Cuddle in the huddle: ‘City of Champions’ by Chloe T. Barlow

Despite falling short of a Super Bowl spot, Pittsburgh Steelers fans love their starting quarterback these days. In years past, we haven’t always been kind to the QB, especially in the losing years. And I’m just not talking about Ben — think of all of the quarterbacks that have been skewered on radio and talk […]

He’s trapped, but he’s nobody’s prisoner: ‘The Last Escaper’ by Peter Tunstall

January 27, 2015 9:10 AM Share with others: World War II gave us many heroes, Hollywood added many more. Many have heard of the fighter aces through movies and books, and certainly national leaders and generals on both sides also received a fair amount of treatment. One notable hero stood out in the semi-factual accounting […]

Cuddle in the huddle: ‘City of Champions’ by Chloe T. Barlow

Despite falling short of a Super Bowl spot, Pittsburgh Steelers fans love their starting quarterback these days. In years past, we haven’t always been kind to the QB, especially in the losing years. And I’m just not talking about Ben — think of all of the quarterbacks that have been skewered on radio and talk […]

(Not) Ordinary People: ‘Sweet Nothing’ by Richard Lange

Key to a good story is knowing what the central character wants so we can follow along as our protagonist tries and tries again. You know you’re in the hands of an expert when that’s covered in the first sentences, as in Richard Lange’s short story “Must Come Down,” which begins: “I’m pushing the cart […]

(Not) Ordinary People: ‘Sweet Nothing’ by Richard Lange

Key to a good story is knowing what the central character wants so we can follow along as our protagonist tries and tries again. You know you’re in the hands of an expert when that’s covered in the first sentences, as in Richard Lange’s short story “Must Come Down,” which begins: “I’m pushing the cart […]

PEOPLE: Jim Parsons, Martin Scorsese, Eddie Huang and more!

Four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons, best known as nerdy scientist Sheldon Cooper in the TV comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” will be ascending to new heights when he plays God on Broadway this spring, the show’s producer said on Thursday. Parsons, 41, will star in the limited run of “An Act of God,” scheduled to […]

PEOPLE: Jim Parsons, Martin Scorsese, Eddie Huang and more!

Four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons, best known as nerdy scientist Sheldon Cooper in the TV comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” will be ascending to new heights when he plays God on Broadway this spring, the show’s producer said on Thursday. Parsons, 41, will star in the limited run of “An Act of God,” scheduled to […]

Preview: Marilyn Manson makes a suprising artistic comeback with ‘The Pale Emperor’

On a recent Wednesday night, in a candlelit, marble-plated West Hollywood hotel room, Marilyn Manson reached into his pocket and flicked open a switchblade. “The Roman Emperor Constantius was referred to as the ‘Pale Emperor.’ He liked to dress up as a woman and [torture] men and have them dance for him,” Manson insisted. “I […]

Preview: Marilyn Manson makes a suprising artistic comeback with ‘The Pale Emperor’

On a recent Wednesday night, in a candlelit, marble-plated West Hollywood hotel room, Marilyn Manson reached into his pocket and flicked open a switchblade. “The Roman Emperor Constantius was referred to as the ‘Pale Emperor.’ He liked to dress up as a woman and [torture] men and have them dance for him,” Manson insisted. “I […]

Ex-rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested in deadly hit-and-run

LOS ANGELES — Marion “Suge” Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song. On Friday, he was portrayed as both. Sheriff’s deputies booked the former hip-hop music mogul on suspicion of murder after they said he hit and killed a man with […]

Ex-rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested in deadly hit-and-run

LOS ANGELES — Marion “Suge” Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song. On Friday, he was portrayed as both. Sheriff’s deputies booked the former hip-hop music mogul on suspicion of murder after they said he hit and killed a man with […]

Students enjoy ‘dancing for a difference’ at Shari’s in Whitehall

January 29, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Staff and students at Dance Workshop by Shari in Whitehall are on the right foot when it comes to community support. The school teaches ballet, hip-hop, tap and other forms of dance to 3- to 18-year-olds and fitness classes to adults. It uses students’ time and talents […]

Students enjoy ‘dancing for a difference’ at Shari’s in Whitehall

January 29, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Staff and students at Dance Workshop by Shari in Whitehall are on the right foot when it comes to community support. The school teaches ballet, hip-hop, tap and other forms of dance to 3- to 18-year-olds and fitness classes to adults. It uses students’ time and talents […]

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Ted Pappas wanted to see ‘My Fair Lady’ — so he’s putting it on stage

The Pittsburgh Public Theater has been known to go big when it comes to musicals, and the classic Lerner Loewe show “My Fair Lady” is its biggest yet. Where: Pittsburgh Public Theater at the O’Reilly Theater, Downtown. When: Through Feb. 22. 7 p.m. Tuesday; 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday (plus 2 p.m. Feb. 19); 2 and 8 […]

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Ted Pappas wanted to see ‘My Fair Lady’ — so he’s putting it on stage

The Pittsburgh Public Theater has been known to go big when it comes to musicals, and the classic Lerner Loewe show “My Fair Lady” is its biggest yet. Where: Pittsburgh Public Theater at the O’Reilly Theater, Downtown. When: Through Feb. 22. 7 p.m. Tuesday; 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday (plus 2 p.m. Feb. 19); 2 and 8 […]

Stage review: Public Theater’s ‘My Fair Lady’ could dance all night

The bells and whistles of the production are many and of the traditional sort — glorious practical staging and transcendent performances — as egocentric linguistics Professor Henry Higgins meets his match in Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, amid the social conventions of 1912 London. The feeling of transcendence into another time and place starts as you enter […]

Stage review: Public Theater’s ‘My Fair Lady’ could dance all night

The bells and whistles of the production are many and of the traditional sort — glorious practical staging and transcendent performances — as egocentric linguistics Professor Henry Higgins meets his match in Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, amid the social conventions of 1912 London. The feeling of transcendence into another time and place starts as you enter […]

Tuned In: For PBS, it’s important to be earnest about The Bard

PASADENA, Calif. — Two years after its first season aired, PBS’s “Shakespeare Uncovered” (9 and 10 tonight, WQED-TV) returns with six new one-hour episodes that feature actors leading viewers through interviews with Shakespeare directors and scholars and showcasing key locations and clips from film and TV adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays. Two episodes air each Friday […]

From Sarnoff to Seinfeld, Harvard lecturer explores Jewish characters in television

As far as Rabbi Sara Perman is concerned, anyone who attended her synagogue’s Festival of Jewish Arts program last Saturday can’t help but watch prime time television with new eyes. The program featured Rachel L. Greenblatt, Ph.D., a lecturer in Jewish studies at Harvard University, who presented “From Sarnoff to Seinfeld: American Jews and the […]

Tuned In: For PBS, it’s important to be earnest about The Bard

PASADENA, Calif. — Two years after its first season aired, PBS’s “Shakespeare Uncovered” (9 and 10 tonight, WQED-TV) returns with six new one-hour episodes that feature actors leading viewers through interviews with Shakespeare directors and scholars and showcasing key locations and clips from film and TV adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays. Two episodes air each Friday […]