Arts & Entertainment

 Will Smith as Nicky and Margot Robbie as Jess both share an interest in grifting in "Focus."

Movie review: 'Focus' entertaining, but its good pieces don't add up to a satisfying whole

Will Smith and Margot Robbie star in the thriller “Focus.”

about 11 hours ago

 Dean Winters as Detective Russ Agnew, left, and Josh Duhamel as Special Agent Milt Chamberlain in "Battle Creek." and Det. Russ Agnew go undercover as distillers to infiltrate Battle Creek's maple syrup cartels when a murder victim is found to have drowned in the gooey breakfast confection.

Tuned In: For the weekend, a good drama, a lousy mystery and slow start to 'House of Cards'

Reviewing CBS’s “Battle Creek,” ABC’s “Secrets and Lies” and the return of Netflix’s “House of Cards” for a busy TV weekend.

about 11 hours ago

 John Cusack portrays Stafford Weiss, a famed TV self-help therapist, in "Maps to the Stars."

Movie review: 'Maps to the Stars' gets lost in Hollywood’s cosmic depravity

“Maps to the Stars“ director and screenwriter lose their way in trying to depict ”Hollywood types.“

about 11 hours ago

 Siovhan Christensen, left, and Karen Baum are part of the cast of the PICT Classic Theatre play "For the Tree to Drop."

Stage review: 'Tree to Drop' looks at brutality physical and otherwise

PICT Classic Theatre’s “For the Tree to Drop” explores themes of power, domination and rebellion set in the 1860s Old South.

about 11 hours ago

 Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde in "The Lazarus Effect": After she is killed, he brings her back to life, but it's a different kind of life.

Movie review: 'Lazarus Effect' fails to raise realistic expectations

“The Lazarus Effect” is disappointingly predictable.

about 11 hours ago

 Randy Civico Rivas and Taimy Miranda Ruiz de Villa rehearse for performances with the Malpaso Dance troupe at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty.

Dance preview: Malpaso kicks off U.S. tour at Kelly-Strayhorn Theater

Works by Malpaso co-founder Osnel Delgado and renowned American choreographer Trey McIntyre will be on the program in Pittsburgh.

about 11 hours ago is a hilarious complement to the AMC show.

Cybertainment: Websites offer extras on 'Better Call Saul'

The crazy world of Saul Goodman and “Better Call Saul” is online; Web video re-creates Oscar-winning films using stock film footage.

about 11 hours ago

 Diana Ross reunites with the Supremes in a special broadcast of  "Motown 25," airing at 8 p.m. Saturday on WQED-TV."

TV preview: 'Motown 25' makes its moves again on WQED

Local producer TJ Lubinsky brings an iconic special to television after a 31-year absence.

about 11 hours ago

 Alejandro Diaz as the Prince, left, hands a rose to Alexandra Kochis as the Beauty in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre production of "Beauty and the Beast."

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre stages 'Beauty and the Beast' for sensory-sensitive audience

Specially adapted performance gives those with sensory sensitivities a chance to experience a theater production.

about 11 hours ago

Moss Side Middle Schoolers learn drumming, culture

The program is funded through a matching grant from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts.

about 11 hours ago

Pittsburgh choral arts groups to celebrate 10 years

Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts began in 2005 on the principle of camaraderie without judgment.

about 11 hours ago

 Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars last Sunday in Los Angeles. The $150,000 pearl-adorned dress that she wore has been reported stolen.

PEOPLE: Lupita Nyong'o, Matt Lauer, Diane Sawyer and more!

Lupita Nyong’o’s pearl-adorned Academy Awards dress was stolen from her West Hollywood hotel room late Wednesday.

about 11 hours ago

 Mak Grgic will perform with Daniel Lippel and Michael Harrison at 8 p.m. Friday.

The Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival explores pitches between black and white piano keys

A festival co-presented by The Andy Warhol Museum and Music on the Edge will feature world premieres.

1 day ago

 Sleater-Kinney -- Janet Weiss, left, Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein -- will play a sold-out show Sunday at Stage AE.

Long gone grrrls: Reunited Sleater-Kinney returns to Pittsburgh after 19 years away

Punk trio of Janet Weiss, Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein headlines sold-out Stage AE Sunday on "No Cities to Love" tour.

1 day ago

 Robin Abramson, left, and Ariel Woodiwiss portray Simone and Devon, sisters from blue-collar Buffalo who reunite on Martha's Vineyard where Simone works for a wealthy family in "Elemeno Pea" at City Theatre.

Stage preview: Trappings of the wealthy is focus of 'Elemeno Pea' at City Theatre

The work was inspired by a summer that playwright Molly Smith Metzler spent on Martha's Vineyard, a strange new world to her.

1 day ago

 Will Forte finds himself "The Last Man on Earth" after a virus appears to wipe out the rest of humanity.

TV review: 'Last Man on Earth' a standout among new sitcoms

Fox introduces an original comedy starring Will Forte that feels more like a cable cult show than a mainstream, broadcast network hit.

1 day ago

 The Showtime documentary "Kobe Bryant's Muse" will look at the 18-year NBA veteran as he tries to cement his basketball legacy.

TV preview: Kobe Bryant opens up about life, basketball

A Showtime documentary airing Saturday follows Lakers star Kobe Bryant as his career winds down.

1 day ago

 Taika Waititi, left, Jemaine Clement and Jonathan Brugh are  three flatmates who happen to be immortal vampires in "What We Do in the Shadows."

Mockumentary 'What We Do in the Shadows' reveals secret lives of vampires

Jemaine Clement, from "Flight of the Conchords," plays an old Transylvanian in a merry send-up opening Friday at the Hollywood in Dormont.

1 day ago

 Miles Teller is a music student under the instruction of J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash."

New to DVD: 'Whiplash,' 'Big Hero 6,' Horrible Bosses 2,' 'Code Black'

New on DVD: "Whiplash," "Big Hero 6," "Horrible Bosses 2," "Code Black."

1 day ago

 Aerosmith -- Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Joey Kramer -- can be seen at Cinemark theaters tonight in the concert movie "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014," filmed last year at the Download Festival in England.

Movie preview: Aerosmith brings muddy Download Festival show to screen

The band's train of classic rock keeps rolling with a concert film shot last year in England.

1 day ago

 Saxophonist James Carter will perform two shows Saturday night at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild with his organ trio.

James Carter brings his organ trio to Manchester Craftsmen's Guild

Saxophonist James Carter has a long, esteemed list of touring and recording partners.

1 day ago

 Firefighters respond to a reported incident at Market Square in Downtown today. The smoke was coming from a fog machine that was part of the art exhibition.

In Market Square, where there's smoke, there may not be fire

Fog from a new art installation in Downtown Pittsburgh has prompted confusion and calls to firefighters.

about 21 hours ago

 Buckwheat Zydeco performs at Club Cafe Friday night.

The Hot List of events for the weekend of Feb. 26

Performances on tap include Chatham Baroque, Buckwheat Zydeco, Pittsburgh Moth Grandslam and ArcAttack.

1 day ago

 Meggie Cansler sings "Beautiful"  from "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical" to a packed Byham Theater Wednesday during a preview  of the 2015-16 PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh season.

Broadway's 'Beautiful' and 'Gentleman's Guide' are headed to Pittsburgh

The Broadway Across America 2015-16 season includes newcomers “The Bridges of Madison County” and “Matilda” and the return of “Jersey Boys.

1 day ago

 "Untitled (Billiard Game)" c. 1909, platinum print by Gertrude Kasebier.

The Frick Pittsburgh showcases Alfred Stieglitz and his circle of photographers

From Pictorialism to the modern use of silver gelatin prints, photographers elevated their work.

2 days ago

 News anchors Peggy Finnegan, right, and David Johnson, background, get a weather update from chief meteorologist Stephen Cropper as they prepare for the 5 p.m. news at the WPXI station.

As 25-year news anchor team, Peggy Finnegan and David Johnson buck the trend

WPXI’s Peggy Finnegan and David Johnson credit luck and niceness to their longevity as an anchor team.

2 days ago

 Asakir (Laurel Semerdjian), speaks with her nephew Sumeida (Adam Bonanni) about a family blood feud, in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "Sumeida's Song."

Opera review: Second Stage Project meets challenge of ‘Sumeida’s Song’

Pittsburgh Opera’s production of Mohammed Fairouz’s piece takes place at the company’s Strip District headquarters.

1 day ago

 The playwrights of the plays announced Wednesday for the upcoming City Theatre season are Conor McPherson, Dominique Morisseau and Laura Eason.

Three plays to make their Pittsburgh debuts at City Theatre next season

Along with the plays, Sister is back at the South Side theater, this time for Easter. The remaining three plays of the season will be

1 day ago

 Sharon Needles (Aaron Coady), winner of Season 4 of the Logo show "RuPaul's Drag Race.

RuPaul's drag queen tour dazzles at the Byham

Front and center was headliner Sharon Needles (Aaron Coady), winner of Season 4 of the Logo show "RuPaul's Drag Race."

2 days ago

 A documentary titled “Uncle Andy” will be based on memories of the Warhola Family.

Andy Warhol family members to tell the story of ‘Uncle Andy’ in documentary

The artist’s great-niece and her partner are working to complete a family portrait of Warhol. A Kickstarter funding drive launches Tuesday.

1 day ago

 Michele de la Reza and Peter Kope performing "Between."

Attack Theatre thrives on artistic challenges

Attack celebrates its 20th year with “Between,” a piece that grew from a musical nugget to a risky place between dance, music and theater.

2 days ago

 Photographer Duane Michals poses for a portrait next to "Lens" by Mark Tansey, part of the "Duane Michals: Collector" exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Art Notes: Exhibitions and talks make for a full art week

Jeremy Boyle and Mark Franchino exhibit at be2 in Lawrenceville; “Duane Michals: Collector” closing at The Carnegie.

2 days ago

Keith Olbermann benched over Penn State retort

Keith Olbermann was taken off his ESPN show for the rest of the week after a comment he made with regard to Penn Stage via Twitter.

2 days ago

 A scene from one of the works created for last year's Bricolage Urban Scrawl, featuring Ange Vesco and Karen Baum.

Theater roundup: Bricolage readies 10th Urban Scrawl; Off the Wall to stage 'Ghosts'

Six works will make their debuts courtesy of Bricolage’s 10th annual B.U.S., a marathon of writing, producing and performing.

2 days ago

People: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Derek Hough, Pee-wee Herman, Nicki Minaj, Brian Williams and more!

Fox Searchlight will release the filmed-in-Pittsburgh “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” on July 1 in a limited release, Variety reports.

2 days ago

 Aretha Franklin has won 18 Grammys in her career.

Aretha Franklin coming to Heinz Hall in April

Tickets for the Aretha Franklin concert are $65.75, $85.75 and $105.75 with a limited amount of gold circle seats at $201.25

3 days ago

 Anica Joyc swings her son Delko, 5, on one of the inner tubes alongside the snowtube hill at Boyce Park in January.

Boyce Park snowtubing area to close Wednesday for 'Let It Snow' filming

The ski slopes, however, will be open and operate on a normal schedule.

2 days ago

 "The Phantom of the Opera" company performs "Masquerade."

Stage review: Freshened 'Phantom of Opera' still enchants

New touches such as a treacherous descent and a “Masquerade” amid mirrors add sparkle to the long-running musical theater experience.

3 days ago

 Ayad Akhtar, the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Disgraced," coming to Pittsburgh Public Theater March 10-April 10, 2016.

Pittsburgh Public Theater announces new season

The wide-ranging 2015-16 season includes a historical drama, a 1700s-era comedy, a classic musical and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

3 days ago

 Lady Gaga's presentation of Julie Andrews at the Academy Awards Sunday night was the No. 1 social moment from the Oscars, according to both Facebook and Twitter.

PEOPLE: Oscar ratings, Patricia Arquette, Lady Gaga, Julie Andrews and more!

The Nielsen company reports that viewership of the Academy Awards telecast was down 16 percent from 2014.

3 days ago

 Michael Keaton, center, and the cast and crew of “Birdman” accept the Oscar for best picture during Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.

'Birdman' soars to top at Oscars, including best picture and best director wins

“Birdman” won for best picture and director while Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne took home Oscars for best actor/actress.

4 days ago

 Tim Daly.

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Tim Daly

Acting was a natural choice for Tim Daly as he followed in the footsteps of his late father, James, and sister Tyne.

4 days ago

Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legend Awards nominees announced

The public can register to vote for their favorite nominees at now through March 9.

4 days ago

 Daryl Hall and John Oates have scheduled a May 2 concert at Stage AE on the North Shore.

Hall & Oates, In This Moment coming to Stage AE in May

Daryl Hall and John Oates, the biggest-selling music duo of all time, are known for such hits as "She's Gone" and "Rich Girl."

4 days ago

J. Cole coming to First Niagara Pavilion in July

The J.Cole concert will include Big Sean, YG, Jeremih, Bas, Cozz and Omen.

3 days ago

Kirk Cameron leads Razzies

Kirk Cameron and his comedy “Saving Christmas” won four Razzies: worst picture, worst actor, worst screenplay and worst screen combo.

4 days ago

 Neil Patrick Harris paid homage to the movies in his opening number.

Tuned In: Oscar broadcast's pace slows after brisk beginning

A delightful musical number launched the Oscars telecast, but too many of host Neil Patrick Harris’ jokes didn’t live up to the opening.

4 days ago

‘Birdman’ tops Spirit Awards

At the Spirit Awards Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica, “Birdman” won the top honor of best feature and male lead for Michael Keaton.

4 days ago

Dance review: Bodiography's Maria Caruso gets personal in poignant farewell performance

She will continue to be with the company behind the scenes, focusing on the artistic and business sides of Bodiography Contemporary Ballet.

4 days ago

'Fallen Leaves': A posthumous Will Durant tome was better off undiscovered

The granddaughter of the “Story of Civilization” creator found his long-lost manuscript of reflections on life. He comes off as a crank.

5 days ago


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