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Former Steeler Mendenhall relishes writing for HBO’s ‘Ballers’

By Chicago Tribune
We know the narrative of sportswriters as frustrated athletes. Rashard Mendenhall flipped that last year in retiring from the NFL at 26. “I no longer want to put my body at risk for the sake of entertainment,” he explained in a ...

Soap Summary: Colin lends support to his son, Cane

By George Dickie
The Bold and the Beautiful Steffy is stunned when she realizes her darkest secret might be revealed, and Wyatt accidentally learns that Liam is unaware ...

Learn to dance in Pittsburgh parks

By Tribune-Review
Citiparks is offering a series of free, two-hour dance lessons in Pittsburgh parks during August and September. The “Summer Soul Line Dancing” series, with 10 sessions, ...

Lake Arthur Regatta looks to leave record in its wake

By Rick Wills
Last year’s Lake Arthur Regatta attracted nearly 9,500 people, even though rain forced the cancellation of fireworks and a concert. Attendance was better than it had ...

10 of Jon Stewart’s highlights from ‘The Daily Show’

By The Associated Press
When he leaves Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Aug. 6 after hosting nearly 2,600 episodes, Jon Stewart will have logged too many great moments to count. But here are 10 Stewart highlights — both on and off the show ...

Fort Armstrong Folk Festival celebrates the past and builds to future

By Joyce Hanz
Summer festivals are in full swing across Pittsburgh. The 44th Fort Armstrong Folk Festival in Kittanning will offer a smorgasbord of fun during the four-day ...

Hot Ticket: Feastival in McKees Rocks grows in its third year

By Tribune-Review
Feastival in McKees Rocks began in 2013, mainly as a pop-up food-truck roundup, trying to get people interested in McKees Rocks’ slowly improving main business ...

Other Picks: Total Controlcomes up from Down Under

By Tribune-Review
MUSIC MUSIC UP FROM THE OTHER SIDE Australia has always been this weird warp-zone for music — tapped into everything going on in the Anglo-American-driven ...

Kids briefs: Frosted Skate Party at Iceoplex brings cool to summer

By Kellie B. Gormly
If the summer heat is getting to you and your kids, you can cool off at the Frosted Skate Party, on Aug. 8 at the ...

Great documentaries in theaters, at your fingertips

By Steven Rea
According to the remarkable documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” we have Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music to thank for jazz vocalist and songwriter Nina Simone’s blazing career. Trained from early childhood as a classical pianist, the then Eunice Waymon of ...

Festival to fill Pittsburgh’s ‘biggest hall’ with vintage arcade games

By Michael Machosky
Pittsburgh may already be the world’s capital of pinball. Now, it seems to be making a play for becoming world capital of all vintage arcade games. The ...

A&E notebook: Christmas in July event will offer deals on shows

By Tribune-Review
Christmas in July? Yes, you can celebrate it July 30 at the Market Square Farmers Market, in an event offered by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. At the Christmas in July event, from 11:30 a.m. ...

Cowell’s vision for ‘America’s Got Talent’ still going strong

By Tribune News Service
It’s hard to believe but “America’s Got Talent” celebrates its 10th anniversary July 29 with a two-hour special. Who would’ve thought that a break-dancing cow, a turtle puppet that sings like Roy Orbison, or a guy who makes music with ...

West Deer community days plans more organized activities for kids

By Joyce Hanz
The grounds of Bairdford Park will be transformed July 31 as West Deer Township preps for its annual two-day community days celebration. Organizer John Lape and ...

Pop culture Q&A: ‘Prison Break’ star Wentworth Miller in the ‘Cold’ on ‘Flash’

By Rich Heldenfels
Q uestion: What ever happened to the guy who played the lead role on the “Prison Break” TV series? Answer: Wentworth Miller was “Prison ...

Muralist tackles Mt. Lebanon office building bathrooms in 13-month project

By Jean Horne
How can you not smile at a bevy of fanciful ladies hats floating on the walls of a powder room? Or the marvelously entertaining sight ...

Re-enactment of Ireland’s Easter Rising set for Strip District church

By Tribune-Review
The Pittsburgh Easter Rising 1916 Committee will begin its observance of Ireland’s struggle for independence with an Aug. 1 re-enactment of the century-old event that sparked it. On Aug. 1, 1915, Pádraig Pearse delivered an speech at the graveside of Finian ...

Portraits advance vision for August Wilson Center

By Alice T. Carter
When Janera Solomon put out a call for 150 individuals to have their picture taken for an art installation on the windows of the August ...

Horror Realm & Pop Expo, film festival take a bite out of Pittsburgh

By Michael Machosky
Ever since the zombies first ate Pittsburgh (“Night of the Living Dead” was shot here in 1968), the city has been enthralled by horror. The ...

Hyde Park comes out of hiding again with Community Days festival

By Joyce Hanz
The tiny borough of Hyde Park, snuggled between Leechburg and Vandergrift, will showcase some big talent at its annual Community Days this year with two ...