Vol. 24, No. 14
Despite some gaps on the roster, Pirates have reason for optimism
Returning veterans form strong nucleus in 2014
By Charlie Deitch
Demitrius "Fake Pedro" Thorn is a genuine fan
Wearing Alvarez's No. 24 jersey is just part of his commitment
Five to Watch: The Pirates' fortunes in 2014 might depend on these X-factors
Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage might have been the team's real MVP the past few seasons ... and he'll earn his money this year
Utility player Josh Harrison can play anywhere in a pinch
"I can't afford to look too far ahead, or get caught looking behind me."
For veteran PNC Park vendor Gary Hall work begins in the offseason
"You have 50 pounds that you carry up and down the stairs for three hours a night. I have to be well-conditioned to be prepared for the rigors of a long season."
Solving county sewer problems will require a regional approach, officials say
"We're trying to herd cats in Allegheny County, which makes this process a little more challenging."
By Ashley Murray
Name Game: Incumbent Adam Ravenstahl faces suburban challenger, brother's past in new 20th District
"People are judging Adam as Luke, and that's a mistake."
By Chris Potter
BZ Bar and Grill
This sports bar, adjacent to PNC Park, offers thoughtfully conceived and better-than-average fare
By Angelique Bamberg and Jason Roth
PNC Park's new menu offerings go far beyond peanuts and Cracker Jack
"The Closer" is a quadruple-decker grilled-cheese sandwich with nine cheeses, apple-leek compote and candied bacon
By Andy Mulkerin
Squirrel Hill landmark Mineo's opens full-service bar
"It's a whole new dimension for us."
By Hal B. Klein
Allegheny City Market brings grocer back to War Streets
"People were really excited to finally have some place to walk or bike to get what they need."
By Jessica Server
Blaine Siegel's Dream Body engages – and unnerves.
A clear narrative of loss and longing, is palpable, while the details remain ambiguous.
By Lissa Brennan
A Pittsburgh writer's audacious first novel blends corporate satire, science fiction and conspiracies
"I wanted the book to have a sense in which adulthood is a sort of conspiracy against youth."
By Bill O'Driscoll
Jasmine Tate finds music to be a calling
"My friends and family kept having dreams of me playing guitar and singing."
White Like Fire warms up to Pittsburgh fans
"People didn't really like us. It was good, though; it was sort of a trial by fire."
By Julia Cook
Laura B. found music success in early-'90s L.A., but calls Pittsburgh home now
"I came to visit and basically never left."
By Margaret Welsh
Critics' Picks: April 2 - 8
Local shows from Phantogram, Great Caesar, Pegboard Nerds and Harrison Hudson
Recent music from Patton and The Squirrel Hillbillies
Les Misérables at Pittsburgh Musical Theater
It's a production without flaw.
By Alan W. Petrucelli
In the Heights at the University of Pittsburgh
The Tony-winner receives a colorful and lively production
By F. J. Hartland
A nationally touring dance work was inspired by stories collected by the LGBT Elders Oral History Project.
"This is LGBT history and it is also American history."
By Steve Sucato
Darren Aronofsky's ambitious film combines a popular Bible tale, the trappings of epic actioner and about a year's worth of discussion topics
By Al Hoff
If you just want a loop of hollered curses and gruesome deaths, David Ayer's actioner is serviceable
The fractures and strengths of a longtime marriage form the heart of this British dramedy
From the Koyaanisqatsi crew, a new meditation on humans
Film Kitchen, monthly local film and video screening
A video essay on Chinese screen detective Charlie Chan is featured
Lynn Cullen Live 04/02/14
Audio & Video Archive
Lynn Cullen Live 04/03/14
Lynn Cullen Live 04/04/14
Lynn Cullen Live 04/07/14
Lynn Cullen Live 04/08/14
Trans men did not have their masculinity handed to them. They earned it.
Short List: April 2 - 10
The Geek Art/Green Innovators Festival catches fire; tentacles embrace Sweetwater Center for the Arts; and visits from legendary Irish novelist Edna O'Brien and transgender activist Janet Mock, among other highlights.
Andy Warhol Museum
Wed., Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Audio & Video Archive
More Lynn Cullen Live
Cary Elwes is coming to Pittsburgh in April for The Princess Bride screening and Q&A
By Alex Gordon
I voted for myself and won a seat on my township's board of commissioners
By Josh Oswald
Hazelwood and Greenfield need flood protection and pedestrian infrastructure, not a multi-million dollar driverless shuttle, say residents and advocates
By Ryan Deto
Harris Theater continues film screenings under direction of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
By Amanda Waltz