Arts & Entertainment


 Christmas steel ornament made by Audra Azoury of Environment, who will be at Handmade Arcade.

Handmade Arcade brims with local flavor, vendors

Handmade Arcade will offer live music, giant puppets and more than 150 craft vendors on Dec. 6 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

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 NBC's "The Voice" has made Chris Jamison of Ross a literal rock star.

Reality Check: Singer from Ross makes to the final 8

Pittsburgh’s Chris Jamison is hitting high notes on NBC’s “The Voice.”

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Original 'Alice' manuscript to travel to U.S. museums

Lewis Carroll’s original handwritten, illustrated manuscript for “Alice in Wonderland” will travel to the U.S. for its 150th anniversary.

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National Portrait Gallery asks public to vote for art

The gallery pulled three images from its vast collection last month and asked the Internet to pick the one to hang in a prominent space.

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 Grumpy Cat stars "Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever."

Tuned In: 'Grumpy Cat' movie feels like cheap rushed job

Lifetime takes a break from woman-in-jeopardy drama for a comedic holiday film starring Grumpy Cat; “It Takes a Choir” re-re-rescheduled.

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 "Disney's A Christmas Carol" features the voices of Jim Carrey as Scrooge and Gary Oldman as Tiny Tim.  It airs Dec. 5 at  6 p.m. on ABC Family.

Holiday TV shows: A complete guide to this season's specials

There’s something for everyone on this list of shows, running through Jan. 1

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 Cranberry Cinemas has added two auditoriums to its previously eight-screen location. One of the new theaters has luxury seating with chairs that recline, as demonstrated by employee Lauren Fetkovish.  (Photo courtesy of Cranberry Cinemas)  filmnotes1128

Film notes: Cranberry Cinemas adds recliners; 'Blood First' to be screened Sunday

Cranberry Theater adds two houses, “Blood First” screens, “Birdman” and Michael Keaton soar as Indie Spirit Award nominations are announced.

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Spirit Nominations: 'Imitation Game,' 'Wild' Among Biggest Snubs

Nominations are made by committees for three areas: American narrative films, international narratives and documentaries.

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 The new Won't You Be My Neighbor website.

Cybertainment: Fred Rogers Company starts good neighborhood website

The Fred Rogers Company launches Won’t You Be My Neighbor site. YouTube will add Music Key music streaming service.

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 Igudesman & Joo: Aleksey Igudesman, left, and Hyung-ki Joo.

Preview: Igudesman & Joo

What music/comedy duo Igudesman & Joo do is serious business. The pair makes its local debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony this weekend.

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 Singer Diego Byrnes of the Ruckus Bros.

Preview: Pink Floyd meets 'The Wizard of Oz' in local benefit show

'Dark Side of Oz' merges two classics at Mr. Smalls featuring The Ruckus Bros.

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 A scene from "Pelican Dreams."

Movie review: 'Pelican Dreams' celebrates birds

The maker of "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" turns her attention to a different species of bird in the new documentary, "Pelican Dreams."

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 Jimmer Podrasky performs at the Pittsburgh Winery in July 2014.

Rave-Up, Redd Up: Jimmer Podrasky returns

Jimmer Podrasky returns with all-star lineup including members of The Clarks.

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 From left, Toll Road (Randy Couture), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) and Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) in "The Expendables 3."

New on DVD this week

"The Expendables 3," "The November Man" and "What If" hit store shelves.

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 Detail of Joe Paterno from the mural “Inspiration” by Michael Pilato.

Movie review: 'Happy Valley' reviews a very unhappy story about Penn State

"Happy Valley" documentary provides an overview of what happened after Sandusky’s arrest, Paterno's death and the tarnishing of Camelot.

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 Mark Milovats.

Preview: Milovats will swing holiday crowd to Vegas

Mark Milovats and his Orchestra move into Sinatra and Elvis territory for "A Christmas In Las Vegas."

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 James Taylor.

Preview: Expect the tried and true from James Taylor

James Taylor, who closed the Civic Arena in 2010, makes his Consol Energy Center debut on Saturday.

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 Laurie Metcalf stars as Marjorie in "The McCarthys" and also appears in HBO's "Getting On."

More actors working double duty this season

TV networks are now more willing to share actors than they've ever been, with several performers pulling double duty as series regulars

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 Lou Christie.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden dresses up for the holidays with its Winter Flower Show, opening on Friday.

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 Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones stars as Jane Wilde in "The Theory of Everything."

Movie reviews: 'Theory' one of year's best; 'Penguins' a delight; 'Bosses' almost horrible

Three new movies, “The Theory of Everything,” “Penguins of Madagascar” and “Horrible Bosses 2,” will open long before the turkey is thawed.

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 Ross native Chris Jamison

Pittsburgh's Chris Jamison advances on NBC's 'The Voice'

His Monday night performance of "Uptown Funk" scored well on iTunes and viewers' scorecards.

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 Dan Deluca (center) as Jack Kelly leads a strike of New York newsboys for fair labor practices in the Disney musical "Newsies" at the Benedum Center through Nov. 30.

Stage review: 'Newsies' soars with headlining songs, choreography

An ensemble of athletic dancers and strong leads herald the touring Disney musical as a crowd-pleaser in family entertainment.

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 Stanley (Patrick Jordan) and Stella (Jenna Johnson) in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at barebones productions, New Hazlett Theater.

Stage review: barebones' 'Streetcar' headed in right direction

Tennessee Williams’ play is in good hands as barebones presents a sure-footed “Streetcar.”

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 Detail of Benjamin Sota's installation, "Damn everything but the circus," in "Artists in Residence," a Mattress Factory exhibition held in conjunction with the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial which continues until May 31.

Art notes: Museums offer Thanksgiving weekend family activities

The Mattress Factory and Westmoreland Museum of American Art plan special activities for families over Thanksgiving weekend.

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 Felicity Jones stars in "The Theory of Everything."

Actress picked up unusual insights from Hawking's wife

Felicity Jones traveled to infinity with Jane and Stephen Hawking for “The Theory of Everything” opposite Eddie Redmayne.

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 "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving."

Essay: Thanksgiving movies stuffed with dreary drama

Thanksgiving in film and television: traffic jams, family dysfunction and ruined turkeys.

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PEOPLE: Bill Cosby, Tina Fey, George Eads and more!

Bill Cosby biographer Mark Whitaker regrets not aggressively investigating allegations of sexual assault in his recent book.

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 A Lynn Hayes-Freeland feature on former anchor Patrice King Brown was a highlight during KDKA's most recent sweeps period newscasts.

TV employs fewer gimmicks during 'sweeps'

It’s easy to get swept up in sweeps stories, but local stations seem to be toning down their reports.

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 Cast of "L'Hotel": (Front) Erika Cuenca is Catherine, Brent Harris is Oscar Wilde (seated) and (back row, left to right) Sam Tsoutsouvas is Victor Hugo, Tony Triano is Gioachino Rossini, Deanne Lorette is Sarah Bernhardt, Kati Brazda is Isadora Duncan and Daniel Hartley is Jim Morrison.

Stage review: ‘L’Hotel,’ an ambitious treat of a world premiere at Pittsburgh Public Theater

The new comedy by Ed Dixon brings together six famous inhabitants of a celebrated Paris cemetery (plus rock star Jim Morrison).

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'Star Wars' trailer to debut over holiday weekend

The trailer for the seventh film in the “Star Wars” franchise is timed to exploit the Thanksgiving break, a big weekend for films.

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 A mosaic by Ada Bosonetto.  Her work is available at the Holiday Shop at Pittburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside.

Let's Talk About Art: Ada Bosonetto

Mosaic artist Ada Bosonetto has a studio in her Highland Park home. She was born in Argentina and moved to Pittsburgh when she was 7.

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 A woman visits the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts Bern in May. The museum said it was shocked to learn that Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a Nazi-era art dealer, had left it a disputed hoard of priceless paintings — some thought to have been plundered from Jews. One day after the death of Cornelius Gurlitt, his lawyer told the Museum of Fine Arts in the western Swiss city of Bern that it was the sole heir of the German's spectacular collection.

Swiss gain Nazi-era art

A museum in Bern, Switzerland, has accepted a priceless bequest of masterworks from the late son of a Nazi-era art dealer.

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 Rebecca Romijn

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Rebecca Romijn

Model-turned-actress Rebecca Romijn has taken a job with TNT’s “Librarians,” but she’s no shrinking violet in this action series.

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 Part of the interior of the Studio C film production facility in Robinson, which will be used for set construction and equipment staging.

New film studio to open in Pittsburgh area

Studio C, the brainchild of Cyndi Casteel, is vying for some of the $60 million in state tax credits given annually to qualified facilities.

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 This image provided by Sotheby’s shows a fancy vivid blue pear-shaped diamond from the estate of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon that sold Nov. 20 for $32.6 million. It's an auction record for any blue diamond. It was sold to an anonymous Hong Kong collector.

Auction house: Bunny Mellon's objects take in $218 million during multiday auction

Three works — two paintings by Mark Rothko and a Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond — fetched over $30 million.

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 Dan Deluca of Peters stars as Jack Kelly in the national tour of "Newsies," coming to the Benedum Center on Tuesday.

Stage preview: 'Newsies' makes a headliner of Pittsburgh's Dan DeLuca

Peters native Dan DeLuca comes home for Thanksgiving as the lead in the national tour of the Disney hit musical.

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 Sean Michael Kyer is Agent Oscar and Millie Davis is Ms. O in "Odd Squad," premiering Wednesday on PBS Kids.

PBS goes into action with math-based 'Odd Squad'

The Fred Rogers Co. is involved in its first live-action series since “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” with PBS’s “Odd Squad.”

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 A rendering shows the proposed design for the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

At Chautauqua Institution, a civilized showdown over preserving 'the Amp'

The debate over how to modernize while respecting historic integrity shows how an influential institution is roiled by modernization.

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'Lincoln and the Power of the Press': War of words

Lincoln’s fascination with newspapers led to both a charm offensive and an iron fist in shaping public opinion.

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 "The Collapse" by Mary Elise Sarotte

'The Collapse': When the Berlin Wall came tumbling down

Mary Elise Sarotte charts the sudden end of the Cold War in “The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall.”

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'A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka': an excellent primer on Soviet life

Lev Golinkin’s book is a sober reminder of what it took for Soviet emigres to get to America.

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 The Grand Staircase at The Frick Collection on Manhattan’s Museum Row on the Upper East Side currently has a velvet rope to keep visitors from going upstairs to see the private rooms. By 2020, these private living quarters will be converted into exhibition space.

New York's Frick Collection to expand

The Frick Collection in New York City plans ambitious expansion; family's private rooms will become exhibition space.

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 Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking in James Marsh’s "The Theory of Everything," opening in theaters Wednesday.

Actor wanted to give 'Everything' to challenging role

Landing the role of Stephen Hawking in ”Theory of Everything” brought actor Eddie Redmayne euphoria followed by a ”sledgehammer of fear.“

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 "Odd Squad," a live-action series that will help kids ages 5-8 learn math, premieres Wednesday on PBS Kids with Sean Michael Kyer as Agent Oscar, left, Millie Davis as Ms. O, Dalila Bela as Agent Olive and Filip Gljo as Agent Otto. The Fred Rogers Company is a producer.

TV review: 'Odd Squad' assets add up to a good time

It’s hard not to wonder what Fred Rogers would think of the frantic “Odd Squad,” but taken on its own, this new kids show is a lot of fun.

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 Yejee Kim, a 26-year-old master's student at Carnegie Mellon University, plays the violin with Yoga Sebastian Bach, an entry in the Rembacher Chamber Music Competition at CMU's School of Music on Thursday.

Commentary: CMU competition thinks outside the music box

The Rembacher Chamber Music Competition at Carnegie Mellon University encouraged innovation in musical performance.

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Sugar-coated despair: 'Sweetness #9'

Stephan Eirik Clark’s novel is about the side effects of artificial sweeteners and living inauthentic lives.

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Meet me at the genius bar: 'Divine Fury: A History of Genius'

Darrin McMahon’s engaging history of genius as a cultural ideal and social construct.

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Shelter from the storm? 'The House of Journalists' is an uncomfortable read

Tim Finch’s novel upends liberal pieties about the morality of political exiles and refugees.

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Bad father, good writer: 'Suitable Accommodations: The Letters of J.F. Powers, 1942-1963'

J.F. Powers’ daughter Katherine A.Powers assembles her late father’s letters into something resembling an autobiography.

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A cornucopia of forensic excess: Patricia Cornwell's 'Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel'

The world’s most stylish and sought-after forensic pathologist is back in her 22nd novel.

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