YWCA Greater Pittsburgh gains momentum in mission to fight racism and empower women

This story was originally published by NEXTpittsburgh, a news partner of PublicSource. NEXTPittsburgh is an online publication about the people advancing the region and the innovative and cool things happening here. Sign up to get NEXTpittsburgh free. Most organizations have experienced profound changes over the last year or so, but few more so than the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. Angela Reynolds took over as chief executive on Feb.

Anna Skeels performs on a stage wearing a dress, bonnet and floral apron.

The ‘tortured artist’ trope is torturing artists

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told by the people living them. My high school’s Friday night showing of “Beauty and the Beast” starts in an hour.  As Lumiere the candlestick does his sound check, the rest of the cast is waiting onstage for our own. Our lighting designer is running through cues, making the hot stage lights jump from bright white to blue to red and back again. Someone is playing the piano in the green room (probably a “Hamilton” song). I’m in my huge Mrs. Potts costume and I can’t quite figure out how to breathe.

People practice yoga positions on a sidewalk area outside on a sunny day.

How $1.5 billion invested in the last 10 years brought a new identity to the Strip District

This story was originally published by NEXTpittsburgh, a news partner of PublicSource. NEXTPittsburgh is an online publication about the people advancing the region and the innovative and cool things happening here. Sign up to get NEXTpittsburgh free. The Strip District has had many identities over the years. There were the early industrial days, the wholesale produce days, even an era when the neighborhood dominated Pittsburgh nightlife (Rosebud, Metropol, etc.).