Daily Archive: October 19, 2013



Opponents of Dutch ‘Black Pete’ speak out

Zwarte Piet or ‘Black Pete’ as he is known, helps St Nicholas or Sinterklaas. Children are told Zwarte Piet got his face black from delivering presents. (AP Photo) by Toby SterlingAssociated Press Writer AMSTERDAM (AP) — The “Black Peter” tradition in the Netherlands is under fire from opponents who believe the figure is a racist caricature and who asked Amsterdam officials Thursday to revoke the permit for a popular children’s festival because of it.



Haston, Jamal 2 of 24 locals in ‘Our Town’

LINDA HASTON Linda Haston and Wali Jamal have always held Thornton Wilder’s minimalistic play “Our Town” in high esteem. “Our Town is in my repertoire of plays to read or be in,” said Haston who resides in the Hill District and has been acting professionally for more than 20 years. “It was required reading in school. It is an acting show piece. I love it.” Jamal, who resides in Downtown Pittsburgh, read the play as a kid and fell in love with the show’s talent and professionalism.



Davis receives BNY Mellon Living Legacy Award in D.C.

Nathan Davis, founder of Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, is recognized for “uncompromising commitment to jazz education” PITTSBURGH—As the annual University of Pittsburgh Jazz Seminar and Concert enters its 43rd exciting year, its founder, Pitt Professor Emeritus of Music Nathan Davis, accepted the BNY Mellon Jazz 2013 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony Oct. 5 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C.



Cover to Cover…‘A Family Affair’

The first time he laid eyes on her, your father thought your mother was the most beautiful girl in the world. She thought he was a pain in the neck, all gangly with legs going this way and that, asking her out until she couldn’t say anything but “yes.” It didn’t take long for her to realize, though, that she couldn’t lay her hands on a better man. You know the story of how your parents fell in love, but there are a lot of things you don’t know about them. And in the new book, “A Family Affair” by ReShonda Tate Billingsley, finding out could be a painful thing.