An Interview with Brooklyn Based Band Charming Disaster

An Interview with Brooklyn Based Band Charming Disaster

Embodying both the devilish and divine, Brooklyn based goth-folk duo, Charming Disaster, is set to perform at the Wigle Whiskey Barrel House and Beer Garden on 1055 Spring Garden Avenue from 7-9pm on July 27th. This is not Charming Disaster’s first time playing in Pittsburgh, but their return is greatly anticipated from fans and local music lovers alike as they will perform songs from their

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Philip Johnson: Controversial Architect of PPG Place

Philip Johnson: Controversial Architect of PPG Place

Architect Philip Johnson and his partner Burgee designed PPG Place. While undeniably a gifted architect, he was also at one time an anti-Semite and Nazi sympathizer. Johnson was born into wealth in Cleveland on July 8, 1906, to lawyer Homer Johnson and Louisa Osborne Pope.  He was educated at the prestigious Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York  and studied at Harvard. With a fortune acquired

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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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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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Big Ben Towers Over Steeler Nation

Big Ben Towers Over Steeler Nation

On June 12, 2006, my family and I were on vacation at North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a popular beach destination for many Pittsburghers. As it was an overcast day, my daughter and I decided to do some shopping at Scarborough Faire Shopping Village. Near lunchtime as we meandered along the boardwalk that connected the boutiques, my daughter’s cell phone rang. While she answered it, I

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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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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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Mike Fink—The Livin’ Large Legend from Pittsburgh

Mike Fink—The Livin’ Large Legend from Pittsburgh

Before there were hard-partying Hollywood hellions and trash-talking sports stars, there was Mike Fink, the larger-than-life legend from Pittsburgh. The fact that this common worker has entered American folklore and is still known centuries later attests to his out-sized reputation. Born Miche Phinck around 1780 to French Canadian parents near Fort Pitt, Phinck anglicized his name to Mike Fink and spent his youth honing his

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Bonjour from Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery

Bonjour from Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery

Excellence has a way of asserting itself. That is the case with Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery. Located at 213 North Avenue in Millvale, the eponymous bakery was established in 1992, by French native Jean-Marc Chatellier. Before the age of social media, most people discovered this out-of-the-world bakery by word-of-mouth, one customer touting the treats to friends or family. Gazing at the goodies in the glass

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