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The Cathedral lawn, one of Pitt’s best “nature” spots on campus.

Staff Picks: The best nature spots at Pitt

We’ve all had those weeks when we can’t remember the last time we went outside our dorm other than to grab some food from the dining hall. Break that habit and plan a day out in the sunshine at one of Pitt’s best “nature” spots on campus.
For the 2021-2022 season, Pitt Stages is bringing back live, in-person theater this fall.

Pitt Stages to return with live, in-person theater this fall

By Ananya Pathapadu, Staff Writer
Pitt stages is bringing back live, in-person theater to Oakland with a fresh slate of productions this fall, including “We Are Proud to Present…” directed by Ricardo Vila-Roger and “The Drag Seed” directed by Rebecca Hobart.
“From Swing Low to Strange Fruit” was presented last Friday by Pitt’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, featuring local artists and Pitt faculty showcasing the importance of music throughout the African American community as part of a Juneteenth celebration.

“From Swing Low to Strange Fruit” brings African American musical traditions to Juneteenth

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer
Pitt’s “From Swing Low to Strange Fruit” event last Friday featured many local artists, including faculty, as a way to showcase the importance of music throughout the African American community as part of a Juneteenth celebration.
Kennywood Park has steadily returned to in-person park activities.

Kennywood Park opens with new roller coaster, updated COVID-19 policies

By Maria Scanga, For The Pitt News
Kennywood, located 20 minutes south of Oakland in West Mifflin, has bounced back from the COVID-19-induced shutdown with a steady return to normal in-person activities at the park.
Xandria Phillips was selected as the newest creative writing fellow at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics from 2021-2023.

CAAPP names poet Xandria Phillips as new creative writing fellow

By Jessica McKenzie, Staff Writer
When Xandria Phillips was growing up, they wrote poetry as a way to cope with the ups and downs of being a teenager in rural Ohio. Now they are the newest creative writing fellow at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics from 2021-2023.
The movie adaptation of “In the Heights,” based on the Tony-winning musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is a 2021 summer staple.

Review: ‘In the Heights’ is yet another knockout for Lin-Manuel Miranda

By Grace Hemcher, For The Pitt News
The diverse character stories, grandiose flash mob style dance scenes and vibrant colors reminiscent of a warm summer night engulf the viewer from the very beginning of the movie.
The Pitt News Staff’s favorite LGBTQ+ characters to celebrate all year long.

Staff Picks: Our favorite LGBTQ+ fictional characters

Happy Pride Month! We celebrate our favorite LGBTQ+ characters all year long, and lean on them maybe more than we should for our sanity, but now in the spirit of June we’re bringing them to you to enjoy.
Appalachian Paris, a production by Pitt’s theater arts department, provides a guided, one-hour audio tour of Oakland.

Oakland audio tour unearths neighborhood history

By Maria Scanga, For The Pitt News
There was a time when you could ride a rollercoaster in the spot that is now residential North Craig Street. Oakland trivia like this is what you would learn while on a guided, one-hour audio tour of the neighborhood, called Appalachian Paris.
The Three Rivers Arts Festival returns for in-person activities spanning across the entire Cultural District this year, with art and food vendors at Point State Park.

Three Rivers Arts Festival brings live music, art and food back to the Cultural District

By Jessica McKenzie, For The Pitt News
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has returned with the Three Rivers Arts Festival for both in-person and virtual activity, offering ten days of free art displays and live music.
Argyle Studio held its grand opening last Thursday, offering Oakland a unique space for artistic retail. The pop-up shop represents the diversity of the Oakland community through a variety of products, including the creative work of over 30 local artists and vendors.

Local Pittsburgh artist studio opens on Forbes Avenue

By Jessica McKenzie, For The Pitt News
Argyle Studio, a new pop-up artist’s shop in Oakland, came to fruition through the right-and-left-brain mother-daughter duo, Christine and Brigette Bethea. The pair envisioned Oakland’s newest retail space and brought it to life with a grand opening last Thursday.
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