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 A real geisha in training, known as a maiko, on her way to an engagement in the Gion district of Kyoto, Japan.

Geisha remain important to Japanese as numbers dwindle

Geisha are the embodiment of tradition, fantasy and art, drawing the fascination of Japanese and foreigners alike.

about 12 hours ago


 Abbie Hoffman, December 1969

Abbie Hoffman's presence echoes decades later

They still remember Hoffman at the Apple Jack bar in Point Pleasant, where he once shot pool and flirted with women.

1 day ago


 Taking part in Workout Wednesday, a program run by Homewood Children’s Village are, from left, Kim Adams of Homewood; Kristi Burry, director of the Office of Child and Community Health for the village; Donna Bundy Ford of Wilkinsburg; Raylynn Bundy, 5, holding hands with Sandra Bundy Simmons of East Hills; and Rachel Bundy of Homewood.

Program focuses on the children of Homewood

The concept -- "it takes a village to raise a child" -- takes hold in Homewood to repair the neighborhood's social fabric.

1 day ago


 Pittsburgh native Don Roy King hoists his fourth Emmy last September for directing "Saturday Night Live."

Two former Pittsburghers, two directors' visions

Rob Ashford and Don Roy King have been involved in shaping alternate content, but from different angles.

1 day ago


 isabel Leonard, Danielle de Niese and Susanna Phillips  in Mozart's "Così fan tutte," a production brought to local theaters by The Met: Live in HD series.

Canonizations among events coming to theater near you

From aces to arias, event cinema delivers new experiences on the big screen.

1 day ago


 Eryna Honchar shows some of the Ukrainian eggs she painted that are for sale at St. Peter & St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Carnegie. Ms. Honchar was an orphan in Ukraine who was adopted by a couple in Carnegie when she was 9.

Ukrainian orphan learned customs of her homeland when she came to Carnegie

For Eryna Honchar, learning the ancient Ukrainian tradition of pysanky was about more than coloring Easter eggs.

1 day ago


 Michael Kobold

Everest disaster awakens climber's memories

Local watchmaker Michael Kobold reflects on Sherpa safety in the wake of the recent Mount Everest disaster.

2 days ago


Peter McKay: Spoiler alerts ruining TV binge-viewing for the rest of us

TV watchers who binge on favorite shows have only one weapon against spoilers -- hands over ears and yodeling "Lalalala!"

2 days ago


 A collapsed banquet hall and beach club at Conneaut Lake Park were destroyed in a 2008 fire.

New group seeks to run Conneaut Lake Park

A reconfigured group of trustees wants a judge to let it oversee the historic 122-year-old amusement park in Crawford County.

4 days ago


 Ida McKinley wearing the diamond tiara that was recently sold on an episode of "Pawn Stars" on the History Channel.

Former first lady's tiara sought for exhibit

A Canton, Ohio, museum is raising funds to bring Ida Saxton McKinley's jewelry back from the "Pawn Stars" shop in Las Vegas.

5 days ago


Seder could be reinvented by e-reader

Traditional Jewish law would forbid their use on holy days, but digital devices could enhance the Passover experience.

1 week ago


Pope poses for 'selfies' after Palm Sunday rites

On Palm Sunday, he called on people, himself included, to look into their own hearts to see how they are living their lives.

1 week ago


Study: Mate can often judge lover's pleasure

A study by Canadian psychologists has found that men and women are equally good at picking up on their partners' sexual satisfaction.

1 week ago


 Lee Majors in "The Six Million Dollar Man"  Circa: 1974.

Lee Majors and Trekkers star at Steel City Con

The annual pop-culture convention beams in stars from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” among other genre celebrities.

1 week ago


 Singer-songwriter St. Vincent (Annie Clark).

The hot list of event for the coming weekend

Bunnies, Mac Miller, Earth Day events populate the weekend.

1 week ago


 Sean Jones and his quartet will hold a CD release party at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Cabaret at Theater Square.

2Do this week, April 6-12: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

The PSO presents "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II," trumpeter Sean Jones and his quartet perform, Turkish folk and contemporary music ...

2 weeks ago


 Author Ann Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books, an independent shop in Nashville, Tenn.

Patchett muses about marriage and more

Ann Patchett muses about writing, the profound influence of Sister Nena and her independent bookstore in Nashville.

2 weeks ago


The fellowship of the (wedding) ring

Don't ever take off the wedding ring and other things every new groom needs to know, based on hard, lonely experience.

2 weeks ago


 The Giant Rubber Duck at Point State Park.

The 'Burgh loves its birds

Imagination takes flight, be they bald eagles or rubber duckies.

2 weeks ago


 Mourners stand at the grave of Metropolitan Philip Saliba as he is laid to rest Monday at Antiochian Village in Bolivar, Westmoreland County.

Orthodox leader buried at Pittsburgh-area camp he founded

Metropolitan Philip Saliba is credited with helping heal of a split in Antiochian Orthodoxy and overseeing a quadrupling of parishes.

2 weeks ago


 Billy Ellsworth bounces on a trampoline to expend some after-school energy at his Coraopolis home on Thursday. The trampoline is also therapeutic as a low-impact aerobic activity that doesn’t damage the muscles. Billy is taking part in a clinical trial for eteplirsen, a drug that has not only slowed the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, but also improved his symptoms.

Parents of boys with Duchenne urge drug OK

Coraopolis boy is one of a dozen patients participating in a clinical trial for the drug eteplirsen, of which FDA approval remains elusive.

3 weeks ago


 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her soon-to-be-former husband, Chris Martin.

Is 'conscious uncoupling' a better way to divorce?

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow's use of the term to announce her divorce has spurred much discussion among marriage experts and the like.

3 weeks ago


 The Rev. Don Green, who is retiring as executive director of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania, leads an ecumenical Eucharist service at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ross on Saturday.

Unifier of Christians lauded as he retires

The Rev. Donald Green is retiring after 12 years directing Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania, a robust ecumenical group.

3 weeks ago


 Hugh Masekela, South African activist and musician, will play at 7 p.m. today at the New Hazlett Theater.

2Do this week, March 30-April 5: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Green living advocate Vanessa Farquharson speaks at Pitt, Irish novelist, memoirist and poet Edna O'Brien speaks at Carlow University ...

3 weeks ago


 John Wilkes Booth — He was a “very hands-on person,” as shown by the flat top of the letter “r.”

Handwriting exhibit opens a window into their souls

Analyst says famous people's personality traits are obvious in their handwriting.

3 weeks ago


 Jake Shimabukuro.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

PSO performs; Ukulele musician Jake Shimabukuro hits town; Trumpet legend Hugh Masekela performs.

3 weeks ago


Recycling collection coming to Frazer

A hard-to-recycle item collection will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5 at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills.

3 weeks ago


 St. Helen in East Pittsburgh will close as Holy Cross Parish merges with Good Shepherd Parish in Braddock, effective April 28.

Catholic diocese closing three Pittsburgh-area churches in parish mergers

The Pittsburgh Diocese is closing churches in East Pittsburgh and Monongahela, merging the Holy Cross and Good Shepherd parishes.

4 weeks ago


Ambrosians of Greensburg event

A group seeking greater lay involvement in appointment of the next bishop of Greensburg is hosting a speaker next Sunday.

4 weeks ago


 Bishop Lawrence Brandt of the Diocese of Greensburg will submit his resignation when he turns 75 on Thursday, as required by church law. Bishop Brandt may still have some time left in office, however. Typically, a pope can take months or even years before accepting a bishop’s resignation and naming a successor.

Sometimes-controversial Greensburg Bishop Brandt to retire

Bishop Lawrence Brandt is criticized for expensive purchases and for parish consolidations.

4 weeks ago


 Sto-Rox sophomore Karina Smeresky, right, writes plans during a brainstorming session to raise awareness of the National Day of Silence on April 11. In the group are, from left, Brooke Schaeffer, a Sto-Rox sophomore; Alyssa Stever, from Pitt; Darius Michael, a Sto-Rox sophomore, and Joe Herzing, a Sto-Rox guidance counselor. The Gay-Straight Alliance at Pittsburgh Brashear High School hosted the planning session.

Sto-Rox students for gay rights plan for Day of Silence

The students discussed strategy for getting support from teachers, principals and security guards for their silence.

1 month ago


 Metropolitan Philip Saliba

Obituary: Metropolitan Philip Saliba / Antiochian Orthodox leader since 1966, hailed as visionary

Metropolitan Philip Saliba, for nearly a half-century the spiritual leader of Antiochian Orthodox in North America, has died at 82.

1 month ago


He wants a dog that doesn't wear pajamas

In his hunt for a manly dog, Peter McKay somehow ended up with one that wants nothing to do with the outdoors -- or him.

1 month ago


 Danuta Walesa, former first lady of Poland, greets people arriving for “Walesa: Man of Hope,” a film about her husband Lech Walesa.

Danuta Walesa shares her message of self-reliance and resiliency

Danuta Walesa appears at Regent Square Theater screening of film about her husband, former Polish president and labor leader Lech Walesa

1 month ago



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