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 Michael Keaton and Edward Norton star in "Birdman."
Michael Keaton and Edward Norton star in "Birdman."

Movie review: 'Birdman' is Michael Keaton's finest hour

Black comedy "Birdman" soars, thanks to Michael Keaton and gutsy filmmaking by director and co-writer Alejandro G. Inarritu.


 University of Pittsburgh jazz director Geri Allen work with music students during a music class recently.

Pianist Geri Allen puts her stamp on annual seminar

Geri Allen, director of the University of Pittsburgh's jazz studies program, honors the tradition founded by Nathan Davis.

  • Geri Allen talks about jazz program at the University of Pittsburgh



  • TV review: 'McCarthys' has oldie-moldy feel

    Genial new CBS sitcom "The McCarthys" has some strong comedic moments but falters with stale stereotypes.



     Zach Braff (at center) directs and stars as parent to children portrayed by Pierce Gagnon (at left) and Joey King (at right) in his new comedy "Wish I Was Here."

    New to DVD this week

    "Wish I Was Here," "Life of Crime,"  and "Deliver Us From Evil" hit store shelves.


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    Fall arts preview

    The Black Keys members Dan Auerbach (front) and Patrick Carney.
    There's plenty to do and see around Pittsburgh during the autumn season.

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

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    Pittsburgh man is thrown into the fire on Broadway

    Pittsburgh native Nick Lehane earns his acting stripes as an understudy for Broadway’s “This Is Our Youth.”



    Dance preview: British troupe Michael Clark Company to make Pittsburgh debut

    The troupe will perform “come, been and gone” at Byham Theater this weekend as part of the Pittsburgh Dance Council’s 2014-15 season.


     

    TV review: PBS's Craft in America' focuses on veterans

    The PBS series “Craft in America” has put together a thoughtful program in “Service,” which focuses on veterans.



    KDKA anchorwoman Kimberly Gill headed to Detroit

    Ms. Gill, who arrived in Pittsburgh three years ago after a stint with WEWS in Cleveland, anchors her last Pittsburgh newscast Nov. 7.


     


    Breakfast With


    Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Barry Williams

    Best known for playing Greg Brady on the 1970s sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” Barry Williams is just happy to be a working actor.



    Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Gen. David Petraeus

    U.S. retired Army general and former CIA director David Petraeus has found civilian life a stimulating alternative to the military.


     

    Art & Architecture


    South Side man goes creative with bones of dead animals

    Bill “Biilzebub” Wilson aka The Bone Collector creates his art and gives new life — and beauty — to that which is already dead.



    Art notes: Duane Michals opens at The Carnegie; more Teenie Harris photos

    Duane Michals, Charles “Teenie” Harris and Charles Courtney Curran shows open.


     

    Celebrities


    People: Kevin Feige, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan James, Taylor Swift and more!

    Walt Disney Co.’s Marvel unit outlined plans for superhero movies through 2019, including two more “Avengers” films and a third “Thor.”



    PEOPLE: Mama June, Taylor Swift, Judd Nelson and more!

    Child protective services could investigate Mama June from “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” due to her relationship with a convicted sex offender.


     

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