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Sat., Sept. 2 – Festival

Fire and metal: Those are your themes at Rivers of Steel Arts’ annual Festival of Combustion. Today, in the shadow of the decommissioned blast furnaces of the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark, observe the practice of various fire-based crafts — glass-flame working, raku ceramics, metal fabrication, welding, aluminum and iron casting — and even sword-swallowing and fire-breathing by CoffinBox Sideshow Team. Go hands-on by designing your own glass mosaic or firing your own ceramic vase. There’s also refreshments for sale, and live rock by The Seams. BO Noon-7 p.m. Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin. $10-15 (free for kids under 18). www.rosarts.org

 

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Sat., Sept. 2 – Stage

Pittsburgh’s longest-running project to bring Shakespeare to the people, for free and outdoors, launches its 13th season with Henry VPittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks stages a family-friendly 90-minute version of the famed wartime drama over the next four weekends in three different city parks. Alan Irvine directs the happy few — a cast of eight, all in multiple roles save Lamar K. Cheston, a New York-based Off-Broadway veteran, in the iconic title role. There’s also some audience participation. The production debuts with shows today and tomorrow at Frick Park’s blue-slide playground. Bring refreshments, and chairs or blankets. BO 2 p.m. Also 2 p.m. Sun., Sept. 3 (Beechwood Boulevard and Nicholson, Squirrel Hill). Continues through Sept. 24 at Highland, Arsenal and Frick parks. Donations encouraged. www.pittsburghshakespeare.com

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Former police officer Keleman to discuss new book, ‘Paranormal PA’ | TribLIVE

A former police officer who enjoys researching local history and writing about crime and hauntings will introduce his latest book Aug. 26 in the Cafe at Craftique, 770 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg.

Ed Kelemen, 72, of New Florence, will discuss and sign copies of “Paranormal PA” from 1 to 3 p.m. as part of the “Meet Your Local Authors” series presented byLigonier Valley Writers and Craftique Collections.

Ed is an author, columnist, and paranormal documentarian.  He has published several books about paranormal events, as well as mystery novels and horror for adults and for middle graders.  He has had articles and fiction published in numerous local and national publications.  He writes a weekly column for the Blairsville Dispatch.  And he runs Ligonier Valley Writers’ flash fiction contest, now in its twelfth year.

Source: Former police officer Keleman to discuss new book, ‘Paranormal PA’ | TribLIVE

Best of the ‘Burgh: Activities & Experiences – Pittsburgh Magazine – July 2017 – Pittsburgh, PA

From banjo night to moonlit horseback rides to taking a 10-meter plunge ––our favorite things to do in the ‘Burgh.

Best Oasis in the City

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Nestled along the Allegheny River in Highland Park awaits a little piece of Eden that makes the grind of the city feel as though it’s an entire world away

Once inside, everything — from the lush gardens and koi ponds to a greenhouse-enclosed swimming pool and a riverside fire pit

The tranquil setting makes it an ideal spot for a weekend escape or the location of your next special event.

Source: Best of the ‘Burgh: Activities & Experiences – Pittsburgh Magazine – July 2017 – Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Opera receives $1.2 million donation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Opera has received a $1.2 million donation from Pat and Michele Atkins.

The Pat and Michele Atkins Audience Development Fund will be distributed over four years. The opera, headquartered in the Strip District, described it as “one of the largest gifts in its 78-year history.”

The gift has funded a new digital marketing position and also allows the opera company to bolster “our ability to engage in the audience development initiatives we already have in place,” such as subsidized group tickets and special offers, general director Christopher Hahn said.

Source: Pittsburgh Opera receives $1.2 million donation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At $110.5 Million, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Painting Becomes Priciest U.S. Artwork Ever Sold : The Two-Way : NPR

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s untitled painting of a skull is displayed behind an official with Sotheby’s, which offered the media a preview earlier this month. On Thursday, the work sold for $110.5 million — the highest sum ever paid at auction for a work by a U.S. artist. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Michel Basquiat joined “joined the pantheon of great, great artists” Thursday night, when the late painter’s 1982 work Untitled sold for a record-breaking $110.5 million at auction — the highest sum ever paid at auction for a U.S.-produced artwork

Source: At $110.5 Million, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Painting Becomes Priciest U.S. Artwork Ever Sold : The Two-Way : NPR

13 Can’t-Miss Looks From the 2017 Met Gala

The stars pulled out all the stops with their looks for fashion’s biggest night in New York City!

The theme of the night was “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art Of The In-Between,” honoring the bold, architectural creations of Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo, and Katy Perry gave her best take on the motif in a bright red Maison Margiela ‘Artisanal’ dress designed by John Galliano, which she paired with a silk veil, intricate “Witness” headpiece and red leather heeled boots.

Source: 13 Can’t-Miss Looks From the 2017 Met Gala

The Da Vinci markup? Europe’s art scandal comes to America | NOLA.com

Bit by bit, the lost masterpiece revealed itself: the Mona Lisa mouth, the subtle brushwork, the gossamer glaze. Now, several years after the world learned that a painting long thought to be a copy was, in fact, the work of Leonardo da Vinci, the $127.5 million masterpiece, “Salvator Mundi,” has landed in the middle of one of the most astonishing art scandals in decades.

What began in the rarefied realms of Monaco and Geneva, with allegations of stolen Picassos and marked-up Modiglianis, has now jumped the Atlantic and drawn the attention of the U.S. Justice Department. Federal prosecutors, following the lead of European authorities, have opened an inquiry into one of the art world’s consummate insiders, Yves Bouvier, and  his dealings with the rediscovered Leonardo, according to people familiar with the matter.

Source: The Da Vinci markup? Europe’s art scandal comes to America | NOLA.com

Why can’t NBC and ‘SNL’ make up its mind about Donald Trump? – LA Times

“Saturday Night Live” and its network, NBC, seemingly can’t decide what to do with Donald Trump. One thing, however, is for sure: choosing at once to sever business ties with the businessman because of his racist comments last year followed by having him host the weekend sketch comedy show less than six months later drew pause.

But with the latest bit from the show poking fun at the race-related furor Trump has kicked up as the leading Republican presidential nominee, something’s got to give, and the show may be trying to take a stand.

Source: Why can’t NBC and ‘SNL’ make up its mind about Donald Trump? – LA Times