Eric Burns, playwright - Feb 1, 2012

Eric Burns' first play receives its world premiere Feb 3-19 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Burns is a veteran TV journalist who began his career at WQED in 1971. He looks back on his work as a journalist at NBC and Fox, and what might have been at PBS. A high school majorette serves as the inspiration for the play, "Mid-Strut," which won Burns the 2010 Eudora Welty Emerging Playwrights' Award.

Ruzich Recaps Pollan - Jan 19, 2012

Robert Morris University's Dr. Connie Ruzich recaps remarks by food activist Michael Pollan, who has distilled the essence of his earlier books into the handy guidebook "Food Rules." His amusing rules and observations cut through the varying claims of nutrition scientists and food marketers to provide a common-sense guide to eating.

Michael Pollan - Jan 16, 2012

One of Newsweek's Top 10 "New Thought Leaders" in 2009, sustainable food activist Michael Pollan has been exploring the places where the human and natural worlds intersect for the past 20 years. He talks with Jim Cunningham about some of his prize-winning bestsellers, which include The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, and his attitudes toward a variety of foods and other food writers. He also shares his experiece of winning the Lennon Ono Award for Peace.

Juraj Valcuha - Jan 12, 2012

Slovak conductor Juraj Valcuha talks about the colorful pieces on his concerts at Heinz Hall, Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, and Steven Stucky's Spirit Voices featuring percussionist Evelyn Glennie.

Bob Gangewere's "Palace of Culture" - Dec 15, 2011

Former editor of Carnegie Magazine Robert Gangewere has written the first history of a cultural conglomeration that has served millions and inspired the likes of Andy Warhol, August Wilson, and David McCullough. (U. of Pgh Press, 289 pages)

Sam Helfrich - Dec 1, 2011

Stage and opera director Sam Helfrich will help the PSO stage, yes, with costumes, sets. orchestra in the pit and all that, Handel's Messiah as you've never experienced it before. Helfrich staged Pittsburgh Opera's 2009 Eugene Onegin and has worked with Opera Boston, Glimmerglass and other opera companies.