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  • Sep 6-12, 2007
  • Vol. 17, No. 36

News+Features

  • Street Wise:
  • Street Wise:

    Local band The 9th Ward makes some noise -- and a difference -- on the Lawrenceville streets
  • School of Hard Knocks
  • School of Hard Knocks

    Greg Schaffer and his wife Cassi Schaffer-McNalley say they've loved living in Oakland for its culture and vibrancy, but they want to sell the Dawson Street home they've owned for 10 years. Over the years, conflicts with student renters have grown into what feels like war, and the violence on the night of Aug. 5 sealed it. "When we first moved in, it was a quaint community," Schaffer says. "It's not like that anymore. We're both done."
  • Moving forward

    It will be up to a Western Pennsylvania jury to decide whether the written works of a 55-year-old Donora woman are obscene. On Aug. 30, Judge Joy Flowers Conti declined to dismiss obscenity charges against Karen Fletcher, who formerly operated a text-only Web site. Fletcher is accused of charging 29 customers roughly $10 each for access to the Redrosestories.com site, whose offerings included six stories depicting the rape, torture and murder of young children. Fletcher's attorneys contend that since the stories are fictional and no child was actually harmed, Fletcher is being charged with a thought crime. "Text is as close to the process of thought as you can get," attorney Jerome Mooney argued.
  • New School

    In mid-July, Tiondra Suiter and Christina Seaton stood in a narrow Duquesne High School hallway, telling a reporter they staunchly opposed leaving the school district they'd attended all their lives and transferring to a district where they felt unwanted. But in late August, after just three days at East Allegheny High School, their sentiments have changed. "I was really upset and angry when they closed Duquesne. It was my school," says Suiter, a senior, standing on her porch, which overlooks her now-defunct former high school. "But now that I finally started at East Allegheny, I'm starting to like it."
  • Buccaneers Seek Booty

    "We are a new fetish company in the Pittsburgh area, Fetish Fantasy Island. We are looking for people that [sic] would like to participate in our up coming [sic] fetish event ..." Such a spam-ish casting call is standard fare on the Internet, but this was no ordinary spam: It was directed at about 100 local people, most of them actors, arts patrons, and college instructors. The ad was sent by Gene Fenton, a Pittsburgh-based sculptor and Renaissance man, who was seeking performers for a Sept. 21 party at the Altar Bar. Those seeking to audition had to be at least 18 years old, and the parts were diverse: "Dancing Girls," "Bar Wench," "Flower Girl," "Tour Guide," and, most eye-opening of all, "several girls and guys" for a "pirate slave auction." For many recipients, the e-mail was automatically filtered into junk folders. But for some of those who saw it, the invitation was a little startling.

Food+Drink

  • The Chelsea Grille
  • The Chelsea Grille

    With its tender crust and mix of astringent and creamy sauces, the fritto baguette was simultaneously simple and decadent.
  • Farmers' Market

    I greenly ventured into the realm of sustainable agriculture thinking I was Alice Waters -- when, clearly, I'm the donut-box grandmother in Sixteen Candles.

Music

Screen

  • No End in Sight
  • No End in Sight

    Charles Ferguson's documentary about the U.S. occupation of Iraq is a cogent, thoughtful work that should elicit gasps of outrage from partisans of all stripes.
  • The 11th Hour
  • The 11th Hour

    Interviews with dozens of scientists, activists and thinkers comprise the core of Nadia Conners and Leila Conners Petersen's film about ecological collapse, which is much more ambitious than Al Gore's hit wake-up call.
  • Raw Tactics of the Subversive Body
  • Raw Tactics of the Subversive Body

    SubRosa's "Vulva De/Re Constructa" wittily deconstructs the sales language and Freudian imagery in the growing field of cosmetic labial surgery; though hindered by sketchy production values, it's as whip-smart as it is gleefully graphic.
  • Rocket Science
  • Rocket Science

    Rocket Science has great moments that feel both real and off-kilter -- a dreadful school counselor, a drunken bike ride and an unattainable slice of pizza. (Capsule review)
  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • 3:10 to Yuma

    James Mangold's remake of the 1957 drama hews close to its old-school Western roots; there's a good guy, a bad guy, a clear moral purpose, and plenty of shoot-'em-ups. (Capsule review)

Arts

Views

  • This Just In
  • This Just In

    Highlights from the local TV news.

Books

Stage

Spotlight Events

  • Pittsburgh New Works Festival @ Carnegie Stage

    • Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25
  • Wig Out! @ Pittsburgh Playhouse

    • Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25
  • Hand to God @ City Theatre

    • Sun., Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 1, 5:30 & 9 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 & 5:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 15

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