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CMOA revives tradition with 300 year-old figurines

CMOA revives tradition with 300 year-old figurines

By Emily Brindley / Culture Editor

January 5, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

The Carnegie Museum of Art’s holiday display traces its history back to the 1700s, and dwarfs similar collections nationwide, including one at the White House. The exhibit includes the annual Neapolitan nativity scene, as well as five oversized evergreen trees decorated to fit this year’s theme...

Redhawk brings independent coffee to the streets of Oakland

Redhawk brings independent coffee to the streets of Oakland

By Emily Brindley / Culture Editor

January 4, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

Braden Walter Jr. was driving to Espresso A Mano — where he worked as a barista — on a Sunday morning in February 2015. It was a normal day. Until his car slid into a telephone pole on Butler Street. At least, he thinks it was a telephone pole — his memory of the crash is hazy at best. M...

Through its storied history, Pitt’s Music Building plays a role in Rogers’ legacy

Through its storied history, Pitt’s Music Building plays a role in Rogers’ legacy

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

January 4, 2017


Filed under Culture, Television, Top Stories

Children from around the country grew up singing “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” along with the Mr. Rogers they saw on TV. But children in Pittsburgh needed only to walk down the street to see the TV personality in person. Rogers’ presence is still tangible in his steel city hometown,...

Social movements move beyond the limits Pitt’s campus

Social movements move beyond the limits Pitt’s campus

By Salina Pressimone / Staff Writer

January 4, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Pitt alumnus and Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai began her work with women in Kenya in 1977. Now, nearly 40 years later, other social change groups are picking up where Maathai left off and using her model as a blueprint. Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement as part of her vision to empower women...

Celebrity deaths: don’t blame it all on 2016

Celebrity deaths: don’t blame it all on 2016

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 4, 2017


Filed under Culture

As I was scrolling through my Facebook page this week reading everyone’s condolences over the recent deaths of George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, I noticed a good number of my internet friends posting articles about a GoFundMe campaign to prevent 2016 from laying its grimy, unforgiving hands on precious national angel Betty White....

A place to unwind: No 24-hour diners in Oakland

A place to unwind: No 24-hour diners in Oakland

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

December 12, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

It’s 3 a.m., and you’re in the midst of pulling an all-nighter, finishing an essay for one course and studying for a final exam in another. Your stomach growls, and you realize you haven’t eaten since breakfast. You examine your options: Market Central is closed, but you can still grab McDonald...

Oakland at 4 a.m.

Oakland at 4 a.m.

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Brady Langmann / The Pitt News Staff

December 12, 2016


Filed under Culture

Oakland at 4 a.m looks like a scene pulled from a wintery, post-apocalyptic horror movie. A fresh coat of snow covers any surface exposed to the 28-degree windchill, and the streets are empty besides the rare truck or charter bus, racing through traffic lights from intersection to intersection. ...

TPN’s No Sleep Soundtrack

TPN’s No Sleep Soundtrack

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

December 12, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music, Uncategorized

Staying up until the wee hours of morning and studying is not fun — and doing so in silence is even worse. During hours-long study sessions, iTunes libraries and Spotify are crucial in preventing your brain from just shutting down and falling asleep at your desk. Here’s 10 songs that will help you get t...

Heroes and victims of finals week

Heroes and victims of finals week

By Brady Langmann / Culture Editor

December 12, 2016


Filed under Culture

When it happens, you know that you’ll tell your kids the story someday — or if booze is involved, your drinking buddies at happy hours when trading old college memories. Your finals week story of triumph or failure. The time you found yourself into a caffeine-induced, heart-exploding panic and...

Going Virtual

By Brady Langmann, Culture Editor

December 8, 2016


Filed under Culture

Brady Langmann December 8, 2016 Michael Arenth reached for his goggles, strapped them to his head with a rubber band and embarked on a trip 6,000 miles away. He sat in the back of ...

Going Virtual

Going Virtual

By Brady Langmann | Culture Editor

December 8, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Tech Science

Michael Arenth reached for his goggles, strapped them to his head with a rubber band and embarked on a trip 6,000 miles away. He sat in the back of a bumpy brown canoe and watched the bony arms of a 9-year-old refugee paddle across a swamp, enveloped by the emerald-colored fields of South Sudan. With...

Short on the sides, long on top: Barber shops find success in Oakland

Short on the sides, long on top: Barber shops find success in Oakland

By Kevin Lynch / Staff Writer

December 6, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

A black and white photograph of Craig Street in the early 1900s hangs on the wall near the entrance of Oliverio Hair, Nails and Waxing — a reminder of the maze of cable cars and brick-paved streets that used to be East Oakland. Craig Street, just a minute's walk from the Pitt’s campus, is now de...

Top 10 albums of the year

Top 10 albums of the year

By John Hamilton / Senior Staff Photographer

December 6, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

A lot happened in music this year. David Bowie and Leonard Cohen died, but not before they each left behind one last album. Both Beyonce and Solange Knowles examined the experience of black women in 2016, and made some great music in the process. Kanye West released an album, then changed it, redefin...

‘Pokémon Sun’ and ‘Pokémon Moon’ successfully mix fresh features with familiar fun

‘Pokémon Sun’ and ‘Pokémon Moon’ successfully mix fresh features with familiar fun

By Thomas Wick / Staff Writer

December 6, 2016


Filed under Culture

While the popularity of “Pokémon Go” has been fleeting, it looks like Nintendo might have a longer-lasting hit in “Pokémon Sun” and “Pokémon Moon,” which released Nov. 18. “Pokémon Sun” and “Pokémon Moon,” both available on the Nintendo 3DS, are Game Freak’s celebration of ...

Getting crafty: Crafting gains popularity in Pittsburgh, on campus

Getting crafty: Crafting gains popularity in Pittsburgh, on campus

By Marissa Perino / For The Pitt News

December 1, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

In a brightly lit room at the William Pitt Union, the Pitterest crafting club gathers on a Thursday night at round dining tables covered with yarn, ribbon and other supplies. Abby Sites, an anthropology major and vice president of Pitterest, has seen the club grow in the past year and a half from ...

Ding, dong: Pitt’s Handbell Ensemble builds its ranks

Ding, dong: Pitt’s Handbell Ensemble builds its ranks

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

December 1, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

“One, two-and-three-and-one, two-and-three-and-one,” Mary Johnson, student conductor of the Pitt Handbell Ensemble, calls out over a cacophony of ringing bells. The students of the ensemble continue to follow Johnson’s count for a few measures then slowly start to drag behind the beat. Johnson ...

Papa Yinz: ‘Pittsburgh Dad’ creator Chris Preksta talks indie filmmaking, his locale-inspired web series

Papa Yinz: ‘Pittsburgh Dad’ creator Chris Preksta talks indie filmmaking, his locale-inspired web series

By Emma Maurice / For The Pitt News

November 29, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

Born and raised in the city, 36-year-old filmmaker and “Pittsburgh Dad” creator Chris Preksta definitely considers himself a Pittsburgher but maybe not a full on yinzer — though he’s happy to hang out with them. “I’d rather spend my days around yinzers than those Hollywood-types uppity peop...

Double feature: University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery shows two concurrent exhibitions

Double feature: University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery shows two concurrent exhibitions

By Ellen Kruczek and Isabelle Ouyang / The Pitt News Staff

November 29, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

If you’re looking for something to take your mind off of looming finals week exams, the University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery, located in the Frick Fine Arts Building, is showing two concurrent exhibitions through Dec. 9. Organized by graduate students in Pitt’s history of art and architecture...

Diwali celebration showcases Indian culture

Diwali celebration showcases Indian culture

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

The lights dimmed. A voice from above prayed for a celebration where “light wins over darkness when happiness wins over sadness.” “Diwali: A festival of lights, is a celebration of good over evil,” said emcee Deveshi Chandan, her magenta and gold sari illuminated on stage in front of an ...

Review: Short films show glimpses of growing up, forming relationships

Review: Short films show glimpses of growing up, forming relationships

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

For those who suffer from a short attention span but enjoy a well-told story, the sextuple feature of short films that debuted at the 35th annual Three Rivers Film Festival was an entertaining range of tales, covering everything from alien encounters to costume shops. The films’ directors tried for themes such...

Review: ‘Visaranai’ teases CMU International Film Festival, confronts suffering

Review: ‘Visaranai’ teases CMU International Film Festival, confronts suffering

By Nick Eustis / Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

Hours before a scuffle between police and students at Pitt last Thursday, Carnegie Mellon University’s International Film Festival showed a film dealing with similar tensions — but in a place halfway across the world. The theme of this year’s festival is “Faces of Conflict,” a theme embodied on...

Review: ‘Tower’ an imaginative, respectful retelling of tragedy

Review: ‘Tower’ an imaginative, respectful retelling of tragedy

By Brady Langmann / Culture Editor

November 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

Rarely do moviegoers expect to feel uneasy before the lights dim and the opening titles pop up on-screen.  But it’s hard not to feel a little anxious before “Tower,” Harris Theater’s last screening at the Three Rivers Film Festival on Sunday. It’s likely stuck in American moviegoers’ memory at this poi...

Review: ‘Kamper’ a quirky, challenging intro to Polish cinema

Review: ‘Kamper’ a quirky, challenging intro to Polish cinema

By Ian Flanagan / Senior Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

In the climax of the Polish romantic drama “Kamper,” the titular protagonist manically tries to escape from his problems as he dances alone in a small, nightclub-like room during a night of unruly drinking. Even with a somewhat selfish lead, the  documentary drama filmmaker Lukasz Grzegorzek creates colorful...

Growing up: Allegra Eidinger releases EP, launches solo career

Growing up: Allegra Eidinger releases EP, launches solo career

By Caroline Bourque / Staff Writer

November 21, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

One night, senior musician Allegra Eidinger jolted awake, still in that dreamy state between wakefulness and sleep, and quickly typed out on her phone a few words: “My Legs Are Growing.” The phrase, crafted in the middle of the night, would become the namesake of Eidinger’s first solo EP, ...

Past lives of Oakland’s apartments

Past lives of Oakland’s apartments

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

November 18, 2016


Filed under Culture, Uncategorized

Oakland is a nomadic place. Students, businesses and trends come and go, but the one thing that stays the same is the architecture. There’s a strange and rich history left behind in each home by the residents who pass through. Relics of Oakland’s past can be found in surprising corners of hom...

Working together: Shared office spaces take off

Working together: Shared office spaces take off

By Brady Langmann / Culture Editor

November 18, 2016


Filed under Culture

It’s like the setup to a classic joke: An office manager assigns a toymaker, book editor, marketing director and a New York Times best-selling author to a four-desk grouping in a tiny space. But instead of a punchline or antics worthy of “The Office,” the members of The Beauty Shoppe in East L...

Decked-out dorms of Pitt

Decked-out dorms of Pitt

By Caroline Bourque, Amanda Reed and Emma Maurice / The Pitt News Staff

November 18, 2016


Filed under Culture

It’s almost a cliche at this point: the Target sales, Bed Bath & Beyond checklist, raiding your family’s basement for furniture. But moving into your first-year dorm and the excitement of decorating your room — free of parental oversight — is a familiar feeling for most college students. For ...

Artist Spotlight: Sarah Washburn Thornton

Artist Spotlight: Sarah Washburn Thornton

By Yuting Xiong / For The Pitt News

November 17, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

Oftentimes when Sarah Washburn Thornton sits down to make art, there’s no motive, no intention, no plan. It’s automatic. “[Automatic art is] when you don’t start with a plan to paint and instead you start with a blank piece of paper,” Thornton said. “It’s more about your body than the dr...

Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ missing Rowling’s signature magic

Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ missing Rowling’s signature magic

By Ian Flanagan / Senior Staff Writer

November 17, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

  "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" Directed by David Yates Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell Back in 2003, BBC News reported that J.K. Rowling was richer than the queen of England — and Harry Potter fans, it seemed, were willing to put the mone...

Review: ‘Hair’ a timely tale of sex, drugs and rock and roll

Review: ‘Hair’ a timely tale of sex, drugs and rock and roll

By Matt Maielli / Senior Staff Writer

November 15, 2016


Filed under Culture, Theater

As the entire cast of Pitt Stages’ “Hair” strips naked under low blue stage lights upstage, a hippie mulling over his Vietnam draft card downstage sings, “Where is the something? Where is the someone that tells me why I live and die?” This is “Hair’s” most iconic scene and is no less...

A wild ride: Pulitzer nominee Doug Swanson joins Pitt’s faculty

A wild ride: Pulitzer nominee Doug Swanson joins Pitt’s faculty

By Ellen Kruczek / For The Pitt News

November 15, 2016


Filed under Culture

Infamous Vegas mobster Benny Binion was the kind of criminal you only see in the movies — two murders, gambling rings, fatal feuds with rivals. But until new Pitt English professor Doug Swanson came along, the mobster’s story went largely untold. Swanson published the story of the “doughy r...

A poem to the Editor

By John Kennick, Senior

November 11, 2016


Filed under Culture, Uncategorized

Editor's note: The Pitt News regularly receives and publishes letters to the Editor. In this case, a reader sent a poem. All indentations, line breaks and misspellings are to the wishes of the poet. "non-reaction non reaction POEM" we do not explain what this is like because analogy is j...

FeelGood Pitt to host weekend grilled cheese marathon

FeelGood Pitt to host weekend grilled cheese marathon

By Brady Langmann / Culture Editor

November 11, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

When 2:30 a.m. hits this Saturday morning and bars and pizza shops close, students will finally have a different late-night food option than 24-hour fast food joints. FeelGood Pitt — part of the youth-led movement FeelGood International, which aims to end world poverty by 2030 — will host a 17-hour de...

Setting the stage: Pitt Stages scene shop preps for ‘Hair’

Setting the stage: Pitt Stages scene shop preps for ‘Hair’

By John Hamilton / Senior Staff Photographer

November 10, 2016


Filed under Culture, Theater

The environment of the University of Pittsburgh Stages scene shop is always changing. Some days, a few people quietly paint, listening to music. Other days, they swap headphones for earplugs as their peers cut metal, noise echoing throughout the basement of the Cathedral of Learning. For the p...

Salsa Club heats up O’Hara

Salsa Club heats up O’Hara

By Emily Suruda / For The Pitt News

November 8, 2016


Filed under Culture

Hips moving, Latin rhythms playing and dancers gliding. A man twists his female partner three times, then their hands sway from left to right. Surrounded by four other swinging couples, their feet meet one another’s, and he gives her one more spin. The Salsa Club, a student organization devoted to practicing and...

Drag culture nears mainstream at Pitt

Drag culture nears mainstream at Pitt

By Nick Eustis / For The Pitt News

November 8, 2016


Filed under Culture

In drag culture, sometimes you have to embrace extravagance. At Pitt Rainbow Alliance’s Panther Drag event Sept. 17. — which takes place annually in the William Pitt Union — students drew their drag names on coloring boards, tried on different styles of makeup and, of course, walked the runway ...

Kurlander dreams big for Pittsburgh film industry

Kurlander dreams big for Pittsburgh film industry

By Mackenzie Rodrigues / Staff Writer

November 3, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

Carl Kurlander hated growing up in Pittsburgh. “I was a shy, unathletic kid in a sports town whose mother had been divorced and [run] away from home to become an actress when I was 15 or 16,” said Kurlander. The Squirrel Hill native went on to cultivate a successful career in Hollywood — ...

Like Miles: Pitt musicians turn Nordy’s Place into jazz club

By Sarah Schneider / Staff Writer

November 1, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Except for a few commuter students and late-night Taco Bell-goers, Nordy’s Place is fairly desolate after 9 p.m. Last Thursday night, a few guys racked up shots at a pool table in one corner of the room while a small group rallied a pingpong ball back and forth in the other. It seemed like just anoth...

“Forced From Home” exhibit turns Schenley Plaza into faraway land

“Forced From Home” exhibit turns Schenley Plaza into faraway land

By Salina Pressimone and Caroline Bourque / The Pitt News Staff

October 31, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

When Kumi Matoba was about eight years old, her mother showed her an advertisement for Doctors Without Borders, depicting a picture of a malnourished child in Africa, belly distended. The image seared itself into Matoba’s memory. And soon after seeing it, she knew what her life’s mission would be — joining D...

A cappella groups to unite for annual Halloween show

A cappella groups to unite for annual Halloween show

By Deanna Druskat / For The Pitt News

October 27, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

The members of Pitt’s a cappella group Pittch Please usually sport matching jet black suits for their performances, belting out renditions of Top 40 and throwback hits. But for this year’s Halloween concert, which will feature all seven a cappella collectives on campus, Pittch Please will di...

Professor of horror: Film picks for Halloween season

Professor of horror: Film picks for Halloween season

By Noah Coco / Staff Writer

October 27, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

While most 4-year-old children watch Elmo singing tunes on “Sesame Street,” Diana Anselmo-Sequeira was watching horror movies. Her mom showed her “A Nightmare on Elm Street” at an early age, and afterward she was hooked. The ’90s brought her other formative favorites, “Interview with th...

Artist Spotlight: Brent Yingling

Artist Spotlight: Brent Yingling

By Emma Maurice / For The Pitt News

October 25, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

Although he fell in love with art early in high school, Brent Yingling strayed away from it as a Pitt underclassman to pursue a more practical career in law. It wasn't until he started doing research with Delanie Jenkins, the head of the studio arts department, that he rediscovered his passion. Yin...

After #OscarsSoWhite, TV steps up

After #OscarsSoWhite, TV steps up

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

October 20, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies, Television

One of the most talked about scenes in FX’s “Atlanta” happens at the beginning of the first episode. The series’ protagonist, Earn Marks, played by creator Donald Glover, lies in bed with his on-again, off-again girlfriend and daughter’s mother Van (Zazie Beetz). Their playful banter about ...

A walk through the museum and a nice chianti: Soldiers and Sailors to celebrate “The Silence of the Lambs” anniversary

A walk through the museum and a nice chianti: Soldiers and Sailors to celebrate “The Silence of the Lambs” anniversary

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / For The Pitt News

October 19, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

When “The Silence of the Lambs” was released in 1991, viewers gathered in theaters around the world and watched in horror as Hannibal Lecter escaped the captivity of his massive one-man cage. Pittsburgh moviegoers might have recognized this scene’s setting as the ballroom in the Soldiers and...

Review: “Ward” an impressive debut for Williams

Review: “Ward” an impressive debut for Williams

By John Hamilton / For The Pitt News

October 17, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

Early on in the student-produced film “Ward,” the protagonist Andy, donning a red shirt juxtaposed against stark white walls, takes a handful of pills and immediately spits them out with regret. Following the incident, Andy — a first-year college student played by Point Park University senio...

Medicine meets music at Rock the Block

Medicine meets music at Rock the Block

By Salina Pressimone / For The Pitt News

October 17, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Music

Rarely does an outdoor block party give an attendee the opportunity to sit down with a cold beer as a pharmacist-in-training presses two fingers to her wrist, feeling for a pulse. But on Saturday, Pitt’s chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, or APhA-ASP, defied the conventional stree...

The show goes on: PSO plays free concerts during strike

The show goes on: PSO plays free concerts during strike

By Kevin Lynch / Staff Writer

October 14, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Over the years, fans of Pokemon, Star Wars and even Nelly have gracefully assembled in Heinz Hall, donning their finest dress, to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra recreate their favorite soundtracks and hit singles. That isn’t quite the case these days. The striking musicians and thei...

Pittsburgh in the classroom: Pitt professors visit landmarks, debate local history

Pittsburgh in the classroom: Pitt professors visit landmarks, debate local history

By Matt Maielli / Senior Staff Writer

October 13, 2016


Filed under Culture, Uncategorized

Professor Laurence Glasco doesn’t advise his students to shy away from history’s dark side. In fact, he encourages exploring the moments a high school textbook might’ve left out. The students in Glasco’s History of Black Pittsburgh class gathered around the Stephen Foster memorial sculpture outside the Car...

“Thanks for coming to laugh at our sadness”: Pitt comedians take over Nordy’s

By Grant Burgman and Nick Holzer / For The Pitt News

October 13, 2016


Filed under Culture

Phil Forrence was halfway through his stand-up set when he let the audience know he appreciated their attendance — whether they laughed at his jokes or not. “Thanks for coming to laugh at our sadness,” said Forrence, the host of this Wednesday’s Collegiates and Comedians show. At Nordy’s...

Audio, visuals, verse collide at Stories Untold

Audio, visuals, verse collide at Stories Untold

By Lauren Lotka and Deanna Druskat / For The Pitt News

October 11, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

For the second iteration of the mental health art exhibit, Stories Untold, some artists turned to traditional mediums — canvas, paper and audio — while others took more unorthodox routes. Rujuta Patil, a senior neuroscience major at Pitt and one of 17 artists featured in the exhibit, produced ...

Now or never: Osher students find community at Pitt

Now or never: Osher students find community at Pitt

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

October 7, 2016


Filed under Culture

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story reported that Patricia Szczepanski is a member of the Osher program and has taken writing classes. This is not true, as she is the Program Assistant for Osher and has not taken writing classes through the program. Further, The Pitt News reported that Os...

Cathy, you’re a firework: Behind the scenes of the annual Homecoming laser and fireworks show

Cathy, you’re a firework: Behind the scenes of the annual Homecoming laser and fireworks show

By Amanda Reed / Contributing Editor

October 7, 2016


Filed under Culture

The most famous part of Pitt’s annual Homecoming Laser and Fireworks Show — a laser-made panther climbing the Cathedral of Learning — began as an accident. According to Tom Misuraca, assistant director of student life, the laser company at the time planned to project an animated panther walki...

Curtains rise on the 2016-17 Pitt Stages season

Curtains rise on the 2016-17 Pitt Stages season

By Marissa Perino / For The Pitt News

October 6, 2016


Filed under Culture, Theater

Two stories below the Cathedral of Learning’s Commons, the theatre department’s costume shop is filled with busy students.   Storyboards line the unfinished basement walls and sewing machines hum on wooden tables, as designers work to complete finishing touches. It’s one week before the premier...

“Haze” screens at Pitt, challenges Greek rituals

“Haze” screens at Pitt, challenges Greek rituals

By Ian Flanagan / Senior Staff Writer

October 6, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

When Nick, a wide-eyed first-year, tries to become part of Psi Theta Epsilon in David Burkman’s film “Haze,” he and seven others are given the opportunity to pledge, but — as is tradition — the price of brotherhood is high. From within the Greek system in Burkman’s film, Nick (Kirk Curran) ...

GALLERY: Oscar Mayer’s “Wienermobile” Comes to Pitt

GALLERY: Oscar Mayer’s “Wienermobile” Comes to Pitt

By Kevin Lynch / For The Pitt News

October 6, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Uncategorized

If you have ever wondered how the Oscar Mayer "Wienermobile" handles, just ask John "Jumbo Dog" Craft. "It handles like a Lambo-weenie," said Craft, a brand representative for Oscar Mayer, the American meat production company. Wednesday morning, the Oscar Mayer "Wienermobile" rolled into the William Pitt Unio...

To Brazil and back: Carnegie Museum of Art debuts interactive exhibit

To Brazil and back: Carnegie Museum of Art debuts interactive exhibit

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

October 4, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

Next time you visit the Carnegie Museum of Art, lounge in a hammock and talk to Amazonian parrots in a new art exhibit that thrives on viewer participation. The wild, sensory-driven installments of the Carnegie Museum of Art’s new “Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium” exhibition invites gue...

Get jiggy with it: Hip-Hop Dance Crew preps students for the big stage

Get jiggy with it: Hip-Hop Dance Crew preps students for the big stage

By Lauren Lotka / For The Pitt News

October 4, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

A group of about 30 students dropped to the floor in the Baierl Student Recreation Center, kicked their legs out and stepped to a mashup of contemporary hits Thursday night. As part of the Hip-Hop Dance Crew beginner class, some members of the group were there to learn the choreographed routine, o...

GALLERY: CSSA Mid-Autumn Festival

GALLERY: CSSA Mid-Autumn Festival

By Elaina Zachos | Visual Editor

October 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music, Uncategorized, Visual

Members of Pitt's Chinese Students and Scholars Association organized its annual Mid-Autumn Festival event Saturday night to bring Pittsburgh's local Chinese population together. Traditionally, the celebration consists of gathering, thanksgiving and praying. At the Pitt version, attendees ate baked...

Dining Guide: Local restaurants to fit your mood

Dining Guide: Local restaurants to fit your mood

By The Pitt News staff

September 30, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Dessert Yes, we put dessert first, and so should you. Crêpes Parisiennes 207 S. Craig St. 412-683-1912 Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $ This cozy cafe on S. Craig Street serves both sweet and savory crepes, including a berry french toast crepe...

Conflict Kitchen serves up new menu, revisits old dispute

Conflict Kitchen serves up new menu, revisits old dispute

By Lexi Kennell and Caroline Bourque / The Pitt News Staff

September 30, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

After offering cuisine based on contemporary conflicts between countries around the world and the United States, Conflict Kitchen turned this spring to a domestic feud: Native Americans and their cultural erasure within modern society. The current featured region — which will run through the sprin...

Love at first bite: Panthers dish favorite date spots

Love at first bite: Panthers dish favorite date spots

By The Pitt News Culture Staff

September 30, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

For this year’s Dining Guide, we wanted to figure out a question as old as the University itself — how do you impress a date? Instead of giving you our opinion — this Culture Editor once invited a woman to his first-year dorm to watch “Jane Eyre,” so he’s disqualifying himself — we wanted to hear f...

Q&A: Don’t make fun of us, Hannibal

Q&A: Don’t make fun of us, Hannibal

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

September 29, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies, Television

As a college student, Hannibal Buress never expected to be found on prominent IMDB pages. Instead, he was on his way to having a listing in the Yellow Pages. If told he’d be a prominent actor and comedian then, Buress assumes he would’ve said, “What are you talking about? ... I’m a business m...

GALLERY: Artist Spotlight on Emily Zielinski

GALLERY: Artist Spotlight on Emily Zielinski

By Katherine Bauer / For The Pitt News

September 29, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

For most of her life, Emily Zielinski has had a close relationship with art. But after battling an eating disorder, she realized just how important it was to her. “[Art] got me away from other things,” said Zielinski, a senior studio arts major. “It has a calming power that gives me a way to ex...

A peculiar tale: “Miss Peregrine’s” another Burton blunder

A peculiar tale: “Miss Peregrine’s” another Burton blunder

By Ian Flanagan / Senior Staff Writer

September 29, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” Starring: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson Directed by: Tim Burton Grade: C+ “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” fits right in with Tim Burton’s filmography — a visually remarkable fantasy film undone by th...

Causing a Ruckus: Kaniecki brings comic relief to campus

Causing a Ruckus: Kaniecki brings comic relief to campus

By Salina Pressimone / For The Pitt News

September 27, 2016


Filed under Culture

Some comedians have a pointed approach, from Jerry Seinfeld’s “Have you ever noticed?” brand of observational comedy to Richard Pryor’s on-stage philosophizing. But Lizzie Kaniecki, Vice President of Ruckus — Pitt’s improvisational comedy club — says sometimes you have to lighten things up. Her “White Girl Jesus” character has become one of ...

A moment with ModCloth: Pop-up shop comes to Pittsburgh

A moment with ModCloth: Pop-up shop comes to Pittsburgh

By Amanda Reed / Contributing Editor

September 27, 2016


Filed under Culture

If you told Susan Gregg Koger, ModCloth co-founder and chief creative officer, 14 years ago that she would have a shop of her own filled with customers she would never have believed you. “It was always really fun to imagine having a store of any sort and getting to actually see all of our products ...

Unsung heroes: Club brings relief to food-insecure

Unsung heroes: Club brings relief to food-insecure

By Noah Coco / Staff Writer

September 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

As the doors were about to lock at closing time Friday afternoon, the Oakland Bakery and Market permitted a few last students to enter. But the group wasn’t there to buy last-minute coffee and pastries for the weekend. They were there to collect all of the shop’s unpurchased food, which they woul...

Late night and Trump: It’s complicated

Late night and Trump: It’s complicated

By Matt Maielli / Senior Staff Writer

September 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, Election Coverage 2016, Television

If you were the host of America’s most-viewed late-night show and you had a guest that was a presidential candidate known for hateful rhetoric against minorities and immigrants, what would you do with him? Did you say ruffle his hair? Because that’s what Jimmy Fallon and NBC thought was the righ...

Just roll with it: NatuRoll brings Thai ice cream trend to Pittsburgh

Just roll with it: NatuRoll brings Thai ice cream trend to Pittsburgh

By Ariel Pastore-Sebring / For The Pitt News

September 20, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Cyndie Delucia carefully scrapes the last sheet of salted caramel cream into a roll and, using tongs, she places it in a cup standing up next to a row of other loosely-wrapped soft spirals. She tops the resulting rose-shaped ice cream rolls with whipped cream, caramel, shaved sea salt and crunchy pretzels to cr...

Thrival Countdown: Q&A with Metric’s James Shaw

Thrival Countdown: Q&A with Metric’s James Shaw

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

During his enrollment at the Juilliard School, James “Jimmy” Shaw, co-founder of the band Metric, found the curriculum a little stiff — his professors, he said, didn’t appreciate his abundant creativity. So within the first month of attending the School of Music, Shaw started a band, sold all ...

Per amore di caffé: Matt Gebis finds happiness in the perfect pour

Per amore di caffé: Matt Gebis finds happiness in the perfect pour

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

September 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

As a jangly folk melody played — one that would sound more at home in a bright Tuscan piazzale than a former electrician’s shop — Matt Gebis sipped his third espresso of the day. He looked up, incredulous, at Braden Walter, one of the baristas behind the long L-shaped bar. “Is this the same...

Extra, Extra: Finding work on the fringes of film

Extra, Extra: Finding work on the fringes of film

By Amanda Reed / Contributing Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, Culture, Movies, News, Television, Top Stories

When Lena Gallagher walks on set, she can’t just go where she pleases. She has to walk at a specific pace in a specific path multiple times in a row until the director says “cut.” But when  David Fincher’s new series, “Mindhunter,” premieres on Netflix in 2017, you won’t see Gallagher’s...

From Pitt to the pasture: Digging for part-time Craigslist jobs

From Pitt to the pasture: Digging for part-time Craigslist jobs

By Brady Langmann / Culture Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Culture

My mom gave her last warning somewhere between Big Knob Road and Brews Tavern, at about eight in the morning, with the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack twanging in the background. “No gagging,” she said, driving up a tall hill flanked by cornfields. “Cowboys don’t gag.” I was...

Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo brings offbeat vibes to Carnegie Music Hall

Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo brings offbeat vibes to Carnegie Music Hall

By Sarah Schneider / Staff Writer

September 15, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Gray man buns, velvet seats and antique organs set the scene for Yo La Tengo’s Wednesday night concert at Carnegie Music Hall. Yo La Tengo returned to Pittsburgh for the second time in a year.  However, they performed this tour with all three original band members — Georgia Hubley with husban...

Fall Fest Preview: Newcomer Johnny Walylko, rap duo Rae Sremmurd primed for Bigelow takeover

Fall Fest Preview: Newcomer Johnny Walylko, rap duo Rae Sremmurd primed for Bigelow takeover

By The Pitt News Culture Staff

September 15, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

As is tradition, Pitt Program Council hosted its annual Battle of the Bands last week to determine who would get to open for Saturday’s Fall Fest acts NAWAS, FRENSHIP and Rae Sremmurd. The winner, singer-songwriter Johnny Walylko, a music composition major, edged out Pitt rapper Kenny Greene and...

GALLERY: Artist Spotlight on Stephanie Taylor

GALLERY: Artist Spotlight on Stephanie Taylor

By Yuting Xiong / For The Pitt News

September 15, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture, Uncategorized

When Stephanie Taylor, a senior studio arts and art history major, received a $3,500 Brackenridge research grant this summer, she wasn’t focused on making new art. She wanted to rework what already existed. “I did summer research and I am currently trying to make sense of it,” Taylor said. “The...

Students craft, converse at new Center for Creativity

Students craft, converse at new Center for Creativity

By Noah Coco / Staff Writer

September 13, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

As Zi Xie looked at a pile of multi-colored Legos in Pitt’s new Center for Creativity, she couldn’t help but think beyond the assortment of miniature bricks and blocks. “Is there a major where you can design bridges? Because that is what I would like to do,” said Xie, a first-year engineering...

Frequent style miles: Bringing glamour back to air travel

Frequent style miles: Bringing glamour back to air travel

By Jordan Drischler / Columnist

September 13, 2016


Filed under Culture

There’s an iconic moment during the opening of Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film “Catch Me If You Can” when Leonardo DiCaprio — flanked by Pan Am flight attendants — walks through Miami International Airport terminal as Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With Me” plays in the background. It’s...

Comedy imitates life: Kathleen Madigan to perform at Carnegie Music Hall

Comedy imitates life: Kathleen Madigan to perform at Carnegie Music Hall

By Kevin Lynch / For The Pitt News

September 13, 2016


Filed under Culture

For 25 years, 300 days a year, Kathleen Madigan has pulled the laughter out of crowds all across the world. But for her, comedy is just another ordinary job. "I just keep telling jokes, and people keep paying me," Madigan joked. This Friday, Sept. 16, Madigan will bring her Mermaid Lady Tour to...

Beer here: Alcohol sales begin inside Heinz Field

Beer here: Alcohol sales begin inside Heinz Field

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

September 9, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

The beer that usually flows outside and before Pitt football games is now pouring into Heinz Field. On June 27, Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes announced the decision to expand beer sales from the suite and club seats to general assembly, meaning anyone 21 or older can buy beer in the stadium...

Island of medicated minds: “Ward” aims to change stigma surrounding mental illness

Island of medicated minds: “Ward” aims to change stigma surrounding mental illness

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

September 7, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies, Television

While directing a script about a first-year college student struggling with symptoms of depression, Zack Williams was trying to manage his own mental illness. The senior communication major’s health fluctuated during the four months he spent filming a movie that takes place in the psychiatric unit...

Beyond stereotypes: Star Trek turns 50

Beyond stereotypes: Star Trek turns 50

By Alexa Bakalarski / Senior Staff Writer

September 7, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies, Television

With its first canonically gay character, the Star Trek franchise went this summer where no mainstream sci-fi blockbuster had gone before. But the progress came with some controversy. The decision to make Hikaru Sulu — played by John Cho in the reboot films — gay in “Star Trek Beyond” caused debate over whether or not a new character or an existing charac...

“This is my turn”: Pitt rapper Josh Baldelomar dreams of past legends, future success

“This is my turn”: Pitt rapper Josh Baldelomar dreams of past legends, future success

By Brady Langmann / Culture Editor

September 6, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

Every rapper has an origin story — the first hip-hop album they ever heard, why they started rhyming, how they made it big. Josh Baldelomar’s tale starts with a sheet of paper, A Tribe Called Quest jam and a girl named Molly. A few years ago, Baldelomar, now a junior communications major at Pitt,...

Pittsburgh Folk Festival dishes culture, cuisine in Schenley Plaza

Pittsburgh Folk Festival dishes culture, cuisine in Schenley Plaza

By Annabelle Hanflig and Salina Pressimone / The Pitt News Staff

September 5, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

When Dalel Khalil, a Pitt alum and Syrian-American, visited Pittsburgh’s annual Folk Festival five years ago, she noticed a lack of Syrian representation. So, she decided to set up her own culture and cuisine booth. A lifetime Oakland resident, Khalil grew up on Atwood Street and helped her f...

Q&A: Inside the mind of a Smash Bros. super fan

Q&A: Inside the mind of a Smash Bros. super fan

By Oliver Jia / For The Pitt News

September 5, 2016


Filed under Culture

Despite being a 15-year-old game, Nintendo's "Super Smash Bros." fighting game series continues to be a popular competitive event played around the world — including Pitt. Here, Scott Collins, a junior mechanical engineering major, runs a club dedicated to the series’ second title, "Super Smash Bros....

A Brave New Major: Pitt’s Literature Department Provides Students with Accessibility, Flexibility in Redesign

A Brave New Major: Pitt’s Literature Department Provides Students with Accessibility, Flexibility in Redesign

By Amanda Reed / Staff Writer

September 1, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

Leading up to last school year’s “Year of the Humanities,” Pitt’s English literature major hadn’t changed much in the past two decades. Compared to other English programs across the country — now emphasizing independent research and study abroad opportunities — literature majors had...

A Life of Imagination: Wilder Dies at 83

A Life of Imagination: Wilder Dies at 83

By Oliver Jia / For The Pitt News

September 1, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies, Theater

As Gene Wilder, in his eponymous role as Willy Wonka in 1971’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” leads a group of awestruck youngsters and parents into his chocolate factory for the first time, he sings, “There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination.” Even in death, Wilder...

Brunch in the Burgh: Oakland’s Peter’s Pub Latest to Join Growing Trend

Brunch in the Burgh: Oakland’s Peter’s Pub Latest to Join Growing Trend

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

August 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

As a child, Chris Gilbert spent many a Sunday morning sitting in a church pew. But right after, he remembers, he’d chow down on fluffy pancakes. “Around noon, we met at Grandma’s house for brunch. That’s what we did,” said Gilbert, who’s worked as a chef at The Yard, a Shadyside gastropub,...

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival: Quincy Jones Brings Laughs, Controversy to Heymann Theater

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival: Quincy Jones Brings Laughs, Controversy to Heymann Theater

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

August 29, 2016


Filed under Culture, Theater

Near the end of Quincy Jones’ stand-up set at this weekend’s Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, it looked like he might have gone too far — the room quieted as he playfully tried to riff on a hypothetical scenario in which black people enslaved whites. Jones commented on black people’s ability to...

The poetry of panels: Marvel’s first black woman writer and Pitt professor Yona Harvey pens new series ‘World of Wakanda’

The poetry of panels: Marvel’s first black woman writer and Pitt professor Yona Harvey pens new series ‘World of Wakanda’

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

August 21, 2016


Filed under Culture

Poetry and comics have more in common than you think. Yona Harvey, a Pitt English professor, recently accepted a deal to write a 10-page story for the upcoming Marvel “Black Panther” spin-off comic series. Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer for The Atlantic and author of “Between the World and Me,”...

Q&A: James Beard award winning chef Bryant Terry talks food politics, eating healthy in college and veganism

Q&A: James Beard award winning chef Bryant Terry talks food politics, eating healthy in college and veganism

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

August 21, 2016


Filed under Food & Drink

Growing up on a Tennessee farm — where family life centered around smallholding farming — San Francisco-area chef Bryant Terry’s grandfather told him, “If you have to rely on someone else to feed you, then you’re enslaved — you’re not truly free.” Terry, a 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership A...

Time to put the ‘Bury Your Gays’ trope to rest

Time to put the ‘Bury Your Gays’ trope to rest

By Alexa Bakalarski / Contributing Editor

August 20, 2016


Filed under Television

WARNING: SPOILERS The LGBTQ+ community has a history of tragic demises — in our own world and countless fictional ones. On television, the deaths of gay, lesbian and bisexual characters in particular have become known as the “Bury Your Gays” trope. According to AutoStraddle’s list “All 162 Dead Lesbian and Bisexual Characters on TV and How They Died,” the trope began with the death o...

Rowling almost jinxes herself with ‘Cursed Child’

Rowling almost jinxes herself with ‘Cursed Child’

By Alexa Bakalarski / Contributing Editor

August 20, 2016


Filed under Culture

With a floor-to-ceiling poster from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1” in my bedroom, there’s no denying I’m a big Harry Potter fan. But I wasn’t sure if I was going to buy — or even read — “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” As I saw and read spoilers for the...

/mu/: 4chan’s best kept secret

/mu/: 4chan’s best kept secret

By Ian Flanagan / Culture Editor

August 20, 2016


Filed under Music

Described by Urban Dictionary as “a place of sheer genius and utter stupidity,” 4chan — the birthplace of memes — is known mostly to the few who already prowl and post anonymously on the site’s various imageboards. 4chan is home to nearly 70 boards devoted to topics ranging from manga and...

Red carpet already rolling for this year’s Oscar race

Red carpet already rolling for this year’s Oscar race

By Ian Flanagan / Culture Editor

August 20, 2016


Filed under Movies

With the final act of the year about to begin, the cinematic world’s attention shifts from the swelter of another overcrowded — and, in 2016’s case, underwhelming — summer blockbuster spell to the festival circuit winners and Oscar bait looking to make their stamp on the awards race. At the...

Pokemon’s New Low: How ‘Pokemon Go’ stripped love from a series that raised a generation

Pokemon’s New Low: How ‘Pokemon Go’ stripped love from a series that raised a generation

By Matt Moret / Editor-in-Chief

August 20, 2016


Filed under Culture

Pokemon Go is the Tinder of video games, and I mean that in the worst sense possible. For all the talk of how much Pokemon Go has brought people together, the game leaves me feeling empty. I like standing in a circle with people on some dark sidewalk, rabidly swiping up on my phone for 20 minutes,...

The Bottle Shop on Fifth brings custom six packs to Oakland

The Bottle Shop on Fifth brings custom six packs to Oakland

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

August 16, 2016


Filed under Food & Drink

In my constant quest for pretentious foodie things, I’m usually left disappointed by Oakland’s beer shops. Between Pitt’s Doggin’ It, Mellinger Beer Distribution Inc. and the Original Hot Dog Shop, there are plenty of places to get beer — good beers even — but none of these places allow me...

Fall Concert Preview

Fall Concert Preview

By TPN Staff

August 16, 2016


Filed under Music

Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor Atmosphere — Nov. 18, Stage AE Rap fans have a lot to look forward to as Slug and his producer Ant, the duo out of Minnesota, tour this fall to support their newest album, “Fishing Blues.” Their ninth together, the huge selection of tracks put Slug and...

Pittsburgh Museum Guide

Pittsburgh Museum Guide

By TPN Staff

August 16, 2016


Filed under Art

Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer Carnegie Museum of Art With multiple exhibits in circulation, it’s hard not to spend hours soaking up the original works of Claude Monet and Jean Dunand in the Carnegie Museum of Art. The Carnegie Museum of Art is located on Forbes Avenue, across the street and...

‘Pitt Tonight’ nominated for two college Emmy awards

‘Pitt Tonight’ nominated for two college Emmy awards

By Brady Langmann / Contributing Editor

August 11, 2016


Filed under Campus, Culture, News, Television, Top Stories

Following a first season that included a live autopsy, an acapella battle, and an appearance by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, campus talk show "Pitt Tonight" has another reason to be excited leading up to Season Two: A college Emmy nomination. Earlier this week, "Pitt Tonight" received two College...

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