Arts & Entertainment

'The Story of the Lost Child': A compulsively readable quartet of novels is complete

The final installment of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels is hefty and satisfying.

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 Sudhir Hazareesingh author of  "How the French Think."

'How the French Think': an elegant, but incomplete, introduction to French intellectual life

It is hard to imagine future books about French thought that ignore the anti-intellectual influence of radical Islamists.

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 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his teammates during practice earlier this month.  TV coverage of the team is almost always a ratings booster.

TV Q&A: What’s the availability of Spanish-language channels in Pittsburgh?

Questions answered regarding Steelers mania on local news outlets, “Fuller House” and “What Not to Wear.”

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 The new tree for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker" in progress. Unlike the former one, it's a drop-style tree that takes advantage of canvas panels that unfold for added height and drama.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre 'Nutcracker' to include new tree, fresh surprises

It’s become a tradition of sorts for artistic director Terrence Orr to freshen up his Pittsburgh-flavored “Nutcracker” from year to year.

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 Nadia Bolz-Weber: the pastor at the House for All Sinners and Saints, a mission congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Denver, Colo.

'Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People': A pastor learns to see the beauty in the broken

Nadia Bolz-Weber, a Lutheran with attitude, pulls no punches when she tells the truth about humanity, especially her own truth.

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 The work of visual artist Natiq Jalil will be part of Holiday RAWk, presented by RAW: natural born artists Thursday at Mr. Smalls.

2Do this week, Nov. 29-Dec. 6: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Former PSO concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley will give a recital with pianist Orion Weiss on Monday at Carnegie Music Hall.

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 Karaoke USA's all-in-one system (model GF829) includes a 7-inch color screen and record function.

Shop Holiday 2015: Gifts for theater lovers

Let’s hope these ideas draw some applause.

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 "The Great Holiday Baking Show," with Nia Vardalos, left, and Mary Berry, premieres at 10 p.m. Monday on ABC.

Reality check: Baldwin man competes in truTV's 'Santas in the Barn'

John Scarpino of Baldwin Boro will climb up chimneys and wrap gifts with other would-be Kris Kringles in a new reality show.

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 The cover of Vertigo's "The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition," written by Neil Gaiman with art by J.H. Williams III.

Gaiman returns to comics with 'Sandman: Overture'

“The idea of celebrating the 25th anniversary of ‘Sandman’ with a comic was just too good to miss,” writer Neil Gaiman said.

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 Mt. Lebanon native Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara made for one handsome couple at their Nov. 22 wedding. The bride documented the whole affair on Instagram.

5 Things We Are Loving This Week, Nov. 28, 2015

Newlyweds Joe Manganiello of Mt. Lebanon and Sofia Vergara are asking asking guests to make donations in lieu of wedding gifts.

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 He writes the songs: Barry Manilow in March at Consol Energy Center.

Saturday Diary: Barry Manilow put a song in my heart

I like all kinds of music. All the cool stuff. Barry Manilow is the real deal, after all these years.

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 "It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown" is one of many Christmas specials airing this holiday season.

Holiday television specials spread seasonal cheer

No matter what your preference, there is surely something on the seasonal schedule to suit your tastes.

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TV notes: More music shows on PBS from Lubinsky

Pine-based producer T.J. Lubinsky has three more music shows on PBS in the next month; “Call the Midwife” airs a Christmas special.

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Public art opportunities available for six Pittsburgh-area communities

Foundations grant will spur temporary ’placemaking’ art works.

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 This 2009 photo provided by ABC shows actor David Canary who played the roles of Adam/Stuart Chandler in the television show “All My Children."

Obituary: David Canary / Star of ‘All My Children’ soap opera for nearly 30 years

Mr. Canary’s first taste of soap-opera drama came in 1965, when he was cast as Dr. Russ Gehring in “Peyton Place.”

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 "The Good Dinosaur" tells the story of Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart who sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way?a  human boy.

A feast of films on Thanksgiving Eve

“Creed,” “Good Dinosaur,” “Brooklyn,” “Trumbo” and “Victor Frankenstein” arrive in theaters just in time for the holiday.

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 Laurie Klatscher, Alec Silberblatt  and Siovhan Christensen during a preview of "Chickens in The Yard" by Hatch Arts Collective.

Stage review: Quantum gets quirky with 'Chickens in the Yard'

The play touches down in Lawrenceville with themes of acceptance and family, as it inaugurates the theater company’s New Voices program.

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 From left, Louis C.K. stars as Arlen Hird and Michael Stuhlbarg stars as Edward G. Robinson in Jay Roach’s "Trumbo."

Michael Stuhlbarg plays Edward G. Robinson in 'Trumbo'

Michael Stuhlbarg tried to make himself as “small and squat” as possible to play Edward G. Robinson in “Trumbo” opposite Bryan Cranston.

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 Meryl Streep stars in "Ricki and the Flash."

New on DVD

“America Ultra,” “Ricki and the Flash,” and “Shaun the Sheep Movie” hits store shelves.

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 The stars of "Superstore" from left: Lauren Ash, Nico Santos, Ben Feldman, America Ferrera, Mark McKinney, Nichole Bloom and Colton Dunn.

Tuned in: ‘Peak TV’ brings new premiere, cancellation patterns

NBC debuts two new comedies, “Superstore” and “Telenovela,” a month before they begin airing weekly.

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 Blues musician Jimmy Adler.

Music preview: CAPA teacher Jimmy Adler takes a ride down 'Grease Alley'

Blues singer-guitarist finds a haven for the music in San Jose with new album.

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 Shu Qi portrays Nie Yinniang in "The Assassin."

Movie review: 'The Assassin' is a Zen-like martial-arts movie

Although  "The Assassin" is technically a wuxia film — martial arts, swordplay — it is much more a film of stillness, quiet, beauty.

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 John Stamos ntered a no contest plea on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of a drug filed after the actor’s arrest in Beverly Hills in June.

PEOPLE: Adele, John Stamos, Albie Hecht and more!

Adele “25” sets first-week sales record, besting ’N Sync’s “No Strings Attached” album from 2000.

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 The Village Theater Company board of directors announced that Carolina Pais-Barreto Beyers has been appointed executive director of the Sewickley-based nonprofit. The organization is building and operating the Vanguard Theater, a film art house and cultural venue.

Village Theater names executive director

The group is in the process of building the Vanguard Theater, slated to open in September 2016.

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 Mark Milovats.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

A listing of weekend events

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 The Doobie Brothers, left to right, John Cowan, Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston, John McFee and Tony Pia perform in New York City in June 2013.

Journey, Doobie Brothers coming to Pittsburgh in July

The San Francisco Fest 2016 Tour will stop at the First Niagara Pavilion on July 16.

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 Josh Groban is returning to Pittsburgh next summer to perform  at the First Niagara Pavilion with special guest Sarah McLachlan.

Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan tour will play Pavilion in August

Tickets for the Josh Groban concert go on sale at 10 a.m., Dec. 11 at

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 Joanna Newsom plays at the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on Dec. 12.

December's hottest concerts in Pittsburgh

December is not the most popular month for touring acts but these artists are daring to hit the road.

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 Al Barr of Dropkick Murphys performs onstage during Day 2 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

Dropkick Murphys 20th Anniversary Tour will make stop at Stage AE

Tickets for the March 8 show go on sale Friday.

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 Gabriel King, left, Patrick Jordan, Casey Cott and Brendan Griffin in barebones productions' "Small Engine Repair."

Stage review: Pals' reunion takes an outrageous turn in barebones play

Friends mix vulgarity with loyalty and a shocking agenda in “Small Engine Repair,” a presentation at the black box theater in Braddock.

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PEOPLE: Adele, Joe Manganiello, Sofia Vergara and more!

In three days, Adele’s new album has sold more than 2.3 million copies in the United States.

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 Gregg Allman.

Gregg Allman to perform in Pittsburgh in April

The soulful singer-songwriter-pianist, who released "Low Country Blues" in 2011, has been touring exclusively as a solo artist.

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 Michael B. Jordan in "Creed."

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Michael B. Jordan

Actor Michael B. Jordan comes out swinging in the Rocky spin-off, “Creed.”  He took a year to build up mind, body and spirit for the role.

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 Detail of "Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil," 1873, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

'Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse' is a rejuvenating escape

A new exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art is a visual feast of works by artists familiar and new.

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 Saoirse Ronan as Eilis in "Brooklyn."

Saoirse Ronan moves into more grown-up roles in 'Brooklyn'

Not everyone may know how to pronounce actress Saoirse Ronan’s name, but they recognize her face, talent and burgeoning fame.

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 Kalani Queypo as Squanto in National Geographic Channel’s “Saints & Strangers.”

TV previews: A dramatic miniseries and a new documentary retell the pilgrim story

National Geographic Channel debuts the four-hour drama “Saints & Strangers” as PBS offers Ric Burns’ documentary “The Pilgrims.”

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 Scott Caan, right, appears in fewer episodes of CBS's "Hawaii Five-0" than Alex O'Loughlin.

TV Q&A: Explaining the timing of Emergency Broadcast System tests

Questions answered about weather coverage on local newscasts and the status of an actor on “Hawaii Five-0.”

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 British actor and director Kenneth Branagh stars in "The Painkiller," part of the Post-Gazette Critic's Choice theater tour in London.

Kenneth Branagh headlines 2016 PG London Theater Trip

The 2016 Post-Gazette Critic's Choice theater tour heads to London March 6-13, when the daffodils and magnolias will be in bloom.

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2Do this week, Nov. 22-28: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Legendary soul group the Dramatics headline the Donald Patterson Jr. Keeping Soul Music Alive Awards tonight.

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 Ruben Graciani, chair of Point Park University's dance department.

Ruben Graciani settling in as head of Point Park dance department

Curriculum changes, community collaborations and choreographer commissions are just some of what he’s been up to in the past year.

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'The Crossing': Michael Connelly brings back Bosch for a riveting L.A. thriller

Harry Bosch is back: the former cop turned private investigator plays defense for an accused murderer

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 "Avenue of Mysteries" by John Irving

'Avenue of Mysteries': John Irving's novel of an aged writer assessing an unhappy life

Mr. Irving explores memory and the creative process, sketching a milieu where the abnormal is commonplace.

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 "Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution" by David Preston

'Braddock’s Defeat': The definitive book on the Battle of the Monongahela, 1755

Historian David Preston is much kinder to Braddock than others have been, detailing the secret war between Britain and France.

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 Author Lois Lowry at her home in Cambridge, Mass.

Lecture preview: 'Giver' author dislikes dystopian label

Lois Lowry, speaking in Pittsburgh Sunday, has created fantastical literary worlds in which young people save the day.

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 Fox Chapel native and Tony winner Christian Borle will be  featured on “Broadway at the White House,” airing Thursday night on TLC.

Reality check: Fox Chapel's Borle part of TLC special

Pittsburgh’s Christian Borle is part of “Broadway at the White House,” airing Thanksgiving night.

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 A miniature Teenie Harris takes a picture of the front of the new Crawford Grill building at the Miniature Railroad and Building at the Carnegie Science Center.  Patricia Everly, Curator of Historic Exhibits at the Carnegie Science Center, used Teenie Harris’s pictures to create her replica.

5 Things We Are Loving This Week, Nov. 21

The Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village adds another iconic Hill District venue with its new Crawford Grill feature.

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 Dancers perform Joan Wagman’s “RiseFallRiseFallRise” at Wood Street Galleries, Downtown, as part of 5 Performances a weekly series presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Dance preview: 5 Performances series brings diverse dance to Wood Street Galleries

The collaborative pop-up dance series began in October and runs through this weekend in the intimate gallery space Downtown.

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 Michael Keaton as Walter "Robby" Robinson and Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes work on an investigation into the cover-up of child abuse by Catholic priests in Boston in "Spotlight."

Movie review: 'Spotlight' shines light on excellent ensemble cast

Actors including Michael Keaton dig into their roles as members of a Boston Globe investigative team and its story about clergy sex abuse.

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 Joniece Abbott-Pratt plays Nina in City Theatre's production of "Sunset Baby."

Stage review: City Theatre’s 'Sunset Baby' is a dynamic tale of family, love and loss

Dominique Morisseau’s drama runs through Dec. 13 at the South Side theater’s Hamburg Studio.

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 Joe Manganiello, left, and Sofia Vergara  arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala in May in New York.  The couple are expected to tie the knot this weekend in Florida.

Lavish nuptials expected for Vergara, Manganiello

It’s the big wedding weekend for Mt. Lebanon’s Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara in Florida.

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