Arts & Entertainment

 The new tree for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker" in progress. Unlike the former one, it's a drop-style tree that takes advantage of canvas panels that unfold for added height and drama.
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The new tree for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker" in progress. Unlike the former one, it's a drop-style tree that takes advantage of canvas panels that unfold for added height and drama.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre 'Nutcracker' to include new tree, fresh surprises

It’s become a tradition of sorts for artistic director Terrence Orr to freshen up his Pittsburgh-flavored “Nutcracker” from year to year.

'The Story of the Lost Child': A compulsively readable quartet of novels is complete

The final installment of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels is hefty and satisfying

 Sudhir Hazareesingh author of "How the French Think."

'How the French Think': an elegant, but incomplete, introduction to French intellectual life

It is hard to imagine future books about French thought that ignore the anti-intellectual influence of radical Islamists.

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his teammates during practice earlier this month. TV coverage of the team is almost always a ratings booster.

TV Q&A: What’s the availability of Spanish-language channels in Pittsburgh?

Questions answered regarding Steelers mania on local news outlets, “Fuller House” and “What Not to Wear.”

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2Do this week, Nov. 29-Dec. 6: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Former PSO concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley will give a recital with pianist Orion Weiss on Monday at Carnegie Music Hall.

Saturday Diary: Barry Manilow put a song in my heart

I like all kinds of music. All the cool stuff. Barry Manilow is the real deal, after all these years.



This image released by Columbia Pictures shows, from left, Will Smith, Dr. Bennet Omalu and director Peter Landesman on the set of the film, "Concussion."
The film in which Will Smith portrays Dr. Bennet Omalu features a story with deep Pittsburgh roots.

"Concussion," which opens on Christmas Day, was filmed at various locations around Pittsburgh. Explore the story of the movie, Steelers center Mike Webster and more right here.


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Stage review: Quantum gets quirky with 'Chickens in the Yard'

The play touches down in Lawrenceville with themes of acceptance and family, as it inaugurates the theater company’s New Voices program.

Village Theater names executive director

The group is in the process of building the Vanguard Theater, slated to open in September 2016.


Reality check: Baldwin man competes in truTV's 'Santas in the Barn'

John Scarpino of Baldwin Boro will climb up chimneys and wrap gifts with other would-be Kris Kringles in a new reality show.

Holiday television specials spread seasonal cheer

No matter what your preference, there is surely something on the seasonal schedule to suit your tastes.


Breakfast With

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Michael B. Jordan

Actor Michael B. Jordan comes out swinging in the Rocky spin-off, “Creed.”  He took a year to build up mind, body and spirit for the role.

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Christie Brinkley

Supermodel Christie Brinkley will age eventually, but in the meantime, her new book is filled with tips to stall it.


Art & Architecture

Public art opportunities available for six Pittsburgh-area communities

Foundations grant will spur temporary ’placemaking’ art works.

'Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse' is a rejuvenating escape

A new exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art is a visual feast of works by artists familiar and new.



PEOPLE: Adele, John Stamos, Albie Hecht and more!

Adele “25” sets first-week sales record, besting ’N Sync’s “No Strings Attached” album from 2000.

PEOPLE: Adele, Joe Manganiello, Sofia Vergara and more!

In three days, Adele’s new album has sold more than 2.3 million copies in the United States.


Gaming Plus

Video game review: 'Fallout 4' falls short on player experience

Played on the new generation PS4, the latest game in the popular franchise fails to improve on its success.