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Art Institute student designer Caitlyn Riegal featured in latest Pittsburgh Fashion Week pop-up C.O.R.E. video

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

For this week's installment of Pittsburgh Fashion Week's ongoing pop-up C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities for Real Exposure) project, founder/executive director Miyoshi Anderson chatted with designer-on-the-rise Caitlyn Riegal, a student at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. 

She's only been designing for a couple years but shows promise with styles that breath some fresh vision into classic silhouettes, such as the little black dress. Learn more about her and how to shop her collection in the video above. 

Follow Ms. Anderson on Facebook to catch the next video feature. Learn more about Pittsburgh Fashion Week (Sept. 22-28) at www.pittsburghfashionweek.org.

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Frozen sing-along due Jan. 31

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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snowmanbvvTwo months after “Frozen” landed in theaters, it couldn’t be hotter. 
 
It's made almost $348 million in North America and on Friday, a sing-along version of the animated Disney movie will arrive in more than 1,000 theaters across the country. 
 
“Frozen fans have embraced the film’s original songs and its soundtrack with such passion — there are countless YouTube videos from people singing songs like ‘Let It Go’ — we decided to create a version that would celebrate that enthusiasm,” said Dave Hollis, executive vice president, theatrical distribution, the Walt Disney Studios. “It’s a great opportunity for families to get together and have some fun with these songs.”
 
On-screen lyrics and a bouncing snowflake will accompany select showings.
 
 
Many but not all theaters showing the movie on Friday should have a sing-along version although the number of days it will play will vary by location. 
 
“Frozen,” featuring the voices of Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, is very loosely inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.”
 
It received two Oscar nominations for best animated feature and original song, “Let It Go,” and opens with the Oscar-nominated animated short, “Get a Horse.” 
 
“Frozen,” directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, boasts a fresh backdrop, sense of adventure, bursts of humor, a twist that produces gasps and sisters who ultimately want the best for each other rather than the ability to squeeze into a glass slipper. 
 

 

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Mission: Magnitogorsk.

Written by Brady McCollough on .

magnitogorsk skylineThe evening skyline of Magnitogorsk, Russia, hometown of Evgeni Malkin.

Traveling to Russia to cover the Olympics is not supposed to be hard. In fact, they really try to make it pretty easy on you. For journalists, your official Olympic credential functions as a visa and helps you maneuver your way through customs in Moscow and then on to Sochi. 

Well, I just HAD to make it complicated, didn't I? 
 
I just couldn't fathom going to Russia for the Post-Gazette and not traveling to Magnitogorsk, the hometown of Penguins star forward Evgeni Malkin, to write a profile of him and his life there. To do that, I'd need a couple of things: a fixer/translator and a separate visa that would allow me to travel somewhere other than Sochi. 
 
Finding a fixer turned out to be pretty easy, thanks to some good luck. The only thing I could find on Facebook about Magnitogorsk, which is a steel city modeled after the old Pittsburgh, was the town's steel and iron works. So I posted on their wall and explained I was looking for someone who spoke English to help me get some things set up there. This was back in September. Within a few weeks, a phone call came in with a weird number as I waited for my car to get an oil change at Jiffy Lube on Baum Boulevard. I answered, and there was a Russian man speaking perfect English on the other end of the line. Turned out, he was the chief communications officer for the Magnitogorsk Steel & Iron Works. He wanted to help me with my story and would be my translator. Wow! Done and done.
 
He gave me the lowdown on how to apply for a journalist visa and an accreditation card from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs so that I could get behind the scenes access of the plant there. We had to write a letter explaining the purpose of my visit and send it to them, and then they would eventually send word to the Russian Consulate in New York that I was being invited on business and would need a visa. 
 
Well, a few months went by, and I didn't hear a peep. And not just that, when I called the Russian Consulate, nobody ever answered the phone or it was busy. I couldn't get any answers.
 
Turns out, my fixer discovered I had sent my letter to the wrong address! So now it's late November, about two months out from my trip, and we have to start the process all over again. This time, my fixer would help see the thing through by keeping in contact with the MFA.
 
More waiting.brady passportFinally. Let's get this show on the road.  
 
Finally, in mid-January, I got word from the MFA that my visa would be ready at the Consulate whenever I made the trip to New York. 
 
It worked best with my schedule to leave Tuesday, January 22, from Pittsburgh and arrive at the Consulate when it opened on Wednesday morning.
 
I was under the impression that I would just hand them my passport, and then they would stamp in the visa right then and there. I couldn't have been more wrong. Despite the invitation from the MFA, I still needed a filled out visa application, a passport photo, and a money order. I scrambled around the Upper East Side frantically and got everything I needed by the 12:30 p.m. close of the visa office. They said that I could pick it up on Friday at 2 p.m.
 
Why in the world would I have been nervous about that actually happening?!
 
With my flight leaving for Moscow on January 29, I needed to at least be back in Pittsburgh by Monday night. So if the visa wasn't ready for some reason, I could still wait and get it on Monday
 
Luckily, when I showed up on Friday, my visa was ready to go. I haven't been that relieved since the last time Michigan beat Ohio State in football. 
 
Magnitogorsk, here I come. 

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Oscars ceremony will salute Wizard of Oz as it turns 75

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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The red carpet will lead to the Yellow Brick Road this year. 
 
The Oscars will honor the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” a best picture nominee in 1939, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron hve announced. 
 
“We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron.
 
“The Wizard of Oz” received six Oscar nominations, winning two for original score and song.
 
The Academy Awards will be presented on March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Ellen DeGeneres will host the ceremony on ABC. It will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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Doozy of a detour coming to Route 910 in Indiana Twp.

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will close one of the bridges carrying Route 910 over the pike on Monday for a 10-month replacement project.

The posted detour is about 14 miles, and follows Saxonburg Boulevard, Harts Run Road and Middle Road back to Route 910. The bridge is one of six crossing the turnpike in the area that are being replaced to prepare for widening the highway to six lanes. The bridge is at mile 42.65. Completion is scheduled for December.

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Another bridge project in the area will cause a full closure of the turnpike in both directions between Butler Valley and Allegheny Valley from 11:59 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday. Traffic will be detoured via Route 8, Route 28, Route 910 and Freeport Road. Local traffic using Rich Hill Road in this vicinity will experience 15-minute stoppages during the five-hour period as crews erect beams for the bridge over the turnpike there.

Westbound Interstate 70 will be reduced to a single lane from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday about a half-mile east of West Alexander (Exit 1) in Washington County. Crews will replace damaged expansion dams on a bridge.

Tale from the T: Several disabled vehicles caused delays and detours on the Light Rail Transit system this morning. PG's Sean Hamill reports waiting at Allegheny Station for 30 minutes, with no announcement on the public address system about when the next vehicle would arrive. He finally gave up and walked to town.

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