Here's what went down in Pittsburgh this week and what's going on this weekend:
1. The National Aviary, located on Pittsburgh's North Side,welcomed a new creature: a baby two-toed Linnaeus sloth. Starting today, visitors can observe the three-month-old sloth through a window. On March 25, it will become an educational exhibit for aviary patrons to view in person. “Having this baby sloth is different. … He’s in a pediatric program for his health and his training,” Dr. Pilar Fish, of the National Aviary, says. “You’ll be able to get very close to him and have one-of-a-kind one-on-one interactions with him.” See more photos of him here.
3. Jelani Cobb, a history professor at the University of Connecticut and writer whose work has been featured in The New Yorker among several other publications, spoke this week at Carnegie Mellon University. City Paper arts editor Bill O' Driscoll reviewed Cobb's speech, which explored race in America. He writes: "Black history, we’re often reminded during Black History Month, is simply American history. But as Cobb noted in his great talk yesterday, the reverse is also true: You can’t grasp American history without understanding the role of race."
4. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgeraldnominated former county council member Terri Klein and Rev. Earlene Coleman to the Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board. Controversy and questions surrounded the management of the jail last year, with two deaths in one day last May (the culmination of 11 deaths over less than two years). County council will vote on the approval of Klein and Coleman at the Feb. 16 council meeting.
5. Jason Sauer, Pittsburgh’s best-known artist who’s also a demolition-derby driver, debuts two shows tonight drawing on his automotive interests, both at nontraditional venues. He'll be at the Sewickly Starbucks at 7 p.m. and at Brillobox on Penn Avenue at 10 p.m., where there will be a monster truck-themed evening, also featuring U.K. dubstep legend Hatcha, from South London, with support from local lazercrunk DJs Cutups and Keebs.
In this week’s City Paperpodcast episode, we go “sound-fishing” with audio-visual artist Ricardo Iamuuri. Host Alex Gordon gives his two cents about sounds he hears outside his window. Columnist and food adventurist Celine Roberts visits a Harry Potter-themed Dinner Lab with chef David Bulman, and she gives us the rundown of what’s happening in Pittsburgh this weekend.
On our political blogs:
On our PolitiCrap blog, we report on U.S. Senate candidate and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman's latest campaign ads, including one that parodies the famous 1979 Steelers' Mean Joe Greene Coke commercial, and another which showcases Fetterman's support for marriage equality.