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We will grow

10 little things that will pack a big Pittsburgh punch in 2015

From its tiniest residents to its biggest ideas, Pittsburgh made some strategic moves in 2014 that have the potential to reap big rewards in 2015 and beyond. Pop City Media predicts the people, projects and places to watch. 


Pop Filter Hot Pick: WYEP's 7th Annual Holiday Hootenanny

WYEP-FM rolls out the seventh incarnation of its Holiday Hootenanny at Stage AE on Dec. 11, featuring local musicians performing holiday standards.


A world of immersive, interactive installation art at the Mattress Factory

As a cultural institution on the North Side, The Mattress Factory defies common perceptions of what a museum dedicated to installation art can and should be. 

Tech literacy in practice

Homework for parents: How to prepare students for career success

How can we prepare girls for a future workplace that's increasingly global and technology-driven? Teach them the three essential skills for career success, say experts from The Ellis School.


Pop Filter Hot Pick: Attack Theatre's Holiday Festival

Attack Theatre rings in the holiday season with a weekend of dance performances and seasonal merriment.

The first floor of the re-designed Paramount Building

Innovative architects transform abandoned sites into neighborhood icons

Through innovative sustainability and re-use practices, local design firms are preserving essential pieces of Pittsburgh history by turning neglected structures into neighborhood icons.

Wheel of fortune

Pittsburgh's biggest losers: How the casino culture exploits gambling addicts

While state and local politicians have praised the influx of tax dollars from gambling revenue, western Pennsylvania gamblers lose more money than ever. One writer shares his point of view. 

Grandview Avenue

9 DIY fixes to spruce up your block on a shoestring budget

Fixing up the common areas in your neighborhood can have a butterfly effect that enlivens the whole community. Cheap and easy, these nine do-it-yourself tips can transform a street from so-so to showstopper.

Shopping al fesco

'Tis the season for shopping local: 6 can't-miss holiday markets

Support Pittsburgh's arts-and-crafts entrepreneurs on Small Business Saturday and every day through the holidays. With so many choices for locally made gifts, you're sure to find a special something for everyone on your list.


Pop Filter Hot Pick: Broughton's Rules album release party

Brillobox hosts an album release party for Anechoic Horizon, the sophomore effort from Pittsburgh supergroup Broughton's Rules.

A replica of a mystery in Kecksburg

The truth is out there....in Kecksburg, PA

Kecksburg is home to one of the state's most mysterious sites. On Dec. 9, 1965, something strange happened in this Westmoreland County town. Call it aliens, call it a conspiracy -- but definitely call it an adventure.

Audrey Russo, CEO of Pittsburgh Technology Council

Pittsburgh's tech sector lines up for the next generation of talent

A strong Pittsburgh economy depends in part on nurturing the region's thriving high-tech sector. The city's technology leaders maintain that the heart of any future success will be continued talent attraction, be it from inside or outside the region.

Little Free Library

Happening upon Heidelberg: The tiny borough with big plans

Tucked away in a quaint corner of Pittsburgh's South Hills, Heidelberg recently got a big dose of revitalization, including new sidewalks, street lanterns, benches and ornamental signs.


Pop Filter Hot Pick: DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist's Renegades of Rhythm Tour

The Renegades of Rhythm Tour has legendary DJ's DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist celebrating hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaattaa's legacy.

Story Club South Side in Chicago

The art of ordinary life: Why storytelling nights are suddenly everywhere

In our hyperconnected, digital age, people hunger for real stories. In Cleveland and across the country, storytelling nights are growing thanks to the popularity of The Moth, This American Life and other programs that elevate life into art.
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