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Opera Theater of Pittsburgh vocal competition’s not over until best voice sings

By Mark Kanny
Discovering a new delight is one of life’s great experiences. For opera fans, discovering new voices has the added physical thrill of the sound of the voices themselves. Opera Theater of Pittsburgh started its vocal competition three seasons ago, and …

Feeling refreshed, Coraopolis’ Keaton soars again with big part

By Jake Coyle
When Michael Keaton met Barack Obama shortly before Obama would become president, the then-senator had a question for the actor. “Why don’t you make more movies?” It’s a quandary that has long …

Review: Michael Keaton rises as washed-up ‘Birdman’

By Roger Moore
“Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is the last caped superhero movie you will ever need to see. Serious and silly, self-aware and ironic, it’s the movie that questions stardom, fame …

A&E notebook: City Theatre hires new managing director

By Tribune-Review
City Theatre’s board of directors has hired James McNeel as its next managing director. McNeel, who begins work Jan. 5, succeeds Mark R. Power, who has served the South Side-based nonprofit theater …

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus brings ‘Built to Amaze’ marvels to Consol

By Kellie B. Gormly
As a teenager, when Gemma Kirby was taking aerial classes at a circus-training school, she knew she wanted a life performing high-risk thrill stunts. “I became infatuated with the idea that I …

The 13 most iconic horror film characters from the silver screen

By Joe Wos
They elicit screams of terror in darkened theaters and have become the stuff dreams are made of — if, by dreams, you mean nightmares. In choosing the 13 most iconic movie monsters …

DVD reviews: ‘Begin Again,’ ‘Wish I was Here’ and ‘Life of Crime’

By Garrett Conti
“Begin Again” (2013, R, 104 min., $29.98) Irishman John Carney broke into the mainstream with the beloved 2006 hit “Once,” a music-laden drama he wrote and directed. The filmmaker returns to the …

Books

Author Anton looks for characters she wants to read about

By Rachel Weaver
For author Maggie Anton, writing is the hard part. Research is the real fun. Anton, author of the popular “Rashi’s Daughters” trilogy, will speak at …

Movies

Feeling refreshed, Coraopolis’ Keaton soars again with big part

By Jake Coyle
When Michael Keaton met Barack Obama shortly before Obama would become president, the then-senator had a question for the actor. “Why don’t you make more …

Museums, Galleries & Architecture

Art Review: ‘Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals’ at Carnegie Museum of Art

By Kurt Shaw
Duane Michals is obsessed with death. “Now that I’m 82 and in the ballpark ... now it’s become a reality,” says the photographer. The largest-ever …

Music

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh vocal competition’s not over until best voice sings

By Mark Kanny
Discovering a new delight is one of life’s great experiences. For opera fans, discovering new voices has the added physical thrill of the sound of …

Theater & Arts

A&E notebook: City Theatre hires new managing director

By Tribune-Review
City Theatre’s board of directors has hired James McNeel as its next managing director. McNeel, who begins work Jan. 5, succeeds Mark R. Power, who …

Dining Out

Snacks N’At: Pittsburgh Pretzel Cafe, Baldwin

By Bob Karlovits
Jason Trent is giving the pretzel business a fresh look without twisting it too far. The owner of Pittsburgh Pretzel Cafe in Baldwin avoids some …

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A&E notebook: City Theatre hires new managing director

By Tribune-Review
City Theatre’s board of directors has hired James McNeel as its next managing director. McNeel, who begins work Jan. 5, succeeds Mark R. Power, who …

Player's Advantage

Player's Advantage
Many casinos boost spending in nearby businesses

Ken and Diane Glozer visit a casino about once a month, gassing up the car for the two-hour drive, eating a couple of meals out …

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Personality Test

Personality Test: Zhan Shu
New Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra violinist Zhan Shu began studying his instrument in his native China and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in the United …

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So Many Questions

So Many Questions: Model-actress Hayley Hasselhoff finds it’s fine to be her size
There’s something to be said for saying, “You know what, this is who I am, and I’m fine with it.” That moment came at a …

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Architecture

Architecture
Hill District redevelopment plan shows great promise

Pittsburgh has had a number of urban-planning disappointments and a few outright disasters over the years. But it’s good to report that the recently released …

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