Arts & Entertainment


 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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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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 Martha Montesano, 93, of Robinson makes "angel bracelets" for breast cancer patients at her home. She was inspired when her daughter, Barbara Rudison, was undergoing chemotherapy.

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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 The Chautauqua Amphitheater at a full session in July.

Fate of historic Chautauqua ‘Amp’ to be considered in vote this week

Preservationists are fighting to save the historic structure, but others believe it’s time to build anew, resulting in a vigorous debate.

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 Penn State student Monica Ten Kate stars in ABC Family's "Monica the Medium."

TV Preview: The spirits speak to Penn State student Monica Ten-Kate

ABC Family’s “Monica the Medium” focuses on a Monica Ten-Kate, who says talking to dead people doesn’t make her “crazy,” just different.

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 Cliff Curtis as Travis, and Kim Dickens as Madison in "Fear the Walking  Dead."

TV Preview: 'Fear the Walking Dead' walks to its own drummer

“The Walking Dead” spawns a West Coast-set spinoff/prequel in “Fear the Walking Dead.”

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 In Florence, Fabrizio (Joshua Grosso) meets American Clara (Lindsay Bayer) and her mother Margaret (Becki Toth) in Front Porch Theatricals' "The Light in the Piazza" at the New Hazlett Theater.

Stage review: Passionate 'Light in the Piazza' brings the heat

Front Porch Theatricals’ second show of the summer brings to light talents familiar and new.

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 K.T. Medina, author of "White Crocodile"

'White Crocodile': A tense murder mystery in murky Cambodia

A first novel by former journalist K.T. Medina will appeal to anyone who admires “The Girl on the Train” by fellow Briton Paula Hawkins.

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 "The State We're In" by Ann Beattie.

'The State We’re In': Ann Beattie’s collection of 15 ‘Maine Stories’ explores realism magically

“The State We’re In” is brimming with grim wit from start to finish in that way only a Beattie narrative can.

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 "Keepers" by Richard Schickel.

'Keepers': Film critic Richard Schickel names favorites 'of a moviegoing lifetime'

Mr. Schickel reviewed movies for Time magazine from 1965 to 2009. He’s seen 22,250, and is most enchanted with ones before 1950.

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 Andrew McCutchen gets ready to bat yesterday. (Care for a few bars of St. Hildegard of Bingen’s “O rubor sanguinis," Cutch?)

Pirates' walk-up music: the classical version

PG classical music critic Elizabeth Bloom, an avid sports fan, decided to reimagine the Pirates’ walk-up songs. Some players played along.

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 Wiz Khalifa at First Niagara Pavilion in July. The Pittsburgh native was handcuffed at Los Angeles International Airport for refusing to stop riding his hoverboard.

Police handcuff rapper Wiz Khalifa at Los Angeles airport

U.S. Customs officers handcuffed him after he refused to stop riding his hoverboard, authorities said. He wasn’t arrested and was released.

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 Trumpeter and vocalist  Efrem Towns performs with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at South Park on Friday night.

Review: Dirty Dozen Brass Band gets crowd grooving

Those who went to the concert on Friday at South Park and expected a party to break out wouldn’t have been disappointed.

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TV Q&A

Questions answered about “The Following,” “Iron Chef America,” “Mad Men,” local news exhortations and nightcrawlers.

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 Frank Ruzomberka adds toasted coconut to his Coconut Cream Pie at Grant Bar & Restaurant in Millvale.

Rick Sebak's new PBS shows, 'A Few Good Pie Places' and 'A Few Great Bakeries,' are good eats

Grant Bar & Restaurant and Minerva Bakery are among the good pie places and great bakeries in Rick Sebak’s latest TV specials.

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 Idina Menzel will sing at the Benedum Center at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

2Do this week, Aug. 23-29: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Soul Line Dancing, Idina Menzel, Len Barcousky and comedian Sommore all on the schedule for the coming week.

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 Let the baking begin! Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry are back for PBS’s “The Great British Baking Show,” beginning Sept. 6.

Reality Check: PBS baking contest rises again

It’s ready, set, BAKE, as “The Great British Baking Show” returns on Sept. 6; Clairton’s Nora Hewitt avoids the ax on “Face Off.”

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Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures appraisal event on tap at Heinz History Center

More than 30 appraisers will assess the historical significance of items and provide a verbal assessment of their value on Aug. 30.

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 The inside of theater at the Southside Works Cinema. Following theater shootings across the nation, movie theaters in Pittsburgh, including Southside Works, implement heightened security measures.

Pittsburgh movie theaters the latest venues to search bags for weapons

There’s no escaping this reality — movie theaters, once havens for escapism, no longer are sanctuaries from the violence of the real world.

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 From left, camera man Jay Maurer, plumber Richard Trethewey, director Thom Draudt and producer Heath Racela look over a take as Ask This Old House, a television show that does traveling home repairs, shoots a segment on thermostats in Sept. 2014 at the home of Peter and Suzanne Bird in Squirrel Hill.

TV expert helps with high gas bills

"Ask This Old House" episode featuring Squirrel Hill house to air next Saturday.

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 Chewbacca  - “Star Wars” lands in Orlando

5 Things We Are Loving This Week: ‘Star Wars' out in force

From a CoverGirl makeup line to new emoticons to Star Wars Day at PNC Park, “Star Wars” continues to invade our galaxy.

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 Reel Big Fish frontman Aaron Barrett at Stage AE Friday.

Social D, Anti-Flag power a Warped-style X-Fest II

Social Distortion plays classic album in full; Anti-Flag rages through political punk.

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