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Mary Soon Lee Happy to Call Pittsburgh Home

Mary Soon Lee Happy to Call Pittsburgh Home

Though born and raised in London and having spent time at Cambridge, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mary Soon Lee has found a home in Pittsburgh. “My father was ethnically Chinese, and my mother was Irish, but I acquired a British accent from my classmates,” said the author of both fiction and poetry, who lives in Squirrel Hill. It’s not often that a writer is both

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Keeping the Flames Alive: Continuing the Legacy of Tree of Life Victims

Keeping the Flames Alive: Continuing the Legacy of Tree of Life Victims

I will never forget the morning of Saturday October 27th, 2018. What was a relaxing morning at home watching national news with my family soon became a chaotic blur of intense emotional heartbreak and the constant shrill ringing of my house phone- with worried family and friends on the other end. The shock of reading the words “Mass Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue” scrawled

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Pittsburgh’s Creative Explosion: RAW Artists, OVATION

Pittsburgh’s Creative Explosion: RAW Artists, OVATION

This past Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh art community and all its supporters partied hard and celebrated the talent of 60 artists, performers, and models in the RAW Artists showcase, OVATION. RAW Artists is an international organization that serves as a platform for local artists to share their crafts/talent with the community. Their mission statement appropriately represents this message as they wish: “To serve independent artists

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A Christmas List Worth Checking Twice

A Christmas List Worth Checking Twice

When the holiday season begins to approach, many people begin to make lists: shopping lists, Christmas card lists, grocery lists, etc.  But what about a list detailing things to do to make it your best holiday season ever?  What would you put on that kind of list? At the top of our list is getting into the proper frame of mind by taking time to

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Coconut Pie at the Grant Bar and Restaurant 

Coconut Pie at the Grant Bar and Restaurant 

My wife and I found ourselves traveling hungry along Route 28 near Millvale discussing   dinner options when The Grant Bar and Restaurant entered the conversation. Three minutes later we were walking through the bar section of this 85 year old establishment on our way to a dining area.   When our waitress told me that their famous Homemade Turtle Soup was only available on

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The Grand Concourse: Pittsburgh’s Grand Dining Experience

The Grand Concourse: Pittsburgh’s Grand Dining Experience

There are a plethora of restaurants in Pittsburgh that serve excellent food. There are restaurants in Pittsburgh that have beautiful settings. But there is only one restaurant in Pittsburgh that is situated in a history-steeped building that combines excellent food and a beautiful setting for an unparalleled, upscale dining experience. And that restaurant is the Grand Concourse. Eating establishments come and go, but since 1978,

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Another Opera Singer Makes Pittsburgh Her Home

Another Opera Singer Makes Pittsburgh Her Home

When you think of cities where opera singers may reside, places like Paris, Milan, or New York may come to mind, but another alumna of the Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artist Program has decided to call Pittsburgh home. “The weather in Pittsburgh, and I are still trying to get along, but I love it here,” said Laurel Semerdjian, a mezzo-soprano, who will be playing the part

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The Best of Greene County

The Best of Greene County

Home to Waynesburg University and filled with endless beauty, Green County offers an abundance of activities for locals and visitors alike. Below we have compiled a list of the places and events to check out the next time you find yourself in Greene County! Ryerson Station State Park Nestles in the hills of this Pennsylvania county lies this beautiful state park. The 1,164 acres provide

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George Westinghouse: A Man Ahead of His Times in Many Ways

George Westinghouse: A Man Ahead of His Times in Many Ways

If you’ve lived or spent anytime in Pittsburgh, you know the name Westinghouse. In addition to the corporation bearing his name, he has many other namesakes: the George Westinghouse Memorial Bridge in East Pittsburgh, that carries Route 30 over the Turtle Creek Valley; Westinghouse High School, a Pittsburgh Public School located in Homewood; the Westinghouse Memorial in Schenley Park; Westinghouse Park in Point Breeze; and

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Pittsburgh’s Puppet Maker Cheryl Capezzuti

Pittsburgh’s Puppet Maker Cheryl Capezzuti

Puppetry and puppet making is one of the oldest art forms; it is believed to have originated 4,000 years ago. Pittsburgh has had a love affair with puppets. The Lovelace Marionette Theater, founded by Puppeteer Margo Lovelace, opened in 1964 and became the longest-running professional puppet theater in the country. The theater closed in 1985. Mr. Rogers and his cast of puppets from the Neighborhood

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