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Pittsburgh Comedy Festival puts area’s growing comedy base on display

By Michael Machosky
Comedy’s moment seems to have arrived. That doesn’t mean there are more opportunities for comics or an increase in the number of laughs-per-capita. It means …

Comedian Josh Wolf likes to be honest and funny onstage

By Matt Wohlfarth
Comedian Josh Wolf brings his multi-talented self to the Pittsburgh Improv for a weekend of embarrassingly funny laughs. Wolf was a fearlessly honest performer who …

Hot Ticket: ElectroDash 5K features neon lights and dance party

By Tribune-Review
The lights. The glow. The race. The ElectroDash 5K will arrive Aug. 22 on the North Shore’s Great Lawn. The ElectroDash isn’t your typical 5K …

Other Picks: .38 Special playing Aug. 23 at the Meadows Racetrack & Casino

By Tribune-Review
Southern rock-pop band .38 Special will play on Aug. 23 at the Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington County. The band originated in Jacksonville, Fla., …

Kids briefs: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh hosts ‘Hungry’ events

By Kellie B. Gormly 12:39 a.m.
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will have a few very hungry days, when it celebrates Eric Carle, author of classics like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” …

Fisher Stevens goes on a filmmaking ‘Mission Blue’

By The Associated Press
When Fisher Stevens approached prominent oceanographer Sylvia Earle about featuring her life and her work in a documentary, she resisted the idea. Turning the camera on her efforts to protect the seas was one thing, but putting herself center stage …

David Muir assumes ABC’s weeknight ‘News’

By Zap2it.com
David Muir is extremely familiar with the desk and the chair, and they’re officially becoming his on weeknights. The anchor of the weekend “ABC World …

National Senior Citizen Day observed at Soldiers & Sailors

By Tribune-Review
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Oakland is celebrating National Senior Citizen Day on Aug. 21 with free admission to guests age 55 and older, both veterans and civilians. President Ronald Reagan established the senior-honoring day in 1988. …

Duet for life: Allegheny Township’s Suzy and Byron draw strength from music ministry

By Jake Flannick
Suzy Chertik had long aspired to sing. But even after vowing at a retreat years ago to pursue her musical ambition, she made little progress, …

Lancaster County groups pan reality shows about Amish

By Reuters
HARRISBURG — They typically wear plain clothing with nothing as fancy as a button or a zipper, travel by horse-drawn buggy and shun modern conveniences such as electricity. It’s that Old World charm of the Amish that draws 8 million …

For Josh Charles to live, ‘The Good Wife’s’ Will had to die

By The Los Angeles Times
Last season, Josh Charles’ Will Gardner joined the inestimable Dead TV Characters Society. CBS legal drama “The Good Wife” got a shot in the arm in its fifth season, fired up by the decision of Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) to …

Pop Culture Q&A: Return unlikely for ‘Black Box’

By Rich Heldenfels
Question: Since the ending of my favorite series, “Burn Notice,” rumor has it that there will be a spin-off with two of the show’s characters, Sam and Jesse, played by Bruce Campbell and Coby Bell. Is there any truth to …

Quiz: Test your knowledge of ‘The Wizard of Oz’

By Alan G. Luke
This month marks the 75th anniversary of the classic motion picture “The Wizard of Oz.” Quiz yourself on your knowledge of this musical fantasy-adventure from …

After 25 years, Suchet closes book on ‘Poirot’

By USA Today
From the grave, the late Agatha Christie seduced actor David Suchet to take the role that would define his career: Hercule Poirot. Suchet had known a little bit about the famous Belgian detective when he was approached about starring in …

VIA Festival expanding into new genres

By Michael Machosky
The VIA Festival has been one of the most consistently amazing and ambitiously programmed music festivals in the world since it began. Now, in its fifth year, the Pittsburgh-based music and new media festival is taking big steps in some …

Briefs: Brazzy Awards honor ballet dancers

By Tribune-Review
The 2014 Brazzy Awards will go to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre principal dancer Julia Erickson and Texture Contemporary Ballet founder and artistic director Alan Obuzor, who formerly danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. The Brazzy Awards were founded in 2013 by Greer …

Radio Disney selling off 23 stations, including Pittsburgh’s WDDZ

By Patrick Cloonan
Another of Pittsburgh’s oldest radio stations is about to change hands. WDDZ (1250 AM) and 22 other stations out of 24 in the Radio Disney network will be put on the block Sept. 26, according to a memo written by …

Heinz History Center bocce fest will feature games, Italian food

By Tribune-Review
More than 35 four-person teams will play bocce Aug. 16 to benefit the Italian-American program at the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District. The teams will compete under the Veterans Bridge near 13th and Smallman streets in …

Tony Hawk to perform at Carnegie skatepark

By Tribune-Review
Celebrity skateboarder Tony Hawk will be one of the first to break in the Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark in Carnegie, officials announced Thursday. Hawk and other members of his Birdhouse Skateboards team will present a free exhibition skate starting at …

Who needs coastline? Pittsburgh has its own sandy retreats

By Tribune-Review
So, that beach vacation didn’t pan out this year? Not to worry. Pittsburgh’s got you covered. With summer winding down, here are some sandy staycation …