Vol. 24, No. 46
Trick Question: Can the mayor's education task force make a difference in Pittsburgh schools by ignoring its problems?
"If everything was great we wouldn't need a task force."
By Rebecca Nuttall
City officials mum on police policy change calling for third-party review of excessive-force complaints
"It certainly raises questions about their trust in the existing oversight structure of the police department."
By Alex Zimmerman
Wild Ride: Lynn Cullen on her life, career and new one-woman show
"I've felt like my entire life has been an out-of-body experience."
By Ashley Murray
At this Downtown Uzbek restaurant, some dishes were good while others needed work
By Angelique Bamberg and Jason Roth
University of Pittsburgh researcher says study shows shoppers can be prompted to make healthier food choices
A six-month study looked at NuVal, which gives food products a single-number score
By Charlie Deitch
Portland Cocktail Week inspires local bartenders
"I wanted to take my craft more seriously."
By Celine Roberts
Though intermittently brilliant, Sebastian Errazuriz' show at the Carnegie is overstuffed
Ultimately there is too much included in this show
By Nadine Wasserman
Bill Miller's linoleum art highlights a show at Gallerie Chiz
The busy-ness of the environmental pieces is offset by the wealth of emotion and staggering depth of the portraits
By Lissa Brennan
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist come to town to spin Afrika Bambaataa's records
"There would be no Ozomatli or Jurassic 5 without Bambaataa."
By Seth Pfannenschmidt
Beauty Slap combines chamber-music pedigree with dance-music sound
"We've gotten way more comfortable with using the instruments that we have available."
By Samantha Ward
Velvet Heat takes jazz to a younger audience
"We're bringing a very feminine element to the music scene."
By Margaret Welsh
Critics' Picks, Nov. 13 - 19
Locals shows by Nikki Lane, Natural Child and Caroline Smith, plus Wreck Loose releases a 7-inch and the Bach Choir does Handel's Occasional Oratorio
Recent music from locals LoFi Delphi, Paddy the Wanderer and Jesse Mader
By Andy Mulkerin
Avenue Q at University of Pittsburgh Stages
The University of Pittsburgh Stage production is exceedingly well-done, sharply directed and boasts a flawless cast
By Alan W. Petrucelli
The Miracle Worker at Little Lake Theatre
That Little Lake found 9-year-old Madeline Dalesio is its own miracle
By Ted Hoover
As You Like It at the Conservatory Theatre Co.
It's a likable rendition of a Shakespearean favorite
By Michelle Pilecki
The Public and City Theatre offer world-premiere plays about celebrities of yore
L'Hotel finds Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and others in the afterlife; Smart Blonde resurrects actress Judy Holliday.
By Bill O'Driscoll
Dance work summons the memory of the passenger pigeon
"The piece takes you on a journey of this morphing between bird and human."
By Steve Sucato
For all its flaws, this space-time thriller is pretty entertaining
By Al Hoff
Ghosts of Amistad
Tony Buba and Marcus Rediker's documentary about the African roots of a famed slave-ship rebellion has its U.S. premiere here
Three Rivers Film Festival
Review and previews for the second week of programming
Bad Turn Worse
Three teens try to fix a crime with a second crime in this indie neo-noir
Beyond the Lights
A show-biz melodrama that tries to put a positive spin on its familiar plot
An exhilaratingly disturbing drama about the quest for musical perfection
Why Don't You Play in Hell?
Japanese shaggy-dog gangster comedy sure to amuse fans of filmmaking
Lynn Cullen Live 11/13/14
Audio & Video Archive
An open letter to Pennsylvania Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf
We put a lot of faith in you, and now it's incumbent upon you not to break that trust
An opposite-sex couple that wants to have a three-way is gonna have to make an effort
By Dan Savage
Stuff We Like
Short List: November 12 - 18
Science with puppets at Phipps; Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth at the Byham; local boxers at Consol; Napoleon biographer at Monday Night Lectures
Evening Lecture with Thomas Friedman
Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland
Tue., Oct. 15, 8-10 p.m.
Audio & Video Archive
More Lynn Cullen Live
U.S. Steel exec out after company loses billions in value; still given $1.4 million payout
By Ryan Deto
Q&A with the partner of a sex worker — my husband
By Jessie Sage
Documentary The Last Scene needs your photos and videos from early 2000s emo and pop-punk shows
By Alex Gordon
Exhibit to commemorate Miles Saal's art and promote advocacy for mental health awareness in the Pittsburgh African American arts community