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Best of Pittsburgh 2017

Best of Pittsburgh 2017

The results of our annual Readers’ Poll


The state’s ‘stand your ground’ law has failed to make waves, but activists and experts say Pennsylvanians shouldn’t forget about it

“These laws are important to keep your eye on because they often have effects that are counterintuitive to people.”

New ad campaign seeks to highlight potential air-quality concerns in Allegheny County

“It is important to have a broader conversation about where the greater Pittsburgh region is headed.”

Taking a look back at the best of Pittsburgh’s past

Don’t even get me started on Olive Garden’s 1998 victory.


Pittsburgh’s Brightside looking for a fresh start, plays Roboto Oct. 25

“We’re taking this reunion very slow, which is fine.”

Sexual violence isn’t just a Hollywood problem

From major labels to shows in basements, people abuse their power

Rich Dieter hopes to open a listening room for music in Pittsburgh

“You show respect to the musicians by paying attention while they’re performing.”


SHELTER: Crafting a Safe Home at Contemporary Craft

A show about finding home hits all the marks

Amy Schissel’s New World Order: OS at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Large-scale abstractions map our journeys both physical and intellectual

Exposing underwear at the Frick

Undressed explores some three centuries of undergarment hows, whys and why nots


DODO at Bricolage Production Company

An immersive work asks existentialist questions and leaves play-goers to seek answers

The Last of the Boys at Theatre Factory

Steven Dietz’s 2004 comedy-drama is haunting and sometimes genuinely funny

Short List

Short List: Oct. 19-26

Women serial killers sing in Angelmakers; the future of work; Harry Belafonte; Resonance Works season-opener


Strip District restaurant incubator Smallman Galley debuts four new concepts

Mix and match between Vietnamese, Latin American, Detroit pizza and American favorites

Stuff’d Pierogi Bar opens in Downtown Pittsburgh

Fillings range from traditional to unconventional, plus dessert pierogies

Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Coca Cafe vs. Piper’s Pub

A pair of mimosas go head to head


The Florida Project

Sean Baker’s film about kids living at a motel successfully mixes exhilaration and dread

Netflix’s new crime series recounts how the FBI developed psychological profiling

It’s 1977, and the country is grappling with headline-grabbing multiple murders


Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec is the most dominating football player in the Pittsburgh region and maybe the entire state

He’s so good that he’s been the target of sleazy college recruiters since he got out of middle school

This country has enough clueless white guys sounding off on racial injustice without Mike Ditka getting involved

When Iron Mike’s got something to say, he doesn’t care how completely stupid it makes him look

This week in Pittsburgh Sports History

A look back at events that you’ve either forgotten about or never heard of in the first place


Yes, that’s local U.S. Rep. candidate Tom Prigg in Netflix’s new 'Mindhunter' series

Prigg hopes his appearance as a SWAT member will lead to a more nuanced discussion on gun safety in the 12th District.

"East Texas Hot Links" begins Pittsburgh troupe's experiment with longer runs

Pittsburgh Playwrights tries a full season of staging shows for six weeks

How a doodle by a Pittsburgh-based data analyst became the pseudo-logo for NPR's 1A radio show

"I feel like the figure is mostly just a whimsical thing to lighten the mood in their twitter feed, which is otherwise reasonably serious"


PWSA ramps up its green-infrastructure program

Projects around the city will reduce sewage overflow

Savage Love

Kinks are for sharing with lovers, not mothers.


John Stupp’s Pawley’s Island

A delightful poetry collection explores fishing, jazz and more


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