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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Across the street from Target in East Liberty, a massive construction project is underway: new busway stops, retail, apartments and restaurants. Recently, the site erected a wall with artist renderings of how it will all look when completed. The drawings depict what one would expect: happy people, shiny new buildings, new greenspaces. (Also, pretty sure those are the East End crows dotting the sky.)


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But in one aerial depiction, two bizarre things have been added to the cityscape — far from East Liberty.


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This is a Ferris wheel. A huge one. Long-range perspective is always tricky in Pittsburgh, but a best guess puts this in the Strip District.


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This defies easy analysis. It might be a rocket-launching structure. Or a huge fracking rig? Another super-sized amusement ride? We'll have to wait and see.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Posted By on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Posted By on Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 4:28 PM

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 12:40 PM

A building on Liberty Avenue near the Bloomfield Bridge has been spruced up with the addition of a framed painting.

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It's untitled — let's call it "Still Life With Drone" — but it has been signed by "Fraud."

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Posted on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Pittsburgh's in the national spotlight this week after more than 1,800 knitters, crocheters and other volunteers helped to yarn bomb the Andy Warhol Bridge. Art director Lisa Cunningham checked out the scene for City Paper on Thursday afternoon. Knit the Bridge will be on view until Fri., Sept. 6.

On Sun., Aug. 25, from 3-7 p.m., the bridge will be closed to traffic for a Knit the Bridge party (food trucks, crafts, music). All are welcome.

For more info, see knitthebridge.wordpress.com

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Posted By on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM


Watching Maddy Landi on Sunday, as he surprise-proposed to Matt Bartko on stage in front of hundreds of PrideFest attendees on Liberty Avenue, you’d have thought Landi had his mind made up long ago. But while the couple has been together for six years, Landi (pictured above, on one knee) says that it’s only in the past few months that he actually decided he wanted to get married.

Landi runs kNOTDance, a locally based contemporary troupe known for its aerial work. (Think trapeze, only with big swaths of cloth.) The athletic company is popular at festivals and a particular favorite at LGBT street fair PrideFest, where it performs every year.

As he often does, Bartko, 30, was videotaping the troupe’s performance for Landi. “At one point the music changes and he pulled me over and pulled the camera off me and got down on one knee, and I knew what was going on,” says Bartko. “It was a huge shock and a wonderful surprise.”

Landi presented the ring to the prerecorded strains of the song “Grow Old With You,” from the Adam Sandler flick The Wedding Singer. “I chose that song specifically because for the past six-and-a-half years, I’ve not wanted to get married,” said Landi. “The banter [with Bartko] was, ‘I want to grow old with you.’”

Yep — the kNOTDance guy still wasn’t into formally tying the knot. But Landi had had a change of heart while recently touring Germany with acclaimed dance troupe Pilobolus.

“Being on tour sort of solidified my feeling of wanting to be with Matt for the rest of my life,” said Landi, 26, in a phone interview yesterday. For one thing, two other couples in that touring company were planning their nups. And it didn’t hurt that marriage equality was this year’s PrideFest theme, as evidenced by all those T-shirts reading “I Wanna Marry You.”

“A lot of people were happy that I shared that moment with them,” says Landi.

Landi’s family is from Pittsburgh, though he grew up in Miami, and returned to study dance at Point Park University. Bartko, a McKeesport native, works at Pitt, where he’s studying for his master’s in social work.

The two met online in 2007, in a chatroom, then attended a Pittsburgh International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival screening together. The next time they saw each other was shortly after that, when Landi unwittingly cut off Bartko in traffic. Following the script of an admittedly meet-cute scenario, Bartko tailed him, and cheerfully said, “You cut me off, asshole.” Then, as Bartko puts it, “We didn’t leave each other’s side for the next two or three weeks.”

With Landi touring so much, though, they’ve gotten used to being apart. In fact, on July 6, just six weeks home after concluding the German tour — and three weeks after proposing — he’s leaving for nine-month world tour with Pilobolus.

And if the proposal was simply Landi’s way of locking up Bartko before hitting the road, it worked: Bartko promises he “won’t be sitting under the apple tree” with anyone else.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Posted By on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 1:11 PM

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The plastic swan at the Allegheny Cemetery fountain enjoys the pleasant late-spring weather.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 12:15 PM

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Tiny dogs wearing skull sweaters, sitting in shop windows

Monday, April 1, 2013

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

First, a Pirate at bat was wheatepasted to a boarded-up building on Butler Street, in Lawrenceville.

Then, some wag added the encouraging "Touchdown" statement.

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Which was later covered up with a lot of colorful, geometric wooden shapes, suggesting something glorious emanating from home plate. On this opening day, once again the city hopes.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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Regardless, enjoy the holiday weekend.