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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 3:57 PM

click to enlarge Pittsburgh City Councilors meet at an July 18 post-agenda meeting on affordable housing. - CP PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
CP photo by Ryan Deto
Pittsburgh City Councilors meet at an July 18 post-agenda meeting on affordable housing.
When Pittsburgh City Council convened a post-agenda meeting on July 18, councilors in attendance were given a sales pitch on why the best way to fill the city’s affordable-housing trust fund is to take out a $100 million bond and pay it back by raising Pittsburgh’s real-estate transfer tax by 1 percent. Councilor Daniel Lavelle (D-Hill District), who hosted the meeting, invited eight guests to speak, and all agreed raising the real-estate transfer tax is the way to go.

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Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 2:45 PM

The August Wilson Center, which in 2014 came close to a permanent shut-down, seems to be recovering nicely. And it has taken the next step by selecting an experienced new leader, respected local arts programmer and administrator Janis Burley Wilson.

click to enlarge Janis Burley Wilson stands before a mural by Tarish Pipkins at the August Wilson Center. - CP PHOTO BY BILL O'DRISCOLL
CP Photo by Bill O'Driscoll
Janis Burley Wilson stands before a mural by Tarish Pipkins at the August Wilson Center.
Wilson’s selection as president and CEO was announced this morning in a press event at the Center, located Downtown. Her hiring was praised by speakers including Wilson Center board chair Michael Polite, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust President and CEO Kevin McMahon, who for the past 16 years has been Burley Wilson’s boss.

As the Trust’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement, and Director of Jazz Programs, Burley Wilson developed such popular events as Downtown’s quarterly Gallery Crawls, the weekly JazzLive series, and the annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.

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Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 12:43 PM

click to enlarge Phish performs at Petersen Events Center on Wed., July 19. - CP PHOTOS BY JORDAN MILLER
CP photos by Jordan Miller
Phish performs at Petersen Events Center on Wed., July 19.

“Phish heads” packed into the Petersen Events Center in Oakland last night to see the jam band’s summer tour stop in Pittsburgh. The scene was laid-back and chill, with a thick cloud of weed smoke in the air and beach balls constantly bouncing through the crowd.

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Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 12:37 PM

click to enlarge War On Women - CP PHOTOS BY MEG FAIR
CP photos by Meg Fair
War On Women

War On Women is a metal band that uses its raw musical power to spread a message of feminist empowerment. Vocalist Shawna Potter has an explosive stage presence and spreads an anti-racist, anti-transphobic, anti-sexist message through her songs and her stage banter. It’s an electric sight to behold.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 4:46 PM

click to enlarge Thunderbolt Patterson
Thunderbolt Patterson
Throughout the history of professional wrestling, what a performer can do on the mic is often just as important as what they do in the ring. Each afternoon, Smark Attack will highlight a wrestling promo that shows off the best, and sometimes the worst, in pro wrestling microphone work.

And we're not just looking for classic promos. If you're a local wrestler or if you've always wanted to be a pro wrestler and want to show off your mic skills send your best promo: 45 seconds or less to info@pghcitypaper.com. If we end up running it on the blog, we'll give you a City Paper t-shirt.

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Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 1:29 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF SICK OF IT ALL
Photo courtesy of Sick Of It All

Sick of It All has been taking the hardcore scene by storm since its inception in 1986. Twenty years since its last Warped Tour, the group sat down with CP to chat about how the scene has changed, what it’s like to tour with a family at home and why playing Europe is so damn cool.

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Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 12:31 PM

click to enlarge CP PHOTO BY JORDAN MILLER
CP photo by Jordan Miller
Each week, we post a song from a local artist online for free. For your enjoyment, we’re sharing “Farmer’s Tan,” by Lawn Care.

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Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 11:49 AM

In writing the memorial piece on the pioneering filmmaker for this week’s print edition, I focused on his broad cinematic legacy, and on his influence on the local film industry. (CP contributor Mike Watt delves into Romero’s place in film history more thoroughly here).

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 4:23 PM


Throughout the history of professional wrestling, what a performer can do on the mic is often just as important as what they do in the ring. Each afternoon, Smark Attack will highlight a wrestling promo that shows off the best, and sometimes the worst, in pro wrestling microphone work.

And we're not just looking for classic promos. If you're a local wrestler or if you've always wanted to be a pro wrestler and want to show off your mic skills send your best promo: 45 seconds or less to info@pghcitypaper.com. If we end up running it on the blog, we'll give you a City Paper t-shirt.

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Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 1:49 PM

click to enlarge Sharkmuffin
Sharkmuffin
Here it is: a playlist featuring all of the artists in the music section of tomorrow's issue. In it, we're covering new music from locals Lawn Care, the challenge of Spoon playing its new album live, and interview the legendary Lydia Lunch, plus Sharkmuffin, J.D. McPherson and more. Enjoy!

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