Arts & Entertainment

 Joe Perry, one of the founding members of the band Aerosmith.

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Joe Perry

Aerosmith founding member Joe Perry talks about his memoir, bandmate and friend Steven Tyler and rockin’ on.

about 10 hours ago

 Amanda Lewis with voice teacher Ross Dacal during a lesson at his McCandless home.

Pittsburgh city hall receptionist dreams of becoming an opera leading lady

Former beauty queen Amanda Lewis, receptionist for Mayor Bill Peduto, is working toward a career as an opera singer.

about 10 hours ago

 Buddy Defranco, left, in 2006 with fellow jazz musician Freddie Hubbard.

Obituary: Buddy DeFranco / Versatile jazz clarinetist

Born in Philadelphia, he rose from the remains of the swing era to forge prominence as the instrument’s pre-eminent interpreter of bebop.

about 11 hours ago

Don't call him Neville: 'The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History'

Boris Johnson explores Winston Churchill’s understanding of the importance of leadership branding.

about 10 hours ago

Animals in cars driving fast: 'Lowriders in Space, Book 1'

A fun graphic novel that is part Hispanic ’American Graffiti’ and part funny animal story (with cars).

about 10 hours ago

Me and the Devil: 'Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll'

Author Peter Bebergal traces rock ’n’ roll’s fascination with hidden knowledge.

about 10 hours ago

My three suns: 'The Three-Body Problem'

The novel’s fascinating premise about the connection between China’s Cultural Revolution and an alien invasion ends up missing the mark.

about 10 hours ago

Go tell it to the mountain: 'By Night the Mountain Burns'

A heavy-handed novel about life in Equatorial Guinea that is also deceptively beautiful.

about 10 hours ago

City Calendar: 12/29/14

A listing of upcoming events for the week of Dec. 29, 2014.

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 Jarran Muse as Marvin Gaye in "Motown the Musical."

Stage preview: 'Motown the Musical' gives the stories behind the music

Actor Jarran Muse read up on the history of the record label before taking on the role of Marvin Gaye.

1 day ago

Anjelica Huston's 'Watch Me': A great American actress comes clean

In the second volume of her memoirs, we see that she has had a privileged life for sure, but with pain enough to make a mother weep.

1 day ago

 "It Takes a Choir Host," Gareth Malone.

‘It Takes a Choir’ featuring Brashear High rescheduled ... again!

USA runs marathon of much-delayed reality show “It Takes a Choir,” including an episode filmed at Pittsburgh Brashear High School in

1 day ago

'Christendom Destroyed': European upheaval in 16th and 17th centuries

Mark Greengrass writes an informed and engaging account of the disintegration of Christendom’s universalism.

1 day ago

 Peter Thiel's work "is highly recommended for its ability to combine sound business advice with inspiring appeals that transcend financial success."

'Zero to One': Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley’s biggest contrarian, tells all

Mr. Thiel, rich from PayPal and Facebook, explains how his theories can be applied for success as an entrepreneur.

1 day ago

 Ken Stott, left, plays Balin and Martin Freeman plays Bilbo in the fantasy adventure "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

'Hobbit' finale, 'Unbroken,' 'Into the Woods' score at box office over Christmas weekend

The overall box office will be up over last year's Christmas period. How much is unclear until final numbers are tallied.

about 22 hours ago

Readers inquire about WPXI, KDKA staff changes

Questions answered about the WPXI meteorologist shuffle, a mailing address for Ellen DeGeneres and the future of “Dallas.”

1 day ago

 Sony has been the victim of some of the most high-profile security breaches in history.

Sony says PlayStation still has problems, gradually coming back online

The hacker group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for disrupting the PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live Christmas Day.

about 19 hours ago

North Korea lashes out at U.S. over Internet loss, insults Obama

North Korea accuses U.S. of shutting down its Internet, uses racist slurs against President Obama.

1 day ago

2Do this week, Dec. 28-Jan. 4: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

“Unbuntu Holiday” and “Christmas Star” at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company; the Lights! Camera! Pittsburgh! Movie Tour; and more ...

1 day ago

 Skaters take to the ice during a public skate at the Schenley Park rink earlier this month.

Post-holiday diversions on the cheap

Movies, swimming, ice skating and more to keep everyone busy between the holidays

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 The Sisters of Charity at Seton Hill hold a monthly Taize Prayer Service for Peace at the Queen of Peace Chapel in Greensburg. The chapel altar screen, Communion rail, pews and doors were crafted by George Nakashima, a well-known Japanese-American craftsman.

Queen of Peace chapel in Greensburg shares spiritual connection with artisan George Nakashima

A Sisters of Charity chapel in Greensburg has an altar that is the work of famed Japanese-American woodworker George Nakashima.

2 days ago

 Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon came to Pittsburgh in June to film "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl."

Cameras were rolling in the 'Burgh

Pittsburgh was a movie magnet in 2014 as Russell Crowe, Jake Gyllenhaal, Vin Diesel, Will Smith and many others came for productions.

2 days ago

 Walt Harper at home in 2003.

First Person: Christmas with my dad, jazz musician Walt Harper

With the Christmas holidays all around us, I find myself thinking about my beloved dad and the treasure trove of Christmas memories I love.

2 days ago

 Rick Sebak at Tessaro's in Bloomfield, one of the things noted in his  "25 Things I Like About Pittsburgh."

Saturday Diary: What a Pittsburgh newcomer learned from Rick Sebak

The documentary maker who exudes love for the city is ubiquitous. And his stories are reminders that in strangeness, there is possibility.

2 days ago

 Ellar Coltrane, at age 6, in "Boyhood."

'Boyhood' and 'Birdman' the best of the bunch to hit theaters this year

“Boyhood,” “Birdman” and “Foxcatcher” top the list of the best movies of 2014, which also includes the crowd-pleasing “The Lego Movie.”

3 days ago

 Stephen Sondheim, Meryl Streep and director Rob Marshall attend the world premiere of "Into the Woods" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City.

Rob Marshall takes us along on his journey 'Into the Woods'

Rob Marshall, the director who grew up in Pittsburgh, guides a starry cast through a musical film with themes for all ages.

3 days ago

 Customers arrive Thursday at SouthSide Works Cinema to watch "The Interview." Extra security guards were on hand.

Pittsburgh screening of 'The Interview' attracts patriotic crowd

The movie about the assassination of North Korea’s leader has netted tepid reviews but strong response after attempts to shut it down.

3 days ago

 Bob Odenkirk stars in "Better Call Saul."

Tuned In: Cable cranks out midseason debuts

More scripted series than ever premiere in January and on several cable networks that are new to scripted shows.

3 days ago

 Dancer Leanne Benjamin performs in a scene from the documentary "National Gallery" playing through Jan. 8 at the Harris Theater, Downtown.

'National Gallery' doc delves into one of England’s national treasures

Frederick Wiseman, the dean of documentarians, takes an unadorned and revealing look at a portrait gallery like no other.

2 days ago

Sony's 'Interview' draws U.S. moviegoers who trumpet free speech

The film opened in more than 300 independent movie theaters Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences.

3 days ago

 Angelina Jolie is photographed with Louis Zamperini, a U.S. Olympic distance runner and World War II POW whose story is told in "Unbroken." Mr. Zamperini died in July at age 97.

People: Angelina Jolie, Rob Marshall, Justin Bieber, Dustin Diamond, Ridley Scott

“Unbroken” and “Into the Woods” are the top movies to debut on Christmas Day; Justin Bieber gets a jet; Dustin Diamond arrested.

2 days ago

 Mark Wahlberg is Jim Bennett and John Goodman is Frank in "The Gambler."

Movie review: 'Gambler' fails to get the blood rushing

“The Gambler” slots Mark Wahlberg and Brie Larson into an update of roles played four decades ago by James Caan and Lauren Hutton.

4 days ago

 Dennis Lavalle holds a ticket and a poster of the film "The Interview" as he attends the Christmas Day screening of in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles.

Hundreds of theaters across U.S. begin screening 'The Interview'

After initially calling off its release, Sony officials made the film available on a variety of digital platforms Wednesday afternoon.

3 days ago

 Artist Martin D. Leisser’s “A March Snow Storm: Sixth Avenue in 1902” belongs to the Duquesne Club’s art collection. The urban scene was likely inspired by a foot of snow that fell on the city in early March of that year. We bring this to you, in the ninth year of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tradition, to mark the blessings of the season and to wish our readers every happiness.

Artist captured Sixth Avenue in 1902 Pittsburgh snowstorm

The painting shows a Downtown street as it was a century ago, before construction of the current City Hall and Oliver Building.

4 days ago

 Meryl Streep ventures "Into the Woods" as the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored.

Movie review: Don't be afraid to go 'Into the Woods'

Rob Marshall gets it right in bringing the Sondheim/Lapine classic “Into the Woods” to the big screen.

5 days ago

 The Bird (Miyavi) torments Louis "Louie" Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) in "Unbroken."

Movie review: 'Unbroken' captures true spirit of courage

“Unbroken,” Angelina Jolie’s second directorial effort, is a didactic but powerfully performed true story of WWII heroism.

5 days ago

 La Keisha Wolf, executive director of the Ujamaa Collective, talks about fair trade and racial justice issues during a recent session at the collective in the Hill District.

Pittsburgh group using art as 'a bridge and a convener' in race-relations discussion

A program also has begun to help minority organizations compete for grants, build audiences and grab exhibition opportunities.

5 days ago

 A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles.

Sony streams 'The Interview' through YouTube, Google, Xbox, Sony site

In the Pittsburgh area, the SouthSide Works Cinema and the Dependable Drive-In in Moon will show the film.

4 days ago

 Dave (James Franco) and Aaron (Seth Rogen) in "The Interview."

Movie review: Scandal aside, 'The Interview' pretty good

Seth Rogen and James Franco’s “The Interview” is silly — if controversial — fun.

5 days ago

Warhol Museum staff member to join Norman Rockwell Museum

Longtime Warhol exhibition director Jesse Kowalski will become curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum in March.

5 days ago

 Brie Larson is Amy Phillips in "The Gambler."

Larson: ‘None of us really believe that this is a movie about gambling’

“Gambler” remake allows Brie Larson to blow her own horn, thanks to the souvenir she kept from the movie starring Mark Wahlberg.

5 days ago

 Benedict Cumberbatch stars in "The Imitation Game."

Movie review: ‘Imitation Game’ a compelling war of numbers

Benedict Cumberbatch spins the clock back to WWII and celebrates a brilliant mathematician who changed history and yet met a tragic end.

5 days ago

 Amy Adams as Margaret Keane in "Big Eyes."

Movie review: ‘Big Eyes’ a small tale of ragamuffin art

Margaret Keane painted the big-eyed waifs, husband Walter Keane took the credit and director Tim Burton chronicles the deceptive dynamic.

5 days ago

‘The King and the Mockingbird’ plays like vintage Disney

Restored animated classic “The King and the Mockingbird” opens Friday at the Regent Square Theater in subtitled and dubbed versions.

6 days ago

 Bruce Springsteen, at the time he was making "Darkness on the Edge of Town."

New boxed sets could be a good way to spend holiday cash

Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong, Leonard Bernstein, David Bowie and Joni Mitchell are boxed this season.

5 days ago

 (Front row, left to right) Faye Marsay as Steph, George Mackay as Joe, Joseph Gilgun as Mike, Paddy Considine as Dai and (second row, with megaphone) Ben Schnetzer as Mark in "Pride."  Photo credit: Nicola Dove

New to DVD this week

“Pride,” “The Trip to Italy” and “The Good Lie” hit store shelves.

5 days ago

 Girl Talk will play a sold out New Year's Eve show at Stage AE.

An early look at New Year's Eve

Swon Brothers, Girl Talk, Harlan Twins all party on New Year’s Eve.

5 days ago

 "Doctor Who," starring the Doctor, played by  Peter Capaldi, and Clara portrayed by Jenna Coleman.

A different kind of Santa Claus on ‘Doctor Who’

A new “Doctor Who” Christmas special airs on BBC America Christmas night.

5 days ago

People: Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter, Amy Adams, Justin Lin, 'Citizenfour'

The “Beetlejuice”’ director and Oscar nominee confirm their split; “Today” pulls interview; Justin Lin is in as director of “Star Trek 3.”

5 days ago

NEA to award grant to Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council is slated to receive a $35,000 NEA grant to make the arts more accessible to people with disabilities.

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