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Attention Harry Potter fans: Hogwarts offers online classes

By Matt Mauney
Muggle-born fans of Harry Potter can now get educated from Potter’s alma mater from the comfort of their own home. Hogwarts Is Here ( www.hogwartsishere.com ), a website created by Potter  superfans, is offering a full catalog of “Ministry-approved” online …

‘Dinosaurs’ called a primeval experience

By Tribune-Review
Until someone invents a time machine that travels millions of years back, no one will see real dinosaurs in person. But going to “Walking with …

Mother of all Pottery Sales set for Highland Park

By Rachel Weaver
Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave., Highland Park, will host the first-ever Mother of all Pottery Sales from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26. The event, created to celebrate ceramics and bring together the Pittsburgh region ceramic community, will …

Disney Channel’s ‘Jessie’ breaks romantic ground

By Lynn Elber
The title character of “Jessie” heads in an unprecedented direction for a Disney Channel series: toward the altar. In a four-episode arc that will conclude the season this fall, 22-year-old Jessie Prescott dives into a whirlwind romance and accepts her …

Pop culture Q&A: Killed-off ‘Interest’ actress wanted to pursue other projects

By Rich Heldenfels
Q: What happened to that female policewoman on “Person of Interest”? Is she appearing elsewhere since she was killed off? Is the star leaving also? A: Taraji P. Henson, who played Det. Carter, has an active movie career and reportedly …

Billy Crystal relives stage hit ‘700 Sundays’ for HBO

By Jay Bobbin
In several ways, 700 Sundays weren’t enough for Billy Crystal. They weren’t enough time to spend with his late concert promoter father, Jack. And the original run of the Tony Award-winning stage show about their relationship — titled “700 Sundays” …

Dancer Hadala retiring after storied career with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

By Mark Kanny
Transitions in life can be rocky experiences, but dancer Stephen Hadala has found a graceful path to the next phase of his life. Hadala, 36, …

Comic Brad Williams won’t sweat the ‘small’ stuff at Pittsburgh Improv

By Matt Wohlfarth
Comic Brad Williams comes to the Pittsburgh Improv for a weekend of big laughs from April 17 to 19. Williams doesn’t care what you call …

Hot Ticket: ‘Scooby Doo Live!’; Public art walking tour; record store day

By Tribune-Review
KIDS Scooby Doo onstage Ruh-roh! The famous cartoon canine and his Mystery Inc. gang are coming to the Benedum Center on April 19 to solve …

Hot picks: Turkuaz brings funk to Rex Theater on the South Side

By Tribune-Review
They were a head-turning surprise last year at the Flood City Music Festival — a nine-piece funk band playing the Talking Heads’ “Slippery People” with …

Kids briefs: An egg hunt of a different kind at the Carnegie

By Kellie B. Gormly
On April 19, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History will celebrate spring with its eighth annual Egg-cellent Egg Hunt. But kids, age 12 and younger, …

Schenley Park festival welcomes spring with age-old tradition

By Rachel Weaver
As spring prepares to bring color back to a long-gray Pittsburgh landscape, an upcoming festival will let revelers immerse themselves in the season’s signature hues. …

Comedian Gallagher gets his money from North Versailles promoter

By Carl Prine
Unlike the watermelons he smashes, comedian Gallagher has been made whole by a North Versailles promoter. CEE Presents promoter Chase Ebaugh has sent a $10,000 check to comic Leo Gallagher’s Oregon-based manager for a March 29 gig at the State …

Pop culture Q&A: Gene Hackman sings, Sabrina Lloyd travels

By Rich Heldenfels
Q: After watching “Hoosiers” the other night for about the 20th time and marveling at what a versatile actor Gene Hackman is, I was wondering if he has ever been in a musical. A: The Oscar winner has worked with …

Celebrity doesn’t suit ‘Bletchley Circle’s’ Stirling

By Luaine Lee
If actress Rachael Stirling ever gets tired of acting, she can always gallop the wilds of Patagonia with Chilean cowboys or trek to India for a fifth time or challenge a pugilist to a match in the ring. The British …

Made-in-Pittsburgh reality TV series finds a home on Starz

By Mike Machosky
The made-in-Pittsburgh reality TV series about making movies, “The Chair,” has a home on the Starz network, starting this fall. It will be the first …

Briefs: Country star Church bringing his tour to Consol

By Tribune-Review
Country star Eric Church will bring his “The Outsiders World Tour” to Consol Energy Center on Oct. 11. The tour, which will feature Dwight Yoakam, …

Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman on late show

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman as CBS’ late-night host. CBS announced Thursday that “The Colbert Report” host will replace Letterman when …

Steel City Con has star-studded lineup

By Michael Machosky
The Steel City Con. The name sounds like it would make an awesome title for a crime caper movie. Something old-school, like they used to …

John Witherspoon still ready ‘to raise some eyebrows’ with jokes

By Matt Wohlfarth
Old comedians don’t retire, they just get funnier with time. John Witherspoon, 72, from “Friday” fame, is coming to the Pittsburgh Improv for a weekend …