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Concert business booming at Heinz Field this summer

By Rex Rutkoski
Heinz Field is about to kick off the 15th and busiest concert season in its history with three shows in four weeks. It will begin, appropriately, with the record-setting eighth Heinz Field visit of country superstar Kenny Chesney on May …

Robillard, Buddy Guy, Marcia Ball to headline Pittsburgh Blues Festival

By Tribune-Review
The Duke Robillard Band, Buddy Guy, and Marcia Ball and Bobby Rush will headline three nights of this summer’s Pittsburgh Blues Festival. The festival, a fundraiser for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, ...

Country music superstar Chesney ‘still has it’

By Kellie B. Gormly
After a yearlong hiatus from touring, country superstar Kenny Chesney will return to Heinz Field on May 30 as strong as ever, industry observers say. While Chesney has had numerous hits in ...

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Dance and Flight’ combines musical influences

By Mark Kanny
Performers enjoy variety at least as much as audiences. Guest conductor Juanjo Mena showed remarkable affinity for American and German music at his 2013 concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The program for ...

Shadyside Art & Craft Festival makes jump to new spring edition

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Shadyside, known for its late-summer art show, has added a similar spring event. The Shadyside Art & Craft Festival will run May 30 and 31 along Walnut Street. Produced by Howard Alan Events, ...

Pict Classic Theatre’s ‘Other Half Loves’ mixes heartache, high humor

By Deborah Weisberg
A laugh-out-loud farce about marriage, infidelity, class structure and social climbing will open Pict Classic Theatre’s 2015 Mainstage series May 28 at the Charity Randall Theatre in the Stephen Foster Memorial in ...

Tako’s atmosphere and Asian and Mexican street foods worth the wait

By Sarah Sudar
It seems like it took forever for Tako to open. Pittsburghers walked past the graffiti mural and twinkling Tako sign on Sixth Street, mouths watering in anticipation of Richard DeShantz and Tolga ...

Books

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to dig into a good book

By Rege Behe
Books are boon companions any time of the year, but there’s something special about summer reading. The days are longer. Leisure time is more plentiful. ...

Movies

DVD reviews: ‘Seventh Son,’ ‘Ballet 422’ and ‘Cut Bank’

By Garrett Conti
“Seventh Son” (2014, PG-13, 102 min., $29.98) Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges have starred in movies they’d like to forget; “Seventh Son” is probably one ...

Museums, Galleries & Architecture

Art review: ‘The World Revolves Around You’ at Wood Street Galleries

By Kurt Shaw
If you think the world revolves around you, then you’ll certainly get a kick out of the exhibit at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Wood Street ...

Music

Robillard, Buddy Guy, Marcia Ball to headline Pittsburgh Blues Festival

By Tribune-Review
The Duke Robillard Band, Buddy Guy, and Marcia Ball and Bobby Rush will headline three nights of this summer’s Pittsburgh Blues Festival. The festival, a fundraiser ...

Theater & Arts

Pict Classic Theatre’s ‘Other Half Loves’ mixes heartache, high humor

By Deborah Weisberg
A laugh-out-loud farce about marriage, infidelity, class structure and social climbing will open Pict Classic Theatre’s 2015 Mainstage series May 28 at the Charity Randall ...

Dining Out

Snacks n’at: Theo’s Diner in Manchester

By Bob Karlovits
Nick Alexiades is fighting the good fight. He has established his Theo’s Diner in the site of another restaurant that ran into difficulties with county health ...

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Shadyside Art & Craft Festival makes jump to new spring edition

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Shadyside, known for its late-summer art show, has added a similar spring event. The Shadyside Art & Craft Festival will run May 30 and 31 ...

Player's Advantage

Player's Advantage
Players need to challenge IRS targeting of slot jackpots

Jerry Faychak wonders whether he’s already seen the best days of casino gambling — and whether the IRS soon will make things worse for players ...

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Personality Test

Personality Test: Matt Dooley
Matt Dooley says being an administrator and a performer is a “great way to be” dealing with the arts. The managing director of the Bach Choir ...

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So Many Questions

So Many Questions: Filmmaker Michael Anton says new comedy ‘The Great American Movie Hustle’ has strong real-life elements
Thomas Edison once said, “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.” For Pittsburgh-based independent filmmaker Michael Anton, that concept is the driving force ...

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Architecture

Architecture
Preserving trees along streets, highways is good for people

“A lovely city is not an accident, as a lovely person is not an accident.” That quote comes from the late Paolo Soleri, ...

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