Arts & Entertainment


 Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom in "Nightcrawler," written and directed by Dan Gilroy.

Movie review: Jake Gyllenhaal throws ethics to the wind as a videographer in 'Nightcrawler'

Jake Gyllenhaal, looking haunted and hungry, plays a petty thief turned amoral freelance news photographer in Los Angeles.

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 Will Smith will star as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a former Allegheny County pathologist who first discovered CTE in the brain of the late Steelers center Mike Webster.

Will Smith football movie shooting in Pittsburgh

With the working title 'Concussion,’ it’s based on Dr. Bennet Omalu, who detected brain injuries in Steeler Mike Webster.

about 10 hours ago


WQED-TV shows to focus on veterans

The programming leading to Veterans Day begins Sunday with “Long Road Home: Tony’s Story,” followed by five more shows.

about 10 hours ago


Film series inspired by Billy Strayhorn to start Tuesday

Kelly Strayhorn honors life and legacy of Billy Strayhorn with its “My People: A Film Series in Color” on Tuesdays in November.

about 10 hours ago


 Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins star in HBO's "Olive Kitteridge."

Tuned In: Attention to detail helps 'Olive Kitteridge'

The slow TV movement gets a boost from HBO’s character-driven miniseries “Olive Kitteridge;” WPCB adds digital subchannel.

about 10 hours ago


 Mark Strong as  Dr. Nasch and Nicole Kidman as his patient  Christine Lucas blur the lines in their relationship as they seek the cause of her amnesia in "Before I Go to Sleep."

Movie review: Great acting awakens in 'Before I Go to Sleep'

Moviegoers likely won’t forget the mystery thriller “Before I Go to Sleep,” thanks to leads Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

about 10 hours ago


 Daniel Radcliffe stars in "Horns."

Movie review: A bumpy transition to screen for 'Horns'

Daniel Radcliffe taps into his devilish side in “Horns,” about a man who sprouts horns after being suspected in the murder of his

about 10 hours ago


 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.

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 University of Pittsburgh jazz director Geri Allen works 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.

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TV review: 'McCarthys' has oldie-moldy feel

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

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 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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 Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets with son Elmo (right) at Club Cafe.

The old bands still deliver

Mascis and Meat Puppets are the latest '80s artists to show that they can play with fire.

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 Jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington.

Preview: Drums run in the family for Terri Lyne Carrington

Boston native Terry Lyne Carrington came to music early and fairly easily.

1 day ago


 Michael Keaton.

How well do you know Michael Keaton?

How much do you know about Beetlejuice turned Batman turned Birdman? Take our Michael Keaton quiz and find out.

1 day ago


 Michael Keaton as Riggan in "Birdman."

'Birdman' makes Keaton face his past -- almost

Michael Keaton's new character is paunchy, balding and wears 60-plus years on his face.

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 Michael Keaton as Riggan and Emma Stone as Sam in "Birdman."

In 'Birdman' the theater-as-art crowd takes on Hollywood

Here are 10 ways that the Alejandro G. Inarritu film sends up Broadway and Hollywood.

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 Butcher Babies.

The Undead Playlist: Pittsburgh-area musicians offer scary suggestions for Halloween listening

A Halloween playlist of goth, rock and novelty songs.

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 The national tour cast of "Annie," with Issie Swickle in the title role, is at the Benedum Center through Nov. 2, 2014.

Stage review: 'Annie' bubbles with optimism

The national tour brings a message of hope wrapped in a swell production to the Benedum Center.

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 Bill Wilson, who also goes by "Biilzebub" the Bone Collector, poses for a portrait inside his workshop on the South Side, where he creates jewelry, lamps and sculpture using the bones of deceased animals.

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.

2 days ago


 Nick Lehane in front of the theater where he understudies the two lead roles.

Pittsburgh actor 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.”

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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.

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 Michael Clark Company dancers Oxana Panchenko and Clair Thomas.

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.

2 days ago


 Tavi Gevinson as Jessica in "This Is Our Youth."

Stage review: Energetic actors buoy a thin 'Our Youth'

Disaffected, well-to-do youngsters take center stage in Broadway’s “This Is Our Youth.”

2 days ago


 Duane Michals "Good Morning Glory," 2007 chromogenic print with hand applied text.

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

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

2 days ago


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.”

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 Jared & the Mill will perform at the Hard Rock Cafe tonight at 7. Admission is $10.

Jared & The Mill bring their indie-folk sound to Hard Rock Cafe

The Phoenix band will be performing songs from their latest album, “Western Expansion.”

2 days ago


 Enhancements to the South Highland Avenue Bridge recently won an honor award from the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

South Highland bridge, 16 others win design awards

South Highland Avenue Bridge renovation, a new middle school auditorium and “butterfly balconies” garner awards for local architects.

3 days ago


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.

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Book review: Young readers learn about Hurricane Katrina through well-written tale

“Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere” by Julie T. Lamana lets children experience a disaster through the eyes of someone their age.

3 days ago


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.

3 days ago


Garfield Artworks closing in December

Owner not sure what will become of space with promoter Manny Theiner going out on his own.

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 "Theo George" is part of "Taking Stock" by Two Girls Working -- aka artists Tiffany Ludwig and Renee Piechocki -- at SPACE gallery.

Let’s Talk About Art: Two Girls Working

Two Girls Working ask big questions as part of their installation “Taking Stock” at SPACE gallery in Downtown Pittsburgh.

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 Barry Williams is best remembered as the oldest son on the 1970s sitcom “The Brady Bunch.”

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.

4 days ago


Garfield Artworks to close in December

The Garfield gallery and concert venue helped launch an artistic renaissance on Penn Avenue in the 1990s.

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 Actor David Conrad, artist-in-residence at the Kiski School, a private boarding school for boys in Saltsburg that is his alma mater, coaches students during one-on-one session Wednesday. The students are rehearsing the play "Goldstar, Ohio" by Michael Tisdale. The play is about true stories of families from Ohio who who were killed in the Al Anbar province of Iraq.

Kiski student play gets some star power from David Conrad

David Conrad leaves behind the lights of Hollywood to work with drama students at his alma mater The Kiski School.

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 Julia Erickson as Carabosse in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "The Sleeping Beauty."

Ballet review: PBT's production of 'The Sleeping Beauty' a thing of beauty

The daring attitude of Amanda Cochrane and Yoshiaki Nakano in the classic seems to have filtered through to the corps de ballet.

4 days ago


'Even This I Get to Experience': Television is all in the family for Norman Lear

Norman Lear’s autobiography is short on deep-dive details from the TV trenches, but full of entertaining stories from his life beyond TV.

5 days ago


 Marc “Lil Rev” Revenson.

A ukulele weekend is on the way

The “Johnny Appleseed of the Ukulele” returns to Pittsburgh for a workshop and concert next weekend.

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 This is a set of diatonic harmonicas owned by harmonica player Clint Hoover.

Clint Hoover answers harmonica questions

Pittsburgh jazz musician gives his tips on playing the harmonica, what he calls the “ultimate ear instrument.”

5 days ago


 Bob Herbert, author of "Losing Our Way."

'Losing Our Way': Bob Herbert assesses the betrayal of the American Dream

A former columnist for The New York Times, Bob Herbert has brought the lucidity, passion and accuracy to what is wrong in our country.

5 days ago


 Kim Zupan, author of "The Ploughmen."

'The Ploughmen': the unlikely friendship between a cop and a killer

Kim Zupan, a native Montanan, has used the scenery of his state to immersive effect in his debut novel.

5 days ago


 Anne Rice, author of "Prince Lestat."

'Prince Lestat': Put a stake in the heart of Anne Rice’s latest tale of vampires

Readers looking for a return to form for Anne Rice, the author of the Vampire Chronicles, will be disappointed with “Prince Lestat.”

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 Issie Swickle as Annie and Lilly Mae Stewart as Molly sing “Maybe” in "Annie," which opens Tuesday at the Benedum Center.

'Annie' tour director thinks show has a bright tomorrow

The lyricist and original director of the 1977 hit “Annie” goes back to the musical’s roots to take the show on the road.

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The Game Guy: Play these spooky games with the lights off

A medium that can deliver screams of terror comparable to a Wes Craven movie is the video game.

5 days ago


The good justice: 'Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice'

A new biography of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor paints an appealing picture, but fails to break new ground.

5 days ago


Patrick Buchanan tells all: 'The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority'

The conservative commentator and White House insider Pat Buchanan tries to make sense of his former boss’ contradictions.

5 days ago


Who's your data? 'Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)'

After searching through our social media, the head of OK Cupid’s analytics team explains the soul of the new data.

5 days ago


Alice Simpson’s debut novel 'Ballroom': A minuet of love and misery

Ms. Simpson marries her love of art forms and dancing to create a story filled with complicated (sometimes unlikeable) characters.

5 days ago


School daze: 'The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League'

Robert Peace could have changed his life for the better. But the lure of the narcotics trade proved too powerful.

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