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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in Western Pennsylvania

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in Western Pennsylvania

Share this… 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

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Pittsburgh City Steps for Climbing

Pittsburgh City Steps for Climbing

Share this…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.

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Hamza Perez- Bursting the Muslim Stereotype

Hamza Perez- Bursting the Muslim Stereotype

Share this…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

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The Duquesne Incline- Pittsburgh’s Treasure

The Duquesne Incline- Pittsburgh's Treasure

Share this…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

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Share this…  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

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Front Porch Theatricals Takes the Spotlight

Front Porch Theatricals Takes the Spotlight

Share this… 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

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Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

Share this…  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

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The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

Share this…  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

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Pittsburgh Theatre Companies

Pittsburgh Theatre Companies

Share this…  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

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The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies

Share this…  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

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