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Monday, April 27, 2020

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 7:16 PM

click to enlarge CP ILLUSTRATION: JOSIE NORTON
CP illustration: Josie Norton
Last week, Pittsburgh City Paper brought you 20 Reasons to Keep Smiling, our list of Pittsburgh people, events, and businesses that are bringing us joy despite the pandemic. This week, we wanted to continue to lift readers' spirits by giving them a chance to spread some happiness.

We reached out to our readers on social media for the first installment of our new weekly series, #CPQuestionOfTheWeek:

What is something that has recently brought you joy?


Here are our favorite answers:

 "Being able to practice outside on my aerial rig. 💖🎪🌞"
— Iron City Circus Art performer Abby Richert

"I ordered some perfume that reminded me of a specific time in my life and it took me right back. I've been wearing it when I walk on the bike trail, pretending I'm somewhere else. Maybe not the healthiest coping mechanism but it's still something that brings me joy."
instagram.com/nightmareasachild

"Watching the garbage truck pick up and dump my bin with its robotic arm."
— Pittsburgh artist Nathan Mazur

"Getting stuff in the mail."
instagram.com/mem2243

"My friends and I have been playing excellent hidden role/social deduction game over Zoom similar to Werewolf/Mafia. It's gotten a bit heated occasionally, but overall it's been a lot of fun."
Matthew Frankwitt

"Looking at the stained glass and oriel windows on the cool old houses in Friendship."
The Law Offices of Hall & Copetas

"Keeping in touch with my family and friends. 🙏❤️"
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"Running and gardening."
instagram.com/runallthestreets

And the best answer of the week?

"The thrill and excitement of trying a different setting on my electric toothbrush. The best two minutes of my week."
Eve Alden


Friday, April 3, 2020

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2020 at 9:02 AM

click to enlarge Pittsburgh City Paper's shirt available for sale on compressmerch.com
Pittsburgh City Paper's shirt available for sale on compressmerch.com
Even in times of a global pandemic, Pittsburgh City Paper still gets hate mail from conservative trolls. After working for the paper for over 20 years, I've learned to not let it bother me ... well, quite as much as it used to. But sometimes? Sometimes, someone insults you during a global freakin' pandemic when your staff is working their asses off to try to save the company, and you just wanna really stick it to them, you know? And thanks to the good folks at Pittsburgh printshop Commonwealth Press, my wish came true.

It's been a really hard time for the paper. In addition to our staff's own worries about coronavirus, we've also lost a substantial amount of our advertising revenue, so we launched a membership campaign, which is really helping us keep afloat right now. (Thank you, thank you to everyone who has signed up so far.) The cool thing is that when you become a member or make a donation, readers are allowed to list a reason. Many have dedicated in honor of Lynn Cullen, who does a daily podcast on our site. (If you haven't already, please listen; she's a freakin' legend.) But when one new member said they were donating in honor of an online troll who wrote, "No thanks, the City Paper is a woke commie rag," that's when you, dear reader, became my new favorite person.

It only took one email to Dan Rugh, the owner of Commonwealth Press, for him to say yes to turning the insult into a Woke Commie Rag shirt, which you can see in the image above. They have an entire line of COVID-19 Relief Fund merchandise in support of local businesses affected by the pandemic in their shop, including places like the Rex Theater and Piper's Pub, and we're so honored they let us join in. You can order one of our new T-shirts for $25 here: $10 from each shirt will go to City Paper, and $15 will go to their awesome printshop and staff.

Their printshop is hurting too, so it means a lot that we can help another business at the same time as helping ourselves. (They're taking orders and promise to do their best to ship them out as soon as they feel safe doing so.)

We're so lucky to share space in the city with people like them. And with you, our readers. Which reminds me — we're still here! We're still printing! You can pick up this week's issue in street boxes all over the city, Giant Eagle locations, and restaurants that offer takeout. (If you're a business who wants to receive print copies of City Paper, please email kshep@pghcitypaper.com.)

And if you don't need to go outside to get essentials this week, you can flip through the pages of our digital issue from the safety of your homes below.

Our March online readership went up over 50% since February, and as long as we're still around, we promise to keep bringing you the stories that matter most to our community. Thanks for reading. We mean it. It really means a lot.

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