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 Adriana E. Ramirez.
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Adriana E. Ramirez.

Award-winning writer hopes to shine light on border violence

University of Pittsburgh lecturer Adriana Ramirez has won the PEN/Fusion Emerging Writer’s $10,000 prize with her collection “Dead Boys.”


 The Benedum marquee, including the pearl medallion, the gold gryphons and the blue and white archway.

Benedum sign to get upgrade

The marquee at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts will get $500,000 renovation that will make the sign easier to change.



 Kevin Noe conducts the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble in "Drunken Moon."

Preview: PNME celebrates 40 years of charting new music territory

The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, which opens its 40th season on Friday, has become one of the elder statesmen of the U.S. new music scene.



Ensemble's top commissions

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s current and former artistic heads, David Stock and Kevin Noe, list the most significant PNME commissions.


Movies »


All shook up: D-Box seats vibrate in sync with a movie's action sequences

Theatergoers get immersed in the action with D-Box MFX Cinema Systems.



Asian film festival picks a new season

Pittsburgh’s Silk Screen Film Festival will open with “Theeb,“ close with “Miss India America” and showcase 30 Asian features July 10-19.


 

Music »


Is it time to play taps for live buglers?

John Massari plays taps at military funerals next to a device that plays a digital recording. What happens when the live buglers are gone?



USPS to offer Elvis Presley greatest hits CD with stamp

Elvis fans can get a greatest hits “Elvis Forever” CD with a new commemorative stamp of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll.


 
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Summer guide to Pittsburgh

"Flashes of Freedom" by Zambelli as seen from Grandview Avenue atop Mt. Washington.
There's plenty to do and see around Pittsburgh during the summer.

From festivals to concerts, here's an index to help you plan all the fun in the coming months.

Setting the SEEN: Summer fun in Downtown Pittsburgh

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Theater returns to August Wilson Center with 'Piano Lesson'

Mark Clayton Southers is slated to direct Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre’s production of “The Piano Lesson” at the August Wilson Center.



Stage review: 'Brewed' stirs up trouble for six troubled sisters

Sisterly bonds are sorely tested in the No Name Players production of Scott T. Barsotti’s horror fantasy “Brewed.”


 

PBS renews two children’s TV series produced by South Side’s Fred Rogers Co.

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” which is aimed at preschoolers, will return for a 20-episode third season in 2016.



TV Q&A

Responses to questions about “Downton Abbey,” “Face Off,” “Longmire” and a reporter on WPXI.


 


Breakfast With


Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Tina Desai

Bollywood actress Tina Desai appeared in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” films and now has gone sci-fi in the new Netflix series “Sense8.”



Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Kate Mulgrew

Actress Kate Mulgrew found her character “Red” on the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” emerged nearly fully formed.


 

Art & Architecture


Let's Talk About Art: Melissa Fleming

When Pine-Richland High School student Melissa Fleming was looking for new ideas to incorporate into her art, she gave glass-blowing a try.



Garfield exhibit showcases 'diverse array' of Latino art

Maritza Mosquera presents “Aqui” with work from 13 Latino artists at Assemble in Bloomfield-Garfield for Cafe Con Leche.


 

Gaming Plus


Game review: 'Arkham Knight' a superb adventure for Batman

The latest “Arkham” video game is a perfect sendoff for a groundbreaking series.



Cybertainment: YouTube to stream Grateful Dead concerts

Grateful Dead’s final concerts will stream on YouTube; e-books from No Starch Press keep kids’ minds busy; Crackle rolls out new offerings.