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The REP presents Pittsburgh premiere of gripping, award-winning contemporary drama ‘Heads’

    Directed by John Shepard, show previews Jan. 30, runs Jan. 31-Feb. 16 at Pittsburgh Playhouse PITTSBURGH – The REP, Point Park University’s professional theatre company, continues its compelling 2013-2014 season with the Pittsburgh premiere of EM Lewis’ heart-wrenching prize-winning drama, Heads. Directed by John Shepard, Heads previews on Thursday, Jan. 30, and runs… Read more »

Phipps Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show Offers Cure for the Winter Blues

Premier Pittsburgh public garden provides perfect cold weather escape. Pittsburgh, Pa.—Opening on Jan. 18, the annual Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will provide a welcome escape from the cold, chasing away the winter blues with a healthy dose of color, inspiration and beauty. Featuring elegant orchids planted in garden beds and hanging baskets,… Read more »

Pittsburgh Opera presents Nico Muhly’s DARK SISTERS

Photo above  by Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia. Pittsburgh, PA… Pittsburgh Opera continues its 75th anniversary season with Nico Muhly’s DARK SISTERS, a new production of a very new opera exploring issues ripped from the headlines and created by a thirty-something composer. The first work in Pittsburgh Opera’s American Opera Series,* DARK SISTERS stars… Read more »

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Presents “Swan Lake” Valentine’s Day Weekend at the Benedum Center

PITTSBURGH, PA – Ranked among the most iconic classical ballets of all time, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents the mesmerizing love story of “Swan Lake” with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra over Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 13-16, at the Benedum Center. “Swan Lake” symbolizes more than 100 years of tradition and some of the most revered… Read more »

World-Renowned Brewmaster Garrett Oliver to Headline First-Ever Pittsburgh Brew ’N Chew

PITTSBURGH, Pa., November 14, 2013 – GoodTaste! Pittsburgh is excited to announce that legendary Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster, Garrett Oliver will be headlining the first-ever Pittsburgh Brew ‘N Chew on January 11, 2014, at the Monroeville Convention Center. One of the foremost authorities in the world on the subject of beer, Oliver will bring his more… Read more »

Inaugural Pittsburgh Brew ’N Chew Brings Beer Flights and Big Bites to Monroeville Convention Center

  PITTSBURGH, Pa. – There’s a new beer festival on tap for the greater Pittsburgh region, and this one’s got bite. As beerfest buzz continues to bubble across our great city, GoodTaste! Pittsburgh is giving its famed food-show reputation a new twist with the introduction of its first-ever Pittsburgh Brew ‘N Chew, sponsored in part by… Read more »

Save a snowball now and name your own price on June 21st at Carnegie Science Center

  Visitors Can Choose the Amount They Wish To Pay on the Summer Solstice  by Bringing in a Preserved Snowball   PITTSBURGH, Jan. 3, 2014 — Carnegie Science Center is offering a unique opportunity to capture a bit of this week’s snowfall now, preserve it for a few months, then bring it in—and celebrate the Summer Solstice with… Read more »

The “Buzz” from Buzzelli – Top 5 To-Do’s THIS WEEKEND: 1/2-1/5

Mike Buzzelli

There’s always a lot do in Pittsburgh. Every week we pick five fun things for your weekend. Here’s the list for January 2 to 5. Return of the King The Pittsburgh Public is bringing back an old favorite, literally and figuratively. Tom Atkins reprises his role as the now-legendary Pittsburgh Steelers franchise owner, Art Rooney,… Read more »