Music Feature

Ali Spagnola's Power Move

The local musician and Internet celeb heads for Los Angeles

Pittsburgh Dining

Casa Rasta

The Beechview Mexican-Caribbean venue expands both its space and menu at a new East Liberty location

Meet coffee-cocktail evangelist Sarah Walsh

Finding new ways to blend coffee and alcohol is her passion

Eat'n Park's sister restaurant Hello Bistro opens a third venue Downtown

"Hello Bistro is inspired by taking the things that are most popular at Eat'n Park and designing it for the next generation."

Arts

April Friges' show Spectator interrogates photography's limits

The exhibit is an aggressive, though oddly dainty at times, mass of tears, puckers, folds and impulses

On Stage

Christmas Star at Pittsburgh Playwrights

There's a lot to like in this drama about the scars of war

Books

Reviews of two new poetry collections by Chuck Kinder

The famed novelist and educator offers his first books of poetry

Karen Lillis' The Paul Simon Project, Karl Hendricks' Stan Getz Isn't Coming Back

Local poet pays homage to a famous songwriter; Hendricks' short-story chapbook is re-issued

Music

Critics' Picks, Dec. 18-24

Local shows by Bubba Sparxxx and Chicago Afrobeat Project, plus hometown shows for Joe Grushecky and White Wives

Ali Spagnola's Power Move

The local musician and Internet celeb heads for Los Angeles

Punk pedigree precedes The Sicks

"What's missing in punk music these days is verse, chorus — actual songwriting."

New Releases

Recent music from Coastal Remedy and Come Holy Spirit

On Screen

Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller's account of an ill-fated relationship between an Olympic wrestler and his wealthy benefactor is finely crafted, if chilly and bleak

Wild

Reese Witherspoon shoulders the task of bringing to life Cheryl Strayed's memoir about a very long walk

Annie

The popular musical about the plucky orphan gets a more contemporary re-boot

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Hurrah! Peter Jackson's bloated adaptation is finally over

Top Five

Plenty of crowd-pleasing laughs and star cameos in a film that dabbles in sharpness

Short List

Short List: December 17 - 23

Raunchy literary period comedy at Off the Wall; the Science Center's 21+ Holiday Party; country-rock group Marah mines Pennsy folklore; and a landscape architect's legacy in photos
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News+Features

99 Problems

What public records reveal about the city's unmarked police units

Police records show "99 units" lack department-wide mission, regulation, oversight

"This is a police tactic that carries a very high risk of citizen harm."

99 Problems: Run-in with Jordan Miles wasn't first controversial incident for three 99-car cops

"Unless the police brass begins punishing violators, the department will never be brought under control."

City Paper staffers and readers pick some of their favorite bad holiday movies

They will make you laugh and provide a safe outlet for releasing any seasonal rage

Views

Pipe Schemes

Is Keystone XL "the linchpin for a continued expansion of the tar sands"?

Savage Love

"Unless you have a diaphragm made of marble, you're in no danger"

Lynn Cullen Live 12/17/14

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