Arts & Culture

Arts
6:41 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Steel Reclaimed from Local Sites Part of Huge New Sculptures on South Side

Two 20-foot tall steel sculptures were moved Wednesday from an old coke plant, where they were built, to their new home on the South Side. The planning and constructing of “The Workers” has taken about 15 years and included 21 artists.

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12:30 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Patricia DeMarco

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring. The landmark work by southwestern Pennsylvania native and Chatham University alumna Rachel Carson helped launch the modern environmental movement, and still enjoys a large and avid readership after half a century in print. 

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Arts
6:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Joe Wos

Toonseum director Joe Wos has been rediscovering some old favorites, and discovering some groundbreaking new graphic novels.

Joe's comic picks for adult readers:

Charles Addams, My Crowd

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Arts
7:15 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Indian Independence Celebrated at Cathedral of Learning this Weekend

The Indian Nationality Room Committee at the Cathedral of Learning’s Nationality Rooms will observe India’s 65th year of Independence on Sunday. The annual celebration includes a parade around the Cathedral along with speakers, dancers, food, and other things.

“It’s important for us, for our children, to know the struggle those leaders who fought for this independence," said Saroj Bahl, India Nationality Room Committee Chair. "You know, India was under British rule, for 200 years they ruled India and it was not easy.” 

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Arts
7:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

A New View of Whistler Comes To CMOA

While he might be best known for a painting of his mother, James Abbott McNeill Whistler was an accomplished printmaker and even more accomplished at managing his public persona. The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) opens an exhibition Saturday titled Whistler and Rebellion in the Art World that delves into the places where Whistler's art and his personality cross.

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Arts
3:40 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Hostel Coming to South Side

Supporters of hostels are trying again to make a go of it in Pittsburgh.

Hostels may be similar to hotels in spelling and general concept, but that's about it. Hostels are significantly lower in cost and luxury, usually being like dormitories and appealing to young travelers or backpackers who seek a more personal stay.

The most recent hostel in Pittsburgh closed in 2005 due to low occupancy rates, but the concept is returning to the area in the space above the Beehive at 13th and East Carson Street on the South Side.

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Arts
7:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

"Golden Dragon" Will Be A Production Marvel

With an interesting plot and unconventional performance, "The Golden Dragon" will keep audience members engaged, to say the least. Presented by the Quantum Theater, the production will open on August 3 on Carnegie Lake in Highland Park.

The stories of the kitchen staff at an Asian cuisine restaurant and tenants from the apartment above intertwine and are acted out on a raft-like stage on the water.

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Arts
9:15 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Judge Allows for Demolition of St. Nick's Church

An Allegheny County judge has allowed for St. Nicholas Parish to demolish its historic church on Route 28 in the North Side.

On Monday, Common Pleas Judge Robert Colville ordered the Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission to grant the parish a "certificate of economic hardship" within 30 days. That document would allow the parish to bypass the deteriorating church's historic status and proceed with plans for demolition.

However, the city still has the option to appeal Judge Colville's decision.

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Arts
5:34 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Bill Bodine

The Frick Art & Historical Center's Director says in a good museum, as in a good book, "each object has a story to tell."

Bill Bodine recommends:

Edmund DeWaal, The Hare With Amber Eyes

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Arts
4:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Western PA's Meals On Wheels Expanding Service, Adjusting Programs

An additional 2,200 senior citizens in the Pittsburgh region will be served as part of a long term development plan for the Meals on Wheels program. A $60,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation will assist the senior nutrition group in helping nearly twice as many people as it currently does.

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Arts
2:10 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Bill Fuller

Restauranteuer Bill Fuller, Corporate Chef of the Big Burrito group, has his plate full this summer with Wallace Stegner's 600 page, Pulitzer Prize-winning Angle of Repose.

Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

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Arts
10:30 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Andrew Masich

On the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, Heinz History Center President and CEO Andy Masich's mind is on the role of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania in those historic events.

Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels

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Arts
9:00 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Presbyterians Will Boycott, But Not Divest

The Presbyterian Church (USA), meeting at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, voted yesterday by a 2-vote margin not to divest pension funds from three U.S. companies whose products are said to be used in non-peaceful pursuits in the occupied Palestinian territories: Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard, and Motorola Solutions.

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Arts
7:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Summer Reads at the WYEP Summer Music Festival

Oakland's Schenley Plaza, just across from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh main branch, is one of the city's best places to relax with a book on a warm summer evening. It's also a great spot to enjoy live outdoor music. Josh Raulerson found plenty of people doing both on a recent Friday night, during the 2012 WYEP Summer Music Festival.

Some recommended titles for summer reading:

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Arts
7:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Shakespeare Competition Will Showcase Local Acting Talent

Fans of the Bard will have the opportunity to view and then judge short theater productions this week during "Bard Wars" at the Community College of Allegheny County. The school launches its first Shakespeare Creative Competition Festival June 28 with performances beginning at 8:00 PM each evening through June 30th.

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Arts
9:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Henry Reese

City of Asylum Pittsburgh brings international writers facing persecution in their home countries to Pittsburgh, where they're provided with the security and support they need to continue their work. In return, through readings and other public events, Pittsburghers get an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of others whose lives may be very different from their own.

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Arts
2:30 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Hometown Homegrown Event Will Showcase Pittsburgh's Food Traditions

To celebrate Pittsburgh's rich history of rich foods, visitors to the first Hometown-Homegrown event will be treated to a taste of the city's culinary passion. Presented by the Heinz History Center and GoodTaste! Pittsburgh, the food expo will serve up samples from the best of the best in western Pennsylvania.

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Arts
10:30 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Natalia Rudiak

Pittsburgh District 4 City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak (D-South Hills) is a world traveler and a self-described "voracious reader." She sates her wanderlust on a steady diet of travel writing and fiction set in faraway places.

Councilwoman Rudiak recommends:

Kira Salak, Four Corners: A Journey Into the Heart of Papua New Guinea

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Arts
10:30 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Tim Murphy

Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA 18) represents the South Hills in the U.S. House of Representatives. He's also a practicing psychologist whose work with veterans is informed by accounts of heroism on the battlefield.

Murphy recommends:

Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor

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Arts
7:30 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Carnegie Library Summer Reading Extravaganza Sunday

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is kicking off its 12th annual Summer Reading Extravaganza this Sunday in Oakland from noon to 5:00 PM.

There will be a giant slide, puppet shows, music, plays, belly dancing, story times and wild animals, all to encourage children, teens, and adults to keep reading and learning during the summer months.

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Arts
10:30 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Dennis Yablonsky

Allegheny Conference on Community Development CEO Dennis Yablonsky draws inspiration from stories of leadership and perseverance.

He recommends:

Sean Parnell, Outlaw Platoon

In combat, men measure up. Or don't. There are no second chances.

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Arts
8:15 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Preservation Program Would Expand, Coordinate Pittsburgh Historic Designations

Many of Pittsburgh's most notable historic landmarks, like the Fort Pitt Blockhouse and the Cathedral of Learning, are already protected by the Historic Review Commission of Pittsburgh. The city has also designated twelve neighborhoods as historic districts, in which the area's aesthetics are strictly controlled.

However, a new plan from the Department of City Planning aims to expand the city's protection of its historic assets. Under the PRESERVEPGH outline, Pittsburgh would coordinate citywide historic preservation for the first time in its history.

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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
7:00 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
7:20 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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