According to the military’s official statistics, 20 percent of women have experienced sexual assault. An estimated 80 percent of those cases go unreported.

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Arts & Culture
9:20 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

125 Year Old Allegheny County Courthouse to Get Facelift

An effort to rehabilitate the Allegheny County Courthouse will include plans to stop leaks that could ruin original artwork.
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With a grand goal of restoring the Allegheny County Courthouse but few details and even less funding, an effort to rehabilitate the 125 year old building was launched Wednesday by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.  The executive has named a committee chock full of current and former elected officials to spearhead the effort.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

The New Girl Visits the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Spring has almost sprung. Each year the National Cherry Blossom Festival brightens the winter blues.
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One of the must see events of the season is the blooming of the cherry blossoms in our nation’s capital. However, if you plan to see them you’d better act fast. Travel contributor Elaine Labalme tells us what you need to know in order to see the blossoms at their peak.

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Essential Pittsburgh
11:31 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Thurgood: The One-Man Play

Thurgood Marshall photographed in 1967 in the Oval Office
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In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Before that Marshall was known for his successful arguments before the Supreme Court as an attorney, in particular for his victory in Brown v. Board of Education. The one-man play Thurgood, comes to the Pittsburgh Public Theater this month. It tells his life story: from humble beginnings in Baltimore, to landmark civil rights legislation, and his rise to the highest court in the land. We’re joined by Montae Russell, a Pittsburgh native, playing the role of Thurgood Marshall.

Essential Pittsburgh
10:44 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Speaking Volumes on Essential Pittsburgh: Don Block

Greater Pittsburgh Literary Council Executive Director Don Block: "One of the reasons you read is to fill in gaps in your education."
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Don Block runs the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, and practices what he preaches. He talk's with 90.5 WESA Morning Edition Host Josh Raulerson about his personal reading selections.

Essential Pittsburgh
10:32 am
Mon March 4, 2013

What About Bob?

Each Monday our sports contributor Bob Dvorchak weighs in on Pittsburgh sports news highlights.

Our sports guy Bob Dvorchak discusses the Pitt Panthers newly released football schedule, the Penguins slump and the opening of the Pirates exhibition season.

Speaking Volumes
3:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

What the Greater Pittsburgh Literary Council's Don Block is Reading

Greater Pittsburgh Literary Council Executive Director Don Block: "One of the reasons you read is to fill in gaps in your education."
Credit Josh Raulerson/90.5 WESA

Don Block runs the Greater Pittsburgh Literary Council, and practices what he preaches...

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:30 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Versailles '73 Documentary An American Fashion Revolution in France

40 years ago, the Palace of Versailles in France, hosted a fashion event that made the world take notice of American fashion design.
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In 1973, five American fashion designers and five French designers came together for a Paris runway fundraiser. That fundraiser turned into a competition, and an industry changing event in fashion history. The documentary film, Versailles '73 looks at how that Paris show brought African Americans to the forefront of fashion.  Filmmaker Debra Riley Draper comes to the August Wilson Center this weekend for a screening of the award-winning documentary.

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Essential Pittsburgh
11:38 am
Thu February 28, 2013

The New Girl in Town Talks Travel Safety

Everyone looks forward to packing a bag and getting away. However, vacations are not the time to let your guard down. In fact you may need to be even more vigilant. Travel contributor Elaine Labalme offers travel safety tips for your next vacation.

Essential Pittsburgh
11:02 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Wait, Wait...it's Paula Poundstone!

Comedian Paula Poundstone is a regular panelist on Wait, Wait…Don't Tell Me, the NPR quiz show. You can hear her every weekend on 90.5 WESA.
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Paula Poundstone talks about her career as a stand up comedian, being a part of Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me…, life on the road, and her 16 cats.

Essential Pittsburgh
10:05 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Eric Shiner

Warhol Museum Director Eric Shiner loves memoirs, manga, and the books of John Waters.
Credit Andy Warhol Museum

Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner’s reading interests are eclectic in a way that Andy would surely appreciate. Catch his discussion with 90.5 WESA Morning Edition host, Josh Raulerson.

Public Art
9:21 am
Wed February 27, 2013

ART/DESIGNPGH Updates Council

(R-L) Barbara Goldstein, Maggie Connor and Noor Ismail update Councilman Daniel Lavelle on the ARTPGH and DESIGHPGH efforts at a recent city council post agenda meeting.
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Officials working with ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH presented City Council Tuesday with an update on their progress in creating guidelines to how city officials and artists can best plan urban art projects.

Maggie Connor, a Principal at Urban Design Associates and DESIGNPGH consultant, said to create their “urban design manual” they’ve made two management committees, had 13 public meetings, and put together a survey for the public. She said they’ve received a total of 2,500 comments.

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Carnegie Museum of Art
3:45 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Artist-Designed Play Sculpture Ready In Late April Outside Carnegie Museum

The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh breaks ground for a new piece of art that is also a playground.
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A "Lozziwurm" play sculpture among the trees will be ready near the Carnegie Museum of Art's main entrance in Oakland.  The "Lozziwurm" is a colorful, twisting, tubular play structure designed by Swiss artist Yvan Pestalozzi in 1972. This is the first US installation of a "Lozziwurm" and it will be open to the public.

The "Lozziwurm" is one of several projects leading up to the 2013 Carnegie International, which opens October 5. It reflects the International’s explicit engagement with the city of Pittsburgh, the museum’s patrons, and conceptions of play.

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Essential Pittsburgh
11:53 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Sports N' @ with Bob Dvorchak

Each Monday our sports contributor Bob Dvorchak weighs in on Pittsburgh sports news highlights.
Credit Bob Dvorchak / Sports n'at

Pittsburgh Post Gazette sports writer emeritus a.k.a. our Sports Guy, Bob Dvorchak comments on the 2024 Olympics coming to Pittsburgh, the Steelers' locker room blow up and how about an NBA team for Pittsburgh?

Leisure
10:21 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Phipps Offers Free Admission

If you’ve been looking to visit Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens but hesitate because of the $15 admission fee, you’re chance to visit free of charge is here.

Phipps is dropping its admission charge for February 25th and extending the Garden Railroad, Orchid, and Tropical Bonsai Show so people will be able to take in the flowers.

Margie Radebaugh, Director of Horticulture and Education at Phipps, said, in addition to the current shows, people are also able to enjoy their year round plants.

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Speaking Volumes
6:57 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Eric Shiner

Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner loves memoirs, manga, and the books of John Waters.
Credit Andy Warhol Museum

Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner's reading interests are eclectic in a way that Andy would surely appreciate.

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Arts & Culture
12:12 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Photo Exhibition at Pitt Adresses Ongoing Discussion: Photo Privacy

A photography exhibition opening at the University of Pittsburgh's Art Gallery in Oakland Wednesday called Capturing the Street does features images of people whether they knew they were being photographed it or not.  Photographers Garry Winogrand and Ned Bosnick have two different ways of shooting street photography.

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Speaking Volumes
9:33 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Colleen McKenna

Children's & YA fiction writer Colleen McKenna: creating characters that young readers can learn from is "a job that authors have to take seriously."
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As a former teacher, parent, and author of children's and young adult novels, Colleen McKenna values fiction for young readers that doesn't insult their intelligence.

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Arts & Culture
8:11 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Colleen McKenna

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As a former teacher, parent, and author of children's and young adult novels, Colleen McKenna values fiction for young readers that doesn't insult their intelligence.

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Arts & Culture
2:26 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Thon Is On at Penn State

Penn State students Danica Day, a biobehavioral health junior from Hanover, Pa., and Rolando Irizarry, a senior in energy engineering from Reading, Pa., dance the line during THON 2013 on Saturday, Feb. 16, in Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center.
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The beat goes on for more than 700 Penn State students grooving at the annual 46-hour dance marathon for charity.

The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is billed as the world's largest student-run philanthropy. The signature Penn State event is taking over the Jordan Center this weekend with thousands of students hosting pediatric cancer patients and their families.

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Arts & Culture
6:06 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Nationality Rooms Receive African Artifacts From Renowned Art Collector

The University of Pittsburgh’s African Heritage Classroom Committee has received a donation of eight important African artifacts from Ralph Proctor, a Pitt alumnus and professor at the Community College of Allegheny County who is a nationally recognized collector of African art.

Why donate? More like why not said Proctor, who has been associated with the room since its very beginning and just though it would be a good idea.

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Arts & Culture
8:00 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

“Stan the Man”…”A True Sports Hero”

The Pennsylvania State Senate today passed a resolution honoring Baseball Hall of Famer Stanley Musial.

“Stan the Man," as he was known, was a Donora, Pennsylvania native, and died January 22nd at the age of 92.

Senator Tim Solobay (D-Washington County), who introduced the measure, said Musial leaves behind a great legacy.

“ 'Stan the Man' Musial was an athlete from the greatest generation. He was a true sports hero in every sense of the word.”

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