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Dinner Conversation

Make climate change a part of your holiday meal discussions

Pittsburgh Dining

Allentown’s Sweet Peaches offers lively seasonal brunch items

Don’t miss the ceregi, fresh, hot doughnuts


Newly relocated from Greensburg, this cozy spot offers authentic Spanish tapas and paella

Picking the Perfect Wine for Your Holiday Table

Is there one crowd-pleasing bottle that goes with everything?

On Stage

Quantum Theatre’s Chickens in the Yard

Actors play a family — and its chickens — in a challenging new play

Small Engine Repair at barebones

Think of the class hostility in Good Will Hunting, with generational tensions tossed in

The Grand Manner at Little Lake

Four actors rise to the occasion in a backstage drama

Lord of the Flies at Carnegie Mellon Drama

While Manson’s disdain for Golding is amazing, his indifference to the audience is mystifying


Reviews of the first 50 pages of three new works

An epic poem, a paperboy’s memoir, and local ties to a space-age New York City landmark

A Pitt professor’s new book offers philosophy in bite-sized portions

Nicholas Rescher discusses his A Journey Through Philosophy in 101 Anecdotes


Perfect Pussy’s Ray McAndrew discusses the band’s next record, the Syracuse music scene, and what he does when he’s not on tour

“We’ve been working on this one for months now, and we still only have like one fully formed complete song.”

Five songs to help Americans not succumb to madness

Good news — you might just get to hear them all live next Wednesday, when Dan Bern plays Club Cafe

The members of Shaky Shrines offer up a new collection of psychedelic indie rock

Faisant’s voice and melodies — along with superb backing musicianship — keep Shaky at Best from sounding like a throwback album

Critics’ Picks, Nov. 26-Dec. 2

Concerts by Campfire Cassettes, Doomtree, Troxum and Iron Butterfly

New Releases

Reviews of records by Jimmy Adler and AppalAsia

On Screen


Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone elevate the material in this hackneyed but crowd-pleasing boxing pic


An excellent investigative docudrama that recounts how The Boston Globe uncovered the child-sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church


What this melodrama captures best is the bittersweet nature of the immigrant’s life

The Assassin

Hsiao-Hsien Hou’s period drama has a fluid, poetic style, likely designed to be absorbed and savored by those who enjoy such pure cinema

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II

The conclusion to this teen dystopian saga is finally here

The Night Before

A welcome sense of nostalgia helps make this holiday comedy great

Secret in Their Eyes

This adaptation of the 2009 Argentine thriller never really catches fire

Steve McQueen: The Man & the LeMans

A new documentary looks behind the scenes at the troubled production of the actor’s racing film

The Wonders

This Italian dramedy mines several fertile grounds, including the dissolution of the “old ways” of rural life

Short List

Short List: November 25 - December 3

Food-sustainability author Simran Sethi; the Kill Tony comedy podcast; Suite Life, a Billy Strayhorn tribute; and Chinese dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng


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Workforce training program looks to increase the participation of minority workers in Pittsburgh’s construction boom

“To be able to say that I helped rebuild Pittsburgh is an amazing feeling.”

Outspoken Pittsburgh school-board member Mark Brentley calls it quits after 16 years

“It is easier just to shut the hell up and look the other way. But that’s difficult for me.”

Attic Oasis: Edgewood man recreates the Turkish countryside of his youth

“Every time I come up here, I see something else I haven’t seen before.”

This Just In: A look at local news online and on the tube

November sweeps: the time when Pittsburgh news stations go that extra mile to tell you that you’re going to die

Dinner Conversation

Make climate change a part of your holiday meal discussions


Wysocki: Resilient Steelers need to keep winning for our safety

The reason for the shooting? Why, an argument over the Pittsburgh Steelers, of course.

Savage Love

“The old reliable butt-plug is still the best bet for anal-play newbies.”

Lynn Cullen 11/25/15

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