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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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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

  Groundhog Day was released on February 12, 1993. Why it wasn’t release ten days earlier is one of the criticisms I have about this movie. The others are that it wasn’t filmed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and finally, that director Harold Ramis felt it wasn’t necessary to use the real Punxsutawney Phil to star in his production. Other than those shortcomings, this film is one […]

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Front Porch Theatricals Takes the Spotlight

Front Porch Theatricals Takes the Spotlight

Front Porch Theatricals debuted in 2009 with its production of the locally written and composed musical Only Me at East Liberty’s Kelly Strayhorn Theater. In less than a decade Front Porch Theatricals has established itself as one of the brightest stars in Pittsburgh’s theater scene. Bruce E. G. Smith, an area businessman, and Leon S. Zionts, an attorney and actor, collaborated to produce Only Me […]

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Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

  By Raquel Issenberg   When Michael Bonaventura arrived in Pittsburgh in 1983, the city’s steel industry had bottom out, but Michael’s life was on the rise. He had come here to purse two dreams: marrying his beautiful Pittsburgh fiancée, Antoinette, and becoming a well-respected chef. Happily, both of those dreams have come true. Michael married Antoinette, and they are the owners of the renowned […]

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The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

  The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh is categorized as a fantasy, and its premise is that Pittsburgh has a major league basketball team that has a chance to start winning its games. After you accept that fantasy, you have to buy into the idea that a major league franchise can be owned and operated by someone with limited mental ability. OK, maybe the first two […]

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Pittsburgh Theatre Companies

Pittsburgh Theatre Companies

  Pittsburgh has a vibrant theatrical scene. While the big production companies often spring to mind first, there are many smaller theatrical companies in the area that stage first-class productions. Some are affiliated with their own theaters, while most take their show on the road and appear at different venues. Below are some noteworthy theatre companies in our area that help to make our area […]

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The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies

  Although the story of the The Mothman Prophecies is set briefly in Washington, D.C., and mostly in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, the film was shot primarily in Western Pennsylvania. So we consider this a “Pittsburgh movie.” The Mothman Prophecies was released in 2002 and is based on a book by the same name written by parapsychologist John Keel. The movie stars Richard Gere as […]

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Pittsburgh Dad Is Quintessentially Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Dad Is Quintessentially Pittsburgh

  They say there’s a grain of truth in all humor. If so, then Curt Wooten and Chris Preksta, the creative team behind the beloved Pittsburgh Dad, have harvested enough grains from their humor to make a loaf of Town Talk bread. Pittsburgh Dad is the online sitcom that captures the essence of what Pittsburgh fathers are like. Wooten, who dons aviator glasses and combs […]

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It’s a Pittsburgh Wedding!

It’s a Pittsburgh Wedding!

You get married in Vegas, you may expect a kitschy, glitzy type of wedding. You get married in New Orleans, you may expect to strut down Bourbon Street behind a Dixieland Band. You get married in Hawaii, you may expect leis and to be serenaded with “The Hawaiian Wedding Song.” You get married in Pittsburgh? Well, if you want a Pittsburgh-style wedding, you need to […]

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Dad – The “Real” Indispensable Man

Dad - The "Real" Indispensable Man

It always pierced like a knife to the heart. When my children were young, I taught third grade religion class at my church. Each year, when I asked the students if they had any prayer requests, at least one or two children would respond:  Please pray that God will make my daddy visit me. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children — 1 out […]

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