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Why ‘Empire’ rules network TV

By Rick Bentley
“Empire” caught everyone by surprise. The Fox family drama that plays out against the cutthroat world of the music industry opened strong when it launched as a mid-season replacement in January. What no one expected was for the ratings to climb ...

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Dance Council executive to resign at end of month

By Mark Kanny
Paul Organisak has resigned as vice president of programming for Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and executive director of Pittsburgh Dance Council, effective Sept. 30. “I’m incredibly ...

Pop culture Q&A: New ‘Doc Martin’ will reach U.S., eventually

By Rich Heldenfels
Q uestion: Is there any chance additional seasons of “Doc Martin” are in the offing? Answer: As I have said before, the series starring Martin Clunes is one of the most-asked-about shows for this column. And I have noted ...

‘Banshee’ props, inventory up for sale

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
On a table there are baseball bats, knives, tree limbs, cattle prods and billy clubs. And a cow’s head. The rubber props made for the ...

A&E notebook: Children’s Museum awarded grants to help West Virginia schools

By Tribune-Review
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has received two grants that it will use to launch educational initiatives in seven West Virginia counties. The Claude Worthington ...

Not laughing enough? Pittsburgh Comedy Festival able to fix that

By Tom Scanlon
How much comedy in Pittsburgh is too much comedy in Pittsburgh? Even with a variety of laughs from planned to improvised and refined to rude, the ...

Shadyside ... The Art Festival returns to Walnut Street

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
You might look at your peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich a little differently after seeing Katie Koenig’s work. The artist paints pictures of the sandwich that most ...

Resurgence of retro video arcades, pinball parlors hits Pittsburgh

By Michael Machosky
Just a few years ago, the video arcade seemed ready to go the way of Atari’s 1983  adaptation of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (generally considered the ...

Hot Ticket: Dance-inspired paintings on display at The Mansions on Fifth

By Tribune-Review
History Century of schooling Celebrate a century of education with Grandview Elementary’s 100th Anniversary Open House from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 29 at ...

Other Picks: Honey Island Swamp Band has New Orleans flavor

By Tribune-Review
Hurricane Katrina produced a lot of devastation. But amid the aftermath, a band was born. While seeking shelter with friends in San Francisco, the members of ...

Kids briefs: Nothing more fun than a child at clay

By Kellie B. Gormly
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh this week is giving kids a chance to learn about creativity through clay. From noon to 2 p.m.  Aug. 28, ...

‘The View’ rehires Joy Behar, adds Candace Cameron Bure, Paula Faris as co-hosts

By The Los Angeles Times
It wouldn’t really feel like the end of summer without a few personnel changes at “The View,” and, right on schedule, ABC announced this week that former panelist Joy Behar will return to the show for its 19th season beginning ...

Lamp Theatre project puts the spotlight on downtown Irwin

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
A decade after it closed its doors as a movie house, the historic Lamp Theatre in Irwin will return to life in an expanded role, ...

Hempfield man’s next act: Convert Latrobe gym into theater

By Stacey Federoff
Some scattered gym equipment still sits inside the former Latrobe Athletic Club on Main Street: a few weight machines downstairs, a pink exercise ball upstairs. But ...

Pop culture Q&A: Captioning is widespread on TV shows; ‘Poldark’ and ‘The Missing’ will return

By Rich Heldenfels
Q uestion: Can you please tell me if any of the online TV shows/series you mention in your column are captioned? If not, there are ...

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival keeps it fresh, old-school

By Alice T. Carter
As the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival enters its ninth year under the watchful eye of Rocky Mountain Festivals, Jim Paradise thinks he has achieved the right ...

Rick Sebak’s new shows celebrate pies, bakeries

By Rex Rutkoski
For award-winning WQED producer Rick Sebak, the time always seems right for pies and bakeries. His two latest PBS documentaries — “A Few Good Pie Places” ...

A&E updates: Howard Jones to perform free at Hartwood Acres

By Tribune-Review
Howard Jones, British synth-pop-music icon from the ’80s, will give a free concert at Hartwood Acres on Aug. 23, as part of Allegheny County’s 2015 Summer Concert Series. Jones had several hit singles in the ’80s and early ’90s, including ...

Westmoreland County Courthouse to make TV debut on PCN episode

By Renatta Signorini
The most ornate and grand features of the Westmoreland County Courthouse are ready for their television debut. Plenty of shots of the courthouse’s “good side” will ...

A&E notebook: Paddlers set for Ohiopyle’s Over the Falls Festival

By Tribune-Review
Ohiopyle should be a hub of action Aug. 22 when the 16th annual Over the Falls Festival happens on the whitewaters of the Fayette County ...