Arts & Entertainment

 Adriana E. Ramirez.

Award-winning writer hopes to shine light on border violence

University of Pittsburgh lecturer Adriana Ramirez has won the PEN/Fusion Emerging Writer’s $10,000 prize with her collection “Dead Boys.”

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 The Benedum marquee, including the pearl medallion, the gold gryphons and the blue and white archway.

Benedum sign to get upgrade

The marquee at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts will get $500,000 renovation that will make the sign easier to change.

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 Kevin Noe conducts the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble in "Drunken Moon."

Preview: PNME celebrates 40 years of charting new music territory

The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, which opens its 40th season on Friday, has become one of the elder statesmen of the U.S. new music scene.

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Ensemble's top commissions

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s current and former artistic heads, David Stock and Kevin Noe, list the most significant PNME commissions.

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PEOPLE: Kourtney Kardashian, Grateful Dead, Donald Trump and more!

Kourtney Kardashian and longtime partner Scott Disick are calling it quits.

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 Melissa Fleming blowing glass at Pittsburgh Glass Center as part of the high slet's talk art 0707

Let's Talk About Art: Melissa Fleming

When Pine-Richland High School student Melissa Fleming was looking for new ideas to incorporate into her art, she gave glass-blowing a try.

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Theater returns to August Wilson Center with 'Piano Lesson'

Mark Clayton Southers is slated to direct Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre’s production of “The Piano Lesson” at the August Wilson Center.

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 Tina Desai is one of eight main characters in the new Netflix sci-fi thriller “Sense8.”

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Tina Desai

Bollywood actress Tina Desai appeared in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” films and now has gone sci-fi in the new Netflix series “Sense8.”

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 “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” is one of three shows PBS has renewed for another season. It's produced by the Fred Rogers Co. in the South Side.

PBS renews two children’s TV series produced by South Side’s Fred Rogers Co.

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” which is aimed at preschoolers, will return for a 20-episode third season in 2016.

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 "The Road Home" by Kathleen Shoop The Letter Series Book 2.

Book review: Local author pens a satisfying sequel to 'The Last letter'

The sequel to Kathleen Shoop’s “The Last Letter,” titled “The Road Home,” continues the Arthur family saga.

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Book review: Joseph Ellis shows how the Revolutionary War was only the beginning

Author explains how four of the Founding Fathers helped forge a nation in “The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution.”

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 Richard Nixon leaves office on August 9, 1974.

Book review: Nixon Agonistes -- His tainted legacy still overshadows the nation

The book by Tim Weiner presents a fascinating look at America’s most troubled president.

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 John Massari,  a member of the VFW Post 33 honor guard in Greensburg.

Is it time to play taps for live buglers?

John Massari plays taps at military funerals next to a device that plays a digital recording. What happens when the live buglers are gone?

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Responses to questions about “Downton Abbey,” “Face Off,” “Longmire” and a reporter on WPXI.

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 This CD cover image released by the United States Postal Service shows, "Elvis Forever," an Elvis Presley greatest hits CD to go along with a new commemorative stamp available on Aug. 12.

USPS to offer Elvis Presley greatest hits CD with stamp

Elvis fans can get a greatest hits “Elvis Forever” CD with a new commemorative stamp of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll.

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2Do: Cultural events for the coming week

Artist talks, Smokey Robinson, soprano Charlene Canty and pianist Larry Allen and comedian Doug Benson are on the schedule.

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 In "Batman: Arkham Knight, the Batmobile plays an integral role in helping Batman subdue Arkham Knight's specially trained militia.

Game review: 'Arkham Knight' a superb adventure for Batman

The latest “Arkham” video game is a perfect sendoff for a groundbreaking series.

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 Mt. Lebanon's Danny Johnson solves the riddle of Snake Crossing on NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" during the broadcasdt from the Carrie Furnace.

Reality check: Locals forge ahead on ‘Ninja's' Pittsburgh course

Pittsburgh athletes conquer the “American Ninja Warrior” course on the first night of the competition at the Carrie Furnace in Swissvale.

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 Maritza Mosquera with her "Body of Water" inject print at Assemble in Garfield on Friday. "Aqui," the exhibit Ms. Mosquera curated, runs through July at 5125 Penn Ave.

Garfield exhibit showcases 'diverse array' of Latino art

Maritza Mosquera presents “Aqui” with work from 13 Latino artists at Assemble in Bloomfield-Garfield for Cafe Con Leche.

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 D-Box seats shake and move in sync with picture.

All shook up: D-Box seats vibrate in sync with a movie's action sequences

Theatergoers get immersed in the action with D-Box MFX Cinema Systems.

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 In "The Last Reel," a film found in an old movie theater contains a flashback to a Khmer Rouge work camp during the time of Pol Pot.

Asian film festival picks a new season

Pittsburgh’s Silk Screen Film Festival will open with “Theeb,“ close with “Miss India America” and showcase 30 Asian features July 10-19.

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 Gaspard Ulliel in "Saint Laurent."

Movie review: 'Saint Laurent' captures designer's triumphs, torments

Bertrand Bonello is the second director to explore the magnificence and madness of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in a biopic.

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 Alex Manalo, Kelly Trumbull, Moira Quigley and Sol Crespo are part of the ensemble of "Brewed," getting its Pittsburgh premiere from No Name Players.

Stage review: 'Brewed' stirs up trouble for six troubled sisters

Sisterly bonds are sorely tested in the No Name Players production of Scott T. Barsotti’s horror fantasy “Brewed.”

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 Shark expert, Greg Skomal comes face to face with a tiger shark off Florida.

Tuned In: The sharks are back on Discovery Channel

Shark-themed programs compete for viewer attention on two cable networks beginning Sunday; “Ellen” moves to WTAE this fall.

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 Kevin Downes, left, and David A.R. White in "Faith of Our Fathers."

Movie review: ‘Faith’ stumbles because of flawed script

“Faith of Our Fathers” has its heart and soul in the right and holy place but its screenplay could have used a good rewrite.

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Movie review: 'The Overnight' a thin sex comedy

“The Overnight,“ starring Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman, features an adult play date that puts inadequacies front and center.

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 Playwright August Wilson stands in the Hill District on Bedford Avenue in front of his childhood home.

State gives $50,000 to preserve August Wilson's childhood home

The grant from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission will help to preserve the playwright’s childhood home at 1727 Bedford Ave.

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 "Flip-flops" by Deb Andrison

Quilling among the art displayed at Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival

Among the festival displays will be Deb Andrison’s quill art, which is created by coiling strips of paper into works of art.

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Little Lake Theater holds training for backstage technicians

Topics range from the basics of drafting and design to lighting and sound effects.

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 Wiz Khalifa at First Niagara Pavillon, opens with "Roll Up", "Black and Yellow," and "We Dem Boyz."

Concert review: Wiz Khalifa, Fall Out Boy rock a packed Pavilion with Boys of Zummer Tour

Khalifa lights up an excited, smoky hometown crowd in opening set Thursday night in Burgettstown.

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 Pittsburgh's Wiz Khalifa is as hot as he has ever been. “See You Again,” his salute to the late Paul Walker on the “Furious 7” soundtrack, has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 straight weeks.

Preview: Boys of Zummer Tour features Wiz Khalifa, Fall Out Boy

Rap and rock have mixed before, but it was still a head turner when Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy announced their joint tour.

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Cable's Reelz picks up Miss USA pageant after NBC pulls out

NBC dropped out last week, citing pageant co-owner Donald Trump's derogatory comments about immigrants.

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 Kevin Hart as Darnell and Will Ferrell as James in the comedy "Get Hard."

What's new to DVD this week

“Get Hard” “While We’re Young” and “The Gunman” hit store shelves.

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 From left, Trey Anastasio, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Levi's Stadium on Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Preview: A Fare Thee Well for The Dead

Legendary group says goodbye with a final run of Chicago concerts you can watch from here.

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 Emma Bowser, 10, holds back 700-pound Jersey cow Rapunzel, from entering the judging ring too early during a previous Big Butler Fair. Rapunzel, from Rocky Maple Farm in Slippery Rock, went on to win two blue ribbons. This year's fair opens Friday and runs through July 11.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

The Big Butler Fair, Kennywood fireworks, comedy and the Symphony are all on the slate for the coming holiday weekend.

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 Joe Manganiello in "Magic Mike XXL."

Joe Manganiello ate like a bodybuilder for 'Magic Mike' sequel

Eating for one but ordering for two is how Pittsburgh native Joe Manganiello prepared for his beekcake role in  “Magic Mike XXL.”

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 Series T-800 Robot in Terminator Genisys.

Movie review: 'Terminator Genisys' a confusing reboot

“Terminator Genisys” returns Arnold Schwarzenegger to the franchise but fractures timelines and introduces alternate, confusing universes.

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 Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco.

Panic! at the Disco will headline Thrival Festival in Hazelwood

Third annual event will take place on former brownfield that holds 10,000 concert-goers.

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 From left, Joe Manganiello, Jada Pinkett Smith, Matt Bomer, ChanningTatum, Kevin Nash, Donald Glover and Adam Rodriguez in "Magic Mike XXL."

Movie review: 'Magic Mike' provides another R-rated girls night out

“Magic Mike XXL” turns up the heat and hard bodies as Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and others go on one last R-rated ride.

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 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros perform at Stage AE on the North Shore Tuesday night.

Music review: Fighting sickness, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros rock Stage AE

Frontman Alex Ebert’s energy alone carried the Los Angeles indie folk band through an electrifying 14-song set.

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Miss Universe defections rise

More fallout in the Miss USA pageant: co-host Cheryl Burke leaves, Donald Trump calls NBC “weak”

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Concert review: Trio excels from pop to classical

Time for Three performed at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater as part of Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s Just Summer series.

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 This circa 1775 Chinese porcelain 'tobacco leaf' saucer dish, was one of the many items up for auction at Christie's. Its estimated value is $4,000 to 6,000.

Christie's auction of Scaife's estate nets nearly $4 million

The top sellers included $347,000 for a large inlaid cabinet and $102,500 for an 18th-century bookcase.

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Gateway to the Arts merges with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Gateway to the Arts provides arts education and artist training in the Pittsburgh region.

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 Misty Copeland and James Whiteside acknowledge the audience after appearing  in "Swan Lake" at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. On Tuesday, June 30, 2015.  Ms. Copeland was named American Ballet Theater's first black principal dancer.

Misty Copeland named first black female principal at ABT

Ballerina Misty Copeland is the first African-American ballerina to achieve that status in the company’s 75-year history.

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 Denny’s Flagship Restaurant - James Wines & SITE - Las Vegas, NV - architecture and interior design - 2012.

Art notes: SITE architect James Wines champions drawing

SITE architectural studio founder and president James Wines presented a case at Carnegie Museum of Art for the hand as well as the computer.

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WPXI to air lottery

Pennsylvania Lottery results move to WPXI.

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PEOPLE: Wiz Khalifa, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Lest Holt and more!

Wiz Khalifa’s new docuseries “Day Today” documents his life on the Boys of Zummer tour and debuts on REVOLT TV.

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 Train singer Pat Monahan at the First Niagara Pavilion on Tuesday.

Train pulls into Pavilion with lively, colorful show

Picasso at the Wheel Tour is big on audience participation at First Niagara Pavilion.

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 The steelworkers sand sculpture is now on display at the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta in Point State Park. The regatta starts Friday.

EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta sand sculpture pays homage to 'Steel City’ past

Weighing 150 tons, the sand sculpture depicts eight steel workers at a mill.

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