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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...

‘American Idol’ comes to Pitt

‘American Idol’ comes to Pitt

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

June 23, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Culture, Music, National News, News

Idolized: Local hopefuls vie for ‘American Idol’ slots

Idolized: Local hopefuls vie for ‘American Idol’ slots

By Nick Mullen and Chidi Nwakpuda / The Pitt News Staff

June 23, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Culture, Music, National News, News

When Amario Gian finished singing his cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” “American Idol” competitors and bystanders greeted him with cheers and applause as he left the audition area.But when producers told him that he didn’t advance in the competition, he left to join hundreds of other rejected...

Docter embraces metaphor with emotional, whimsical “Inside Out”

Docter embraces metaphor with emotional, whimsical “Inside Out”

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

June 16, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

“Inside Out”Starring: Kaitlyn Dias, Amy Poehler, Phyllis SmithDirected By: Pete DocterGrade: A-Stock up on Kleenex, because “Inside Out” will leave you sniffling — or outright bawling — in your seat.Pete Docter, known for classics like “Toy Story” and “Up,” and his animation team mas...

Remembering Christopher Lee: the monster and the man

Remembering Christopher Lee: the monster and the man

By Walter Howard / For The Pitt News

June 16, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

On screen, he was Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Rasputin, Saruman and Count Dooku. In life, he was husband, author, singer and World War II hero as a former intelligence officer and Nazi hunter.Christopher Lee spent much of his life a living legend. Lee passed last Sunday, June 7, at age 93, a giant of the silver scre...

Nick Jonas colors Pittsburgh Pride in the Street

Nick Jonas colors Pittsburgh Pride in the Street

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

June 16, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

Halfway through his Pittsburgh Pride in the Street performance on Saturday, Nick Jonas took a break from his own music and turned to his piano player, Chase Foster.“Chase, what you got for me?” Jonas asked, as Foster began a slowed down, jazzier version of Outkast’s classic “Roses.” The cr...

Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World” gnashes into theaters

Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World” gnashes into theaters

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

June 15, 2015


Filed under Culture, Theater

“Jurassic World”Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’OnofrioDirected By: Colin TrevorrowGrade: B+Jurassic World is finally open.Twenty-two years after the disastrous events captured in the original film, the dino-rampant “Jurassic Park,” rebranded as “Jurassic World,” is n...

“She Who Tells A Story” challenges Western preconceptions of Arab women

“She Who Tells A Story” challenges Western preconceptions of Arab women

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

June 10, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

In the Heinz Galleries at the Carnegie Museum of Art, a black and white photo by Shirin Neshat depicts a woman’s hand over her closed mouth.The words of Forough Farrokhzad, one of the most influential woman writers of the Iranian Revolution, are written in Persian script over her hand. What initial...

City of Asylum offers ad-lib insight into lives of the disabled

City of Asylum offers ad-lib insight into lives of the disabled

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

June 9, 2015


Filed under Culture, Theater

Bright, fluorescent lights poured down on a cast of characters. They joined hands and bowed, their bodies casting shadows on the white stage where they stood. Some were standing, some accompanied by their caregivers and some in wheelchairs.At the New Hazlett Theater in the North Side, “A (micro) histo...

Fun in the Sun: Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off with worry-free whirlwind

Fun in the Sun: Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off with worry-free whirlwind

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

June 9, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music

With a chaotic weekend that included a Taylor Swift concert at Heinz Field, PrideFest and the Three Rivers Arts Festival, there’s plenty that could’ve gone wrong.Thankfully, the Arts Festival’s featured public installation — New York City artist Rudy Shepherd’s “Black Rock Negative Energy Abso...

Netflix’s ‘Girlhood’ an outdated coming-of-age story

Netflix’s ‘Girlhood’ an outdated coming-of-age story

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

June 2, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Coming-of-age stories about black girls can’t seem to grow up.Last fall, French director Céline Sciamma, writer and director of nontraditional coming-of-age dramas “Water Lilies” and “Tomboy,” released a teaser for her newest film, “Bande de Filles,” or “Girlhood” in English. The ...

What’s the skinny: Pittsburghers strip for Underwear Bike Ride

What’s the skinny: Pittsburghers strip for Underwear Bike Ride

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

June 2, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

As nearly-nude bikers began to fill the sidewalk near John (Baldy) McGrane Memorial Field for the Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride, onlooking children shouted, “Put some clothes on!”Roughly 400 bikers in their drawers gathered near John McGrane Memorial Field in Lawrenceville last Thursday night for t...

“San Andreas” fails to shake audience

“San Andreas” fails to shake audience

By Chang Zuo / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

"San Andreas"Grade: DStarring: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra DaddarioDirected by: Brad Peyton“San Andreas” wastes no time in dunking audiences into a pool of action-disaster movie clichés.The movie marks the second time that director Brad Peyton has teamed up with Dwayne Johnson, following “Journe...

Pitt a plentiful, collegiate playground

By Jai-W Hayes-Jackson / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Movies, Music, Theater

Ready to experience the magic of the Steel City? Pittsburgh has a lot to offer. From PNC Park to the Andy Warhol Museum, the city has something for everyone’s bucket list. Here are the top five things you’ll want to check off before your time is up at Pitt.Catch a show at the Benedum Center Whether...

6 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make at Pitt

By Jai-W Hayes-Jackson / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Movies, Music

Your first year at Pitt will bring you late-night pizzas, enough pictures of the Cathedral to fill a photobook and a catalog of opportunities to grow as a person as you navigate the many necessary and unnecessary mistakes that come with leaving the nest.For starters, you’ll bring way more clothing an...

East Liberty revived with quirky, caffeinated renaissance

East Liberty revived with quirky, caffeinated renaissance

By Brady Langmann / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Two years ago, East Liberty was in the middle of a community-wide redevelopment project, and many of its new businesses weren’t sure if they were going to succeed.Zeke’s Coffee on Penn Avenue was about as claustrophobic as a Towers dorm room, with 11 seats and a couple tables outside, if you wanted t...

Farm-to-table: Farmers markets pop up in Pittsburgh

By Walter Howard / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

This summer, farmers markets are sprouting up like cucumbers and tomatoes.A mile off the Allegheny River, in the heart of the historic Market District, rests the Pittsburgh Public Market.A throwback to old-school merchandising where customers can meet and buy directly from a diverse group of vendors in one setting, th...

New nationality room to celebrate shared Korean culture

New nationality room to celebrate shared Korean culture

By Kelechi Urama / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

After he moved from Tokyo to Pittsburgh with his wife and children to attend graduate school at Carnegie Mellon, Jim Nakajima visited the nationality rooms twice. Though he considers the Austrian Room his favorite because of its regal decor, he feels a special connection to the Japanese Room.“[The Japanese room] ...

Pitt Arts decorates student life with culture and class

Pitt Arts decorates student life with culture and class

By Chang Zuo / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Movies, Music, Theater

For Pitt student Stephanie Liang, one of her most memorable experiences at Pitt Arts was watching a 4D play. As an audience member, she and other students got up on stage and  followed the actors of “Tamara” at Quantum Theater while they watched scenes unfold.“It showed me how far people can pu...

To the Point: Three Rivers Arts Festival gives students a taste of the artistic side of Pittsburgh

To the Point: Three Rivers Arts Festival gives students a taste of the artistic side of Pittsburgh

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music

Next month, Downtown Pittsburgh will transform from a bustling metropolis into a world-class festival and celebration of the arts.Sponsored by Dollar Bank and produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Three Rivers Arts Festival will take place downtown at Point State Park, Gateway Center and in th...

Gomez-Rejon doses witty, emotional drama in “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

Gomez-Rejon doses witty, emotional drama in “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

May 26, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Me and Earl and the Dying GirlGrade: AStarring: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, Ronald Cyler IIDirected by: Alfonso Gomez-RejonThe set for both “The Fault in Our Stars” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Pittsburgh again becomes the epicenter of an emotional and tragic coming-of-age story in ...

Who wants to be a Ninja Warrior: Competition sucks — but “Vampire Professor” back for more in “American Ninja Warrior”

Who wants to be a Ninja Warrior: Competition sucks — but “Vampire Professor” back for more in “American Ninja Warrior”

By Brady Langmann / For The Pitt News

May 26, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

Pitt’s “Vampire Professor” Joel Brady upped the stakes for his “American Ninja Warrior” audition this year — by about 30 feet.“I got up and got a chance to do a dive off of the 30-foot platform in my professor suit,” he said, referring to the garb he wears to class each day.“I hung ...

Gustin to be back in a flash on the CW

Gustin to be back in a flash on the CW

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

May 26, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

The FlashSeason 1: Recap/ReviewGrade: B+Starring: Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos ValdésCreated by: Greg Berlanti, Andrew KreisbergFor those who are tired of the mainstream superhero, the CW’s “The Flash” goes back to the iconic superhero’s classic DC comic book roots.Barry Allen (Gr...

‘Mad Men’ advertised vintage appeal to 2015

‘Mad Men’ advertised vintage appeal to 2015

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

May 19, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

The story of the seemingly picture-perfect life of advertising executive and anti-hero Don Draper came to an end this past Sunday with the airing of the series finale of “Mad Men”on AMC.The show is set in the 1960s at a Manhattan advertising agency and stars Jon Hamm as Don Draper, an advertising executive wh...

Painting Pittsburgh, one neighborhood at a time

Painting Pittsburgh, one neighborhood at a time

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

May 19, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Local artist Ron Donoughe captured his love for Pittsburgh through his paintings.“This was a visual love letter to Pittsburgh. I wanted to experience this place one painting at a time. I wanted to dig deeper into why I love this place so much,” he said.For a few years, the Lawrenceville-based art...

The brush is mightier than the sword: quick hands, minds dominate the war at ArtAttack

The brush is mightier than the sword: quick hands, minds dominate the war at ArtAttack

By Brady Langmann / For The Pitt News

May 19, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Some artists prepare for their craft by throwing on a smock and grabbing a painting palette. Others strip.At Wednesday night’s ArtAttack, a live painting competition at the Rex Theater on East Carson Street, artist Jake Steele performed the only way he thought was appropriate for the event — in his underwear.“Doin...

“Mad Max: Fury Road” is everything an action movie should be

“Mad Max: Fury Road” is everything an action movie should be

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

May 14, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

"Mad Max: Fury Road"Directed By: George MillerStarring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas HoultGrade: A+Move over, Michael Bay, because George Miller is back, and he brought a set of defibrillators.After working on “Mad Max: Fury Road” formore than a decade, Miller gives the action genre a muc...

Pittsburgh’s Picklesburgh to be a jarring experience

Pittsburgh’s Picklesburgh to be a jarring experience

By Elaina Zachos / A&E Editor

May 13, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Pittsburgh is about to relish in a new cultural festival.On May 13, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership announced Picklesburgh, a new, culinary festival concerning gherkins galore. The Partnership will hold Picklesburgh on July 17 from 3 to 10 p.m. and July 18 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Rachel Carson Bridge in Down...

Meal fit for a college student

Meal fit for a college student

By Jai-W Hayes-Jackson / For The Pitt News

May 12, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Meat lover’s omelette, provolone sticks and toast.

Ritter’s Diner a comforting, caloric respite from on-campus eateries

Ritter’s Diner a comforting, caloric respite from on-campus eateries

By Jai-W Hayes-Jackson / For The Pitt News

May 12, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Nothing, to me, says vintage charm like a cash-only diner.Ritter’s Diner opened in 1951 in Bloomfield and is a family-owned, nostalgic wonderland of home-cooked food. Housed in an unassuming brown-and-gray building at the corner of Baum Boulevard and Powhattan Street, the restaurant is similar to P...

Toro y Moi offered tired, indecisive show at Mr. Smalls

Toro y Moi offered tired, indecisive show at Mr. Smalls

By Chris Estes / For The Pitt News

May 12, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

At 11 p.m. on Thursday night, Chaz Bundick, who goes by the stage name Toro y Moi, checked in on his fans, asking them, “How are you guys doing?” Before the cheers were over, he powered through the remaining 30 minutes of his set at Mr. Smalls Theatre.Headliner Toro y Moi and his four-man band p...

Mixed media: Artists rave at museum’s cultural extravaganza

Mixed media: Artists rave at museum’s cultural extravaganza

By Chris Estes / For The Pitt News

May 12, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Music

Guests of the #NOWSEETHIS party at the Carnegie Museum of Art this Saturday had an opportunity to check out local fifth graders’ art projects before breaking it down on a sweaty, chaotic dance floor.The Carnegie Museum of Art, in partnership with VIA — a Pittsburgh group dedicated to showcasing local an...

The World of Kurt Cobain: ‘Montage of Heck’ offers unique, personal look inside the life of late Nirvana frontman

The World of Kurt Cobain: ‘Montage of Heck’ offers unique, personal look inside the life of late Nirvana frontman

By Courtney Linder / Contributing Editor

May 5, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

"Montage of Heck"Directed by: Brett MorgenStarring: Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Krist NovoselicGrade: A-Minimum wage workers line shelves at Hot Topic with $15 T-shirts in the Nirvana frontman’s likeness, while antisocial teenagers repost photos of him on Tumblr, portraying him as the spokesman of generational...

Vinterberg’s ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ presents a soirée of Victorian romance

By Walter Howard / For The Pitt News

May 5, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

"Far From the Madding Crowd"Directed by: Thomas VinterbergStarring: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael SheenGrade: AA treat for those with finer tastes and a tonic for those with sequel-induced headaches, Thomas Vinterberg’s “Far From the Madding Crowd” follows on the heels of classic, well k...

Netflix to ‘Save our Bluths’ with new season of ‘Arrested Development’

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

May 5, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

“Taste the happy” “Arrested Development” fans, because producer Brian Grazer has confirmed on Bill Simmons’ B.S. Report podcast that the show would return for a 17-episode fifth season on the online streaming service, Netflix. However, many fans wonder if the recently announced fifth seaso...

Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Cherry Bomb’ explodes with current fans

Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Cherry Bomb’ explodes with current fans

By Nick Mullen / For The Pitt News

May 5, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

Tyler, The CreatorCherry BombGrade: B- Tyler, The Creator is known for his notorious cockroach snack in the music video for his critically acclaimed debut single “Yonkers” in February 2011. As a member of the eccentric rap collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, he has shocked, offended and fascinated the mai...

Make art, not money: local artist challenges gender inequality

Make art, not money: local artist challenges gender inequality

By Kelechi Urama / For The Pitt News

May 5, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

For local artist Elana Schlenker, gender discrimination was just something that she read about in books. But when a graphic design company hired her, she found that she was the only woman designer.“We did all kinds of products, but I would always get the stuff for girls. I like architecture, and all...

Smoke across the water: Pitt study abroad students adjust to weed culture shock

Smoke across the water: Pitt study abroad students adjust to weed culture shock

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

April 20, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

When Kative Crivellaro smoked a joint last summer in Amsterdam, she was nervous. Not because marijuana is illegal in the United States, but because she “was desperately trying not to come off as an American tourist.”Before  they go abroad, Pitt’s Study Abroad Office warns its travelers about th...

Death of a stoner: Weed too tame for modern, adrenaline-junkie comedy

Death of a stoner: Weed too tame for modern, adrenaline-junkie comedy

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

April 20, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Cocaine is the new weed, and blunts are the new cigarettes — on the silver screen at least.The stoner comedy has been a reliable subgenre for ages, man, but it could be on its last breath. We can’t expect to see new movies from a stoner duo like ’70s and ’80s icons Cheech and Chong or their ...

Blazing through the ages: Cannabis prevalent on campus in ’70s

By Natalia Blewonska & Elaina Zachos / The Pitt News Staff

April 20, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

When you look out over the Cathedral lawn, you see students sprawled out, soaking up the mid-April sun. While today you wouldn’t find anyone conspicuously smoking pot, 40 or 50 years ago pot use was commonplace.  The radical late ’60s and ’70s were a response  to the conservatism of 1936’s gove...

Dirty Cartoons: How children’s television secretly caters to stoners

Dirty Cartoons: How children’s television secretly caters to stoners

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

April 20, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

Cartoons these days are getting seedy. Millennials can remember spending their childhood Saturday mornings watching beloved, more innocent shows that now only exist in reruns, like “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “Courage the Cowardly Dog” and “The Powerpuff Girls.” The audience for the newest ...

Garland goes back to the future with ‘Ex Machina’

Garland goes back to the future with ‘Ex Machina’

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

April 15, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

'Ex Machina'Directed by: Alex GarlandStarring: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia VikanderGrade: B+Looking past smartphones and Google Glass to the next level of digital advancement, Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina” brings artificial intelligence uncomfortably close in the form of a flirting human...

Curren$y cashes in with ‘Pilot Talk III’

Curren$y cashes in with ‘Pilot Talk III’

By Nick Mullen / For The Pitt News

April 15, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

Curren$yPilot Talk IIIGrade: B Grab a good pair of headphones, because New Orleans rapper Curren$y has returned with his long-awaited third installment of Pilot Talk.The album sees the reunion of Curren$y and producer Ski Beatz, who worked on the first two Pilot Talk albums in 2010 to help launch Curren$y’s career. Beatz...

Monday Night Live: Kenan Thompson entertains Pitt

Monday Night Live: Kenan Thompson entertains Pitt

By Andrew Fishman / Staff Writer

April 14, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

Most current college students grew up in the ’90s and vividly remember the days of VHS tapes, Dunkaroos and significantly funnier television shows on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. On Monday, students reconnected with one of their ’90s icons, Kenan Thompson, who is now armed with a more adult arsenal o...

Baumbach’s “While We’re Young” an earnestly human comedy

Baumbach’s “While We’re Young” an earnestly human comedy

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

April 14, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

While We're YoungDirected by: Noah BaumbachStarring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda SeyfriedRated R for languageGrade: A-Youth is wasted on the old — or so Noah Baumbach’s new film, “While We’re Young,” seems to argue.“While We’re Young” delivers insight on generational conflic...

Ava Luna returns to strange, unexpected roots on ‘Infinite House’

Ava Luna returns to strange, unexpected roots on ‘Infinite House’

By Dan Willis / Staff Writer

April 14, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

Ava LunaInfinite HouseGrade: AAva Luna has planted itself at the fruitful intersection of two of 2015’s least trendy influences: punk and soul. Okay, yes — punk is popular, but Ava Luna has no interest in the joy-dividing melancholy or post-confessionalist evisceration that have defined its contemporary genr...

‘Every memory of lookin’ out the back door’: Natty Light and Nickelback both bland, vital stepping stones

‘Every memory of lookin’ out the back door’: Natty Light and Nickelback both bland, vital stepping stones

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

April 9, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Music

There comes a turning point in every adolescent’s life — or, shall we say, every 21-year-old’s life — when he or she must make the conscious decision to start liking beer. By college, beer is nearly unavoidable — far more commonplace than the occasional sip from dad when mom wasn’t looking. ...

More than just a stopgap: spring brews provide myriad options

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

April 9, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

It’s springtime, and, when it comes to having a drink, all you can think of is that Sangria glinting in your glass as you soak up the summer sun. Yet, it’s still too soon. Spring is just the in-between season — a chance for nature to freshen up a bit after a miserable winter. While summer — still mon...

Oakland’s Butterjoint mixes the bitter and sweet

Oakland’s Butterjoint mixes the bitter and sweet

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

April 8, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Butterjoint, Legume’s full-service bar, sits unobtrusively on North Craig Street in Oakland.It has mauve walls and a dimly-lit interior. With only a handful of tables in addition to the bar, it’s cozy but restrictive — a place where long waits are the norm.I had visited the gastropub four time...

Godspeed You! Black Emperor turns in brisk look at apocalypse

Godspeed You! Black Emperor turns in brisk look at apocalypse

By Marcus Ranii-Dropcho / For The Pitt News

April 8, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

Godspeed You! Black EmperorAsunder, Sweet and Other DistressGrade: BCritics often throw around the term “atmospheric” when discussing post-rock acts of the last decade. I hesitate to describe genre pioneer Godspeed You! Black Emperor with a single word, but something like stratospheric might be a mo...

Earl Sweatshirt brought somber tunes and militant stage banter to Mr. Smalls

Earl Sweatshirt brought somber tunes and militant stage banter to Mr. Smalls

By Nick Mullen / For The Pitt News

April 6, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

Earl Sweatshirt likes to keep things slightly somber. “Make the lights look like your cat just died,” he told the lighting technicians at Mr. Smalls Funhouse on Friday night. Honoring Earl’s request, the technicians dimmed the lights to a deep blue.Unlike many rappers who infuse their lyrics with sinc...

DreamWorks’ latest far from a ‘Home’ run

DreamWorks’ latest far from a ‘Home’ run

By Jai-W Hayes-Jackson / For The Pitt News

April 6, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

"Home"Directed by: Tim JohnsonStarring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer LopezRated PG for mild action and some rude humorGrade: C+Lately, intelligent animated flicks have spoiled us. Blockbusters “Frozen” and “Big Hero 6” came out to please children, as well as the parents they begged t...

Recalling Warhol: Experts discuss timelessness of pop art

Recalling Warhol: Experts discuss timelessness of pop art

By Elaina Zachos / Staff Writer

April 2, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Although it’s not as timeless as Renaissance sculpture, three art experts argued on Wednesday night that pop art deserves its place in the modern art world.   Terry Smith, a Pitt professor of contemporary art history and theory, joined scholars Thomas Crow and Eric Shiner to discuss the relevance of pop...

Spring into fresh recipes

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

April 2, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Ah, springtime, finally. As Willy Wonka once said, “In springtime, the only pretty ring time, birds sing hey ding ... a-ding, a-ding, sweet lovers love ... the spring.”Everyone is a bit giddy after a miserable winter that has left our stomachs bloated from carb-tastic dishes. Spring is the perfe...

‘Last Man on Earth’ a breezy, strange post-apocalyptic comedy

‘Last Man on Earth’ a breezy, strange post-apocalyptic comedy

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

April 2, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

"The Last Man on Earth"Sundays at 9 p.m. on FoxGrade: B+What would you do if you survived the apocalypse? No rapture, no zombies, no aliens, no vampires created by a supposed cure for cancer. Nobody else — just you and the open world. Would you drive around the country searching for people? Steal y...

Nickelback rock anthem to replace ‘Sweet Caroline’

Nickelback rock anthem to replace ‘Sweet Caroline’

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

April 1, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

Editor's note: This is a satirical story.Diamonds aren’t forever. At least Neil Diamond’s legacy at Pitt isn’t.Pitt announced on Tuesday that the singer-songwriter’s hit “Sweet Caroline” will no longer signal the culmination of the third quarter of home football games at Heinz Field.Repl...

You’ll never believe what happened when Tyga crashed the Indoor Show

You’ll never believe what happened when Tyga crashed the Indoor Show

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

April 1, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

Editor's Note: This is a satirical story.Halfway into “The Show Goes On,” Tyga took to the Fitzgerald Field House stage at the annual Indoor Show on Saturday and grabbed the mic from Lupe Fiasco.“What are you doing here? I didn’t offer you a guest spot on this joint — that was ‘Dumb It Dow...

Here’s how one student group plans to protect jaywalker rights on Forbes Avenue

Here’s how one student group plans to protect jaywalker rights on Forbes Avenue

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

April 1, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Editor's Note: This is a satirical story.Shawna Rhodes was crossing Forbes Avenue between Litchfield Towers and David Lawrence Hall when a car traveling 30 mph in a 25 mph zone whooshed by her and clipped her backpack at approximately 8:35 p.m. on Tuesday.“It was so scary,” Rhodes said. “After it...

Lupe Fiasco preached, brought the hits to Pitt

Lupe Fiasco preached, brought the hits to Pitt

By Evan Malachosky / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

On Saturday night, Lupe Fiasco advised audience members at the Fitzgerald Field House to be more skeptical of the genre that made him famous.Fiasco asked a female concertgoer in the front row about one of his songs, “Did you like that beat? Did you like the chorus? Did you like my lyrics?”Pitt Pr...

Deadline’s ‘Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Casting’ a tone-deaf take on TV diversity

By Kelechi Urama / For The Pitt News

March 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

For the first time in Hollywood’s history, casting directors are turning actors away from roles because of the way they look, according to Deadline’s TV editor Nellie Andreeva.In a recent article “Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings – About Time Or Too Much Of Good Thing,” Andreeva uses the word “ethnic” so many times it likely broke a Guinness World Record...

Pitt alumna Julie Sokolow talks feature-film debut, ‘Aspie Seeks Love’

Pitt alumna Julie Sokolow talks feature-film debut, ‘Aspie Seeks Love’

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

March 26, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Documentary filmmaker and 2010 Pitt alumna Julie Sokolow guides viewers through loneliness and Pittsburgh with her recently completed her first feature-length film “Aspie Seeks Love.” The documentary film focuses on David Matthews, a 49-year-old Aliquippa, Pa., resident struggling with his late-in-life diagnosis of As...

Waxahatchee takes hazy, but triumphant head trip on third album

Waxahatchee takes hazy, but triumphant head trip on third album

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

March 26, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

WaxahatcheeIvy TrippGrade: A-Katie Crutchfield’s third LP as Waxahatchee, Ivy Tripp, should be in the music library of every college student approaching graduation. She reaches some inconvenient truths about adult life on this record, which she translates into piercingly sincere words for the rest o...

‘RAD’ blogs: Pitt fashion bloggers bring latest trends to campus

‘RAD’ blogs: Pitt fashion bloggers bring latest trends to campus

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

March 23, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Some students are turning to the Internet to vary the campus style palette of sweats or Uggs that accompany a long Pittsburgh winter. Fashion blogs allow students to become representatives for national fashion platforms while still showcasing their own personal style. Many national fashion sites, such as ...

Courtney Barnett sits, thinks and emotes on excellent debut LP

Courtney Barnett sits, thinks and emotes on excellent debut LP

By Dan Willis / Staff Writer

March 23, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just SitGrade: ANo one asked “SNL”’s Dan Aykroyd to make Crystal Head Vodka. No one sat around wondering when singer-songwriter Nathan Williams from Wavves would start releasing instrumental hip-hop. No one picked up Toby Keith’s 1993 debut albu...

‘Insurgent’ an inexplicable, but entertaining dystopian sequel

‘Insurgent’ an inexplicable, but entertaining dystopian sequel

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

March 23, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

"Insurgent"Directed by: Robert SchwentkeStarring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Kate WinsletRated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence, some sensuality, thematic elements and languageGrade: C+Despite its all-star cast and ongoing action, the “Divergent” sequel ultimately...

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Butterfly’ a rich, vitriolic masterpiece

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Butterfly’ a rich, vitriolic masterpiece

By Dan Willis / Staff Writer

March 19, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

Kendrick LamarTo Pimp a ButterflyGrade: AEarlier this year, New York pop critic Sasha Frere-Jones left his post to become executive editor of the user-generated lyric annotation website Genius (formerly Rap Genius). In an interview with Newsweek, he said that his goal for the site was “raising the stan...

Better off dead?: The heartbreak of finding a band past its expiration date

Better off dead?: The heartbreak of finding a band past its expiration date

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

March 19, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

Last March, the ’90s indie rock pioneers Neutral Milk Hotel came to Pittsburgh for the last time in the foreseeable future. It was part of a massive farewell tour that won’t end until June. As was the case in Pittsburgh, the tour gives the fans, most of whom are in their early-to-mid thirties now,...

Madonna throws away pop identity, dignity on ‘Rebel Heart’

Madonna throws away pop identity, dignity on ‘Rebel Heart’

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

March 19, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

MadonnaRebel HeartGrade: D+It might be difficult to imagine how 56-year-old Madonna could reach a lower low than her Super Bowl halftime show supported by the laughably condemned LMFAO, but perhaps her prolonged musical career made such a case inevitable. Rebel Heart, Madonna’s 13th full-length album, hi...

Flat white makes an overpriced, over-foamy entrance in U.S.

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Our hipster coffee obsession perpetuates a common myth — “The Americano isn’t just espresso with water. It’s a brash shot of heady liquid adrenaline with notes of chocolate and tobacco tempered by a slosh of hot water” — but half the time that Americano you sip at Starbucks is average at...

Appalachian Juice Co. bring all-organic juices to Shadyside

Appalachian Juice Co. bring all-organic juices to Shadyside

By Andrew Fishman / Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

With inexpensive options of fried or heavily processed foods on campus — not to mention a whole pizza for $5 — maintaining a healthy lifestyle in college can be a tall order. But, at the Appalachian Juice Company — an organic juice and smoothie bar that opened in February on Walnut Street in ...

Wilson’s one-man-show makes its Pittsburgh debut

Wilson’s one-man-show makes its Pittsburgh debut

By Danah Bialoruski / Staff Writer

March 5, 2015


Filed under Culture, Theater

It’s taken 12 years, but August Wilson’s  first one-man show, “How I Learned What I Learned,” will finally run in the same city where the story takes place.“How I Learned What I Learned” is one of Wilson’s final plays, which originally debuted in Seattle in 2003. Wilson, one of America...

‘Power/Rangers’: Or (The unexpected virtue of expectations)

By Marcus Ranii-Dropcho / For The Pitt News

March 5, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

Surprise entertainment releases can provide a needed deviation from mundane routine — and set the Internet ablaze. So, it’s not surprising that the spontaneous release of a gritty “Power Rangers” remake garnered more than 12 million views on YouTube in just one week.In short, the 14-minute f...

Big Sean works on focus with third LP

Big Sean works on focus with third LP

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 3, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

Big SeanDark Sky ParadiseGrade: BIn his music video for the single “I Don’t F*ck with You,” which GOOD and Def Jam released in November, Sean plays a high school football quarterback making the final drive of “the big game.” In the first half of the video, he is unfocused. He snaps the ball...

Imagine Dragons mature, bring another collection of singles

Imagine Dragons mature, bring another collection of singles

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

March 3, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

Imagine DragonsSmoke + MirrorsGrade: BAfter a double-platinum album and nearly two years of rocking the world on tour, the alternative rock band from Las Vegas is back with new material. Imagine Dragons returns, older and wiser, with its sophomore album, Smoke + Mirrors.The band formed in Sin City in 2009...

The Lunchbox: TPN unpacks Spice Island

The Lunchbox: TPN unpacks Spice Island

By Britnee Meiser and Meghan Bray / The A&E Staff

March 3, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Spice Island Tea House is a small Thai restaurant tucked away on Atwood Street, just a few blocks off Forbes Avenue. Its traditional Southeast Asian menu, wide variety of tea and charming atmosphere make Spice Island worth the trip.Students tend to settle for the likes of Szechuan Express and other Oakland Avenue eats when they’re crav...

‘Better Call Saul’ captures winning feel of ‘Bad,’ but carves own path

‘Better Call Saul’ captures winning feel of ‘Bad,’ but carves own path

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

February 26, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

As the final season of AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” wound down in 2013,  creator Vince Gilligan announced that a spin-off would follow the beloved series, putting fears and uncertainty of a post-“Bad” world to rest — for now. “Better Call Saul” is very aware of its massive expectations, w...

Stay out of the ‘Hot Tub’: Sequel overflowing with stale ideas

Stay out of the ‘Hot Tub’: Sequel overflowing with stale ideas

By Matt Maielli / For The Pitt News

February 26, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies

"Hot Tub Time Machine 2"Directed by: Steve PinkStarring: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam ScottRated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, graphic nudity, drug use and some violenceGrade: C-The gang is back for another dip in space-time. But this time, they’re out of the ...

This Weekend … 2.25 – 3.1

By The A&E Staff

February 26, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music, Theater

Thurs., Feb. 26 (through Mar. 6)“Urinetown”Studio TheatreCathedral of Learning basement8 p.m. (2 p.m. on Sunday)Tickets available at box officePitt’s Theatre Arts program will perform Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann’s biting satirical musical “Urinetown” this week. The student-directed Student Labs production t...

Meat & Potatoes: A tasteful blend between casual and upscale

Meat & Potatoes: A tasteful blend between casual and upscale

By Abby Hoffman / For The Pitt News

February 23, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

We often talk about “meat and potatoes” like “bread and butter” — a go-to staple in any person’s diet. But the restaurant Meat & Potatoes, with its only location downtown on Penn Avenue, serves up fare that is anything but conventional. Meat & Potatoes, which debuted in spring 2011, is a...

Bye bye, Li’l Sebastian: A farewell to ‘Parks and Rec’

Bye bye, Li’l Sebastian: A farewell to ‘Parks and Rec’

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 23, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

“Parks and Recreation” seemed like an idea doomed from the start.From its first trailers and TV spots in 2008, the show, created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, appeared to copy the style and feel of the popular fellow NBC sitcom “The Office,” trying to find comedy in a single-camera mock...

Pitt students sell handmade goods on Etsy

Pitt students sell handmade goods on Etsy

By Meghan Bray / For The Pitt News

February 19, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

There’s something inherently old-fashioned about knitting and craftsmanship, but that hasn’t stopped students from selling their own handmade goods on the web. Anyone can easily sell their handmade goods on Etsy, an online marketplace for creative entrepreneurs that was founded in Brooklyn, New York...

Drake takes on Cash Money, hints at major leap forward on new mixtape

Drake takes on Cash Money, hints at major leap forward on new mixtape

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 19, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music

DrakeIf You're Reading This, It's Too LateGrade: A-Scene: Inside the Cash Money Records main office, Young Money floor. Standard office layout with rows of cubicles. Tour posters for Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga line the walls. In the back corner is Lil Wayne’s desk, cleaned out. Only pile...

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