Author: Sherife Lindi

Meet Pittsburgh’s Master of Pastry

As a veteran of over 20 years in the cooking game, David Piquard knows how to serve carefully crafted, high-quality pastry to customers of all nationalities and tastes. Hailing from eastern France, he has taken his culinary talents to the United States where he currently works as the executive chef for Gaby et Jules in Pittsburgh. We had the opportunity to ask David about his accomplishments as an international chef and culinary pioneer, as well as his plans for the future. ———   What kind of creative ventures and projects do you get to work on as the chief...

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Gamers Display Power of (the) Force

This week the full power of the gaming community came to a pinnacle point as Electronic Arts announced it would be suspending any microtransaction aspects from its newly released Star Wars Battlefront II. The first person shooter was officially released this week, and within hours gamers took to social media to denounce the “pay-to-win” game design.   EA’s latest release has been hyped up for the last seven months, leading gamers to expect an amazing product, especially given that SWB2’s predecessor was seen as fairly lackluster in regard to its similarities to EA’s Battlefield franchise as well as the...

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Engineering Musical Tenacity with Fred Oliveira

Starting from humble beginnings in Brazil, musician and audio engineer Fred Oliveira is not your average artist. Originally working the stock market by day and devoting the night hours to his passion for writing music, Fred practiced and refined his skills, which eventually earned him a second degree from the famed Berklee College of Music as well as job opportunities for Hollywood. We got the opportunity to ask Fred about his journey, accomplishments, and future.     ————- You seem to be a man with a wide breadth of knowledge which extends outside of music. So Fred, how did you...

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‘The Simpsons’ Joins Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

This week in an unexpected yet sincere move, the creative minds behind America’s longtime favorite animated family, The Simpsons, released a video aimed directly at helping fellow American citizens in Puerto Rico who are continuing to struggle with the devastation left by Hurricane Maria. In the video, staple Simpsons character and bar owner Moe Szyslak breaks the fourth wall and speaks directly to the camera as if he is sending a sympathetic message directly to Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan. After both comedically identifying with Cruz’s struggles and mocking President Trump’s lame gesture...

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Cultivating Jazz: an Interview with Denny Sila

With his son Joey’s phenomenal jazz talent becoming apparent from a young age, Denny Sila has adapted from a business owner and father to additionally being a musical mentor, fostering his son’s talents from small shows in Indonesia all the way to the Grammy’s.   ——— Do you remember the initial moment when you realized your son Joey could be a jazz star?  What was going on inside your head? Denny: I never thought about Joey becoming a jazz star. Introducing the music and nurturing his talent were my only focus after I saw how comfortable he was on...

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