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Top reasons artists should move to Pittsburgh

We have at least 10 reasons why artists should make their home in Pittsburgh, from the ease of making your mark to the revved-up café culture. We'll outline five reasons here and then five more in a future issue. Got your own reason? We want to hear it.

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: JFilm Festival Kicks Off with Sold-Out Gala

For the next two weeks, the prestigious JFilm Festival will bring 20 award-winning films from around the globe to venues in and around Pittsburgh. From the remarkable career of Brooklyn-born journalist Ruth Gruber--who at age 20 became the world's youngest Ph.D. recipient--to the recent rise and fall of Eliot Spitzer, these reel stories were meant for the big screen. JFilm's gala opening is about to sell out, so grab your tickets now.

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Faces of Migration Film Festival

Did you know that in 2010, some 214 million people around the globe left their native countries to live somewhere else? What are their stories? From Paris to Jerusalem to the California desert, discover the myriad reasons why humans move. With 15 award-winning films, director Q&As, expert panels, and special parties, CMU's Faces of Migration is a cinema happening not to miss.

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Cool Things for Kids to do in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh offers a wealth of cultural and other activities for kids but on those days when you're not sure what to do, we've got the guide for you. Here's a select offering, from behind-the-scenes tours of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History to a Super Heroes happening at Toonseum.While you're at it, sign up for the new online publication, Pittsburgh is Kidsburgh--published quarterly.

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Ragnar Kjartansson's Song Opens at Carnegie Museum of Art

He sang for eight hours a day in a dilapidated theater in Iceland (did we mention the Viking costume?), played guitar in an abandoned barn in Norway, and was a break-out star at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Now contemporary artist Ragnar Kjartansson brings his spellbinding blend of endurance and creativity to the CMA. When we say you've got to hear it to believe it, we mean it.

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Pop Filter: Event of the Week

They hail from Hipsterville, USA (read: Portland, Oregon), have appeared on The Colbert Report, and at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A.. Now, catch indie rock sensations The Decemberists for their special CD Live! show at Downtown's elegant Byham Theater on August 14.

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Top 10 Kid-Friendly Attractions in Pittsburgh

Relocating her family to Downtown Pittsburgh proved to be an excellent decision, says the author. The more they got to know Pittsburgh, the more convinced they were that this is one family-friendly town. The only problem? With so many great things to do with kids, it was hard to choose. Here's her list of the Top 10.

Pop Filter: What's Hot This Week

This week in Pop Filter we feature six arts and cultural picks and, for our event of the week, we suggest an evening with Son Volt. Wind down your weekend with the signature alt-country stylings of Jay Farrar's Son Volt, while taking in the great outdoors at Hartwood Acres. We can't think of a better way to end a summer weekend. To see all six Pop Filter picks, scroll down. It's now on the home page, this week and every week, in the new Pop City.

12 Steps to Making Pittsburgh a National Energy Leader

The crisis is for real but the solutions are right at hand. Pittsburgh has turned the corner as a region that is better withstanding the down economy than many others. What's next for us? How about becoming a national leader in energy solutions? Turns out we have everything it takes. Here's the 12 Steps to making it happen.

New Girl in Town: On Nemacolin and Falling Rock

Did you know there's a new five-star resort near  Pittsburgh? And that no one at Pop City has been there? We've been to Nemacolin, of course, but not the modern and lux Falling Rock with the 24/7 butler service and 10-pillow menu. So off we went with--who else--but New Girl in Town?

Stamping Out Cigarette Butt Litter

If we could remove one thing from Pittsburgh, it might be the cigarette butt litter strewn over our landscape. While unsightly, research now shows that those cigarette butts are also toxic to our environment, polluting our streams and rivers. Here's what some Pittsburgh groups are doing to stamp out the problem.

New Girl in Town: What Pittsburgh Needs

Sure, we have much to appreciate but we can always do better. What does Pittsburgh need? Let's start with four amenities that could enhance our city--how about a living wall since we're already so green?--and raise the quality of life. Then we will continue the discussion after getting your suggestions.

From Dugout Dick to Eco Elvis: Your Environmental Road Trip

Deciding there was a role for him in the environmental movement, Mark Dixon created Your Environmental Road Trip (YERT) and traveled the country searching for innovative green solutions and delivering Pittsburgh's green message. Along the way, he discovered lots of people thinking creatively, including a cave dweller and an Elvis imitator.

Changemaker: Charlie Humphrey

As head of Pittsburgh’s Center for the Arts, Filmmakers, and Glass Center, Charlie Humphrey is taking arts advocacy to a whole new level, getting everyone involved as he battles the recession and deep budget cuts. What do the arts mean to this region? More than you think.

Pop Star: Laura Staniland

In her senior year at Duquesne, Laura Staniland has already started two companies and just snagged a $30,000 MacArthur Young Innovator award. Her proposal? A web-based game teaching kids innovative and effective public policy. Hey, we'll play!
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