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Friday, October 19, 2018

Busnegie promotes arts access with bus shelter gallery outside CMOA

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Busnegie party outside the CMOA. - PHOTO: AMANDA WALTZ
  • Photo: Amanda Waltz
  • Busnegie party outside the CMOA.
Things got loud outside of the Carnegie Museum of Art on Thursday night when Busnegie hosted a public party in the square. Giant puppets by Cheryl Capezzuti swayed as Colonel Eagleburger's Highstepping Goodtime Band energetically blasted pop hits such as “SexyBack.” Some onlookers, many of them dressed up for the special Third Thursday Carnegie International event going on inside, jumped in to dance. 
Giant puppets at the Busnegie party. - PHOTO: AMANDA WALTZ
  • Photo: Amanda Waltz
  • Giant puppets at the Busnegie party.

Not far from the scene, an orange construction sign bedecked in flower chains announced, with a simple piece of white printer paper, the Busnegie Museum of Art. Started by arts activist, Suzanne Werder, the project replaces ad space in the bus shelters near the CMOA at the intersection of South Craig Street and Forbes Avenue with works by local artists.

Werder came up with the idea to use transit shelters – what she calls “the most egalitarian spaces that exist in Pittsburgh” – to promote public art and, potentially, as a way to boost the careers of local artists by exposing them to art professionals visiting the Carnegie International.

“There is a paradigm that artists should just wait around for their patron in shining armor to come rescue them, but the truth is that no one is coming,” says Werder, who also serves as a teaching artist in residence with ProjectArt at the Knoxville branch of the Carnegie Library. “Instead of expecting audiences to come to us, we need to go to them. Instead of expecting someone to come and give artists opportunities, we need to create our own. Then I thought about where people from all different backgrounds spend a lot of time.”

To make Busnegie happen, Werder obtained grants to buy the ad space in the bus shelters. Now commuters are surrounded by translucent prints (think of the plastic sheets teachers used on school projectors) of works by over 30 area artists. An installation by Patrick Schmidt and a sculpture by Ryder Henry are also on display.
"American Gothic 2018" by Elizabeth Lana in the Busnegie Museum of Art. - PHOTO: AMANDA WALTZ
  • Photo: Amanda Waltz
  • "American Gothic 2018" by Elizabeth Lana in the Busnegie Museum of Art.
Busnegie even has a theme song: "Art is for everyone, not just a few. Art is for me and art is for you, so look at some art while you're waiting for the bus because experiencing art is for all of us."

Werder hopes Busnegie also raises awareness of little-known programs meant to increase arts access to lower income patrons, especially for huge events like the Carnegie International, an exhibit that only comes around every three years. One such program allows residents who receive government services and have Pennsylvania ACCESS cards to attend CMOA and bring up to three people for a $1 each.

“Because I am an artist, it makes me sad that so many people have never set foot in an art gallery or museum and that art isn't really a part of their lives,” says Werder. “I don't blame them, however, I think that art has marginalized itself by being elitist. People don't feel like they belong. While a $20 entrance fee to a museum is definitely worth it, it can become a financial barrier to people experiencing art. I believe that art shouldn't just be a luxury commodity. I believe that access to art is a justice issue.”

But most of all, she hopes Busnegie will brighten commutes and inspire people.

“Perhaps people will get off their phone for a minute or two, have an enjoyable time at the Busnegie and want to look at more art sometime,” she says.

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Concert review: The Mall of Metallica

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 11:22 AM

Lars Ulrich hams it up on stage with Metallica at PPG Paints Arena on Thu., Oct. 18. - CP PHOTO: MIKE PAPARIELLA
  • CP photo: Mike Papariella
  • Lars Ulrich hams it up on stage with Metallica at PPG Paints Arena on Thu., Oct. 18.

Metallica put on one hell of a show last night. And that may not be a good thing.

The set at PPG Paints Arena was tight and covered a lot of ground from their historic discography. Kirk Hammett was shredding as Kirk Hammett shreds. James Hetfield commanded the stage like a childhood friend’s father who you are kind of scared of and totally respect. Robert Trujillo had his bass slung low and postured a nice crab stance. And Lars. Well, Lars was quintessential Lars, jumping off his throne to do standing cymbal rolls and running to the edge of the stage as the band’s hype man.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

#MusicMonday Wrap-up: Oct. 15

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 2:11 PM

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  • Amy Winehouse

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

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Concert photos: Elton John at PPG Paints Arena

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 2:46 AM

Elton John on stage at PPG Paints Arena on Wed., Oct. 10, 2018 - CP PHOTO: MIKE PAPARIELLA
  • CP photo: Mike Papariella
  • Elton John on stage at PPG Paints Arena on Wed., Oct. 10, 2018
Elton John said goodbye to Pittsburgh last night. Kind of.

The 71-year-old "Rocketman" took the stage Wednesday night for his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour at PPG Paints Arena, decked out in rose-colored, heart-shaped glasses and sparkles for days.

“It’s time to come off the road so I can fully embrace the next important chapter of my life,” he writes on his website.

Well, not quite yet. Wednesday night's show was just the first of two planned concerts in Pittsburgh for his three-year long tour. It officially kicked off in Allentown on September 8 and will include over 300 stops including a second show in Pittsburgh on Nov. 13, 2019.

Check out photographer Mike Papariella's favorite shots below from Elton John's first goodbye. Pre-sale tickets for his final Pittsburgh concert go on sale at 8 a.m. on Thursday morning, with tickets for the general public going on sale at 10 a.m. on Fri., Oct. 19.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Maggie's Farm Rum celebrates five years in business with party in Strip District this Saturday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 12:20 PM

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Five years ago, Maggie’s Farm Rum sold its first bottle of rum. 

The distillery, located in the Strip District, opened its doors in November 2013. Their first style of rum, Maggie’s Farm White Rum, has won eight awards, including a gold medal from the Rum Renaissance Festival. Now, the distillery has introduced spiced rum, dark rum, pineapple rum, and others on the way to becoming one of America’s most awarded distilleries.

This Saturday, they're celebrating five years in the rum business with a party under the 31st St. Bridge. There will be food trucks, bands, and of course, rum.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

#MusicMonday Wrap-up: Oct. 8

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 3:25 PM

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


To celebrate the 100th birthday of the late American icon, Leonard Bernstein, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra honored his work each night this weekend with pieces that Bernstein himself conducted with the PSO from 1944-1984.

California indie rock band Weathers opened for rock trio Dreamers at Spirit on Thursday.
And someone at the show had sticky fingers.
The start of a new month means First Friday, and one new Pittsburgher felt immediately at home in the steel city.
Welcome to Pittsburgh, Sandy's daughter!


Only a few songs into his set at the A3CFestival and Conference, Lil Wayne fans were forced to evacuate the premises after an alternation in the crowd.

So far, very little information about what happened has been released.

Katy Perry is waving a temporary 'goodbye' to her pop career. In an interview with Footwear News posted this morning, the “I Kissed a Girl” singer said that, “I’ve been on the road for like 10 years, so I’m just going to chill.”

Saturday night, the lights on the Empire State Building, which are normally white, flashed blue, green, and red in sporadic patterns.

New York residents were shocked, and no one knew what was causing the change.

After a great deal of speculation, director James Larese posted a photo on top of the Empire State Building, along with a shotlist. Larese directed Eminem’s music videos in the past, including “Fall” and “Framed.”

That's it for today. Check in next week for another #MusicMonday wrap-up.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Pylon Pics: Pittsburgh Steelers Birth A Win

Posted By on Sun, Oct 7, 2018 at 5:49 PM

James Conner enters the field amidst a cloud of fog. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • James Conner enters the field amidst a cloud of fog.
Between the 80-plus degree weather and the Steelers offense, the Atlanta Falcons' defense got scorched today at Heinz Field. The Steelers ran up the score in the end, with a final of 41-17.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

CP Halloween Costume Contest

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 2:14 PM


Enter our 2018 Halloween Costume Contest and you'll have a chance to win TWO TICKETS to HUNDRED ACRES MANOR, one of the nation's best haunted houses.

Pittsburgh, we want to see your scariest, creepiest, funniest, or strangest Halloween costumes. Did you dress up as a pumpkin for ten years in a row? Spent hours on an aquarium costume? Have a hilarious, punny costume? We want to see it. Or, just share it with your Instagram followers and tag  #CPHalloween to automatically enter the contest.

It doesn't end there: once you enter, vote! The four pictures with the most votes will win tickets to Hundred Acres Manor.

Submissions begin Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. and end Oct. 12. Voting begins Oct. 12 and ends Oct.19. Winners will be announced Oct. 19 by 5 p.m. 

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Monday, October 1, 2018

#MusicMonday Wrap-up: Oct. 1

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 2:52 PM

Every Monday, CP staff writer Jordan Snowden wraps up the weekend in local and national music news with #MusicMonday. Here's what she has this week:

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Pylon Pics: Ravens 26, Steelers 14

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 1:22 AM

T.J. Watt #90 leaps into Heinz Field while being introduced. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • T.J. Watt #90 leaps into Heinz Field while being introduced.
No one was more hyped to start this game against the Baltimore Ravens on national television than members of the Steelers defense, as seen in the opening image of T.J. Watt.

After a quick interception on a botched catch attempt by Vance McDonald, the Steelers couldn't stop their AFC North rivals from doing whatever they wanted on offense, whether it was running the ball through myriad missed tackles or beating rookie safety Terrell Edmunds with the deep ball. In the end, the Ravens took the win 26-14, at Heinz Field on Sun., Sept. 30.

But I always look for the silver lining in these games because the images are ultimately the most important part, regardless of who wins or loses. So, there was one small win today on a personal note, and that was moving around Heinz Field completely normal following knee surgery and in my fourth week of physical therapy. It’s the little wins, and this one was knowing I could keep up physically going up and down the field, kneeling with my camera on every play.

Next week, the Steelers face the also-struggling Atlanta Falcons at Heinz Field. City Paper will be here to see if the  can bounce back from this loss.

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