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Harmar native’s new book opens door to world for students

By Rex Rutkoski 8:34 p.m.
The world and its people long have been a source of fascination for teacher Heather Caldwell Toner. When her research revealed that it was not just her English-as-a-second-language students who often were lacking in geographical knowledge, but also many elementary …

Bluegrass jam sessions bring out all types of musicians, fans

By Rex Rutkoski
Bluegrass music may still find its soul in the haunting “high, lonesome sound” said to be the essence of the genre. It is anything but lonely, though. Its passionate purveyors and fans of ...

Westmoreland exhibit pairs portraits with still lifes

By Kurt Shaw
While the Westmoreland Museum of American Art’s temporary location, Westmoreland @rt 30 in the former Stickley Audi & Co. furniture store in Unity, may be just that, temporary, it hasn’t stopped museum ...

Touring production of ‘Newsies’ gets to the heart of a real event

By Alice T. Carter
When he began directing the musical “Newsies” in 2011, Jeff Calhoun had no expectations that it would be a longtime relationship. The production Calhoun directed at Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J., was ...

Dick Cavett memoir looks back on more than TV show

By Elysa Gardner
The cast of real-life characters in Dick Cavett’s latest book, “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks,” includes some of the most celebrated names of the 20th century. We meet Elizabeth Taylor ...

In ‘The Peripheral,’ Gibson travels back to the future

By Chris Foran
In a dead-end American town, a young woman named Flynne fills in for her brother, beta-testing an online game that seems to involve fending off paparazzi in some futuristic London skyscraper. When she ...

Aviary hopes you’ll laugh with joy, delight at ‘Silent Flight’

By Kellie B. Gormly
Sing this to the tune of the last stanza of “Silent Night”: “Sleep all day if you plea-ease. Sleep in the barn or the tree-ees.” That is the National Aviary’s feathered spin ...

Books

Harmar native’s new book opens door to world for students

By Rex Rutkoski 8:34 p.m.
The world and its people long have been a source of fascination for teacher Heather Caldwell Toner. When her research revealed that it was not just ...

Movies

Pittsburgh fans pay tribute to ‘Mockingjay Part 1’

By Rachel Weaver
The newest installment of “The Hunger Games” trilogy takes audiences out of the arena to dig deeper into the emotions driving the characters as they ...

Museums, Galleries & Architecture

Westmoreland exhibit pairs portraits with still lifes

By Kurt Shaw
While the Westmoreland Museum of American Art’s temporary location, Westmoreland @rt 30 in the former Stickley Audi & Co. furniture store in Unity, may be ...

Music

Bluegrass jam sessions bring out all types of musicians, fans

By Rex Rutkoski
Bluegrass music may still find its soul in the haunting “high, lonesome sound” said to be the essence of the genre. It is anything but lonely, ...

Theater & Arts

Touring production of ‘Newsies’ gets to the heart of a real event

By Alice T. Carter
When he began directing the musical “Newsies” in 2011, Jeff Calhoun had no expectations that it would be a longtime relationship. The production Calhoun directed ...

Dining Out

Snacks n’at: Yetter’s in Millvale

By Alice T. Carter
For nearly 65 years, Yetter’s in Millvale has been serving up ice-cream treats and handmade candies six days a week. “That’s a lot of milkshakes,” says ...

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Reality-based networks reaching into scripted TV

By Frazier Moore 6:52 p.m.
Can a zebra change its stripes? Not likely. But these days numerous reality-based networks are sporting new stripes in the form of scripted fare as ...

Player's Advantage

Player's Advantage
Players Advantage: Casinos add $4.8 billion to state economy, study finds

Casinos add $4.8 billion a year to Pennsylvania’s economy and are directly responsible for 17,759 jobs in the state, says a new study sponsored by ...

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Personality Test

Personality Test: Henry J. Simonds
Squirrel Hill native Henry J. Simonds is an artist and filmmaker living in New York City with his wife, Colleen Daily Simonds, and two boys ...

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So Many Questions

So Many Questions: Professional poker ace Maria Ho says women deserve a place at the table
She may have already won over $1.6 million in a career that’s been described as “whirlwind,” but professional poker player Maria Ho believes there’s still ...

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Architecture

Architecture
Step up, Buncher: The Strip deserves a far better plan

As three big urban redevelopment projects get under way in Pittsburgh, it’s sad that the weakest plan is in the most prominent spot. The three ...

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Summer Jam