Arts & Culture


‘Don’t Look Up!’ is a documentary masquerading as satire | Dick Polman

BY: - January 10, 2022

Anyone who thinks the Netflix comedy lacks subtlety need only look around and behold what mass stupidity has wrought.

Resolve to read with us in 2022 | Five for the Weekend

BY: - January 8, 2022

Happy weekend, all. Welcome to the first Five for the Weekend of 2022! We hope all of you had a joyous and restful holiday season. If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to read more, why not start by reading along with the Capital-Star book club – the Penn Capital-Star Readers? Those interested can join the group […]

Pennsylvania Farm Show butter sculpture seeks to bridge rural-urban divide

BY: - January 7, 2022

By Ryan Deto A beloved tradition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show has returned with the unveiling of the show’s annual butter sculpture. The 2022 sculpture, unveiled Thursday, highlights the theme of “Harvesting More” and is meant to symbolize different factions of the dairy world coming together in celebration. The sculpture features an urban farmer and […]


Burn this commentary | Opinion

BY: - January 6, 2022

If you’re a believer in the power of books, please join me against those who would have it destroyed.


Visiting the Pa. Farm Show? Consider COVID risk, Pa. Ag. Sect’y says | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 4, 2022

'For individuals who are concerned about their personal health or have family members or colleagues who are particularly vulnerable, this is not the year to attend,' Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said during a Monday briefing.

Veteran Pgh. blogger Sue Kerr launches new LGBTQ nonprofit

BY: - January 4, 2022

'We’re not reinventing the wheel. We don’t want to take from ongoing activity. Rather we want to add to the mix, fill in the cracks,' Kerr said.


A Capital-Star holiday tradition: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

BY: - December 25, 2021

A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.


A Capital-Star holiday tradition: The WPIX-TV Yule log

BY: - December 25, 2021

From all of us at the Capital-Star, our fondest wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season and a peaceful New Year.

The Literacy Council of Southwestern Pa. is transforming lives | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 24, 2021

The Literacy Council of Southwestern PA is a nonprofit gem that, for more than 3 1/2 decades has given hope to – and transformed the lives of – people in Fayette County by improving their reading skills.

One more sleep: Pa. vet clears Santa’s reindeer for duty

BY: - December 23, 2021

Pennsylvania State Veterinarian Dr. Kevin Brightbill met with Santa and his nine reindeer at Hersheypark Christmas Candyland Thursday to give Santa's noble steeds a last-minute physical before they set out on their globe-trotting journey to deliver toys to children everywhere. 


At Williamsburg, a reminder of what we’ve gained, and could yet lose | John L. Micek

BY: - December 22, 2021

A plaque at Colonial Williamsburg challenges visitors: 'What difference will you make?' The answer has never been more important

Humane Society of Greene County ‘a happy place’ | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 14, 2021

'Whenever they go out the door to a new family, everybody here is just ... it’s like a birthday party.'