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Pop Stars: 3 people making Pittsburgh pop

From energy to food to music, here are three people in Pittsburgh making a difference: Randy Francisco, Jamilka Borges and Fawzi Haimor.

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Is growth for cities always a good thing?

Following the Remaking Cities Congress in Pittsburgh, John Rohe of the Colcom Foundation thinks it's a good time to consider whether growth is always a good thing for cities. Pittsburgh has prospered over the years despite a lack of growth. And is growth consistent with principles of sustainability?

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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.

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How public art is changing the urban landscape

Once the province of sculptors, public art is now essential in urban placemaking and social engagement. Think: Love Front Porch and Conflict Kitchen. From murals on vacant buildings to art in laundromats, we take a look at how public art is transforming our cities.

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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.

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The allure of (local) seasonal beers

"No pumpkins were harmed in the brewing of this beer," jokes Scott Smith of East End Brewing of his Nunkin Ale. But it's the fresh hops he uses in the seasonal Big Hop Harvest that make it the model of true seasonal beer. Plenty of others are available throughout the region, from Jacked Up O'Lantern Stout to Festivus Ale. Here's a roundup that will make your mouth water.

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Why I moved to Downtown Pittsburgh

She's a writer and yoga instructor and a New Yorker who was looking to move somewhere after 10 years in the Big Apple. Why Pittsburgh and why downtown? Because it's on the verge. Like her.

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Photo slide show: AIA Pittsburgh Design Awards

AIA Pittsburgh will reveal the winners of the 2013 Design Awards at its festive gala this Thursday night. Get a preview here with a look at the nominations for outstanding design here in Pittsburgh and see why design matters.

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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.

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The Three Tenures: A tale of the Pittsburgh Opera

What happens when three Pittsburgh Opera general directors, past and present, reunite to celebrate the Opera's 75th anniversary? Having worked with all three--Tito Capobianco, Mark Weinstein and Christopher Hahn--this writer knew her reunion with them would be filled with glorious memories and an inspired look to the future. Encore!

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: City Theatre presents Tony Award-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

City Theatre opens its season with Christopher Durang's Broadway hit, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, the comedy has been dubbed a mash-up of themes and characters from Chekhov’s plays set in present-day Pennsylvania. Ready for a family reunion like no other?

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The smart alternative called PittMoss

Mont Handley questioned why we were draining the world's carbon-absorbing peat moss habitats to fill flower pots. He not only came up with a smart alternative that recycles newspaper, but he also created a catchy name for the Pittsburgh-based product. Hail to PittMoss!  

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Noticing the extraordinary in the ordinary: a tale of one classroom

What matters in teaching? How do kids really learn? In searching for answers, an investigator discovered one Pittsburgh teacher whose methods may provide the answers – and she didn't even know it. 

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Pop Star: Bobby Zappala of Thrill Mill (and Thrival and more)

Bobby Zappala and his friends started with Baller BBQs in an open parking lot, which grew into BusinessBout, which morphed into Thrill Mill and its offspring Hustle Den, the business accelerator. Most recently, they created Thrival Festival. So when he says East Liberty is a mecca of entrepreneurship and innovation, you want to join the party.

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Photo slide show: Carnegie International

Featuring 35 artists from 19 countries, all of whom visited Pittsburgh before the show, the 56th Carnegie International opened last week to great acclaim. See highlights here then see it for yourself soon--and often.   
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