Arts & Entertainment

 "Aurora" by Kim Stanley Robinson.

'Aurora': Bad times on a generational spaceship

Kim Stanley Robinson's novel is science fiction for people who don't believe that science has all the answers.

about 13 hours ago

 "Sick Idiot" by Ashley Boynes-Shuck.

'Sick Idiot': Local author Ashley Boynes-Shuck's struggle with dozens of invisible ailments

“Sick Idiot” — a term Ms. Boynes-Shuck uses to describe her particularly difficult days — is an easy read with a motivating message.

about 13 hours ago

 "The 51-Day War" by Max Blumenthal.

'The 51 Day War': Max Blumenthal's harsh account of Israel's brutal 2014 war deserves attention

Though lacking balance throughout, the journalist shows what happened to Israeli and Palestinian societies during Operation Protective Edge.

about 13 hours ago

 Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner are "Difficult People," on  Hulu.

TV reviews: Hulu's 'Difficult People' is highlight of the week

Three new series premieres prove summer can offer great entertainment or it can be the same old burial ground for awful shows.

about 13 hours ago

 Stephanie Rothenberg and Ben Carlson star in "The Sound of Music" at the Stratford Festival.

Stage reviews: A beloved musical and a Shakespeare comedy prove to be a comely pairing at Stratford

A Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and a bawdy Shakespeare comedy are not such an odd couple when you get to the heart of the matter.

about 13 hours ago

 Billy Porter in his Tony Award-winning role as Lola, the stylish drag queen of “Kinky Boots.”

Stage preview: Billy Porter comes home as star of 'Kinky Boots'

Tony- and Grammy Award-winning performer Billy Porter steps off Broadway to play his iconic role for friends and family in Pittsburgh.

about 13 hours ago

HBO will air Paris concert and documentary on U2 world tour

The Paris stop on U2’s current Innocence + Experience tour will air Nov. 14 on HBO, the premium cable network announced late last week.

about 13 hours ago

Stratford Festival wears a smile

During the height of tourism, the Canadian town rolls out a red carpet of friendliness for visitors.

about 13 hours ago

 Workers polish the copper roof of The Rotunda at the University of Virginia in preparation for painting at the school in Charlottesville.  The centerpiece of the university's historic Grounds, built from 1822 to 1826, is the focus of a $52 million renovation.

University of Virginia Rotunda being rebuilt inside and out

Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia icon in the middle of a $53 million face-lift.

2 days ago

2Do this week, Aug. 2-9: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Start off the week with a free concert featuring the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra by the fountain at Highland Park.

about 13 hours ago

 Jason Sudeikis, guest star on the season finale of "The Last Man on Earth" on May 3, reportedly will have a part in the new season, although it may be in flashbacks.

TV Q&A: Sudeikis to return to 'Last Man on Earth'

Questions also answered about “The Biggest Loser,” “Forever”  and “A to Z.”

about 13 hours ago

 Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern star in "Downton Abbey."

PRESS TOUR: Filming on ‘Downton Abbey’ almost done, but there could be a movie

Time marches on in the final season of “Downton Abbey” as technology advances and characters plan for their futures.

about 15 hours ago

 A new image from the forthcoming Sherlock special featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman has been released ahead of today's panel with Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue and Rupert Graves at San Diego Comic Con.

A new ‘Sherlock' comes to PBS soon

PBS is waiting on the BBC to schedule a new one-off, Victorian-era “Sherlock” movie.

about 22 hours ago

 Anthony Starr in "Banshee," which is shooting its fourth and final season in Vandergrift.

Tuned In: 'Banshee' co-creator explains why he pulled the plug on the Cinemax show

He opted to end the shot-in-Pittsburgh TV series even though the cable network was willing to renew it; HBO plans more “Game of Thrones.”

1 day ago

 Alan Fletcher -- "We have not made an agreement or a contract, so we're working on this possibility."

Aspen Music Festival in talks with PSO about playing concerts in 2016

The Pittsburgh Symphony is in discussions with the Aspen Music Festival about the possibility of performing at the Colorado festival.

1 day ago

Three Rivers Arts Festival director to leave Cultural Trust

Veronica Corpuz, who oversaw the Three Rivers Arts Festival for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is stepping down.

1 day ago

 The creation of Mount Washington's Jordan Patton and teammate Ben Ploughman won the first spotlight challenge on Syfy’s “Face Off.”

Reality check: On 'Face-Off,' local contestants fare well

Jordan Patton of Mount Washington and Nora Hewitt of Clairton get off to a good start on season nine of Syfy’s special effects contest.

1 day ago

Blues Traveler jams freely at Stage AE

Veteran band mixes hits into lively, bluesy set.

1 day ago

Luke Bryan kicks up the dust at the Pavilion

Country star plays his own hits and even dips into Taylor Swift and Maroon 5.

1 day ago

 Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt (and does his own stunts) in "Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation."

Movie review: Cruise, McQuarrie team again for bang-up 'Mission: Impossible' reprise

The “Jack Reacher” team of Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie bring crazy stunts, suspense and renewed vigor to ”Mission: Impossible.“

2 days ago

 Peter Capaldi stars in "Doctor Who."

Press Tour: 'Doctor Who' returns for a new season Sept. 19

In September Peter Capaldi returns for his second round as the star of BBC America’s “Doctor Who.”

1 day ago

 One Direction -- Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne -- are playing at Heinz Field this weekend.

Guidelines posted for One Direction concert on Sunday

The NFL’s Bag Policy is in place. Fans are encouraged to not bring a bag into events.

2 days ago

 Blues icon Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy’s foul language makes festival official blue

The owner of the Blawnox club Moondog's apologized on his Facebook page.

1 day ago

 Bruce Campbell stars in "Ash vs. Evil Dead."

Press Tour: Bruce Campbell and his chainsaw ready to tear it up again in ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’

The Evil Dead walk again in the revival of “The Evil Dead” franchise.

1 day ago

 Western Pennsylvania native Joe Kenda stars in "Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda" on Investigation Discovery.

Tuned In: Crime network to give its fans more series

Fans of true crime flock to cable’s Investigation Discovery; Nat Geo gets a makeover.

2 days ago

 Rebecca Ferguson plays Ilsa in "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation."

Cruise co-star, Rebecca Ferguson, buffed up to do stunts

Rebecca Ferguson co-stars in “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” with Tom Cruise.

2 days ago

Family Film Guide: “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation”

Rated PG-13, the fifth installment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise features over-the-top stunts.

2 days ago

 In "Testament of Youth," Kit Harington as Roland Leighton and Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain find their love shattered by World War I.

Movie review: 'Testament of Youth' heartbreakingly beautiful

“Testament of Youth” is a beautiful and heartbreaking look at the futility of war.

2 days ago

 Chris Farley in his Second City days in "I Am Chris Farley"

Movie review: 'Chris Farley' recalls his talents

The “I Am Chris Farley” documentary celebrates the comic actor’s life, with reflections and recollections from family, friends and admirers.

2 days ago

 The cast of AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead." Photo courtesy AMC.

Producers aim for slow burn in ‘Fear The Walking Dead’

“Fear The Walking Dead” introduces a blended Los Angeles family in the earliest days of the zombie apocalypse.

1 day ago

Film notes: Caviezel fondly recalls Jimmy Stewart

Jim Caviezel recalls meeting legendary actor, patriot and Indiana, Pa., native Jimmy Stewart as the Aug. 29 Harvey Award dinner approaches.

2 days ago

 Soon-Yi Previn and Woody Allen at the 2012 premiere party for his film "To Rome with Love" in New York.

PEOPLE: Woody Allen, Ben Affleck, Katy Perry and more!

Woody Allen describes his relationship with his wife of 20 years, Soon-Yi Previn, as paternal.

2 days ago

McKees Rocks 'feastival' to serve up plenty of food, music, art

The idea for the event is to build on established traditions in McKees Rocks, such as music and ethnic foods.

2 days ago

Musik Innovations to close at end of the year

The family owned store has been in business for 36 years. Some of the employees and many of the music teachers have been there for 20 years.

2 days ago

 Rapper J. Cole, who headlined the First Niagara Pavilion on Thursday.

J. Cole highlights '2014 Forest Hills Drive' at Pavilion show

A master of story telling, J. Cole was able to keep the audience with him all night, as he performed 2014 Forest Hills Drive in full.

2 days ago

 Randy Newman a good fit with the Pittsburgh Symphony in the final installment of the Thursday night Icons series.

Concert review: Randy Newman renews his friendship with Pittsburgh

Singer-songwriter-pianist-composer Randy Newman gave a magnificent performance Thursday night with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

2 days ago

 One Direction: From left, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne.

Preview: The future looks cloudy for One Direction

Now down to four members, One Direction is working on new album, and then a hiatus might be in store.

3 days ago

 Luke Bryan.

Preview: Luke Bryan sings about the life he lives

Singer who just kicked up some controversy will play two shows at the First Niagara Pavilion this weekend.

3 days ago

 Kelli Williams, second from right, leads the cast of "Ties that Bind."

TV Press Tour: Up joins scripted series race with ‘Ties That Bind’

In a prime-time landscape largely devoid of family shows, Kelli Williams, best known from “The Practice,” leads the drama.

2 days ago

 Kit Harrington starred as Jon Snow in HBO's "Game of Thrones." Photo courtesy HBO

Press Tour: HBO exec on futures of ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘True Detective,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

How much more “Game of Thrones”? Can “True Detective” be saved? Will “Curb Your Enthusiasm” ever return.

2 days ago

 Dave and Stacy Sterling create a world with Lego's in "A Lego Brickumentary."

Movie review: Brick by brick: 'A Lego Brickumentary' shows how Lego rebuilt

A remarkable documentary tells the story of a little brick that is more than just a toy but an entire culture of its own.

3 days ago

 The Backstreet Boys perform in 1998.

Boy bands: How they rise and fall

The groups usually peak on the singles charts pretty quickly and often find their way back on the road after the breakup.

3 days ago

 Chase the Monkey: Matt Hanson, Paige Suvick and Alberto Sewald.

Local scene in music this week

Debuts from Chase the Monkey and Violet Rose.

3 days ago

 The Jackson 5 --  clockwise from top left, Tito,  Jackie, Jermaine, Michael and Marlon Jackson -- could be considered the best boy band ever.

What are the 10 best boy band songs of all time?

The Jackson 5 is still the best of a bunch that includes Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync and One Direction.

3 days ago

 Singer-songwriter Randy Newman.

Preview: Randy Newman returns to Pittsburgh after four decades to play with the PSO

Singer-songwriter behind the "Toy Story" songs does not take pride in his only solo hit, "Short People."

3 days ago

 A 1927 version of "The Everyday Song Book", part of the University of Pittsburgh's Special Collections, is the "smoking-gun" evidence that the 1893 ditty "Happy Birthday to You" should be free for public use and not subject to copyright restrictions, lawyers say.

Pitt library songbook key to lawsuit over ‘Happy Birthday’ rights

A songbook found at Pitt shows that “Happy Birthday” isn’t copyrighted, lawyers say, calling it the “smoking gun” in a long legal dispute.

3 days ago

 Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons) and Tip (voiced by Rihanna) in DreamWorks Animation's "Home."

New to DVD: 'Home,' 'The Water Diviner' and more

"Home," "The Water Diviner" and "Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXIII" hit store shelves.

3 days ago

 Robert Randolph & the Family Band play The Feastival in McKees Rocks.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Lots of music, a gaming festival, comedy and even a Regatta on tap for the coming weekend.

3 days ago

 Old Crow Medicine Show jamming at Stage AE.

Old Crow Medicine Show plays a humdinger at Stage AE

Nashville string band teams with outlaw Sturgill Simpson for night of authentic Southern music.

3 days ago

 Trevor Noah will succeed Jon Stewart on the anchor desk of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."

Tuned In: New 'Daily Show' host won't mess with format

Jon Stewart’s replacement, Trevor Noah, is a relatively unknown 31-year-old South African comedian speaks seven languages.

3 days ago