Between the Issues

Maecenas XXXV Concludes Opera’s 80th Season

Pittsburgh Opera concluded its 80th season with its annual Maecenas fundraiser gala on Saturday, May 18.

Reeling in the Big One

AONE made a grandiloquent gesture with his arm, saying, “These are all my paintings.” They were hung around the four walls of the giant loft and it looked to me like there might be a thousand of them.

Big Green Block Party Celebrates Phipps’ Newest Green Building

Over 500 people attended Phipps’ Big Green Block Party on the evening of Thursday, May 16 to celebrate the best sustainable Pittsburgh has to offer, including the opening of Phipps’ newest green building, the Exhibit Staging Center.

“Multiplicity” Highlights 28 Contemporary Artists

In a stimulating evening of creative discovery, James Gallery opened an expansive exhibition, “Multiplicity,” on Friday, May 10.

Columnist George Will Speaks at St. Barnabas Founder’s Day

St. Barnabas Charities hosted their annual Founder’s Day Celebration Gala on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry Township, Pa.

A Tale of Two Lofts

The Exotic Eastern European Film Director (EEEFD) and I climbed out of our cab and rang the bell at the studio of the Internationally Famous Artist (IFA).

Kristine Knows Her Frick

It is 17 degrees outside. It is very gray and very windy and everything is frozen. Which would inspire most people to look out the window and say, “Um, no thanks,” but not the trio from Madison, Wisconsin.

What Will Millennials Tell Their Grandchildren?

Coming out of the restaurant we nearly collided with him — a compact, bearded man in a wheelchair, oxygen delivered to his nose from the tank tucked beside him. His scraggly gray-​black beard rested against his chest; the liveliest part of his face was the bright blue of his eyes.

Luncheon Raises $550,000 for Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

The 2019 PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon was held on Saturday, May 4 in Allegheny Commons Park.

AONE and Me

“Could it be our boy’s done something rash?” —Bertholt Brecht, “Die Moritat von Mackie Messer,” or “Mack the Knife,” translated and sanitized by Marc Blitzstein, with thanks to Bobby Darin

Take Center Stage Gala Celebrates the August Wilson Cultural Center

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center TAKE CENTER STAGE Gala took place on Friday, April 26 in the 900 block of Liberty Avenue. Guests enjoyed a two-​course dinner by big Catering and dessert buffet by Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique.

A New Taiwan Policy

The final leg in our Cold War II stool is the containment of China diplomatically. To make the point that China no longer has a free pass, the first step in the West’s diplomatic offensive needs to be focused on Taiwan. Assuming that the West’s military containment of China has…

The Perils Facing China

As global trade retreats and is replaced by regional trading blocs, power will flow to those countries that are most self-​reliant.

Kim Keeps the Coffee Coming

None of the regulars are here yet. Like the Daves: Candy Man Dave and Home Depot Dave and Eyeglass Dave. None of the Riches, either. Except for one of them. He’s sitting at a window booth and is about to get a fresh cup of coffee and a plate filled…

China is Destined to Fall Behind

Whatever happens with my proposal that the West launch Cold War II, the next three decades will be far less friendly to the Chinese economy than the past three decades have been. There are three reasons for this.
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