Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
As part of the Art Out of the Box project, Polish Hill, Central North Side, Lawrenceville, Friendship and the South Side will host a temporary installation on their landscape. For one week, artists will set up in an "art box", and the public will be able to observe their creative process first hand. The resulting works will be presented as part of the Gallery Crawl, which is held bi-annually in Downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. The project was conceived by Samantha McDonough, a supporter of community-based art initiatives, and has the support of many local organizations including the The Sprout Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Friendship Development Associates, South Side Local Development Company, Polish Hill Civic Association, Central Northside Neighborhood Council and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Local councilman Bill Peduto, has put a call out to artists who would like to participate in the project on his website. Please visit for more information!
EAT, DRINK AND BE FUNNY
ToonSeum Pittsburgh and The Church Brew Works have teamed up to bring you a Valentine's Day Event like no other. In my opinion, Romance and Humor have always gone hand in hand, so The Valentine Couples Drawing Workshop and Beer Tasting is tops on my list of things to do on the big V-Day weekend. Hosted by ToonSeum's Joe Wos, the event, held on Friday, February 11th, is $50 per couple ($45 for members of the ToonSeum), and begins at 6:30pm. Visit the Eventbrite site to register, or ToonSeum's website for more information. Act fast, as space is limited and it is sure to be a popular event!
Monday, January 17, 2011
I know these things because the Post Gazette was kind enough to plop a free edition of the Sunday Extra on my doorstep this weekend. The article, written by Sally Kalson of the PG, appears on the front page.
In the past, weekends often brought desolation as commuters and theater-goers emptied out of the city. The Cultural District keeps things hopping in the evening, but what of the leisurely daytime hours? According to Kalson's article, Mike Edwards, PDP President, says more people are coming Downtown on the weekends to exercise, of all things! He credits local organization Riverlife for their advocacy of riverfront activities.
Things could get exciting on the Real Estate front (three cheers!). Edwards and others have plans to lobby Harrisburg for an Historic Tax Credit; a financing tool which would ease the cost of building Downtown for the developers, and in turn, would help to make Downtown Living more affordable.
The report is good news for the city, as the continued success of our Downtown growth is essential for continued success of Pittsburgh overall.
Read more on the PDP's Annual Report in the Post Gazette's Editorial Section online
See the PDP's Annual Report online
Register to attend PDP's annual meeting
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Rookie of the Year: 2011 Resolutions for Pittsburghers
Being new in Pittsburgh, I don’t claim to know everything and everyone in it. But based on my experiences thus far in the city, I have a few suggestions for ‘Burgers to add to their 2011 resolutions:
For reaffirmation, read my first two posts here and here. Stop this nonsense about the city “dying” when a normal workday ends. Sure, it’s not a 24-hour city, but we’re not planning any funerals. Not all businesses shutter their windows at 6pm. Only those who perpetuate that rumor will never experience what downtown has to offer. And for that reason, these businesses NEED you to stick around a little longer. And tell that naysayer otherwise. Also of note: I have found no fewer than five new downtown establishments offering Sunday brunch as well.
Visit a new neighborhood
Piggy-backing on my first resolution, travel to lands unknown – a place that you have: a) not traveled to in the last decade or b) never been. Be a tourist for a day in a different neighborhood and experience its culture, diversity and local fare (nom!). Most everything is new to me in the ‘Burgh, but I always find it shocking the lack of experience some life-long residents have in regards to even the most popular highlights of this city.
Make a conscious effort to shop locally owned stores and restaurants and locate neighboring farmers to provide you with the freshest of produce, meat and dairy. Shop at the amazing Public Market (I’m still surprised how many people haven’t at least taken ONE trip here). Adopt “Pittsburgh-centric goods and wares” as your shopping mantra.
Be environmentally friendly – by using it!
Pittsburgh is surrounded by a variety of amazing natural resources. Take advantage by joining activity-oriented groups, such as Venture Outdoors. Make a point to use Kayak Pittsburgh this spring and summer. Join a meet-up group for hiking (yes, even in winter). Bike to work. Jump in the freakin’ Mon River on New Year’s Day. Get. Outside.
Support your local teams.
Yes, we know what color you bleed. And in what nation you live. Sports lovers, I ask you to unite at some of the smaller, non-televised athletic events. There’s a new arena football league. But there’s also a rugby team. A rowing organization. A roller derby league. A women’s football team. And there’s even freaking soccer. Spread a little of that black-and-gold spirit further into the community.
Stop bashing the darn place!
I had the fortunate chance (*extreme eye roll*) to sit near two girls at the license bureau. They both continually ripped on the city for nearly an hour (and gave ridiculous assumptions about “how much better” it is in other metropolitans without having ever stepped a foot in these places). This is not something special to the ‘Burgh, as I got my fair share of this self-deprecating attitude when living in Cleveland.
If you are truly, truly in constant objection with where you live, you CAN relocate. If you HATE the snow, you know there are places in the US where IT DOES NOT DO THIS. Right? I find it so draining to listen to. And incredibly small-minded.
I CHOOSE to live here. I mean, I had an initial reason to move, but I had to make a decision just the same. Do people not understand that you can… leave? If some extenuating circumstance is keeping you here, find something positive to make you a little less miserable. Take into account one (or all!) of my resolutions and maybe you will enjoy Pittsburgh as much as I do.
What resolution would you suggest for Pittsburghers?
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The dates and locations of the blood drives are as follows:
NORTH LOCATION - January 19, 2011 - 1:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (2500 Brandt School Road, Wexford, PA 15090)
SOUTH LOCATION - January 25, 2011 - 1:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
RAMP Headquarters (1427 West Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15226)
WEST LOCATION - February 3, 2011 - 1:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Moon Township Public Library (1700 Beaver Grade Rd, Suite 100, Moon Township, PA 15108-3109)
EAST LOCATION - February 9, 2011 - 1:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
William E. Anderson Library (1037 Stotler Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15235)
To schedule your life-giving appointment, go to http://www.centralbloodbank.org and search by group name RAMP.
RAMP and the RAMP Foundation will be sponsoring three additional REALTOR® Care community outreach projects this year; several 100-can food drives with regional food banks in the spring, three Habitat for Humanity volunteer days in the summer, and a 100-garment outerwear drive with Project Bundle-up in the fall.
Since 1911, the REALTORS® Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh has served real estate professionals and the community as western Pennsylvania's most effective voice for private property rights and industry professionalism. RAMP — which was originally known as the Pittsburgh Real Estate Board, began with 30 members and has since grown to include nearly 2,200 REALTORS®. For online media resources about the REALTORS® Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh, visit http://www.ramprealtors.com.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
He returned in 2008 to film "Zack and Miri Make a Porno", and he has never been quiet about his love for the City of Champions.
A few did-you-know's:
Did you know: that Smith met his wife in the 'Burgh
Did you know: that Smith proposed to said wife at the(then)Westin William Penn
Did you know: he lived in the Cork Factory while filming "Zack and Miri....."
Did you know: he ate a s**t ton of pierogies the last time he was here
This is just a little taste of the big 'Burgh Meal that Kevin served up on Twitter today. To see more, follow him: http://twitter.com/thatkevinsmith.
PS. He also has a really cute dog, or at least he has a really cute dog in his avatar. We all know about me and dogs, and hockey......