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Friday, April 20, 2018

Organizer apologizes for trying to throw satirical celebration of Hitler’s birthday at Pittsburgh LGBTQ bar

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 1:19 PM

Flier for "Fuhrer Festival" before event was canceled - IMAGE COURTESY OF FACEBOOK
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  • Flier for "Fuhrer Festival" before event was canceled
On April 16, Brewer’s Bar in Lawrenceville added an event to their Facebook page called the “Fuhrer Festival.” The event was to be held on April 18 as part of Brewer's Bar’s Nightshift dance-night series, and was meant as a satirical take on the rise of white supremacy and dictatorships across the world, according to the event’s organizer. Adolf Hitler, known as the Fuhrer in Nazi Germany, was born April 20, 1889.

“A party fit for a Fuhrer’s birthday!” was written in the event’s description. “Join October and this week’s cast of Nightshift as we celebrate one special regime leader’s birthday (technically April 20th). Bring your small mustaches and significant other you want to do cyanide with as we throw a party for  a Fuhrer!!"

Now, the organizer of the event, a bartender at Brewer’s, is apologizing. Sarah at Brewer’s Bar, who withheld her last name because she is in the process of getting divorced, says she is “incredibly sorry.”

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Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy breaks ground on Allegheny Commons fountain project in North Side

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 1:14 PM

Rendering of Allegheny Commons fountain project - IMAGE COURTESY OF PITTSBURGH PARKS CONSERVANCY
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  • Rendering of Allegheny Commons fountain project
Allegheny Commons in the North Side is the oldest park in Pittsburgh, and understandably, it’s a bit worse for wear.

But things are looking up for the park. On April 19, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy broke ground on a new fountain project in the northeast corner of the park. According to a press release, “the new fountain will mirror its original 19th century design and will include a 50-foot circular stone basin, a one-foot rim of heavy cut stone, a large Grecian vase in the center, a tall principal [water] jet and 16 smaller [water] jets.”

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Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival pulls into Downtown

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 11:47 AM

Trucks line up on Smithfield - CP PHOTO BY CELINE ROBERTS
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  • Trucks line up on Smithfield
Celebrate Earth Day this weekend with Pittsburgh Earth Day's festivities on April 20 and 21. First, you may need some sustenance to get you through the work day and Pittsburgh's downtown workers are in luck. A food truck festival is part of the Earth Day celebrations, setting up shop on Smithfield St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Vendors include: BRGR, Billu's Indian Grill On Wheels, Evil Swine BBQ, Oh My Grill, Pgh Crepes, PGH Halal truck, Pittsburgh Sandwich Society, Sugar and Spice Ice Cream Truck, The Burgh Bites Cart, Bull Dawgs, Cool Beans Taco Truck, PGH Pierogi Truck, Randita's, Nakama, Wok of Life Pgh, and The Humble Cookie Stand.

After you're satiated, visit for a full list of events.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Local comic Day Bracey clashes online with alt-right comedian Owen Benjamin over canceled Pittsburgh show

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 11:08 AM

  • CP photo by Jake Mysliwczyk
  • Day Bracey

Owen Benjamin is a well-known comedian in the conservative-media world. Benjamin is white and one of his signature bits is singing a song called “that [n-word] stole my bike.” Benjamin has defended his takes on race as tackling political correctness. He is a self-described critic of liberalism and left-leaning politics. In March, he tweeted “what a [n-word] queer” and linked a story about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Benjamin has said efforts to curb his brand of comedy are censorship.

In late March, the New Hazlett Theater canceled his stand-up event in Pittsburgh after learning more about Benjamin’s material and social-media presence. About a week later, Benjamin’s Twitter account was suspended after he tweeted about Parkland Shooting survivor David Hogg’s pubic hair. He had more than 180,000 followers on Twitter before his account was suspended.

But before Benjamin’s Twitter account was permanently suspended, he had a confrontation with Pittsburgh comedian Day Bracey, who had pushed back against Benjamin’s racist and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. Bracey believes Pittsburgh venues shouldn't work with Benjamin, given his use of racial and LGBTQ slurs. But, in arguing with Benjamin and his legion of fans on Twitter, Bracey had his Twitter account permanently suspended, which he says is a big hit to his growing brand in Pittsburgh. Even so, Bracey is hopeful Pittsburgh will reject Benjamin's brand of comedy. But Benjamin has apparently found a new venue and he has cast himself as the victim of "activists" like Bracey. He hopes to use Pittsburgh to highlight what he calls a "shaming" culture on the left.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces this year's Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 5:01 PM

Flor de Luna will be among the performers at this year's festival - CP PHOTO BY REBECCA ADDISON
  • CP photo by Rebecca Addison
  • Flor de Luna will be among the performers at this year's festival
Pittsburghers bet on whether it will rain during all 10 days of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival the way other people bet on sports. But whether it rains or not, this beloved event draws thousands of residents from the city and surrounding suburbs to Downtown every year.

Today, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced this year's lineup for the festival which includes art, live music and more than a dozen food vendors. The festival runs Fri., June 1 through Sun., June 10.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Farm to Table holds its annual conference April 14 & 15

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 2:29 PM

The annual Farm to Table Annual Conference is this weekend on Sat., April 14 and Sun., April 15. This year's theme is "buy local" and to help encourage connections between local vendors and the public, the exhibitor's hall is hosting 150 local food vendors. A full schedule of events includes cooking demonstrations, speakers, tasting events and more.

Farm to Table Annual Conference, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., April 14. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., April 15. David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown. $20.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Pittsburgh residents and advocates want city leaders to make sure Amazon would bring equitable development

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 1:48 PM

Equitable-development advocates at a press conference in Downtown PIttsburgh - CP PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
  • CP photo by Ryan Deto
  • Equitable-development advocates at a press conference in Downtown PIttsburgh
The tech giant Amazon is headquartered in Seattle, and residents there know all too well the combative relationship Amazon has had with local officials. Geekwire, a tech-news website based in Seattle, set up shop in Pittsburgh for several weeks to report on Pittsburgh’s emerging tech scene. In a January story discussing Amazon’s potential in Pittsburgh with Mayor Bill Peduto, Geekwire noted that “Until recently, the company and the city of Seattle had largely stopped communicating, making it much more difficult to work together to address the Seattle region’s massive traffic problems, housing affordability crisis, and growing socioeconomic disparity.”

Earlier today, a group of about 15 Pittsburgh residents and housing and transit advocates held a press conference at the City-County Building Downtown. They called on city officials to take steps to ensure the Seattle dynamic doesn't play out in Pittsburgh, if the city were to land Amazon’s second headquarters.

A sign at the press conference read out five goals advocates wanted to see advanced: Accountability and transparency, quality local jobs, affordable housing, equitable transit, and community investment.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Superior Motors among Food & Wine's 2018 Restaurants of the Year

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 2:50 PM

  • CP photo by Krista Johnson
On April 10, Food & Wine released its list of 2018's top ten restaurants to have opened in the last 14 months. Braddock's own Superior Motors helmed by chef Kevin Sousa was among the honored restaurants this year.

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Tickets on sale for Fresh Fest 2018, Pittsburgh's first festival combining craft-beer culture and black culture

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 10:52 AM

(From left) Day Bracey, Chris Harris and Mike Potter - PHOTO COURTESY OF CRAFT PGH
  • Photo courtesy of Craft PGH
  • (From left) Day Bracey, Chris Harris and Mike Potter
Early bird tickets are on sale for Fresh Fest 2018, "where craft-beer culture meets black culture." From April 11-30, you can snatch up tickets for the first round of the festival, held on August 11.

Fresh Fest is a collaboration between Drinking Partners' Day Bracey and Ed Bailey, and Black Brew Culture's Mike Potter. Between the podcast and online magazine, they are working to bring Pittsburgh's African-American community into the craft-beer scene. The festival will spotlight black brewers and black-owned breweries from across the country, including Harlem Brewing Company, White Lion Brewing Company, Union Craft Brewing Company and more. Sip your way through beer, wine and spirits and enjoy local food trucks while listening to live music.

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New steps being installed in Oakland include a small ramp for bikes

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Staircase connecting Joncaire Street to Frick Fine Arts building in Oakland, with a runnel on the right-hand side - PHOTO COURTESY OF KRISTIN SAUNDERS
  • Photo courtesy of Kristin Saunders
  • Staircase connecting Joncaire Street to Frick Fine Arts building in Oakland, with a runnel on the right-hand side
Currently, a grand new staircase is being built in Oakland to take the place of a deteriorating set that connected Joncaire Street up to the Frick Fine Arts building in Central Oakland. Joncaire Street is close to the terminus of the Panther Hollow trail, which provides cyclists and pedestrians a car-free passage from Oakland to Greenfield and directly connects to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail that leads to Downtown.

But Joncaire Street is a bumpy cobblestone road that’s incredibly difficult to bike on. So that last connection for cyclists traveling to Oakland from Downtown usually involves either walking bikes up the sidewalk or riding on the sidewalks, which isn’t legal in a business district.

Now, the new staircase provides cyclists a different option to traverse up to Central Oakland, with a small ramp next to the steps called a “runnel.” (In the picture above, a thin strip of concrete can be seen on the right-hand side of the staircase.) Pittsburgh's principal transportation planner Kristin Saunders wrote in an email to City Paper that cyclists should be able to walk alongside their bike and push the bike up and down the staircase with ease.

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