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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Just announced: new shows coming to Pittsburgh

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 5:07 PM

  • Photo: David McClister
  • Hayes Carll

Stay up-to-date with your favorite artist and musicians coming to Pittsburgh. Each week, CP will bring you the most recent concert announcements so you never miss a show.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Womxn 412 offers a "no dude poets" poetry slam at City of Asylum

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 1:37 PM


If you're heading over to tonight's Womxn 412 Poetry Slam at City of Asylum, don't expect a subdued crowd, folded hands, and polite applause. 

“The nice thing about poetry slam is that it's not like a mom-and-pop, Barnes and Noble, very quiet, poetry reading,” says Shanna Alden, co-slam master for Steel City Slam, which is presenting the event with Pittsburgh Poetry Collective. “It's loud and raucous."

Alden is one of fourteen poets participating in Womxn 412 at City of Asylum tonight. Poets span genres, subject matter, and style with one common factor: All are Pittsburghers that identify as female or are gender non-conforming. 

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Monday, November 5, 2018

#MusicMonday Wrap-up: Nov. 5

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 5:40 PM

Janet Jackson at MTV Europe Music Awards - PHOTO: MTV EMAS
  • Photo: MTV EMAs
  • Janet Jackson at MTV Europe Music Awards

Every Monday, CP staff writer Jordan Snowden wraps up the weekend in local and national music news with #MusicMonday. Here's what happened over the past couple of days.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Pittsburgh City Paper staffers discuss this week's Election Issue on Pittsburgh City Podcast

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 6:49 PM

Pittsburgh City Paper senior writer Ryan Deto and editor-in-chief Lisa Cunningham
  • Pittsburgh City Paper senior writer Ryan Deto and editor-in-chief Lisa Cunningham
Listen to the Nov. 2 edition of the Pittsburgh City Podcast as City Paper's editor-in-chief Lisa Cunningham and senior writer Ryan Deto discuss this week's Election Issue, and how they adapted after last weekend's tragic mass shooting in Squirrel Hill occurred days before they went to press.

The Pittsburgh City Podcast is a collective effort between Pittsburgh City Paper and Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation, hosted by Paul Guggenheimer.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

"Countdown 2 Vote" is now “Stronger Than Hate: A Concert with Kesha"

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 3:34 PM

Stronger Than Hate: A Concert with Kesha - PHOTO: THE DELTA FOUNDATION OF PITTSBURGH
  • Photo: The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh
  • Stronger Than Hate: A Concert with Kesha

The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh’s Sat., Nov. 3 event “Countdown 2 Vote" with headliner Kesha is now “Stronger Than Hate: A Concert with Kesha.”

In the aftermath of the shooting that took place on Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, the foundation, along with Kesha and her management team, made the decision to change the name and donate proceeds to the Jewish Federation's Our Victims of Terror fund.

“We believe that now is the time to bring all of Pittsburgh's LGBT community, businesses, organizations, and our allies together as one and support our friends in the Jewish community,” said Christine Bryan, director of marketing and development of the Delta Foundation, in an email to Pittsburgh City Paper.

A nonprofit advocacy organization for the LGBT community, The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh organizes the annual Pittsburgh Pride festival. Originally, the concert was meant to encourage people to get out and vote during the upcoming Nov. 6 midterm elections. Kesha was chosen because she is an advocate for the support of the LGBT community and is outspoken on issues like gun control.

Stronger Than Hate: A Concert with Kesha. 6 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3. Liberty Avenue between Ninth and 10th streets, Downtown. $59-139.

 The event will include full-service bars and numerous food options.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Pittsburgh Hamilton tickets go on sale Monday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 2:51 PM

Elijah Malcomb, Joseph Morales, Kyle Scatliffe, Fergie L. Philippe and Company - PHOTO: JOAN MARCUS
  • Photo: Joan Marcus
  • Elijah Malcomb, Joseph Morales, Kyle Scatliffe, Fergie L. Philippe and Company

Local fans of HAMILTON: An American Musical have been waiting for the announcement for some time: tickets for the tour’s Pittsburgh stop go on sale Mon., Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. 

If you've somehow missed the headlines for the past three years, HAMILTON is the story of Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who rose to prominence during the Revolutionary War and was the nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Telling American history by blending hip hop, jazz, blues, showtunes. and R&B, the producers describe the show as “the story of America then, as told by America now.” It was nominated for a record-setting 16 Tony Awards in 2016. 

HAMILTON’s stay in Pittsburgh will consist of 32 performances from Jan. 1 through Jan. 27, 2019 at the Benedum Center. General tickets for the performances range from $81-190, with a select number of premium seats available for $420. 

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Children of couple killed in Tree of Life mourn their parents and share their story

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 1:34 PM

  • Photo courtesy the Simon family
  • Sylvan and Bernice Simon
Alleged shooter Robert Bowers killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday in Squirrel Hill. The congregants were attending a bris, and among the victims were Bernice and Sylvan Simon.

Many family members of the victims have remained quiet in their time of mourning. This mass shooting is believed to the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Bernice and Sylvan Simon were 84 and 86 years old respectively. They were married at Tree of Life 62 years ago. Their children wanted to share their feelings about the death of Bernice and Sylvan. A statement from the children was sent to City Paper from KDKA, who asked CP to share it here:

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Senior Writer Ryan Deto talks midterm elections on Pittsburgh City Podcast

What issues are igniting Republican and Democratic bases?

Posted on Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 2:54 PM

Senior Writer Ryan Deto
  • Senior Writer Ryan Deto

Listen to the Pittsburgh City Podcast as Senior Writer Ryan Deto dives deep into local races and the policies that should drive voters' decision-making.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Pylon Pics: Love everyone. No exceptions.

Posted By on Sun, Oct 28, 2018 at 6:09 PM

Antonio Brown hugs a fan on the sidelines prior to kickoff against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Antonio Brown hugs a fan on the sidelines prior to kickoff against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field.
"We need love, not hate. And we need that giant hug..."

Those were the words of Jeff Finkelstein, President/CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh during today's vigil at Soldiers & Sailors in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He spoke just after the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns 33-18 at Heinz Field.

Sports offer us a healthy, temporary distraction from life during times like these. It’s not for everyone. We all have our own ways of dealing with obstacles in front of us, many of which are emotional in nature for many Pittsburghers right now. It can also be a platform for change like what we’ve seen in recent years with Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, and others. But it’s many things for many people. Today, myself and approximately 68,000 people used football to help heal.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Vigil brings hundreds to Squirrel Hill to mourn victims of Tree of Life synagogue shooting

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 8:39 PM

Hundreds gather for a vigil in Squirrel Hill on Sat., Oct. 27, 2018. - CP PHOTO: JUSTIN MATASE
  • CP photo: Justin Matase
  • Hundreds gather for a vigil in Squirrel Hill on Sat., Oct. 27, 2018.
Crowds gathered in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood tonight for a vigil following this morning's tragedy where 11 people were killed and six were injured in what is being categorized by the Anti-Defamation League as "likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States."

Tonight’s event was organized by the students of Taylor Allderdice High School and Dor Hadash, one of the congregations that meets for prayer at Squirrel Hill's Tree of Life synagogue, where the shooting occurred.

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