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Briefs: 'Positive Training' will be dog trainer's topic

| Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet's 'It's Me or the Dog'
Bill Adler
Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet's 'It's Me or the Dog'
Andrew Zimmern, Host of 'Bizarre Foods'
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Andrew Zimmern, Host of 'Bizarre Foods' The Travel Channel .

Dog trainer Victoria Stilwell is dogged in her belief in the importance of strengthening the canine-human connection.

The star of Animal Planet's “It's Me or the Dog” will explore that link in her “Power of Positive Training” talk Oct. 27 at Duquesne University. The talk is being put on by the Coalition to Adopt, Rehome and Match Abandoned Animals and the Duquesne School of Law's Animal Law Society, a forum for education, advocacy and advancing interest on laws concerning animals.

Stilwell, from England, is the author of five books on dog training and was a judge on CBS's “Greatest American Dog.”

The talk will be at 1 p.m. in the Duquesne Union Ballroom. Admission is $40. Tickets for the lecture, a reception and lunch are $125. Details: 412-780-4983 or www.carmaa-petadoption.com/events.html.

— Bob Karlovits

‘Bizarre Foods' finally comes to Pittsburgh

Finally, Pittsburgh gets its own episode of “Bizarre Foods America,” the Travel Channel's popular exploration of strange local culinary customs.

In the show's fifth season, chef-writer-host Andrew Zimmern gets to the bottom of Pittsburgh cuisine on the episode “Pittsburgh, Catfish & Kiska,” which will air at 9 p.m. Nov. 11 on the Travel Channel.

Early indications are that Zimmern will focus on both the traditional — homemade braunschweiger, stuffed cabbage, etc. — and the cutting-edge, like goat heart tartare. Details: www.travelchannel.com

— Michael Machosky

Steelers greats are set to talk at book launch

Pittsburgh Steelers legends Franco Harris, Rocky Bleier, Andy Russell and Dan Rooney will discuss their work together at a book launch Oct. 30 at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

The event is for the publication of “Their Life's Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now” by Gary Pomerantz (Simon & Shuster, $28.)

The book features more than 200 interviews with players, coaches and their families.

The discussion begins at 6 p.m. at the center in the Strip District. Admission is $20. Details: 888-718-4253 or www.showclix.com/event/TheirLifesWorkbooklaunch

— Bob Karlovits

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