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  • Sep 13-19, 2007
  • Vol. 17, No. 37

News+Features

  • 24/7 Protest
  • 24/7 Protest

    As of Sept. 10, as City Paper went to press, Butler and others picketing the station from the Pittsburgh Organizing Group had continued their 26-day protest against the war in Iraq, and the presence of military recruiters in the community, even though their one-day city permit expired as Butler spoke. They are maintaining a 24-hour presence next to the recruiting station, with Butler staying mostly seated in an unused doorfront next to the station while picketers with signs and pamphlets stand nearby. These picketers are also experiencing, they maintain, 24-hour police attention that targets them selectively compared to other potential sidewalk-blockers, from panhandlers to sandwich boards erected by the very businesses the city says the picketers shouldn't obstruct.
  • Environment

    Pittsburgh is a leader in green-building technology, boasting the first green convention center and numerous new green buildings like the Pittsburgh Glass Center and the Welcome Center at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Now, two local high school students are hoping to keep the streak alive with the new casino. The students say they'd like to see the casino achieve platinum Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design status. LEED certification, a national benchmark for environmentally sustainable construction, design and use of buildings, can be certified silver, gold or platinum, depending on how many specific green measures are met.
  • Fight Scene

    It took just 48 hours for local filmmakers to create entries for the Pittsburgh 48-Hour Film Project last month. It took only slightly longer for Oscar-style scraps to break out over the contest's winners. More than 100 posts on the competition's Web site (www.48hourfilm.com/pittsburgh/blog.php) turned what was supposed to be a lighthearted blog into a venue for anonymous gripes directed at organizers, judges and other competitors.

Food+Drink

  • Tomato Pie Cafe
  • Tomato Pie Cafe

    With fresh ingredients and an uncomplicated approach to Italian cooking, Tomato Pie Café is a pizzeria plus.

Music

Screen

  • The Brave One
  • The Brave One

    Neil Jordan's drama about a NYC reporter turned vigilante killer is familiar genre fare, while remaining uneasy: It's a different sort of revenge pic, wrapped up in a lukewarm critique of our fears and our desire for instant justice.
  • 2 Days in Paris
  • 2 Days in Paris

    The story of Marion and Jack -- on their way home to New York, and spending two days in Paris -- may not sound familiar, though it owes its inspiration to Annie Hall. French bathing habits, and the American obsession with cleanliness, are among the myriad cross-cultural topics on which Delpy's breezy screenplay wittily riffs.
  • Strange Culture
  • Strange Culture

    While Leeson and her subjects are appalled by Kurtz's plight, they're too smart to be shocked: After all, exposing governmental and corporate abuse of power is a CAE specialty.
  • Red Road
  • Red Road

    Red Road does suggest that the act of watching, particularly when abetted by fancy technology, may be as destructive to the viewer as to those under surveillance.

Arts

Views

Books

Stage

  • Ancestral Voices

    If I can indulge in a little armchair psychology, maybe it's because the story is so personal that he's unconsciously chosen to make it as impersonal as possible.

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