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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ brings Pittsburgh audiences to tears

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ brings Pittsburgh audiences to tears

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

May 22, 2019


Filed under Culture, Theater

Recent popular media has taken a closer look at mental health and mental illness. The 2017 Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why” focuses on the reasons a high school teenager took her own life, while “BoJack Horseman,” another Netflix original show, centers on a celebrity horse that copes with addiction and depression.

George A. Romero archive finds home at Hillman Library

George A. Romero archive finds home at Hillman Library

By Sara Nuss, For The Pitt News

May 22, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies, Top Stories

Known widely as the father of the modern zombie movie, George A. Romero and his legacy have risen again in recent years following the filmmaker’s death in 2017.

’Pokemon Detective Pikachu’ exceeds fans’ expectations

’Pokemon Detective Pikachu’ exceeds fans’ expectations

By Sara Nuss, For The Pitt News

May 15, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies

While the goal of the protagonists is serious, “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” is a wholesome and hilariously fun movie.

Pittsburgh Record Convention showcases vinyl revival

Pittsburgh Record Convention showcases vinyl revival

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Culture Editor

May 15, 2019


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

More than 30 vendors and hundreds of attendees gathered to buy and sell records, CDs, cassette tapes and other music memorabilia.

Crossword | It’s finally here

Crossword | It’s finally here

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

April 21, 2019


Filed under Culture, Puzzles, Top Stories

This locally-sourced, organic finals week crossword comes to you straight from your friendly neighborhood campus newspaper office. Because if you’re anything like us at The Pitt News, sometimes you just need to take a break from studying (or editing news stories) and throw yourself heart, mind and...

Stress quick fixes: Our favorite apps and media to de-stress

Stress quick fixes: Our favorite apps and media to de-stress

By The Pitt News Staff

April 21, 2019


Filed under Art, Culture

Finals week has arrived and stress levels are high. Here at The Pitt News, our staff has a few favorite apps, YouTube channels and artwork that help us relax when we need it.

Treatment with a tempo: A look at the world of music therapy

Treatment with a tempo: A look at the world of music therapy

By Mary Rose O’Donnell, Senior Staff Writer

April 21, 2019


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

Music therapy is the use of music, such as singing, songwriting and playing instruments, to improve the lives of others physically, mentally and socially. We got to chat with some local music therapists for our destressing-themed finals edition.

‘Burden of Genius’ showcases revolutionary Dr. Thomas Starzl

‘Burden of Genius’ showcases revolutionary Dr. Thomas Starzl

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Senior Staff Writer

April 18, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies, Top Stories

Students at the University of Pittsburgh have likely heard the name Dr. Thomas Starzl at least once in passing or happened across the statue of him relaxing on a bench behind the Cathedral.

Review: ‘After’ provokes unintended laughter

Review: ‘After’ provokes unintended laughter

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Senior Staff Writer

April 17, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies

Last week, another fanfiction-turned-novel- turned-movie by the name “After” was released, and was as underwhelming and convoluted as the original work.

ATO charity concert rocks Bellefield Hall

ATO charity concert rocks Bellefield Hall

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 15, 2019


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

ATO hosted Saturday’s concert as its annual philanthropy event, with the $5 admission fee going toward the Children’s Miracle Network and Greenhouses for Everyone.

Staff Picks: Our favorite homemade snacks for a study break

Staff Picks: Our favorite homemade snacks for a study break

By The Pitt News Staff

April 15, 2019


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

When dining hall meals and Pop-Tarts won’t satisfy a body that is mentally and physically worn out from the semester, look no further than our staff favorite DIY snacks. Not to mention, spending some time cooking presents the perfect opportunity to take a study break or procrastinate.

Winter is here: Bar of Thrones opens doors in Market Square

Winter is here: Bar of Thrones opens doors in Market Square

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Writer

April 10, 2019


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Television, Top Stories

Winter has come to Pittsburgh’s Market Square. While the weather has been warming up, Bar of Thrones, a Game of Thrones themed pop-up bar, has opened downtown. The bar serves Game of Thrones-themed cocktails, along with beer, wine and certain food offerings.

Tyler Oakley reflects on YouTube fame and activism

Tyler Oakley reflects on YouTube fame and activism

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019


Filed under Culture, Television, Theater, Top Stories

Little did Tyler Oakley know, 12 years after he began his YouTube channel he would be sitting in the William Pitt Union speaking about his social media career, LGBTQ+ activism and life as an internet celebrity to a room full of more than 250 Pitt students — only a small segment of his fanbase.

Performers death drop at Rainbow Alliance drag show

Performers death drop at Rainbow Alliance drag show

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 9, 2019


Filed under Art, Culture, Theater

Friday night, a charismatic performer clad in a silver sequin dress danced and swirled her poofy brown wig to the booming music. The hundreds of audience members leapt to their feet to clap along, roaring when the performer landed the drag-show-staple death drop.

Weekend Watchlist: The best of the worst

Weekend Watchlist: The best of the worst

By The Pitt News Staff

April 4, 2019


Filed under Blogs, Culture, Movies, Television, Top Stories

This installment of our recurring Weekend Watchlist blog takes a slightly different approach — we wrote about the absolute worst shows and movies we could find online. These films and shows are just so bad they’re good, and we really can’t get enough of the cringey comedy unintentionally found in this week’s watchlist.

Pitt Stages preps for ‘Into the Woods’ opening night

Pitt Stages preps for ‘Into the Woods’ opening night

By Tamara Alchoufete, Staff Writer

April 4, 2019


Filed under Culture, Music, Theater, Top Stories

Get ready for princesses, fairies, and lots of dark woods. The Pitt theatre arts department will perform “Into the Woods” as a mainstage production. The show opens tonight at 8 p.m. and runs through April 14.

Top ways to soak up the spring in Pittsburgh

Top ways to soak up the spring in Pittsburgh

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Writer

April 3, 2019


Filed under Culture

Finally, after months of gloom, snowstorms and freezing rain, the sun seems to have found its way to Pittsburgh. Here are some funny ways to enjoy the sun:

Review: Billie Eilish breaks the internet with debut album

Review: Billie Eilish breaks the internet with debut album

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Writer

April 2, 2019


Filed under Culture, Music

Minimalistic bass beats, breathy vocals and moody lyrics carried LA-native Billie Eilish from an internet streaming sensation to No. 96 on the Billboard Hot 100. Released when she was just 15 in 2016, Eilish’s first single “Ocean Eyes” now has 16.2 million streams on SoundCloud alone.

‘Pitt Tonight’ celebrates women with annual empowerment episode

‘Pitt Tonight’ celebrates women with annual empowerment episode

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 2, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Television, Theater

In the darkened William Pitt Union Assembly Room, an unusual array of images graced the stage. Some slides flashed quotes from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Others featured statements from female Pitt students, who wanted to send a message of thanks to the strong women in their lives.

Staff Picks: Top Brad Pitt movies

Staff Picks: Top Brad Pitt movies

By The Brad Pitt News Staff

March 31, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies, Television

Here at the University of Brad Pitt-sburgh, we adore our lord and savior, Brad Pitt. We believe all of his films deserve A+ ratings, but today, we are rounding up our most favorite films done by the god himself. From “Fight Club” to “Moneyball,” we all have our No. 1 favorite film from our beloved Brad Pitt.

Wellness Center displays ‘The Art of Recovery’ gallery

Wellness Center displays ‘The Art of Recovery’ gallery

By Tamara Alchoufete, Staff Writer

March 28, 2019


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

On Tuesday, the Wellness Center had a little more to offer than usual — art celebrating the beauty of eating disorder recovery. This gallery was presented by The Renfrew Center Foundation — a national eating disorder treatment organization with centers open to women of all ages throughout the country.

‘Us’ serves scares, but still falls behind ‘Get Out’

‘Us’ serves scares, but still falls behind ‘Get Out’

By Vikram Sundar, Staff Writer

March 28, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies

With his second film “Us,” Jordan Peele has taken a far more ambitious step to tackle a problem rooted in America’s historical identity as an oppressor — perhaps too ambitious.

2019 Greek Sing pleases performers, raises funds for Children’s Miracle Network

2019 Greek Sing pleases performers, raises funds for Children’s Miracle Network

By Amanda Giamalis, For The Pitt News

March 26, 2019


Filed under Culture, Music

Finishing off Pitt’s Greek Week, Greek Sing 2019 brought a large crowd to the field house. The event is held annually as a spirit event for Pitt’s Greek life, but also as a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Review: Gary Clark Jr. brought audiences at the Benedum to their feet

Review: Gary Clark Jr. brought audiences at the Benedum to their feet

By Darren Campuzano, Staff Writer

March 22, 2019


Filed under Culture, Music

Gary Clark Jr., a 35-year old guitarist, is a musical shapeshifter — and his show at the Benedum Theater March 20 confirmed that confining him to one genre only understates his malleable approach to playing guitar.

New ‘Queer Eye’ season brings joy to fans with diversity and a dog

New ‘Queer Eye’ season brings joy to fans with diversity and a dog

By Apoorva Kethidi, Staff Writer

March 21, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies, Television

Season three of the breakout, Emmy award-winning reboot “Queer Eye” hit the streaming service on Friday, to much excitement from the show’s many fans.

Phi Delta Epsilon preps for 2019 ‘Anatomy Fashion Show’

Phi Delta Epsilon preps for 2019 ‘Anatomy Fashion Show’

By Amanda Giamalis, For The Pitt News

March 20, 2019


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

For the third consecutive year at Pitt, artists and models alike will join in Bellefield Auditorium to strut, pose and paint on human bodies in order to pull off this one-night-only event, the annual “Anatomy Fashion Show.”

Streaming now: must-see foreign language films, TV

Streaming now: must-see foreign language films, TV

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Senior Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


Filed under Blogs, Culture, Movies, Television, Top Stories

This year we have made several different watchlists of great, enjoyable TV shows and movies. Considering this school year is the Year of Pitt Global, you should take some time to celebrate foreign-language media too.

‘Captain Marvel’ packs great performances and action in a crowded plot

‘Captain Marvel’ packs great performances and action in a crowded plot

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Senior Staff Writer

March 19, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies

“Captain Marvel,” written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, is the twenty-first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first to feature a solo female lead.

Local artist Stew Frick dominates the art scene by customizing clothes

Local artist Stew Frick dominates the art scene by customizing clothes

By Siddhi Shockey, Staff Writer

March 18, 2019


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

Stew Frick — a Pittsburgh native, born in Coraopolis — has coined the term “clothing customizer” as their official job title. They often begin with a clean canvas of items ranging from boots to sneakers to jackets, made of either leather or cloth, and then add their creative designs.

Blog: Spring break watchlist

Blog: Spring break watchlist

By The Pitt News Staff

March 7, 2019


Filed under Blogs, Culture, Movies, Television, Top Stories

As promised in our 2019 spring break bucket list, The Pitt News staff is here with yet another installment of our Weekend Watchlist blog series.

Controlled Chaos teaches students to get down on the dance floor

Controlled Chaos teaches students to get down on the dance floor

By Rachel Saula, For The Pitt News

March 7, 2019


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

Controlled Chaos is typically a closed, audition-only dance group.Tuesday evening, they hosted a workshop with PPC titled “Anyone Can Dance.” The class encouraged dancers of all levels to explore the art of hip-hop dancing.

FOMO, grocery shopping and Netflix binging: Our 2019 spring break bucket list

FOMO, grocery shopping and Netflix binging: Our 2019 spring break bucket list

By Alex Dolinger, Staff Writer

March 6, 2019


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Movies

For those of us staying in Pittsburgh or heading back home for the week, here are some ideas to make this spring break worthwhile.

Video: CMU Lunar Gala

Video: CMU Lunar Gala

By Kaycee Orwig, Staff Photographer

March 6, 2019


Filed under Art, Culture, Video

CMU's annual Lunar Gala was held on Mar. 2, and featured many inventive fashion choices.

CMU Lunar Gala shows off glowing fashion

CMU Lunar Gala shows off glowing fashion

By Maya Best, Staff Writer

March 5, 2019


Filed under Art, Culture

The theme of CMU’s 2019 Lunar Gala, “anomie,” is a philosophical term that describes a society in which there are no morals or bounds for its citizens.

Hozier hits a high note with sophomore album ‘Wasteland, Baby!’

Hozier hits a high note with sophomore album ‘Wasteland, Baby!’

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Writer

March 5, 2019


Filed under Culture, Music

Irish-born musician Andrew “Hozier” Byrne came into an almost accidental fame when his 2013 single “Take Me to Church” soared to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, following the release of his eponymous first album in 2014.

Blog: Weekend watchlist, take five

Blog: Weekend watchlist, take five

By The Pitt News Staff

March 1, 2019


Filed under Blogs, Culture, Movies, Television, Top Stories

For the fifth time, The Pitt News staff is sharing our top picks of films and TV shows. For a post-midterms binge-watching session, look no further than the TPN Weekend Watchlist.

‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ caps the ‘Dragons’ trilogy with stunning visuals and stirring emotion

‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ caps the ‘Dragons’ trilogy with stunning visuals and stirring emotion

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Senior Staff Writer

February 28, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies

Released on Friday, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” — written and directed by Dean DeBlois — has earned widespread critical acclaim and is visually dazzling and mature with its storytelling.

Pitt Italian Club gets cheesy at 8th annual Italian Cheese Night

Pitt Italian Club gets cheesy at 8th annual Italian Cheese Night

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019


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

Listening to classical opera while eating fresh Italian cheeses is not how many students picture spending a typical weekday night, but for the 139 students who attended the Italian Club’s cheese night, this was an exciting opportunity that only presents itself once per year.

‘Fighting with My Family’ leaves out the fight, waters down Paige

‘Fighting with My Family’ leaves out the fight, waters down Paige

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

February 26, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies

The new film “Fighting with My Family” takes on the challenge of portraying the deep emotional highs and lows of WWE superstar Saraya-Jade Bevis (Florence Pugh) — who is known simply as Paige in the ring.

Dhirana teams from all over the nation compete at Soldiers & Sailors

Dhirana teams from all over the nation compete at Soldiers & Sailors

By Maya Best, Staff Writer

February 26, 2019


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

Crowds gathered in Soldiers & Sailors auditorium on Saturday for the seventh annual Dhirana national Indian classical dance competition as eight collegiate dance teams competed for a $1,000 cash prize and trophy.

Review: “Flyin’ West” soars to a standing ovation

Review: “Flyin’ West” soars to a standing ovation

By Tamara Alchoufete, For The Pitt News

February 21, 2019


Filed under Culture, Theater

The Pitt theatre arts department told a story beautifully on Wednesday night, showing that “Flyin’ West” really is a journey of flying “as free as a bird” from the oppressive South to the open prairies of the West.

Studying, snacking, and [not] sleeping: Our 2019 midterm survival guide

Studying, snacking, and [not] sleeping: Our 2019 midterm survival guide

By The Pitt News Staff

February 21, 2019


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Another midterm season is upon us, here are some tips to make it through the stressful weeks ahead:

Frick Fine Arts debuts ‘Africans in India’ exhibit

Frick Fine Arts debuts ‘Africans in India’ exhibit

By Maya Best, Staff Writer

February 19, 2019


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

“Africans in India” arrived at Pitt’s University Art Gallery in the Frick Fine Arts building on Feb. 15 in celebration of Black History Month.

Netflix’s latest show ‘Russian Doll’ asks — but doesn’t answer — major questions of mortality

Netflix’s latest show ‘Russian Doll’ asks — but doesn’t answer — major questions of mortality

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

February 19, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies

Lots of people, whether they’re depressed or not, grapple with the idea of their own mortality in life. But in Netflix’s new series “Russian Doll,” it really doesn’t matter.

Blog: Our weekend watchlist, LGBTQ+ edition

Blog: Our weekend watchlist, LGBTQ+ edition

By The Pitt News Staff

February 15, 2019


Filed under Blogs, Culture, Movies, Television

Valentine’s Day is a day of love, but here at The Pitt News, it is also the day we release our annual Sex Edition, which this year had an LGBTQ+ focus. To continue with this theme, this Weekend Watchlist features series and movies with a strong LGBTQ+ presence.

PGH Foodie Blog: Oakland’s Americanized Chinese food gems

PGH Foodie Blog: Oakland’s Americanized Chinese food gems

By Joshua Gaylord, For The Pitt News

February 15, 2019


Filed under Blogs, Food & Drink, Top Stories

The majority of people have heard of the Ten Commandments, but very few have heard of the elusive 11th commandment. Thou shall never find good cafeteria food. I’ve been to several colleges for visits, and I studied at College of the Ozarks in southwest Missouri before my time here at Pitt. The o...

Slaying the Pittsburgh drag scene

Slaying the Pittsburgh drag scene

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

While drag seems to have a very sexualized culture in mainstream media, it is just another form of performing arts, and it is popular in Pittsburgh.

Age of AQUARIUS: New club offers home for LGBTQ+ students with Asian roots

Age of AQUARIUS: New club offers home for LGBTQ+ students with Asian roots

By Amanda Giamalis, For The Pitt News

February 14, 2019


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

The title AQUARIUS is an acronym for “Alliance of Queer Underrepresented Asians in Recognition of Intersectionality to Uphold Solidarity.” The club has been an official, active club at Pitt since November 2018 and now has more than 30 members.

Pitt rings in the Lunar New Year

Pitt rings in the Lunar New Year

By Apoorva Kethidi, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019


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

Pitt’s Lunar New Year celebration, hosted this past weekend by Pitt’s Chinese American Students Association and VSA in an event titled “Pitt CASA x VSA: Lunar New Year 2019,” brought in over 200 guests.

Ariana Grande responds to a rough year with ‘thank u, next’

Ariana Grande responds to a rough year with ‘thank u, next’

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Writer

February 11, 2019


Filed under Culture, Music

Ariana Grande’s fifth studio album “thank u, next” is arguably the most anticipated one of her career. Coming just six months after the release of her last album, “Sweetener,” “thank u, next” addresses changes and complications in Grande’s life, taking her fans on a tour of her innermost thoughts.

Blog: Our weekend watchlist, take three

Blog: Our weekend watchlist, take three

By The Pitt News Staff

February 8, 2019


Filed under Blogs, Culture, Movies, Television, Top Stories

For the third time, our weekend watchlist is back by popular demand. This time with both television shows and movies featured on popular streaming services.

Review: Pitt Stages takes spring semester by storm with ‘Woyzeck’

Review: Pitt Stages takes spring semester by storm with ‘Woyzeck’

By Tamara Alchoufete, For The Pitt News

February 7, 2019


Filed under Culture, Theater

Tragedy meets insanity to create the chaotic atmosphere that was the Richard E. Rauh Studio Theatre on the opening night of “Woyzeck.”

Pitt student takes the stage in professional production of ‘The Tempest’

Pitt student takes the stage in professional production of ‘The Tempest’

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Senior Staff Writer

February 7, 2019


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

Julia De Avilez Rocha, a senior at Pitt, got a start in pursuing her dream at Pittsburgh Public Theater with her role as Ceres in “The Tempest.”

Satirical staff picks: Our dream jobs

Satirical staff picks: Our dream jobs

By The Pitt News Staff

February 6, 2019


Filed under Art, Culture

In the heat of all of the assignments, applications and exams, we can’t help but dream of a low-stress life, here are our funny post-grad plans:

‘Velvet Buzzsaw:’ highbrow comedy, lowbrow delivery

‘Velvet Buzzsaw:’ highbrow comedy, lowbrow delivery

By Vikram Sundar, Staff Writer

February 5, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies

“Velvet Buzzsaw” follows various participants of the very niche contemporary art scene in Los Angeles. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo.

Tiny Meat Gang captivates crowd at Smiling Moose

Tiny Meat Gang captivates crowd at Smiling Moose

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Staff Writer

February 5, 2019


Filed under Art, Culture, Television

YouTube comedy duo Cody Ko and Noel Miller, known as the “Tiny Meat Gang,” spent Thursday evening cracking jokes to an eager audience.

Josh Peck talks YouTube, Nickelodeon and Oprah during CMU visit

Josh Peck talks YouTube, Nickelodeon and Oprah during CMU visit

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

January 31, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies, Television, Theater

Former star of the sensational TV show “Drake and Josh,” Josh Peck, stopped by CMU to speak about his life and newfound YouTube career. College students from both Pitt and CMU were excited to hear what Peck had to say, as many grew up watching his TV show.

Pitt announces new director of jazz studies program

Pitt announces new director of jazz studies program

By Tamara Alchoufete, For The Pitt News

January 28, 2019


Filed under Culture, Music

After the unexpected death of Professor Geri Allen, renowned flutist Nicole M. Mitchell will assume the position of Pitt’s director of Jazz Studies in July 2019.

“The Kid Who Would Be King:” A familiar, but heartwarming story

“The Kid Who Would Be King:” A familiar, but heartwarming story

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Senior Staff Writer

January 28, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies

On the surface, “The Kid Who Would Be King” seems to fit the bill of kitschy family film shunted into the January dump of films, but it offers much more.

Blog: Our weekend watchlist, movie edition

Blog: Our weekend watchlist, movie edition

By The Pitt News Staff

January 25, 2019


Filed under Blogs, Culture, Movies, Top Stories

Last week we shared our top television shows to stream during the bad winter weather. This week, there may not be a storm coming, but we are ready to share our weekend watchlist. Instead of a series, The Pitt News staff is recommending some of our favorite films.

The best drinks for all occasions at Hemingway’s Cafe

The best drinks for all occasions at Hemingway’s Cafe

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

January 24, 2019


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Hemingway’s Cafe took home three awards for this year’s Best Of, including best bar, best 21st birthday destination and best happy hour.

Delectable dishes at the best restaurants, according to the experts

Delectable dishes at the best restaurants, according to the experts

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer

January 24, 2019


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

To help our loyal readers, Staff Writer Neena Hagen spoke with the experts — the staff of your favorite restaurants — to find the best dishes to order.

Ruckus goes wild

Ruckus goes wild

By Rachel Saula, For The Pitt News

January 22, 2019


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

In G24 of the Cathedral, students gathered in Hawaiian shirts and safari hats for an evening with the improv troupe Ruckus.

Blog: What to watch this wintery weekend

Blog: What to watch this wintery weekend

By The Pitt News Staff

January 18, 2019


Filed under Blogs, Culture, Movies, Television, Top Stories

With bad weather on the way, it’s looking like this weekend will be spent indoors. For the best indoor entertainment, our staff has shared their top picks of shows from online streaming services.

Always watching ‘You,’ new series sparks controversy

Always watching ‘You,’ new series sparks controversy

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Writer

January 17, 2019


Filed under Culture, Television

If you frequently use the internet, you’ve probably heard about the new Netflix series “You.” The show is intriguing, but utterly creepy.

Our winter weather survival guide

Our winter weather survival guide

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

January 17, 2019


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

After nothing but rain and gray skies for quite a few months, it seems as though winter has finally surged into Western Pennsylvania.

Local and international students celebrate Japanese coming of age

Local and international students celebrate Japanese coming of age

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Staff Writer

January 15, 2019


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories, Uncategorized

34 students from both Yasuda Women’s University in Hiroshima, Japan, and the University of Pittsburgh celebrated a coming of age party.

“On the Basis of Sex” highlights RBG’s early days

“On the Basis of Sex” highlights RBG’s early days

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Staff Writer

January 14, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies

The new film “On the Basis of Sex” follows RBG’s journey through the early days of her legal career, starting with her time at the Harvard Law program.

Small Mall hosts self-care workshop

Small Mall hosts self-care workshop

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

January 10, 2019


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

Lawrenceville’s Small Mall hosted a zine-based workshop centered around self care last night, lead by artist Atiya Jones.

Golden Globe-winning film ‘Roma’ hits home for Alfonso Cuaron

Golden Globe-winning film ‘Roma’ hits home for Alfonso Cuaron

By Maya Best, Staff Writer

January 10, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies

Alfonso Cuaron's “Roma” has won a number of awards this year, including the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ creates social media craze

Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ creates social media craze

By Shahum Ajmal, Contributing Editor

January 8, 2019


Filed under Culture, Movies

Though the new Netflix film “Bird Box” is known for its viral social media challenge, the film itself has gained a record-breaking 45 million views.

Chamber trio serenades Heinz Chapel

Chamber trio serenades Heinz Chapel

By Siddhi Shockey, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019


Filed under Culture, Music

Heinz Chapel kicked off the spring semester with some help from three talented musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

TPN staff shares our 2019 resolutions

TPN staff shares our 2019 resolutions

By The Pitt News Staff

January 6, 2019


Filed under Culture

As you already know, it is officially #NewYearNewMe season. Here at TPN, our staff is ready for what 2019 has to offer, here are some of our resolutions.

‘Hamilton’ leaves Pittsburgh audiences speechless

‘Hamilton’ leaves Pittsburgh audiences speechless

By Alex Dolinger, For The Pitt News

January 6, 2019


Filed under Culture, Music, Theater, Top Stories

The musical “Hamilton” is easily the most popular Broadway musical at the moment, with every show of the Pittsburgh stop on its tour sold out.

Top events to look forward to this spring semester

Top events to look forward to this spring semester

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

January 6, 2019


Filed under Culture

After an eventful fall semester, there is plenty to distract students from the constant gray skies of Pittsburgh from January through March.

Q&A: Local ASMR-tist Lily Whispers talks tingles and YouTube stardom

Q&A: Local ASMR-tist Lily Whispers talks tingles and YouTube stardom

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

While looking for a makeup tutorial on YouTube in 2013, Lilliana Dee came across a new genre of videos that would later change her world — ASMR.

Penguins parade around Pittsburgh Zoo

Penguins parade around Pittsburgh Zoo

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

December 10, 2018


Filed under Culture

Penguins on Parade runs every Saturday and Sunday in December at 11:30 a.m., weather permitting. The parade is included with Pittsburgh Zoo admission.

The ultimate winter break bucket list

The ultimate winter break bucket list

By Alex Dolinger, For The Pitt News

December 10, 2018


Filed under Culture

When the semester finally ends, it's easy to go home and find yourself a little bit bored. Here are some ways to avoid the winter break blues.

PPC hosts comedy competition, winner to open for Nicole Byer

PPC hosts comedy competition, winner to open for Nicole Byer

By Alex Dolinger, For The Pitt News

December 7, 2018


Filed under Culture, Television, Top Stories

Pitt junior Kathryn Human won the opportunity to open up for renowned comedian Nicole Byer at PPC’s event “So You Think You’re Funny.”

Milk Shake Factory brings legen-dairy desserts to Oakland

Milk Shake Factory brings legen-dairy desserts to Oakland

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, Food & Drink, News, Top Stories

The Milk Shake Factory plans to bring its menu of gourmet shakes and chocolates to Oakland in early 2019, according to a Facebook post on the company’s page.

Earl Sweatshirt re-emerges with album ‘Some Rap Songs’

Earl Sweatshirt re-emerges with album ‘Some Rap Songs’

By Grey McGettigan, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Culture

Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt released a new album titled “Some Rap Songs” last week, which has left plans pleased and excited for more.

Annual Lawrenceville Cookie Tour brings holiday cheer and sweet treats

Annual Lawrenceville Cookie Tour brings holiday cheer and sweet treats

By Maggie Medoff, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

As Lawrenceville shop owners carried on with business as usual, heaps of Pittsburghers roamed Butler Street for the annual Cookie Tour.

‘Queer Eye’ star Antoni Porowski speaks to sold-out audience on campus

‘Queer Eye’ star Antoni Porowski speaks to sold-out audience on campus

By Apoorva Kethidi, Staff Writer

November 29, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Television

More than 200 students headed to the WPU Ballroom Wednesday night to listen to a lecture — and watch a cooking demonstration — from reality TV star Antoni Porowski.

Student-run Instagram celebrates the squirrel-ebrities of Oakland

Student-run Instagram celebrates the squirrel-ebrities of Oakland

By Jon Kunitsky, Staff Writer

November 29, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

itt’s campus squirrels have gained a significant following on the Squirrels of Pitt Instagram page with their fluffy tails and shenanigans in Oakland.

Travis Scott at PPG Paints: Out of this world

Travis Scott at PPG Paints: Out of this world

By Vikram Sundar, Staff Writer

November 27, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

Travis Scott fans were lifted out of this world at his show Sunday night at PPG Paints. The show was part of his 2018 tour for his new album "Astroworld."

Staff Picks: Holiday movies to go with a cozy cup of cocoa

Staff Picks: Holiday movies to go with a cozy cup of cocoa

By The Pitt News Staff

November 27, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

From “The Polar Express” to “Love Actually,” there is a classic holiday film for everyone — and those are just two of our staff’s favorites.

Bhangra in the Burgh kicks up the beat

Bhangra in the Burgh kicks up the beat

By Maya Best, For The Pitt News

November 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

The auditorium at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial hall was filled with an energy on Saturday as part of the 2018 Bhangra in the Burgh dance competition.

Rowling writes out representation in ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ focuses on sequel-baiting

Rowling writes out representation in ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ focuses on sequel-baiting

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Staff Writer

November 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

While “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” looks as fantastic as its title, the substance of the story leaves viewers with many questions.

‘The Last Five Years’ makes the most of a small cast

‘The Last Five Years’ makes the most of a small cast

By Apoorva Kethidi, For The Pitt News

November 16, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

The musical “The Last Five Years” opened on Nov. 14 and will continue in the Studio Theatre til Nov. 18. The show is entirely student run.

The ultimate guide to affordable apartment decor

The ultimate guide to affordable apartment decor

By Shahum Ajmal, Contributing Editor

November 15, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

If you have been waiting for the moment to let your creativity shine in your own home, allow our assistant layout editor to offer some tips to spice up your apartment.

Students’ lovable pet companions: A hassle and a help

Students’ lovable pet companions: A hassle and a help

By Emma Maurice and Maggie Medoff

November 15, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Finding the apartment with the right number of bedrooms and fits into a your budget is hard enough — but adding pets into the mix makes it even harder.

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 8, 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 8, 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

November 1, 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

November 1, 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.

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