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Visitors are returning to Pittsburgh museums, sometimes at pre-pandemic levels

The coronavirus pandemic is as big a challenge as most Pittsburgh arts groups have ever faced. But while performance troupes are only just beginning to resume indoor, in-person performances, many of the city’s museums say attendance has been rebounding for months.

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Pittsburgh businessman announces long-shot bid to buy the Pirates

“I just want to make the team relevant, and I think I have a plan to make that happen,” said Ty Ballou.

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Foundation grant aids Pittsburgh’s Black opera landmark

The Richard King Mellon Foundation announced it was awarding $500,000 to efforts to restore the National Negro Opera Company House.

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What will looser restrictions mean for Pennsylvania bars and restaurants and their staff?

On Sun., April 4, Gov. Tom Wolf is loosening coronavirus-pandemic restrictions on bars and restaurants. What that will mean for server safety is just one question the industry is asking as the date approaches.

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Comedians, poets in Pittsburgh confront seasonal depression with ‘Sadapalooza’

Tickets are a pay-what-you-wish donation, and the two-hour show benefits Pittsburgh-based mental-health support and advocacy group Inside Our Minds.

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‘Smalltime’ author explores Johnstown’s mob as family history

“Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob” is a painstakingly researched, multi-generational look at Russell Shorto’s grandfather’s career as a mobster in Johnstown, Cambria County, and how it affected those close to him.

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Virtual panel discussion marks premiere of film of August Wilson’s ‘Ma Rainey’

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” was August Wilson’s first play to hit Broadway. Now it’s his second to become a feature film.

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Pittsburgh-based virtual festival features puppets (and puppeteers) from around the world

The festival can be viewed on Facebook or Zoom. All the performances are three to eight minutes each, and each of the three programs lasts about 90 minutes.

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