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 Billy Porter in his Tony Award-winning role as Lola, the stylish drag queen of “Kinky Boots.”
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Billy Porter in his Tony Award-winning role as Lola, the stylish drag queen of “Kinky Boots.”

Stage preview: Billy Porter comes home as star of 'Kinky Boots'

Tony- and Grammy Award-winning performer Billy Porter steps off Broadway to play his iconic role for friends and family in Pittsburgh.


 "Aurora" by Kim Stanley Robinson.

'Aurora': Bad times on a generational spaceship

Kim Stanley Robinson's novel is science fiction for people who don't believe that science has all the answers.



 "Sick Idiot" by Ashley Boynes-Shuck.

'Sick Idiot': Local author Ashley Boynes-Shuck's struggle with dozens of invisible ailments

“Sick Idiot” — a term Ms. Boynes-Shuck uses to describe her particularly difficult days — is an easy read with a motivating message.



 "The 51-Day War" by Max Blumenthal.

'The 51 Day War': Max Blumenthal's harsh account of Israel's brutal 2014 war deserves attention

Though lacking balance throughout, the journalist shows what happened to Israeli and Palestinian societies during Operation Protective Edge.


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2Do this week, Aug. 2-9: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Start off the week with a free concert featuring the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra by the fountain at Highland Park.



HBO will air Paris concert and documentary on U2 world tour

The Paris stop on U2’s current Innocence + Experience tour will air Nov. 14 on HBO, the premium cable network announced late last week.


 
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    Breakfast With


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    Born in the Dominican Republic, the actress came to the U.S. and followed her own path to her acting career and “Devious Maids.”



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    Art & Architecture


    University of Virginia Rotunda being rebuilt inside and out

    Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia icon in the middle of a $53 million face-lift.



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