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Great advice from the (amazing) Athena and Young Athena finalists

Get your tickets now before it sells out, to see the outstanding Athena finalists at the annual Athena Awards, this year on September 30. Read about them here first.

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What's with the cluster of new women-owned businesses in Lawrenceville?

Why do young female entrepreneurs feel so at home in Lawrenceville? We look at four new businesses that recently opened – from Werk to Jules – and the talented women behind them.

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Downtown rocks with Magenta Pop, Gallery Crawl, Int'l Festival of Firsts

Downtown is an arts mecca this week, with an outdoor photography exhibit popping up in Triangle Park, the launch of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, a bridge bash, and 29 venues open for the Gallery Crawl. And it all kicks off with the much quacked about arrival of artist Florentijn Hofman's floating, four-story-high Rubber Duck.

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Pittsburgh media partners to spotlight the region's drive to remake learning

Pittsburgh's education revolution will be televised — and printed, put on the web and broadcast on radio — by four Pittsburgh media organizations through a new collaborative: “Spotlight on Learning Innovation.”

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Alien She explores legacy of Riot Grrrl at Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery

A nationally touring exhibition opening at Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery is the first to examine the impact of Riot Grrrl on artists and cultural producers working today. Kicking off the gallery's fall season, Alien She explores Riot Grrrl culture via the work of artists, national archives, collaborative projects, and regional music scenes.

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From farm tables to city lots, it's a new scene in dining

At Six x Ate, the focus is on five-minute presentations from local artists. At Off-the-Grid Sunday Suppers, it's taking over a  restaurant and pairing wine to each course. Around the World dinners focus on local healthy food. Whatever your appetite, you'll find a great creative dinner series in Pittsburgh.

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Turning trash into treasure: How creative reuse is boosting local economies

As part of an ongoing series about what's driving change in our country, we take a look at the creative reuse movement, from the Pittsburgh Creative Reuse Center to centers in other cities, and how it's enriching all of us.

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Know of newcomers to Pittsburgh? Invite them to dinner with us.

It's back! Our second round of welcome dinners is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, where hosts throughout the area open their homes for dinners to small groups. Newcomers can sign up to attend here and we're still looking for a few more hosts. Show the world how welcome Pittsburgh can truly be.

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The flea market scene in Pittsburgh

From a pop-up marketplace to the Allegheny Historical Society Flea-tique, the flea market scene in Pittsburgh is as thriving as ever. We'll get you started with this roundup of can't-miss flea markets.

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The many magical ways Pittsburgh affirmed my decision to move here

Through fortuitous encounters and random acts of good luck, Pittsburgh let me know that I made the right choice in calling this home, says the author. Her story will both charm and inspire anyone who has made a big change in life and found that things have a funny way of working out.

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Mattress Factory unveils three new exhibitions and one new gallery

With 35 years as Pittsburgh's top spot for cutting-edge art, three new exhibitions and the opening of its latest gallery space, we'd say there is a lot to celebrate at the Mattress Factory. Join the Northside museum on September 12th to experience art you can really get into.

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Video: Doug Aitken's Station to Station features The Garment District

When the Art Train rolled into town last weekend, producers caught up with Pop City's own Jennifer Baron of The Garment District and talked about Pittsburgh's influence on her art.

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks asks, are you a Montague or a Capulet?

How about Romeo or Juliet? In September, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks is forcing theater-goers to choose sides as they experience the Bard's legendary tragedy about two lovers and their feuding families. Will you choose the House of Capulet or the House of Montague?

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Q&A with Dr. Vonda Wright, the Mobility Doctor

She's a rock star, appearing on Dr. Oz and The Doctors, and writing books and blogs on why it's so vital to stay in good health. UPMC's Dr. Vonda Wright, who wants to change the paradigm on aging, thinks there's nothing better than aging well. You can be an athelete into your 50s and beyond, she says. Her question: how far do you want to go?

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The City of Play and the playful guy behind it

What began as a friendly pastime became a profound exercise in community-building. Adam Nelson is the force behind the City of Play which brings to town The Best New Games in the World this Saturday.
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