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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 2:13 PM

click to enlarge Rob Rogers (right) with City Paper's Lynn Cullen - Watch the video archive - SCREENSHOT FROM LYNN CULLEN LIVE
Screenshot from Lynn Cullen Live
Rob Rogers (right) with City Paper's Lynn Cullen - Watch the video archive
In a June 14 tweet, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers announced he had been fired.

Last week, Rogers had spoken publicly about the decision by the Post-Gazette editorial board to pull several of his recent cartoons. Many of them had criticized or satirized President Donald Trump, including Trump's immigration enforcement policies. 

"Sad to report this update: Today, after 25 years as the editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, I was fired," tweeted Rogers.

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Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 12:29 PM


click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF MARCELO KRASILCIC
Photo courtesy of Marcelo Krasilcic
Stephin Merritt knew when Magnetic Fields’ contract with Nonesuch Records came up for a renewal because the date coincided with his 50th birthday, in 2015.

When he and Nonesuch president Robert Hurwitz
discussed its renewal — over lunch at the Grand Central Station Oyster Bar — Hurwitz suggested the voice behind Magnetic Fields should celebrate his half-century on their next album. Merritt immediately devised a 50-song album, and Hurwitz responded enthusiastically.

To some musicians, this might seem like a daunting concept.

But Merritt is the same songwriter who created
69 Love Songs, the Magnetic Fields’ opus that approached the idea of amour from that many angles, lyrically and musically, from ukulele-driven folkiness to synth-pop to experimental sound. Released on Merge Records in 1999, the album is considered a high watermark for indie rock and established Merritt as a skilled composer with an unmatched lyrical wit and sense of melody.

Speaking from his New York home in his dry, understated
manner, Merritt explains his approach to the five-record/five-CD 50 Song Memoir.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 12:22 PM

click to enlarge Protesters in Harrisburg staging a "die-in" to protest for universal health care - PHOTO COURTESY BEN FIORILLO
Photo courtesy Ben Fiorillo
Protesters in Harrisburg staging a "die-in" to protest for universal health care
The push for universal healthcare is a serious movement. For Pittsburgh resident Lizzie Anderson, that means getting arrested.

Last week, Anderson and 200 others rallied in Harrisburg and called for the Pennsylvania state government to ensure no cuts were made to Medicaid or the food-stamp program. On June 4, about 30 of the protesters exited the Capitol building, and held a “die-in,” where protesters laid down in front of the doorway until they were arrested. Anderson says getting arrested was necessary to send a message to lawmakers that our current health-care system is not adequate.

“I am a therapist and work with people who can't always get therapy because of our broken health-care system,” says Anderson. “It seems in this country we need to disrupt everyday life to get the obvious done.”

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 4:17 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF ALISTER ANN
Photo courtesy of Alister Ann

Jenny Lewis has a wicked sense of humor and a gift for crafting brilliant songs.

Since her early days with Rilo Kiley to her current thriving solo career, Lewis continues to make art that's entrancing but still accessible. Her 2014 record, The Voyager, was a spectacular alt-country release with smart lyrics and captivating melodies. CP caught up with Lewis as she prepared for a tour in the midst of mixing her forthcoming, still unnamed record.

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Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 2:06 PM

click to enlarge Thousands participated in the EQT Equality March on Sun., June 10, 2018. - CP PHOTOS BY ANNIE BREWER
CP photos by Annie Brewer
Thousands participated in the EQT Equality March on Sun., June 10, 2018.
Rainbows filled Downtown Pittsburgh this weekend for the city's annual Pittsburgh Pride celebration. Our photo intern Annie Brewer was there to capture the scene on Sunday as LGBTQ community members and allies waved flags and signs of support in the EQT Equality March. Check out our colorful highlights below:

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Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 2:05 PM

Last week, TribLive discovered police officers in Allegheny County have been designating condoms as "an instrument of crime" in more than a dozen prostitution cases last year. The revelation has drawn criticism from several social justice groups and local defense attorneys. Some jurisdictions, like New York City and California, have even outlawed or restricted the practice since it can encourage unsafe sex.

And today, Pittsburgh's branch of the Sex Workers Outreach Project, is hoping to educate people  about the potential issues of Allegheny County's condom-criminalization practices.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 5:37 PM

click to enlarge Last call: Acacia’s Duc Fyffe cocktail, photographed for City Paper’s Booze Battles in December - CP PHOTO BY CELINE ROBERTS
CP photo by Celine Roberts
Last call: Acacia’s Duc Fyffe cocktail, photographed for City Paper’s Booze Battles in December
Acacia, the speakeasy-style cocktail bar in South Side, announced that it will be taking a break from service and closing up shop, for now. Acacia is owned by Lynn Falk, who was also one of the owners of renowned former cocktail bar Embury. His talents were at full display at the Carson Street hide-away, which which offered excellent drinks in 1920s-style atmosphere.

Acacia won City Paper's "Best of Pittsburgh" awards several times for Best Bar (South). It has been widely heralded as one of the best cocktail bars in the city.

Per Acacia's official Twitter account, the group says this closure is only temporary and that "this isn't goodbye, it's see you soon."  It's unclear whether the bar is currently closed or will be closing soon. This writer, who cut her cocktail drinking teeth at both Embury and Acacia, certainly hopes Pittsburgh will be seeing something new from Acacia in the future.

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Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 2:37 PM

click to enlarge Rob Rogers (right) speaking with Lynn Cullen on June 7
Rob Rogers (right) speaking with Lynn Cullen on June 7
Rob Rogers doesn’t want to normalize this president.

Over the last few months, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board has pulled several editorial cartoons submitted by Rogers, a longtime cartoonist. Those pieces included criticism of President Donald Trump and his immigration enforcement policies and the NFL’s new national anthem rule that Trump fervently backs.

After initially opting for silence on the situation, Rogers continued going public Thursday with an appearance on Lynn Cullen Live. (Listen to the full interview on Cullen's podcast.)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 4:51 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF JACOB BLICKENSTAFF
Photo courtesy of Jacob Blickenstaff
Valerie June's distinct timbre and energy has earned her the adoration of fans around the country. It's been a little over a year since her last release, The Order of Time. The Americana-Rock with folk and blues/roots performer will be bringing her magic to the Three Rivers Arts Festival, so City Paper hopped on the phone to talk with June about her writing process, Pittsburgh and what she's been up to lately.

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Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 3:56 PM

Midwestern grocery chain Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is opening two stores in Bridgeville and Pleasant Hills on June 13. The first 250 shoppers will receive a free bag of groceries. Fresh Thyme is celebrating its grand opening with four days of live music, kid's activities, and samplings of its products. Grocery shopping will probably never be as entertaining again.

For those looking to eat more healthily and support their community, Fresh Thyme is donating a portion of the proceeds from their hot dog cart to the Bridgeville and Pleasant Hills Public Libraries. The company is also in the midst of hiring with 250 positions to fill. You can apply here

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