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TV host and comedian Maher takes time from funny-serious to be funny-funny

By Michael Machosky
Whether you agree with him on the issues of the day or not, you have one major thing in common with pot-stirring pundit/comedian Bill Maher. …

MORE A&E: Peters magician advances to next ‘Got Talent’ round

By Tribune-Review
Peters supernatural magician Mike Super made it through Judgment Week and has advanced to the next round in NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and will proceed …

Round up family and friends, it’s county fair season in Western Pennsylvania

By Emma Deihle
County fair season has returned to Western Pennsylvania. The livestock are primping, engines are revving and local bands are fine-tuning their set lists in anticipation …

Rickey Smiley is up early, ready to make you laugh

By Matt Wohlfarth
Comedians work their tails off to provide levity in an increasingly stressed-out world. You don’t have to tell that to Rickey Smiley who drags himself …

Mick Foley’s wrestling career means standup doesn’t throw him for a loop

By Michael Machosky
Most professional wrestlers seem like they started out as athletes or actors before their careers took a different path. Mick Foley was always different. At …

Hot Ticket: ‘Death’ on the stage; ‘River of Words’ on North Side

By Tribune-Review
When the chronically unemployed, under-valued Harlan Howe unexpectedly gets a job with a mysterious corporation, his life takes a surprising turn. He has been hired …

Hot Picks: Jack White, Sean Jones, North Indian classical music

By Tribune-Review
Keeping rock center stage Rock ’n’ roll may or may not be dead — certainly, it’s at a low ebb right now, relatively speaking — …

Kids briefs: South Park Theatre, Apple Hill stage children’s shows

By Kellie B. Gormly
South Park, Apple Hill stage kids’ theater Two Western Pennsylvania children’s theater companies are continuing their summer seasons with shows this week. • South Park …

CBS event marks civil rights 50th anniversary

By The Associated Press
A CBS News event July 24 marking the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation is a look back at history and a glimpse into future business opportunities for a broadcast news division. The live program, “CBS News: 50 Years Later, …

‘X-Men’ VR experience coming to Comic-Con

By The Associated Press
Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X. 20th Century Fox has created an “X-Men”-themed virtual-reality stunt especially for the pop-culture convention, which kicks off July 24 in San Diego. The interactive digital experience …

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 …

Entertainment briefs: Art museum acquires piece from upcoming Errazuriz exhibit

By Tribune-Review
Carnegie Museum of Art has acquired Sebastian Errazuriz’s latest kinetic cabinet, “Explosion.” “Explosion” is one of the centerpieces of “Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again,” which opens …

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 …

Thousands relish thrill of Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

By Megan Harris
Chuck Hager knows turn 20. It’s where a BMW ripped two feet of bark from an old oak tree. Three years ago, an Elva careened …

Freddy Rodriguez works ‘The Night Shift’ for NBC

By Chicago Tribune
On the whole, actor Freddy Rodriguez doesn’t have much in common with basketball star LeBron James. But Rodriguez points to one important similarity: At a young age, he, too, faced the potentially life-changing decision of whether to “go pro.” In …

Cash to build Oklahoma pop culture museum remains elusive

By The Associated Press
TULSA, Okla. — Jamie  Oldaker toured the world drumming for musicians such as Eric Clapton, but he never lost touch with Oklahoma, where he honed …

TV Q&A: ’60s CBS comedy couldn’t find a ‘Time’ that liked it

By Rich Heldenfels
Question: I say there was a short-lived series in the ‘70s called “It’s About Time.” It was about two astronauts that got sent back in time to the Stone Age. My friends say I’m crazy. Please help me out. Answer: …

Kelsey Grammer: From ‘Frasier’ to tough guy?

By The Los Angeles Times
With his stentorian voice and pompous whiff of erudition, Kelsey Grammer cemented a spot in TV history playing Dr. Frasier Crane for 20 years, first on “Cheers” and then on “Frasier.” But now, since Grammer’s 2011-12 Starz series “Boss” effectively …

CLO Cabaret to get musically mysterious with ‘Murder or Two’

By Alice T. Carter
Musical will comedy meet Agatha Christie when the CLO Cabaret performs “Murder for Two” from Oct. 22 through Jan. 18. Two performers will play 13 roles — and the piano — in this musical homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries that …

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s ‘Ariadne’ promises lots of excitement

By Mark Kanny
Summerfest, now in its third season, is the summer incarnation of Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the city’s second opera company. It was founded by Metropolitan …