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The Soundtrack to Downtown — by Chico Marx October 2016

The Soundtrack to Downtown — by Chico Marx

Rick Sebak breaks down the many connections between the legendary pianist and comedic performer and Downtown Pittsburgh.

Sting’s Secret WQED Gig in Pittsburgh September 2016

Sting’s Secret WQED Gig in Pittsburgh

In the early 1990s, Rick Sebak witnessed an exclusive Oakland performance by Sting, frontman for The Police.

The Comic and the Car Crash August 2016

The Comic and the Car Crash

Rick Sebak recounts the troubling tale of legendary comic Lenny Bruce’s near-fatal Pittsburgh car crash.

Pryor Conviction: A Famous Comic's Pittsburgh Jail Stay July 2016

Pryor Conviction: A Famous Comic's Pittsburgh Jail Stay

Rick Sebak revisits the troubling story that landed famed comedian Richard Pryor in the Allegheny County Jail.

Lance Armstrong's Climbs (and Decline) June 2016

Lance Armstrong's Climbs (and Decline)

Long before the accomplished cyclist’s cheating was exposed, he triumphed in Pittsburgh — but, as Rick Sebak explains, Armstrong’s local achievements aren’t without controversy.

A Masterpiece: W. Eugene Smith's Photos of Pittsburgh May 2016

A Masterpiece: W. Eugene Smith's Photos of Pittsburgh

Smith documented subjects around the world, but, as Rick Sebak explains, he considered his photos of Pittsburgh to be a crowning achievement.

Gertrude Stein: Firmly Born in Allegheny April 2016

Gertrude Stein: Firmly Born in Allegheny

She may have been a North Sider only briefly, but Rick Sebak still counts the novelist, poet and playwright as part of the former Allegheny City’s legacy.

The (Official) Birth of Pittsburgh March 2016

The (Official) Birth of Pittsburgh

As the city begins to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its incorporation, Rick Sebak discovers what exactly we’re commemorating.

‘Silence’ was Golden February 2016

‘Silence’ was Golden

Rick Sebak revisits “Silence of the Lambs,” the Pittsburgh production that went on to become one of the biggest winners in Oscar history.

Bill Clinton's Most Unusual Visit to Pittsburgh January 2016

Bill Clinton's Most Unusual Visit to Pittsburgh

At the beginning of an election year, Rick Sebak flashes back to an incline ride with former President Bill Clinton and former British Prime Minister John Major.

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