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Friday, November 16, 2018

Top 5 Light Up Night Alternatives

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 4:18 PM

Second Skin - September 21, 2018 - PHOTO: BECKIE GALENTINE
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  • Second Skin - September 21, 2018

Looking for something to do tonight that doesn’t include joining the masses of Pittsburghers at Light Up Night? You’re in luck. There are a plethora of shows and events taking place Friday night in the burgh. Here are five Light Up Night alternative to get you started.

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Now Streaming: #NewMusicFriday Nov. 16

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 4:00 PM

EZI - PHOTO: KELIA ANNE
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  • EZI

So much music, so little time. To make your new music venture a little easier, every Friday, CP staff writer Jordan Snowden compiles songs, albums, and EPs that are now streaming with #NewMusicFriday. Check out what dropped this week.

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Pittsburgh City Paper staffers discuss the changing face of media

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 3:53 PM

Pittsburgh City Paper managing editor Alex Gordon and digital media manager Josh Oswald - CP PHOTO
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  • Pittsburgh City Paper managing editor Alex Gordon and digital media manager Josh Oswald
How has Pittsburgh City Paper adapted to the changing face of media, and grown from a print alt-weekly to a multi-media company? Listen to the Nov. 16 edition of the Pittsburgh City Podcast as CP's managing editor Alex Gordon and digital media manager Josh Oswald share behind-the-scene stories and answer questions from a live studio audience of students from Montour High School.

The Pittsburgh City Podcast is a collective effort between Pittsburgh City Paper and Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation, hosted by Paul Guggenheimer.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Miniature Railroad & Village cements Donora into its visual history

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 6:26 PM


Cement City model features seven cement houses, six completed and one under construction. - CP PHOTO: JOSH OSWALD
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  • Cement City model features seven cement houses, six completed and one under construction.
The Carnegie Science Center Miniature Railroad & Village has been capturing the interest of Pittsburghers both young and old since 1919. And on Nov. 15, the railroad reopens to the public with its newest model: Cement City.

Cement City, which is located in Donora, Pa., an hour south of Pittsburgh, was created by Thomas Edison as an answer to the slum-like conditions created by housing shortages common to industrial boomtowns. Edison dreamed "to see the day when a workingman's house can be built of concrete in a week," according to Brian Charlton of the Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum. 

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Just announced: new shows coming to Pittsburgh

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 3:47 PM

Gary Clark Jr - PHOTO: JONATHAN MANNION FOR WAX POETICS
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Stay up-to-date with your favorite artist and musicians coming to Pittsburgh. Each week, CP staff writer Jordan Snowden brings you the most recent concert announcements, so you never miss a show.

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Indian Community Center holding fundraising concert today for Tree of Life victims

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 9:06 AM

Krishna Sharma at Carnegie's Indian Community Center - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
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  • Krishna Sharma at Carnegie's Indian Community Center
When 11 people lost their lives to the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, a diverse set of Pittsburghers stepped up to help with the healing.

The Muslim community raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. Pittsburgh Catholics organized special collections. Black and Latino activists joined the Jewish community in mourning and in marching. Celebrities like Tom Hanks and Michael Keaton recently joined the cause, too.

Now, the Indian Community Center in Carnegie is doing its part. Yesterday, the center organized an interfaith prayer for the Tree of Life victims that brought together Indian-American Muslims and Hindus, as well as non-Indian people from Carnegie. More than 150 people attended.

And today, the center is continuing its support efforts with a brass band concert, where proceeds will go to the Tree of Life congregation to assist victims and their families.

Krishna Sharma runs the Indian Community Center, which functions as a gathering space for the Pittsburgh’s large Indian community. She says it's important for the Indian community to support the victims.

The concert will feature the River City Brass Band, which plays a variety of Big Band music. Sharma says the concert will also include traditional Indian music, as a way to showcase Pittsburgh’s diversity and spirit of the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting.

Ashkay Hari will provide vocals for the show. The concert starts at 7 p.m., and is preceded by a light dinner at 6 p.m. A flier for the event is shown below.

Music Night at the Indian Community Center, 6 p.m., 205 Mary St., Carnegie. $15. facebook.com/paicc/
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Monday, November 12, 2018

When Farmer Harry Met Chef Sally

Local Food Matchup

Posted By and on Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 3:07 PM

click image Photo: Jamie Colecchi
  • Photo: Jamie Colecchi
Last time you visited at restaurant in Pittsburgh, did the server mention the name of the farm where the chicken was raised? Or did the specials menu include the location of the producer who grew the fresh beets? Or did you enjoy a locally crafted beer?

Farm-to-table dining is more than a fad. As more and more Pittsburgh area restaurants begin sourcing locally, the ripple effect is impacting everyone in the region. The carbon footprint of the food transportation and refrigeration and packaging is drastically reduced; the regional economy is stimulated as dollars from restaurants are fed back into local farms; and most noticeably, foods are fresher and contain fewer preservatives, which makes them taste better. Better tasting food makes for more and for happier customers.

But with all of this local sourcing, have you ever stopped to wonder: how do restaurants and local farmers actually meet? Allegheny County has more than 400 farms, and more than 3,000 accommodations and food services establishments, according to recent census data. Is there some kind of speed-dating where these symbiotic enterprises can lock eyes across a crowded room?

Yes, actually, there is.

The fourth Local Food Matchup is a semi-annual matchmaking event that brings together farmers and restaurants, as well as growers, food and beverage producers, institutional buyers, retailers, and service and resource providers. On December 3 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Threadbare Cider, these local entrepreneurs can rub shoulders, exchange business cards, enjoy cider and snacks, and most importantly, build relationships that benefit their businesses, customers, and the region.

“We made some terrific contacts at the 2017 Pittsburgh Local Food Match-Up, which were instrumental in building our business,” recalls Steve Loevner of Allison Park’s Goat Rodeo Farm and Dairy (known for their award winning cheese). “We’re looking forward to this year’s event, and to further expanding distribution.”

Steve is far from the only one who noticed the benefits of the Local Food Matchup. Dozens of businesses on both the production and hospitality side turned out last year, and even more are expected to show up for what’s certainly going to be the most productive matchmaking session in Pittsburgh this season.

“One of the best ways a restaurant can connect the social and environmental aspects of its operations is through how it sources its food,” says Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program manager Rebecca Bykoski, one of four event organizers. “Responsible sourcing means that a restaurant understands the value in supporting local farmers and businesses, providing guests with fresh, quality products, reducing environmental impacts by streamlining its supply chain, and contributing to a stronger local economy.”

Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants is an initiative of Sustainable Pittsburgh that champions and supports local restaurants and food industry businesses by coordinating events and leading sustainability initiatives throughout the city. Their most public-facing initiative is their restaurant designation, where restaurants complete a self assessment of sustainability practices to earn recognition for their commitment to economic, environmental, and social actions that benefit the region.

Joining Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants in planning the event are three well-known organizations that are equally dedicated to the health and future of the Pittsburgh region:

● Farm to Table Western PA is a business-to-business networking group that hosts events and networking opportunities to help encourage people to eat and support local food.
● The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission is a forum for public planning and collaboration for the ten counties that make up southwestern Pennsylvania, offering numerous programs and service, including some geared toward helping small and medium-sized businesses.
● The City of Pittsburgh Sustainability and Resilience Team spurs collaboration to help promote a healthy environment and equitable economic landscape throughout the Pittsburgh region.

“Agriculture is a very important part of our regional economy,” said Jim Hassinger, the executive director of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. “Support for local food production and sales advances our region’s plan for more resilient communities.”

Joining in on the Local Food Matchup is a great way for restaurants to start. For more information and how to register, visit EatSustainably.org.

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#MusicMonday Wrap-up: Nov. 12

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 2:31 PM

DIDO "STILL ON MY MIND" COVER ART
  • Dido "Still on My Mind" Cover Art


Every Monday, CP staff writer Jordan Snowden wraps up the weekend in local and national music news with #MusicMonday. Here's what happened the last few days.

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Pittsburgh City Paper writers discuss covering the local art scene on Pittsburgh City Podcast

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 10:54 AM

Pittsburgh City Paper staff writer Hannah Lynn and senior writer Amanda Waltz
  • Pittsburgh City Paper staff writer Hannah Lynn and senior writer Amanda Waltz
Listen to the Nov. 9 edition of the Pittsburgh City Podcast as City Paper writers Hannah Lynn and Amanda Waltz discuss covering the arts in Pittsburgh, plus answer questions from the live audience of students from City Charter High School.

The Pittsburgh City Podcast is a collective effort between Pittsburgh City Paper and Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation, hosted by Paul Guggenheimer.


Friday, November 9, 2018

Pylon Pics: High-speed, high-flying Steelers

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 12:50 AM

Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is lifted into the air by Vance McDonald following McDonald's touchdown. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
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  • Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is lifted into the air by Vance McDonald following McDonald's touchdown.
Hours before Antonio Brown flew down the sideline, he was clocked going 100mph down McKnight Road in his Porsche. He and the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team never took their foot off of the pedal in their game against the Carolina Panthers. Tonight's game set the NFL record this season for most points scored and Pittsburgh did it at will. Five touchdowns for Ben Roethlisberger, all to different receivers, put him in sole possession of 7th place all-time with 350 touchdowns.

Pittsburgh improves to 6-2-1 and will travel next to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars on November 18th for a 1pm game.

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