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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 26, 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 26, 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 26, 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


Filed under Culture, Visual

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


Filed under Culture, Multimedia, Visual

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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