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 John Massari, a member of the VFW Post 33 honor guard in Greensburg.
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John Massari, a member of the VFW Post 33 honor guard in Greensburg.

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?

  • Trumpeter John Massari talks about playing taps


  •  "The Road Home" by Kathleen Shoop The Letter Series Book 2.

    Book review: Local author pens a satisfying sequel to 'The Last letter'

    The sequel to Kathleen Shoop’s “The Last Letter,” titled “The Road Home” continues the Arthur family saga



    Book review: Joseph Ellis shows how the Revolutionary War was only the beginning

    Author explains how four of the Founding Fathers helped forge a nation in “The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution.”



     Richard Nixon leaves office on August 9, 1974.

    Book review: Nixon Agonistes -- His tainted legacy still overshadows the nation

    A fascinating look at America’s most troubled president


    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 »


    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.



    2Do: Cultural events for the coming week

    Artist talks, Smokey Robinson, soprano Charlene Canty and pianist Larry Allen and comedian Doug Benson are on the schedule.


     
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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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    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.”



    State gives $50,000 to preserve August Wilson's childhood home

    The grant from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission will help to preserve the playwright’s childhood home at 1727 Bedford Ave.


     

    TV Q&A

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



    Reality check: Locals forge ahead on ‘Ninja's' Pittsburgh course

    Pittsburgh athletes conquer the “American Ninja Warrior” course on the first night of the competition at the Carrie Furnace in Swissvale.


     


    Breakfast With


    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.



    Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Jesse Andrews

    Pittsburgh native and Harvard grad, Jesse Andrews, worked menial jobs while writing the book that became “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.”


     

    Celebrities


    PEOPLE: Wiz Khalifa, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Lest Holt and more!

    Wiz Khalifa’s new docuseries “Day Today” documents his life on the Boys of Zummer tour and debuts on REVOLT TV.



    PEOPLE: Anthony Geary, EL James and the BET Awards

    Anthony Geary who has played Luke Spencer on “General Hospital” for nearly three decades, will appear in his final episode next month.


     

    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.