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Jason Derulo performed a selection of his chart-topping songs, accompanied by a live band and backup dancers, in a Zoom webinar Friday night as part of Pitt Program Council’s annual Bigelow Bash.

Jason Derulo headlines first virtual Bigelow Bash

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor April 12, 2021
Pitt Program Council’s annual Bigelow Bash didn’t take place on Bigelow Boulevard this year. Instead, Pitt students joined Jason Derulo in the garage of his Los Angeles home.
Poet Rudy Francisco gave performances of slam poetry in between taking questions Thursday night, in a town hall hosted by the Resident Student Association. In addition to reciting his poetry, Francisco talked about his becoming a poet, activism and his experience as a Black man.

Rudy Francisco speaks on poetry’s political power at RSA town hall

By Lucas DiBlasi, Senior Staff Writer April 9, 2021
Francisco has published five books of poetry revolving around the politics of race, class, gender and religion.
Pitt Missed Connections is an Instagram account with the mission of putting students in contact with a person they wish they had spoken to. An anonymous Pitt student created the account after Pitt shut down due to the pandemic.

Instagram account seeks to reunite students’ missed connections

By Kaitlyn Nuebel, Staff Writer April 7, 2021
An anonymous Pitt student created Pitt Missed Connections on March 8, an Instagram account with the mission of putting students in contact with the person they wish they had spoken to.
“The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Guidebook” is part of an anthology series from Belt Publishing that chronicles the many faces of cities in the Rust Belt.

Local writers create anthology of Pittsburgh neighborhoods

By Diana Velasquez, Senior Staff Writer April 7, 2021
“The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Guidebook” is part of an anthology series from Belt Publishing.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, PPC will hold this year’s Bigelow Bash with Jason Derulo via Zoom Friday at 8 p.m. Derulo, a singer, songwriter, dancer and entertainer, is a top artist with more than 12 billion global streams and 190 million singles sales.

Jason Derulo to take students dancing at virtual Bigelow Bash

By Ananya Pathapadu, Staff Writer April 5, 2021
Singer, songwriter, dancer and entertainer Jason Derulo is a top artist with more than 12 billion global streams and 190 million singles sales.
Mary Maggic, an artist who works with the intersection of biotechnology and art, is a Carnegie Mellon University alum. Their piece, titled “Estroworld,” is an interactive website that alludes to materialism and industrial toxicity.

‘Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology’ displays interaction of science and art

By Rashi Ranjan, Senior Staff Writer April 2, 2021
Artist Mary Maggic has combined their interests in body and gender politics, biohacking and environmental activism to create “Estroworld."
The Oakland Open, a mini golf course installed by the Pittsburgh Innovation District on Oakland Avenue, is intended to generate business for local eateries and restaurants.

Pittsburgh Innovation District brings mini golf to Oakland

By Anna Ligorio, Senior Staff Writer April 2, 2021
Located on the intersection of Forbes and Oakland avenues, the mini golf course, called the Oakland Open, sits in between an assortment of local businesses such as Fuku Tea, Stack’d and Fuel and Fuddle.
“Pattern Makers” is a temporary art exhibition from The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, curated by 10 members of Pitt’s history of art and architecture department. The exhibit is open both in person and virtually until May 9.

Pitt students curate ‘Pattern Makers’ exhibition at Westmoreland Museum of Art

By Suln Yun, Staff Writer March 31, 2021
The exhibit tracks the presence and meaning of patterns across a selection of works from Westmoreland’s collection.
HBO Max released “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” on March 18.

Review: ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ speaks to director’s personal style

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer March 31, 2021
"Zack Snyder’s Justice League” is a completely self-indulgent film, filled to the brim with Snyder’s directorial quirks.
Pittsburgh is home to many theater companies, such as Harris Theater, that had to stop production when COVID-19 was first declared a pandemic and Gov. Tom Wolf ordered a statewide shutdown. This shutdown forced the companies to halt their public shows and find new ways to bring theatre to their audiences.

A showstopping year: Pittsburgh theater companies reflect on anniversary of shutdown

By Ananya Pathapadu, Staff Writer March 26, 2021
Lou Castelli, managing director of Pittsburgh Public Theater, explained that when the company heard the news of the pandemic, they decided to close last March before their opening night.
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