This weekend: Living on the Fringe

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If you are looking for experimental plays, one-person shows and performance art without a filter, the second annual Pittsburgh Fringe Festival comes to the North Side this weekend, May 8-10. If you are anything like me, I hadn’t heard about the Fringe last year when it took place in Shadyside. And, like so many of the more subversive events I find so fascinating in this city, I found out through old school word-of-mouth. So, after doing my own research, becoming involved and now preparing to … [Read more...]

See Pittsburgh Batman at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater – March 20-22, 2014

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Not going to see Pittsburgh Batman is one of my biggest regrets of 2013.  Pittsburgh Batman is a play that was performed last year at Bricolage Theater. Back by popular demand, Pittsburgh Batman will be at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater this weekend.  There are only 3 performances and I'm sure this will be a sell out again. Pittsburgh Batman is the brain child of Lord Grunge and Jackson who hail from Pittsburgh, but are often traveling as the dou Grand Buffet.  I have the good fortune of … [Read more...]

Guide to Pittsburgh’s Independent Movie Theaters

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When the weather starts heating up, sometimes the only thing to do is go inside. This season many of us will take to the air-conditioned refuge of our local megaplexes. To switch things up, I offer you a list of local independently owned theaters. Many of the theaters screen the same new releases, but also provide character and unique programming. Hollywood Theater 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont (412)563-0368 The Hollywood plays a wide variety of movies as well as special film events. Known for … [Read more...]

Five Things To Do This Week (and One Next Week)

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Akira Tuesday 7p ToonSeum, Cultural District Based on the groundbreaking cartoon series, this 1988 animated Japanese film is set in an obsessively detailed version of a post-apocalyptic Japan. More info: http://www.toonseum.org/   Obscure Game Night Wednesday 9p Hambone's, Lawrenceville Not much on the website, but it looks as if it's a night dedicated to weird and obscure board games. Sounds ridiculously fun. More info: … [Read more...]

Monster Ink

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[note] Please welcome two new authors to IheartPGH - Wendy and Lance will be writing about theater in Pittsburgh.  And I apologize for taking so long to get this posted - but you still have a few more days to catch The Monster in the Hall at the City Theater.[/note] So, you may ask yourself, what are those two doing writing theater reviews? Well, long story short, we wanted to celebrate the Pittsburgh theater community that has fostered us lo these many years, and the editor of this fine blog … [Read more...]