(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: Christina Aguilera, "Ghostbusters," Katie Holmes and more!

Ariana Grande isn’t the only big-voiced singer performing at the NBA All-Star Game: Wexford’s own Christina Aguilera has been added to the lineup, The Associated Press reports. NBA announced Tuesday that Aguilera will perform ahead of the 64th annual game on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. She will sing a […]

Primus bringing Chocolate Factory tour to Stage AE

January 26, 2015 12:02 PM Share with others: Related Media: Masked metal band Slipknot to perform in August in Pittsburgh Stage AE welcomes Primus and the Chocolate Factory with The Fungi Ensemble on April 14. Tickets are $35 and go on sale Friday at all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Pre-sale tickets […]

Stage Review: ‘The Last Ship’ deserves a future beyond Broadway

NEW YORK – The last “Last Ship” sailed Saturday night. It was a bittersweet sailing, as the last performance of a Broadway show generally is, even one which had a money-making run. But this one didn’t. “The Last Ship,” the new musical that grew out of a 2013 album of songs by Sting, joined to […]

Stage review: "Mermaid’ a delight at Byham

January 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Pittsburgh Musical Theater is at its fun-loving best with works translated from animation to stage. It’s latest venture is the colorful world of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” a vocal and visual delight for the whole family. Where: Pittsburgh Musical Theater at Byham Theater, Downtown. When: Through Feb. […]

For next season, Pittsburgh Ballet lines up a demanding repertoire

January 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Related Media: At 45, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has earned an international reputation Sometimes it takes patience for all of the pieces to fall into place: the right dancers, the right repertoire, the right time. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s 2015-16 lineup is peppered with pieces artistic director Terrence Orr […]

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood at Heinz History Center

January 23, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: A museum figure of Fred Rogers along with the re-created set of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” are on display beginning today at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Select cherished artifacts, including King Friday XIII’s Castle and the Great Oak Tree, are part of the exhibit […]

From Sia videos to ‘Dance Moms,’ Murrysville dancer steps into pop culture fame

Fame might well be fleeting, but Maddie Ziegler is keeping pace. It has been quite the year for Maddie, who has a global following from her appearances on Lifetime’s “Dance Moms.” She dwells in that fuzzy realm of reality television, which often crosses from “actually real” to “not-at-all-real,” but there’s little doubt her star is ascending. “I have […]

Strong, fascinating women in TV dramas often saddled with quirks to make them more interesting

Have women in television dramas earned the right to be strong, prickly, even — dare we say it  — antiheroes? The television landscape is filled with strong, competent female characters. They’re CIA agents, attorneys, doctors of all stripes, politicians. They advise presidents, sit as judges, solve crimes. They’re even mothers and wives, although generally, not “just” that. If […]

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection changes rules for oil and gas sludge at landfills

A change in the rules for landfills accepting fracking fluid sludges could mean higher prices for disposal, and more oil and gas waste going out of state. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, concerned that concentrated frack fluid waste wasn’t being adequately diluted at state landfills over the past several years, instituted a new policy […]

Pittsburgh planning commission clears way for Station Square housing deal

January 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Related Media: Pittsburgh’s new planning director Ray Gastil brings New York and Seattle experience to town Ruling clears way for razing of nightclub Station Square housing proposed The bars and nightclubs that once dominated the east side of Station Square are gone. But the prominent riverfront site […]

Patients struggle to sort out networks and affiliations in a post-UPMC-Highmark world

Moira and Andrew Brennen’s first child is due Saturday. For a few days last week, the Highland Park couple thought they might have to make a last-minute change in their plans to deliver at UPMC Magee-Womens hospital. The Brennens have Highmark insurance through his employer and for the past nine months Mrs. Brennen has received […]

Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: Microsoft’s HoloLens is ‘magical’

January 27, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Everyone expected last week that Microsoft would announce the details of its Windows 10 operating system. And it did. But it also unveiled something completely unexpected. The HoloLens system is a pair of glasses that allows users to see 3-D objects over and spatially integrated with reality. […]

Facebook says internal glitch to blame for global outages of its sites

January 27, 2015 5:16 AM Share with others: (Reuters) – Facebook, the world’s largest social network, and its Instagram photo-sharing site, suffered temporary outages around the world for up to an hour on Tuesday and the company said later that an internal software networking error was to blame. The outage at Facebook appeared to spill […]

Tech company II-VI sees second-quarter profit increase

January 27, 2015 7:33 AM Share with others: Saxonburg-based laser and infrared technology company II-VI saw a jump in second-quarter profits thanks to a resolution of payment obligations. II-VI posted second-quarter profits of $22.1 million, or 35 cents per share, up from $7.6 million, or 12 cents per share the same period last year. Profits […]

People on the Move: 1/27/2015

January 27, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Leonard J. Marsico, partner, McGuireWoods, was elected to the board of directors of the American Coal Council, the premier trade association representing the interests of the nation’s coal producers, utilities, transporters and coal support industries. His three-year term began Jan. 1. Mr. Marsico chairs the complex commercial […]

Suit claims ‘Silencing Act’ restricting speech of Pa. inmates is unconstitutional

A new Pennsylvania law allowing victims of personal injury crimes to bring civil action against inmates who engage in “conduct which perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime on the victim” is being challenged by media and other civil rights groups that fear the law could have a chilling effect on free speech. The law […]

First transgender discrimination case to challenge ADA’s constitutionality

In the summer of 1989, U.S. senators debating the Americans with Disabilities Act excluded behavior they deemed immoral from the ADA’s protections, including “transvestism, transsexualism, pedophilia, exhibitionism, voyeurism, gender identity disorders not resulting from physical impairments, or other sexual behavior disorders,” according to the text of the law. That portion of the ADA hasn’t been […]

Craft-beer destinations in Homestead, Bethel Park open Saturday

January 28, 2015 12:52 PM Share with others: Related Media: Beer: Spoonwood Brewing set to bloom in Bethel Park Visit our PGPlate blog Two big craft-beer openings are set for this Saturday.  At noon that day is the opening of Voodoo Homestead, a pub outlet of Meadville’s acclaimed Voodoo Brewery. The pub, in the fire […]