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Pitt students paint the town

Pitt students paint the town

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

12:50 am


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 24, 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 21, 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 18, 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 18, 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 13, 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 13, 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 6, 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 6, 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 6, 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 4, 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 30, 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 30, 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 18, 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 18, 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 11, 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 11, 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 27, 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 27, 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 20, 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 20, 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 13, 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 13, 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 6, 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 6, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 17, 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 12, 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...

Musical Theatre Club gears up for Legally Blonde

Musical Theatre Club gears up for Legally Blonde

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Theater

Chloe Torrence circled a group of actors and singers onstage at the Charity Randall Theatre, kicking off her normal weeknight routine. “Starting tonight, you cannot call ‘line’ anymore,” Torrence said. “We start tech rehearsals soon, so you should know your lines by now.” The junior theatre arts ...

Out with the old, in with the bowl: Crave-a-bowl opens in Oakland

Out with the old, in with the bowl: Crave-a-bowl opens in Oakland

By Derek Wagner | For The Pitt News

April 10, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

After Qdoba’s sudden and disappointing closing, a new restaurant quickly popped up in its place. Crave-A-Bowl, the ambiguously named newcomer to the Oakland food scene, opened just over a week ago and has generated a fair amount of buzz due to it replacing the popular burrito-based spot. Owned ...

Maxo Vanka’s legacy lives on in Millvale Murals

Maxo Vanka’s legacy lives on in Millvale Murals

By Neena Hagen | Staff Writer

April 10, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

As a town known for its iron manufacturers and lumber mills, Millvale seems like an unlikely place to house a spectacular art collection. The former industrial borough — located at the northernmost tip of the Allegheny river trail across the 40th Street bridge — doesn’t boast much in terms of outward ...

Women hone craft at Art House in Homewood

Women hone craft at Art House in Homewood

By Shahum Ajmal | Staff Writer

April 5, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

As Vanessa German and a group of artists were about to settle in for a night of writing and discussion in her house, a car crash outside derailed the March evening. The group witnessed an altercation between the victim of the crash and police officers who responded to the scene, and feeling that...

Former Film Row finds new life in start-up

Former Film Row finds new life in start-up

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

April 5, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies, Top Stories

As a teenager, movie fanatic Drew Levinson noticed a run-down brick building with a familiar logo — 24 stars circling a mountain — as he passed it on his way to crew practice from Taylor Allderdice High School. The building sat in the back of his mind until 2009, when he stumbled across a film...

Comedian Bill Burr ‘Walks his way out’ to Pittsburgh

Comedian Bill Burr ‘Walks his way out’ to Pittsburgh

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

April 3, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Since the last time Bill Burr was in Pittsburgh, he’s had a kid and written three seasons of an animated Netflix show, “F is for Family.” But he’s adamant that his worldview and his stand-up routine remain largely unchanged. That means when he makes his “triumphant return” to the City...

Ready Player One: Riddled with nostalgia

Ready Player One: Riddled with nostalgia

By Vikram Sundar | Staff Writer

April 3, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

Film deity and acclaimed director Steven Spielberg takes audiences on a two-hour-and-19-minute nostalgia fever dream with his latest film, “Ready Player One.” Based on Ernest Cline’s popular novel of the same name, Spielberg’s adaptation of “Ready Player One” was shaping up to be the defini...

Flashback to the ’50s: FBA hosts old Hollywood fashion show

Flashback to the ’50s: FBA hosts old Hollywood fashion show

By Elizabeth Donnelly | Staff Writer

March 29, 2018


Filed under Culture

Most college students don’t raid their grandmother’s closet for fashion inspiration, but when Julia Huber’s models strutted down the runway in the William Pitt Union Wednesday night, her grandmother’s mink coat was on full display. Pitt’s Fashion Business Association hosted its Annual Fashion ...

Louis Vuitton looks forward with new head of menswear design

Louis Vuitton looks forward with new head of menswear design

By Charlie Garcia-Weger | For The Pitt News

March 29, 2018


Filed under Culture

The once-stuffy world of couture will soon collide with the world of streetwear as Virgil Abloh adds yet another project to his list of accomplishments. The high-end clothing brand Louis Vuitton announced Abloh as its next head of menswear design Monday, in a move that signals major progress within the already shifting fashion industry. Abloh — founder of b...

Cassettes make a comeback in local music scene

Cassettes make a comeback in local music scene

By Zachary Donovan | Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Popular trends tend to reappear every so often — and in the music world, this is especially true. Genres give way to post-genres, subgenres and genre fusion, and popular tropes of the past seem to pop up 20 years later with little explanation. This trend has taken shape recently in the form of cassette rele...

Student stand-ups take the mic

Student stand-ups take the mic

By Zachary Donovan | Staff Writer

March 22, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

The crowd erupted in laughter as Nektarios Kasamias — whose parents immigrated from Greece — regaled them with tales of white friends who wished they had “more ethnicity.” “[They’re like,] ‘I’m just plain old regular normal American,’” he said. “Normal American? Let’s not go thr...

Halal: Is it meat you’re looking for?

Halal: Is it meat you’re looking for?

By Shahum Ajmal | Staff Writer

March 22, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

When asked about my diet, I’ve stated the same phrase countless times. “Depending on my options, I'm either a vegetarian, pescatarian or meat eater,” I say. I am a 19-year-old Muslim, so when it comes to eating, the wheres and whys are a little more complicated than deciding between a sweet o...

African Students Organization hosts annual Wazobia fashion show

African Students Organization hosts annual Wazobia fashion show

By Charlotte Couch | For The Pitt News

March 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

A frenzy of applause welcomed models as they sauntered down the white runway. Red and green lights illuminated the potted trees placed on the back of the stage, while red, yellow, green and purple lights gave the ceiling a rainbow-like appearance. A video showing clips of African children jubilantly danci...

Reopening the tomb: “Tomb Raider” returns with tired tropes

Reopening the tomb: “Tomb Raider” returns with tired tropes

By Derek Wagner | For The Pitt News

March 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

The original “Tomb Raider” film, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” released in 2001, as well as its equally disastrous 2003 sequel, successfully banished the franchise to cinematic purgatory for 15 years. While reboots and remakes made up the majority of films over the past decade, “Tomb Raider” ...

“Spectacles” film series considers religion in film with “My Name is Khan”

“Spectacles” film series considers religion in film with “My Name is Khan”

By Vikram Sundar | Staff Writer

March 15, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

Moviegoers and religious scholars gathered for a film screening Tuesday in the hopes of viewing religion through a cinematic lens. Spectacles — a film series that analyzes religious and cultural motifs in movies — screened “My Name is Khan” in room 407 of the Cathedral of Learning from 7-...

Making Art in the Arctic: Pitt Alum plans voyage to hone her craft

Making Art in the Arctic: Pitt Alum plans voyage to hone her craft

By Elizabeth Donnelly | For The Pitt News

March 15, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

In just six short months, Theresa Baughman will be spending her days in subzero temperatures in pursuit of combining her art with anthropology. “As an artist, I am much more invested in the process of making the piece than I am the final product,” Baughman, 26, said. Baughman is embarking ...

Lil Yachty headed for wreck in “Lil Boat 2”

Lil Yachty headed for wreck in “Lil Boat 2”

By Zach Donovan | Staff Writer

March 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

So far, 2018 has seen several mainstream hip-hop acts release album sequels in an attempt to call back to a previous style and appeal to die-hard fans. Atlanta trio Migos released the supersized monstrosity of an album, “Culture II,” to mixed reviews at the end of January. The insufferably preach...

Zaki defies genre in debut of self-titled album

Zaki defies genre in debut of self-titled album

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

March 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

Jesse Descutner, a 2016 Pitt graduate, heard the environmental term “urban heat island” in an undergraduate urban studies class and immediately thought it would be a good name for his band. In that same class, Descutner, a guitarist, met bassist Sean O’Connor, a 2017 Pitt graduate. The two ...

Pitt film fanatics offer 2018 Oscar predictions

Pitt film fanatics offer 2018 Oscar predictions

By Vikram Sundar | For The Pitt News

March 1, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the film industry will recognize some of the most well-crafted, impactful films of the year at the Oscars Sunday night. But Hollywood’s biggest night will also likely be consumed by social issues such as the Time’s Up movement, which H...

Students petition for reproductive rights at “My Body is My Own” exhibit

Students petition for reproductive rights at “My Body is My Own” exhibit

By Marissa Perino | Senior Staff Writer

March 1, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

Bright pink flags dot the lawn outside the William Pitt Union on one of the first warm days of spring semester as students kneel to read the stories written on each individual marker — sometimes pausing to add their own to the display. Emphasizing the importance and intersection of topics such as bi...

Cultivating curls and confidence at The Beautiful Summit

Cultivating curls and confidence at The Beautiful Summit

By Abigail Tesfay | For The Pitt News

February 27, 2018


Filed under Culture

The O'Hara Student Center became a hub of support and encouragement this past weekend as black women gathered in solidarity. Hosted by Pitt’s offices of Diversity and Inclusion, Students Affairs and Residence Life, the first Beautiful Summit — dedicated entirely to the empowerment and wellnes...

“Annihilation” renovates past sci-fi thrillers

“Annihilation” renovates past sci-fi thrillers

By Derek Wagner | For The Pitt News

February 27, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

As my friend and I walked out of the theater after seeing Director Alex Garland’s new film “Annihilation” — both trying to wrap our heads around what we had just witnessed — my friend said, “I feel like this is how audiences felt after seeing ‘2001’ in theaters for the first time.”...

Review: Tyler the Creator takes over Stage AE with trademark performance

Review: Tyler the Creator takes over Stage AE with trademark performance

By Charlie Garcia-Weger | For The Pitt News

February 22, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

The only venue you’d expect to see an act like Tyler, the Creator performing in Pittsburgh is Stage AE. And the only rapper that wouldn’t even think about the title of the concert hall until five songs through is the notorious “Odd Future” frontman. “What the f***, this is an American Eagle ...

Homeless identities on display at “Walk On By” exhibit

Homeless identities on display at “Walk On By” exhibit

By Shahum Ajmal | Staff Writer

February 22, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

Renee Rosensteel passed the same homeless man in downtown Pittsburgh multiple times before she could no longer avoid his attention-seeking gestures and decided to stop and introduce herself. “I knew he was part of the scene down there,” Rosensteel said. “I was tired. I’d just had enough, ...

Black Panther revitalizes the stagnant superhero genre

Black Panther revitalizes the stagnant superhero genre

By Vikram Sundar | For The Pitt News

February 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies

Director Ryan Coogler enters new territory with “Black Panther,” peeling back old layers of the formulaic superhero narrative to reveal fresh and exciting elements rarely seen in the genre. Following the enormous box office success of Marvel’s latest entries — “Guardians of the Galaxy Vo...

Pitt Stage’s Marie Antionette wows with symbolism and decadence

Pitt Stage’s Marie Antionette wows with symbolism and decadence

By Amanda Reed | Contributing Editor

February 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater

Pitt’s production of “Marie Antoinette” has everything needed to recall the history of its title character — chandeliers, a guillotine and plenty of wigs. But make no mistake — this is not a historical play, but a “meditation on excess,” as director Le’Mil Eiland notes in the program. After ...

Review: Pitt Stages puts modern spin on Little Shop of Horrors

Review: Pitt Stages puts modern spin on Little Shop of Horrors

By Amanda Reed | Contributing Editor

February 15, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater

Upon walking into the Charity Randall Theatre in Oakland Friday night, I was immediately transported from the dreary Pittsburgh weather to the even drearier Skid Row. But after two hours there, I didn’t want to return to the Steel City. Pitt’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” a 1982 off-...

Sree’s Foods serves up Indian cuisine in Oakland

Sree’s Foods serves up Indian cuisine in Oakland

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Nestled next to Peace, Love and Little Donuts on Meyran Avenue sits a small, family-owned shop selling homemade Indian food. A colorful sign hanging from the top of the building reading “Sree’s Foods” welcomes customers into the quick-service restaurant. Sree’s Foods is a restaurant that serves a...

Seeking out safe sex in the LGBTQ+ community

Seeking out safe sex in the LGBTQ+ community

By Shahum Ajmal and Abigail Tesfay | Pitt News Staff

February 14, 2018


Filed under Culture

The average human being can only be so comfortable with openly discussing how to insert an internal condom, which is why organizations like the Rainbow Alliance come prepared with a prosthetic vagina. “You have to overcome that hurdle of talking about it at all in order to talk about safe sex prac...

Pitt students condemn catcalling

Pitt students condemn catcalling

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

As a 12-year-old, Sophia Marshall stepped out of the house feeling confident in the outfit she had picked out that morning. As she waited for a friend by the local high school, she heard a sharp whistle from out of the window of a passing car — her first experience with catcalling. Marshall, now a...

Review: Timberlake tanks crossover in “Man of the Woods”

Review: Timberlake tanks crossover in “Man of the Woods”

By Zachary Donovan | For The Pitt News

February 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Every so often, an established mainstream artist proudly announces they are returning to their roots. In recent years, we’ve heard Lady Gaga trade provocative synth pop for introspective piano ballads, Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish retire his post-grunge flannel and opt for cowboy b...

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