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Andrew Carnegie's life changed drastically when he was 33. Until then, Carnegie was a bold and often merciless businessman, willing to do almost anything that... [Read More]
The idea for Rebecca Drake's new novel, "Just Between Friends" (St. Martin's Griffin), came from a conversation she had with a friend: If someone they... [Read More]
Live music is the lifeblood for most bands. The good news for musicians is that people still enjoy the live concert experience. In Western Pennsylvania... [Read More]
Trevor Noah was given the impossible task of replacing Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show.' But accomplishing the incredible is nothing new for the South... [Read More]
Trevor Noah was given the impossible task of replacing Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show.' But accomplishing the incredible is nothing new for the South... [Read More]
Sarah Tarkoff didn't shy away from contentious ideas for her debut novel. "Sinless," (Harper Voyager, $15.99) explores the intersection between science and religion by way... [Read More]
There's no better gig for a musician than New Year's Eve. The atmosphere is near perfect with audiences in a good mood and eager to... [Read More]
Tom Petty wasn't as charismatic as Prince. He didn't have the fashion sense of David Bowie. He wasn't as influential as Fats Domino or Chuck... [Read More]
The mission: compile a Christmas playlist that spans the traditional and new, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. The rules: Twelve songs,... [Read More]
The Home for the Holidays concerts started at Pittsburgh Winery in the Strip District with a few simple goals, according to musician and winery owner... [Read More]
It's been a stellar year for local music, with so many artists releasing excellent music. Here are a dozen releases — one for each month... [Read More]
It's been six years since North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD) released new material. Part of the reason for the delay is the egalitarian nature of the... [Read More]
When Martin Smith moved to Southern California from Pittsburgh in 1985, there were more than a few differences. But one thing the Upper St. Clair... [Read More]
There's a line in the short story "Milton and Marcus," from Richard Russo's collection "Trajectory" (Knopf), that applies to all creative types: "The sad truth... [Read More]
There have been 21 musicians in King Crimson since the bands inception in 1968. The one constant in that nearly 50-year span has been guitarist... [Read More]
It's ostensibly a minor plot element in Isabel Allende's new novel, "In the Midst of Winter" (Atria). But the idea of a character getting to... [Read More]
The story of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black teenager lynched by two white men in Mississippi in 1955, is one of the darker episodes of... [Read More]
To call the Bindley Hardware Co. a country band is accurate in the same way that the Ohio is a river or JuJu Smith-Schuster is... [Read More]
Like many parents, Dave Minarik hoped his son Noah might take an interest in becoming a doctor or any other profession with some measure of... [Read More]
It's natural for children to pursue similar careers to their parents. Musicians, like athletes and actors, seem prone to produce children who follow in their... [Read More]
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