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Rock solid: host’s comments on diversity outshined awards at Oscars ceremony

Rock solid: host’s comments on diversity outshined awards at Oscars ceremony

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

February 29, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

Sunday night’s 88th annual Academy Awards ceremony was a night of firsts. Industry professionals started the ceremony’s first boycott over the #OscarsSoWhite controversy — which host Chris Rock returned to again and again throughout the night. The academy also nominated a woman for adapting he...

‘Fuller House’ overcrowded

‘Fuller House’ overcrowded

By Sarah Schneider / for The Pitt News

February 29, 2016


Filed under Culture, Television

Returning to the Tanner’s is like going to grandma’s house — not much has changed, and everyone’s a little older. With “Full House’s” 1995 conclusion, watching the family-friendly show’s reruns became a beloved pastime across America. But Netflix’s “Fuller House” quickly prov...

@NihilistOakland finds meaning in Oakland life

@NihilistOakland finds meaning in Oakland life

By Annabelle Hanflig / Staff Writer

February 25, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

Forbes Digital Plaza is every bit as mysterious as it is flashy. The square’s meagerly lit screens, oddly placed Top 40 hits coming from nowhere and seemingly defunct, blank screens — despite opening last November — is a target for pointing fingers as a waste of money. The absurdity of the situat...

No backup for “Triple 9”

No backup for “Triple 9”

By Tarun Sathish / Staff Writer

February 25, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

What happens when you have to kill the only person who has your back? This might be the only intriguing question director John Hillcoat’s “Triple 9” asks as the latest cops-and-robbers flick, but with a slight twist that ends up pitting a police officer against his partner. When executed we...

Pitt to screen acclaimed documentary

Pitt to screen acclaimed documentary

By Lexi Kennell / for The Pitt News

February 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

Not all tragedies end in misery. “Here One Day,” a documentary that follows one family coping with a mother’s suicide, offers hope and a positive message negating the stigma surrounding mental illness. The award-winning documentary will make its Pittsburgh premiere in the William Pitt Union Wednesday, Fe...

‘Eddie’ sails to mediocrity

‘Eddie’ sails to mediocrity

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

February 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

Despite its quirky hero threatening to flop the film, “Eddie the Eagle” is the latest true-life Olympic sports drama to dare for an Icarian flight. Following the likes of last week’s Jesse Owens biopic “Race,” “Eddie the Eagle” carves out its individual setting and dramatic structure, b...

Paperback writers: new Pitt course turns students into authors

Paperback writers: new Pitt course turns students into authors

By Sarah Schneider / for The Pitt News

February 18, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

Katelyn Prosachik’s dream growing up was to be a government spy — but while that dream hasn’t materialized in real life, a Pitt class is keeping her fantasy alive.  Prosachik is writing a novel about a fictitious 17-year-old version of herself, a teenaged federal government-recruited spy. “Th...

Ivory cast: Pitt theater debuts “Rhinoceros”

Ivory cast: Pitt theater debuts “Rhinoceros”

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

February 18, 2016


Filed under Culture, Theater

Even the most outlandish trends, be it political ideology or viral internet meme, can generate a following — even rhinoceroses.  Tonight, Pitt’s theater department will put that theory into practice in its debut production of French playwright Eugéne Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros,” which runs fr...

“Pablo” unites divided Kanye

“Pablo” unites divided Kanye

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

February 15, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

I consider myself a Kanye West apologist. When stories of Kanye’s antics — read: the “BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!” tweet — pervade the news, I’m jump to defend him, citing his artistry and creative talent. Besides, Kanye West’s music and his public persona have historically been at odds wi...

Talk artsy to me: Creatives Drink unites creative types for free booze, conversation

Talk artsy to me: Creatives Drink unites creative types for free booze, conversation

By Brian Murray / for The Pitt News

February 15, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink

Two Pittsburgh photographers are offering free alcohol in exchange for a chat and some creativity. Cody Baker and Chancelor Humphrey draw Pittsburgh’s cultural and artistic community together under one roof to promote collaboration during their three-hour schmooze fests, called “Creatives Drink.” O...

Dubnik falls in Jeopardy final

Dubnik falls in Jeopardy final

By Amanda Reed / Staff Writer

February 14, 2016


Filed under Culture, Puzzles, Television

Although she didn’t win the $100,000 grand prize in the “Jeopardy!” College Championship finals Friday night, Sarah Dubnik walked away with bragging rights and enough money to travel wherever she pleases. The Pitt senior chemistry and computer science major finished third in the competition, winni...

Rewriting the love story

Rewriting the love story

By Michelle Reagle / Contributing Editor

February 12, 2016


Filed under Culture

When asked to name the last thing I read, I usually internally debate whether I should answer with the book I read three months ago or the 42,000-word fanfiction I read last night. But I get funny looks when I opt for the latter. For those outside of Internet fan culture, fanfiction repurposes...

Debunking Hillman’s dirtiest secret

Debunking Hillman’s dirtiest secret

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under Culture, Puzzles, Television

Playboy Magazine once ranked Hillman Library’s first floor as one of the best places in the country to meet women. Fact or fiction? Urban legends already hold a special place in our culture — Bigfoot, Goatman, Johnny Appleseed — but how does something that is published become an urban legend? Like a ...

Grind your own business: a horror story

By Jack Shelly / Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under Culture

I once went on a job interview that was advertised on a gay sex app. That might sound strange, especially if you’re not familiar with a little app called Grindr. But hear me out. Much more than the “gay Tinder,” Grindr is a microcosm of the gay male world. For better or for worse, the gay men...

‘The Bachelor’ out of touch with modern love

By Tarun Sathish / Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under Culture, Television

For a show running 20 seasons and counting, “The Bachelor” still doesn’t get modern dating. The show, in which one enticing man whittles 20 women down to just one, and vice versa for “The Bachelorette,” takes participants on dates only millionaires could afford in exquisite and exotic lo...

Who is, ‘Sarah Dubnik’? Pitt student reaches final in ‘Jeopardy’ competition

Who is, ‘Sarah Dubnik’? Pitt student reaches final in ‘Jeopardy’ competition

By Amanda Reed / Staff Writer

February 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Puzzles, Television

Sarah Dubnik is frustrated at what transpires before her. “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek queries contestants of the show’s annual College Championship semifinal round: “The [Nobel] Peace prize went to the National Dialogue Quartet of this North African country,” for $1,600. As the cont...

‘Zombies’ resurrects Austen classic

‘Zombies’ resurrects Austen classic

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

February 10, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

If suitors were intimidated by Elizabeth Bennet before, imagine her with a sword. Balancing Victorian romance and the zombie apocalypse, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is a fast-paced, surprisingly funny genre clash. Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 best-selling novel that pulls directly...

Daily Dubnik: Pitt senior to compete in college ‘Jeopardy!’ semifinal Wednesday

Daily Dubnik: Pitt senior to compete in college ‘Jeopardy!’ semifinal Wednesday

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

February 8, 2016


Filed under Culture, Puzzles, Television

Who: Pitt senior Sarah Dubnik What: Competing in the Jeopardy! College Championship semifinals Where: NBC When: Wednesday Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. Why: Dubnik was one of the semifinal round’s two highest point-earners after the five regular-game winners at $14,801. She will take on North Carolina State’s ...

Fun-A-Day returns to Pittsburgh for ninth year

Fun-A-Day returns to Pittsburgh for ninth year

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

February 8, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

A creative idea and the drive to get it done — that’s all it takes to exhibit artwork in Fun-a-Day, a national event with a loyal Pittsburgh following. Fun-a-Day, a volunteer-run concept that started in Philadelphia 12 years ago, has spread to cities all across America as an event focused  more on the pro...

A fortunate turn of events: Netflix will give series new life

A fortunate turn of events: Netflix will give series new life

By Meghan Bray / Staff Writer

February 8, 2016


Filed under Culture, Television

Fans of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” have reason to believe their misfortune is over. After a less-than-satisfying 2004 film adaptation, the Baudelaire orphans might finally return to relevancy via Netflix, which is releasing an episodic series of the narrative in August. The dark children’s...

Q&A: Yancy balances work and play

By Lexi Kennell / for The Pitt News

February 4, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

In between working as a non-profit hero in a children’s hospital and writing fiction, modern day Clark Kent, Melissa Yancy, became this year’s recipient of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. As a result, the University of Pittsburgh Press will publish Los Angeles resident Yancy’s manuscript “Dog Yea...

Chasing the Greene: Pitt student has rapping aspirations

Chasing the Greene: Pitt student has rapping aspirations

By Annabelle Hanflig / Staff Writer

February 4, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Kenny Greene is a sophomore finance and economics major, but he would drop school in a second if it meant getting his big break. “If anything, I could see music not only substituting college but [a typical career],” Greene said. “Plan B is to take [my major] and use it out in the world and mak...

Garner, Glaser honored with exhibit

Garner, Glaser honored with exhibit

By Noah Coco / for The Pitt News

February 3, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture, Music

Just as Jackie Robinson had Branch Rickey, Pittsburgh native and jazz pianist Erroll Garner had Martha Glaser. The University will unveil a display in the William Pitt Union today that showcases jazz memorabilia featuring Garner and Glaser, his manager and a civil rights champion. The memorabilia...

‘Caesar’ pales in comparison to past Coen bros’ films

‘Caesar’ pales in comparison to past Coen bros’ films

By Tarun Sathish / Staff Writer

February 3, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

Take a look in the mirror, Hollywood — you might not like what you see. That’s the sentiment behind the Coen brothers’ latest film, “Hail, Caesar!,” which follows Eddie Mannix — a slim, mustachioed and suited Josh Brolin — as a major Hollywood studio “fixer.” His job is to make sure...

Laser turns in stunning debut

Laser turns in stunning debut

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

February 1, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Toronto indie-rock supergroup Broken Social Scene’s four-year hiatus hasn’t kept its 20-plus members quiet. Now, it’s singer Lisa Lobsinger’s turn to break out. Since the band quietly dissolved after 2010’s brilliant “Forgiveness Rock Record,” many of the band’s 20-plus members have...

Bee joins late night, Stewart club

Bee joins late night, Stewart club

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

February 1, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

Samantha Bee may become the first woman in late-night television this week, but she’s also extending the genre’s latest trend — emulating Jon Stewart. While the state of late-night talk shows is unsurprising, what is surprising is that almost half of all late night talk shows lead back to one man: Stewart. He left a void in comedy and journalism with his departure from “The Daily Show,” but his influence on televis...

Hollywood, time to act

Hollywood, time to act

By Tarun Sathish / Staff Writer

January 28, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

Every year in Hollywood’s Dolby Theater, movie stars celebrate themselves together — but now they need to protest together. For the second year in a row, the Oscars caused controversy by not nominating a single actor of color in any of its four acting categories, causing Will Smith — an unnom...

Reign Check: Future’s latest a misstep

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

January 28, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

After collaborating with Drake on the popular track “Jumpman,” Future’s latest solo venture won’t be jumping over anybody. Future released his latest mixtape, “Purple Reign,” on Jan. 17. As his thirteenth mixtape,  the 40-minute collection is 13 tracks of recycled trap motifs and thumping ...

Lump sum: PSO to cover Bon Iver in FUSE series

Lump sum: PSO to cover Bon Iver in FUSE series

By Noah Coco / for The Pitt News

January 25, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Audiences to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are trading in slacks for skinny jeans, Mozart for “Skinny Love.” On Wednesday, Jan. 27, the orchestra will perform its newest program as part of its FUSE@PSO series by covering the acclaimed indie-folk band Bon Iver. The FUSE series challenges the p...

“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...

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