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Denigrating Magnificent Heinz Hall

Vulgarian/"Comedian" Lewis Black Appears in Pittsburgh to Deliver Profanity-Filled Rants

It is sad and unfortunate that Pittsburgh's opulent Heinz Hall was cheapened by the appearance of Lewis Black on Jan. 12, a man who is so defined by profanity that he is unable to conduct an interview without portions of his quotes being excised in order for them to be suitable for a family newspaper.

Profanity is the cheapest means of securing laughs, something which need not be resorted to by someone as talented and savvy as Mr. Black. Its prevalence is a strong component in rendering ours a more coarse, crude, disrespectful society.

I suspect H. J. Heinz is turning over in his grave over the hall that bears his name hosting a vulgarian. Apparently the name, "Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts" should be shortened to, "Heinz Hall - Anything Goes!" I see no "performing art" in the act of Lewis Black.

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BobE January 14, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Then don't go and research performers before you do.
Deb January 15, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Any act that draws a crowd helps these venues stay afloat. Then they can afford to keep the symphony and other shows. Personally, I think Lewis Black is hilarious, but I am a fan of coarse, crude, and disrespectful, LOL.
Glenn Robinson January 16, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Question... Is Heinz Hall a community owned venue?
Mark Carolla January 16, 2013 at 11:58 AM
From now on they should check with you they schedule any events. I'm sure Heinz Hall and the hundreds in the audience are horrified that you disapprove.
Ed M January 18, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's not a performing art, Oren. Heck, I don't like opera but I still consider it a performing art!

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