Arts & Entertainment


 Writer Jesse Andrews attends the premiere of "Me & Earl & the Dying Girl" at the Sundance Film Festival.

'Me & Earl' lights up Sundance Film Festival

“Me & Earl & the Dying Girl” picks up a partner for worldwide distribution after receiving rapturous reviews from early critics at Sundance.

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 Murrysville's Maddie Ziegler is only 12 but has been performing in high-profile music videos. Maddie, left, danced with Denna Thomsen on "Saturday Night Live" on Jan. 17 with Sia, right, singing "Elastic Heart."

From Sia videos to 'Dance Moms,' Murrysville dancer steps into pop culture fame

Murrysville’s Maddie Ziegler is on her toes as dance takes her around the world.

about 10 hours ago


He's trapped, but he's nobody's prisoner: 'The Last Escaper' by Peter Tunstall

Mr. Tunstall attempts to set the record straight about his legendary captivity in World War II.

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(Not) Ordinary People: 'Sweet Nothing' by Richard Lange

Mr. Lange’s latest collection of bizarrely optimistic moments in contemporary shame spirals.

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Cuddle in the huddle: 'City of Champions' by Chloe T. Barlow

Pittsburgh’s most successful romance writer returns with the second installment of her popular “A Gateway to Love” series.

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 Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Tilly said she's been playing poker for about 20 years.

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Jennifer Tilly

Actress and poker player Jennifer Tilly says the best female players play like men — very aggressively.

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Primus bringing Chocolate Factory tour to Stage AE

As it did on New Year's Eve, Primus will devote one set to performing the soundtrack to "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

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 Francisco Mathurine, of the Times Square Alliance, clears snow from the steps in Father Duffy Square in New York, Monday, Jan. 26, when Broadway cancelled all shows due to the coming storm.

Storm forces Broadway, Theater Hall of Fame induction to go dark

Inductees including F. Murray Abraham and Blythe Danner will have their day in the spring.

about 15 hours ago


‘Glee’ actress Melissa Benoist to star in new CBS series

The new one-hour drama “Supergirl” is the latest in a flurry of TV shows based on comic book superheroes.

1 day ago


Development project uses art to control water flow in Larimer

Green infrastructure advocates and water artists say timing’s perfect for stormwater management to merge with a new development in Larimer.

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City calendar: 01/26/15

A look at upcoming events for the week ahead.

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Masked metal band Slipknot to perform in August in Pittsburgh

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at LiveNation.com.

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 Ruth Goodman didn't just research the Victorian era to write "How to Be a Victorian." She lived it.

'How to Be Victorian': Ruth Goodman's meticulously researched guide to 19th-century life

Ms. Goodman didn’t just study, she lived it out, to create an eye-opening “Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life.”

2 days ago


 RJ Cyler, left, and Thomas Mann in the childhood living room of writer Jesse Andrews in Point Breeze during a scene from "Me & Earl & the Dying Girl."

'Me & Earl & the Dying Girl,' made and set in Pittsburgh, premieres today at Sundance Film Festival

Filmed at Schenley High and the Point Breeze childhood home of author Jesse Andrews, the film has buzz. But will it get distribution?

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Opera Review: Challenging 'Rodelinda' handled deftly by Pittsburgh Opera

Producing Handel’s “Rodelinda” is no small feat.

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 The cast of "Birdman" pose in the press room with the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

‘Birdman’ tops SAG; Keaton fails to win

SAG Awards win sends 'Birdman' Oscar hopes soaring, though Eddie Redmayne upsets Michael Keaton, wins most outstanding actor.

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 Neel Mukherjee, author of "The Lives of Others."

'The Lives of Others': In Neel Mukherjee's masterful novel, home is where the class warfare is

Mr. Mukherjee’s demanding work chronicles unhappy characters in Calcutta. One of the best novels of 2014, it rewards your efforts.

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 Carrie Lane, the Youth Services Coordinator of the Allegheny County Library Association, assembles American Girl Doll kits at the ACLA's West End office on Wednesday. The doll kits will be available to check out of ten Libraries around the Pittsburgh area for one week at a time beginning Jan. 28.

American Girl dolls for all

Children can now check out American Girl dolls at nearby libraries, allowing them to learn about both local and American history.

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 "See How Small" by Scott Blackwood

'See How Small': Scott Blackwood's novel shows death minus the details

A novel about a triple murder dwells more on the aftermath than the crime.

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 Michael Mosley, left, and Kevin Daniels star in "Sirens," airing at 10 p.m. Tuesdays on the USA Network. Denis Leary is an executive producer for the show, but he is not a series regular.

TV Q&A: Compensation for TV folks is up to the station

Questions are answered about fill-in weathercasters, broadcasting trials in Pennsylvania, “Sirens” and “Rachael Ray.”

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 An Oscar statue appears at the Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Between Jan. 15, when Academy Award nominations are announced, and Feb. 22, film fans flock to the theaters to see the nominated works.

Oscar fever has fans scrambling to watch, watch, watch

Movie lovers are binge watching Academy Award-nominated films in advance of the Feb. 22 awards ceremony.

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 For The CW's "Jane the Virgin," Gina Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy.

15 years after efforts began, TV networks make unequal progress toward on-screen diversity

ABC, NBC and Fox have a higher percentage of blacks in prime time than there is in the general population — a significant change over 1999.

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 Bill Cosby is scheduled to perform Feb. 21 at Heinz Hall.

Petition drive seeks postponement of Bill Cosby show at Heinz Hall

The comedian in the thick of sexual assault allegations is set to perform in Pittsburgh on Feb. 21.

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2Do this week, Jan. 25-31: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Jen Bervin read their poetry for the University of Pittsburgh’s Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series Thursday.

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 Vocalist Gladys Knight performs with her group Saturday night at Heinz Hall.

Gladys Knight, Spinners deliver the hits in strange Heinz Hall concert

Opening act gets more stage time than the headliner.

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 Chris Breakwell is a Belle Vernon native and investment banker who moved back to Pittsburgh to invest in the 31st Street Studio.

31st Street Studios reeling in big flicks

Pittsburgh’s 31st Street Studios — the largest movie studio between both U.S. coasts — is going gangbusters in the Strip District.

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 Conductor James Gaffigan made his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Friday night.

Concert review: Conductor James Gaffigan and PSO make for a solid team

Mr. Gaffigan, making his PSO debut, conducted a new work by Mason Bates, plus Ravel, Mendelssohn and “Good Friday Spell” from Wagner.

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 Nothing is simple about the first challenge for Todd Landree of Venetia and his teammates in the premiere of TBS's "King of the Nerds."

Reality check: Local recruiter having fun on 'King of Nerds'

Washington County’s Todd Landree makes the journey to “Nerdvana” for the TBS show “King of the Nerds.”

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 Johnny Depp and his mustache star in the R-rated comedy "Mortdecai."

Movie reviews: 'Mortdecai' is loopy; 'Strange Magic' joyless

If you don’t find Brit quips funny, there isn’t much for you in “Mortdecai” with Johnny Depp. Little is left to fantasy in “Strange Magic.”

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 Michael Raymond-James portrays Paul Revere in the new History channel miniseries "Sons of Liberty."

Tuned In: Miniseries 'Sons of Liberty' takes liberties with history

History goes for blockbuster style in “Sons of Liberty,” and ABC’s “Galavant” gallops to its season finale.

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 The Oscar-nominated “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” features  frames that look like timeless watercolor paintings.

Movie review: Beautifully drawn 'Princess Kaguya' an unusual tale

“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” the fourth of the five Oscar nominees for best animated movies to play in Pittsburgh, arrives Saturday.

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 Bill Cosby, who has been the subject of several sexual assault allegations in recent months, is scheduled to perform at Heinz Hall on Feb. 21.

Petition drive seeks to postpone Cosby’s Heinz Hall appearance

The 77-year-old Cosby, who is scheduled to perform at Heinz Hall in February, has been the subject of several sexual assault allegations.

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 The Screen Actors Guild Awards actor statuette appears near the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The SAG awards will be presented on Sunday.

SAG Awards give actors a chance to evaluate colleagues

The golden glow for Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton and others continues with the SAG Awards set for Sunday night at 8 in Los Angeles.

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 Noah, played by Ryan Guzman, has a dangerous obsession with Claire, portrayed by Jennifer Lopez, in "The Boy Next Door."

Movie review: 'The Boy Next Door' a lousy unintentional comedy

“I love your mom’s cookies” may go down in history as the most hilariously inappropriate double entendre ever spoken on film.

4 days ago


 Jennifer Aniston stars as an affluent woman suffering from chronic pain in "Cake."

Movie review: Too much misery flavors this 'Cake'

Jennifer Aniston tries to have her slice of acting-cred pie in “Cake,” a downbeat look at a well-off LA woman living with chronic pain.

4 days ago


 Brad Burmeister, left, and Craig Britcher place a likeness of Fred Rogers on  a re-creation of the TV set of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" at the Heinz History Center.

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood at Heinz History Center

“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” is re-created in an exhibit opening today.

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 Former "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul will join the panel on  "So You Think You Can Dance."

PEOPLE: Paula Abdul, Bill Cosby, TLC and more!

Paula Abdul will join the judges panel on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

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 Bob Seger responds to a packed house at Thursday night's concert at Consol Energy Center.

Concert review: Bob Seger, J Geils Band prove to be ageless arena-rockers at Consol

Boston and Motor City rockers are built tough, playing to a packed house on the second date of their tour.

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 J Geils Band -- Danny Klein, left, Peter Wolf, Magic Dick and Seth Justman -- will perform at Consol Energy Center tonight on a bill that includes Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.

J Geils Band is prepped for a Detroit Breakdown with the Seger crew

Peter Wolf puts aside solo effort to tour with his old mates in the J Geils Band, stopping at Consol tonight.

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'Grist from the Mill': One-woman storytelling show in Braddock puts new twist on dinner theater

Dog and Pony Show Theatricals makes the meal part of the performance, backed by the chef behind the forthcoming Superior Motors restaurant.

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 "The Boxtrolls," new to DVD this week, has been nominated for an Oscar for animated feature.

DVD reviews: Oscar's 'Trolls' are cuddly creatures

New on DVD: “Boxtrolls,” “Lucy,” “The Drop” and  “Annabelle.”

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 Rainn Wilson stars as "Backstrom," a brilliant but unlikable detective in the new show premiering on Fox.

TV reviews: 'Backstrom' goes the way of most 'House' wannabes

Fox premieres "House" retread "Backstrom" with a star of "The Office;" CBS's sitcom "Mom" gets dramatic (again!).

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 Matt Booth, left, Clinton Clegg, Buddy Rieger, Shawn McGregor and Arianna Powell make up The Commonheart.

Clinton Clegg puts a little bit of soul into The Commonheart

Singer Clinton Clegg goes for the feel of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Greg Allman.

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 Jasmine Muhammad portrays Rodelinda, Corrie Stallings is Bertarido and Adam Bonanni as Grimoaldo in Pittsburgh Opera's production of Handel's Rodelinda.

Opera preview: Singer asks audiences to come to 'Rodelinda' with 'open ears, open eyes, open hearts'

Handel's "Rodelinda" opens this weekend in a new production by Pittsburgh Opera at the CAPA Theater.

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 Tangela Large will perform the many characters in the solo show "Mr. Joy" at City Theatre.

Stage preview: City Theatre premieres solo play about sad case of Mr. Joy

In "Mr. Joy," Daniel Beaty channels a real event to explore the effects of the loss of a shop owner on a neighborhood.

5 days ago


 This is a computer-generated rendering by Pittsburgh Musical Theater set and lighting designer Todd Nonn of the "Kiss the Girl" scene from "Disney's The Little Mermaid," which will be at the Byham Theater through Feb. 1.

Stage preview: PMT to take audiences under the sea

The light and set designer for PMT’s "The Little Mermaid" uses old and new tricks to create an underwater world on stage.

5 days ago


Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends Awards returning in April

Nominees will be announced in February, and the induction ceremony will be held in April.

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 Gladys Knight won't be on the midnight train to Georgia Saturday night. She'll be performing at Heinz Hall at 8 p.m.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

A World of Wheels, “My Fair Lady,” classical and rock music, a Gallery Crawl, comedian Tommy Davidson and Gladys Knight are all on tap,

5 days ago


 Honeyriders

Pittsburgh scene: A Torn and Frayed reunion and debut from the Honeyriders

A lot of old friends reconnected last year at wakes held after the death of Trash Vegas/Ultimatics bassist Tommy Osh.

5 days ago


Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve's new book club timed to the seasons

A club to discuss books with nature themes will hold its first meeting tonight at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve near Saint Vincent College.

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