Vol. 24, No. 48
Small Business Saturday: For locally owned stores, holiday sales are a large part of a successful year
"We're trying to show off what we have."
By Rebecca Nuttall
Rewriting Tradition: Why some families are saying goodbye to Thanksgiving's outdated gender roles
"It's not important who does what, but that they both agree on what should be done."
By Ashley Murray
Toy Story: PAL sets fundraiser for holiday drive
The Polar Express to be shown as part of a day-long holiday party
By Charlie Deitch
Less is More: Eve Picker is going to fill the city's vacant lots — one tiny house at a time
"I can take nothing and turn it into something"
By Abby Mendelson
Along Steubenville Pike, a winning hybrid of American diner fare and Greek specialties
By Angelique Bamberg and Jason Roth
Justin Strong, of AVA Lounge, returns with a new brunch event at Altar Bar
He expects to take on amateur chefs just as often as pros
By Andy Mulkerin
Departing columnist takes stock of changes on local booze scene
"Thank you, bartenders, for educating and inspiring me."
By Hal B. Klein
Finnbogi Petursson's Second/Second entrances at Wood Street
Audio, sound installations open new worlds
By Michelle Fried
Duane Michals on his huge retrospective at the Carnegie
"My photographs are all whispers, whereas others are shouting."
By Heather Mull
A Conversation With Duane Michals
The pioneering photographer talks life, death and why, in art, smaller is better
Local author explores addiction recovery through physical health
"Americans find it really dangerous to live inside our bodies."
By Danielle Fox
Jimmer Podrasky works on a comeback after 20 years under the radar
"I don't think the world needed another rock band, but my son needed a father."
Baltimore club music meets Pittsburgh this weekend
The limiting factors of a small city generate a vibrant underground scene in both places
By Samantha Ward
Touchfaster and The Ruckus Bros. sync Pink Floyd and The Wizard — live
"We weren't sure how we were going to top Thriller."
Critics' Picks, Nov. 27-Dec. 3
Local shows by Sleepy Hahas, The Shadowboxers and Royal Blood, plus a hometown show for Wicked Chief
Recent music from Amuck and Squonk Opera
A Streetcar Named Desire at barebones productions
It's a perfect incarnation of the Tennessee Williams classic
By Michelle Pilecki
Smart Blonde at City Theatre
It's like having very talented people read you a Wikipedia entry
By Ted Hoover
L'Hôtel at Pittsburgh Public Theater
It is mainly an excuse for a wonderful cast to don the mantles of famous/notorious artists
The Theory of Everything
You could do worse for a heartwarming true-life story about smart people than James Marsh's bio-pic of Stephen Hawking
By Al Hoff
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
The games are over, and the real battle begins in the latest chapter of the The Hunger Games
A new documentary looks at State College in the wake of the Penn State scandal
Horrible Bosses 2
The title doesn't like: It's the same as the first one
Jingle Bell Rocks
Tracking the history, mystery, majesty and gooey heart of Christmas tunes
A languid and evocative meditation on music, creativity, Memphis, religion and more
A new doc looks at the California brown pelican, and finds a cool bird
Lynn Cullen Live 11/26/14
Audio & Video Archive
Lynn Cullen Live 12/01/14
Lynn Cullen Live 12/02/14
Offensive Holding: Not much has changed in college sports since the Penn State scandal
"The NCAA makes 500 million a year because of the reverence of football."
"You trusted the wrong person and you don't have anything to say you're sorry for."
By Dan Savage
Stuff We Like
Short List: November 26 - December 2
Igudesman and Joo cut up at the PSO; Obsessions show opens at Space; Eddie Ifft plays the Improv; poet Marcus Wicker reads at Point Park
Sun., Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Audio & Video Archive
More Lynn Cullen Live
Steve Zappala, son of Allegheny County DA, is running for state House District 21
By Ryan Deto
Pittsburgh gets its own holiday earworm with "Black and Gold Christmas"
By Lisa Cunningham
Workers at LGBTQ service center Persad vote to unionize with United Steelworkers
A Pittsburgh holiday treat benefits Childrens Hospital for nearly 50 years
By Maggie Weaver