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State of Play: Record Store Day in year eight

Pittsburgh area record stores are gearing up for the 8th year of national Record Store Day. But is the holiday helping or hurting their businesses?

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Laugh into the abyss with the Wham City Comedy Tour

Baltimore's Wham City Comedy Tour brings their deconstructive, multi-media sketch comedy show to Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Melwood Screening Room on Wednesday.

'The Chair' project demonstrates the film industry's impact on the Pittsburgh economy

The Chair, a 10-part documentary film series, depicts two directors making a film from the same script here in Pittsburgh. Hollywood producers partnered with Steeltown Entertainment and Point Park University to showcase the Steel City's versatility for shooting a feature film and benefit our local economy.

A letter from the editor of Pop City

Pop City's new editor, Erin Keane Scott introduces herself and talks about the state of Pop City.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Conservatory Theatre Company rocks out with Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

History, politics, romance and rock music will converge in Point Park Conservatory Theatre Company's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, running through March 2 at Pittsburgh Playhouse. Don't miss this raucous chance to experience America's seventh president (aka Old Hickory) re-imagined as a contemporary rock star.

Sixteen Pittsburgh social media mavens to follow

In part one of a series, Pop City points your browser to the city's top bloggers, tweeters, Instagram-ists and others, as we survey newcomers and veterans, the celebrated or those who should be, who are using social media to make Pittsburgh better – or just make us laugh.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Attack Theatre's Histoire du Soldat

Dance, the devil and a baroque breakdown will converge in Attack Theatre's latest production, Histoire du Soldat. Tapping into the talents of Chatham Baroque, the PSO and Carnegie Mellon's School of Music, Attack's dancers bring a world premiere and an audience favorite together for four nights of creative collaboration.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Pittsburgh Opera continues 75th anniversary programming, unveils new season

From Willa Cather's Paul's Case and Puccini's La bohème, to a gala concert and new Second Stage Project, Pittsburgh Opera is continuing its 75th anniversary programming and unveiling plans for its 76th season.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Robert Qualters retrospective and six solo shows open at PCA

From an immersive dome of synchronized light and sound to a first-of-its-kind retrospective of an acclaimed local artist, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is set to unveil seven new exhibitions. You're invited to the art party on Friday, February 7th, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Fellowship 14 international photography competition winners at Silver Eye

Explore the intersection of human and nature, and discover what happens when a photographer subjects his entire photographic library to Google's "search by image" algorithm. Meet the winners of Silver Eye's 2014 Fellowship 14 international photography competition—who hail from San Francisco to Istanbul to right here in the Burgh—and help them celebrate on January 31st.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: (Gallery) Crawl into art, before and after dark

On Friday, January 24th, the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District goes late-night, marking 10 years of arts programming Downtown and launching CrawlAfterDark to promote the city's late-night cultural scene.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Celebrating MLK Day in and around Pittsburgh

There are many ways to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Whether you prefer a personal experience or a public celebration, we suggest you try one of the many creative, meaningful and free events happening around town on Monday, January 20th--from East Liberty to Schenley Park to the North Side.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Heat up Downtown with JazzLive

Escape the polar vortex at JazzLive, a weekly music series that is heating up stages throughout Downtown's Cultural District. Kicking off its 2014 season, JazzLive features free concerts by local and national musical luminaries at Backstage Bar, as well as special ticketed events, including a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras pre-party, at The Cabaret at Theater Square.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Ring in 2014 and 20 years at Highmark First Night Pittsburgh

There are two milestones to mark on New Year's Eve--ringing in 2014 and celebrating 20 years of First Nights Downtown. With 150 arts-centric family-friendly events in 50 indoor and outdoor venues throughout the Cultural District, Highmark First Night Pittsburgh boasts everything from a massive ice labyrinth to a miniature city constructed from medicine cabinets, desk lamps, Victorian dollhouses and repurposed junk. Read on for your guide to the history-making revelry.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: 'Tis the season for WYEP's (Ho Ho) Holiday Hootenanny & Pajama Jam

Local music luminaries, classic holiday tunes, the world's largest cookie table and pajamas for a cause will converge on Thursday, December 12th at WYEP's Holiday Hootenanny & Pajama Jam. Debuting a new venue, along with expanded programming, the annual merrymaking moves to Stage AE.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: PICT presents the Pittsburgh premiere of The Crucifer of Blood

PICT's season culminates with the Pittsburgh premiere of Paul Giovanni’s The Crucifer of Blood, a Sherlock Holmes-style adventure featuring characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Matt Torney directs this mysterious, exotic and at times deadly encounter between a master detective, a young woman and an ingenious villain.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Downtown unveils new attractions for Light up Night & Holiday Market

Be there when Light Up Night and the Peoples Gas Holiday Market switch on the lights downtown, unveiling new attractions and setting the festive spirit in motion at one of the country's largest holiday light celebrations.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Pittsburgh Collects celebrates the art of collecting images at Silver Eye

Silver Eye Center for Photography turns its lens to the fine art of collecting, featuring 75 works culled from the collections of three influential local collectors. Pittsburgh Collects opens with a free reception this Thursday.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: 32nd annual Three Rivers Film Festival lights up screens around town

With nearly 80 films, 16 program packed days and a new venue added to the mix, the 32nd annual Three Rivers Film Festival is the best local place to explore and experience the cinematic arts. Read on for the reel highlights.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: 9th annual Lawrenceville Artists' Studio Tour hosts largest event to date

With 42 artists and 17 studios on its daylong itinerary–from iron workers to printmakers–the annual Lawrenceville Artists’ Studio Tour is back with its biggest event to date.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Do The Brooklyn Brewery Mash in Pittsburgh

Before you don those masks and do the Monster Mash, do The Brooklyn Brewery Mash! Running October 22nd through October 27th at venues around town, the nomadic food and drink tour pairs Brooklyn brews with local chefs and creatives.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Mattress Factory marks 35th anniversary with art auction

Picture this: an original photograph, painting or print created by an internationally renowned artist such as James Turrell, Ann Hamilton or Kiki Smith hanging in that empty spot in your foyer, or above your bed, desk or couch. It's tme to raise that paddle and help support one of the city's top spots for contemporary art, at the MF art auction.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: 4th annual VIA Music & New Media Festival remixes Pittsburgh

The 4th annual VIA Music & New Media Festival is popping up all around town, producing its most expansive event to date, including new collaborations with the Carnegie International and TechShop. Experience performances by top international musicians and visual artists, try out the latest in 3D scanning technologies and become avatars during live showcases.

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.

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.

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.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Carrie Furnaces, Contemporary Views at Silver Eye

The Carrie Furnace site is an iconic landmark of Pittsburgh's past, present and future. A new exhibition at Silver Eye Center for Photography features the work of 32 photographers who draw inspiration from the towering 92-foot blast furnaces, poised to play a new role along the Mon.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: RAW Pittsburgh spotlights local artists at monthly showcases

The first Thursday of the month is your cue to head to RAW Pittsburgh, a new showcase of up-and-coming artists of all ilks—from street fashion to fine art photography. Equal parts art showcase and networking party, RAW's August edition brings "En Masse" to Strip District-based Cavo.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: 48 Hour Film Project & 2-Minute Film Festival

Could you write, cast, shoot, and edit a film in a mere 48 hours? How about making a film that is only two minutes long? Find out who--and how--from Pittsburgh's burgeoning indie film scene did just that, and see their finished flicks at two local film festivals.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Gallery Crawl, Night Market & Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh

On Friday, July 12th, make The Cultural District your destination du jour, for a triple-header of programming featuring the Summer Gallery Crawl, Night Market V and Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh. Ready to blast off?

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Mattress Factory Urban Garden Party remixes art, soul and Motown

Move over Mad Men, it's time for Motown. Celebrating the groove, glamour and creative vision of the Motor City, the Mattress Factory invites you to swing on over to its unique Northside digs for a soul and funk-infused Urban Garden Party. We've got 5 reasons why you should attend summer's best party.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Toonseum hosts city's first Comic Arts Festival and Block Party

Hundreds of world-renowned cartoonists are descending on Downtown, as Pittsburgh welcomes the National Cartoonists Society Conference for the first time. To celebrate, Toonseum is hosting its own first: Pittsburgh's inaugural Comic Arts Festival and Block Party, and you're invited.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Silver Eye's 8 x 8 Photo Party

Silver Eye Center for Photography is hosting a first-of-its-kind photo party. Showcasing square-shaped prints culled from the gallery's open call--372 images from 13 countries and 30 states--the 8 x 8 bash features an exhibition, sale, vintage photo booths, DJ Nate Da Phat Barber and more.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival

With 33 films over 10 days, the 8th annual Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival also includes Q&As with visiting directors, actors and industry experts, sneak previews and an always festive opening night gala.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: It's a wrap for Oh Snap! Workshop, talk and photo party at CMA

The Carnegie Museum of Art's Oh Snap! project wraps up this weekend after 1,500 photos were submitted by the public in response to works from the museum's renowned collection. Party festivities include a Lytro workshop, art & tech talk, photo party, and the debut of the Oh Snap! poster. Click on.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District

Spring into art this Friday at the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, a free and festive night of immersive art and performance with 36 stops, not to mention pop-up shopping.

JFilm Festival kicks off 20th anniversary on April 11th

The acclaimed JFilm Festival kicks off its 20th anniversary this week, at five venues around the region for its showcase of award-winning documentaries, guest artists, special premieres and parties, and a short film competition. Opening night is already sold out so check it out now.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Geek Art/Green Innovator's Festival (aka GA/GI) occupies Penn Avenue

Geek out and go green at this weekend's fourth annual Geek Art/Green Innovator's Festival (read: GA/GI) along the Penn Avenue arts district. Test out new video games designed right here in the Burgh, purchase eco-fashions from local designers and find out what exciting plans are in store for the roof of Downtown's USX Tower.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Quantum Theatre's Q Ball at Bakery Square

Setting up shop in Bakery Square, Quantum Theatre rewrites the book on the annual fundraiser with this weekend's Q Ball on Saturday, March 9th. Labyrinths, libations and lots of local musical talent--not to mention the chance to bid on an insider’s New York art weekend--make for one theatrical party.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Mean Girls Art Exhibit debuts at SPACE Gallery, launches programming

Featuring 10 nationally recognized artists--four from Pittsburgh--Mean Girls is addressing head-on the impact of bullying on young women and using art to facilitate public discussions about this issue. Get involved now!

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Carnegie Museum of Art launches Oh Snap! Your Take on Our Photographs

Picture this: your own photographs hanging on the walls of a world-class museum, right next to renowned work. Oh Snap, an innovative new project at Carnegie Museum of Art, takes the concept of crowd-sourcing one step further, by inviting the public to submit photographs for its gallery walls.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Attack Theatre presents the world premiere of Soap Opera

Opera, music, dance, and the age-old art of storytelling, converge in dramatic ways in the premiere of Attack Theatre's latest original production, Soap Opera.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Lawrenceville's SnowBall brings winter music fest to Club Cattivo

Fight the winter blues with eight hours of live music by 10 local bands, a sculpted snow throne, and even the chance to get an "ice princess" makeover. Zombo will debut The SnowBall at Club Cattivo in Lawrenceville this Saturday.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: 31st annual Three Rivers Film Festival kicks off Nov. 2nd

With more than 55 films along with three opening night features, four live music scores and five foreign language Oscar entries, is it any wonder that 3RFF is one of the Burgh's most anticipated annual arts events? Here's why you shouldn't miss it.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Top 10 Halloween Happenings

The haunted season is thriving in some very creative corners of the city's cultural scene. Discover the artistic side of Halloween with Pop Filter's Top 10 ways to get possessed by the arts, from Bricolage to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Reel Q Pittsburgh International LGBT Film Festival

With 32 films and 20 screenings--from many different countries around the globe--the Reel Q Pittsburgh International LGBT Film Festival is back with one of its most diverse cinema presentations to date. Read on for Pop Filter's preview of Reel Q at the Harris Theater.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: VIA Music & New Media Festival

There's nothing like VIA in Pittsburgh and there never has been, say those who program the cutting-edge audio and visual festival. What's new this year? Everything.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Just DIY It at the Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire!

There's no better place to nurture your inner inventor--or yarn bomber--than at the Mini Maker Faire, setting up shop on September 22nd at Buhl Community Park and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: 48 Hour Film Project screens locally made movies

Could you make a movie in 48 hours? See who rose to the Scorcesean challenge, creating an entire film--from writing and casting to filming and editing--in a mere two days. This weekend, the world’s largest and oldest filmmaking competition hosts a screening of the 48 Hour Film Project's 35 at the Hollywood Theater.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Summer Gallery Crawl & Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh

This Friday the 13th head downtown for a double whammy of arts and culture. It all kicks off with the Cultural Trust’s free Summer Gallery Crawl from 5:30 to 9 then wraps up in style at Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh at the former Bally's Building.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: World premiere of JacobTV & Distinctively Dutch Gallery Crawl

On April 27th, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Distinctively Dutch Gallery Crawl will make Downtown a showcase of innovation and artistry from the Netherlands. From the world premiere of JacobTV's reality opera The News and a street battle between elders and yuppies to dining delights such as homemade pistachio pate, we'll get you culture crawling Dutch style.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: First-of-its-kind PGH Photo Fair

The PGH Photo Fair debuts this weekend as the first locally produced presentation of photography within the contemporary fine art market. Transforming the ballroom of East Liberty's former YMCA, the unique fair will feature international exhibitors selling museum-quality prints and photo-based art, from 1940s-era images of Pittsburgh to limited-edition art books.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Calling all geeks, artists and green innovators to Penn Avenue!

Pittsburgh has a legacy of innovation and invention and now local innovators have a place to geek out and go beta with like-minded techies and greenies. Teaming up with Unblurred, the annual GA/GI Festival is back with a bigger-than-ever showcase of homegrown eco, art and technology industries.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Distinctively Dutch Festival presents the US premiere of Diespace by PIPS:lab

Sure, you spend countless hours on social media sites but have you ever imagined a website for the dead? Prepare to ponder the outlandish concept and be totally immersed in dazzling visuals and interactive multimedia, as Amsterdam-based PIPS:lab presents the US premiere of Diespace.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: get UNBLURRED by the arts along Penn Avenue

The mild temps aren't the only reason to be out on city streets this Friday. From the grand opening of the one-of-a-kind Center for PostNatural History (think taxidermy meets Sea Monkeys!) to an open art studio at Assemble, Unblurred is your passport to experiencing local arts talent.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Playing for Change promotes world peace through music

Music has long been a catalyst for advancing world peace. Now, The Playing For Change band--an all-star lineup of musicians hailing from Northern Ghana to New Orleans--will bring a global multimedia peace movement to the Byham for one vibrant night on the 29th.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Distinctively Dutch Festival launches Downtown

For the next three months, the cutting-edge culture of the Netherlands will converge on Downtown's Cultural District and arts venues around town. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is set to kick off its Distinctively Dutch Festival, packed with two dozen events, work by 75 artists, ambitious world premieres, and a festival buzz that can already be felt.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: 10 new shows open at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Ten new art exhibits will converge under one roof this Friday night, when Pittsburgh Center for the Arts hosts an opening party for its latest round of solo shows. From trash-inspired sculpture made from taxidermy and body bags to mixed-media paintings that reference videos of the tsunami in Japan, the presentation showcases and impressive crop of regional talent.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District

There's the US debut of Norwegian artist HC Gilje's immersive light and video installation. And the toy theater parlor from the The Society for the Advancement of Miniature Curiosa. Not to mention burning poi, snakes and other pyro-props of Steel Town Fire. Get set for 34-plus venues forming a virtual arts hothouse Downtown.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Out Of Rubble premieres at Downtown's SPACE

One month after the US marked 10 years of war in Afghanistan--the longest war in our country’s history--a compelling new exhibition and publication is transforming Downtown's SPACE Gallery into a venue for thinking about the representation and the aftermath of deadly conflict--as well as the hope for survival and peace. And you are invited to make, think, act, and discuss.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Three Rivers Film Festival

Marking its 30th year, the Three Rivers Film Festival is back with 16 days of visiting filmmakers, top documentaries and international films, live music, and a not-to-be-missed opening bash. With more than 50 films lighting up three city theaters, we've got your hot ticket.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story opens at Carnegie Museum of Art

The first major retrospective by Charles “Teenie” Harris is opening at Carnegie Museum of Art, with unprecedented access to some 73,000 digitized images. The groundbreaking exhibition--which travels to several American cities after debuting in Pittsburgh--features large-scale photographic projections of 1,000 of Harris’s most significant images, along with an original jazz soundtrack. It's being called one of the most complete portraits anywhere of 20th-century African American experience.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: VIA Music & New Media Festival

This week, the gods of underground culture are smiling wide (and shining down on, we hope!) over Pittsburgh, with a slew of happenings showcasing some of the best of independent music, video, gaming, writing, and comics. At the center of it all is the return of VIA, which has transformed an entire city block into a living laboratory for cutting-edge artists from around the globe--and from our own talent-filled backyard. Grab tickets fast; some events are already sold out.

Slide Show: VIA, the overnight sensation

Only in its second year, VIA has been named one of the 10 best music festivals in the country. This wildly innovative and experimental music and new media fest gets underway next week. But catch a glimpse here with some photos from last year's event, "where art, technology and entertainment collide head-on."

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Rock the (South Side) Block with Fountains of Wayne & WYEP

Nothing signals the approach of Autumn like a rockin' block party. This Saturday, head to the South Side and into the streets, for WYEP's signature benefit bash, "Rock the Block Party." Throngs of 91.3 fm listeners will converge on the station's Bedford Square campus for a festive urban concert headlined by alt-rockers, Fountains of Wayne.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Pittsburgh Zine Fair debuts at Artists Image Resource

Zine Scene: Dig out those staplers, sharpies and xerox machines because The Pittsburgh Zine Fair is debuting this Thurs., Sept. 1st, at Northside printmaking mecca, Artists Image Resource. Championing a D.I.Y. publishing ethos, the first-of-its-kind Pittsburgh event features more than 30 vendors, lively readings, how-to workshops, and hands-on printmaking demos.
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