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“Anomalisa” an animated achievement

“Anomalisa” an animated achievement

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

January 25, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

While “Inside Out” advanced the potential of modern animated cinema last summer, “Anomalisa” matures the field into serious critical consideration.  “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Adaptation” screenwriter Charlie Kaufman derived his stop-motion “Anomalisa” from a pla...

Burr brings comedic genius to Netflix in “F is for Family”

Burr brings comedic genius to Netflix in “F is for Family”

By Tarun Sathish / Staff Writer

January 20, 2016


Filed under Culture, Television

When Netflix revealed it was teaming with vulgar, rambling comedian Bill Burr for an animated comedy, I was naturally skeptical. The product, “F is for Family,” to my thrill, turned out to be an undeniable success. The Vince Vaughn-produced show, released Dec. 18, takes place in the 1970s and ce...

Prairie art companion: student exhibit showcases annual Wyoming trip

Prairie art companion: student exhibit showcases annual Wyoming trip

By Jack Shelly / Staff Writer

January 20, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

Picture pieces of rusted iron, makeshift fly swatters and pairs of turquoise and purple gloves. It might seem difficult to draw a connection between these individual items, but the new exhibit on display at the Frick Fine Arts Building’s University Art Gallery contains all of them, each speaking ...

Vinyl meets vegan at Amazing Books & Records

Vinyl meets vegan at Amazing Books & Records

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

January 20, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Music

Oakland’s newest commodity won’t be the first in the neighborhood to house books and records under the same roof — but it will be the first to add a vegan cafe.  It’s a quiet, rainy day, with an indie rock vinyl spinning on the record player in one of the corners — it’s audible, gentle an...

Laskas discusses ‘Concussion’

Laskas discusses ‘Concussion’

By Elaina Zachos / Staff Writer

January 18, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture, Movies

Before a slew of NFL allegations, outcry over football and a blockbuster film, a journalist was chasing her curiosity to concussion research. Jeanne Marie Laskas’ GQ article-turned-book and now film adaptation “Concussion,” didn’t start as the controversial lightning rod it is today. The story, abo...

Jam on: PB&J restaurant opens in Bloomfield

Jam on: PB&J restaurant opens in Bloomfield

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

January 14, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Finally, someone other than your parents will make you peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Located on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield, Peanut Butter Jelly Time has become Pittsburgh’s latest haven for childhood recipes turned functioning restaurant. Chris, 29, and Lauren Firman, 23, a brother and siste...

The Nothing: Kid Cudi’s abysmal return

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

January 14, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Kid Cudi knows a thing or two about being lonely — at the top and the very bottom. What’s apparent from the rapper’s fifth studio album “Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven,” which was released Dec. 4, through Republic Records, is that he is no less lonely than he was when he was the “Man on the M...

‘Hateful Eight’ leans on familiar tropes

‘Hateful Eight’ leans on familiar tropes

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

January 12, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

For as much as Quentin Tarantino delights in shocking, bloody spectacles, the director is a cliche of himself in “The Hateful Eight.” The filmmaker’s usual — shock violence, rambling dialogue and hilarity via overt self-awareness — populates his latest work’s whopping three-hour runtime. By non-Ta...

Exit Starman: David Bowie dies at 69

Exit Starman: David Bowie dies at 69

By Amanda Reed / Staff Writer

January 12, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies, Music

In 1977, David Bowie sang “I will be king, and you, you will be queen.” Little did he know how literal that would become. After a nearly 50-year career that transcended musical and societal labels, Bowie’s cosmic career as one of Pop music’s most important figures came to an end when he died Sun...

Golden Globes offers few surprises

Golden Globes offers few surprises

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

January 11, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies, Television

For as much predictability as TV and film awards bring every year, it always feels better when the obvious choice isn’t the same as last year’s. Sunday night’s 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards saw much of the usual winners but with a few highlights that, while expected, will prevent this year’s awar...

The Pitt News editors review “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

The Pitt News editors review “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

By The Pitt News Staff

January 6, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

Long before “The Force Awakens” hit theaters, a conflict started within The Pitt News staff the likes of which hadn’t stewed since 2005 — who would review the newest Star Wars film? After much argument and anticipation, we decided to let the every willing staffer review it, no matter if this wa...

“Danish Girl” a subtle masterpiece

“Danish Girl” a subtle masterpiece

By Tarun Sathish / Staff Writer

January 6, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

Long before Caitlyn Jenner, there was Lili Elbe. Although one of the first traceable transgendered artists, Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl” (Artemis Productions, Pretty Pictures, Working Title and others) is certainly not the first trans story on television or film. The film appears at a time when...

Vine star Enick finds comedy in seconds

Vine star Enick finds comedy in seconds

By Annabelle Hanflig / Staff Writer

January 6, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture, Movies

One switch of his camera to selfie mode, and Pitt student Nathan Enick becomes someone else. He’s Sherri, the neighbor who loves to brag about her exceptional baking skills while casually showing off her artisan baguettes. Or he’s Will, the roommate who only sees the light of day for emergencie...

A pop culture review of 2015

A pop culture review of 2015

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies, Music, Television

“Back to the Future Part II” may have predicted tablets, flat screen televisions and video conferencing in 2015, but not even Doc Brown could have foreseen Jon Snow’s fate. Last year hosted many unpredictable scenarios and return-to-forms, from Justin Bieber’s chart-topping comeback to “True Detective...

TPN staff contemplates 2016

TPN staff contemplates 2016

By Culture Staff

January 6, 2016


Filed under Culture, Puzzles

Every year, college-themed New Year’s resolutions take the same predictable form — get in shape, find a job, join a club — but these easy goals leave us distressed when they don’t easily materialize into action. This year, why not give yourself a break and make resolutions that are fun and enhanc...

Jumbled ‘Concussion’ tackles too many subjects

Jumbled ‘Concussion’ tackles too many subjects

By Tarun Sathish / Staff Writer

December 31, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies, Top Stories

If anything, “Concussion” teaches us not to lead with the head. “Concussion” is the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist at the Allegheny County Coroner's Office from Nigeria, who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE. CTE is a disease that d...

Space age brought JFK, Space Research Center to Pitt

Space age brought JFK, Space Research Center to Pitt

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015


Filed under Culture, Puzzles

When Murray “Buzz” Susser enrolled in Pitt’s School of Medicine in 1962, he hoped to someday be the first doctor on the moon. An Air Force Reserve captain and former National Guard pilot, Susser wanted to trade jets for spaceships as a medical astronaut on Project Apollo. He was ready for the gi...

The case to land Star Wars in Pittsburgh

The case to land Star Wars in Pittsburgh

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Who says Tatooine has to stay in a galaxy far, far away? With the resurgence of the “Star Wars” franchise coinciding with Pittsburgh’s erupting big-ticket film scene, Steeltown seems as poised as any other American city to host the Millennium Falcon. From the plethora of abandoned industrial ...

Phone home: Aliens in film depict human history

Phone home: Aliens in film depict human history

December 14, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

From “Transformers” to “E.T.,” no other media has had a turbulent fascination with aliens as film. The science fiction genre would be moot without consideration of intelligent life somewhere in the infinite reaches of space. Filmmakers’ consideration of aliens and our contact with them h...

Star Wars countdown: Episode VI: “Return of the Jedi”

Star Wars countdown: Episode VI: “Return of the Jedi”

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

December 13, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Welcome to the “Star Wars” countdown and may the Force be with you. Each week leading up to the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” The Pitt News will retroactively review the “Star Wars” movies chronologically. The countdown concludes this week with Episode VI: “Return of the Jed...

Language aloud in library: Carnegie Library offers free language lessons

Language aloud in library: Carnegie Library offers free language lessons

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Puzzles

Every first and third Tuesday of the month, Oakland’s Carnegie Library encourages its visitors to get chatty. That’s when the Japanese Conversation Club meets, in the library’s large print room. Nearly 20 participants sit at three separate tables. It’s obvious that attendees are familiar wit...

Inarritu’s “Revenant” a triumphant return

Inarritu’s “Revenant” a triumphant return

By Tarun Sathish / Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

In many ways, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “The Revenant” is the opposite of his previous project, the Oscar-winning “Birdman.” For one, no character’s career is on the verge of breakout or implosion, as Michael Keaton’s was as “Birdman’s” titular character. But despite its title, “Th...

Star Wars countdown: Episode V: “The Empire Strikes Back”

Star Wars countdown: Episode V: “The Empire Strikes Back”

By Walter Howard / Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Welcome to the “Star Wars” countdown and may the Force be with you. Each week leading up to the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” The Pitt News will retroactively review the “Star Wars” movies chronologically. The countdown continues this week with “Episode V: The Empire Strike...

State budget woes vary among filmmakers

State budget woes vary among filmmakers

By Elaina Zachos / Staff Writer

December 8, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Lights, camera, no action on the state’s budget is shoving film production crews out of Pittsburgh, hurting the hospitality industry and pulling the curtains on the city’s reputation as the next Hollywood. With Pennsylvania’s state budget in flux since July, the state’s reserved $60 million film...

‘Brooklyn’ sails above stereotypes

‘Brooklyn’ sails above stereotypes

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

December 8, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

From its universal ideas to its Oscar-bait-period-piece aura, everything about “Brooklyn” feels familiar — in a good way. The film’s magnetic central performance in Saoirse Ronan alone could warrant Academy attention, but “Brooklyn” is an otherwise elegant examination of an Irish girl...

Star Wars countdown: “Episode IV: A New Hope”

Star Wars countdown: “Episode IV: A New Hope”

By Dan Sostek / Contributing Editor

December 3, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Welcome to the “Star Wars” countdown and may the Force be with you. Each week leading up to the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” The Pitt News will retroactively review the “Star Wars” movies chronologically. The countdown continues this week with Episode IV: “A New Hope.” ...

Knock out: “Creed” one last breath in Rocky franchise

Knock out: “Creed” one last breath in Rocky franchise

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

December 2, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Don’t let the trailer fool you — “Creed” is not just another “Rocky” sequel. At first, another “Rocky” movie, let alone a spinoff, seems ridiculous — at this rate, his retirement comeback count rivals Brett Favre’s. But “Creed” proves that not every comeback has to be one’s own jou...

Q&A: Kicking out of the Bond Girls

Q&A: Kicking out of the Bond Girls

By Walter Howard / Staff Writer

December 2, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

For every Bond film there is a “Bond girl,” destined to shack up with the secret agent.    Then, cut, roll tapes. Since 1962, Bond has received gadgets and Aston Martin cars, and the actresses have been reduced to vessels of the male gaze. With the latest installment of the daring man’s saga s...

American “Secret” not so mysterious

American “Secret” not so mysterious

By Jack Shelly / Staff Writer

November 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

The appeal of the newly-released movie “Secret in Their Eyes” is not much of a secret. Producers cast some of the most bankable actors in Hollywood and  purchased the rights to remake the 2009 Argentinian blockbuster of the same name, which is arguably the most famous South American film of all ...

Sweet dreams: Love Yogurt not just dessert

Sweet dreams: Love Yogurt not just dessert

By Chang Zuo / Staff Writer

November 30, 2015


Filed under Food & Drink

Winter’s coming, but frozen yogurt is already here. Love Yogurt opened at the corner of Atwood and Sennott streets two weeks before Thanksgiving, becoming the third froyo shop in Oakland, but the first to also serve crepes and Asian-styled beverages and desserts. It’s a cozy, beautifully decorate...

‘Exposure’ celebrates black local artists

‘Exposure’ celebrates black local artists

By Eric Acosta / for The Pitt News

November 23, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

What once was a coal city is now a center for culture and creativity. Pittsburgh’s transformation from a steel city to an artistic hub is evident in neighborhoods like the Hill District and Lawrenceville, where public art and street murals decorate the urban fabric. But a new exhibit in the Frick ...

Students bring late night to Pitt

Students bring late night to Pitt

By Alessandra Roberto / for The Pitt News

November 23, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

The event with the most buzz at Pitt last week wasn’t a sporting event — it was a student talk show. With all 95 seats sold out, Jesse Irwin, senior political science and film studies major, will debut Pitt Tonight, Pitt’s first student talk show, Dec. 14. It will film its episodes in the Cathedral’s Studio Theater and wi...

UPTV returns with 24 hour film festival

UPTV returns with 24 hour film festival

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

November 23, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

At University of Pittsburgh Television’s 24 Hour Film Festival last Friday night, Zack Williams’ team had only three rules: The short had to be about a conspiracy, feature a pair of sunglasses and use the station’s green screen. “We were pacing around for an hour and a half and we had nothing,” William...

Freedom of speech: Feminist lit club fosters open discussions

Freedom of speech: Feminist lit club fosters open discussions

By Meghan Bray / Staff Writer

November 18, 2015


Filed under Culture, Puzzles

Not all advocacy groups make a difference by causing a stir. For the past two years, members of the Feminist Theory Reading Group have built a community by meeting every other Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Cathedral of Learning in room 402E to discuss classic and contemporary literature concerning femi...

Star Wars countdown: “Revenge of the Sith”

Star Wars countdown: “Revenge of the Sith”

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

November 18, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Welcome to the “Star Wars” countdown and may the Force be with you. Each week leading up to the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” The Pitt News will retroactively review the “Star Wars” movies chronologically. The countdown continues this week with Episode III: “Revenge of the Sit...

Resurrecting the Rust Belt: Toll Gate Revival nostalgic of industrial era

Resurrecting the Rust Belt: Toll Gate Revival nostalgic of industrial era

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

November 17, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Point to any of the artifacts or antiques in Seth Hunter’s store and he’ll tell you it has a story. “This isn’t your traditional antique shop,” said Hunter, sitting on a 1950s-era, red cushioned couch in a backwards green cap and a trendy black coat. He’s in his dimly lit new store, Tol...

‘Master of None’ balances comedy with commentary

‘Master of None’ balances comedy with commentary

By Tarun Sathish / Staff Writer

November 17, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

Sometimes a show comes along at the perfect time, making a statement about the world right when the issue is prevalent. The first season of Netflix’s new show, “Master of None,” not only does that, but it avoids sacrificing any entertainment or artistic value in the process. The show Aziz Ans...

True or false: rating TV’s dorm depictions

True or false: rating TV’s dorm depictions

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies, Television

Small dorms, nonexistent closets, communal bathrooms, annoying roommates — these grievances compose the reality of college housing. Sure, it’s entertaining to see how the other — fictional — half lives, but these details give younger viewers false expectations of their new home away from home....

Film frontier: Pittsburgh in the movies

By Nick Mullen & Jack Trainor / Culture Staff

November 13, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Hollywood is beginning to discover the City of Bridges as the next city of movie sets. In recent years, Pittsburgh has served as a blue-collar backdrop for a multitude of notable films and genres, from bloody horror to coming-of-age dramas. With Pennsylvania’s film tax incentive laws, active since ...

‘Good Kids’ arrives at Pitt

‘Good Kids’ arrives at Pitt

By Valkyrie Speaker & Brady Langmann / The Pitt News Staff

November 12, 2015


Filed under Culture, Theater

We’re all good kids, every one of us. That’s what the ensemble of playwright Naomi Iizuka’s “Good Kids” keep telling each other throughout Pitt Stages’ latest production, inspired by real events from a 2012 high school sexual assault case in Steubenville, Ohio. But when the story rewinds t...

The spy who lost me: ‘Spectre’ disappoints

The spy who lost me: ‘Spectre’ disappoints

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

November 12, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

'Spectre' Starring: Daniel Craig, Christolph Waltz Directed by: Sam Mendes Grade: C+ As Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig returned after the dizzying Bond bliss of “Skyfall,” fans were likely expecting a marginally better film than “Spectre.” Craig, the durable center of the Bond canon since 20...

Star Wars countdown: ‘Episode II: Attack of the Clones’

By Walter Howard

November 12, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Welcome to the “Star Wars” countdown and may the Force be with you. Each week leading up to the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” The Pitt News will retroactively review the “Star Wars” movies chronologically. The countdown begins this week with “Episode II: Attack of the Clones.”...

In the mood: Jazz concert caps weeklong event

In the mood: Jazz concert caps weeklong event

By Noah Coco / for The Pitt News

November 10, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

On any other stage on Pitt’s campus, Senior Vice Chancellor Kathy Humphrey might have been the most remarkable guest to sing the blues, but Saturday night was the exception. Humphrey joined a cast of legendary jazz musicians as the annual week-long jazz seminar came to a close. Former director of ...

‘Room’ holds delicate, masterful performances

‘Room’ holds delicate, masterful performances

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

November 10, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

"Room" Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson Starring: Brie Larson, Joan Allen, Jacob Tremblay Grade: A Some films try to make you see the world in a new way, while “Room” makes you feel like you’re seeing the world for the first time. Indie director Lenny Abrahamson (“Frank”) plunges face-first ...

Improv-ing Pittsburgh: The Maker Theater welcomes wacky, weird productions

Improv-ing Pittsburgh: The Maker Theater welcomes wacky, weird productions

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

November 5, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Theater

When comedian D.J. Kingston wanted to make an improv show about his schizophrenia in 2012, only one theater agreed to stage it. That host, then known as Steel City Improv Theatre, was famous for its comedy lessons, improv team and saying yes to even the wildest ideas. The theater, which opened in...

A mix of old and new: Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer returns

A mix of old and new: Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer returns

By Annabelle Hanflig / for The Pitt News

November 5, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Grab your wallet and thick-rimmed glasses, the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer is twisting into Lawrenceville this weekend. The mixer, the second of the year following May’s event at the Heinz History Center, brings vintage lovers to the Teamster Temple in Lawerenceville and draws Rust Belt antique ven...

Star Wars countdown: “Episode I: The Phantom Menace”

Star Wars countdown: “Episode I: The Phantom Menace”

By Amanda Reed / for The Pitt News

November 5, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Welcome to the “Star Wars” countdown and may the Force be with you. Each week leading up to the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” The Pitt News will retroactively review the “Star Wars” movies chronologically. The countdown begins this week with “Episode I: The Phantom Menace....

Tag you’re it: City split over value of graffiti art

Tag you’re it: City split over value of graffiti art

By Elaina Zachos / Staff Writer

November 2, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

On the street, Alicia Carberry hunts for fresh paint. Sporting a bright green shirt stamped “volunteer,” the Bloomfield resident of four years sets out on her second graffiti paint-out with the Southside Community Council’s Graffiti Watch. Toting a wagon filled with paint gallons in six basic colors, rollers and brushes, Carberry and her volunte...

Budding communi-tea in Oakland

Budding communi-tea in Oakland

By Chang Zao / Staff Writer

November 2, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Roll it, bowl it and bubble it. The week before Halloween, Fuku Tea, located on the corner of Oakland and Forbes Avenues, hung its “soft opening” sign in the window and unveiled the bubbling magic brewing inside. If you’re a seasoned foodie in the Oakland area, then you’ll recognize Fuku Tea ...

ReelAbilities empowers disabled

ReelAbilities empowers disabled

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

October 29, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Thursday night, Dan McCoy will explain how he became a Paralympic gold medalist before graduating college. McCoy, a junior communications major, earned his spot on the U.S. men’s Paralympic sled hockey team when he was 16 — he’ll speak at ReelAbilities, a national film festival focused on rais...

A spirited affair: “Fright Night” draws mix of actors, Halloween enthusiasts

A spirited affair: “Fright Night” draws mix of actors, Halloween enthusiasts

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

October 29, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

For some people, Halloween doesn’t end with childhood. Every fall season for the past 14 years, local amusement park Kennywood has drawn actors with varying experience to dress up and scare visitors during its Halloween-themed events, Phantom Fright Nights, which spooks visitors every Friday and Sa...

Don’t dream it, be it: ‘Rocky Horror’ offers creative outlet

Don’t dream it, be it: ‘Rocky Horror’ offers creative outlet

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

October 27, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Carlisle Walker’s performance in Pitt’s 2014 run of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”  became an intimate, personal transformation in front of 500 audience members. “It was one of the reasons I came out as transgender,” Walker said of his portrayal of Brad Majors’ character in Pitt’s a...

Guthrie talks ‘Glee,’ music career

Guthrie talks ‘Glee,’ music career

By Alessandra Roberto / for The Pitt News

October 27, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

What do you get when you mix the careers of Ryan Adams with Justin Bieber? Noah Guthrie.  Earning his initial fame from a cover of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” which went viral on YouTube, Guthrie is the definition of a 21st century artist. Hailing from the small town of Greer, S.C., Guthrie i...

Game of Theory

Game of Theory

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

October 21, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television, Top Stories

Dragons can teach us a lot about politics, according to political science professor Andrew Lotz. Lotz will moderate a student-led discussion Thursday, Oct. 22, enticingly titled “Game of Thrones and Political Theory.” The program is part of the department of political science’s Current Issues in P...

Haunted happenings

By Elaina Zachos / Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Music

Midterms and deadlines are a horrific reality right now, but make sure you get a chance to prowl through some of the late-October festivities ghosting around Pittsburgh this month. From a macabre art show to amateur photography, here’s the rundown of some events going on this weekend. Thursday, Oct. 22 T...

Now hear this: ‘Stories Untold’ draws mental health awareness

Now hear this: ‘Stories Untold’ draws mental health awareness

By Jack Shelly / Staff Writer

October 19, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

For ten more days, Pitt students are demanding conversation about mental illness through art. “Stories Untold,” a student art exhibition raising awareness for students’ mental health, features 45 written and visual pieces by 32 different student artists. “If someone looks like they could us...

Triple play: Pittsburgh Ballet Theater debuts with decorated bill

Triple play: Pittsburgh Ballet Theater debuts with decorated bill

By Yesh Patel / for The Pitt News

October 19, 2015


Filed under Culture, Theater

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will begin its season this weekend with an energized bill of three classic ballets spanning time and place. “Mixed Repertory #1,” which plays from Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Benedum Center, evades themes and categorization with masterworks from Ru...

Good will biking: Garfield bike shop offers free self-help, cheap parts

Good will biking: Garfield bike shop offers free self-help, cheap parts

By Jack Shelly / Staff Writer

October 14, 2015


Filed under Culture

Imagine a bike shop that also acts as a community, where advice among customers and staff is as common as getting their gears fixed or wheels trued.   That vision is a reality at Kraynick’s Bike Shop in Garfield, where customers can receive free lessons on how to fix their own bikes. Jerry Kraynick ...

‘Bridgefest’ bittersweet goodbye

‘Bridgefest’ bittersweet goodbye

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

October 14, 2015


Filed under Culture

After 94 years, the Greenfield Bridge will go out with a bang. The Greenfield Community Association will host “Rock Away the Blues Bridgefest” this Saturday to celebrate the bridge’s last day open to the public until demolition and rebuilding wraps up in spring 2017. With live music and food, the fe...

Pitt poets finalists for National Book Award

Pitt poets finalists for National Book Award

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

October 14, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Pitt is well represented in this year’s 20 National Book Award finalists. Pitt English professor Terrance Hayes was nominated Wednesday for his assortment of linguistic and investigative poems, “How to Be Drawn,” published by Penguin Books in March.    Ross Gay, another Pittsburgh poet, was ...

A walk to remember: Zemeckis baths tightrope stunt in beauty

A walk to remember: Zemeckis baths tightrope stunt in beauty

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

October 14, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

If you didn’t see enough  of Philippe Petit’s tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers in 2008’s documentary “Man on Wire,” Petit gets the grand-scale cinematic treatment  he deserves in “The Walk.” For someone who spends so much effort on his visual creation with only middling...

Supporting the scene: DIY music promoters showcase underground acts

Supporting the scene: DIY music promoters showcase underground acts

By AJ Weber / for The Pitt News

October 12, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

Most nights begin with the sound of a guitar tuning up, amplified feedback and the grin of a performer before strumming a chord. The routine is wonderfully common to Nate Dietrich and Brett Shumaker, the founders and operators of the DIY music promotion group, Don’t Let The Scene Go Down On Me! N...

Space oddity: ‘The Martian’ rewrites galactic genre

Space oddity: ‘The Martian’ rewrites galactic genre

By Valkyrie Speaker / Staff Writer

October 12, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Space may be an empty void, but that doesn’t mean films about space have to be. “The Martian” launched into theatres with a staggering opening gross of over $54 million, and has been orbiting the top of the box office since its release. This could be because of its impressive cast — which incl...

Roc-Star: the life of a college mascot

Roc-Star: the life of a college mascot

By Amanda Reed / for The Pitt News

October 9, 2015


Filed under Culture

We see him everywhere. At football games, in ads, on social media and in front of the Cathedral. His image is synonymous with Pitt Athletics and school pride — we call him Roc the Panther — yet his true identity is a closely-guarded secret. Theresa Nuzzo, coach of the cheerleading and dance team,...

Bands battle for spotlight

Bands battle for spotlight

By Annabelle Hanflig / for The Pitt News

October 9, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

O’Hara wasn’t a solid act when the group first auditioned for Battle of the Bands in 2013. “We were pretty disjointed at that point, as we only had three members,” O’Hara’s lead singer and founding member, Jake Sternberg, said. “Of course we lost the battle the first time we played.” They...

False advertising: foreign students’ perceptions of Homecoming not always reality

False advertising: foreign students’ perceptions of Homecoming not always reality

By Alessandra Roberto / for The Pitt News

October 9, 2015


Filed under Culture

Homecoming week is meant to generate school pride, but for international students familiar with American stereotypes, it can end in disillusion. American universities’ homecomings continue many of the traditions that begin in high school, like pep rallies, football games and ample school spirit,...

Burr talks comedy, career

Burr talks comedy, career

By Dan Sostek / Contributing Editor

October 7, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television, Theater, Uncategorized

As a stand-up comedian, actor, podcaster, amateur drummer and now animated series star, Bill Burr is a bit of a renaissance man. The edgy comedian will show off the first of those talents in Pittsburgh on Oct. 22, as he’ll perform two stand-up shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall. Tickets are $49.25....

Daily rhythms: Pitt student creates online playlist following

Daily rhythms: Pitt student creates online playlist following

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

October 7, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

It was 3 a.m., and Alex Oraschewsky had just returned to his apartment from clubbing in Ireland. It was Saturday — he didn’t have to report to Celtic Collections the next day, an Irish record label he interned with during his study abroad program in summer 2014. Good thing, too — Oraschewsky...

Zine Scene: annual festival creates community

Zine Scene: annual festival creates community

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

October 5, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

A Mexican travel guide. A Kim Kardashian coloring book. Bernie Sanders memorabilia. However varied these items are, they co-existed terrifically as zines displayed on neighboring tables at Pittsburgh’s fifth annual Zine Fair last Sunday, waiting for artists to purchase or trade them. A zine, sho...

Building his ark: Noah kicks off late night career

Building his ark: Noah kicks off late night career

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

October 5, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television, Uncategorized

The stage may be new, but the “Daily Show” goes on all the same. Last Monday, Trevor Noah, a comedian from South Africa and previous “Daily Show” senior international correspondent, went from correspondent to host as Jon Stewart’s 17-year tenure on the desk ended. Fans, critics and everyo...

‘Empire’ strikes back

‘Empire’ strikes back

By Tarun Sathish / for The Pitt News

October 5, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

What do you do once you’ve reached the top? That is the question the cast and crew of FOX’s hit family/music drama, “Empire,” are trying to answer in the show’s second season, which airs its third episode Wednesday. The Lee Daniels-created drama, which follows a family’s control of a hi...

Q&A: the scoop on Pittsburgh’s food culture

Q&A: the scoop on Pittsburgh’s food culture

By Eric Acosta / for The Pitt News

September 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

David Bernabo is a tough man to label as anything but an “artist,” but even that doesn’t do him justice. Bernabo has made visual art installations, owns a lengthy discography, dances, choreographs and is now releasing his second film project — an introspective three-part documentary on Pitts...

The Moth mainstage showcases premier storytelling

The Moth mainstage showcases premier storytelling

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

September 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Theater

From pagan fundraisers to emergency room tables and jury rooms, popular storytelling podcast The Moth turns everyday experiences into unforgettable storytelling. Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting literary arts, presented the traveling podcast downtown at the Byham Theater W...

Mac awakens with ‘GO:OD AM’

Mac awakens with ‘GO:OD AM’

By Tarun Sathish / for The Pitt News

September 29, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

The Pittsburgh kid has grown up. Mac Miller has matured into a sage rapper with lyrics to match his excellent beats in his first major studio album “GO:OD AM,” which dropped Sept. 18. It’s  the rapper’s best work to date, as he mostly ditches the “frat rap” lyricism of sex, party and drugs ...

Pitt student choirs unite for Fall Showcase

Pitt student choirs unite for Fall Showcase

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

September 29, 2015


Filed under Culture, Theater

Rarely together under the same roof, Pitt’s four student choirs will join forces and voices for this weekend’s Fall Showcase. The Pitt Men’s Glee Club, Pantherhythms, Women’s Choral Ensemble and Heinz Chapel Choir — all of the faculty-directed choirs on campus — will perform a free show Sun...

After delay, Davidson leads night of laughs

After delay, Davidson leads night of laughs

By Matt Maeilli / Staff Writer

September 28, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

A drove of 375 students formed a line in and around the ground floor of the William Pitt Union, ending at the Pizza Hut, Sunday night — though they weren’t there for cheesy bread. By 8 p.m., more than a half-hour in advance, students gathered outside the WPU assembly room to see “Saturday Night L...

A melodic restoration: Thrival Festival aims to restore Hazelwood

A melodic restoration: Thrival Festival aims to restore Hazelwood

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

September 23, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

Of the three producers behind this weekend’s Thrival Innovation and Music Festival, not one has a background in the music industry. Executive producer Dan Law once focused in foreign policy with a master’s degree in public and international affairs. He’s backed by Danielle Belko, formerly a p...

Union ink: gallery portrays iconic characters with tattoos

Union ink: gallery portrays iconic characters with tattoos

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

September 23, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

George Washington never told a lie, but did he ever tell anyone about his sweet ink? The Pitt Program Council-sponsored art exhibit “History and Pop Culture in Tattoos” by Pittsburgh artist Lex Covato runs in the Conney M. Kimbo Art Gallery in the Union until Friday, Sept. 25. The exhibit’s strik...

Smart minds thrive at Thrival Festival

Smart minds thrive at Thrival Festival

By Jack Trainor and Matt Maielli / Culture staff

September 22, 2015


Filed under Culture, Multimedia

Thrival Festival sounds like the name of an electronic dance party, but it’s actually Pittsburgh’s most intellectual and revolutionary gathering of the minds. This week’s third annual Thrival Festival will host 30 innovation lectures all over the city, including the South Side, Allentown, Hill ...

Viola Davis makes history at 67th Emmy’s

Viola Davis makes history at 67th Emmy’s

By Tarun Sathish / for The Pitt News

September 22, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

Viola Davis earned the spotlight at the 67th annual Emmy Awards show. After becoming the first black woman to win in the Outstanding Actress in a Drama category, Davis quoted Harriet Tubman before speaking from her own heart, which was just as memorable as the win itself. “The only thing that separa...

Pittsburgh Public Theater opens season with “Anne Frank”

By Alessandra Roberto / for The Pitt News

September 21, 2015


Filed under Culture, Theater

After every rehearsal of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” actress Remy Zaken goes home and sobs as she tries to reestablishment the distance between herself and the famous holocaust victim. With May 8 marking the 70th anniversary of the Nazi regime, Frank’s diary remains one of the most moving remi...

Patties Stack’d high

Patties Stack’d high

By Eric Acosta / for The Pitt News

September 21, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Heads up Five Guys, your reign as the face of Oakland’s hamburger scene is coming to an end. Three days ago, Pittsburgh’s own Stack’d moved into the corner of Forbes Avenue and Oakland Avenue, expanding from its original Shadyside operation into the hole Joe Mama’s and Olio Trattoria’s le...

Wigging out: student drag show bends gender norms

Wigging out: student drag show bends gender norms

By Jack Shelly / Staff Writer

September 17, 2015


Filed under Culture

Picture nearly 200 students crammed into Nordy’s Place singing along to Nikki Minaj’s “The Night Is Still Young” and cheering wildly for a drag queen sporting a wild blonde wig and denim jacket. That was the scene Thursday night at one of the Rainbow Alliance’s first events of the year,...

Licensed to act: casting the new 007

Licensed to act: casting the new 007

By Mason Lazarcheff / Staff Writer

September 16, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

“Spectre” is more than just the next James Bond title — it’s also the job description. With Daniel Craig’s penultimate adventure as 007 slated to open in November, the race to be the next Bond is heating up almost as quickly as the presidential primaries — and actor Tom Hardy is leading...

‘Mistress America:’ Baumbach-stic

‘Mistress America:’ Baumbach-stic

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

September 16, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

There’s something about Greta Gerwig. The “Frances Ha” star steals the show in “Mistress America,” her second collaboration with her beau and creative partner, writer and director Noah Baumbach. This is Gerwig’s fourth time starring in a Baumbach project, all of which tend to be about...

Career Panel offers advice for LGBTQ+ students in the job market

Career Panel offers advice for LGBTQ+ students in the job market

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

September 15, 2015


Filed under Culture

Job interviews are scary for everyone — but for LGBTQ+ students, finding a job can be a traumatizing experience. According to the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy’s 2015 report, the LGBTQ+ community faces twice the unemployment rate of the general...

Up for grabs: Share Fair offers myriad of trash-turned-treasures

Up for grabs: Share Fair offers myriad of trash-turned-treasures

September 15, 2015


Filed under Culture

A string of pearls lay unattended in Schenley Plaza pavilion Friday afternoon, as a prowling student circled the luxury, snatched it up and continued on his way. This wasn’t some great jewel heist— the student was participating in the Share Fair, hosted by the Pittsburgh Student Solidarity Coalition...

New traditions for Jewish new year

New traditions for Jewish new year

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

September 14, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Sami Sheinwald stood in front of her dinner table FaceTiming her mom, flipping the camera to proudly display the food-laden, friend-filled Rosh Hashana celebration. “Look mom, here’s mine,” Sheinwald said as she compared her spread to her mother’s table in New York. This year, Sheinwald, a...

Sketching out a future

Sketching out a future

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

September 11, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Within the first two weeks of each semester, studio arts major Stephanie Taylor can usually expect to sign an accident waiver form. “The professors always tell me, ‘Be conscientious because your biggest material is your health,’” Taylor, a junior, said. With art degrees come physical ­—...

Sweating the details: why first impressions matter

Sweating the details: why first impressions matter

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

September 11, 2015


Filed under Culture

It’s time to hang up the tights — and the sweats. Despite their popularity among students, many professionals consider yoga pants and sweat pants a hindrance to academic and occupational achievement. Numerous studies have weighed in on the “dress well, test well” belief, researching how what...

Call me Big Poppa: Mr. Humphrey opens food truck

Call me Big Poppa: Mr. Humphrey opens food truck

By Andrew Fishman / Staff Writer

September 11, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

As I opened my container, the savory smell of pulled pork smothered in barbecue sauce filled my nostrils. The sandwich before me — a large bun with a heaping pile of pork and vinegar cole slaw, topped with barbecue sauce — sat next to two scoops of homemade mac and cheese. I was ready to dig in. Was...

Nothing to fear: ‘Walking Dead’ spinoff can’t resurrect zombie genre

Nothing to fear: ‘Walking Dead’ spinoff can’t resurrect zombie genre

By Valkyrie Speaker / Staff Writer

September 10, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

As someone who thought they couldn’t get enough of the AMC television show “The Walking Dead,” watching its Los Angeles prequel companion series, “Fear the Walking Dead,” is the definition of the phrase “more is less.” In its first episodes, “The Walking Dead” thrust us into a freshly...

September call-ups: Netflix adds to its catalog

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

September 9, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Good news for anyone looking for new procrastination material after the first few weeks of classes: Netflix is about to shower its catalogue with new movies and TV show seasons. The streaming site added the new selections  on Sept. 1, as the first wave of a series of original shows that will debut...

High school drop out: Efron stars in underwhelming ‘We Are Your Friends’

High school drop out: Efron stars in underwhelming ‘We Are Your Friends’

By Jack Shelly / Staff Writer

September 7, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

"We Are Your Friends" Starring: Zac Efron, Wes Bentley and Emily Ratajkowski Grade: C   It doesn’t take much reflection after watching “We Are Your Friends” to realize that Zac Efron’s career probably won’t be the next “McConaissance.” Even the career of co-star Wes Bentley...

Fifty years: ‘Highway 61’

September 7, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

Bob Dylan’s lasting impact in American pop culture used to astound me as a younger person. I tried to grasp how people thought of the nasally-voiced songwriter, on a scale of popularity or critical regard, as on par with The Beatles. But just as The Beatles will live forever in the mind of music,...

Seeing green: “Emerald City” comes to Oakland

Seeing green: “Emerald City” comes to Oakland

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

September 3, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Pittsburgh now has another reason to thank the late philanthropist and political activist Elsie Hillman: she brought the “Emerald City” to the Steel City. Over the summer, the Pittsburgh nonprofit Hillman Foundation donated a collection of abstract statues, entitled “Emerald City,” to the...

Ultra lame: ‘American Ultra’ fails to captivate audience

Ultra lame: ‘American Ultra’ fails to captivate audience

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

September 3, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

“American Ultra” Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Connie Britton Grade: C- Everybody can be a superhero. Even your local junkie. That’s the theme of “American Ultra,” the latest in the super-spy genre. The movie follows Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a phobia-ridden mini...

Scream no more: Legendary horror director Wes Craven dead at 76

Scream no more: Legendary horror director Wes Craven dead at 76

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

September 1, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Horror movie fans, lament: the boogeyman has died. Wes Craven, the man who made a living making you check under the bed at night, died Sunday from brain cancer. The pioneering director behind horror classics like “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Scream” and “The Hills Have Eyes” was 76 years ...

Hilarity in the Heymann

Hilarity in the Heymann

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

September 1, 2015


Filed under Culture

Pittsburgh natives and visitors alike hammed out at the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival over the weekend, bringing extra comic relief to Student Orientation week. The second annual Pittsburgh Comedy Festival took place on campus last Thursday, Aug. 27 through Saturday, Aug. 29. Pitt’s Henry Heymann Th...

‘Pixels’ stuck in the past

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

“Pixels” Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan  Grade: C Run for your lives from this mediocre alien invasion flick. Based on a short film of the same name — and not exactly receiving a glowing recommendation from its creator, French filmmaker Patrick Jean — “Pixels” imagines mank...

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