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Friday, September 7, 2018

Catch Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown tonight on Treehouse Masters

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 1:24 PM

Antonio Brown (center) with Kennihan employees - PHOTO: KENNIHAN PLUMBING, HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING
  • Photo: Kennihan Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Antonio Brown (center) with Kennihan employees
I only watch Animal Planet to learn about treehouses. (I would rather see animals in person than on TV.) And I’m not even super into treehouses, but an upcoming episode of Treehouse Masters piqued my interest.

Tonight, Pittsburghers should join me in my new tree house obsession because a special Pittsburgh guest is featured: Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Since the premiere of Treehouse Masters in 2013, the scale and quality of the treehouses built by Pete Nelson have upgraded from treehouses to tree-mansions. In recent seasons, especially the current one, the treehouses on the show are nicer than most people’s homes. Brown’s is no exception.

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Show Preview: “An Evening With Dawes” at Stage AE

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 12:03 PM

  • Photo: Magdalena Wosinska
  • Dawes

Honesty isn’t something Taylor Goldsmith, lead singer and songwriter of the Southern California band, Dawes, takes lightly.

Two days before kicking off the North American An Evening With Dawes: Passwords Tour, Goldsmith set aside 15 minutes to discuss the upcoming tour and Dawes’ latest album, Passwords. While talking to Goldsmith, I was stuck with how raw his responses where. He oozed honestly through the phone and didn’t fall into the trap many artists tend to when interviewed, which is filling your ears with PR jargon. I left our conversation feeling like I got an intimate peek into the mind of Taylor Goldsmith.

The same can be said for Dawes’ sixth album, Passwords. This album is the first Dawes recorded purely for themselves, without critics and fans in mind.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Concert review: Fall Out Boy at PPG Paints Arena

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 12:53 PM

Fall Out Boy performs at PPG Paints Arena on Wed., Sept. 5 - CP PHOTO: MIKE PAPARIELLA
  • CP Photo: Mike Papariella
  • Fall Out Boy performs at PPG Paints Arena on Wed., Sept. 5

I have been a fan of Fall Out Boy since I was old enough to discern music I actually liked from, well, music I would personally like to not listen to ever again. That being said, as I sat down in my seat at PPG Paints Arena for the band's Mania tour, I was a bit uncertain how enjoyable the show would be. For some background, Mania was far from one of Fall Out Boy’s strongest albums. A combination of releasing far too many of the tracks as singles — it barely felt like a new album by the time it eventually came out. Plus, the release date was pushed back a few too many times and, the tour dates were posted so long ago that most fans had almost completely forgotten. It all contributed to a general sense of subpar-ness surrounding Mania itself. I was fearful the concert was going to reflect this sentiment.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Pylon Pics: Jared Wickerham's favorite frames from Steelers Training Camp

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 11:58 AM

  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
The beginning of every football season gives everyone on the field a chance to hit the reset button, including the sports photojournalists covering that team.

Everything you accomplished (or missed) in the prior year, means nothing. If that sounds like a Mike Tomlin-ism to you, that’s because it probably is, having spent many afternoons in the South Side listening to his press conferences over the years covering the Pittsburgh Steelers. My favorite Tomlin-ism, however, is "If you have red paint, you paint the barn red.”

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

#MusicMonday Wrap-up: Sept., 4

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 12:29 PM

  • Screenshot of Punchline's "Darkest Dark" video, directed by Keaton Manning
City Paper staff writer Jordan Snowden breaks down local/national music headlines from the past weekend with #MusicMonday Wrap-up.


Rib Fest provided much more than good barbecue this weeekend on the North Side, with performances by Granger Smith, The Clarks, Lonestar, Dylan Schneider and more.

A digital love letter its hometown, Punchline released a fittingly sweet music video for “Darkest Dark,” from 2018's LION.

Twitter user, Jaime Bird, captured these awesome photos of a marching band in the Labor Day Parade downtown.

In non-music news, Joe Biden went for a run in the parade, and it’s the only thing from yesterday’s event people are talking about.

Thrival Festival offered a $25 Labor Day ticket special, which is still going on until midnight tonight. (Dillon Francis retweeted this and the fangirl in me is geeking out.)


Childish Gambino dropped a star-studded animated music video for his summertime anthem, “Feels Like Summer." And of course, the internet is dissecting every detail. To support their latest album, Concrete and Gold, the Foo Fighters played a pop-up concert in the parking lot of the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

White Whale Bookstore hosting talk on foraging and cooking with author Sara Bir

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 11:21 AM


Sara Bir is nosy. She peeks into backyards, deep corners of the forest, and Walmart parking lots. 

She’s a forager with an eye for forgotten fruit, abundant harvests, and nature’s strangest offerings. 

Bir is the author of The Fruit Forager’s Companion, a book filled with recipes, tips, and tricks for the everyday forager. On Sept. 1, she will team up with White Whale Bookstore in Bloomfield and a fellow fruit-lover Andrew Moore for a book signing and discussion.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

On the 50-year career of rock and roll photographer Henry Diltz

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 3:21 PM

Henry Diltz photographs a star tattoo on the wrist of Kate Benz during CindyStock, August 24, 2018. - CP PHOTO: JOHN ALTDORFER
  • CP photo: John Altdorfer
  • Henry Diltz photographs a star tattoo on the wrist of Kate Benz during CindyStock, August 24, 2018.
The guy who shot the iconic cover for the Doors album, Morrison Hotel, is wandering around three acres of grass behind a house on Wexford Bayne Road. He disappears into a brown Winnebago and emerges clutching a glossy paperback.

"The Tao of Daily Living,” Henry Diltz explains. The woman who owns the Winnie gave it to him and he’s digging it.

Diltz embraces spirituality almost as much as his photography. Later that night, he'll present a slideshow of his 50 year-plus career at Cindystock 15, an annual cancer fundraising festival hosted by Cindy and Ted Yates in Sewickley. A hundred people will sit mesmerized in lawn chairs as Diltz highlights a photography career spanning five decades.

His career began inauspiciously with a Japanese camera he picked up for twenty bucks at a second-hand shop in East Lansing, Mich., and would go on to include two hundred album covers and hundreds of thousands of photos of iconic musicians. To name a few: James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Dan Fogelberg, The Mamas & the Papas, Paul and Linda McCartney, The Monkees, Jimi Hendrix, The Lovin’ Spoonful.

“When I started as a musician taking photos, I would have slideshows for my stoned, hippie friends. … When the first slide hit the wall, 8-feet wide, glowing in the dark, and all my friends were there to comment and laugh and ask for more, more ... That, to me, was magical.”

Diltz' first "real," professional rock and roll portrait was Buffalo Springfield that came together by chance. His friend Stephen Stills asked if he’d like to tag along for their soundcheck. While they played, Diltz noticed a large, pink mural of a guy riding a bicycle on the building. As he was lining up the shot, the band walked outside, and he asked them to stand there to show the size of the mural.

TeenSet magazine heard about the photo, called Diltz, and offered him a hundred bucks for it.

“That was my Second Epiphany,” he says. “That somebody would pay me to do what I couldn’t stop doing all day long.”

Which he still does, at the age of 80. He's constantly reaching for the Canon Power Shot always tucked into his pocket, even when he has the Canon 6D slung on his shoulder. There's always another photo to be taken, another series to compile: stars, hearts, tee shirts, peace signs, graffiti, old trucks, bicycles, fire hydrants …

“If I go to a new city, I’m like a pig in shit,” he laughs. “I guess I keep in touch with life by looking for those similar things in every situation. I see the world through my lens.”

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Increasingly Surreal Work Assignments: College Issue edition

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 8:15 AM

Behind-the-scenes of this week's College Issue cover: CP graphic designer Maya Puskaric behind the camera - CP PHOTO: LISA CUNNINGHAM
  • CP Photo: Lisa Cunningham
  • Behind-the-scenes of this week's College Issue cover: CP graphic designer Maya Puskaric behind the camera

The Challenge

The following is a paraphrased account of what our Creative Director and Managing Editor, Lisa Cunningham, said to me one sleepy afternoon last week: “We are doing a college nihilism theme. I am looking to really embody the essence of a college student here. I was thinking ... a cover ... like a teen fashion magazine! All bright and peppy but WAY more depressing. We need someone innocent and youthful and then we need to corrupt that. The model needs to look like they are trying their best but is also in a constant state of complete emotional destruction. Also let’s make it cute.”

Okay. I could work with that. After all, stylish yet full of unrelenting existential terror is kind of my daily look.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Amy Schumer and Friends come to Heinz Hall on Sept. 21

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 2:18 PM


Tie up your pigtails, pull out your leather jumpsuits, unearth your back tattoos — Amy Schumer’s coming to town.

The Amy Schumer and Friends tour — featuring Rachel Feinstein, Bridget Everett, and Mia Jackson — comes to Heinz Hall on Sept. 21.

Schumer is a theatrical jack-of-all-trades. She does not limit her talent to standup; Schumer is also a writer, director, producer and actress. On her popular show Inside Amy Schumer, which won an Emmy in 2015, Schumer acted, directed, wrote, and produced. (City Paper interviewed one of the show's writers, Kyle Dunnigan, in 2016.)

In 2017, Schumer received a Grammy nomination for her narration of her autobiography, The Girl With the Lower Back TattooSchumer is unapologetic and bold, and has emerged leading activist. She has been vocal in the #TIMESUP movement and is an outspoken feminist. Schumer packs her tweets with calls to action and support for social justice movements. 

In order to honor Schumer’s return to Pittsburgh, we’ve compiled some of our favorite moments.  Tickets for her tour are on sale now — don’t miss this comedy queen.

When she acknowledged the universal struggle of a double chin.

Pretty pissed I wasn't mentioned

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This 2015 Saturday Night Live monologue when she revealed her true feelings about the Kardashians.

Justin Bieber or Amy Schumer? 

#oldheadshotday #kidney #balmain

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Every time she confronts her critics.  When she identifies the struggles of adult bridesmaids.
Even her dog can make us laugh. 


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And finally, our favorite moment:

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

CP Voices: Santonio Holmes

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 3:51 PM

Former Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes, the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII (for obvious reasons), visited City Paper's office to catch up with editor-in-chief Rob Rossi. They discussed bucket-list items, ways to say Santonio's name, and his advocacy for fighting Sickle cell diseases through the III & Long Foundation.
Holmes' Strikes Against Sickle Cell Bowlathon will be at Noble Manor Lanes on Tue., Oct. 8. Tickets are available for purchase here.

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