Standing in his new South Side studio, a patchwork of windows letting in the mid-​day light, glass artist Drew Hine reaches for a map to illustrate his connection to the early days of Pittsburgh glassmaking, an industry that emerged 210 years ago from a red-​hot amalgam of sand, ash, lime and coal.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2007
  • Sub Heading City of steel or city of glass? Pittsburgh shows its wares
Father Dam Nguyen presides over the flock at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Sorrowful Virgin in the South Hills town of Whitehall. Several in the congregation share his Vietnamese heritage, and more often these days he finds himself given the joyful task of presiding at the marriage or baptism of one of their…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading Global City
On a painted mural behind the small stage of Pittsburgh’s newest jazz club, a singer in a dark red, strapless gown with a black bob hairdo sings to a sketched cityscape resembling Pittsburgh’s skyline at dusk. The real thing — Etta Cox — was there too, crooning standards “Teach Me Tonight” and “Misty” with the Harold Betters…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading Jazz is alive and well — here’s where to find it
Before Pittsburgh became a place, before it was an idea, before its stories, its heroes, its villains, its tales of exploration, adventure, discovery and struggle became part of the popular imagination and American life, it was a space defined only by the movement of water through mountains, valleys, forests and a dark wilderness.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading Artists and historians discuss the region’s never-​ending quest to define itself
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