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A Night at the Opera – A Review of The Marriage of Figaro

A Night at the Opera – A Review of The Marriage of Figaro

By: Tom Pollard On November 4, 2017, I entered the Benedum Center to experience Mozart’s comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro. It was opening night, and I arrived at the theater an hour before the opera began to take advantage of their free Pre-Opera Talk. I like the background information given in these presentations. The story in this work is timeless and the music beautiful, […]

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To Succeed in Business, You Need a Team

To Succeed in Business, You Need a Team

By Janice Palko According to the Small Business Administration, a business that started in 2004 had a 78.9 percent chance of lasting one year. However, that same business had a less than 50-50 chance (48.9 percent) of making it to the five-year mark. There are many reasons why a business may fail, believing you can launch, maintain, or expand a business without any help is […]

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Fallingwater: Natural Living Extraordinaire

Fallingwater: Natural Living Extraordinaire

By: Janice Lane Palko There is something embedded into the human psyche that makes us long to be one with nature. It’s why we built tree houses when we were kids, why we go camping, and why we drive hundreds of miles to spend time next to the ocean.  Frank Lloyd Wright tapped into that longing when he designed Fallingwater. Fallingwater is regarded as one […]

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The Marriage of Figaro Opens at the Benedum

The Marriage of Figaro Opens at the Benedum

By Janice Lane Palko “The same themes people love in movies are found in opera. We have sex, drugs, and rock and roll,” said Danielle Pastin, who sings the lead of Countess Almaviva in Pittsburgh Opera’s upcoming performance of The Marriage of Figaro at the Benedum Center from Nov. 4-12. While Ms. Pastin was only joking about opera having rock and roll, it does have […]

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Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Watershed Association

Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Watershed Association

For the past 16 years the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association (NMRWA) has been working to protect and restore the watershed ecosystem, located in the East End of Pittsburgh. Born from a small project originally created by the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, the NMRWA has grown from just 1 employee at its inception, to now mobilizing 11 full and part time […]

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Across The Sea to Ireland

Across The Sea to Ireland

By: Janice Lane Palko According to EPIC , the Irish Emigration Museum, there are 70 million people worldwide who claim Irish ancestry and heritage. Recent census information reveals that one in six Pittsburghers claim Irish ancestry. With so many having green roots, chances are you may be Irish or know someone who is, and you may also be wondering what it would be like to […]

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Pittsburgh’s Fantastic Food Trucks

Pittsburgh's Fantastic Food Trucks

By: Janice Lane Palko Not too long ago when someone said the words food truck, images of mushy sandwiches and tasteless salads sprang to mind. Today, that has all changed. Food trucks now bring delicious, restaurant-quality meals to you. Many are available to cater your next event or star in your next fundraiser. Below is a list of some of the fantastic food trucks you […]

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Wonderful Washington

Wonderful Washington

By: Janice Lane Palko Sometimes Pittsburghers refer to Washington, Pennsylvania, as “little Washington,” but there is nothing small about Washington and its eponymous county. From history and entertainment to sports and shopping, Washington County has something for everyone. Bradford House – David Bradford served as Deputy Attorney General of Washington County. He built his home in Washington in 1788. Bradford was a participant in the […]

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George Romero: The Man Who Made Zombies Cool

George Romero: The Man Who Made Zombies Cool

By: Janice Lane Palko There were zombie movies before George Romero made the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead, but none of them had the impact that this independent horror film had. A low-budget flick with a price tag of $114,000, Night of the Living Dead premiered to a less than stellar reception. Vince Canby, The New York Times movie reviewer, described his […]

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I Just Want IT To Work

I Just Want IT To Work

Call Kevin Campbell When You “Just Want Your Computer to Work” If you use a computer, you are no doubt familiar with this scenario: Your computer goes haywire and you try everything in your limited repertoire of repair skills only to find yourself still sitting in front of a malfunctioning computer. That’s when you give up, lay your head down on the keyboard in defeat, […]

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