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M.I.A. brings her agitprop hip-hop to Stage AE

The pop music lightning rod comes to Pittsburgh on the heels of the release of her fourth album "Matangi."

Photo Slide Show: My impressions of Pittsburgh in 120 seconds

Before presenting on Bristol where he is mayor, George Ferguson entertained those at the Remaking Cities Congress with his astute and humorous observations of Pittsburgh. From our bridges--there are bridges under bridges!--to our walkability, here's how he viewed our green "left field" city. TIP: click on captions to see his remarks!

Photo slide show: The yarnbombing of the Warhol Bridge

In an amazing feat of collaboration, persistence and fiber art, artist Amanda Gross and group of 1,847 volunteers created the largest yarnbombing project ever, covering the Andy Warhol Bridge with bright, multi-colored panels. See it here and then get downtown and gawk for yourself.

Great places to drink coffee in Pittsburgh

It's not just the coffee but where you drink it. As coffeehouse culture in Pittsburgh keeps getting better, we invite you to check out our list of great spots to drink a great brew. It runs the gamut from classic one-of-a-kind places such as La Prima Espresso to newer faves including Espresso a Mano.

Impressions of Pittsburgh: what the arts delegates had to say about our city

Recently, 1000 or so arts delegates from around the country converged in Pittsburgh to meet and to experience our arts scene. When we kept hearing them gush (like the newly turned-on fountain) about our city, we asked some to go on record with their impressions. From the president of PBS to the Director of the Austin Ballet, here's what they had to say.

5 Pittsburgh theater troupes that continue to surprise

Want to get turned on to eccentric, cutting-edge theater where you'll see something you’ve never seen before? Here are five Pittsburgh theater groups that are hard to categorize but well worth watching.

What's next for The Pittsburgh Promise?

With a new infusion of funding and more evidence that it's working, The Pittsburgh Promise launches a new phase with the same outstanding promise to each city student who qualifies: $40,000 in college scholarships.

ReClaim Northside: A lesson in vacant lot renewal

Ten ambassadors on the North Side were chosen to take part in Reclaim NorthSide to green vacant lots. The GTECH program not only teaches them step by step how to complete a green project, but it also helps them become advocates for community change. 

Making the most of Pittsburgh's craft beer (by pairing it with the best kind of food)

Just in time for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, some tips on pairing craft beer with food that brings out its best. Think Nut Brown Ale and a rich cheese or a Czech pilsner with spicy jambalaya. Learn more here then head for some Beer Week events like the Farm to Fork beer dinner where you can taste test. Cheers!

How to get connected to Pittsburgh

Want to meet more people and get better connected in your city? Here's an informal guide to get you started, from finding events you'll enjoy to networking to help your career and helpful tips along the way.

Moms with home businesses make it work

Pittsburgh moms who are staying home to raise their kids and build a career are finding fresh ways to ensure that both thrive despite the many challenges.

Cultural gems: City of Asylum Pittsburgh

The founders of City of Asylum Pittsburgh, and creators of one of the most colorful and cultural blocks in Pittsburgh, are embarking on yet another venture--Alphabet City. It's like nothing else in town, but then what would you expect?

The Third Place: Maggie Connor and Buena Vista Cafe

Do you have a "third place?" It's that place outside of work and home that you make your own in some way. A favorite coffee shop, perhaps, like Maggie Connor has in the Cafe Buena Vista on the North Side.

A guide to cool wedding venues in Pittsburgh

Want to get a little creative with your wedding plans? Try any of these suggested places for your wedding, from the colorful Children's Museum, where you can bring in guests by school bus, to bubbly Perlé or some other new venues. Lavender fields, perhaps?

Great gift ideas: stocking stuffers, all local

Here's the lowdown on the best places to go for cool stocking stuffers this year. We've got the list for shopping local.
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