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2008-07-29 12:00:55

By Mark Kanny, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 29--The envelope wasn't so much stretched as irrelevant Friday night at the world premiere of "Just Out of Reach" by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. It was the finale for the 2008 season at City Theatre on the South Side, and was fulfillment of the group's subtitle -- Theatre of Music. Created by the group's artistic director, Kevin Noe, and composer and board member Kieren MacMillan, "Just Out of Reach" is brilliant post-modern...

2008-07-28 03:00:28

By Justin Vellucci, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 28--Come up with a word that rhymes with "drink tax." Marshall Slayton and Stephen Tammearu might find a few up their sleeves. The twenty-something Pittsburghers are converting the never-ending news story and tax battle into an animated musical, complete with frustrated tavern-dwellers and a politician modeled on Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato. "I wanted to make a satire ... so I asked myself, 'What's a really good...

2008-07-27 03:00:30

By Richard Robbins, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 27--On a recent guided tour of the battlefield, David Miller, chief of education at Bushy Run, pointed out Edge Hill, where Bouquet's command spent the night of Aug. 5, and where, the morning of Aug. 6, they heard the battle cry of the enemy. This open, grassy field no longer resembles the colonial forest of 1763, but the topography is the same. Miller took note of the embankment that hid the retreating Redcoats from the warriors...

2008-07-27 03:00:28

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 27--Robotics and a rose garden are two seemingly disparate elements that Quantum Theatre will use to bring William Shakespeare's "Cymbeline" to life. A collaboration between Quantum Theatre and The Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, "Cymbeline" will begin performances Thursday in the Rose Garden of Mellon Park. Using 21st-century technology and an outdoor setting are not just gimmicks to get attention, says Quantum...

2008-07-27 03:00:25

By Bob Frye, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 27--If you've ever spent any time fishing from a boat, you know that the glare off the water can be brutal. Things only get worse if, and when, your sunglasses go overboard, only to sink to the bottom of the lake. FishGillz Sunglass Co. has come up with a solution, however. The company is marketing a pair of sunglasses designed specifically for those who spend a lot of time on the water. They weigh just half an ounce while still offering 100...

2008-07-27 03:00:23

By Bob Frye, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 27--Around the Fish & Boat Commission --It's what didn't show up in a survey of Conneaut Lake in Crawford County that's as interesting as what did. The Fish and Boat Commission has stocked more than 700,000 walleye fry into Conneaut -- at 930 acres, Pennsylvania's largest natural lake -- over the last decade. In 2007, 20,000 walleye fingerlings were added to the mix in an attempt to boost the population. Yet, when biologists...

2008-07-26 12:00:44

By Joe Napsha, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 26--Airo Die Casting Co. in Derry, Westmoreland County, which makes aluminum parts for Harley-Davidson Inc. motorcycles, has new owners who expect to increase its business and add jobs. "We are a significant player in the industry," said Scott Bull, chief executive of Pace Industries Inc. of Fayetteville, Ark., parent company of what is now the Pace Industries Airo Division. Pace said it is the largest privately owned custom nonautomotive...

2008-07-26 12:00:38

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 26--The winner of the 2007 Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Contest began its world premiere run this week. Written by John Morogiello, "Stonewall's Bust" is an often-funny farce that is a light and silly romp about the perils and pitfalls of telling the truth and inventing lies. It's set somewhere in the deep, deep South where Liddy, a genteel Southern lady, supports herself and her pre-Civil War mansion by...

2008-07-26 12:00:35

By Adam Brandolph, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 26--Cleo Zell stretched the end of a water balloon, wrapped it around her index and middle fingers and tied a knot. Zell, 30, of Lawrenceville is looking for a fight -- a water balloon fight. She and volunteers plan to have 10,000 water balloons armed and ready for the second annual Market Square Water Balloon Fight this afternoon. "It's a crazy idea that we hope brings communities together," said Zell, co-founder of Picnic!, a...

2008-07-26 12:00:35

By Allison M. Heinrichs, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 26--When Michael Parker thinks about the environment his two young children will inherit, his outlook isn't positive. "I'm concerned what kind of world we're going to leave, what my children are going to have to deal with, what their children are going to deal with," said Parker, 32, an environmental attorney from Forest Hills. "It's not an optimistic view." He hopes his jump from serving as a lawyer for the Group Against Smog...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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