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Students bring late night to Pitt

Students bring late night to Pitt

By Alessandra Roberto / for The Pitt News

November 24, 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 24, 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 19, 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 19, 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 22, 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 22, 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 20, 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 20, 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 13, 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 13, 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 8, 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 8, 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

October 1, 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

October 1, 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 22, 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 22, 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 18, 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 17, 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 17, 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 15, 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 10, 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...

Pitch-burgh: A guide to Pittsburgh’s summer and fall concerts

Pitch-burgh: A guide to Pittsburgh’s summer and fall concerts

By Marcus Ranii-Dropcho / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

With its storied jazz history, bringing up the likes ofdrummer Art Blakey and saxophonist Ahmad Jamal, Pittsburgh has always been connected to music. Its strategic location between Chicago and New York attracts various genres of concerts, from jazz to indie rock. While it may not be privileged and rural e...

Pitt I.D. key to extracurricular perks

By Valkyrie Speaker / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture

College will wring your wallet dry — it is an unfortunate, universal truth. With fees looming around every corner, budgeting and bargain shopping will be vital on your collegiate journey. Luckily, a great weapon exists to combat the rising costs of student living: your University of Pittsburgh ID. This...

Cinema city: A guide to Pittsburgh’s movie theaters

Cinema city: A guide to Pittsburgh’s movie theaters

By Chris Estes / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

On behalf of Pittsburgh, we formally invite you to stop scrolling through a disappointing assortment of Netflix movies, put on some pants and go to the theater. The city has become a hub for filmmakers and appreciators alike. For filmmakers, the Commonwealth offers a 25 percent tax break for films...

Pitt French professor talks benefits of foreign languages

Pitt French professor talks benefits of foreign languages

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture

For those who think it’s never too late to learn a new language, just ask Pitt French professor Brett Wells what his undergraduate degree is in. To the surprise of his students, Wells — the Coordinator of the French Language Program and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in French — studied...

Panther Funds key to cheap off campus cuisine

By Jai-W Hayes-Jackson / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Panther Funds, not to be confused with Dining Dollars, can be handy when you’re looking to eat outside of Market Central. Essentially a Pitt debit card, Panther Funds can come to your rescue when eating off campus, but only at select establishments. Here’s our list of the best restaurants around Oakla...

Great Race combines athletics with community

Great Race combines athletics with community

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture

For Casey Tarasi, the antics of the annual Great Race often overshadow the arduous task of running 6.2 miles. There’s the man who stands on his porch and screams battle cries through a siren, the guy who competes while carrying an 80-foot-tall American flagand the volunteers who dish out free food at the...

67th annual Emmy Awards could be one for the history books

67th annual Emmy Awards could be one for the history books

By Walter Howard / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

This year’s Emmy awards could prove to be the most historic in decades. In response to the rising popularity of streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has knocked down the strict eligibility requirements for this year’s Emmy Awards, giving previousl...

Glass half full: Pitt professor Michael Glass

Glass half full: Pitt professor Michael Glass

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture

The first thing you notice entering Pitt Urban Studies professor Michael Glass’ office is the picture of Singapore’s skyline above his desk, where he takes students interested in Southeast Asia to study every other summer. His walls are lined with shelves of books of foreign places, like postcard...

‘Southpaw’ struggles to stay on its feet

‘Southpaw’ struggles to stay on its feet

By Valkyrie Speaker / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

“Southpaw” Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker Directed By: Antoine Fuqua Grade: C+ “Southpaw” is down for the count, and its chance of future success looks poor. The story of “Southpaw,” at its core, is one we have all seen before — a fall, a climb and a happy ...

‘Trainwreck’ drives typical rom-coms off the tracks

‘Trainwreck’ drives typical rom-coms off the tracks

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

“Trainwreck” Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton Directed by: Judd Apatow Grade: B+ Amy Schumer’s new romantic comedy “Trainwreck” is anything but. Posters for the rom-com, written by Amy Schumer, who also stars in the film, call director Judd Apatow as “the guy who brou...

‘Ant-Man’ squishes its way into “good movie” status

‘Ant-Man’ squishes its way into “good movie” status

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

“Ant-Man” Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly Directed by: Peyton Reed Grade: B+ He has the power to shrink while maintaining his strength. He can communicate with insects. He is Ant-Man — OK, this might be a tough sell. Peyton Reed, known for his comedies “Yes ...

Sweet dreams come true at DreamOn Ice Cream and Music Festival

Sweet dreams come true at DreamOn Ice Cream and Music Festival

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Ice cream and music go together like jalapeños and lemonade. Last weekend, Kelly Boyle witnessed the former two summer staples join forces. “Everyone was just enjoying the nice weather, great ice cream and wonderful music,” Boyle, a junior nursing student, said. “I listened to one of my favorite Pittsb...

What are you doing this summer?

What are you doing this summer?

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture

Alright, so maybe the best festivals of the summer are behind us. The Arts Festival wrapped up almost two months ago, the Regatta and its fancy ferris wheel are gone and this weekend’s Picklesburgh is slated to be pretty epic. Besides the cornichon cornucopia, there’s still a few gems left if you’re...

Sugar, spice & everything nice

Sugar, spice & everything nice

By Jai-W Hayes-Jackson / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Summer smells like fresh cut grass, neglecting your responsibilities and barbeque. Even if you’re too lazy to get out your lawn mower or you’re still stuck in classes, there’s nothing that says you can’t lounge in your small, enclosed backyard with your fired-up grill and your ice-cold drink...

Brown shows swing in “The Boys in the Boat”

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture

“The Boys in the Boat” By: Daniel James Brown Grade:  A-   About a third of the way through Daniel James Brown’s 2010 nonfiction book “The Boys in the Boat,” the reader learns of competitive rowing’s equivalent to a hole-in-one, a walk-off home run or a full-court shot. It’s...

Public property: Northside resident finds hope at bottom of trash cans

Public property: Northside resident finds hope at bottom of trash cans

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Walking down Jacksonia Street in Pittsburgh’s Northside, a bright yellow house greets visitors from the corner of Arch Street. Sporting giant artificial butterflies, larger-than-life Coca-Cola bottle caps and dozens of potted plants scattered across the sidewalk, Randyland is a beacon of explosive creativ...

Just dill with it: Yinzers to soak up sun and salt at Picklesburgh

Just dill with it: Yinzers to soak up sun and salt at Picklesburgh

By Chris Estes / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture

Leigh White is looking forward to the “ginormous” floating pickle that will be attached to the Rachel Carson Bridge later this month. “We were noticing the cool, innovative restaurants around town were doing pickling,” White, the spokeswoman at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP), said. “[And] Pittsburgh has suc...

Anthropomania: furries flock to Downtown for Anthrocon

Anthropomania: furries flock to Downtown for Anthrocon

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture

Pittsburghers got a taste of the wild side this weekend as ferocious tigers, playful puppies and fox-tailed fursuiters flocked Downtown. The costumed company left behind a layer of fur and dumbstruck awe in their wake. Anthrocon is the world’s largest gathering of furries — people who belong to a ...

Ng pulls readers under with “Everything I Never Told You”

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture

“Everything I Never Told You” By: Celeste Ng Grade: A   “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” These powerful opening lines begin Celeste Ng’s poignant debut fiction novel, “Everything I Never Told You,” published in 2014. In “Everything,” readers delve into the world ...

Mandel tackles existentialism in “Station Eleven”

By Marcus Ranii-Dropcho / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture

“Station Eleven” By: Emily St. John Mandel Grade: B+ What if an incurable, fast-acting and extremely contagious virus began infecting everyone and only gave patients two days to live, at most? What would the remnants of our world look like to those people with the foresight — or luck — to...

Stevenson searches for justice in “Just Mercy”

Stevenson searches for justice in “Just Mercy”

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture

“Just Mercy” By: Bryan Stevenson Grade: A+ Imagine this: you’re a lawyer representing a black man in Alabama, and you’re walking into a courthouse with a Confederate flag glaring at you from a flagpole. Recent news may have you questioning this image, but Bryan Stevenson is 30 years ahead o...

Thirteen-hour sentence: Netflix makes prisoners of us all

Thirteen-hour sentence: Netflix makes prisoners of us all

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

July 7, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

Fans of Netflix’s hit original series “Orange Is The New Black” were imprisoned by the desire to binge-watch all 13 episodes of the new season before the finale on June 11.Binge-watching has changed the way that audiences watch television. Online streaming services like Netflix and Hulu make ...

Indie market gives artists exposure in SouthSide Works

Indie market gives artists exposure in SouthSide Works

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

July 7, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Carrie Nardini, a Pitt alum, couldn’t find a place to promote her own art — so she made her own.“I was making jewelry and couldn’t find a lot of outlets at the time to sell my work,” Nardini said.In 2007, she teamed up with another artist named Nina Barbuto and started I Made It! Market.“I...

One’s trash is another’s treasure: Exhibit litters The Warhol with abstract, neon dumpsters

One’s trash is another’s treasure: Exhibit litters The Warhol with abstract, neon dumpsters

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

July 7, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Not all artists start off with a brush and canvas — for Pittsburgh artist Elizabeth Rudnick, the 1990s version of Microsoft Paint was enough to get started.“At six, I was tying up my parents’ computer for hours at a time, completely blissed out on MS Paint,” she said. “By nine it was either become a...

Pitt grad challenges Hollywood with indie ‘The Recall’

Pitt grad challenges Hollywood with indie ‘The Recall’

By Chris Estes / Staff Writer

June 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Ace Yilma wanted to make a movie that started a dialogue about abortion.“There are a lot of stereotypes that males are pretty much OK with abortion, [but] sometimes they’re not,” Yilma, an Ethiopian native who graduated from Pitt in 2010, said. “Sometimes they want the kid.”Yilma’s “The Recall...

Does not compute: Fraley’s Robot Repair Shop taking off at Pittsburgh International Airport

Does not compute: Fraley’s Robot Repair Shop taking off at Pittsburgh International Airport

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

June 30, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

For local artist Toby Fraley, the airport was the perfect place for his latest installation.“The long concourses stretching off into the distance, the identical rows of chairs, the magical way your bags appear in baggage claim,” Fraley said. “Being in an airport also adds a level of legitimacy to ...

MacFarlane’s ‘Ted 2’ stuffed with sparingly funny moments

MacFarlane’s ‘Ted 2’ stuffed with sparingly funny moments

By Chang Zuo / For The Pitt News

June 27, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

“Ted 2”Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda SeyfriedDirected by: Seth MacFarlaneGrade: B- “Ted 2” forgets what makes a teddy bear come to life.The first movie of the franchise, “Ted,” came out in 2012 and introduced audiences to a lovable teddy bear who magically comes to life after his best friend John makes a wish. The flu...

Cast, crew of “Me and Earl” reunites for Pittsburgh premiere

Cast, crew of “Me and Earl” reunites for Pittsburgh premiere

By Jai-W Hayes-Jackson / Staff Writer

June 25, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Pittsburgh rolled out the red carpet and threw on black tie attire to welcome back the cast and crew of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” at the AMC Loews Waterfront theater on June 16.The theater hosted a star-studded exclusive screening of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” a drama based on th...

“At.Long.Last.A$AP” an unremarkable tribute

“At.Long.Last.A$AP” an unremarkable tribute

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

June 24, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

“At.Long.Last.A$AP”A$AP RockyReleased: May 25Grade: B+After much speculation and delay, the sophomore album from hip-hop artist A$AP Rocky, “At.Long.Last.A$AP,” dropped unexpectedly on May 25.Compared with the hazy, slightly eerie but ultimately energized and swaggy music of Rocky's preceding works,...

Mattress Factory emcees majestic merriment

Mattress Factory emcees majestic merriment

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

June 23, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink

Giant, silver M-shaped balloons bounced around an oversized white tent. Hundreds of art-lovers and eccentrics decked out in cocktail wear supported the balloons with whichever hands weren’t holding drinks.The Urban Garden Party at the Mattress Factory, a museum of contemporary art in the North Side, i...

Glass studio, museum jump into fire with collaborative exhibit

Glass studio, museum jump into fire with collaborative exhibit

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

June 23, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

For a recent artistic endeavor, local glass artist Travis Rohrbaugh found inspiration in his favorite beer.When searching for a historical artifact to recreate for the Pittsburgh Glass Center’s “Out of the Archives and Into the Gallery” exhibition, Rohrbaugh found a centuries-old Egyptian alaba...

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