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Mountain Playhouse’s ‘Chapter Two’ provides funny, touching look at love and loss

By Debbie Black
It will be an emotional journey for the audiences of Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two,” an autobiographical romantic comedy about loss and second chances running July 7 to 19 at the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown. “It deals with real human events …

Local performers draw on travel experiences

By Alice T. Carter
Pittsburgh families headed to Myrtle Beach and Disney World aren’t the only folks hitting the road over the next few months. At least three artists and theater companies have been invited to perform ...

Fun-seekers won’t let a Pittsburgh regatta without races get them down

By Tom Fontaine 11:08 p.m.
Brent Dillard will kick back in Pittsburgh this weekend. Dillard, a Formula One powerboat racer, planned to compete in the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta. With the cancellation Friday of all regatta boat ...

Shark Week feeds our obsession with these ocean predators

By Kellie B. Gormly
Shark Week — the Discovery Channel’s longtime summer ritual — returns on July 5 in all of its toothy, finned glory. A pop-culture phenomenon, Discovery officials have called 2015 the “Summer of the ...

Point Park documentarians try to debunk shark myths

By Matthew Zabierek
This summer marks the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg releasing “Jaws” into our underwater imaginations to haunt us forevermore. Though the blockbuster sparked public intrigue with sharks and paved the way for ...

Will we get Stephen Colbert or ‘Stephen Colbert’?

By The Washington Post
Who needs a focus group when you have the Internet? We have to say it: Stephen Colbert, or whoever came up with the idea to have him host a cable access show, is quietly brilliant. Colbert’s guest-hosting stint on “Only in Monroe,” ...

Pittsburgh native Burdell sticks to passion — bringing drumming to all

By Rege Behe
Janelle Burdell’s career as a drummer was nearly over before it started. From an early age, she’d wanted to play the drums, and when she signed up for a music class in ...

Books

Pitt professor’s ‘Dead Boys’ addresses impact of violence

By Rege Behe
In her first collection of essays, Adriana E. Ramirez writes about a topic that makes many people uncomfortable. “Dead Boys” concerns those who have died ...

Movies

Jim Caviezel to be honored by Jimmy Stewart Museum

By The Associated Press
Jim Caviezel is being honored by the Indiana, Pa., museum dedicated to actor Jimmy Stewart. Caviezel stars in the TV series “Person of Interest” and became widely known for his role in the movie “The Passion of the Christ.” He ...

Museums, Galleries & Architecture

Art Review: ‘PhAb Now’ at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Galleries

By Kurt Shaw
At Pittsburgh Filmmakers Galleries in Oakland, “PhAb Now!” is a curious compilation of works by seven artists who have been pushing traditional and digital photographic ...

Music

Pittsburgh native Burdell sticks to passion — bringing drumming to all

By Rege Behe
Janelle Burdell’s career as a drummer was nearly over before it started. From an early age, she’d wanted to play the drums, and when she ...

Theater & Arts

Local performers draw on travel experiences

By Alice T. Carter
Pittsburgh families headed to Myrtle Beach and Disney World aren’t the only folks hitting the road over the next few months. At least three artists and ...

Dining Out

Snacks’NAt: Jerry’s Custard, Lower Burrell

By Rex Rutkoski
Praises are still being sung at the intersection of Route 780 (Seventh Street) and Wildlife Lodge Road, the site of a former church in Lower ...

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Shark Week feeds our obsession with these ocean predators

By Kellie B. Gormly
Shark Week — the Discovery Channel’s longtime summer ritual — returns on July 5 in all of its toothy, finned glory. A pop-culture phenomenon, Discovery officials ...

Player's Advantage

Player's Advantage
Overlooked IRS plan would help gamblers, tax pro says

While the casino world focuses on fighting an IRS idea to track slot jackpots starting at $600, a little-noticed companion proposal would benefit gamblers, a ...

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Personality Test

Personality Test: Roxy MtJoy
It’s been a busy summer for Roxy MtJoy. Within months of becoming the new artistic director at Little Lake Theatre in North Strabane, MtJoy has ...

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So Many Questions

So Many Questions: Tim Griffin
Immaculate homes, a Rockwellian downtown, smiling faces as far as the eye can see — and if you step out of line, your neighbors will ...

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Architecture

Architecture
Architecture: Inspired suburbs have place in history

Over the years, a lot of disparaging words have been used to describe the architecture of America’s suburbs. Banal. Dull. Uninspiring. Cookie-cutter. Tract housing. Contractors’ ...

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