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Downey, Duvall carry compelling ‘The Judge’

Downey, Duvall carry compelling ‘The Judge’

By Andrew Fishman / Staff Writer

October 15, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies

"The Judge"Directed by: David DobkinStarring: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera FarmigaGrade: A-A judge is entrusted to dish out consequences for illegal actions. But life has a funny way of deciding consequences on its own, regardless of legality. “The Judge” explores how consequences are...

Pittsburgh Supervillain: Anthony Jeselnik talks evil persona, death and Twitter

Pittsburgh Supervillain: Anthony Jeselnik talks evil persona, death and Twitter

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

October 13, 2014


Filed under Culture, Television

Anthony Jeselnik, the man, couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to perform in front of an audience. But, Anthony Jeselnik, the performer, wants that same group to hate his guts.“The persona onstage is a complete villain, who has nothing but complete disregard for the audience,” Jeselnik said...

Twenty years later, ‘Clerks’ the definitive workplace comedy

Twenty years later, ‘Clerks’ the definitive workplace comedy

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

October 13, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies

Who ever said that the ultimate workplace movie had to be set in an office?For many millennial college graduates, their first job out of school might be behind a counter — not suffocating in a cubicle. Even though it might seem like we’re all headed toward a sea of TPS reports, migrating desks a...

Pittsburgh musicians set to celebrate Oakland’s 175th birthday at Oakland Forever festival

Pittsburgh musicians set to celebrate Oakland’s 175th birthday at Oakland Forever festival

By Sam Bojarski / Staff Writer

October 8, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

A local paper, called the Harris’ Intelligencer, dubbed a neighborhood just outside of Pittsburgh “Oakland” for the numerous oak trees that lined its hills ­— 175 years ago.Now, that once-rural space is nearly unrecognizable. Much Oakland history has been written since then, and the neighbor...

‘Love Is Strange’ an honest, graceful modern romance

‘Love Is Strange’ an honest, graceful modern romance

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

October 8, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies

"Love Is Strange"Directed by: Ira SachsStarring: Alfred Molina, John Lithgow, Marisa TomeiGrade: B+Movies that grapple with the subject of love often struggle to depict it honestly, and “Love Is Strange” knows it. Instead of unnecessary flourishes and hackneyed drama, the film is unapologetic in it...

‘Friday Night Lights’ just as relevant in current football climate

‘Friday Night Lights’ just as relevant in current football climate

By Richard Koppenaal / Staff Writer

October 8, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies

In 1988, H.G. Bissinger moved to Odessa, Texas, to study and report on the town’s people and politics. But his coverage of the local high school football team, the Permian Panthers, overshadowed the other aspects of the town.His book, “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream,” profiled th...

Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ an effective, tight-lipped thriller with bite

Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ an effective, tight-lipped thriller with bite

By Andrew Fishman / Staff Writer

October 6, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies

"Gone Girl"Directed by: David FincherStarring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick HarrisGrade: B+ In film, the characters often know less than the audience, because the audience has the privilege of seeing everything that goes on in the narrative. But when the audience is purposely left out of ...

Pumpkin in a bottle: Pitt News’ guide to the best fall brews and ciders

Pumpkin in a bottle: Pitt News’ guide to the best fall brews and ciders

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

October 6, 2014


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

As fall approaches, the bars begin to break out their “fall brews”: Usually weak ciders, “pumpkin” beer that tastes like you inhaled allspice and an array of Jolly Rancher green apple martinis.In a simple sense, you get what you pay for in the fall. Quality will always be more expensive, and...

Real Estate let its beach party get a little ‘wild’ at the Altar Bar

Real Estate let its beach party get a little ‘wild’ at the Altar Bar

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

October 6, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

Fans of the band Real Estate know exactly what to expect from the New Jersey alt-rockers by now — a chilled-out beach party. Real Estate brought its beach-bum vibes to the Rust Belt last Wednesday at the Altar Bar in its shy, tight-lipped manner. But newly added keyboardist Matt Kallman and drummer ...

Pitt musician spotlight: The Brothers Craig score first big opening gig for Hoodie Allen

Pitt musician spotlight: The Brothers Craig score first big opening gig for Hoodie Allen

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

October 1, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

After winning Pitt’s most recent round of Battle of the Bands, acoustic trio The Brothers Craig will make their live debut opening for Hoodie Allen at Fall Fest.Roommates Stephen Kraus, Paul Carey and Jack Loeffler started the band after months of playing for fun in their apartment.“After a while, w...

‘Stop Kiss’ portrays a ‘stumble into love,’ mirrors the headlines

‘Stop Kiss’ portrays a ‘stumble into love,’ mirrors the headlines

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

October 1, 2014


Filed under Culture, Theater

“Stop Kiss,” unfortunately, has turned out to be a timeless play.The off-Broadway production, which debuted in 1998 at The Public Theater in New York, focuses on two women who unintentionally fall in love, despite their existing relationships with other men. It’s a complicated situation, but i...

WHY? varied their formula at Altar Bar to mixed results

WHY? varied their formula at Altar Bar to mixed results

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

September 29, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

Cincinnati indie-rock band Why? is difficult to categorize. “Indie-rock” might not even be an adequate label, given how vague the term has become. Sometimes jangly rock and other times rap, Why? has always seemed to elude the confines of a single sound. Why? performed in Pittsburgh on Thursday at th...

Time Capsule: ‘American Idiot’ captured the zeitgeist like no other, catapulted Green Day to arena status

Time Capsule: ‘American Idiot’ captured the zeitgeist like no other, catapulted Green Day to arena status

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

September 29, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

“I don’t want to be an American idiot.”This phrase is probably still uttered 10 years later under disenchanted breaths when citizens discover that the government spies on them and that the United States launched airstrikes at ISIS.Green Day’s anthemic 2004 album American Idiot channeled bleeding-...

Pinball in Pittsburgh: a crucial fixture in the global community

Pinball in Pittsburgh: a crucial fixture in the global community

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

September 24, 2014


Filed under Culture, Puzzles

Cryss Stephens stands over a noisy, flashing “Star Trek” pinball machine, one of the newest games released by pinball giant Stern Pinball, Inc. last year. It barks orders and phrases at Stephens as he approaches his 30th-straight minute on the game. His eyes flick around the glowing neon table in sto...

Gandolfini’s final performance wasted in lackluster ‘The Drop’

Gandolfini’s final performance wasted in lackluster ‘The Drop’

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

September 24, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies

"The Drop"Directed by: Michaël R. RoskamStarring: Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi RapaceGrade: C+The most original thing about film, compared to other storytelling media, is its ability to convey emotion through particular visual framing ­­— shaping the mood and energy of cinematic situatio...

The Copy Chef tackles her favorite cooking tool: Crock-Pots

By Ellie Petrosky / Copy Chief

September 24, 2014


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

My Crock-Pot is my best friend.Seriously, what other kitchen appliance can have a hot meal ready and waiting for you — with minimal preparation and cleanup — when you get home after a long day of class or work?Those of you who just answered “roommate” or “boy/girlfriend” obviously haven’...

The Wheel Mill: Pittsburgh’s weatherproof biking facility

The Wheel Mill: Pittsburgh’s weatherproof biking facility

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

September 22, 2014


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

There are 17 bike parks in the Pittsburgh area, but only one of them is weatherproof. When the snow falls or the July humidity becomes unbearable, bikers pedal to the Wheel Mill on Hamilton Avenue to shred inside the massive structure.The Wheel Mill opened in April 2013 from a conglomeration of seven ...

Mr Twin Sister returns with astounding, beautiful new album

Mr Twin Sister returns with astounding, beautiful new album

By Dan Willis / Staff Writer

September 22, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

Mr Twin SisterMr Twin SisterGrade: AFor Long Island chintzy pop quintet Mr Twin Sister, formerly sans-Mr, style and genre are entirely porous. Attempts to pin down the band’s influences result in absurd musings about “J-Pop Christmas carols with heavily flanged P-Funk bridges” and “Saint-Etien...

Oakland house shows offer cheaper, more intimate live music

Oakland house shows offer cheaper, more intimate live music

By Shawn Cooke and Lucy Clabby / A&E Staff

September 17, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

Forty kids, bobbing their heads together in a narrow North Oakland basement — it might sound like the awkward early hours of a college house party, but there isn’t any Avicii or “Turn Down For What” blaring over the speakers. Instead, Onward Progress, an experimental post-hardcore band from Cra...

Interpol’s latest an uneven, bland release

Interpol’s latest an uneven, bland release

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

September 17, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

InterpolEl PintorGrade: C+“El pintor” translates from Spanish to English as “the painter.” Interpol takes this title literally by brushing only a few broad strokes of sound across the record’s 40 minutes.Interpol starts its fifth studio album off with a phenomenally charged start. “All t...

Dear Kelly: Bad Roommate Selector

By The A&E Staff

September 17, 2014


Filed under Culture, Culture / Dear Kelly

Dear Kelly,It’s only been a month, and I’m already starting to become annoyed with my roommates. What should I do?Sincerely,Bad Roommate SelectorDear Bad Roommate Selector, Living with people is hard — especially when they eat the last slice of the pizza you went through all that trouble to microwave ...

Spoon introduces wild new member, strobe light to Pittsburgh

Spoon introduces wild new member, strobe light to Pittsburgh

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

September 15, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

After unleashing their psychedelic jam “Who Makes Your Money?” on the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall last Thursday, Britt Daniel of Spoon took a moment to defend the record that it originally appeared on.“That one’s from Transference. It’s been taking some hits lately,” Daniel said.Altho...

Pitt Musician Spotlight: The Balcony Scene takes Altar Bar

Pitt Musician Spotlight: The Balcony Scene takes Altar Bar

By Elizabeth Rakow / For The Pitt News

September 15, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

A Google search of “The Balcony Scene” will likely result in anything from Pierce the Veil lyrics to “Romeo and Juliet” references. But after a bit of scrolling, you’ll run into an up-and-coming Pittsburgh band currently making its way through several local venues and breaking into the sce...

U2 gives themselves away, bores on Songs of Innocence

U2 gives themselves away, bores on Songs of Innocence

By Sam Bojarski / Staff Writer

September 15, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

No matter how many times U2 reinvents its musical identity, few people are likely to forget the budding young Irish rock band that carried itself to stardom with the early hits “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Pride (In the Name of Love).”For U2, this simple fact is a double-edged sword. Throughout ...

Artists from Mattress Factory discuss making it in Pittsburgh

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

September 12, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture

For many artists living and working in Pittsburgh, creative expression isn’t just a fun hobby or a means of making extra cash — it’s a way of life.That’s the case for local artists Danny Bracken, John Peña and Ben Sota, whose work will be featured in the upcoming “Artists In Residence” exhi...

Employment Guide: Pittsburgh filmmakers need more than connections for success

Employment Guide: Pittsburgh filmmakers need more than connections for success

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

September 12, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014

For young, up-and-coming filmmakers, a passion for the movies is now just the bare minimum.“Don’t be afraid to bust your ass,” Tom Fisher, a 2012 Pitt film graduate currently working as multimedia producer at the Carnegie Museum of Art, said.Fisher emphasized the importance of a strong work ethic ...

Employment Guide: Pitt’s creative writing director talks Hollywood adaptations

Employment Guide: Pitt’s creative writing director talks Hollywood adaptations

By Mason Lazarcheff / For The Pitt News

September 12, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014

The NFL has taken some considerable heat lately for issues off the field. But, when the adaptation of Jeanne Marie Laskas’ article “Game Brain” hits theaters, the conversation might shift back to effects of what happens on the field.“Game Brain” brought Bennet Omalu, a Pittsburgh pathologist...

Pair of directors film same script in Pittsburgh for ‘The Chair’

Pair of directors film same script in Pittsburgh for ‘The Chair’

By Kat Prosachick / For The Pitt News

September 10, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies

Imagine your favorite movie — “The Notebook,” “Rocky,” “Goodfellas” — if it were directed by someone else. Chances are, it might have a radically different visual style, even if the script was still the same. What we now consider classics could be found at the bottom of the bargain bin....

Time Capsule: Arcade Fire’s masterpiece found medium between intimacy and stadium-ambitions

Time Capsule: Arcade Fire’s masterpiece found medium between intimacy and stadium-ambitions

By Dan Willis / Staff Writer

September 10, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

Time Capsule is a new series for The Pitt News that commemorates seminal releases in entertainment at or around a milestone anniversary. As the years pass, a work can gain greater context or significance than when it was first released. This retrospective series will strive to illuminate our favorite p...

Charming ‘Begin Again’ doesn’t limit itself to romantic expressions of love

Charming ‘Begin Again’ doesn’t limit itself to romantic expressions of love

By Dan Willis / Staff Writer

September 8, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies

"Begin Again"Directed by: John CarneyStarring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam LevineGrade: BThe poster for John Carney’s “Begin Again,” the spiritual sequel to his 2006 musical drama “Once,” shows a demure but attentive Keira Knightley clutching a cup of coffee and smiling at a charmingl...

Drusky promotes charity alongside Pittsburgh’s concert scene

Drusky promotes charity alongside Pittsburgh’s concert scene

By Evan Malachosky / Staff Writer

September 8, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

In 2012, Brian Drusky decided to arrange a philanthropic Christmas competition.Drusky, the founder of local concert promoter Drusky Entertainment, asked fans in the community to submit photographs of themselves donating toys or food or volunteering at shelters to the Drusky Entertainment Facebook page. Th...

Revived from the ashes: Copy Chef returns to TPN

By Ellie Petrosky / Copy Chief

September 8, 2014


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Back with a new byline and a new face — the Copy Chef.That’s me! Hi, my name is Ellie, and I am here to teach you how to create affordable culinary creations fit for the college student’s palate and wallet.When I’m not fulfilling my duties as The Pitt News’ copy chief, I can often be found in the k...

‘Observe the Sons’ explores disillusion with war, bond of brotherhood in World War I

‘Observe the Sons’ explores disillusion with war, bond of brotherhood in World War I

By Richard Koppenaal / Staff Writer

September 3, 2014


Filed under Culture, Theater

For soldiers at war, the destructive forces that cause them to take arms often prove to be the glue that forms the strongest bonds.“Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme,” written by Frank McGuinness and the latest production of the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, tells the stor...

S. Carey talks power of nature, his early days with Bon Iver

S. Carey talks power of nature, his early days with Bon Iver

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

September 1, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

If you know only one thing about Bon Iver, there’s a good chance it has something to do with the log cabin. Over the band’s transformation from quiet Wisconsin folk project to festival headliner and Kanye West-collaborator, its origin story has taken on mythical proportions. It’s widely documented that foundi...

Gleeson stuns in darkly humorous, thought-provoking ‘Calvary’

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

September 1, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies

"Calvary"Directed by: John Michael McDonaghStarring: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'DowdGrade: B+It’s surprising when tragedy and comedy overlap in life, and when movies sucessfuly combine the two, it’s especially alluring. “Calvary” meshes the categories with ease — it’s an ambiguous film in wh...

The Talkbox dissects under-the-radar upcoming fall releases

The Talkbox dissects under-the-radar upcoming fall releases

By Dan Willis & Shawn Cooke / The Pitt News Staff

September 1, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

After a mostly cool summer for new music releases, a whole bunch of artists will be rushing to drop albums in the coming months before they head out on fall tours. Although some of the more high-profile releases  — such as new records from Flying Lotus, Foo Fighters, SBTRKT and that Taylor Swift will ga...

‘What If’ an inherently flawed, but pleasant romantic comedy

‘What If’ an inherently flawed, but pleasant romantic comedy

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

August 27, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies

“What If”Directed by: Michael DowseStarring: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam DriverGrade: B-For all the romantic comedies that claim that love is messy, far fewer actually believe it. “What If” seems to think it’s a cut above the rest, but for all of its undeserving self-satisfaction, the f...

Mr. Smalls Venue

Mr. Smalls Venue

By Courtesy of Mr. Smalls venue

August 26, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

MLK Project honors August Wilson, strives to ‘break the cycle’

MLK Project honors August Wilson, strives to ‘break the cycle’

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

August 25, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture

The vibrant painted leaves on the exterior of  the Mad Mex in Oakland demand your full attention, but they don’t reveal the scope of the project that brought them to life.Oakland’s newest mural — designed by Lucas Stock — is a part of Moving the Lives of Kids Community Mural Project’s (MLK...

Forget weak box office: 2014 was vital summer for Hollywood

Forget weak box office: 2014 was vital summer for Hollywood

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

August 25, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies

Although the box office receipts may not agree, this was the most vital summer for big Hollywood pictures over the past decade.There were no Avengers, no Batmen, no Pixar characters and no Katnisses to save the day in summer 2014. But luckily, it was also free of the boom-or-bust urgency of years past....

The Gaslight Anthem favors reliable consistency on ‘Get Hurt’

The Gaslight Anthem favors reliable consistency on ‘Get Hurt’

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

August 25, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

The Gaslight AnthemGet HurtGrade: BGruff, grating vocals mixed with trills, finesse, melodious riffs and smooth chords certainly seems like a counterproductive and illogical combination.Except it’s the formula molded by New Jersey pseudo-punks The Gaslight Anthem on their new album Get Hurt. The guitars, bass and drums provide an almo...

Welcome Back: Pittsburgh comedy scene offers diversity, expanding options

Welcome Back: Pittsburgh comedy scene offers diversity, expanding options

By Vincent Smith / Senior Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

If you drop by the Monday night open mic at Lava Lounge in Pittsburgh’s South Side, make sure to show up at least 30 minutes late.When I went to a Lava Lounge open mic last month, I showed up early — sometime around 10 p.m. — just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. But when I arrived, a lo...

Welcome Back: Carnegie exhibit explores restoration of Renaissance art

Welcome Back: Carnegie exhibit explores restoration of Renaissance art

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

To curator Lulu Lippincott, the portrait of a woman in Renaissance finery had always seemed oddly patched together. A neutral face that seemed too perfect for its own good stares out from the sumptuous frills and golden cords that dress her. This portrait — attributed to Italian Renaissance painter A...

Welcome Back: Jake Stern of Meridian talks touring, ‘The Cathedral’

Welcome Back: Jake Stern of Meridian talks touring, ‘The Cathedral’

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Pitt senior Jake Stern interacts with music a bit more frequently than the average student. In addition to being a psychology major and the training director at Pitt’s student-run radio station, WPTS, he’s also a touring musician. As if the wealth of music in the radio station wasn’t enough, Stern...

Welcome Back: A step-by-step guide to fill an apartment the affordable way

Welcome Back: A step-by-step guide to fill an apartment the affordable way

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Signing the lease on your first apartment can be a thrilling and completely new experience. But once the deed is done, you might be left wondering how to furnish an apartment on a college student’s meager budget.On a grand scale, furnishing an entire apartment requires a lot of time and even more mo...

Welcome Back: Dos and don’ts: How to not flub the first weekend

By Evan Malachosky / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

It’s your first weekend at Pitt. You may feel overwhelmed, afraid or even alone, but you’re not. There are a few thousand people just like you. College comes with expectations and, most of the time, they are socially oriented. “Will I meet the right girl?” often becomes, “Yeah we met at Mi...

Welcome Back: Don’t dress to impress: the taxonomy of PittStart attire

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials

PittStart is a life-changing whirlwind of a weekend where incoming freshmen figure everything out and shed all insecurities about their imminent time at college.Well, maybe not. But the countless two-day sessions provide students with a more assured foundation for college life — and highlight some ...

Welcome Back: ‘Boyhood’ Linklater’s most stunning and ambitious masterpiece

Welcome Back: ‘Boyhood’ Linklater’s most stunning and ambitious masterpiece

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials

"Boyhood"Directed by: Richard LinklaterStarring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei LinklaterGrade: AThere are great movies, and then there are vital works of cinema — artifacts so entrenched in a time and place that they breathe new life into them, while changing the rules fo...

Welcome Back: Internet criticism makes or breaks legacies of Swans, Pallett

By Dan Willis / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials

Thirty years ago, Georgia State University’s 88.5 WRAS introduced the world to R.E.M. Twenty years ago, it was OutKast. Ten years ago, it was Deerhunter. Then, earlier this year, its airtime was surrendered to Georgia Public Broadcasting.The idealist in me wants to think that listeners are still capab...

Welcome Back: The Lunchbox, take II: our favorite Oakland desserts

Welcome Back: The Lunchbox, take II: our favorite Oakland desserts

By Mahita Gajanan & Ellie Petrosky / The Pitt News Staff

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Dessert at Pitt is easy to find. Lucky students with meal plans have access to a basically unlimited supply of ice cream, cookies, brownies, pie and cakes with one swipe at either Market Central or the Perch. The Quick Zone also offers a variety of frozen and non-frozen sweet treats. Students with kitch...

Welcome Back: The Lunchbox: TPN dissects the ‘Big 3’ pizza shops of Atwood

Welcome Back: The Lunchbox: TPN dissects the ‘Big 3’ pizza shops of Atwood

By Shawn Cooke & Jasper Wilson / The Pitt News Staff

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

The terms “pizza party” and “pizza after a party” contain a powerful distinction, despite their similar phrasing. The former suggests a first after-school club meeting or a reward for good behavior in elementary school, whereas the latter is usually paired with behavior that could get you kic...

Welcome Back: TPN Staff picks Pittsburgh’s best concerts of the summer

By The Pitt News Staff

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Fans of nearly all genres had a show to be excited about this summer. Whether it was big pop (Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, both at Consol Energy Center), big country (Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley), big rap (Drake vs. Lil Wayne and Tyler, the Creator) or indie darlings (Future Islands and Shar...

Plant to Plate an urban garden ‘oasis’ for Oakland, Pittsburgh

Plant to Plate an urban garden ‘oasis’ for Oakland, Pittsburgh

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

July 15, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials / Summerguide2014

Eleanora Kaloyeropoulou crouched by the wooden planter box picking beets and kale. While this sounds like a scene from a rural or suburban landscape, she harvests these vegetables from a lot on Oakland Avenue. Kaloyeropoulou, a Pitt junior majoring in Africana studies and history, is co-president of the student organization Plant to Plate,...

Summer Guide: ‘Dragon of Sausage’ updates ‘Ubu Roi’ with darker humor

By Sam Bojarski / Staff Writer

July 15, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials / Summerguide2014

When Alfred Jarry’s classic play “Ubu Roi” first premiered in France in 1896, it was something of a “Colbert Report” of its time. But instead of laughing, theatergoers staged riots in response to its taboo political satire.Alarum Theatre founders Shannon Knapp and Jordan Matthew Walsh, alon...

Summer Guide: Boom clap: Fireworks and Bay provide similarly dumb thrills

Summer Guide: Boom clap: Fireworks and Bay provide similarly dumb thrills

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

July 15, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials / Summerguide2014

As I left a recent Pirates game, there were loud bangs, explosions of flames and a new Charli XCX song playing in the background. My personal hell wasn’t fuelled by chaotic riots responding to a 7-1 loss — the Pirates defeated the Mets, 5-2 — but simply a routine production of the postgame Skybl...

Summer Guide: The Talkbox dissects Nickelodeon pop star Ariana Grande

Summer Guide: The Talkbox dissects Nickelodeon pop star Ariana Grande

By The A&E Staff

July 15, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials / Summerguide2014

Mostly so The Talkbox doesn’t come across as a club of jaded and uptight “hipster youth,” we’ll be discussing one of our favorite Top 40 artists of the summer who wouldn’t make it anywhere near a college radio rotation. Shawn Cooke: One of the most interesting artists in mainstream pop right ...

All grown up: Best entertainment for college students

All grown up: Best entertainment for college students

By The A&E Staff

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the CityEarly last summer when Vampire Weekend’s in-your-face double entendre of a song “Diane Young” could be heard at your local Kohl’s or township swimming pool, the band also released its most mature and introspective record to date. On Modern Vampire...

Panther Card every Pitt student’s pass to free entertainment

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Getting around in a big city can be confusing for a lot of students, especially freshmen who are leaving a small town for the first time. Here’s a piece of advice: Keep your student ID (Panther Card) on you at all times — more so than your newly acquired just-for-college credit card, but try not...

South Side gives Pittsburgh communal night-life scene

By Andrew Fishman / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

The greater city of Pittsburgh houses dozens of smaller neighborhoods, each with their own culture and attractions. Oakland is home to Pitt students, of course, while the North Shore is known for its beautiful stadiums, and Downtown is lauded for its many shops and restaurants.But one of the most vibrant...

Residential Squirrel Hill shouldn’t be turn-off for students

By Vincent Smith / Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Although Squirrel Hill is often viewed as Carnegie Mellon University’s domain because of its proximity to the neighboring university, Pitt students should still be encouraged to venture down Forbes Avenue to see what is happening in that part of town.For the most part, Squirrel Hill is a sector of t...

Oakland offers students variety of diverse eating

By Richard Koppenaal / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Upon arriving in Oakland, the number of places to eat can be a bit overwhelming for a first-time Pitt student. With an enormous dining hall and places such as Chick-fil-A, Burger King and Einstein Bros Bagels all available on a meal plan, newcomers may laugh at the idea of eating anywhere else. However,...

Mattress Factory’s exhibit transcends Middle East politics with art

Mattress Factory’s exhibit transcends Middle East politics with art

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Editors Note: The Mattress Factory has cancelled the Sites of Passage exhibition because a majority of the artists withdrew. Due to our accelerated production schedule for the New Student Guide, The Pitt News was unable to remove this story before the pages went to print. The Mattress Factory’s lat...

The A&E Staff reviews Pitt’s freshman dorm offerings

The A&E Staff reviews Pitt’s freshman dorm offerings

By The A&E Staff

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

The Pitt News A&E staff reviews all of Pitt’s freshman dorms in the style of a movie, album or video game review.  Disclaimer: Since none of our staff lived in or was familiar with Forbes Hall, we were not qualified to weigh in.Litchfield TowersGrade: B+With the recent addition of Nordenberg Hall, the ...

Pittsburgh’s large performance spaces draw diverse lineup

Pittsburgh’s large performance spaces draw diverse lineup

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Mr. Small’s Funhouse400 Lincoln Ave.MillvaleMr. Small’s more than makes up for its quaint size with an awesome, earsplitting PA sound system. Shows are often filled to bursting at a 650-person capacity, and it can get cramped and hot inside, especially when the metal, hardcore and thrash bands get...

Small venues foster both rising national and local talent

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Though Mr. Small’s Theater and the Altar Bar might seem like small rooms in comparison to the mammoth spaces of Consol Energy Center and First Niagara Pavilion, both the roughly 500-person capacity venues house artists who more people than just your cousin from Brooklyn have heard about. In fact, mo...

Martin Creed Exhibit

Martin Creed Exhibit

November 20, 2013


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The ability of modern art to turn the mundane into the intellectually engaging has persisted since the fateful day that Marcel Duchamp famously scrawled “R.Mutt” onto a urinal and entered it into the 1917 exhibit for New York’s Society of Independent Artists. The work created an uproar and brought a...

Action Bronson & Danny Brown at The Altar Bar

Action Bronson & Danny Brown at The Altar Bar

October 1, 2013


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Rappers Action Bronson and Danny Brown performed at the Altar Bar in the Strip District in Pittsburgh on September 30th. The metal band Trash Talk opened the show for the duo.

STRFKR Concert

STRFKR Concert

September 4, 2013


Filed under Culture, Visual

On Tuesday September 3, indie-electronica outfit STRFKR put on a show at Altar Bar that included everything from light displays to dancers dressed as rabbits and astronauts. Photos by Staff Photographer Ben Brownlee.

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