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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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What's next for The Pittsburgh Promise?

With a new infusion of funding and more evidence that it's working, The Pittsburgh Promise launches a new phase with the same outstanding promise to each city student who qualifies: $40,000 in college scholarships.

The Rise of the Rest

Has Silicon Valley jumped the shark? Ask many keen observers of technology communities from coast to coast, and they'll tell you that 2013 is prime time for startups to bloom in unexpected cities—like Pittsburgh.    

Making the most of Pittsburgh's craft beer (by pairing it with the best kind of food)

Just in time for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, some tips on pairing craft beer with food that brings out its best. Think Nut Brown Ale and a rich cheese or a Czech pilsner with spicy jambalaya. Learn more here then head for some Beer Week events like the Farm to Fork beer dinner where you can taste test. Cheers!

Yarn bombing the Andy Warhol Bridge

What would the Andy Warhol Bridge look like covered in yarn? We're about to find out if all goes as planned with the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh and their plans to yarn bomb the bridge. It's part of a bigger effort to get the word out about the group and it's big exhibition starting this month.

Q&A: Kacey Wherley, TEDxGrandviewAve

Pittsburgh now offers several local TEDx events, from TEDxCMU to TEDxPittsburgh. After a successful debut downtown, we caught up with the person who got TEDxGrandviewAve together and got the inside scoop. What does it take to pull one off and what's next for this one?
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