Published on Friday, 25 April 2014 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
government-handoutsPaul Ryan took some heat for his comments about the inner city and their culture of not working. What about the ones on the Hill and their culture of not working?  Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 24 April 2014 4:58 pm by Scott Mervis
record-store-day-sales-up-11-over-last-year  Record Store Day on Saturday was a big hit, as you probably know if you visited a record and saw all the people there. The main stats, according to Nielsen Soundscan, are that it increased sales at indie record stores by 91 percent over the prior week, and RSD sales were up 11 percent over last year. The hot vinyl came from Childish Gambino, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 24 April 2014 4:35 pm by Barbara Vancheri
steeltown-film-factory-down-to-3-sets-april-26-auditions-for-staged-readings  And then there were three.    Steeltown Entertainment Project’s Film Factory is down to three contenders, with the winner to be chosen May 17 at Point Park University.    They are:  Stephen Knezovich, a fifth-generation Pittsburgher and visual artist who holds a master of fine arts and whose project is titled ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 24 April 2014 3:44 pm by Natalie Bencivenga
seenchic-custom-hats The Parks Conservancy's Hat Luncheon is coming up Saturday next week, May 3. I, just like many of the ladies and gents who will be attending this party to support our parks here in Pittsburgh, am on a hat hunt. My colleague, Sara Bauknecht (who is the style editor here at the Post-Gazette) mentioned that it would be fun to have a hat ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 24 April 2014 3:34 pm by Elizabeth Bloom
mozart-is-a-cool-guyICYMI: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is opening its Mozart Festival this weekend. I had a couple of terrific conversations with Robert Levin, the Mozart scholar and pianist, for the article. He's a treasure trove of knowledge, but alas, not all of his insights made it into the preview today. Here are a few more nuggets: Regarding improvisation: ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 24 April 2014 2:46 pm by Dan Gigler
who-is-franco-harrisFrom last night's Jeopardy! (thanks to Ben Wertheim) Funny, as on Sunday I'd returned from 10 days away and snapped the pic below after thinking how oddly comforting it is to see these two before you head to baggage claim and then home ...  Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 24 April 2014 1:05 pm by Sam Werner
predicting-the-fall-depth-chart-defenseEarlier this week, we took a look at what Pitt's offensive depth chart will likely look like when the Panthers start fall camp in August. Today, we'll move over to the defensive side of the ball. Keep in mind that, as with the offense, this is assuming that all parties are healthy come August. I'm also not going to include freshmen here, but will note ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:45 pm by Mike White
wpial-rules-basketball-player-aloi-ineligible-after-transfer-to-lincoln-park  The WPIAL has ruled a basketball player ineligible to play for a year after transferring to a charter school. Nick Aloi transferred in January from Ellwood City High School to Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Beaver County. Lincoln Park has become a basketball power at the Class A level. The WPIAL Board of Control had a hearing ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:43 pm by Diana Nelson Jones
second-amazing-books-to-open-in-squirrel-hill  In June, Amazing Books will open a second store in Squirrel Hill, a neighborhood that has been starving for a book store since Barnes and Noble closed in 2009.   Owner Eric Ackland said he had been looking for a location in Squirrel Hill for the past year, in part because he knew the neighborhood would respond well and in part because ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:12 am by Doug Oster
gardening-projects-for-kidsHere's a simple project for kids. I bought this pot at Hahn Nursery and the kids on the show helped me plant it with lettuce. Photo by Doug Oster It was bring your kids to work day at KDKA and we had a lot of fun teaching them how to garden on Pittsburgh Today Live. They really loved getting their hands dirty, just like us ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 24 April 2014 10:28 am by Sharon Eberson
peter-jackson-reveals-the-name-of-the-final-film-in-the-hobbit-trilogy Via Peter Jackson on Facebook, under the heading "Inside information," the director reveals the new title of the Hobbit finale: Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo's own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we've gone along. "There and Back Again" felt like the right name for the second of a two ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 24 April 2014 6:52 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-04-24-14Playoff StuffPenguins - Blue Jackets -Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. “We let another one slip away. We’re making it harder on ourselves than we need to, but I don’t think we need to pout about it now.” - Matt Niskanen. -The Columbus Dispatch's recap. “Oh, man, the noise in the building when that went in. Chills. It’s been a long time ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
playing-fieldThe Supreme Court upheld a Michigan ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. This is another step backward toward becoming a segregated country again.  Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 5:51 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 4:44 pm by Doug Oster
don-t-leave-tender-plants-out-tonight-but-don-t-worry-about-othersPansies laugh at 30 degrees, basil and houseplants need to come inside when it gets cold along with other plants. Photo by Doug Oster I've been inundated with questions about what to do with plants when temperatures are predicted to drop below 30. Anything tender like basil, or houseplants should be covered or brought back inside. It's way too early ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 3:30 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
about-the-blue-jackets-game-4-04-23-14A preview of the Blue Jackets. When and where: 7 p.m., EDT. Nationwide Arena. TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), Fox Sports Ohio (Columbus market), NBC Sports Network (Rest of the United States), CBC, RDS. Leading postseason scorer: Jack Johnson, 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist). Last Game: 4-3 home loss in Game 3. Brandon Dubinsky had two assists ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 2:09 pm by Barbara Vancheri
cinegrille-film-and-food-opens-at-latitude-in-north-fayette    A breathy Marilyn Monroe and screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” helped to mark the grand opening of CineGrille in North Fayette today.   It’s an 85-person movie theater with wait staff serving food and beverages to patrons at their seats at Latitude 40.    The entertainment center at The Pointe at North Fayette ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 1:40 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
stempniak-it-s-fun-to-have-those-expectations-04-23-14  If any one player is emblematic of how the Penguins roller coaster of a first-round series has gone, it's Lee Stempniak. In the first overtime period of Game 2 Saturday, Stempniak had a chance off a rebound to score a would-be game-trying goal but failed to get a clean shot off. The Blue Jackets scored in the second overtime period to claim ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 1:26 pm by Diana Nelson Jones
a-call-to-conscience-for-gentrifiers      Daniel Hertz, writing in the Atlantic Cities today, provides an excellent work of thought-food for those who talk about gentrification as if it is either a good thing or a bad thing.   It is, he writes, inevitable whether you move your educated, moneyed self to a poor neighborhood or a rich neighborhood.   If you ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:31 am by Elizabeth Bloom
details-of-pso-s-upcoming-wilkinsburg-community-concertThe Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform its community concert at Wilkinsburg High School on May 16. Details of the performance have been released. From the PSO: PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents the 11th Annual Community Engagement Concert for the community of Wilkinsburg on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at Wilkinsburg High ... Read More and Comment