Arts & Entertainment

 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.

57 minutes 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.

57 minutes ago

 Walt Harper at home in 2003.

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

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

57 minutes 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.

57 minutes 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.”

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

about 9 hours 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.

about 17 hours 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.

about 7 hours 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.

2 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.

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 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.

2 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

2 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

4 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.”

3 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.

3 days ago

WJAS-AM to air 'Zachary's Gift' special

The radio special “Zachary’s Gift” tells the story of Fisher House, founded by Zachary Fisher.

3 days ago

 Flight Time, left, and Hi-Lite of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Hot list of events for the coming weekend

A list of things to do after the Christmas presents are opened.

3 days ago

 Kevin Hart appears at a special screening of "The Wedding Ringer" in College Station, Texas, in November.

Actor, comedian Kevin Hart adds second show at Heinz Hall

In addition to the 7 p.m. show, the comedian and star of "Ride Along" and "The Wedding Ringer" also will perform at 10 p.m.

3 days ago

 Lady Davenant (Robin Abramson) shows off before would-be playwright Aphra Behn (Erika Cuenca) in "Or," at  Off the Wall Productions.

Stage review: Off the Wall's 'Or,' a fabulous funny treat

Off the Wall Productions offers theatergoers a fast-paced farce for the holidays in “Or,” by Liz Duffy Adams.

4 days ago

 From left, Tammy Tsai and Adrienne Wehr in a scene from the Web series "Dog Bytes."

Creators of grotesque 'Dog Bytes' take story straight to the Web

Indie Web series "Dog Bytes" is a bizarre tale of people behaving badly.

4 days ago

 According to Mayor Bill Peduto’s office, some 9 million people watched the Sunday broadcast of CBS’ “Undercover Boss.”

Peduto's appearance on 'Undercover Boss' raises questions about cash gifts

Mayor Bill Peduto handed out money to city workers on the reality show, but he won’t say where the money came from.

4 days ago

 The FBI said it has enough evidence to conclude that North Korea was behind the cyber attack on Sony, which resulted in the disclosure of tens of thousands of emails and other materials.

In about-face, Sony to screen film in dispute

“The Interview” will be released after all to a limited number of theaters, including one in Pittsburgh, for Christmas Day showings.

3 days ago

PEOPLE: Jaycee Chan, George R.R. Martin, Kelly Clarkson and more

Jaycee Chan has been indicted on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs and could face three years in jail if convicted.

4 days ago

Key North Korean websites back online after shutdown

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the Internet stoppage in one of the least-wired and poorest countries in the world.

3 days ago

 Bill Peduto does a stint as a municipal employee on "Undercover Boss."

Mayor Peduto promises to account for cash gifts given out on 'Undercover Boss'

The mayor dismissed concerns of an implicit quid pro quo between him and the donors.

3 days ago

 British rocker Joe Cocker, at the Paris Music Festival in 1992, died Dec. 22 at age 70.

Appreciation: Joe Cocker was a scorching rock stylist and a wild card on stage

The Woodstock standout who died Monday at age 70 was known for his bluesy growl and hit recordings.

4 days ago

  In this July 20, 2002 file photo, British singer Joe Cocker performs during the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland.

Grammy-winning singer Joe Cocker dies at 70

The singer was known for his cover of the Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends” and his memorable Woodstock performance.

4 days ago

 Dan Byers, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Carnegie Museum of Art, will be leaving in February to take a position in Boston.

Carnegie Museum curator Byers leaves for Boston position

He led the department of contemporary and modern art at the Carnegie beginning in 2009.

4 days ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto went undercover for an episode of CBS's “Undercover Boss.”

Pittsburgh mayor's appearance on 'Undercover Boss' exposes city's virtues

“My hope all along was to highlight what makes Pittsburgh and its workers special, and the show did that,” Mayor Bill Peduto said.

5 days ago

 Adam West.

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Adam West

Television’s original Batman, actor Adam West says playing the caped crusader essentially interrupted his career path in films.

5 days ago

 Vanessa Redgrave and "Foxcatcher" director Bennett Miller go over a scene at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown.

A guide to the Pittsburgh sites seen in 'Foxcatcher'

Western Pennsylvania co-stars in the movie “Foxcatcher” with nearly all scenes shot here but one — a helicopter view of the du Pont estate.

6 days ago

Groom charged during filming of TLC's 'Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding'

Police said the groom being filmed for the TLC reality series threw glass cups at the wall and tried to provoke a fight.

5 days ago

'Second Avenue Caper': a heartfelt graphic novel about AIDS in the early ’80s

Joyce Brabner and Mark Zingarelli offer a well-crafted social testament to how far we have come, even as the emotional content has worn off.

6 days ago

'Small Victories': Anne Lamott writes about grace for those who hate books about grace

Read this book twice – even if you normally avoid books on religious or spiritual growth.

6 days ago

'The Wicked and Divine' explores our fascination with fame

All six issues of the Image Comics series are collected here. Mr. Gillen's metaphor couldn't be more obvious or more accurate.

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