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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Opera Soprano Danielle Pastin Sings Pittsburgh’s Praises

Opera Soprano Danielle Pastin Sings Pittsburgh’s Praises

“Pittsburgh just felt like home,” said Danielle Pastin, opera soprano. Ms. Pastin has lived a nomadic life and performed all across the country including at the famed Metropolitan Opera, but she developed an affinity for Pittsburgh. “My father was a Navy band leader, and we moved around probably every two years. But my parents were born here, and my grandparents lived in McKees Rocks. We

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Rent The Chicken

Rent The Chicken

Some members of our community are seeking more local food sources. Others are looking for a new experience. Rent The Chicken is a turnkey service that allows all size institutions, including schools and senior care facilities, to allow hosting backyard hens for fresh eggs without a long-term commitment. The Rental Packages include 2-4 egg-laying hens, their portable chicken coop, feed for the five to six

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Henry Hornbostel: Pittsburgh’s Most Flamboyant Architect

Henry Hornbostel: Pittsburgh’s Most Flamboyant Architect

While some may argue that Frank Lloyd Wright is the architect most associated with Pittsburgh because of his design of the celebrated Fallingwater and others may cite Daniel Burnham because of the numerous buildings he designed for Pittsburgh, none would argue that Henry Hornbostel was the architect who not only created masterpieces in Pittsburgh but did it with unsurpassed style. Hornbostel was born in 1867

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Gail Bayer: Innovative Bookkeeping

Gail Bayer: Innovative Bookkeeping

“Every business needs a support team,” said Gail Bayer, owner of Innovative Bookkeeping. Since 1989, Gail has been an integral team member for many entrepreneurs and businesses in the Pittsburgh area, providing bookkeeping services and training bookkeepers in QuickBooks accounting software. “I started bookkeeping for my parent’s real estate business when my children were born. My mother had a crib, and she played with the

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Andy Warhol: A Pittsburgher at the Core

Andy Warhol: A Pittsburgher at the Core

Andy Warhol was an artist, a celebrity, a cultural icon, an eccentric, and, at heart, a Pittsburgher. While most people associate Warhol with the jet set and locations like New York City and Hollywood, most fail to realize how much of a Pittsburgher he was. Andy Warhola (he began to drop the “a” from his last name while in college) was born on August 6,

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Henry Clay Frick and His Mark on Pittsburgh

Henry Clay Frick and His Mark on Pittsburgh

The Frick Building, Frick Park, Frick Fine Arts Building, the Frick Environmental Center: industrialist Henry Clay Frick certainly left his mark on Pittsburgh, but some may consider that mark to be more of a black eye. Frick is probably the most controversial businessman ever to operate in Pittsburgh. Even he acknowledged his unscrupulous nature, when former partner and then enemy, Andrew Carnegie, on his deathbed,

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George Romero: The Man Who Made Zombies Cool

George Romero: The Man Who Made Zombies Cool

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 experience when seeing the

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