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Janelle Monae demands to be heard on new singles

Janelle Monae demands to be heard on new singles

Written By Mick Stinelli, Co-A&E Editor

April 17, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Janelle Monáe has so far released four singles from her upcoming album, “Dirty Computer,” out April 27. Judging by the album’s current offerings, it’s shaping up to be on par with “The ArchAndroid” and “The Electric Lady,” her previous two offerings and genuine modern classics. The f...

Summer concert season packed with a variety of acts

Written By Amanda Myers, Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

We’re in the final stretch of the semester, which can only mean one thing: summer concert season is finally on the horizon.  After hearing announcements on the near-daily for months, enduring scorching sunburns and heat exhaustion will soon become second nature to lovers of pop, rock and everythi...

The A&E editors pick the movies to see for the summer

Written By Nicholas Horwat and Mick Stinelli

April 17, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

From remakes to sequels and few original intellectual properties, summer of 2018 looks to have a stacked line up for movies. Here are some of the highlights of what to look forward to in the next few months of film. Avengers: Infinity War Yet another superhero movie coming to big screens across the globe...

Book clubs engage readers around the Pittsburgh area

Book clubs engage readers around the Pittsburgh area

Written By Carley Bonk, Editor-Elect

March 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Alex Challoner wasn’t initially planning on starting her own book club when she moved to Pittsburgh from the West Coast - she actually wanted to join one. Grace Muller didn’t plan on starting one either, but when she and a few friends gathered together to discuss “Yes Means Yes” by Jaclyn F...

Shawn Mendes surprises fans with two new singles

Shawn Mendes surprises fans with two new singles

Written By Kayla Snyder, Co-Copy Desk Chief

March 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Shawn Mendes surprised fans with not one, but two singles last week. With two dates of March 22 and 23 posted across his Instagram and Twitter, fans were left confused as to what they would mean. Some thought one of the dates would be the leading single to his upcoming third album and the second dat...

Jack White’s newest album as scattered as his persona

Written By Amanda Myers, Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

As reviews trickled in before the release of Jack White’s third solo album on Friday, one word stuck out amongst headlines: weird. If you are familiar with White and his thoughtfully constructed Tim Burton-like persona, the word doesn’t feel far off.  White has never been one to stand in line with...

Love, Simon: A movie everyone needs to see

Written By Lauren Ortego, Co-Opinions Editor

March 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

I saw a tweet recently that really made me think. While I can’t recall the exact words used, it went something like this: “I thought I hated romantic comedies, but I realize now it was just straight people I hated seeing.” With its well-timed jokes, awkward main character and diverse, all star cas...

Warped Tour announces the final cross-country lineup

Warped Tour announces the final cross-country lineup

Written By Nick Horwat, Co-A&E Editor

March 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

When Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman announced that 2018 will be the final full-cross-country tour, he mentioned he wanted to get the biggest lineup the tour has ever seen. With the recent lineup announcement, it seems that he fell short of that expectation. Massive bands like Blink-182, Paramore or the...

Retiring rockers cement legacy

Written By Amanda Myers, Staff Writer

March 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

As the superstars of the 60s and 70s continue to age, a number are bidding goodbye to the wear and tear of the road.  In recent farewell tour announcements, music greats like Sir. Elton John and Paul Simon have spoken of giving up their time on the stage for a more personal existence. These two musi...

Academy Awards celebrate diversity and women

Academy Awards celebrate diversity and women

Written By Mick Stinelli, Co-A&E Editor

March 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The 90th Oscars occurred this week, in an industry shaken by movements like #OscarsSoWhite, #MeToo and #TimesUp. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Academy Awards were mostly predictable following last year’s shocking best picture mix-up between “La La Land” and “Moonlight.” Kimmel, for his credit, performed admirably....

Black Panther is an Ode to Black Excellence

Written By Sienna Rodriguez-Truley, Staff Writer

February 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Marvel has done it again. It's no surprise to me that this intro movie, packed with action and great supporting roles, is probably the best I have seen in years. This cinematic masterpiece is everything in a hero movie that was missing from my childhood. Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa, the king...

‘Wicked’ takes flight at Benedum Center

Written By Hannah Walden, Co-Copy Desk Chief

February 13, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

While thinking of modern musical classics, Stephen Schwartz’s “Wicked” is definitely at the top of the list. “Wicked” was shown from Jan. 29 to Feb. 11 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. “Wicked” takes the famous 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” and adds...