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Director hard at work on his latest video opera on Pittsburgh’s North Side

By Mark Kanny
Deep under the stage at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side, Alexis Gideon has been hard at work on his new stop-action video opera, “The Crumbling.” Gideon, 33, has created an individual art form for which he creates …

Review: Strong dancing saves Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s ‘Cats’ from its aged self

By Alice T. Carter
According to lore, cats have nine lives. So far, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera has offered Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” eight lives as a producer or presenter. As its advertising slogan “Now and …

This ‘Maide Marian’ means business at Delmont’s Johnny Appleseed Children’s Theatre

By Candy Williams
All’s not well in legendary Sherwood Forest. Maide Marian is making life miserable for hero Robin Hood and his “band of merry men,” who aren’t very merry in “The Further Adventures of …

Summerfest’s ‘Ariadne’ rides crest of superbly blended talents

By Mark Kanny
A transporting operatic performance is more than an assembly of successful elements. The Opera Theater Summerfest performance of “Ariadne auf Naxos” by Richard Strauss on July 18 featured outstanding vocal performances, insightful …

Review ‘Cage Variations,’ performed by Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, takes the long way around a short subject

By Mark Kanny
The second weekend of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble concerts was devoted to the world premiere of “The Cage Variations” by Ted Hearne, which won the group’s Harvey Gaul Competition. Hearne’s new piece takes inspiration from the song “The Cage” by …

Lake Street Dive goes down smooth at Hartwood Acres

By Jack Fordyce
They’re listed as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 10 new artists you need to know in 2014, but it’s pretty obvious that Lake Street Dive is exceeding expectations with their latest album, …

Save-the-map appeal generates $10K online to revitalize North Side artwork

By Aaron Aupperlee
Standing near the pile of sand with the rubber snakes and plastic dinosaurs, next to white swan planters with red flowers in a courtyard surrounded by chairs painted deep red, purple, blue …

Books

Author talks magic, memories, Houdini

By Nicholas P. Brown
Canadian author Steven Galloway explores the fickle nature of memory in “The Confabulist,” his book about the life and death of one of the world’s …

Movies

Lights, action, graffiti: Pittsburgh stands in for NYC in ‘Southpaw’

By Michael Machosky
This week, shoppers on Brownsville Road in Carrick noticed that the street looked a lot shabbier than usual — suddenly, graffiti was all over the …

Museums, Galleries & Architecture

Pittsburgh well-represented in coast-to-coast billboard exhibit

By Alice T. Carter
Apparently Pittsburgh artists and donors have great taste. Seven American paintings with connections to Pittsburgh are among the 58 favorite works chosen by American voters. …

Music

Lake Street Dive goes down smooth at Hartwood Acres

By Jack Fordyce
They’re listed as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 10 new artists you need to know in 2014, but it’s pretty obvious that Lake Street Dive …

Theater & Arts

Review: Strong dancing saves Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s ‘Cats’ from its aged self

By Alice T. Carter
According to lore, cats have nine lives. So far, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera has offered Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” eight lives as a producer or …

Dining Out

Snacks n’at: Plaza Azteca brings sights, tastes of Mexico to Robinson

By Mark Kanny
Pittsburgh’s dining scene does not lack for variety, but options for popular Mexican cuisine got richer on May 9 with the opening of Plaza Azteca …

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Director hard at work on his latest video opera on Pittsburgh’s North Side

By Mark Kanny
Deep under the stage at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side, Alexis Gideon has been hard at work on his new stop-action video …

Player's Advantage

Player's Advantage
Lesson of the nonexistent ‘hot machine’ still rings true

The young woman working the entrance of the Downtown Las Vegas slots parlor beckoned earnestly. My wife and I, on one of our early trips …

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Personality Test

Personality Test: Nicole Aquillano
Pittsburgh-raised artist Nicole Aquillano, the summer artist-in-residence at the Society for Contemporary Craft, works as a full-time studio potter after her former, quite contrasting career …

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So Many Questions

‘Murder in the First’ actor Ian Anthony Dale finds crime fascinating
Murder might be considered the most heinous of crimes, but it sure keeps audiences glued to the television, no matter whether it’s happening in a …

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Architecture

Architecture
Pittsburgh’s look won’t be the same after architect Carlough’s passing

Architects are considered “young” at 40. With five to eight years of schooling plus apprenticeship at one or more established firms, architects are most often …

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