Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Allentown business district capitalizes on South Hills tunnel detour

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 5:24 PM

Black Forge Coffee House - CP PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS
  • CP photo by Luke Thor Travis
  • Black Forge Coffee House
For the past few months, residents of the South Hills have been plagued by a series of traffic nightmares thanks to Liberty Bridge construction delays. And now, public-transit users in the South Hills are also being inconvenienced.

Since the closure of the Mount Washington Transit Tunnel, which connects Station Square to the South Hills Junction, Port Authority of Allegheny County light-rail vehicles and buses have had to detour through Allentown, adding additional minutes to daily commutes. 

But residents of Allentown are using the inconvenience to their advantage. Tomorrow, business-owners, employees and residents of the neighborhood will gather at the corner of East Warrington and Allentown avenues to draw attention to their community’s growing business district . The event is organized by the Hilltop Alliance, whose executive director, Aaron Sukenik, says the goal is to draw detoured commuters "to come back and shop in Allentown." 

“What we envision is the Allentown community coming together to draw the attention of the hundreds of commuters passing through our neighborhood in the morning,” Siena Kane, Allentown business district manger, said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity to promote the emerging businesses and encourage the commuters to come back and shop."

Participants will include Black Forge Coffee House and Spool craft store. The business district has seen the addition of 16 new small businesses in the past two years.

"Our goal is just to have some signage up and hopefully people will see it," says Ashley Corts, co-owner of Black Forge Coffee House. "All of us took a big risk opening up in Allentown, because there's no foot traffic. We're hoping people will notice all of the new businesses here when they're passing through and decide to come back." 

According to a release about tomorrow's event, Michelle Lancet, co-owner of Spool, says he's seen the success of sandwich boards and other signage for commuter traffic, especially when the T light rail detours through the neighborhood.

“We always ask new customers how they’ve heard of us, and we were surprised and delighted to recently hear that people came to the shop after seeing it during the trolley detour,” Lancet said in a statement.

The transit tunnel's closure is scheduled to end after Oct. 22. 

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Young Preservationists Association to highlight top 10 historic Pittsburgh structures in need of help

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 2:26 PM

St. John Vianney Church in Allentown (formerly St. George's) - PHOTO COURTESY OF JULIE COLLINS
  • Photo courtesy of Julie Collins
  • St. John Vianney Church in Allentown (formerly St. George's)
Pittsburgh has a dilemma when addressing its aging building stock. The city is chock full of historic buildings, but Pittsburgh is also loaded with blighted and abandoned properties. Sometimes those two intersect, and the city is stuck with a tough decision: Spend the money to rehab a historic property, or tear it down after it falls into disarray.

The Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh is bringing awareness to those historic buildings that are in need of some help.

“Every year we are looking to highlight the top 10 buildings that need a bit more attention and have opportunities to be preserved,” says Julie Collins of YPA. “We have a diverse mix of buildings, not just in the city and county, but also outside the county.”

The full list of top 10 buildings will be released at a party at the Frick Art & Historical Center in Point Breeze on Oct. 20, but Collins says that one of the properties on the list is the St. John Vianney Church in Allentown (formerly St. George's).

“St. Vianney is particularly important because it is in a transition,” says Collins. “We are trying to get the building to be on historic-designation lists, and trying to re-purpose it back to a church or some other community asset.”

In the past YPA has been successful in preserving the Cork Factory in the Strip District, which is now a luxury-apartment complex, and maintaining a historic facade in East Liberty. In addition to buildings, Collins says the list, which the group has put out since 2013, always includes an issue important to historic preservation, and this year the issue is “preservation-friendly ordinances.” She says that old city and county rules, like parking requirements and mandatory set-backs, make it very difficult to keep historic buildings fully intact, which is important to the character of Pittsburgh.

“It's our history. We are not going to get them back once the wrecking ball comes,” says Collins. “Pittsburgh has so many historic and unique buildings. There are interesting landscape challenges, and they have given us a unique style. Without them, our [architecture] would not be what it is.”

VIP doors open at 5 p.m. (regular admission at 6 p.m.) at the Frick on Oct. 20. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at up until noon on Oct. 20 and can also be purchased at the door.

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New Pocket-Sized Long-Form Journalism Series From Pittsburgh-based Creative Nonfiction

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Fans of in-depth articles with a literary bent have a new monthly fix. The Creative Nonfiction Foundation is supplementing its fine quarterly magazine and book-publishing projects with True Story, a monthly series of single stories in booklets about the dimensions of a large index card and selling for $3 each.

The first issue, “Fruitland,” is New York Times features reporter Stephen Kurutz’s 41-page, 10,000-word account of an unlikely piece of buried pop-music treasure. In 1979, as teenagers, Donnie and Joe Emerson, brothers from remote rural Washington State, independently produced an album of original soul songs that decades later suddenly became a touchstone of contemporary hipster culture.

The record, Dreamin’ Wild, was discovered in a junk shop in 2008 and on its reissue by Light in the Attic Records became a cult favorite. The breakout hit, as it were, is the remarkable "Baby," feted — and even covered by — Ariel Pink.

Kurutz explores the record’s unlikely history, including Donnie’s musical education via tractor radio and the remarkable financial risks the boys’ father, a wheat farmer, took to back his sons’ musical aspirations. And Kurutz thoughtfully tracks the weird repercussions facing a middle-aged man who experiences overnight fame … for his 17-year-old self.

“Fruitland” began life as a shorter 2012 piece Kurutz wrote for the Times, and Creative Nonfiction found the long tell a good fit for its inaugural True Story. Kurutz, who lives in Brooklyn, is also author of the 2011 book Like a Rolling Stone: The Strange Life of a Tribute Band.

This past weekend, Creative Nonfiction feted the launch of True Story with a party at its new-this-year headquarters, a smartly renovated, two-story former artist’s studio in Bloomfield, half a block from the Penn Avenue arts corridor. (Look for upcoming events there like this Halloween reading.)

Creative Nonfiction bills itself, in the words of founder Lee Gutkind, as “the first literary magazine to be totally dedicated to the best literary nonfiction” (the organization also offers online writing courses). At the launch, Gutkind noted that only a handful of print outlets, including The New Yorker and Harper’s, still regularly offer outlets for the sort of long-form literary nonfiction True Story will spotlight.

True Story, supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, is planned as a year-long series, though Creative Nonfiction staffers say they hope it continues beyond that. Annual subscriptions are available for $18; see here to order single copies, to subscribe or for more details.

Upcoming issues will feature new work by Steven Church, author of the forthcoming One With the Tiger: Sublime and Violent Encounters Between Animals and Humans (Soft Skull Press) and by Gabriela Denise Frank.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Labor organizers rally in Pittsburgh for Boss's Day

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 5:08 PM

Verizon employee Karen LeeMou leads the crowd in a chant of  "when they say take back, we say fight back." - CP PHOTO BY STEPHEN CARUSO
  • CP photo by Stephen Caruso
  • Verizon employee Karen LeeMou leads the crowd in a chant of "when they say take back, we say fight back."
James Threatt has been working at UPMC for 35 years, and is still making little more than $15 an hour.

So when Pittsburgh’s largest employer offered free ice cream for its employee-appreciation day, Threatt didn’t feel very appreciated.

“Jeffrey Romoff [UPMC’s CEO] made this statement: ‘For all the hard work you do, you deserve a cold treat,’” Threatt said at a rally yesterday. “We don’t need a cold treat, give us some cold cash.”

At Downtown's Mellon Square Park on Monday evening, a group gathered for national Boss's Day, carrying placards and chanting “This is what democracy looks like” to protest unfair wages, working practices and inequality, in Pittsburgh and across the country.

Members of Fight for $15, Service Employees International 32BJ, SEIU Healthcare Pa., UPMC workers and Communications Workers of America all gathered at the park around 5 p.m., listening to speakers such as Threatt tell their stories and perspectives on labor organizing and worker’s rights.

With banners waving and throats roaring, the protest then marched to the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Smithfield. Protesters marched in a circle, blocking the intersection while chanting “shame on you” at a nearby Verizon store in response to the telecommunications giant’s planned job cuts.

  • CP photo by Stephen Caruso
  • James Threatt
Tim Dubnau, a union representative for CWA, was in Pittsburgh with other members of the union for a training conference. He saw parallels between CWA’s fight with Verizon and the struggle of UPMC workers, as both are “the fight against corporate greed.”

“[Verizon] is a profitable company, they make about $1.8 billion, with a ‘b’, every month,” Dubnau said. To Dubnau, such profit margins paired with layoffs were unjustified.

Threatt made reference to similar themes, noting UPMC’s $12 billion in revenue, according to its most recent financial report.

UPMC is a nonprofit corporation that, according to the same financial report, finished its 2016 fiscal year with $310 million in operating income — or net revenues without deducting for taxes or interest — which was “reinvested in programs that support UPMC's mission of advancing patient care,” according to the release.

Threatt also mentioned previous attempts by UPMC workers to unionize. One case ended in a National Labor Relations Board ruling that UPMC had illegally fired four workers for trying to form a union. 

“And even though [the workers] won their case in court, UPMC is still fighting us,” Threatt said.

Threatt also questioned the hospital system’s time frame for its previously announced wage increase. In March, UPMC said that its average service wage would eclipse $15 an hour by 2019, and that the minimum starting salary would be $15 by 2021.

But Threatt noted that “executives don’t have to wait five years” for a raise, but that service workers who cannot afford to, must.

After protesting outside the Verizon store, the marchers continued to Pittsburgh Parking Authority’s Smithfield and Liberty garage, staffed by members of AM-GARD Security Guard Services. Speaking earlier at the rally, Darnell Fowler, a former employee of AM-GARD, decried the lack of representation for AM-GARD employees.

“I felt like I was unfairly treated, and if we had had a union, maybe I would still be working with them,” Fowler said. He said he had no scheduled breaks during his shift and a low wage, one that Fowler felt he couldn’t survive on.

When contacted, AM-GARD declined to comment.

Repeating, “get up, get down, Pittsburgh is a union town,” the protesters entered the parking structure, their voices echoing loudly off the curved ceiling. They then marched out, through the garage’s spaces, before leaving the building and heading back to Mellon Square Park.

Fowler was encouraged to see labor activists coming forward to protest what he saw as a lack of interest in the workers' well being at AM-GARD and throughout the city.

“[AM-GARD is] not worried about us, they’re not worried about our benefit, if we are getting paid better,” Fowler said. “It takes what all you guys are doing, and it takes us coming together to get things done and make sure that in this city, people are giving fair wages and are fairly treated.”

Threatt says the action yesterday was another attempt to get the attention of employers throughout the city — and it is certainly not the last.

“Until we have the right to have $15 and the right to have a voice, to have [a] union on our job, we will keep marching,” Threatt said. “We will get in [UPMC’s] ear’s until their ears bleed”

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Final performances of 'Hand to God' at Pittsburgh’s City Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 1:19 PM

City Theatre has a hit with this wild comedy, so much so that it's extended the show's run by nearly a week, through Sat., Oct. 22.

Maggie Carr and Nick LaMedica (with Tyrone) in "Hand to God" - PHOTO COURTESY OF JUSTIN MERRIMAN
  • Photo courtesy of Justin Merriman
  • Maggie Carr and Nick LaMedica (with Tyrone) in "Hand to God"
City's staging is one of the first regional-theater production of playwright Robert Askins' Broadway smash about a suburban Texas Christian kid whose hand becomes possessed by a demonic puppet named Tyrone.

I saw the show this past Friday, and it's indeed very funny, yet with a surprisingly potent subtext about grief. Oh, and also with some epic puppet sex.

In other words, it's not for kids, with more f-bombs than I've heard at City Theatre maybe ever. (Also, perhaps City's shallowest stage ever: The scenery representing the walls of church basement is at most 10 feet from the lip of the stage, giving the whole thing, appropriately, the feel of a life-sized puppet show.)

Nick LaMedica excels as both troubled teenage puppeteer Jason and the deliciously wicked Tyrone. And the whole evening is a lightning-fast 90 minutes, including intermission.

Here's Ted Hoover's review for CP.

Bonus: Though Hand to God dates from 2011, it includes coincidental echoes of the current presidential campaign, including a "Miss Piggy" reference. However — and this is very important — all the puppet sex is consensual.

Hand To God has four more performances, starting with tomorrow night’s.

Regularly priced tickets start at $37.50, with special $15 tickets for patrons under age 30. Tickets are available here.

City Theatre is located at 1300 Bingham St., on the South Side.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

New initiative to increase walker safety is drawing ire of pedestrian advocates

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 3:06 PM

On Oct. 11, Pittsburgh government groups and nonprofits released a video aimed at reminding pedestrians in Downtown to stay off their phones when crossing the street. A grim reaper walks up to distracted pedestrians and shouts zingers like, “I love the cell phones, makes my job so much easier.”

The video is an advertisement for the campaign “Look Alive, Pittsburgh,” which will run throughout October with improv actors dressed as grim reapers confronting Downtown pedestrians who are on their phones while crossing the street.

But while the video is humorous, some pedestrian advocates aren’t laughing.

Gabriel McMorland is a member of the Pittsburgh City-Allegheny County Task Force on Disabilities, and he advocates for people with disabilities and pedestrians. He has issues with the video because he says it puts too much of the onus on pedestrians to avoid being hit by cars, when drivers are often distracted at the wheel.

"The Look Alive campaign follows the same victim-blaming logic we see in far too many public discussions about people in vulnerable situations,” wrote McMorland in an email to Pittsburgh City Paper. “I'd much rather see a crew of these grim-reaper puppets pushing cars out of the crosswalks or calling out drivers for texting behind the wheel. We've got a culture that accepts life-threatening behavior from drivers as the norm, and I'd like to see more efforts to change that."

According to a study by Ohio State University, the percentage of pedestrians killed while using cell phones has risen from less than 1 percent in 2004 to more than 3.5 percent in 2010.

Some pedestrians in the video seem unaware of their surroundings, and the grim reaper scares a few who are staring at phones as they cross the street. However, each person that is walking while texting appears to be crossing the street on a walk signal and within the designated crosswalk.

McMorland believes there is a better strategy for pedestrian safety. He references an advocate in Mexico City, who dresses up as a wrestler and blocks cars as pedestrians cross the street, as a superior example of how to avoid pedestrian death by cars.

And it’s not just pedestrian advocates who are upset with the campaign. Adam Shuck, curator of the popular lunchtime newsletter Eat That, Read This, tweeted criticism of the video, saying this “grim reaper pedestrian victim-blaming stunt is some hot garbage.”

The video was produced by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and PDP spokesperson Leigh White says the intent was “to use humor to encourage pedestrians to be more self-aware.” She says PDP acknowledges the criticism, but believes the campaign is and will be successful.

“While we have heard some criticism of the campaign, and suggestions that there is an element of victim-blaming, we feel the campaign only encourages pedestrians to reduce behaviors that place themselves at increased risk and in no way absolves vehicles of their responsibility to make pedestrian safety a paramount concern,” wrote White in an email to CP. “We plan to address driver distraction in the next phase of the campaign, with the same goals of reducing behaviors that increase risk to pedestrians, bikers and other vehicles.”

The initiative plans to address distracted drivers by using Downtown bus shelters. The shelters will have white panel advertisements that read “We’re keeping this space blank. So you can keep your eyes on the road.”

Also, electronic “geo-fencing” perimeters will be placed at high-traffic intersections and will place pop-up advertisements on user’s cell phones reminding both pedestrians and drivers to monitor the intersection.

“We have all been guilty of being a distracted driver or pedestrian. We look forward to using the very technology that is distracting to promote our safety-awareness efforts and encourage people to keep their attention where it is needed” said PDP president Jeremy Waldrup in the campaign’s initial press release.

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Tomorrow is deadline to contribute to Pittsburgh’s Museum of Broken Relationships

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 10:57 AM

It’s maybe going to be the saddest exhibit ever.

A little something for the Museum of Broken Relationships - PHOTO COURTESY OF CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
  • Photo courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University
  • A little something for the Museum of Broken Relationships
Pittsburghers are being asked to donate physical mementos of failed relationships, romantic or otherwise, to the local incarnation of the internationally touring Museum of Broken Relationships, set to open in December.

“We are currently collecting items that have emotional or conceptual significance related to relationships; items that tie into one’s memory or experience of a past relationship,” writes one of the Carnegie Mellon University students who is organizing the show.

The relationships need not have been romantic — they can be family relationships, friendships, even relationships with a pet.

“All submissions are welcome,” promises the press release, “and will remain anonymous.”

The MOBR’s website showcases items including a ceramic heart, dreadlocks and a strappy black stiletto shoe, plus the stories behind them from the donors. (The website also vends merch including “broken glass” T-shirts and pencils reading “in case of anger, break here.”)

One of the items donated by a CMU student for the Pittsburgh MOBR is pictured here.

The idea for the musuem was brought home by CMU English professor Jane Bernstein, who saw the original in Zagreb, Croatia.

Besides Zagreb, the MOBR has also held exhibits in Los Angeles, Berlin, Istanbul and many other cities.

While the deadline for submissions is tomorrow, the objects themselves needn’t be submitted yet, only an online description and the story behind the item.

Donate online here through tomorrow.

The exhibit is set to open Dec. 2 at the Mine Factory, in Point Breeze.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pittsburgh’s Silver Eye Photography Gallery Moving to Bloomfield

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 11:19 AM

The city’s longest-running gallery exclusively devoted to photography is leaving its home of some 35 years for the greener pastures of the Penn Avenue arts corridor.

Silver Eye's new home, on the corner of Penn Avenue and Mathilda, in Bloomfield - PHOTO COURTESY OF SILVER EYE CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Photo courtesy of Silver Eye Center for Photography
  • Silver Eye's new home, on the corner of Penn Avenue and Mathilda, in Bloomfield
Silver Eye executive director David Oresick says he’s been pursuing the move since he took the job about two years ago. Penn Avenue was always high on the list of possible new locations, and a good opportunity finally arose, he says.

So this Saturday, Silver Eye is simultaneously closing its current exhibit, Materials & Processes, several weeks early, and holding its farewell reception in its South Side headquarters. The gallery will then begin the process of moving into a leased space in a brand-new building at the corner of Penn and Mathilda, in Bloomfield. (Silver Eye will sell the South Side building, Oresick says.)

Oresick says Silver Eye tentatively plans to open its first exhibition in the new space in the spring. In the meantime, the gallery’s Fellowship 17 exhibition will open at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Galleries, in Oakland, in February.

The move is a major one, because the size of Silver Eye’s intimate, three-room storefront gallery belies its importance on the local scene. Silver Eye first made its name in the 1980s and early ’90s, when the South Side was more of a hotbed of the visual arts. But with all the galleries and artspaces that have sprung up in the past decade in Bloomfield, Garfield and Friendship, says Oresick, “It just seemed like the time is right for Penn Avenue.”

The new space, to be leased from the Bloomfield-Garfield Corp., is about 2,000 square feet, says Oresick, considerably larger than the current 1,400-foot space. It includes an additional 900 feet to accommodate Silver Eye’s plans for expanded educational programming. The new space also has wider rooms and higher ceilings, the better to accommodate both events and the exhibition of large-scale photographs, which were once rare but are much more common now. There will also be room for a new feature: a selection of contemporary photo books curated by nationally known, locally based retailer Spaces Corners.

Oresick says he also expects parking to be a little easier than on the South Side.

But the big draw, he says, was the new neighborhood itself, home to a dozen or more arts venues, from established organizations like the Pittsburgh Glass Center to grassroots startups like Bunker Projects and BOOM Concepts. A fellow tenant of the Penn-Mathilda building is Assemble, an artspace and educational outfit whose interest in the intersection of art and technology that Oresick says fits neatly with Silver Eye’s own.

Additionally, on the first Friday of each month comes Unblurred, the long-running Penn Avenue gallery crawl, which regularly brings hundreds of art-lovers to a dozen or more venues in the neighborhood. That alone will be a big boost to foot traffic at Silver Eye: The South Side, by contrast, has little else in the way of visual-arts showcases and no regular gallery crawl, and most of its activity comes later at night, after Silver Eye closes. And most of those visitors are after drink specials, not fine-art photography.

Many of Penn Avenue’s smaller galleries are actually open pretty limited hours, in some cases only for Unblurred and special events and by appointment. By virtue of having daily, all-day gallery hours, Silver Eye, once it opens on Penn, should immediately become an anchor of the neighborhood arts scene, if not the community as a whole.

“I think the move to Bloomfield is wise,” says Silver Eye board member Jennifer Saffron. “It’s a perfect place for us to be.”

Silver Eye began in 1979 as two separate groups, the cooperative gallery Blatent Image and the Silver Eye Photographic Workshop, both originally based in Oakland. The groups moved to the South Side in 1984 and merged in 1985.

The gallery has long been an key venue for exhibiting work by everyone from internationally known photographers to local talent. “The gallery has served both the famous and the not-so-famous alike,” writes Saffron in an email, “shows of work like Ansel Adams, and shows by local artists like me — my first gallery show ever was at Silver Eye, with Tim Kaulen, when we were maybe 22 or 23 years old.” Saffron is now director of communications for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council; Kaulen is a local artist known for his involvement in projects including the sculpture "The Workers," in South Side Riverfront Park.

“Having a place to get together to talk about our work, to meet other photographers from other parts of the world, and to engage in the actual act of looking at art is critical context for artists,” Saffron writes. “Being on Penn Avenue with Unblurred and other organizations of similar size and scope that engage artists can only support this and also help establish Silver Eye in more contemporary context, both regarding photography itself and also how Pittsburgh is changing — we want to be relevant to what's happening in the photography scene at large, and engaged in the diverse arts community of the Penn Avenue Arts District.”

The combined Materials & Processes closing reception and farewell reception runs 7-9 p.m. this Saturday. Admission is free. RSVP here.

Silver Eye Center is located (for now) at 1015 E. Carson St.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Science Center's IMAX Film on Climate Change is silent on Its human causes

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 3:42 PM

On Saturday, the Carnegie Science Center opens a new IMAX film, Extreme Weather. But while the large-format documentary explores the growing impact of climate change on the planet, viewers might notice a curious omission: The 40-minute film says nothing about why the climate is changing, let alone what we might do to slow the process.

An Alaskan glacier crumbles in "Extreme Weather"
  • An Alaskan glacier crumbles in "Extreme Weather"
The silence about the man-made greenhouse gasses that are driving climate change wasn’t odd to me just because the Extreme Weather preview screening was held last Thursday, as Hurricane Matthew — itself a bit of extreme weather whose power some experts have linked to climate change — was raging up the Florida coast.

Indeed, the film’s own spectacular opening image, of a mountainous glacier disintegrating into the waters of a southern Alaskan fjord, might have kicked off any number of climate-change docs. The second and third sentences of Michael C. Hall’s narration tell how weather is “growing more extreme” and how “[a]verage global temperatures have risen one-and-a-half degrees Fahrenheit in the last 150 years. A seemingly small change, but a devastating impact.”

You imagine the payoff will come in some message about the need to burn less carbon. But you wait, and you wait, and in 40 minutes it never arrives. In fact, the film explicitly attributes “our ever-changing weather” only to “our planet’s natural forces” and implies that the glacier researchers in Alaska, tornado chasers on the Great Plains, and firefighters battling forest fires in drought-stricken California whom the film crews followed are figuring stuff out.

“The more we learn about how earth’s natural forces are connected, the better we can respond to our planet’s extreme weather,” concludes Hall.

A forest fire rages in "Extreme Weather"
  • A forest fire rages in "Extreme Weather"
This in a film presented by National Geographic? A film that’s booked to screen in some 45 IMAX theaters over the next several months, surely informing many people’s attitudes toward climate change?

To say the least, I was nonplussed. The Science Center kindly connected me to film’s director, Sean Casey.

Casey, a professional stormchaser whose previous IMAX films have included Tornado Alley, says he was inspired to pitch Extreme Weather to Nat Geo largely on the basis of the spectacular footage it would generate. However, as it turns out, he does acknowledge the scientific consensus that climate change is real, already happening, and caused mostly by people.

But he felt that a film about that topic had already been made — a decade ago, by Al Gore.

“We didn’t want to do An Inconvenient Truth,” Casey said by phone from California. “And hence the title. ‘Extreme weather’ is sexy. It’s something that we want people to come in and see. And if the film had been called Inconvenient Truth — An IMAX Experience, I think people would be more hesitant to go into that theater. And we want people to see this film.

“So we’ve sugarcoated it, we’ve sugarcoated the film, that’s for sure,” he acknowledges. “But that’s purposely done.”

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Slideshow: Protesters gather outside Donald Trump rally in Ambridge

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 12:02 PM

  • Photo by Luke Thor Travis

On the heels of Sunday night's contentious presidential debate, Donald Trump came to Ambridge on Monday, and as usual, protesters were not far behind. The following slideshow by photo intern Luke Thor Travis captured the sights outside Ambridge High School.

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