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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 5:31 PM

click to enlarge Protesters outside of U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus' office in Ross on Nov. 29. - CP PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
CP photo by Ryan Deto
Protesters outside of U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus' office in Ross on Nov. 29.
Protesters in Pittsburgh’s North Hills are begging for their fellow residents to pay attention to the details of what is in store if the Republicans’ tax-reform bill passes and is signed into law.

“With the demographics that live in [Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District], almost no one will benefit from this plan,” said Stacey Vernallis, of left-leaning grassroots group PA 12 for Progress, at a Nov. 29 protest in Ross. About 20 other protesters joined Vernallis outside of the office of U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Sewickley) to protest the the proposed tax bill.

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Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 11:48 AM

Photo courtesy of Hans Christian Terslin
To say that Pittsburgh's Code Orange is having a good year would be a criminal understatement.

Since we last spoke to the band's drummer/vocalist Jami Morgan, the group has graced the covers of Revolver and Kerrang!; have put out collaborative tracks with members of Megadeth; and had a hand in creating a ToonTrack Doom/Core midi pack. In addition to packing rooms on headlining tours, CO has performed in Europe, with System of a Down; supported Gojira on a full U.S. tour; and is currently on tour with hardcore legends Hatebreed.

Code Orange's Forever landed on Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of the Year List, and the band performed "Bleeding in the Blur" live to open up WWE's highly anticipated NXT Takeover III: Brooklyn, in addition to performing Aleister Black's entrance music live. Code Orange is the first band to perform live at a WWE event.

If all of these impressive accolades were not enough, the band has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance for its titular track off 2017's Forever. This makes Code Orange the first rock band from Pittsburgh nominated for a Grammy, and arguably the first hardcore band nominated for a Grammy.

Anyone who has been paying attention to Code Orange since its inception in 2008 knows that this success is not a fluke. The band has been tirelessly hustling since day one to make moves and push musical boundaries, always pushing to be the best band possible. From playing shows at the original Mr. Roboto Project and 222 Ormsby and touring on high school breaks to easily selling out the Rex Theater on Jan. 13 this year, the band has been burning a clear path to success, a road lined with blood and sweat and fierce dedication.

This is Code Orange's world, after all. We're just living in it.

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Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 10:25 AM

Tickets still remain for the Pittsburgh stop on Mike Birbiglia’s 25-city tour of his show The New One.

Photo courtesy of Evan Sung
The acclaimed actor and storytelling comedian is known for his wry, highly personal and artfully crafted one-man shows and comedy specials including Sleepwalk With Me, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God For Jokes. He is a frequent contributor to public radio’s This American Life.

The show is at 7 p.m. this Fri., Dec. 1.

Tickets are $40.25 and are available here.

The Byham Theater is located at 101 Sixth St., Downtown.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Posted By on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 12:17 PM

click to enlarge Aryanna Berringer - PHOTO COURTESY OF CAMPAIGN
Photo courtesy of campaign
Aryanna Berringer
When Murrysville resident Aryanna Berringer was a kid, her father was arrested and jailed for marijuana possession. She is the youngest of 10 children, and her mother had to work three waitress jobs to make ends meet, since her father, a truck driver, could no longer support the family.

Berringer, a longtime Democratic Party activist and Iraq War veteran, entered the race to challenge incumbent Lt. Gov. Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia) back in May. She says her life experience is what motivated her to run for lieutenant governor; she hopes to counter any other candidates who may lack authenticity.

“Politicians that have been bred for these roles,” says Berringer. “We don’t often elect people who have lived through the life of the people they want to serve.”

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 3:48 PM

click to enlarge Daniella Trimble and Patrick Coyle of Soft Gondola - PHOTO COURTESY OF ZACK EISENFELD
Photo courtesy of Zack Eisenfeld
Daniella Trimble and Patrick Coyle of Soft Gondola

Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s “Six Eyes,” by Soft Gondola. It’s a dreamy, soft voyage, doused in reverb, and full of surreal, colorful lyrical imagery. Stream or download “Six Eyes” for free below. If you like what you hear, check out the rest of their recently released EP, Where I Go.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 4:51 PM

Photo courtesy of SPIKE TV
Pittsburgh is a town that really values its rough-around-the-edges dives, so it will be interesting to see if Bar Rescue, the hit docu-reality series from Spike TV, meets more than the token resistance when it rolls into town to film later this year. The series, heading into its sixth season, is hosted by bar consultant Jon Taffer, who has been called “the Gordon Ramsey of the bar business,” a towering and gregarious man who plays the no-nonsense businessman trope. His catchphrase: ”SHUT IT DOWN!”

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 5:36 PM

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The Republicans in the U.S. House and Pennsylvania House appear to have a similar goal: Raise taxes on low- and middle-income individuals, so that wealthy people and corporations avoid paying more in taxes.

The U.S. House recently passed a tax-reform plan with only Republican votes, including U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Sewickley), U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) and all other Republican representatives from Pennsylvania. The bill would offer a tax reprieve to low- and middle-income individuals initially, but those cuts would expire; by 2027, some low- and middle-income individuals would eventually be paying more in taxes, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The ultra-wealthy (those making $5 million and up) and corporations, however, would be paying significantly less indefinitely. Politicians like Rothfus justify this bill saying expanded economic growth from tax cuts will lead to better wages for workers.

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Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 5:10 PM

Nominations are now open for City Paper’s first-ever Pittsburgher of the Year Award. The nomination form can be found online and submissions will be accepted from the public until 5 p.m., Wed. Dec. 6. CP's editorial staff will make the final selection, which will be revealed on the cover of our Dec. 20 issue.

Any individual from Allegheny County who makes a strong contribution toward the betterment of the community is eligible for the award.

“We are looking to honor someone whose work and life has a real impact on Pittsburgh and this region,” said CP Editor Charlie Deitch in announcing the award. “There are more than a dozen names of worthy individuals for this honor that quickly come to mind. But we also know that there are dozens more in this community that we don’t hear from every day that are making a difference.

“Those are the people that I urge our readers to nominate and bring to our attention.”

The nomination form can be found here.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 5:33 PM

Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s new, unreleased music from the alt-folk ensemble Arlo Aldo. “Stay” has all the heartsick harmonies and smart guitar work you’d expect from this crew, but they take a more intimate and restrained approach here. Look out for this album, Two-Piece Promenade, on Future Oak Records in early 2018.

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Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 3:45 PM

Photos courtesy of Carnegie Science Center

On Monday, the Carnegie Science Center opened the Rangos Giant Cinema, formerly known as the Rangos Omnimax Theater, after closing in July for renovations. The theater features a new 70-by-38-foot screen, making it the only “Giant Screen” in Pennsylvania, as certified by the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA). In order to qualify as a Giant Screen, a theater must meet specific guidelines regarding the size of the screen and layout of the seats.

In his remarks, Science Center Co-director Ron Baillie called the new screen "the future of cinema." According to a survey conducted by GSCA, 70% of consumers said a theater being certified as a Giant Screen would affect their theater choice.

Before renovations, the theater held a dome-style screen, which could only play costly 70 mm film reels. "When we opened the Science Center in 1991, that was state of the art at the time. But fast forward 25 plus years and the industry has changed. Technology has changed," says Chad Hunter, director of Rangos Giant Cinema.

The Science Center will continue to focus on showing movies that meet its goal of educating and entertaining through science and technology. "We want to stay true to our mission," says Hunter. "We've had millions of families in here over the years seeing our science and educational films and we want to continue to do that." According to Hunter, the theater will maintain a ratio of roughly 75 percent educational and scientific films to 25 percent blockbusters and special events.

The theater re-opened with three nature-centric films: Amazon Adventure 3D, which depicts the discoveries of Charles Darwin contemporary, Henry Bates; Tiny Giants 3D, a look into the life of the world's small animals; and Animalopolis, a compilation of wild animals acting goofy. A big draw, however, will be Hollywood blockbusters, like the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Future possibilities for the screen include concert satellite feeds, sporting events and video games.

Although Giant and 3D screens can sometimes induce motion sickness or headaches from the screen stimulation, Hunter believes that the updated technology will eliminate the disorienting feeling that previously caused some viewers to leave the theater. There will also be sensory-sensitive shows, with lights up and sound down, for some upcoming movies like The Polar Express.

The theater's renovation is part of the Science Center's broader expansion plan, which includes the PPG Science Pavilion opening in 2018 and a group of FedEx STEM learning labs.

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