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Tragedy in a Box: A Review of “The Gun Show (Can …

by Stuart Sheppard

A refreshing pragmatism infuses Quantum Theatre’s production of “The Gun Show (Can We Talk About This?)” (2013) – a kind of low-​tech, iconoclastic exuberance that’s reminiscent of the early films of …

Between the Issues

Seamstress to the Stars

by Kate Benz

There are fittings on Thursday. Eight costumes still left to make and only two weeks to make them before the first dress rehearsal for The Great Gatsby. And Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre …

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The Tionesta Natural Areas

by Thomas Saunders

The largest remaining uncut forest in Pennsylvania is the Allegheny National Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania. This remote 4,000-acre area is almost equally divided between the Tionesta Research Natural Area and adjoining ...


The Bad Old Days

by John Allison

You won’t get depressed by reading Richard Gazarik’s “Wicked Pittsburgh.” The retired Tribune-Review reporter does not seek to darken the name of our fair city. He merely wants to gather, in ...

Regional News

Jobs Added In Region

by Julia Fraser

The Pittsburgh region closed out 2018 with an uptick in employment opportunities as employers added 17,100 jobs in December, a year-​over-​year increase of 0.8 percent dating to December 2017


Consensus Builder

by Jonathan Callard

Mark Nordenberg’s cell phone lights up. He smiles to see a call from Herb Douglas, the oldest living African-​American Olympic medalist and a University of Pittsburgh alum. Douglas hails from Pittsburgh’s …


Making a Splash

by Kelly Casey

More than a century ago, scientists figured out how to deploy sound waves to locate the position and distance of enemy submarines. This discovery would also lay the groundwork for using …

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Between the Issues

Girl on the Move

by Lenore Blum

I arrived at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in the fall of 1959 as a 16-​year-​old first year student in the architecture department in the College of Fine Arts. I had …

Between the Issues

The Value of Living Separately

by Greg Curtis

We’ve talked a lot about De Rarum Natura, but we haven’t actually experienced the poem in these pages. There’s a reason for that — poor Lucretius has been unlucky in his translators.

Between the Issues

Thirteen Debutantes Presented at the 93rd Cinderella Ball

by PQ Staff

Presented by their fathers in traditional cotillion style, thirteen Pittsburgh debutantes walked the Omni William Penn ballroom on Saturday, January 26 at the 93rd Annual Cinderella Ball.

Between the Issues

Soft-​Core Pathos: A Review of Pittsburgh Public Theater’s “The Tempest”

by Stuart Sheppard

Cleverness is not a Shakespearian trait. In fact, as we have found after more than 400 years, the more we try to shape him, using our own devices, the less he …

The Pulse

How Healthy are Allegheny County Residents?

by Jeffery Fraser

In their own view, people in Allegheny County are generally healthier than the nation’s population. They’re also smoking less.

PQ Poem


by Rebecca Clever

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Death in the Back Yard

by Don Feigert

I had been an outdoors guy all my life, until Donna Rae found “our dream house” in the city of Sharon in 2006. The compromise was that, for a place in …

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