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The Whats and Wheres to fashion’s latest

The Whats and Wheres to fashion’s latest

By Justin Gardner, For The Pitt News

July 17, 2019

Many fashionable individuals regard the fall/winter fashion season as the pinnacle of style, citing its rich colors, layers and diverse textures. Yet, as July brings forth summer’s peak, it is important to remember the potential these months hold for fun and exciting fashion statements. It is a time of cookouts and trips and music festivals — opportune moments for bold, colorful fits.

Fandom culture thrives in Pittsburgh

Fandom culture thrives in Pittsburgh

By Isabella Colaianni, For The Pitt News

July 17, 2019

As one of the major cities in the country with over 300,000 who call it home, Pittsburgh’s fandom culture is incredibly diverse. These fandoms are celebrated in several ways — reading comics, participating in cosplay, watching films and attending comic cons.

Staff Picks: Summer soundtracks

Staff Picks: Summer soundtracks

By The Pitt News Staff

July 16, 2019

It’s about halfway through the summer and your perfectly curated summer playlist may be getting a bit overplayed, or you may just have heard Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” a few too many times and are looking for something new to listen to.

Staff Picks: Podcast Recommendations

Staff Picks: Podcast Recommendations

By The Pitt News Staff

July 9, 2019

Podcasts have gained popularity recently, with many gaining widespread critical acclaim, such as the true crime podcast “Serial,” or even being adapted into television shows, like “Homecoming,” starring Julia Roberts.

Thorgy Thor takes over the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Thorgy Thor takes over the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

By Elizabeth Martinson, Staff Writer

July 9, 2019

Synesthesia is a neurological trait that causes people to experience one stimulus in multiple ways — for example, someone sees specific colors upon hearing a specific sound. Thorgy Thor, a Brooklyn-based drag queen, doesn’t have synesthesia, but she did incorporate a pseudo-experiment based around it as part of her Pittsburgh show.

Three Rivers Arts Festival celebrates 60 years

Three Rivers Arts Festival celebrates 60 years

By Sarah Connor, Senior Staff Writer

July 5, 2019

Three multicolored giraffe statues stand at the center of the Wyndham Lawn in Gateway Center Plaza downtown, covered in sporadically placed patches of pink, turquoise, yellow, purple and green. These giraffes are pieces of an art project called Ocean Sole Africa — one of the many major attractions for the 2019 Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Staff picks: Hidden gems of Pitt

Staff picks: Hidden gems of Pitt

By The Pitt News Staff

July 2, 2019

Pitt’s campus can be a bit overwhelming at first. With so many streets, buildings and classrooms, it can be difficult to explore every nook and cranny of Pitt’s corner of Oakland. Here are some hidden gems on campus to look out for.

PITT ARTS introduces students to Pittsburgh’s cultural scene

PITT ARTS introduces students to Pittsburgh’s cultural scene

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Senior Staff Writer

June 30, 2019

There’s more to college than just classes and extracurriculars, especially at an urban campus. Pitt students can expect dozens of opportunities each year to get out into the City and experience something new.

Pittsburgh music scene: The FYI on DIY

Pittsburgh music scene: The FYI on DIY

By Maggie Young, Senior Staff Writer

June 30, 2019

For those interested in pursuing a career in the music industry, Pittsburgh is a pretty good place to start.

Liberal arts clubs offer expressive outlet for students

Liberal arts clubs offer expressive outlet for students

By Sara Nuss, Staff Writer

June 29, 2019

Out of the 600 clubs offered at Pitt, there are about 50 centered around the liberal arts, including film, art, music and literature.

Local Art collectives foster Pittsburgh creativity

Local Art collectives foster Pittsburgh creativity

By Zainab Hakeem, For The Pitt News

June 29, 2019

Pittsburgh art collectives have naturally popped up to encourage the City’s creative output, helping artists go from pop-up art galleries and basement shows to large scale concerts and commissioned works.

‘Toy Story 4’ entertains young and young at heart

‘Toy Story 4’ entertains young and young at heart

By Sara Nuss, Staff Writer

June 25, 2019

“Toy Story” has filled the imagination of children with the fantasy of toys coming to life with the famous Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang since 1995.

Third Thursday: Block Party event connects Wilkinsburg artists

Third Thursday: Block Party event connects Wilkinsburg artists

By Isabella Colaianni, For The Pitt News

June 25, 2019

A usual visit to a museum might include viewing famous paintings, standing feet away from casts of ancient sculptures and maybe visiting the gift shop on the way out.

Seth Meyers brings ‘Late Night’ comedy to Homestead

Seth Meyers brings ‘Late Night’ comedy to Homestead

By Elizabeth Martinson, Staff Writer

June 18, 2019

As the host of the fourth iteration of Late Night on NBC and a former Saturday Night Live cast member, Seth Meyers has spent a good amount of time in New York City. But the comedian found some time Friday to visit his “ancestral home” of Pittsburgh, hosting back-to-back stand-up shows in Homestead.

CAAPP celebrates black female writers from Pittsburgh and beyond

CAAPP celebrates black female writers from Pittsburgh and beyond

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

June 18, 2019

Nicole Sealey’s editors once convinced her to remove the last line of a poem before she published it. The poem, “Candelabra With Heads,” meditated on a sculpture by the artist Thomas Hirschhorn, and its final line stated the poem’s thesis question — “Who can see this and not see lynchings?”

Birthing A Movement art exhibit addresses maternal mortality crisis

Birthing A Movement art exhibit addresses maternal mortality crisis

By Isabella Colaianni, For The Pitt News

June 12, 2019

According to the World Health Organization, about 830 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth-related complications.

‘Rocketman’ blasts off

‘Rocketman’ blasts off

By Melanie Pantano, For The Pitt News

June 12, 2019

“Rocketman” is the story that Elton John wants us to know.

Pride advocates gather on Andy Warhol bridge

Pride advocates gather on Andy Warhol bridge

By Siddhi Shockey, Staff Writer

June 12, 2019

The Andy Warhol Bridge swarmed with people dressed in an array of glittering, feathered, skin-tight ensembles in every color of the rainbow on Saturday.

Movie blog: Curse of the video game adaptation

Movie blog: Curse of the video game adaptation

By Thomas Wick, Staff Writer

June 5, 2019

Once upon a time in the year 1993, an abomination crawled out from the darkest depths of the underworld and into the light of our Earth: the first film adaptation of a video game. The movie, “Super Mario Bros.,” turned the villain of the video game series it was based on, Bowser, from a vicious fire-...

Staff Picks: TPN summer reading list

Staff Picks: TPN summer reading list

By The Pitt News Staff

June 4, 2019

While the days of required summer reading are far gone for college students, we here at The Pitt News want to share some of our favorite books to get you through the dog days of summer.

Trevor Noah brings laughs to Pittsburgh

Trevor Noah brings laughs to Pittsburgh

By Elizabeth Martinson, Staff Writer

June 4, 2019

Following a slickly produced video that was a cross between a pump-up video and an ad, Trevor Noah walked on stage to raucous applause from the audience at the Petersen Events Center Friday.

Pitt theatre arts alumni succeed on and off stage

Pitt theatre arts alumni succeed on and off stage

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Culture Editor

May 29, 2019

Pitt’s department of theatre arts serves hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students per year, covering theatrical production, training and study. Class topics range from the obvious, such as studies in acting and performance, to the technical, such as lighting and set design.

‘Booksmart’: not another teen movie

‘Booksmart’: not another teen movie

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2019

High school is an awkward, four-year transition from childhood into semi-adulthood. While no two adolescent experiences are the same, the years we spend in high school are weird, confusing and sometimes awful. “Booksmart” captures it all.

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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