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 Adrien Brody stars as Harry Houdini in History's two-part miniseries.
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Adrien Brody stars as Harry Houdini in History's two-part miniseries.

TV Review: Houdini miniseries explores reality of magician

Houdini’s greatest trick might have been staying in the public eye all these years, says city native and illusionist Michael Grandinetti.


 Chelsea Handler.

TV Q&A: 'White Collar' renewed for likely its final season

Questions answered about “White Collar,” TV Land programming and ads in nightly national newscasts.



 Tawni O'Dell delivers a "small-town gothic novel" in “One of Us."

'One of Us': Tawni O'Dell's tale of high fashion and old injustices in Pennsylvania coal country

The small coal mining town of Lost Creek and its residents are the winning feature of Ms. O’Dell’s talent.



 "Richardson Dilworth: Last of the Bare-Knuckled Aristocrats," by Peter Binzen and Jonathan Binzen.

How Richardson Dilworth, a scion of old Pittsburgh, became one of Philadelphia's great mayors

The Dilworths were never as rich or as famous as the Carnegies or the Mellons, but they were not far behind.


Movies »


The burning of Atlanta, seared into America's memory

The fall of Atlanta 150 years ago this week a Civil War pivot, while the film “Gone With the Wind” enshrined the event in popular culture



The big summer box office winner turns out to be a surprise

It’s almost a wrap on summer 2014 when “Guardians of the Galaxy” emerged as the surprise hit, ahead of “Transformers” and “Maleficent.”


 

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2Do this week, Aug. 31-Sept. 6: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Comedian Sommore, Craftmen’s Guild Fair in the Park, Shakespeare in the Parks and Donnie Rankin.



Corbin/Hanner sign off with two farewell shows at Jergel's

The country duo, who grew up in Armstrong County and have been performing together since the late 1960s, finally calls it quits.


 
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    'Newsies' star Corey Cott returns to Pittsburgh to cheer on brother

    The CMU grad and Broadway star was in attendance Thursday for his younger brother’s show, “Parade.”



    Stage review: Pajama Men wake up a lot of laughs

    Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen practice an original brand of looney comedy at City Theatre.


     

    Books


    'California': After the apocalypse, Edan Lepucki asks if you can ever go home again

    Love in the ruins: Edan Lepucki’s first novel is set in an American future that could be just around the corner.



    'Madame Picasso': the passion of the painter

    Exploring the painter’s zest for Eva Gouel, Anne Girard’s historically accurate story is not your mother’s romance novel.


     


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    Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With...Gary Taubes

    Gary Taubes, the  author of “Why We Get Fat and What to do About It,” says shun sugar, starch and processed carbohydrates.  Eat meat!



    Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Gayle Forman

    Young adult writer Gayle Forman’s novel “If I Stay” has been translated to the big screen and opens Friday in theaters. It’s a cliffhanger.


     

    Art & Architecture


    New gift shop at Carnegie Museum of Art opens next Saturday

    Carnegie Museum of Art to open new gift shop that will provide a new shopping experience.



    Cybertainment: City of Asylum app and website look at North Side

    City of Asylum’s Digital Sanctuaries app and website looks at parts of North Side in a novel way. Streamy Awards ceremony set for Sept. 7.


     

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