Arts, Entertainment, Living

TV Q&A: 'The Flash,' 'American Pickers' and cord-cutting

Friday, 27 February 2015 11:58 PM Written by

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “The Flash,” “American Pickers” and cord-cutting. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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KDKA, Rege Cordic & His Dixieland Theme Song

Friday, 27 February 2015 06:24 AM Written by

From the late 40's until he left for Los Angeles in lae 1965, morning host and Pittsburgh native Rege Cordic (1926-1999) owned the local, early morning AM radio airwaves. At KDKA, Cordic & Company offered music and still-brilliant skits capturing the essence of Pittsburgh in that era, aided by a cast of conspirators including Bob Trow, Karl Hardman, Sterling Yates and writer Bob McCully. The famous "Olde Frothingslosh, the Pale Stale Ale" was a Cordic & Company creation.

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Week 4 - There and Back

Friday, 27 February 2015 12:00 AM Written by
I chose this weeks quote because I felt that it reflected the support that I am receiving through my own training and how much I owe to those that support me. This was a banner week for me in that I accomplished all of my training sessions: swim, bike and…

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The Cost of Art?

Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:06 PM Written by

Did you ever wonder what is the real cost of presenting superior art?

Great art requires great artists, working hard to make a living, as well as organizations to present it. In the world of music, the costs include the musicians themselves but also the performance space, the organization’s staff, and all of its daily operating expenses. So what is the real cost of presenting a concert?

The Pittsburgh Music Alliance is a collaboration of five organizations in town: The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Chamber Music Pittsburgh, Chatham Baroque, The Pittsburgh Camerata, and Renaissance & Baroque. These organizations work together on a variety of efforts, helping one another in building the rich offerings of musical performance in Pittsburgh. Recently we looked at the real cost of presenting great art, and the members did an exercise looking at the cost per attendee. That cost ranges from $58 to $83 dollars per person. Yet the ticket prices are much lower than that, perhaps one half of the actual cost and often even less. The standard ticket prices range up to $46, a little more than half of the performance’s actual cost of $83, and student ticket prices can be as low as $12.


On the one hand, we want to bring audiences the finest works and musicians, and those goals have significant costs. On the other hand, we want to make sure that your ticket prices are low enough to accommodate all who might want to see the show. So there is a certain “art” to bring the art to audiences. In the process, arts organizations depend on a variety of revenue in order to cover the difference between ticket price and actual cost. This is part of the math of running a nonprofit organization.

The difference comes in philanthropic support, in the form of grants, volunteerism, and individual giving. For us to present programs with the excellence you want to experience - without the fundraising and behind the scenes efforts of volunteers - your ticket might cost far more. However, because of the generous support of so many, prices for PMA organizations have been stable and affordable.

Now for the best part: You can always help. Probably the easiest way to help is to spread the word about performances. Each new ticket sold helps to bring down the per-ticket cost. The more, the merrier! Second, please do keep this in mind as you approach your charitable giving. Often people become more and more committed to the success of an organization, and they show that increasing support through charitable gifts. Those gifts help to keep ticket prices lower, which might help us to reach new audiences…which might ultimately produce another committed patron in time.

For all that you do to support music, thank you. 

Photo: Mickey Miller


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Making Fox's 'Last Man on Earth'

Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:04 AM Written by

Last Man on Earth

PASADENA, Calif. -- I review Fox's appealing "Last Man on Earth" (9 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, WPGH) in today's Weekend Mag, but it's worth looking at the making of the show because it's so out of the ordinary.

The show is about the last man on Earth after a virus wipes out humanity and series creator/star Will Forte acknowledges he was inspired by the cable show "Life After People." But he didn't really do any research on what it might be to be the last man on Earth.

"I always kind of thought that maybe I would do some research to make sure that all the information was accurate and kind of skipped that step," he said. "It would be like if people from NASA watched 'Spaceballs.'"

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Week 4 - Where To Train

Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:00 AM Written by
  Good Thursday morning! Below you will find a comprehensive listing of where to train this week in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. As always, I have selected “A Race to Consider” as well as cross training opportunities. If you have an organization that has activities that you would like listed,…

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The Mavericks' 'Mono' Reviewed: PG Music Podcast

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 03:05 PM Written by


This week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast features my review of Mono, the Mavericks' newly-released album. They'll be at Carnegie Music Hall April 25.


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Post-Gazette online features editor Sharon Eberson and media writer Maria Sciullo join me to discuss the Oscars telecast, "Parks and Recreation" and "The Artful Detective."

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