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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Downtown Doubleheader: Gallery Crawl & Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh

Port-of-Culture: All aboard the creative ship that sets sail Downtown this Friday night. Don your most festive maritime threads to cruise through the Cultural District's world-class galleries and venues. Your final destination? An all-inclusive ship-themed soiree, complete with discotheque, live entertainment and a new party pad in the Bally's Building.

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From Cabo to Pittsburgh: The Elements of a good story

What brought a surfer from Cabo San Lucas to downtown Pittsburgh to open Elements? Chef David Greenberg was ready to leave sunny Mexico and searching for the right opportunity when a friend alerted him to the space vacated by Palomino. Now he's here with his family making a go of adventurous fare and local food.

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Blog: The arts in crisis

The impact of arts is profound, from shaping our everyday lives to giving meaning and pleasure to our world to making our kids smarter in many ways. Read this defense of the arts and then see how you feel about the cuts to non-profits arts organizations.

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Faces of Energy: Maura Clark of Direct Energy

The president of Direct Energy Business, Maura Clark, talks about opportunities for hiring in the energy field today, how the field is growing so quickly in Pittsburgh and what to expect in the future. Note: they're hiring!

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Three Rivers Arts Festival Kicks Off Downtown

Where can you catch a free show by the Blind Boys of Alabama, dance with giant parading puppets and experience the mammoth Corrugated Fountain that took three years to create? If it's June, it's time to kick off a creative summer at the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Pittsburgh premiere of hit play God of Carnage at the PPT

It took the stages of NYC by storm, nabbed the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play and even had critics raving. Now, The Pittsburgh Public Theater is bringing Yasmina Reza's international mega-hit In God of Carnage to town for its local premiere. See it now or wait until Friday June 10th for Pop City night when best available seats are only $30!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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