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The Moth: True stories told live

Don't miss! The Moth Mainstage on August 22

Pop City is happy to be the media sponsor of The Moth Mainstage, the iconic storytelling event that has regaled Pittsburgh audiences, selling out every year. Now it's bigger and better than ever in its new home at the Byham. Check out the lineup on August 22 and get your tickets now.

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Is downtown Pittsburgh going to the dogs?

Can you judge the vitality of a downtown by the number of pet dogs living there? Downtown is more of a community now, says one pet owner who believes it shows in the increasing number of pet dogs residing there. Meet some here and see how they're changing the perception of downtown living.

Marty's Market in the Strip District

Great places to drink coffee in Pittsburgh

It's not just the coffee but where you drink it. As coffeehouse culture in Pittsburgh keeps getting better, we invite you to check out our list of great spots to drink a great brew. It runs the gamut from classic one-of-a-kind places such as La Prima Espresso to newer faves including Espresso a Mano.

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The Pop City guide to French food and wine in Pittsburgh

From macarons in a rainbow of colors to dishes like savory lamb with black truffles, our writer explores the feast of French foods (and wines!) found here in Pittsburgh.

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Jack Holden loves Pittsburgh: Falling in love with the girl and her city

In this video by the Pittsburgh native famous for the Ski Mt. Washington video, we see the story of boy falls for girl, boy falls for girl's city, boy asks Pittsburgh for...a job. Watch it for the marvelous Pittsburgh scenes or for the romantic story or for the charming Brit who stars in it. Just don't miss this.

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Why I moved to Pittsburgh: Matthew Sterne, GM of the Fairmont Hotel

While he's lived in stunning places such as Banff and Sonoma, his favorite city is now Pittsburgh. Meet Matthew Sterne, general manager of the luxury Fairmont, a jewel in downtown Pittsburgh and named the number one Fairmont on the continent for customer service. Read how they do it and why Sterne never wants to leave. 

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Impressions of Pittsburgh: what the arts delegates had to say about our city

Recently, 1000 or so arts delegates from around the country converged in Pittsburgh to meet and to experience our arts scene. When we kept hearing them gush (like the newly turned-on fountain) about our city, we asked some to go on record with their impressions. From the president of PBS to the Director of the Austin Ballet, here's what they had to say.

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Pop Star: Laura Ellsworth

"Let's be number one in the country," Laura Ellsworth suggests, "and show how powerful women's philanthropy can be." Think she's kidding? The hard-to-resist Jones Day partner-in-charge is making a deep impact in the community in a number of ways as an activist and volunteer.

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Photo slide show: Pride Parade 2013

From the award-winning Cadets to the Pride Colorguard, from last-minute preparations at Firstside Park to Pride Fest on Liberty Avenue, the rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm at Pittsburgh's annual Pride March. Catch the spirit here. 

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Photo slide show: A tour of public art downtown

Hot off the press is the new updated guide, Pittsburgh Art in Public Places: Downtown Walking Tour. Get a preview here in this wonderful slide show of art throughout downtown and including the North Side. Then snag a free guide today (June 12) from 5:30 to 7:30 at Agnes Katz Plaza.

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Start up? Start Young. Entrepreneuring Youth shows the way.

The goal of Entrepreneuring Youth is to instill early experience in running a business and get teens stoked to start their own some day. The yearly George W. Tippins Business Plan Competition scheduled this week gives them a taste of the big time.

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5 Pittsburgh theater troupes that continue to surprise

Want to get turned on to eccentric, cutting-edge theater where you'll see something you’ve never seen before? Here are five Pittsburgh theater groups that are hard to categorize but well worth watching.

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Greening a downtown Pittsburgh parking lot

Pittsburgh's first green parking lot, complete with shade trees, plants and a charming walkway, was just completed last week on Seventh St, the result of a great idea and a great collaboration.

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Shakin' things up at Bricolage

They're fun and inventive with a diehard following. Now the folks at Bricolage are shaking things up more than ever with their blend of experimental theater and community engagement, including intense discussions on race, nukes and fracking.

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District

Spring into art this Friday at the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, a free and festive night of immersive art and performance with 36 stops, not to mention pop-up shopping.
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