Active musicians working to build Pittsburgh’s culture

  Shawn McGregor, drummer of Backstabbing Good People exudes a contagiously positive attitude in describing his role in Pittsburgh’s music scene. “The people are the best part of this city, we have a great network of musicians here, ” said McGregor. Backstabbing Good People has a solid connection with the city, which McGregor says comes…

Piano man visits Pittsburgh after six-year hiatus

  “Sing us a song, you’re the piano man, sing us a song tonight. For we’re all in the mood for a melody, and you’ve got us feelin’ alright.” The piano man himself visited Pittsburgh for the first time in six years on Feb. 21. The 64-year-old musician, accompanied with his bands of drummers, guitarists,…

Local writers attempt NaNoWriMo

  National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) took off this last November with 312,860 writers enrolled around the world. People from six continents have taken the NaNoWriMo challenge to write a fifty thousand word novel in the month of November. NaNoWriMo has seen over 250 published novels from participants since 2006 released by traditional publishing houses,…

Film Makers Discuss Creative Process

Director Steve Hoover, film subject Rocky Braat and producer Danny Yourd met when attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Ten years later, they found themselves on a journey to support Braat and his mission to help the AIDs and HIV-affected children of India. Yourd and Hoover were hired by the same production company, Animal, in…

Sundance Award Winning Film Ready to Inspire SHU

Sundance award-winning film, “Blood Brother,” about a Pittsburgh graphic art student’s foreign journey, is set to be shown at Seton Hill University (SHU). “Blood Brother” has been shown at select theatres and universities around the nation. Having local ties, director Steve Hoover’s aunt recommended that it be shown at SHU. “Steve did a thank-you screening…