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Arts
8:26 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Ruth Drescher

Ruth Drescher from Squirrel Hill will be the first to admit that Paul Auster's new memoir -- written entirely in the second person -- may not be for everyone. But she found Winter Journal unexpectedly compelling.

Paul Auster, Winter Journal

This memoir from the author of The Invention of Solitude details his mother's life and death, as well as the effects of time and aging on one's body and memory.

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Arts
8:53 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Mister Rogers’ Sweater Drive Welcomes Every Neighbor

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh kicked off its 13th annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive today, hoping to “warm up the winter for a family in need.”  The iconic Fred Rogers began each television show by putting on a pair of sneakers and a cardigan sweater.  One of his sweaters is displayed in the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History.

Marketing Director Bill Schlageter said the Children's Museum is proud of how many people have participated through the years.

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Arts
5:45 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Get Ready to Light Up Friday

The holiday season will officially hit Downtown Pittsburgh tomorrow as Christmas trees are lit, bands begin to play, and the city celebrates the 52nd annual Light Up Night.

This year’s Light Up Night begins at noon Friday as Mayor Luke Ravenstahl lights the City's official Christmas tree at the City-County Building and the U.S. Steel Plaza dedicates its crèche simultaneously.  The county lights its tree later that afternoon.

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Arts
8:53 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Staycee Pearl

Staycee Pearl is a Pittsburgh-based choreographer who stages dance performances based on, or inspired by, works of literature. She offers a few favorite books and talks about their role in her work at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater.

Octavia Butler, Wild Seed

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Arts
5:04 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Documentary on Former Braddock Hospital Highlights Larger Health Care Fight

Braddock Hospital had been in the community for more than 100 years when it closed in 2010. It had been bought by UPMC in 1996, but declining admissions and the resulting revenue loss took its toll. Braddock independent filmmaker Tony Buba was at the closing announcement and said he got consumed in the effort to save the hospital, during which he shot a lot of footage. He put together a film about the saga, but said it’s about much more.

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Arts
8:28 am
Tue November 6, 2012

PA's First Lady Tours Pittsburgh School

Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett has been stopping at various schools across the state as a part of her “Opening Doors” initiative that aims to increase high school graduation rates by targeting middle school students.

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Arts
11:40 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Paige McKenzie

Paige McKenzie, from Penn Hills, is a fan of travel writing and memoirs.

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Arts
7:01 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

First "Alternative Homecoming" Dance Has Big Screen Inspiration

“We accept the love we think we deserve," is perhaps the most famous line from the recently released movie, “The Perks of Being A Wallflower”.  The film was the inspiration for Pittsburgh’s first “Wallflowers and Wildflowers: An Alternative Homecoming”.  The event welcomes local high school students who find it difficult or intimidating to attend their own school dances and will be held at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Saturday, November 10.

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Arts
6:53 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Halloween’s Over, Time to Start Planning for Light Up Night

With Halloween passed, for those of us not trick-or-treating, people are looking to move on the the next holiday. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will kick off the Christmas season with the 52nd annual Light Up Night.

With the CAPA (Creative And Performing Arts) high school choir performing, organizers and officials met in PPG Place’s Wintergarden to announce this year’s events.

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Arts
11:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Lori Jakiela

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Lori Jakiela is a poet, a memoirist, and a devotee of sparse, unsentimental prose. A few of the books you might encounter in her writing class at Chatham or Pitt-Greensburg:

Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

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Arts
7:34 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Bruce Springsteen Offering Benefit Concert For Rainbow Kitchen

Bruce Springsteen will take the stage in Pittsburgh Saturday night, but it will not be just another concert. The music icon has partnered with Rainbow Kitchen Community Services to help benefit its food pantry. The organization will be collecting monetary donations and non-perishable food items during the show at the Consol Energy Center.

The Homestead based charity offers several anti-hunger programs and support services for local families focused primarily on helping low-income people to achieve and maintain an improved quality of life and self-sufficiency.

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Arts
8:03 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Downtown Partnership Offers Party for One Young World Participants

A night of music, bocce, and food awaits attendees of One Young World as they leave the David L. Lawrence Convention Center tonight.

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is organizing the One Young World Welcome Exchange.

“We have a beautiful downtown. I was lucky enough to get to go to the welcome ceremony,” said PDP President and CEO Jeremy Waldrup. “What they were saying was ‘What’s your initial reaction?’ ‘Everyone in Pittsburgh is super-friendly; your city’s beautiful and very clean.’ And those are incredible first impressions to have.”

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Arts
7:52 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Home Dinners Will Give One Young World Delegates A Taste Of America

In a city known for its love of food, international delegates taking part in the One Young World Summit this weekend will attend “home dinners” throughout Pittsburgh. The dinners will provide the young adults with a taste of authentic American cuisine and hospitality.  Some of the dinners will be at private homes, others at institutions such as Phipps Conservatory and the University of Pittsburgh.

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Arts
7:35 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Bringing Creativity Back To Pittsburgh

A local non-profit group is hoping to get a handle on just how creative one city neighborhood is and then look for ways to encourage more creativity.  CityLAB has launched the Garfield Creative census, which will calculate the percentage of creative workers in Pittsburgh's Garfield neighborhood.

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Arts
7:35 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Speaking Volumes: R. Stanton Wettick

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When he's not eyeball-deep in legal briefs, Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge R. Stanton Wettick likes to reads fiction and nonfiction imbued with a sense of place. He recommends:

Richard Ford, Canada

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Arts
7:30 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Art of the World’s Fair Comes to Pittsburgh

 The Carnegie Museum of Art is opening a new exhibition this weekend highlighting the art of design that has been part of the World’s Fairs over the years.

Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fair, 1851-1939 includes more than 200 objects representing the advances in artistry exhibited during 88 years of the fair’s history.

Jason Busch, Chief Curator at the museum, said they want people to feel like their stepping back in time.

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Arts
7:35 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Pledge Drive Edition

In recognition of the fall membership campaign, book picks from 90.5 WESA and WYEP pledge room volunteers:

Kate Howe, Beaver Falls

VictorHugo, Les Miserables

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Arts
12:24 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Grant Street Is A "Great" Street

Pittsburgh’s Grant Street has been recognized as one of the greatest streets in America.

The American Planning Association (APA) designated Grant Street as one of 10 great streets for 2012 under the organization’s Great Places in America program. The program looks for architecture and infrastructure that exemplifies exceptional character while also highlighting the role planning and planners play in communities.

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Arts
7:35 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Bruce Boni on Banned Books

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In recognition of Banned Books Week (9/30-10/6), we talk literary censorship with Bruce Boni of the American Civil Liberties Union of PA.

The following titles are just a few of the hundreds challenged or removed from U.S. schools and libraries in 2011, but you can still find them at your local CLP branch:

 

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Arts
6:17 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

This Week is Banned Books Week

Short films about banned books, a theater performance of The Wizard of Oz, and notable Pittsburghers reading from censored works will highlight Pittsburgh’s 17th Banned Books Week.

The ACLU of Greater Pittsburgh, in conjunction with the Carnegie Library and WYEP, is hosting “FREADom” on Thursday  to celebrate free expression in art and literature.  

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Arts
7:35 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Chuck Kinder

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Arts
9:05 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Allegheny County Suspends Celebration Of Lights At Hartwood Acres

Christmas will still come, but the Celebration of Lights at Hartwood Acres Park has been suspended indefinitely due to an increase in costs and a decline in sponsorships. The decision came as a result of the county’s limited financial resources after taxpayers had to cover most of the $1.5 million cost last year.

Amie Downs, Director of Communications for Allegheny County, said there is a chance the show could go on, but only if sponsors “come out of the woodwork” over the next few months.

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Arts
7:35 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Tom Sweterlitsch

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Pittsburgh writer and librarian Tom Sweterlitsch has wide-ranging reading interests in fiction. Lately he's been reading:

 

Stewart O'Nan, Songs for the Missing

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Arts
8:35 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Speaking Volumes: David Greene

If you've ever wondered whether NPR hosts actually read the books featured on the air, the answer is: yes. Morning Edition host and Pittsburgh native David Greene talks about some of the more memorable reads he's encountered while prepping for author interviews and foreign assignments.

Maria Semple, Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

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Arts
7:35 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Portraits of the Healthcare-Lacking

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An artist from Bucks County has been painting portraits of people who do not have health insurance.

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Arts
7:35 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Patrick Dowd

Pittsburgh City Councilman Patrick Dowd started out as a historian, and while he's no longer in academia his reading still reflects that background. These days Dowd reads historical nonfiction mixed with fiction "with a serious historical bent."

Edwin Coddington, The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command

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Arts
11:16 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Kennywood Ethnic Days Thrive

Pittsburgh's multi-ethnic heritage is celebrated at Kennywood Park multiple times each summer.  Cultural groups gather for more than a dozen nationality days at the amusement park including a Polish Day that has been taking place for 81 years.  

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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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Arts
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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