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  A non-traditional business model is helping to bring together a local artist and a wide range of prospective clients.

Marie Silver lives in San Diego but was able to discover and connect with an artist from Pittsburgh through an app on her phone. Kim McAninch lives and works Downtown and loves the freedom and flexibility that her online presence affords her.

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It was love at first tweet.

At the request of the band, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joined 91.3 WYEP's Brian Siewiorek on Wednesday to announce the headlining act for this year's Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Guster will take the stage Friday, June 10. 

The band, which hails from Boston, Mass. requested an introduction by the mayor after Guster played a short acoustic set in front of dumpster on the North Side earlier this year.

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Nelson Harrison isn't shy about his passion for Pittsburgh's prominence in the history of jazz music.

“Pittsburgh is the jazz capital of the world," Harrison said. "A lot of people don’t know that. The last hundred years of jazz wouldn’t have happened at all if it hadn’t been for Pittsburghers who innovated almost every major movement in Pittsburgh.”

    Social Club is back, and WESA’s Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here to let you know all the fun happenings here in the ‘burgh this Easter weekend.

Let’s get started.

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For more than a century, the Pittsburgh area has been home to the longest-running Serbian newspaper on the continent, written in a quiet office in Green Tree before being shipped off to readers across the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe -- including, of course, Serbia itself.

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An insider's look at anthropomorphic role play drew sell-out crowds at its Pittsburgh premiere on Thursday.

Released in January, Fursonas speaks to a furry-friendly city long-known locally for its love of Anthrocon and the community it lauds. 

    In case you have been living under a rock, this weekend marks the return of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade here in Pittsburgh. WESA’s Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here to fill you in on all your green-beer needs.

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Henry Clay Frick’s fine art collection became open to the public decades ago. Now, that access goes much further than an in-person visit.

Thursday, Pittsburgh's Frick Museum launched its partnership with Google. 

The Google Cultural Institute is like the world’s biggest museum – but it’s all housed online. From Monet’s water lilies to street art, anyone can access high-resolution images and curated collections.

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Chase McBryde grinds metal in the corner of a big room cluttered with odds and ends collected from all over the city – old furniture, pallets, even the seat of a car. It was junk to its former owners, but McBryde views it all as potential source material.

His creations fill tabletops and dot the floor, from the full-sized model of a futuristic gun from the Fallout video game series to a cow skull replica. Even the warehouse studio’s coffin-shaped doorway is custom-made. Punk music plays on the stereo.

    Did you know that next week it’s going to be in the 70s? That means you are going to need lots of fun things to do. Luckily, WESA’s Josh and Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here. Rachel’s got a bit of a cold but if she’s going out this weekend, then you have no excuse.  So here are your weekend plans…

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Play ball - spring training starts in just two days. And Major League Baseball will continue its efforts to speed up the game with several new rules. NPR's Eyder Peralta reports.

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  The year was 1896, the venue was Oakland's Carnegie Music Hall and the man with the baton was Englishman Frederic Archer when the then-Pittsburgh Orchestra played its first concert.

The program included works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Wagner, as well as a Saint-Saens piece that was only about 25 years old at the time.

One-hundred-twenty years later to the day, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will play that same Saint-Saens work at that same venue, along with some other seminal pieces it’s performed along the way.

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Ellen Gozion of Pittsburgh folk band The Early Mays saw her first crankie at a music festival in West Virginia.

“As soon as I saw them, I fell in love with them and I decided I would make one,” she said. “I knew that there had been scattered crankie (festivals) throughout the country, so I immediately thought we’re going to do that in Pittsburgh.”

It took several years, but the first ever Pittsburgh Crankie Fest is this weekend at the Wilkins School Community Center in Regent Square.

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Pittsburgh City Council has taken the first step toward renaming Cliffside Park in the Hill District to honor the late Pittsburgh-born playwright August Wilson.

A unanimous committee vote on Wednesday paved the way for final passage of the proposal to rename the park “August Wilson Park.”

Citiparks Director Jim Griffin said he was pleased with the decision, but he had just one question.

Last week gave us a taste of spring. But now that you're done sunbathing in the 60-degree weather, let's say goodbye to February with some weekend fun. 

On Friday, you can start your weekend on a contemplative note, by going to Kelly Strayhorn Theater's "Failure:Lab." Notable Pittsburghers Mayor Bill Peduto, Darieth Chisolm, Kevin Sousa and Holly Joy Gaines talk about their failures -- how they embraced it and how to learn from it. 

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Call it an impromptu folk club, like a private party in someone's living room. Burghsong is a 50-minute concert series showcasing contemporary songwriters.

Co-founder Ben Shannon said it was artists' attention to detail and word craft that first drew his devotion back in 2014. What began as a single, successful mini-festival grew into a collaboration with the Sunburst School of Music in Squirrel Hill.

 You survived Valentine's Day and the whole gang, WESA's Josh + Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh's Rachel, are here to tell you about the happenings here in Pittsburgh. It's going to be a busy weekend, so let's get to it! 

    Roses are red, violets are blue, let us help you find something to do.

WESA’s Josh and Sarah are joined by Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel to help you with your Valentine's Day activities.

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy is describing the late publisher of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Dick Scaife, as 2015's "most generous American."

The publication on Tuesday put the Mellon banking and oil heir atop its annual ranking of the 50 Americans who donated the most to charity.

In his will, Scaife left $759 million to two foundations and two art museums.

He died on July 4, 2014, but his will was not executed until last year.

    The whole gang is back together for this week’s Social Club. WESA’s Josh and Sarah are joined by Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel to discuss all the happenings in Pittsburgh.

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One visiting "Cabaret" performer spent Thursday prepping not for the night's performance but teaching local theater students the finer steps to a dance career.

Musical theater and drama students at CAPA, Pittsburgh’s creative and performing arts magnet school, spent the afternoon learning some of the show’s choreography from Aisling Halpin, who plays “Frenchie” in the production.

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What better way to celebrate the big game?

"In the end / when our team won / mom and dad looked at each other / one thing led to another that night."

NFL advertisers teamed with Seal to recreate "one of the greatest love songs of all time to celebrate the greatest game of all time," according to the caption posted on the NFL's YouTube channel on Monday.

Data suggests nine months after a Super Bowl victory, winning cities see a rise in births, according to the ad.

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The arrest of Max Gonzales, a 22-year-old Carnegie Mellon University student identified by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Graffiti Squad as "number one on the Squad's list of most wanted offenders," has sparked sometimes contentious discussions about vandalism, art and community identity in a changing city.

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A University of Pittsburgh student will make her debut tonight on Jeopardy's  college edition.

90.5 WESA's Sarah Kovash talked to senior chemisty and computer science major Sarah Dubnik, a life-long Jeopardy fan, about her experience being on the show.

WESA: So what was it like getting to meet Alex Trebek for the first time?

The snow has finally melted and the temperatures have risen (albeit a little). So now it's time to brace the outside and find some good food and brews! WESA Digital Editor Sarah Kovash hosts this week, with Yelp Pittsburgh's Rachel Carlson. 

If you like drinking and learning, this Thursday night, head over to the Heinz History Center for Tipsy History. Sip on Wigle Whiskey and check out the Glass: Shattering Notions exhibit, focusing on Pittsburgh's glass-making history. 

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In the 1980s, city officials took steps to set aside strips of undeveloped hillsides as greenways that could never be developed. 

Over the years, some of those lands have become the sites of illegal dumping, hunting and dirt bike racetracks. Now, the Department of City Planning is hoping to get more value from those parcels.

The department is applying for a $50,000 state grant to hire a consultant to look specifically at how the city can better use its 12 designated greenways, which cover about 600 acres. 

    Let’s face it. It is brutal outside. So let’s do some things indoors. WESA’s Josh and Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel may have cheese on the mind (who doesn’t?) but they are willing to put their cheese boards aside and check out these great events. So put away the brie, cheddar and Muenster and join them at these fun places, all of which are indoors!

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Kids across the nation will be able to continue visiting Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood thanks to funding from Pennsylvania-based Rite Aid Foundation.

Daniel Tiger is the son of Daniel Striped Tiger, a puppet in the original Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which aired on PBS. The younger Daniel wears a red cardigan and his friends are related to the original characters.

Order! Order! It’s time for Social Club. If you are like WESA’s Josh and Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel,  you have been watching way too much Netflix, so it’s time to go out and explore all the fun things going on in the city. You can always watch Making a Murderer and Jessica Jones when you get back.

Legendary Musician David Bowie Dies Of Cancer At 69

Jan 11, 2016
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David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. 

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