Arts & Entertainment


25th New Works Festival draws plays from all over

The city’s festival of new plays brings together writers worldwide with local theater companies to produce a dozen world premieres.

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PEOPLE: Josh and Gab, Barack Obama, the MTV Video Music Awards and more!

“The Josh and Gab Show” creators are shopping around a new talk show for children.

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 "It’s a great job if you can get it," Adam Baldwin said of acting.

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin plays a naval officer in TNT’s “The Last Ship.” In real life, he is a political conservative in a sea of Hollywood liberals.

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 Paul Organisak in October 2013, at a news conference as the Pittsburgh exhibition of the Rubber Duck was coming to a close.

Man instrumental to bringing rubber duck to Pittsburgh leaves Cultural Trust

Paul Organisak, 53, vice president of programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, resigns to rest and recharge

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 Philanthropist and businessman Dick Simmons.

Dick Simmons to step down as Pittsburgh Symphony's board chairman

Mr. Simmons’ individual philanthropy has helped the symphony weather the weak economy and its difficult financial circumstances.

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Netflix picks up 'Neighborhood'

“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” episodes are now available on Netflix.

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 Writer Wes Craven died in his Los Angeles home of brain cancer.  He was 76.

Obituary: Wes Craven / ‘Scream’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ director

The versatile filmmaker also wrote and produced features, directed for television and wrote novels.

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 Arundel Head (Sophocles), 200 - 1 B.C., Greek; bronze and copper.

Treasures from the Mediterranean featured in exhibit

Greek antiquities crafted during the Hellenistic period shine at the Getty museum in Los Angeles. The exhibit moves to D.C. in December.

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 Greta Gerwig as Brooke in "Mistress America."

Movie preview: Greta Gerwig uses storytelling to express human experience

Actress and co-writer Greta Gerwig blends 1980s sensibilities with screwball comedy for “Mistress America,” set in contemporary New York.

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 "Billie Holiday" by John Szwed.

'Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth' properly honors her artistry

John Szwed’s first-rate biography puts the primary focus on the artist and her work, and not her addiction.

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 "The English Spy" by Daniel Silva.

'The English Spy': Daniel Silva's 15th in the Gabriel Allon series still thrills

The action is sufficiently suspenseful to keep even a non-thriller reader’s interest, which makes up for the occasional uber-dramatic flair.

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'Purity': Jonathan Franzen's dark, rich yet playful novel about political extremists

A new work by the author of “The Corrections” and “Freedom” comes freighted with expectations as a “literary event.” It is, flaws and all.

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 Penn Jillette after his recent weight loss.

TV Q&A: 'Resurrection,' 'Mad Men' and more

Questions answered about “Resurrection,” a “Mad Men” finale stunt and Penn Jillette’s appearance on “Jeopardy!”

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 David Letterman, left, and Bobby Rahal, car owners for driver Oriol Servia, of Spain, talk before the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.

David Letterman struggling with love of racing after fatal crash

Retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner David Letterman re-examines his love of the sport following Justin Wilson's death.

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MTV VMAs red-carpet show to live-stream virtual reality video

The digitally savvy will be able to enjoy a 360-degree, virtual-reality experience during the MTV Video Music Awards preshow.

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2Do this week, Aug. 30-Sept. 5: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

The Wilson/Barnes/Throckmorton Trio,  PSO’s “Neighborhood Week,” and a Festival of Combustion all scheduled for the coming week.

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Games: Get set for ‘Star Wars' to enter the Disney Infinity galaxy

Disney feels the pressure as the 3.0 version of the popular video game series is released to fans.

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 Brit Floyd doing "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" at Stage AE on Friday night.

Brit Floyd puts on dazzling display at Stage AE

Tribute band gets fans as close as possible to the real thing.

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 From left, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) , Owen (Chris Pratt), Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) watch in terror in Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic World."  The film tops the list of season's box office winners.

'Jurassic World' tops list of season's box office winners

“Jurassic World” roars to a fantastic first-place finish as the 2015 summer movie season draws to a close.

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 A Garamba National Park ranger carries an ivory tusk retrieved from a newly poached elephant.

Tuned In: Discovery, National Geographic return to serious science programming

Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel, have reversed course in getting serious about science/natural history programming.

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 Members of the Pine-Richland High School marching band practice at the school Aug. 19.

For Pittsburgh region band members, high school drills translate into life skills

Each August, high schools hold band camp, which, like sports camps, can be a grueling experience that forms strong bonds among students.

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Cybertainment: Site offers reading times for books

Find out how long it will take to read that book. The Everything Machine maker app lets kids build their own inventions.

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 August Wilson's "Fences" is set in the Hill District circa 1957.

Viola Davis, Denzel Washington reportedly collaborating on 'Fences' movie

The Oscar-winning actor is slated to direct the film version of the Pittsburgh-set play by the late August Wilson.

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Children's Museum of Pittsburgh receives grants

With money from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and Chevron, the Children's Museum will start maker spaces in West Virginia.

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 Zac Efron in "We Are Your Friends."

Movie review: Music-filled 'We Are Your Friends' falters in plot

“We Are Your Friends” stars Zac Efron as a 23-year-old DJ looking for meaning and the perfect music in his life in the San Fernando Valley.

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 From left, Kristen Wiig as Charlotte Goetze, Bel Powley as Minnie Goetze and Alexander Skarsgard as Monroe in "The Diary of a Teenage Girl."

Movie review: Young star captures '70s teen angst in 'Diary of a Teenage Girl'

“The Diary of a Teenage Girl,“ starring breakout British actress Bel Powley, finds a 15-year-old sampling adult pleasures and perils.

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 Conrad Anker in "Meru."

Movie review: 'Meru' takes moviegoers to great heights

A new mountain climbing documentary follows three expert climbers as they try to scale the Shark’s Fin in northern India.

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PEOPLE: Jeb Bush, Kim Kardashian, Spike Lee and more!

Jeb Bush plans to raffle off to a campaign supporter a “VIP ticket” to Stephen Colbert’s premiere late-night show on CBS.

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 "I don’t want to sleep, I just want to keep making these,” Martha Montesano, 93, said.

At 93, Robinson woman crafts 'angel bracelets' for breast cancer patients

Martha Montesano is closing in on the creation of her 1,000th bracelet, a project she began after her daughter was diagnosed with cancer.

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 The Pittsburgh-based Pearl Jam tribute band Ten is, from left, Billy Schneider, Todd Kaczorowski, Adam Sivitz, Nick Rhodes and Brian Pardee.

With real bands phasing out, tribute acts are flourishing

For tribute bands, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and an easy way to get prime gigs.

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 Michael Polite, left, and Richard Taylor talk at a news conference Thursday announcing them as new members of the governing board of the August Wilson Center.

August Wilson Center reorganization effort aims to create financial, artistic success

Michael Polite and Richard Taylor are the newest governing board members; three more members will be named at the end of the year.

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 Brit Floyd performing at The Liverpool Echo Arena in 2013.

Concert preview: Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd flies the pig proudly

A popular tribute band, playing Stage AE on Friday, was the result of a split from the Australian Pink Floyd.

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 In "The Look of Silence," Adi, left, questions Commander Amir Siahaan, one of the death squad leaders responsible for his brother’s death during the Indonesian genocide.

Movie Review : 'The Look of Silence' is documentary-making at its most daring

Joshua Oppenheimer’s sequel to “The Act of Killing” tries to peer into the eyes and hearts of men responsible for a genocide in Indonesia.

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 Bethel Park native Adam Schreck, a performer with "Second City: Fully Loaded," with Jo Feldman, will perform at the O'Reilly Theater, Downtown, this weekend.

Stage preview: Second City tour is homecoming for Bethel Park native Adam Schreck

Adam Schreck is living his “incomparable dream” as a member of the famed comedy troupe.

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 Iris Apfel in the documentary "Iris."

What's new to DVD? Island romance ‘Aloha' plus docs ‘Irish' and ‘Citizenfour'

Before the final hula, all of the key characters must take a stand, stake a claim or face the consequences of their actions in “Aloha.”

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 WDBJ-TV7 anchor Chris Hurst, right, the boyfriend of slain news reporter Alison Parker, hugs meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner during the early morning newscast at WDBJ-TV7, in Roanoke, Va., today.

Memories, tears mark newscast a day after on-air shootings

The emotional crescendo of WDBJ-TV’s “Mornin’ ” show came when two anchors and a weatherman joined hands to mark a moment of silence.

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Hot List: Weekend of Aug. 27-30

Fairs, jazz concerts, art festivals, Tim McGraw and free films round out the last weekend of the month.

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 Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson star in "No Escape."

Movie review: ‘No Escape' is trapped by loose threads and stereotypes

The Dowdle brothers’ film starring Owen Wilson is a disappointing international thriller.

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 This photo shows a mock-up of the exhibition "Humanae/I AM AUGUST" by Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass that will be on the facade of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture beginning Sept. 25.

August Wilson Center prepares for its next stage

The center on Liberty Avenue is showing signs of artistic life as it heads into an ongoing renewal phase.

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 Shown here are some of Daniel Baxter's Kreepy Dolls.

Artist Daniel Baxter gets Society for Contemporary Craft all dolled up

Daniel Baxter, artist-in-residence at the Society for Contemporary Craft, is spreading is artmaking spirit one Kreepy Doll at a time.

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 "The Carmichael Show" cast, from left, Jerrod Carmichael as Jerrod, Amber West as Maxine, David Alan Grier as Joe Carmichael and Loretta Devine as Cynthia Carmichael.

TV review: Topical humor gives 'The Carmichael Show' an edge

Better-than-expected “The Carmichael Show” embraces contemporary issues in politically incorrect ways.

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 A mural in the process of being painted on the site of Pittsburgh artist Tom Sarver's Art Olympic Festival. The competition will be part of the Aug. 29, 2015, public Opening Celebration of the Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center on the North Side.

Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center opens Saturday

The Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center will hold its public debut Saturday in the North Side’s East Deutschtown neighborhood.

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 Singer/actress Idina Menzel performs at the Benedum Center on Tuesday night.

Concert review: Idina Menzel nice, naughty, always entertaining at Benedum

The Tony-winning star of "Wicked" and singer of "Let It Go" takes the audience on an emotional ride.

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PEOPLE: Roger Ailes, Roberto Clemente, Alison Sweeney and more!

Donald Trump should apologize to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly fof his Twitter attack on her, Fox News chief Roger Ailes says.

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 Dave Grohl fronts Foo Fighters Tuesday night at First Niagara Pavilion.

Concert review: Foo Fighters rock hard on 'The Throne Tour' at Pavilion

The Foo Fighters performed at the First Niagara Pavilion Tuesday night for what will be remembered as The Throne Tour.

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 Louise Penny.

Lecture preview: Canadian author Louise Penny will share her thoughts on 'The Nature of the Beast'

After 9-year-old Laurent Lepage disappears, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache confronts terrorism in the latest in the mystery series.

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 Edward Burns stars in "Public Morals."

TV review: 'Public Morals' benefits from wealth of characters

TNT continues to try to find a successful cop show, this time launching a 1960s-set drama from writer/actor Edward Burns.

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 Stephen Colbert wills tart off the "Late Show" with an eclectic mix of guests.

PEOPLE: Stephen Colbert, 'Fear the Walking Dead,' Jared Fogle and more!

Stephen Colbert has a start-studded lineup slated for his first week on “The Late Show.”

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 Lea DeLaria.

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Lea Delaria

She has a huge fan base playing Big Boo on “Orange Is the New Black,” but Lea DeLaria’s longtime supporters know she can do much more.

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 Photograph by Leonard Kessler of Andy Warhol, Dorothy Cantor and Philip Pearlstein on Carnegie Institute of Technology campus, ca. 1948.

Art review: 'Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor,' an exhibition of Pittsburgh greats, is full of surprises

“Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor: From Pittsburgh to New York” at the Warhol is a captivating exhibition of the Carnegie Tech grads who made it.

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