Gwen Luvara

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  • CMU students create jazz fusion

    On Thursday night, Carnegie Mellon students took Shadyside bar and restaurant Up by storm. The Mariko Reid Quintet played a series of jazzy pop classics ranging from a reworked version of “Once Upon a December” from the animated film Anastasia to old hip-hop favorites like “Just a Friend.” The group has described themselves as the “trippinest, hippenest, flippenest, swaggiest, steaziest jazz-funk-...

    Pillbox | November 18, 2013
  • A CaPittsburgh showcases campus talent

    Counterpoint, Carnegie Mellon’s all-female a cappella group, hosted its annual A CaPittsburgh event in Rangos Hall last Saturday night, showcasing the talents of all the different a cappella groups on campus. This year’s theme was “Music is everyone’s possession,” and the proceeds from the event went to Landfill Harmonic, a group that salvages garbage and reworks it into musical instruments for wo...

    Pillbox | October 14, 2013
  • VIA Music & New Media Festival celebrates the arts in Pittsburgh

    The 2013 VIA Music & New Media Festival, a week-long showcase of contemporary art, music, and lectures, occurred this past week from Tuesday to Sunday. VIA is a Pittsburgh-based creative collective founded in 2010 that produces year-round series of performances — but VIA’s biggest event is the festival, drawing artists from local Pittsburgh musicians to performers from Bulgaria and Berlin. VIA tak...

    Pillbox | October 7, 2013
  • Dancing with the Stars sticks to old formula

    Season 17 of Dancing with the Stars kicked off on Monday night promising a new format, new production — and of course, new stars. But this time, the show’s classic formula showed through: It’s the same dancing show time after time because stars’ success relies on dancing ability and likability in equal parts. As the seasons progress, there are a few cookie-cut roles that remain constant.

    Pillbox | September 23, 2013