Pittsburgh’s African-American artists and arts groups receive more than $427,000 in grants

The Pittsburgh Foundation and Heinz Endowments’ latest Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh grants bring the total to $5.2 million since 2010.

Source: Pittsburgh’s African-American artists and arts groups receive more than $427,000 in grants


Golden Globes: Nominations For Lady Gaga, ‘Black Panther’ And ‘Crazy Rich Asians : NPR

By Linda Holmes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the Golden Globes on Thursday morning. There were strong showings for FX, HBO and Amazon, and for films not even out yet.

Unlike the Oscars, the Globes divide films for most purposes into “drama” and “musical or comedy.” So rather than a single best picture category, you have a best drama category that includes Black PantherBlacKkKlansmanBohemian RhapsodyIf Beale Street Could Talk and A Star Is Born. The best musical or comedy category includes Crazy Rich AsiansThe FavouriteGreen BookMary Poppins Returns, and Vice. Some notable films not appearing on either list: First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke; Damien Chazelle’s First Man, starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong; A Quiet Place, a critically acclaimed horror film nominated only for its score; and Widows, a heist film directed by 12 Years A Slave‘s Steve McQueen and starring Viola Davis.

Source: Golden Globes: Nominations For Lady Gaga, ‘Black Panther’ And ‘Crazy Rich Asians : NPR

Westmoreland Museum of American Art eliminates entry fee | TribLIVE

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art has eliminated the suggested donation admission policy, museum Director and CEO Anne Kraybill announced Saturday.

Entry to the museum is now completely free, which is a move Kraybill hopes will remove barriers that may prevent people from visiting and promote equitable access to the arts.

Source: Westmoreland Museum of American Art eliminates entry fee | TribLIVE

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s youth program presents fall concert

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s youth orchestra program will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Ave., Greensburg.

Directed by Morrie Brand, the performance is free and open to the public.

Source: Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s youth program presents fall concert

Stage Right marks 20th anniversary with gala, awards Heart of the Arts | TribLIVE

Stage Right of Greensburg will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a gala Friday at Rizzo’s Malabar Inn in Crabtree and the awarding of the sixth annual Heart of the Arts Award.

The Oct. 5 event will be a “ Mamma Mia “-themed wedding celebration including a buffet, entertainment by the Stage Right Sensations and DJ Dean Baker for those “dancing queens” and kings attending.

Source: Stage Right marks 20th anniversary with gala, awards Heart of the Arts | TribLIVE

Neil Simon, Broadway’s master of comedy, dies at 91 – ABC News

Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as “The Odd Couple,” ”Barefoot in the Park” and his “Brighton Beach” trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, has died. He was 91.

Simon died early Sunday of complications from pneumonia surrounded by family at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, said Bill Evans, his longtime friend and the Shubert Organization director of media relations.

Source: Neil Simon, Broadway’s master of comedy, dies at 91 – ABC News

Robin Leach, ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ host, dies at 76 – CNN

(CNN)Robin Leach, the debonair TV host who regaled audiences with talk of “champagne wishes and caviar dreams,” has died, his publicist confirmed to CNN.

He was 76.
John Katsilometes, a writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where Leach was working as a columnist before his death, said on Twitter Leach had suffered a stroke and had been hospitalized since November.
Born in London, Leach was a veteran journalist best known for his syndicated TV show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” which ran from 1984 to 1995.
Leach’s family issued a statement to the Review-Journal.

Source: Robin Leach, ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ host, dies at 76 – CNN

Palace Theatre to offer free behind-the-scenes tours | TribLIVE

By Shirley McMarlin

Free tours of The Palace Theatre are scheduled for 9 and 11 a.m. Sept. 8 at 21 W. Otterman St. in Greensburg.

Director of Operations and Programming Teresa Baughman will guide guests on an exploration of the venue’s architectural and artistic features,

Participants also will get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens backstage during a performance.

Reservations are not needed for the tours. Information on upcoming shows will be available.

Details: 724-836-8000 or thepalacetheatre.org

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

Source: Palace Theatre to offer free behind-the-scenes tours | TribLIVE

At 48, Somerset Antique Show is almost an antique itself | TribLIVE

On Aug. 11, the 48th Annual Somerset Antique Show will be held, now with more than 100 vendors and about 5,000 visitors, Sandy Berkebile says.

Source: At 48, Somerset Antique Show is almost an antique itself | TribLIVE

Shop from more than 100 dealers displaying quality wares on the streets of Uptown Somerset. The show includes food vendors and an Antique & Classic Car Show. Admission is free and free parking is available in the Somerset County parking garage on East Catherine Street. The show is held rain or shine. The show is sponsored by The Somerset Chamber of Commerce.

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Local artist to show work at Greensburg Garden and Civic Center | TribLIVE

Works by local artist Pamela Cooper are showing through July 31 in the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center.

Details about the event: 724-217-7512 or pamski21@outlook.com.

A reception for “Metaphorical View: Bridges” is planned for 6-8 p.m. July 12 in the center at 951 Old Salem Road. Refreshments and live music will be featured.

Source: Local artist to show work at Greensburg Garden and Civic Center | TribLIVE

Ellwood City Arts, Crafts and Food Festival: Nickel Plated Revolver to Perform – Ellwood City, PA news

Nickel Plated Revolver is a cover rock band that originated in Ellwood City around six years ago. There are five members in the band, Chrissy Paglia on Vocals, Todd Swogger on Guitar, Dave Fowler on Vocals and guitar, Steve Confer on Bass and Mark Barnes on Drums. The band will be performing at The Ellwood City Festival on June 29, at 7 p.m.

The band started when Swogger got a call from a friend saying he had to go listen a Paglia sing karaoke.

Source: Ellwood City Arts, Crafts and Food Festival: Behind the Scenes Part 2 of 4 – Ellwood City, PA news

2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards: Highlights – CNN

“The Chi” creator Lena Waithe received the Trailblazer Award and took a moment to honor a few other innovators

Actress Tiffany Haddish hosts the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards, where stars will pick up Golden Popcorn trophies for their onscreen performances this year. Follow CNN for the latest.

Michael B. Jordan, who won for best villain for his role in “Black Panther,” took a jab at comedian Roseanne Barr.

“I’m shocked that I won this award for best villain,” he joked. “You know, I thought for sure Roseanne had that in the bag, you know. Crazy.”

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Things to do around Westmoreland County through Sunday | TribLIVE


• A Creative Arts for Preschoolers by Suzanne Andrew is planned 1-2:30 p.m. June 20-27 or 10-11:30 a.m. July 11, 18, 25 at Greensburg Art Center


• Paint class is planned 6-8 p.m. June 21 in West Newton Center for Active Adults,

• POP art workshop is planned 6 p.m. June 22 in Mt. Pleasant Public Library,


• Book sale/basket raffle is planned 3-8 p.m. June 16-23 in Caldwell Memorial Library in Derry Area High School

• Latrobe Hose Co. 1 Fireman’s Carnival, 390 Oak St. Latrobe is planned 6-11 p.m. June 18-23.

Read Complete List From Source: Things to do around Westmoreland County through Sunday | TribLIVE

2 Stage Right productions in Greensburg prove no age is too young for musical theater

Greensburg Garden & Civic Center will be bustling with kids in costume June 1-3, as Stage Right’s student companies present their productions of “Seussical the Musical” and “Hairspray Jr.”

A total of 118 singers, dancers and actors from the teen and pre-teen companies of Stage Right — plus a group of “Tiny Monsters” ages 4-7 directed by Renata Marino and Jeanne Jane — will showcase the performance skills they have learned this semester in musical theater classes and workshops at Stage Right School for the Performing Arts and Professional Theatre Company in Greensburg.

Source: 2 Stage Right productions in Greensburg prove no age is too young for musical theater

“The National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre On the Air” Revives Poe’s Most Famous Works in New Podcast Series on WYPR-FM, Baltimore

Starting April 17, 2018, and every month thereafter, WYPR-FM Baltimore will air the first in a series of new podcasts by The National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre On the Air, with its production of The Tell-Tale Heart. The series features fresh, 20- to 30-minute podcast adaptations of the best-known works of Edgar Allan Poe, America’s renowned master of horror and suspense.

Each episode guides listeners through a mental hospital where each cell houses Poe protagonists, each waiting to thrill audiences with dramatic re-tellings of familiar stories including The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, Berenice and The Cask of Antillado. Musical underscore and sound effects add even more suspense to the stirring character accounts, brought to life by a creative team of performing artists and talent from the Baltimore metro area.

The program will air every month, and is sponsored in part by RavenBeer , Baltimore’s purveyor of Poe-inspired craft beer. Zavistovich and RavenBeer’s CEO, Stephen Demczuk, are launching the podcast series as the first part of their effort to create The National Edgar Allan Poe Theater. Planned as the world’s first performing arts establishment dedicated to adapting for the stage the collected works of Edgar Allan Poe, the theatre will bring tourism, responsible economic and cultural development, and increased English literacy to Poe’s hometown of Baltimore.

For more information visit: http://www.poetheatre.org

Source: “The National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre On the Air” Revives Poe’s Most Famous Works in New Podcast Series on WYPR-FM, Baltimore

(variety) – Jack Larson, Jimmy Olsen on ‘Adventures Of Superman’ TV Show, Dies at 87

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Jack Larson, best know for his role as reporter Jimmy Olsen on the first Superman TV show, died Sunday at his home in Brentwood, Calif. He was 87.

Larson played George Reeves’ (Clark Kent/Superman) wide-eyed coworker at The Daily Planet — a role he tried, in vain, to escape throughout his career — on “Adventures of Superman” in the 1950s.

Larson appeared on “Superman” for six seasons, beginning in 1951. The series came to a close following Reeves’ sudden death in 1959.

Larson was also a playwright; his works include 1966’s “The Candied House,” based on “Hansel and Gretel”; “Cherry, Larry, Sandy, Doris, Jean, Paul,” a comedy about being gay; 1968’s “Chuck”; and 1998’s “The Astronaut’s Tale.” Larson wrote librettos for operas, such as Virgil Thomson’s “Lord Byron.”

He produced several films written and/or directed by his longtime partner, James Bridges, who he met on the set of Ethel Barrymore’s final film, “Johnny Trouble,” in 1957. Larson produced “The Baby Maker” (1970), “Mike’s Murder” (1984) and “Perfect” (1985), among Bridges’ other movies, through their production company.

Larson also appeared in the 1991 series “Superboy” as “Old Jimmy Olsen” (an older version of Justin Whalin’s character), in an episode of ABC’s “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” and Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns” in 2006.





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(eonline) – 2015 Emmy Awards: All of the Best and Worst Moments From the Show!

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Andy Samberg, Emmy Awards 2015, Show Phil McCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

The 67th annual Emmy Awards are here!Hollywood’s first step into awards season started tonight with the highly anticipated night dedicated to all things television, with the help of our host for the evening, Andy Samberg.

So between the jokes, the booze, the awards and the surprising moments, it can become quite the task to keep up with what’s going on.

Don’t you fret, friend. That’s what we’re here for! Here are some of the best and worst moments from the 2015 Emmy Awards:

Binge Truth: Anyone who has ever decided to binge-watch a TV series felt deeply connected to Samberg’s opening skit. Locking himself away for a year, without any connection to the outside world, to catch up on all of the series out there is real life for many of us.

Serving the LOLs: Samberg continued a strong opening with a successful monologue. There were laughs, there were successful punch lines, and, of course, the zingers (hey Bill Cosby and Kim Davis!).

RELATED: They said what?! Get the celeb red carpet quotes from the 2015 Emmy Awards

Amy Schumer, Amy Poehler

Amy-Squared: The geniuses behind the Emmys opted to pair Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer together to present the first award of the night, and obvs, it was the best decision.”And what an exciting two to four hours for women in comedy,” Poehler quipped.

“And let’s not forget what night is really about, celebrating hilarious women and letting the Internet weigh in on who looks the worst,” Schumer added. THE AMY’S FOR PRESIDENT! Or at least, host the Oscars?

Problem Solved: Ricky Gervais may or may not win tonight, so he had a plan. Why not play it safe and just hold an Emmy while presenting so pictures make it seem like he won? Boom. Problem solved.

Ricky Gervais, Emmy Awards 2015, Show Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Bow Chicka Bow Wow: John Stamos and Gina Rodriguez joined together on stage and did some flirting back and forth, and we can’t blame ’em.This Just Happened: Oh, Andy.

Rebel With a Cause: Jimmy Kimmel wants the power. He has the power. He has the card. And he decided to cut out the winner from the card (and eat it ) so he could give the award to whoever he wants. Congrats, Jeffrey Tambor!

Positive Message: Following a heartfelt speech from director Jill Soloway, who urged people to vote for trans rights, Transparent‘s Jeffrey Tambor dedicated his award to the transgender community. “Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your stories. Thank you for your inspiration. Thank you for letting us be part of the change. God bless you.

Jimmy Kimmel, Emmy Awards 2015 Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Hooray, Accountants: James Corden made history tonight by getting the crowd to do a standing ovation when recognizing the accountants Ernest & Young. Hey, they deserve some solid cheers, too!
Awkward Alert: Terrence Howard went in for the kiss on the cheek while presenting with Empire co-star Taraji P. Henson, and she just rubbed it off and made a face, LOL!

Smokey Eye for the Win: While tearfully accepting her award, Schumer made sure to mention someone very important—her makeup artist. “Thanks everybody who has helped me and my…the girl who gave me sort of this smoky eye. I really love it.” LOL!

Sweet Mommy Moment: When accepting her award, Regina King concluded her speech with a sweet mention to a very important young man in her life. “My son, IanThe fact that I get to share this night with you, the best date in the house. Oh, man. You make being a mother my greatest accomplishment. I love you.

So Many Feelings: That montage of series finales from this year was too much. Seriously. The emotions are everywhere. WE WEREN’T READY.

Jon Hamm, Emmy Awards 2015 Phil McCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Aw, Jon Stewart: The former Daily Show host seems to miss the spotlight. When accepting yet another award tonight, he candidly told the crowd, “To everybody on television, I just want to tell you, cling to it, as long as you can, like death…I have been off of television for six weeks, seven weeks, whatever it is. This is the first applause I’ve heard. It is a barren wasteland out there.” We miss you, too, Jon.

Bleep Award:..goes to Game of ThronesD.B. Weiss who said, “When people say they didn’t plan things, I always thought they were full of s–t.”

Tissues, Please: Oh man, Uzo Aduba just made the waterworks come out.

All Together Now: FINALLY! Jon Hamm has taken home an Emmy for his role in Mad Men. About damn time.

Breaking Barriers: Viola Davis gave a powerful speech upon winning the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, the first woman of color to ever win this category.

“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

Tracy’s Back: Making a surprise appearance, Tracy Morgan, who  made his return to the stage to present the final award of the night. “Thanks to my amazing doctors and the support of my family, my beautiful new wife, I’m here.”

And the jokes were back, too. “Only recently, I’ve started to feel like myself again, so, which means a whole lot of y’all women gonna get pregnant at the after-party. It’s going down.”

For all the fashion hits and misses, tune in to a brand-new Fashion Police Monday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m., only on E!PHOTOS: 2015 Emmys red carpet arrivals


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(ibtimes.com) – ‘Once Upon A Time’ Season 5 Spoilers: Executive Producers Tease LGBT ‘Love Story’

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“Once Upon a Time” executive producers have revealed they will introduce an LGBT relationship in Season 5, but won’t say whether it will involve Jamie Chung’s character Mulan (pictured here). Once Upon a Time/Facebook

“Once Upon a Time” executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis revealed that fans will see a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender “love story” in Season 5. While it was previously revealed Mulan (Jamie Chung) is a lesbian, Horowitz and Kitsis won’t say whether the same-sex romance will involve the female warrior or another character.

“We know that [LGBT] community have been big supporters of the show, and we would love to be able to tell a love story that reflects that,” Kitsis said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “It is something that we’re going to do this year.”

Horowitz added: “We want the show to reflect the world as it is now. Whether that’s going to be with any particular character, we’re not going to say … It’s something we think is due and important to do on the show.”

During Season 3, it was revealed Mulan was in love with Princess Aurora (Sarah Bolger), but never told her because the sleeping beauty said she was pregnant with Prince Phillip’s (Julian Morris) baby. The last time fans saw Mulan was shortly after Aurora revealed her baby news and Mulan joined Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) and his Merry Men.

However, Chung took to Twitter Tuesday to tell fans she was reprising her role as Mulan in Season 5. It’s unclear how soon “Once Upon a Time” will introduce the LGBT storyline, but we do have a few details about the Season 5 premiere.

The first episode, titled “The Dark Swan,” will pick up after Emma (Jennifer Morrison) was swallowed by a cloud of darkness in the Season 4 finale. During the premeire episode, Emma’s family and friends will go searching for her, not realizing she was transported to the Enchanted Forest and is no longer in their “world.” The synopsis also teased that fans will see Ginnifer Goodwin’s character Snow, Josh Dallas’ Prince Charming and Colin O’Donoghue’s Captain Hook team up with an “unlikely ally” to help find Emma.

“Once Upon a Time” Season 5 premieres on ABC Sunday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. EDT.

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