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  • Giant man-eating plant terrorizes Pittsburgh

    If a huge, man-eating alien plant told you it would grant you your heart’s desire in exchange for a supply of still-warm corpses, would you do it? Surely, there’s some annoying cousin, perverted coworker, or cranky boss you could bump off to finally get that record deal or that hottie in your bio class.

    Pillbox | March 26, 2007
  • Jaws Potter and the Raiders of the Lost Extra-Terrestrial Jedi

    Usually, when the strains of John Williams tickle your ears, you’re munching on $8 popcorn and trying to keep your shoes from sticking to the floor. That was not the case last week, however, when the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, led by guest conductor Erich Kunzel, played a medley of Williams’s greatest hits.

    Pillbox | February 26, 2007
  • The Harry Potter Withdrawal Club

    Twelve years ago, Joanne Rowling was simply a struggling British mother writing on napkins in a café as her infant daughter slept. What was once just a dream has blossomed into possibly the greatest epic of this generation. On July 20, 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released to the British public. The same year, U.S.-based publishing company Scholastic, Inc. offered Rowling a...

    Pillbox | February 26, 2007
  • Rare Sondheim musical hops into Pittsburgh

    The Frogs opened in Yale University’s swimming pool in 1974, starring then-unknowns Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver, plus a raft of undergraduate swimmers in jockstraps and green mesh. The Pittsburgh premiere at Point Park University on Valentine’s Day was much drier, but only slightly less absurd.

    Pillbox | February 19, 2007
  • Where art meets science

    The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is packed with wonders: fossilized mammoths on the first floor, carefully preserved dioramas of African animals on the second, and exquisitely detailed watercolors on the third. Why is a watercolor exhibit hobnobbing with fossils instead of the Monets and Cézannes next door? The exhibit, Backyard Invasion, showcases work of the New York chapter of the Gui...

    Pillbox | February 5, 2007