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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Meet the man who builds miniature ballparks, including PNC Park, for charity

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2018 at 12:54 PM

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  • David Resnik's PNC Park model

David Resnik loves architecture and baseball, so his love of a well designed ballpark should come as no surprise. When the Cleveland native isn't at school studying architecture, he spends his time building miniature versions of America's great ballparks and arenas: Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Safeco Field in Seattle, Minute Maid ark in Houston, and Fenway Park in Boston. 

Resnik’s latest project is a model of PNC Park, complete with working stadium lights, miniature video board, and the third-baseline view of the city skyline. All proceeds from the “Mini PNC Park” raffle will go to Miracle League of the South Hills. City Paper spoke with Resnik about his take on the iconic Pittsburgh stadium and how he got into the business of miniatures. 

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Get a last hurrah of summer 2018 with A-Trak and Jubilee at Crosstown Cookout

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 3:37 PM

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It’s not always bad when someone slides into your DMs.

At least it wasn’t for Jubilee, a performer at the 2018 Crosstown Cookout.

Derek Burnell, one of the faces behind the annual Crosstown Cookout (owner of El Burro, Umami Izakaya, and Round Corner Cantina), reached out to the artist about his event while in London and followed up with a meeting with Jubilee at an afterparty.

“I get a lot of weird messages on Instagram,” the Miami-raised, NYC-based and UK-resident DJ Jubilee laughed. “But [Burnell] came to an afterparty and I just thought, ‘this guy is so cool.’”

Jubilee is known as "The First Lady of Miami Bass" and is just one artist on Crosstown’s talent-filled lineup. She first discovered her love for drum-and-bass in Miami’s underground rave scene; now she runs a segment on BBC Radio 1’s Residency and plays regularly in the U.S. and U.K.

The stages will be headlined by A-Trak, a turntable prodigy recognized for his mission to ignore barriers and fuse genres.

At 22, A-Trak kickstarted his career by opening for Kanye West. Since then, the DJ has started a label, Fool’s Gold, producing artists like Kid Cudi and Onra. A-Trak is half of Duck Sauce, the disco duo behind the global sensation, “Barbra Streisand.”

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Taylor Swift brings fire, glitter, and so, so many snakes to Heinz Field

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 12:16 PM

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The first time I saw Taylor Swift live, I was a freshman in high school. I was 15, a very important age for Swift fans. In the song, "Fifteen," Swift sings about feeling everything, without being old enough to know just how much else is out there. I probably cried to it a dozen times.

At the Pittsburgh stop of her Reputation tour, I didn’t feel the connection I used to, but there were plenty of people, many of them 15, that did. There were throngs of young girls in costumes and DIY shirts: gold letters on a black tee that said “hug me Taylor,” a glittery sign hanging on a girl’s neck that said “handle with care: delicate,” another girl adorned with tide pods and a sign that said “TAYpods.”

The massive, elaborate show at Heinz Field was her fifth performance at the stadium, she announced. She opened with “... Ready For It?” the second single from Reputation that plays like an essential oil diffuser with a drop of hip-hop oil.

The song is meant to set the tone for the rest of the album, which is generally about love, revenge, bad reputations, haters, dresses. She wants her longterm fans and critics alike to know that she's an adult now, and will behave as such, by wearing black lipstick and singing about old fashioneds.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Best of PGH 2018 finalists: Best Card Store

Posted By on Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 2:43 PM

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We're revealing the top 10 nominees for this year's Best of Pittsburgh readers' poll. Below are finalists for Best Card Store. Check back on August 8 to see who takes the top three spots, and click here to get your tickets to this year's Best of Party before it sells out!

Kards Unlimited

A staple in the Shadyside community for over 40 years.

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The perfect store for all your quirky Steel City needs.

Papier

Looking for personalized stationary, wedding invitations, or business cards? Papier is perfect for you.

Wildcard

Lawrenceville's beloved card store, spotlighting local artists.

Top Deck Cards and Games

They have that Yu-Gi-Oh card you've been searching for since 8th grade.

Bebe blu design

Debbie Barbarita hand-illustrates each design, each drawing dedicated to her sister. 

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Concert photos: Smashing Pumpkins at PPG Paints Arena

Posted By on Sun, Aug 5, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan at PPG Paints Arena on Sat., Aug. 4, 2018 - CP PHOTO BY MIKE PAPARIELLA
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  • Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan at PPG Paints Arena on Sat., Aug. 4, 2018
The Smashing Pumpkins brought its "Shiny and Oh So Bright tour" to PPG Paints Arena last night, playing a three-hour set mixed with songs old and new.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Q&A, new album and new video with Pittsburgh's Good Dude Lojack

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2018 at 4:57 PM

Cover for Good Dude Lojack's Colorless Green Dreams, out on Fri., Aug. 3 on MISC Records
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Good Dude Lojack returns this week with Colorless Green Dreams, the followup to the excellent 2017 full-length Voyage. In some ways, it's a departure: the songs are noticeably shorter and easier to digest on the first listen than the stubborn, heady repetition of Voyage. But the smart sampling, impossible danciness and dynamic production remain intact. If you're unfamiliar with GDL, he's a Pittsburgh-based DJ/producer with a handful of excellent, minimalist (IDMish) releases under his belt. Here's "Spicy Pho."


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reached out to Good Dude Lojack at the tail end of a trip to Germany to talk about the new album. Catch his performance/album release show at Apteka, with Naeem and ONDO / GUSTO, at 9:30 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 3. It's free.

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Best of PGH 2018 finalists: Best City Tour

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2018 at 9:32 AM

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We're revealing the top 10 finalists for this year's Best of Pittsburgh readers' poll. Below are our finalists for Best City Tour. Check back here on August 8 to see who took the top three spots, and click here to get your tickets to this year's Best of Party before it sells out!

Just Ducky Tours

Ducky Tours prove that the novelty of boat cars never wear off, and they are a special experience for the kids.

Gateway Clipper Fleet

The Gateway Clipper is immediately recognizable to Pittsburghers, and that is a testament to its success as a river tour.

Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tours

Eat your way through every neighborhood in Pittsburgh.

Cruisin' Tikis Pittsburgh

They provide the tiki, you provide the booze.

Segway Pittsburgh

What's more fun than zooming around the city ? Just avoid the potholes.

City Brew Tours Pittsburgh

Check out Pittsburgh's most underground breweries and learn some history too!

Boat Pittsburgh

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The name says it all. 

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Best of PGH 2018 Finalists: Best Public Servant

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 10:34 AM

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We're revealing the top 10 nominees for this year's Best of Pittsburgh readers' poll. are finalists for Best Local Music Venue. Check back on August 8 to see who takes the top three spots, and click here to get your tickets to this year's Best of Party before it sells out!

Moira Kaleida

Moira Kaledia is a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, and a  director for Pittsburgh Public Schools.

John Fetterman
For 12 years, John Fetterman has been the Mayor of Braddock, working to revive Braddock's thriving community.

Dan Gilman

A former City Councilman, Dan Gilman is now Bill Peduto's Chief of Staff.

Bill Peduto

Elected as Pittsburgh's Mayor in 2013, Bill Peduto works for the Steel City with the mantra, "If it's not for all, it's not for us."

Ed Gainey

Ed Gainey was elected to the House of Representatives in 2013, and advocates for labor rights, working-class families, transportation, education and community development.

Corey O'Connor


O'Connor, now in his second term as a City Councilman, focuses on local development, families and equal rights.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Best of PGH 2018 finalists: Best Local Food & Drink Trend

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2018 at 9:25 AM

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We're revealing the top 10 nominees for this year's Best of Pittsburgh reader's poll. Below are finalists for Best Local Food & Drink Trend. Check back August 8 to see who takes the top three spots, and click here to get your tickets to this year's Best of Party before it sells out!

French Fries on Everything

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Pittsburghers are not known for being health-conscious. Heck, half of our year is spent under overcast, gray skies. We just want a little joy in our lives, and french fries achieve that for us.

Booze With Every Food

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The trend that never stops being a trend. Science can't explain why a quesadilla tastes 500% better when you're tipsy, but it is an undisputed fact.

Rolled Ice Cream

The viral video sensation has come to Pittsburgh. We're all about that roll life.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Best of PGH 2018 finalists: Best Local Youtube

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 11:01 AM

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We're revealing the top 10 nominees for this year's Best of Pittsburgh readers' poll. Below our finalists for Best Local Music Venue. Check back here on August 8 to see who took the top three spots, and click here to get your tickets to this year's Best of Party before it sells out!

Pittsburgh Dad

Missing your father? Tune into Pittsburgh Dad and it'll be like you're 12, back at home, listening to your dad's "hilarious" jokes.

Lily Whispers

If you need help sleeping, Lily Whispers is for you. Lily creates different soothing sounds, lulling her 220,500 subscribers into relaxation.

Weird Paul

A proclaimed "prehistoric vlogger," Weird Paul entertains the masses with his 80s-style videos and music.

Benstonium

The place for Pittsburgh's viral media.

Leechburgh Lights

Holiday cheer never ends with the Leechburg Lights.

Crap My Dad Makes Me Watch

Movie reviews by a charismatic 11-year-old.

Yeah, you like this

The brainchild of comedians and filmmakers.

Hip-Hop on L.O.C.K.


Teaches students Leadership skills, Organizational skills, Cooperative economics and Knowledge of the music business. 

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