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Blog: Paige Beal on top ticketed attractions in Pittsburgh

What are the best attended attractions in Pittsburgh? A professor at Point Park makes the case that the Top 5 illuminate the uniqueness of Pittsburgh's rich entertainment offerings. And more: of all the Top 10 most livable cities, where do you think Pittsburgh ranks in Arts & Leisure?

Pop Star: Melanie Harrington of Vibrant Pittsburgh

Who better to lead a new group that connects diverse newcomers to Pittsburgh than a diverse newcomer? Meet Melanie Harrington, the new leader of Vibrant Pittsburgh, who arrived last summer to make Pittsburgh a better, more welcoming place and find out why it matters so much.

Cool Perks! What Pittsburgh Companies are Offering to Lure Top Talent

Personal trainers and chefs. First-class gyms. Hammocks suspended from ceilings. Balconies overlooking a river and bike trails. Though it sounds like things found in a resort, these are all cool perks from Pittsburgh companies who are keen on attracting the best talent--and keeping them.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Indie Rock Icons The Decemberists Perform at the Benedum

They hail from hipsterville, U.S.A. (read: Portland, Oregon), have appeared on The Colbert Report and enlisted legendary R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck to play on their new album, The King is Dead. Those lucky enough to snag tickets are counting down the minutes until The Decemberists bring their signature theatrical chamber pop to the Benedum.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Tasty Hit Play Superior Donuts Opens at Pittsburgh Public Theater

The smell of fresh tasty donuts--and change--is in the air at Pittsburgh Public Theater. Step into Superior Donuts, the Chicago shop owned by aging hippie Arthur Przybyzewski, and meet its eccentric cast of regulars--from a Star Trek-obsessed cop to a Russian DVD entrepreneur--as the past, the present and new friendships take root in the heart of one of The Windy City's most diverse communities.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Experience Radical Reels at the Banff Mountain Film Festival

Ready to explore the wild bug and bear-populated environs of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, battle 10-meter waves in Australia's shark-infested Tasman Sea, and walk for one year straight across remote China? The Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to town for three adventure-packed days. Read all about it here.

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.

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.

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.

New Girl in Town: Cheap Eats in Downtown Pittsburgh

It had to be good, inexpensive and located downtown. With that in mind, New Girl in Town explored the streets of the Golden Triangle to find some of the best affordable eating in Pittsburgh. Here's a select guide from cool new places to the ones that have been there so long you overlook them.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Circle Mirror Transformation opens at Pittsburgh Public Theater

Circle Mirror Transformation has already nabbed a 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play and a Drama Desk Award nomination--to name a few. This month at the O'Reilly, discover why the absorbing new work has helped rocket 29-year-old playwright Annie Baker into the national spotlight, with many dubbing her "the freshest new voice in theater today."

Q & A: Steven E. Sokol, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

If there's one question Steven Sokol gets a lot, it's about moving here from New York. Now living in downtown Pittsburgh, he explains why he's excited to be here, why it's so important that we connect on a global level and what pressing problem that we all share keeps him awake at night.

The Best Burgers and Hot Dogs in Pittsburgh

Where to go for the best hamburgers and hot dogs in town? You might be surprised. From Franktuary, of course, to the best Kobe burger in town at Nine on Nine (trust us on this one), we'll show you where to go to satisfy the cravings that only intensify in the summer. Grill, baby, grill.

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.

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.
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