Dave Burrows with his daughter  Dana Burrows, walk up the aisle under the rotunda of The Pennsylvanian, as she prepares to marry  Conor McCaskey, 34, of Dormont.

Pittsburghers have chosen some original wedding venues

A train station is a unique spot for a wedding, but it’s not the oddest location that locals have chosen to tie the knot.

about 11 hours ago

 The Same Difference Film team filming Graeme Taylor and his sister, Jane, while playing at a local park in Ann Arbor, MI.

Childhood memories turned dancer into filmmaker

A Pittsburgh-based artist channels his passion and life experience into his documentary, “Same Difference,” now in postproduction.

about 11 hours ago

 Carnegie Science Center can be rented for wedding receptions.

Wedding settings that will set you apart

Some other options for couples who don’t want a traditional wedding reception.

about 11 hours ago

 Dressed as Elvis Presley, Glenn Woods of Cranberry Township tries a pie by Gardner Pie Co. on Tuesday at Heinz Field.

Pittsburgh food festival celebrates all things tasty

Not just anybody could sneak into the Clover Mountain Foods show, but almost everybody in the region will eventually taste its products.

about 11 hours ago

 Tomato-Peach Salad with Crispy Tofu.

What's for dinner: Tomato and Peach Salad With Crispy Tofu

A sweet and tangy summer salad even tofu-haters will love.

about 11 hours ago

 Lena Dunham arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Stars walked Emmys carpet in red-hot looks

They kept it classy with sophisticated silhouettes and muted hues that were balanced by a range of reds and a smattering of sparkles.

1 day ago

 Mary Ann Wellener.

Steel Advice: It's never too late to express sympathy

It’s never too late to extend kind words of sympathy to grieving people.

1 day ago

 Kevin Tyler Jr. gets up close with a bullfrog as part of the Frick Environmental Center’s Young Naturalist program. While it is best not to handle amphibians, if you do come in contact, wash your hands thoroughly after gently returning them to where they were found.

Let’s Talk About Parks: Amphibians in Pittsburgh's parks

Ever see a frogsicle? The varying habitat in Pittsburgh parks offers many wonders about how frogs and other amphibians live.

1 day ago

Napa rushes to fix quake damage as drought means early harvest

Wineries and hospitality businesses rushed to clean up rubble and broken glass ahead of the expected influx of tourists.

1 day ago

 Dr. Stanley and Nikol Marks.

Orchids in the Moonlight event held at the Fairmont

Ladies Hospital Aid Society raises $100,000 for its Orchid Fund that helps those suffering from hair loss due to chemotherapy.

2 days ago

Stylebook: Style Week Pittsburgh sets sights on next year

Plus: Philip Pelusi Salons will hold an open model call on the South Side.

2 days ago

 Corey and Katie O'Connor, Judy O'Connor, Father Terry O'Connor and Heidy O'Connor Garth.

Cookie cruise raises funds for local charities

The 22nd annual Bob O’Connor Cookie Cruise set sail from the Gateway Clipper Docks on Wednesday.

2 days ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto serves ice cream to Malena Jones, 5, of Cranberry.

Pressley Ridge Ice Cream Fundae held at the zoo

An estimated 360 gallons of Hagan premium ice cream was enjoyed by all.

2 days ago

 Harris and Janet Ferris, Carol Shriber and Chuck Snyder.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre kicks off season at Hartwood Acres

“Ballet Under the Stars” offered a mixed repertoire with the benefits going to the ballet.

2 days ago

 Miyoshi Anderson struts down the runway.

Carabella event raises funds for Alzheimer's research

Carabella Oakmont transformed Allegheny River Boulevard on Friday for its ninth annual fashion show.

2 days ago

 Jason and Jennifer Pablonis, Shannon Sweeney and Nick Pablonis.

Savor Pittsburgh held at Stage AE

More than 20 restaurants came to compete during Savor Pittsburgh.  Proceeds go to the Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation.

2 days ago

 St. Tropez's iconic clock tower and port as seen from the Citadel.

A stay in St. Tropez

St. Tropez is more than a jet-set destination on the French Riviera. It’s a sensory experience that takes much than a day to appreciate.

2 days ago

 Tom Slivka, Founder of Looks for Love and representatives of Ladies Hospital Aid Society, June Yonas, Laura Penrod Kronk and Carole Kamin.


A look back at some special parties in August.

2 days ago

Stargazing: Eye-catching celestial trio

After today's new moon, our closest neighbor in space will move east, away from the sun, and pass between Mars and Saturn.

2 days ago

 Some of  Charlie Humphrey's Facebook friends at his party.

Facebook friends answer call to party -- in real time

What happens when 2,135 of your Facebook friends are invited, in real life, to a party? Charlie Humphrey found out Saturday night.

3 days ago

 Jeans designed by Paula Minydzak of West Mifflin.

Stylebook Snapshot: Is denim a dying fashion trend?

Jeans sales slipped by 6 percent last year. Also: a report on the first FashionAFRICANA kids runway show in Shadyside.

3 days ago

 Thousands of movie fans are expected to participate in the 20th anniversary celebration of the filming of "The Shawshank Redemption" at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, this week.

Former prison in Ohio draws captive audience, thanks to 'Shawshank Redemption'

The enduring film, released 20 years ago, was shot in the majestic former prison in Mansfield, and is helping to spark restoration efforts

3 days ago

Dine: Fancy or family, good service is key

For family restaurants and fine dining, here are some additional suggestions for service.

3 days ago

 Steve Kass of Carol Steam, Ill., and his children Madeline, sitting, and Kyle lounge at their campsite at Floyd Bennett Field, a campground in south Brooklyn, N.Y.

Go camping in Brooklyn at former airport

Yes, you really can go camping in Brooklyn, New York, at Floyd Bennett Field, a former airport.

3 days ago

 Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins star in the movie "The Shawshank Redemption."

How 'The Shawshank Redemption' transformed from dud to fan fave

First, it was discovered on home video. Then Ted Turner’s TNT network and others picked up “Shawshank” and ran with it like a football.

3 days ago

 Guests on the Carnival Imagination pose in the pool.

Cruise lines catering to younger crowds

Millennials love to travel, and cruise lines are working to appeal to them.

3 days ago

 Google Glasses.

Google Glass can be useful in travel

Can Google Glass transform the way we travel? Maybe — or it could be the 2014 equivalent of the Microsoft Zune

3 days ago

Pet Points: Litter box behavior a clue to other issues

If your cat is missing the litter box, it’s time to start looking at where it’s located, how often it’s cleaned and other possible causes.

4 days ago

  Lawyer-turned-artist Glenn Olcerst is self-taught in creating glass and stone pieces. He designed and made this mosaic, named "First Historic District." It is now mounted on his home.

North Side lawyer found healing within his art

Glenn Olcerst has created a large work of tiny pieces of granite and porcelain for the side of his home in the Mexican War Streets.

4 days ago

Instant ramen has long-term health concerns, study finds

A study found that women who ate instant noodles at least twice weekly had a 68 percent increase in cardiometabolic syndrome.

4 days ago

 Rodney Tucker, a resident at the Allegheny YMCA on the North Side, picks tomatoes at The Boxy Caufield Memorial Garden on the grounds of the YMCA.

YMCA garden feeds bodies and souls

The YMCA’s Boxy Caufield Memorial Garden on the North Side is in its fourth season and thriving, thanks to tender loving care.

4 days ago

 A cheery color palette and modern updates set apart this two-bedroom, 1 1/2-bath townhouse at 396 Newburn Drive in Scott.

Buying Here: Scott

Townhouse condominium in Scott boasts bright colors, modern updates, a pool and a close-knit community.

4 days ago

Peter McKay: Despite family sizes, house always had room for love

The house that was too big when we moved in, then was too small, is too big again as we send off the last of our five kids to college.

4 days ago

Home & Garden notes: Master gardeners to share advice

Garden Forum on Sunday features advice from master gardeners; “This Old House” TV crew is coming to Pittsburgh to help.

4 days ago

 A basil plant infected with downy mildew.

Garden Q&A: Sweet basil susceptible to basil downy mildew

Basil downy mildew is a fairly recent arrival in the United States, is likely culprit for yellow spots, especially on sweet basil varieties.

4 days ago

 Kiana Sanders, right, and other members of Gym Dandy from Washington, Pa., warm up before their performance during the P&G Gymnastics Championships Opening Celebration at the Consol Energy Center on Thursday. It kicks off the four-day event, Aug. 21-24.

Local gymnasts get to see some of the nation's best in Pittsburgh

Local gymnasts thrilled to meet some of the best during P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center this weekend.

5 days ago

 Lyndsay Luff, 6, of the North Side, tosses a green pepper into the crate as she and her brother, Brandon Luff, 12, volunteer to pick vegetables in the Common Ground garden.

Agriculture and suburbia find common ground

In sight of the malls and shopping centers of Upper St. Clair, a community garden thrives.

6 days ago

Miriam's Garden: Powering up with plants

The workbook "Plant-Powered For Life" is a collection of actionable steps to help readers eat more healthfully.

6 days ago

 Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk and some members of his Birdhouse Skateboards team will give a free exhibition at 5 p.m. Monday at the soon-to-open Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark in Carnegie.

Tony Hawk to give exhibition at Pitcher Park in Carnegie

The professional skateboarder has won 73 events. The skate park is almost ready to open in Carnegie.

6 days ago

 The Breakfast Pizza at Voodoo Brewery in Meadville, topped with sausage gravy, eggs, a cheddar cheese blend and steak from Pasture Perfect Beef, with snifter of Voodoo Good Vibes IPA.

Munch goes to Voodoo Brewery

Cool spot, good food and great beer make for a fun excursion north to Voodoo Brewery in Meadville.

6 days ago

 Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival opens Saturday

Renaissance Festival opens with new characters

The time has come again for a journey back to a medieval world alive with chivalrous knights, fair maidens and Washing Well Wenches.

6 days ago

 Tomatoes with Toasted Garlic-Balsamic Dressing.

One Good Recipe: Tomatoes!

A recipe developed in honor of the Phipps Conservatory "Ripe, Red and Roasted" tomato and garlic festival.

6 days ago

 Birchrun Blue from Birchrun Hill Farms in Chester Springs, Pa., at the Festival of Cheese.

Local cheesemongers take a cheese field trip

Caldwell Linker and  Alix Wiggins take part in the annual American Cheese Society Conference in Sacramento.

6 days ago

Local company launches a North Side food tour

Burgh Bits & Bites will start running its new North Side food tour beginning Friday.

6 days ago

 Roasted Cauliflower with Hot Sauce.

Kitchen Mailbox: Some of her favorite recipes of the summer

Shared recipes, summer’s bounty combine for delicious seasonal eating.

6 days ago

 On Aug. 30,  The Brew Gentlemen Beer Co. -- the Braddock brewery co-founded by  Asa Foster (left) and Matt Katase -- is hosting a free Garden Party.

Little Bites: Downtown restaurants compete during gymnastics meet; garden party at Brew Gentlemen

Plus: A night of iconic Pittsburgh foods at Notion, Frontier Dinner at Christian Klay Winery, Twelve Oaks to open in Brownsville.

6 days ago

Let's Talk About: natural tie dye

Free of chemicals and easy for kids to handle, natural dyes can range from nuts to berries to plants.

6 days ago


Food Feedback: Our readers liked being puzzled

Marlene Parrish’s “Food Puzzle” left readers wanting more crosswords.

6 days ago

 The 2013 Great American Banana Split Celebration in Latrobe. Bobby Banana with some Latrobe beauty queens.

The Food Column: Latrobe isn't splitting the honors with Wilmington, Ohio

Laurel Highlands village is celebrating the creation of the banana split.

6 days ago

 Shadyside ... The Art Festival on Walnut Street runs Saturday and Sunday. The work of Santa Fe sculptor Lorenzo Ortega is among the artwork.

Weekend Hot List, Aug. 21-24

Shadyside ... The Art Festival on Walnut Street, Oddball Comedy Festival, Run Around the (Regent) Square, Pittsburgh New Works Festival ...

6 days ago


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