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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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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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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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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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Pittsburgh Lebanese Food Festival

Pittsburgh Lebanese Food Festival

Our Lady of Victory Maronite Catholic Church in Scott Township has hosted the Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival for the last 25 years. The only thing more phenomenal than the festival’s food is the amount of work it takes from the volunteers to make the event a success. Ellen Ayoob has been involved with the festival off and on for the past 20 years and is one […]

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in Western Pennsylvania

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in Western Pennsylvania

Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most renowned architect, was not born in Pittsburgh, but he certainly put his stamp on our area with three Wright-designed masterpieces. Wright was a man of great contrast: his architectural designs reflected order and harmony, while his personal life was marked by chaos and discord. Formative Years Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, on June 8, 1867, to William Wright, […]

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Pittsburgh City Steps for Climbing

Pittsburgh City Steps for Climbing

From the enthusiastic response we received from our readers in regard to our article Pittsburgh’s City Steps, we realized how much you love our City Steps. We love them too, and to foster a greater appreciation for them, Popular Pittsburgh is launching The City Steps Challenge. From April 1 to September 30???, we are encouraging readers to step out and explore the City Steps. We’d […]

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Hamza Perez- Bursting the Muslim Stereotype

Hamza Perez- Bursting the Muslim Stereotype

He sounds like Cheech Marin, raps like Jay Z, and preaches love like Gandhi. Hamza Perez is not your average Muslim. Mr. Perez, the Imam of the Light of the Age Mosque located on Pittsburgh’s North Side, also serves as the Youth Director at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, where he runs YA-NE, Youth Alliance for Networking and Empowerment program. If the adage is true […]

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The Duquesne Incline- Pittsburgh’s Treasure

The Duquesne Incline- Pittsburgh's Treasure

The term “national treasure” is often bandied about when talking about monuments such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, or the Washington Monument. Is there such a thing as a city treasure, and if so, does Pittsburgh have one? The Duquesne Incline a Pittsburgh Treasure Certainly, there are special buildings and places that are undeniably Pittsburgh like the Block House, (http://popularpittsburgh.com/fort-pitt-blockhouse/) the Cathedral of […]

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