• Issue of
  • Aug 30 - Sep 5, 2007
  • Vol. 17, No. 35


  • Making the Grade
  • Making the Grade

    Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Mark Roosevelt has put the district on a steep learning curve. Can parents, teachers and students keep up?
  • Road Signs of Life
  • Road Signs of Life

    Just last summer, opponents of the Mon Fayette Expressway gathered to celebrate its imminent death from lack of funding and political support. But nearly 40 years in the making, the pipe dream of staking an four-lane interstate highway into the heart of some of the most moribund towns in Mon Valley has recently been resuscitated -- with interest from private firms courted by the roadway's most ardent supporters.
  • Educational protest

    More than 60 concerned parents, school-board members and local activists gathered in East Liberty's Reizenstein Middle School on Aug. 24 to voice concerns about the district's contract with Community Education Partners. CEP plans to house 432 of the district's behaviorally and academically challenged sixth- to 12th-graders, but some expressed doubts about the plan, in which students from feuding sections of the city will be brought under together in the North Side's former Clayton Elementary School. "It's a real issue," said parent Ronell Guy, "and I don't think they recognize that." G
  • Question of ethics
  • Question of ethics

    Mayor Luke Ravenstahl had a discussion last week with the city's ethics panel. Not a hearing, not a trial, but a conversation about his acceptance of a $9,000 golf outing from UPMC and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Many political watchers were salivating over the thoughts of Ravenstahl appearing before the ethics panel that he brought back into existence, but the board's chair, Sister Patrice Hughes made it clear the proceedings were simply a discussion.


  • Bado's Cucina
  • Bado's Cucina

    It is perhaps ironic that on a suburban highway, within view of three gas stations and their associated convenience stores, lies Bado's Cucina, a bastion of slow food from the country whose mealtime culture is perhaps most legendary -- Italy.



  • Goya's Ghosts
  • Goya's Ghosts

    Goya's Ghosts is lushly photographed with set pieces that looked like period paintings come to life, but it's too bad that this cinematic adaptation turned out so lovely to look at but hampered by blurry intent.
  • Gypsy Caravan
  • Gypsy Caravan

    Six weeks, five bands from four countries, 35 musicians, nine languages and one goal: to bring the diversity of Roma -- or gypsy -- music to audiences in the United States. Jasmine Dellal's film documents this 2006 tour and its varied participants. Ultimately, the well-intentioned Dellal tries to cover too much ground, but this is an enjoyable two hours.
  • The Ten
  • The Ten

    A high point in this collection of skits includes an inspired riff on coveting one's neighbor's goods, as two guys engage in a furious acquisition of CAT-scan machines.


  • A unique Downtown art project holds its final show.

    The Skinny Building's profile has included collaborations with local schools, including Carnegie Mellon and Chatham. Charlene Langer, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh instructor who organized shows for students and other artists, says that the Skinny project was a great way to reach people who'd never attend a gallery opening.




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Spotlight Events

  • Richie Cole @ James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy

    • Fri., Dec. 2, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. $10
    • 1 going/interested
  • The Toxic Avenger @ Cabaret at Theater Square

    • Sundays, 2 p.m., Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Wednesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18
  • Between Riverside and Crazy @ Pittsburgh Public Theater

    • Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., Tuesdays, 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 11

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