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Polish Fest brings food and fellowship to Oakland

Polish Fest brings food and fellowship to Oakland

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

November 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Music

At the annual Polish Fest on Nov. 11 in the Cathedral of Learning, guests could indulge in food, music and even fortune-telling.

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is something special with student efforts

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is something special with student efforts

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

The students in “Much Ado About Nothing” managed to memorize their lines for the very first day of rehearsal in order to grapple with the Shakespearean lines.

Top soul-warming drinks that aren’t pumpkin spice

Top soul-warming drinks that aren’t pumpkin spice

By The Pitt News Staff

November 7, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Want to branch out from the pumpkin spice trend? Check out our guide to other fall beverages to warm the soul.

Don’t stop him now: Rami Malek shines in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Don’t stop him now: Rami Malek shines in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

By Darren Campuzano, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

Despite some mixed reviews, “Bohemian Rhapsody” was not a flop. Lead actor Rami Malek stole the show as Queen rock legend Freddie Mercury.

Crowds withstand cold for Stronger Than Hate Concert featuring Kesha

Crowds withstand cold for Stronger Than Hate Concert featuring Kesha

By Prachi Patel, Senior Staff Writer

November 6, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

The outdoor Stronger Than Hate concert on Saturday night was put together by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, a nonprofit LGBTQ+ organization.

Shulamit Bastacky: Holocaust survivor shares her story

Shulamit Bastacky: Holocaust survivor shares her story

By Maya Best and Sarah Connor

November 6, 2018


Filed under Culture

Shulamit Bastacky, a 77-year-old Holocaust survivor, spoke to an audience of hundreds at the William Pitt Union on Sunday evening.

Fraternities fundraise with pancakes, bring hope to tragic times

Fraternities fundraise with pancakes, bring hope to tragic times

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

October 31, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Campus groups have each had their own reactions to the Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy last weekend. Delta Chi and Sigma Alpha Mu chose to help out with a pancake fundraiser.

‘Halloween’ returns to form 40 years later

‘Halloween’ returns to form 40 years later

By Apoorva Kethidi, For The Pitt News

October 31, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies, Top Stories

“Halloween” is back. After 40 years and 10 poor sequels, the franchise finally hits a high note with the latest installation.

‘Rocky Horror’ survives cancellation scare to please fans and performers

‘Rocky Horror’ survives cancellation scare to please fans and performers

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

October 30, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

Students in the Engineering Council’s production of “Rocky Horror” were devastated when they were told the show was cancel. However, with some luck, the show was brought back to the stage.

Pitt service puppies put on a paw-some Halloween fashion show

Pitt service puppies put on a paw-some Halloween fashion show

By Sarah Gross, For The Pitt News

October 30, 2018


Filed under Culture

The club Perfect Fit Canine Campus Scholars has been training many puppies this semester. Over the weekend they worked the runway for a Halloween fashion show.

Community rallies together in response to Tree of Life tragedy

Community rallies together in response to Tree of Life tragedy

By Caroline Bourque, Contributing Editor

October 29, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

In light of the heartbreak felt by the Pittsburgh community over these past few days, many local leaders and students are speaking out in hopes of making change.

North Oakland embraces diversity through cultural cuisines

North Oakland embraces diversity through cultural cuisines

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

North Oakland’s Centre Avenue offers students an opportunity to check out some foods from all over the world. Shops include Bombay Market and Turkish Grille.

Instagram foodies: The faces behind the food

Instagram foodies: The faces behind the food

By Emma Maurice, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

Niche social media pages are all the rage right now -- especially on Instagram. One of those niche markets is foodies, and Pitt boasts a few of those.

VIDEO: Cooking with Brian: Pizza Edition

By Brian Gentry

October 24, 2018


Filed under Food & Drink, Uncategorized

Follow online visual editor Brian Gentry as he makes homemade pizza from this recipe!

An appeeling treat: The art of making apple butter

An appeeling treat: The art of making apple butter

By The Pitt News Staff

October 23, 2018


Filed under Food & Drink, News, Top Stories

At Threadbare Cider House, cider is surely the apple of its eye — but there’s room for apple butter, too.

Remembering horror film icon Romero at Carnegie Lecture Hall

Remembering horror film icon Romero at Carnegie Lecture Hall

By Maggie Medoff, Staff Writer

October 22, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies, Top Stories

George A. Romero is the filmmaker behind the classic film “Night of the Living Dead,” and he was remembered over the weekend with the event “Reflection on Romero.”

Review: Courtney Barnett brings second album to Stage AE

Review: Courtney Barnett brings second album to Stage AE

By Darren Campuzano, Staff Writer

October 22, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Uncategorized

Courtney Barnett is an indie rock artist from Australia — and she is rapidly rising into the rock scene. Barnett stopped at Stage AE on Friday.

Hot food on wheels: International Week warms up Pitt

Hot food on wheels: International Week warms up Pitt

By Shahum Ajmal, Contributing Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Food trucks are all the rage for DIY festivals, and on Oct. 17, they brought dozens of students to the WPU as a part of the Pitt International Week festivities.

City of Asylum residents share readings and wisdom at WPU

City of Asylum residents share readings and wisdom at WPU

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

City of Asylum is known for providing a sanctuary for exiled writers. Two of those writers brought their wisdom to campus with a special appearance at WPU.

33rd annual Reel Q Film Festival brings LGBTQ+ cinema to the ’Burgh

33rd annual Reel Q Film Festival brings LGBTQ+ cinema to the ’Burgh

By Siddhi Shockey, Staff Writer

October 15, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

For a weekend full of LGBTQ+ themed cinema, film buffs of Pittsburgh headed to the Harris Theater, for the Reel Q LGBT Film Fest.

Black Cat Market teams up with local vintage collective for Halloween pop-up

Black Cat Market teams up with local vintage collective for Halloween pop-up

By Maggie Medoff, Staff Writer

October 15, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

Black Cat Market — a cat cafe in Lawrenceville — hosted a pop-up Halloween shop selling vintage clothes in a collaboration with Three Pigs Vintage this past weekend.

‘Pitt Tonight’ hosts ‘Collegiates and Comedians’ stand-up show

‘Pitt Tonight’ hosts ‘Collegiates and Comedians’ stand-up show

By Siddhi Shockey, Staff Writer

October 11, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

Nordy’s Place hosted plenty of comedians and laughs on Wednesday night with the monthly stand-up show “Collegiates and Comedians.”

Groceria Merante brings late-night meatball stand to South Oakland

Groceria Merante brings late-night meatball stand to South Oakland

By Frances Tirado, For The Pitt News

October 10, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

For a quick, hearty snack on a Saturday night in South Oakland, students can drop by Groceria Merante to experience their late-night meatball stand.

‘Venom’ disappoints critics, delights sci-fi fans

‘Venom’ disappoints critics, delights sci-fi fans

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Staff Writer

October 8, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

Although “Venom” was met with dismal responses from critics, the film lit up the box office this past weekend, breaking a record for October openings.

Pitt Stages brings ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ to life with ‘She Kills Monsters’

Pitt Stages brings ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ to life with ‘She Kills Monsters’

By Sarah Gross and Wanyan Ma

October 8, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

“Dungeons and Dragons” is a term that has become synonymous with nerd-dom. Pitt Stages took on this concept by putting on the play “She Kills Monsters.”

Student musicians and vocalists celebrate homecoming week with Sounds of Pitt concert

Student musicians and vocalists celebrate homecoming week with Sounds of Pitt concert

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Heinz Chapel hosted three different musical groups from Pitt Tuesday night, all ready to celebrate the festive homecoming week.

Students get real about homecoming week

Students get real about homecoming week

By Siddhi Shockey, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Culture

Homecoming is a staple of fall culture at colleges and universities, featuring chilly football games full of fans warmed by school spirit.

City of Asylum wraps 14th annual Jazz Poetry Month, welcomes new changes

City of Asylum wraps 14th annual Jazz Poetry Month, welcomes new changes

By Frances Tirado, For The Pitt News

October 1, 2018


Filed under Culture

As Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum, closes out its Jazz Poetry season, the staff talks about the new changes within the organization.

Japanese history evoked in new documentary from local filmmaker

Japanese history evoked in new documentary from local filmmaker

By Kim Rooney, Contributing Editor

October 1, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies, Top Stories

On Sept. 28, the Row House Cinema premiered the documentary “Day of the Western Sunrise,” which details the story of Japanese fishermen.

Brockhampton regroups in new album ‘iridescence’

Brockhampton regroups in new album ‘iridescence’

By Maggie Medoff, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

In the band’s fourth effort released on Sept 21, Brockhampton matures — openly addressing the hip-hop group's recent controversy.

Silk Screen Film Festival celebrates Japanese culture

Silk Screen Film Festival celebrates Japanese culture

By Maya Best, For The Pitt News

September 26, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies, Top Stories

The Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival kicked off its 13th year on Sunday with a Japanese music performance and film screening of Shuichi Okita’s 2018 film, “Mori, The Artist’s Habitat.”

Pitt students paint the town

Pitt students paint the town

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

September 24, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

Members of Pitt’s Student Alumni Association and Blue and Gold Society painted their school’s colors on the windows of Fifth Avenue businesses to celebrate the upcoming homecoming week.

Review: Pittsburgh Fashion Week rocks the runway

Review: Pittsburgh Fashion Week rocks the runway

By Charlie Garcia-Weger, Staff Writer

September 23, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

The Pittsburgh Fashion Week occurred from Sept. 17 to Sept. 20 and brought three different events to the City — including a high-profile runway show.

GALLERY: Pittsburgh Fashion Week—The Runway

GALLERY: Pittsburgh Fashion Week—The Runway

By Knox Coulter, Staff Photographer

September 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Visual

The Downtown Community Development Corporation hosted Pittsburgh Fashion Week for its third consecutive year this September. The week kicked off with a rooftop social Monday evening, continued with a panel Wednesday evening and ended with a runway event at PPG Place's Wintergarden Thursday night. ...

Thrival Festival explores humans and technology

Thrival Festival explores humans and technology

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Thrival is an annual festival that explores the connections between people and important parts of their society — technology and music.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week hosts panel

Pittsburgh Fashion Week hosts panel

By Charlie Garcia-Weger, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

The Pittsburgh fashion community crafted its own version Wednesday night with a discussion of fashion's future — including the integration of technology.

Cruze Bar is here to stay — but only for a little while longer

Cruze Bar is here to stay — but only for a little while longer

By Shahum Ajmal, Contributing Editor

September 17, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

After seven years of service to the Pittsburgh community, the LGBTQ+ club, Cruze Bar, is still closing — but not for another few months.

Pittsburgh preps for festivals, frights, food and more this fall

Pittsburgh preps for festivals, frights, food and more this fall

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

September 17, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

From campus to Kennywood, there is something for students to enjoy this fall— even if they can only make it out of the library once this spooky season.

Interning internationally: resume building goes worldwide

Interning internationally: resume building goes worldwide

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Staff Writer

September 12, 2018


Filed under Culture

Studying abroad is something most students dream of doing, but now they can gain work experience while embracing a new culture.

Music majors look forward to harmonious futures

Music majors look forward to harmonious futures

By Emma Maurice, Staff Writer

September 12, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Oftentimes, the only way most students can balance employment and pursue their love of music is to double majors. At Pitt, study related areas with music.

Mac Miller: More than a musician

Mac Miller: More than a musician

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

September 11, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

After the shocking death of the Pittsburgh-native rap artist, members of the community speak of the icon with words of love and admiration.

‘The Nun’ offers a whole bunch of nun-thing

‘The Nun’ offers a whole bunch of nun-thing

By Apoorva Kethidi, For The Pitt News

September 11, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

As Halloween approaches, fans of the horror genre are gearing up for the their favorite time of the year. However, the latest addition to one of the most popular horror franchises might be a let-down.

Pittsburgh-native rapper Mac Miller dead at 26

Pittsburgh-native rapper Mac Miller dead at 26

By The Pitt News Staff

September 7, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, City, Culture, Music, News

The rapper died of an apparent drug overdose, according to a report from TMZ. He was 26 years old and about to go on tour.

Fourth Annual Britsburgh Festival honors women of World War I

Fourth Annual Britsburgh Festival honors women of World War I

By Maggie Medoff, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under Culture

Pittsburgh's Fourth Annual Britsburgh Festival took over a luxurious hotel for an afternoon of sipping tea and celebrating the women of World War I.

Troye Sivan ‘Blooms’ with release of second studio album

Troye Sivan ‘Blooms’ with release of second studio album

By Shahum Ajmal, Contributing Editor

September 5, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Troye Sivan excites critics and his massive fan base with his new album titled "Bloom."

Pitt Program Council gets pumped up for Fall Fest

Pitt Program Council gets pumped up for Fall Fest

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

After the Pitt Program Council put on a hit show last fall featuring iconic rappers Desiigner and Amine, PPC staff and students look forward to another fun Fall Fest.

Redeye Theatre Project packs Studio Theatre

Redeye Theatre Project packs Studio Theatre

By Siddhi Shockey, Staff Writer

September 4, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

This weekend, students at the University of Pittsburgh put on six plays. Each of these plays were casted, written, rehearsed and performed all within 24 hours.

Shakespearean plays take over Pittsburgh parks

Shakespearean plays take over Pittsburgh parks

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

September 3, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater

On Sept. 2, fans of Shakespearean drama lined the lawn at Frick Park for a special performance of the classic comedy "Two Gentleman of Verona."

Donald Warhola talks art and Uncle Andy

Donald Warhola talks art and Uncle Andy

By Grey McGettigan, For The Pitt News

August 29, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

Andy Warhol's nephew leads gallery talks at the museum standing in honor of his uncle's timeless art.

‘Pitt Tonight’ takes on 4th season

‘Pitt Tonight’ takes on 4th season

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

August 29, 2018


Filed under Culture, Television, Top Stories

The staff and stars of the University of Pittsburgh's first -- and only -- late-night talk show recorded the show's season premiere on Aug. 26.

Best places to beat the Pittsburgh heat waves

Best places to beat the Pittsburgh heat waves

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

August 29, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Even though school is back in session, it is not truly autumn yet. Pittsburgh will remain hot and sunny for a few more weeks before things cool off. Here are some ways to escape the sun.

Enchantment runs rampant at the Benedum Center in Disney’s ‘Aladdin’

Enchantment runs rampant at the Benedum Center in Disney’s ‘Aladdin’

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater

The North American tour of Disney's hit Broadway musical "Aladdin" delighted a Pittsburgh audience on Aug. 23.

WPTS Radio starts school year with rockin’ showcase

WPTS Radio starts school year with rockin’ showcase

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

August 27, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

WPTS Radio invited Pitt students to dance and sing on the evening of Aug. 23 to celebrate the station's annual Local Music Showcase.

Staff Picks: Our Autumn Aesthetics

Staff Picks: Our Autumn Aesthetics

By The Pitt News Staff

August 20, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Welcome Back 2018

Fall trends are abundant, and our staff is here to share their thoughts on the popular — and slightly ridiculous — trends coming our way this spooky season.

Staff picks: Best of Campus Cuisine

Staff picks: Best of Campus Cuisine

By The Pitt News Staff

August 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Welcome Back 2018

Many students don’t look too deeply into their food options before coming to school. Thankfully, our staff is here to shed light on dining options on campus!

Get funky this fall with concerts in Pittsburgh

Get funky this fall with concerts in Pittsburgh

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Welcome Back 2018

The exciting shows coming to Pittsburgh this fall range from rap to pop to 70s rock, leaving little room to disappoint fans of most genres of music.

‘Christopher Robin’ is unoriginal but uplifting

‘Christopher Robin’ is unoriginal but uplifting

By Shahum Ajmal, Contributing Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies, Welcome Back 2018

The drama-fantasy is a somewhat slow and cliche, yet heartwarming and beautiful continuation of A.A. Milne’s stories.

Best neighborhoods for off-campus adventures

Best neighborhoods for off-campus adventures

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Welcome Back 2018

For many new Pitt students, the busy, exciting atmosphere of city life is one of the reasons they chose to attend an urban university. With Oakland’s many hospitals, restaurants, drugstores and parks surrounding our campus, students have a good idea of what life is like in an urban area. But what many...

Picklesburgh packs Roberto Clemente Bridge

Picklesburgh packs Roberto Clemente Bridge

By Grey McGettigan, For The Pitt News

August 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Welcome Back 2018

Picklesburgh’s fourth annual gathering did not disappoint, featuring a longer, larger and brinier celebration of all things pickled.

Arctic Monkeys’ Pittsburgh performance fired up the Pete

Arctic Monkeys’ Pittsburgh performance fired up the Pete

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Welcome Back 2018

The indie rock band excited fans of all ages at their performance on Pitt's campus in late July.

Pitt Band preps for 2018 performances

Pitt Band preps for 2018 performances

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories, Welcome Back 2018

As the fall semester kicks into full swing, the 2018 football season will do the same. Along with football season comes the crowd-pleasing performances from Pitt Band.

Q&A with acclaimed author, Pitt professor Anjali Sachdeva

Q&A with acclaimed author, Pitt professor Anjali Sachdeva

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Welcome Back 2018

To learn more about “All the Names They Used for God” and the author behind it, The Pitt News Gillot spoke with Sachdeva about her history and the creation of her acclaimed debut work.

‘Dandy Andy’ tour takes a look at Warhol’s queer history

‘Dandy Andy’ tour takes a look at Warhol’s queer history

By Jon Kunitsky, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories, Uncategorized, Welcome Back 2018

The tour differs from regular museum tours by allowing visitors to learn more about Warhol’s boyfriends, his life as a gay man in New York City and how his art was subsequently influenced by the men in his life and the queer community.

Artisan Pittsburgh welcomes fans for Jeff Goldblum Day 2018

Artisan Pittsburgh welcomes fans for Jeff Goldblum Day 2018

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Writer

July 17, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Movies

Everyone has celebrities they adamantly adore. For some, they’re heroes of westerns like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, while for others they’re sex symbols like Angelina Jolie and George Clooney. For a certain group of people, there is one man who perfectly embodies all that a celebrity shou...

6th annual Deutschtown Music Festival takes over North Side

6th annual Deutschtown Music Festival takes over North Side

By Darren Campuzano and Sarah Connor

July 17, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Pittsburgh’s annual Deutschtown Music Festival began Friday the 13th this year — but the fear of bad luck didn’t stop thousands of Pittsburghers from indulging in the tastes and sounds of the City’s largest summer rock-fest. Instead of throwing salt over their shoulders, spectators were t...

Future Tenant features feminist art in new exhibit

Future Tenant features feminist art in new exhibit

By Jon Kunitsky | Staff Writer

July 10, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

A placard awaits guests entering the Future Tenant artist space on Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. “Through their various forms of artistic expression, [these artists] refuse to give in to the burdens of the male gaze. Instead, they yell back at the catcaller,” it reads, welcoming guests to t...

Art, music, pets and vets: SouthSide Works Exposed

Art, music, pets and vets: SouthSide Works Exposed

By Shahum Ajmal and Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot | TPN Staff

July 10, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music, Top Stories

As the City of Pittsburgh wound down from Fourth of July celebrations and stormy weather, the South Side neighborhood prepared for the 14th annual SouthSide Works Exposed arts festival from July 6 to 8. The event was sponsored by City Vets PGH, a new urgent care veterinary practice in the South S...

Jimmy Wopo: The man behind the music

Jimmy Wopo: The man behind the music

By Hannah Schneider, Contributing Editor

June 26, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

Local rapper Travon Smart — known by his stage name, Jimmy Wopo — was fatally shot last Monday afternoon at the age of 21. The shooting took place in the Middle Hill neighborhood — the very neighborhood that helped him become famous. Growing up in the Hill District was difficult for Smart. As a yo...

Duolingo debuts ‘Something Like Home’ documentary

Duolingo debuts ‘Something Like Home’ documentary

By Jon Kunitsky | Staff Writer

June 26, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

Pittsburgh-based education software company Duolingo is most popular for teaching foreign languages to millions of people worldwide through its phone app and online learning program. But the company’s newest marketing project goes beyond the screen and travels into the real world to share the persona...

Girls who rock: Ladyfest 2018

Girls who rock: Ladyfest 2018

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

June 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

A Google search for “rock bands” yields a long list of well-known results — Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Guns N’ Roses are the first bands listed. The search results show other examples such as The Who, AC/DC and modern bands like the Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay. Aside from being ...

The Incredibles return without skipping a beat

The Incredibles return without skipping a beat

By Grey McGettigan | For The Pitt News

June 19, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

After Disney-Pixar introduced international audiences to “The Incredibles” — a family of five superheroes struggling to live a super mundane life — the project’s creative linchpin, Brad Bird, kept busy. Blockbusters “Ratatouille” and “Tomorrowland” demanded most of his time, but the write...

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

June 19, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Lukas Nelson, 29, was born with a predisposition — a habit to upstage any other acts on a concert bill. He did it back in September 2017 at Pittsburgh’s edition of Farm Aid as a young standout performer among musical vets like Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp. The Southern rocker was on stage at the Thre...

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Mendelssohn Choir sings Bob Dylan

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Mendelssohn Choir sings Bob Dylan

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

June 17, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Bob Dylan once sang “Try imagining a place where it’s always safe and warm / Come in...I’ll give you shelter from the storm?” But on June 5, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh gave the crowd of the Three Rivers Arts Festival a proverbial shelter from the literal storm with a set composed alm...

People’s Pride passes on corporate sponsorships, focuses on inclusion

People’s Pride passes on corporate sponsorships, focuses on inclusion

By Jon Kunitsky | Staff Writer

June 12, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

“Pride of the people will overcome evil!” This was only one of many rally cries heard from the marchers in Pittsburgh’s second annual People’s Pride March late Sunday morning. The “people” of the chant were members of the LGBTQ+ community who are often overlooked — specifically tran...

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Mavis Staples

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Mavis Staples

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

June 12, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Any Pittsburgh native raised on trips to the Three Rivers Arts Festival can attest that the exhibition of diverse artists and musicians is always accompanied by thick rainfall. Festival season in the ’Burgh never commences without it. Amid fears of rain delays and cancellations, each of the bigge...

Annual Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off downtown

Annual Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off downtown

By Zachary Donovan | Staff Writer

June 5, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music, Top Stories

The City of Pittsburgh’s North Side was filled with the sound of country music and the sight of about 25 tons of trash this past weekend as the Kenny Chesney concert took over Heinz Field and the surrounding parking lots for tailgates. But across the river from the hard-partying country fans, a different crowd...

Royal Blood at Stage AE: How can two people make so much noise?

Royal Blood at Stage AE: How can two people make so much noise?

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

June 5, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Two men from Brighton, England, stood on the indoor stage at Stage AE in Pittsburgh’s North Side on the evening of May 31. One of them had a broken foot and the other couldn’t move from the stool he was sitting on. But these two people managed to get a crowd of hundreds of people jumping, screa...

Pitt School of Medicine puts on ‘Beauty and the Yeast Infection’

Pitt School of Medicine puts on ‘Beauty and the Yeast Infection’

By Shahum Ajmal | Contributing Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater

It’s a tale as old as time — itching, burning and pain during sexual intercourse. This is how WebMD describes the symptoms of a yeast infection, which the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine took to the stage with a satirical production called “Beauty and the Yeast Infection.” The cla...

Lawrenceville Art Crawl leaves visitors in awe

Lawrenceville Art Crawl leaves visitors in awe

By Jon Kunitsky | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music, Uncategorized

Betsy Lewis, Emmy Brown and Emily Richards walked down Butler Street amid sun-showers and humidity Saturday afternoon. As rising juniors at Pitt majoring in microbiology, neuroscience and physics, respectively, they ventured out of Oakland to admire local art displayed along the sidewalks of Lawrence...

Free for students: Art, exercise, buses and more!

Free for students: Art, exercise, buses and more!

By The Pitt News Staff

May 30, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Music

One of the best perks of being a student at Pitt is the Panther Card. In addition to all of the traditional purposes a student ID serves, like holding dining passes, granting access to dorms and registering for on-campus events, a Panther Card can be a ticket to a new world of entertainment for stude...

Staff Picks: Coffee Craziness

Staff Picks: Coffee Craziness

By The Pitt News Staff

May 30, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

For some, getting caffeinated is the most important part of mornings in college. But others prefer using the local coffee shops for an afternoon date, a study session or a meet-up with old friends. Whether you are a hard-core coffee addict and need all of the espresso shots you can get or just want ...

Staff Picks: Pizza Party

Staff Picks: Pizza Party

By The Pitt News Staff

May 30, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

One thing most Pitt students learn during their first few months on campus is that they must choose sides for the ongoing battle between Sorrento’s Pizza Roma and Antoon’s Pizza.  Both sit on Atwood Street in South Oakland and both are frequented by Pitt students. The allegiance of some students...

Taco lovers lose their minds at Highmark Stadium

Taco lovers lose their minds at Highmark Stadium

By Delilah Bourque | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Food & Drink, Uncategorized

Think of your favorite food, the most versatile and delicious thing you think you could eat for every meal. Maybe for you, it’s pizza, pasta or sandwiches. For some, that food is tacos. Over the weekend of May 20, a mass of Pittsburgh’s most famous Mexican food descended upon Highmark Stadium near...

Lingering Laughter: Pitt’s LGBTQ+ community takes on the comedy scene

Lingering Laughter: Pitt’s LGBTQ+ community takes on the comedy scene

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under Culture, Television, Theater

When Andrew Dow isn’t making crowds of people laugh as the host of Pitt Tonight or performing onstage with the improv group Ruckus, he can be found spending his summer in his hometown of Abington, just 15 miles outside of Philadelphia. As he cozied up to his dog on a mid-May evening, he and his mot...

Pittsburgh Filmmakers to close doors in North Oakland

Pittsburgh Filmmakers to close doors in North Oakland

By Sarah Connor and Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot

May 29, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies, Top Stories

After 20 years of providing classes to residents of Pittsburgh and students at Pitt, Pittsburgh Filmmakers will end its days in Oakland. Due to financial struggles, Pittsburgh Filmmakers has canceled its fall courses in film and photography, and has made plans to sell its building on Melwood Avenue...

Shawn Mendes moves toward maturity in third album

Shawn Mendes moves toward maturity in third album

By Shahum Ajmal | Contributing Editor

May 29, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

When Vine was still popular in 2013, Shawn Mendes only needed six seconds of camera time to become an overnight internet sensation. Mendes, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter, shared a video of him singing  “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Bieber on the popular video-sharing social media app. The short video quick...

‘Deadpool 2’ delivers laughs and action

‘Deadpool 2’ delivers laughs and action

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot | For The Pitt News

May 22, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

“Deadpool 2,” released May 18, claims to be a family movie, despite leading with a murder — no different than movies like “The Lion King” or “Bambi,” according to the title character. But based on its R rating and crude jokes, it’s safe to say “Deadpool 2” doesn’t qualify. ...

Sneak peek: Free entertainment for this summer in the City

Sneak peek: Free entertainment for this summer in the City

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

May 22, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Movies, Music, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Now that college students have finished their finals and high school students are going to prom, the summer season is truly about to begin. The City of Pittsburgh is ready to celebrate the sunny months with some free outdoor events. Typical summer events — like the Independence Day celebration ...

Don’t Call Her Honey: Ciara Gray artist spotlight

Don’t Call Her Honey: Ciara Gray artist spotlight

By Siddhi Shockey | Staff Writer

May 16, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

When she was a young artist in first grade, Ciara Gray brought an assignment to the front of the class to show the teacher her work — how she’d ripped a portrait from a magazine in half and pasted it to paper, sketching in the missing half of the model’s face. Now, marks of Gray’s creativity are etched...

Pappas bids The Public adieu with ‘Hamlet’

Pappas bids The Public adieu with ‘Hamlet’

By Jon Kunitsky | For The Pitt News

May 16, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

The audience poured an avalanche of applause over the cast of Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of “Hamlet” following its opening performance April 19 — uproarious cheering, whistling and standing ovations galore. But I did not stand, and instead left the theater feeling indifferent and...

TPN says ‘so long’ to senior editors

TPN says ‘so long’ to senior editors

By The Pitt News Staff

April 23, 2018


Filed under Culture

Amanda Reed, Online Engagement Editor I met Amanda the spring semester of my first year as a news writer. I’d already been around since September, but she wasn’t one of my editors until that January. I remember being a bit nervous having to work with an entirely new editor halfway through the year ...

Digress from stress: Pittsburgh’s Slices of Serenity

Digress from stress: Pittsburgh’s Slices of Serenity

By Elizabeth Donnelly | Staff Writer

April 22, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

It’s no secret that finals week can be a stressful time for students, but there are many places Pitt students can go for relief — both on and off campus. With these study break destinations, students can try to focus their mental energy on staying calm and relaxing. Stress Free Zone — William Pitt Union (Oakland...

Bazzi’s beats bring music to the meme scene

Bazzi’s beats bring music to the meme scene

By Shahum Ajmal | Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

“You so f***in’ precious when you smile,” was the only line Andrew Bazzi needed to begin his rise to fame with his 2017 single, “Mine.” These now-iconic lyrics went viral in October when Snapchat released a “Be Mine” lens, which fills the user’s screen with heart-shaped eyes and float...

Bloomfield boasts eccentric music scene

Bloomfield boasts eccentric music scene

By Charlotte Couch and Emma Maurice | Staff Writers

April 19, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

The eclectic, little neighborhood of Bloomfield holds a secret within it: an erupting music scene. Bloomfield’s booming music and arts culture has created a niche community of creators, bands and artists — all aiming for the scene to thrive. One of the most popular hubs in the neighborhood — kno...

Pitt Film Fest features city-wide student work

Pitt Film Fest features city-wide student work

By Vikram Sundar | Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

While maintaining a long-distance relationship with his girlfriend in Indiana, Pennsylvania, senior Mark Conner spent many a lonely road trip listening to the cassette tape she had given him — Fleetwood Mac’s “Tango in the Night.” It was during these trips that he came up with the idea for his ...

Labor of love: PSA puts on Mock Shaadi

Labor of love: PSA puts on Mock Shaadi

By Shahum Ajmal | Staff Writer

April 16, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Two first-year students exchanged vows in the William Pitt Union ballroom Saturday night — but all in good fun. The bride and groom were volunteer participants in the Pitt Pakistani Student Association’s second annual Mock Shaadi event. Awash in shades of red, yellow and pink, the ballroom wa...

Cocktail classroom: Professors bring classes to the bars

Cocktail classroom: Professors bring classes to the bars

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

April 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

A professor walks into a bar to talk about statistical issues in business. This sounds like the opening line of bad joke — but it's a reality for some Pitt professors. Though it is rather unconventional, some University staff members have been relocating class to more sociable areas on campus, s...

Isle of Dogs delights with animation, disappoints with representation

Isle of Dogs delights with animation, disappoints with representation

By Vikram Sundar | Staff Writer

April 11, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

Wes Anderson has once again proven himself to be one of the most visually innovative auteurs in cinema with his latest film, “Isle of Dogs.” Set in a futuristic Japan, “Isle of Dogs” tells the tale of a headstrong 12-year-old boy named Atari, voiced by Koyu Rankin, who searches for his beloved d...

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