Alex Yuschik Staff writer

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  • Hawthorne Heights comes to Pittsburgh

    After taking a hiatus from touring and performing to work on its music, alternative rock band Hawthorne Heights emerges victorious as it hits the road once again to tour and promote its newest album, Skeletons, the band’s debut on label Wind-up Records.

    Pillbox | January 31, 2011
  • Ex Libris: Misplaced body adds to amusement

    Murder writing can be a dangerous business. For one thing, as murder mystery author Harriet Vane finds when she discovers a dead man’s body on a beach while vacationing, it can make an innocent woman look very suspicious, especially if she’s already been tried for murder once.

    Pillbox | November 22, 2010
  • A dose of Strong Poison is highly recommended

    While Author Conan Doyle and the inestimable Sherlock Holmes may have claimed the mantle of definitive detective fiction of the late 19th century, there is some doubt in the public mind as to which author and amateur sleuth pair were their successors. Many have tried; one only needs to visit the mystery section of a local bookstore or library to the see the results. However, despite years of imita...

    Pillbox | September 27, 2010
  • Spin-off of popular Immortals series shines

    In the midst of demanding classes, increasing commitments from extracurricular activities, and the waning days of summer, everyone is looking for an escape. Granted, with papers starting to pile up and problem sets begging not to be procrastinated on any longer, finding ways to relax without stressing out later can be a daunting task. A short, light read like Alyson Noel’s newest book, Radiance,...

    Pillbox | September 13, 2010
  • Broadway comes to the ’Burgh

    While the Big Apple may be hours away by train, car, or plane, New York City’s rich theater programs and talented performances are a lot closer than that. Broadway shows have marked out Pittsburgh as a stop for many of their performances, and many of the city’s drama students, notably Carnegie Mellon alumni, are also making a splash on stages across the country. Pittsburgh is fast becoming a cultu...

    Pillbox | February 15, 2010