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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 6:00 PM

click to enlarge Performers for the Best of Pittsburgh party will include members from Iron City Circus Arts and Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative. - CP PHOTO: JARED MURPHY
CP photo: Jared Murphy
Performers for the Best of Pittsburgh party will include members from Iron City Circus Arts and Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative.
Celebrate Pittsburgh's finest with carnival food, cocktails, circus performers, and some of the city's biggest names in entertainment as Pittsburgh City Paper's Best of Pittsburgh party returns to Nova Place on Thu., Aug. 8.

Best of Pittsburgh is City Paper's annual readers' poll when the public chooses the winners from a wide range of categories including arts, food, music, and culture. This year, a record-breaking 204,897 votes were cast by 29,507 Pittsburghers.

"It never ceases to amaze me how passionate and proud Pittsburgh is of the businesses, artists, people, and places that make this such a wonderful town," says CP Associate Publisher Justin Matase. "We are beyond excited to host this premier Best of Pittsburgh event to celebrate their contributions.”

click to enlarge Benji. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP photo: Jared Wickerham
To celebrate the issue and winners, City Paper hosts an annual Best of Pittsburgh party to coincide with the issue, growing from a small invitation-only affair to one of Pittsburgh's most anticipated events.

This year's party, "Under the Big Top," inspired by the issue's carnival theme, will be the biggest it’s ever been. An entertainment showcase will feature rising local superstars Benji., DJ Femi, Smokestack Lightning, DJ TJ Harris, and DJ Breis. The incredible Iron City Circus Arts and Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative, including aerialists and fire breathers, will also perform.

And this year for the first time, more people will be able to participate in the festivities. Multi-tiered ticket pricing is being offered, allowing more people to come and partake in the fun. "Pittsburgh City Paper represents all of Pittsburgh, and we wanted our event to be inclusive to all of Pittsburgh,” says Matase.

Tickets range from a $20 Just Dance ticket for guests who are only interested in the entertainment portion of the night, to a $75 VIP ticket which includes an open bar and early entry.

“Celebrating with the Best of Pittsburgh shouldn’t be limited to those who can afford an expensive ticket," adds Bryer Blumenschein, CP events and sponsorship coordinator. "Our goal is to turn this evening into an immersive, unforgettable experience rather than just another event.”

Those who purchase general admission or VIP tickets will also have access to a Tasting Tent, featuring more than 20 food and beverage vendors including Nicky’s Thai Kitchen, Umami, DiAnoia’s Eatery, and Franktuary. The Flaherty and O’Hara bars will be curated by Round Corner Cantina, serving up craft cocktails and drinks from Iron City Brewing.

Guests are encouraged to come to the party decked out in their finest red, white, and black circus attire.

"This year's Best of Pittsburgh is the most fun I've ever worked on," says CP Editor-in-Chief Lisa Cunningham, who chose this year's theme after becoming inspired by vintage circus advertisements and sideshow posters. "I can't wait for everyone to pick up the issue next week and see the amazing artwork designer Abbie Adams and photographer Jared Wickerham have been working on."

The Best of Pittsburgh issue, revealing all of the winners selected by the readers, will be on stands Wed., Aug. 7.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 1:13 PM

If you've always wanted to know what kind of pickled food you would be based on your personality, take this quiz to find out! 

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Posted By on Mon, Jul 15, 2019 at 5:30 PM

click to enlarge Members of Iron City Circus Arts and Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative performed in Market Square on Fri., July 12. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Members of Iron City Circus Arts and Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative performed in Market Square on Fri., July 12.
Our friends at Iron City Circus Arts and the Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative, who will be performing at Pittsburgh City Paper's Best of Pittsburgh party on Thu., Aug. 8 at Nova Place, gave us a little taste of their talents during the Friday Night Market in Downtown's Market Square. Aerialists, jugglers, stilt-walkers, and fire-breathers showed off for a great crowd.

It's impossible to make a bad photo of these performers, but here's my visual interpretation of the evening.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2019 at 6:20 PM

How well do you know your facts about the Fourth of July? Maybe not as well as you think! Take this quiz to find the incorrect fact in each question.

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Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2019 at 12:39 PM

click to enlarge This week’s cover model: Rhythm the Mouse - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP photo: Jared Wickerham
This week’s cover model: Rhythm the Mouse

We decided to combine one of the city’s most anticipated events with some of the best summer treats in town and invite a local furry to pose as our cover model in honor of Anthrocon, the annual furry convention coming to town this week. 

April, a 25-year-old from Carnegie, answered our call to bravely pose in her yellow mouse fursuit while holding an ice cream cone outside Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor in the Strip District during a hot June weekend. 

Tell me about your fursona.

Rhythm is a happy, yellow mouse who loves to groove! I usually carry around a speaker in my backpack and play electronic dance music, and I love to dance while wearing her! I designed Rhythm to reflect myself — someone who’s small, bubbly, and loves music as much as I do.

What's your favorite part about the convention? 

Shopping! There’s a large room called the “Dealer’s Room” and “Artist Alley,” where artists and vendors sell artwork, plushies, T-shirts, fursuit accessories, and more. It’s always a blast to walk around and buy cool stuff.

Who made your fursuit? 

My mom and I made most of my fursuit. The foam skeleton of my fursuit head (called a foam base) was made by Splinter Fox Productions and my mom and I finished the rest. We finished the head, and we made the tail, body, and handpaws. My feet were made by Lemonbrat.

How long have you been a furry?

I’ve been a furry for six years. I discovered furries through a friend when I was in college. I thought furries were a little unusual at first, but my friend told me to come down to Anthrocon and give it a chance, so I did, and I loved it! I love the artwork and costume creation so much. Plus, I’ve met so many awesome people through this community through the years, and I’ve made lifelong friends.

Do you dress up year-round or just during Anthrocon? 

Year-round! We have a lot of local Pittsburgh furry events where we all get together and hang out. Some of us dress up in fursuits and some [don't]. Sometimes I’ll wear my fursuit, but most of the time I’ll just go as a person and hang out with my friends. We have a monthly meetup at the Mount Lebanon AMF bowling alley where we sometimes have more than 30 fursuiters and more than 100 people! We also have a not-as-well-known, local furry convention called WPAFW (Western PA Furry Weekend) in autumn where we’ll all get together in North Park, with an attendance of more than 300 people. It’s awesome to be a furry in Pittsburgh!

What do you wish more people in Pittsburgh knew about furries?

Furries are just people who love art, cartoons, movies, games, costumes, and having fun!

What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Cookies and cream! Or if it’s available, Cinnamon Bun. Yum! Older Entries »