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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 12:45 PM

Hate waiting at the DMV? Ditch the lines and take your Driver’s Exam at the Cindy Cohen School of Driving.

PennDOT has authorized a limited number of non-DMV locations to conduct PA Driver’s Exams. Cindy Cohen School of Driving is one of the very few approved Third-Party Testing Centers in southwestern Pennsylvania and the only one in the City of Pittsburgh. Now, instead of having to schedule an exam weeks ahead of time and then go to a PennDoT Driver’s License Center, you can schedule your exam as little as 48 hours ahead of time with CCSoD.

The road tests begin and end in the parking lot of CCSoD’s 3131 West Carson Street testing site. Exam routes are comparable to those of the state test centers. CCSoD examiners have been qualified, approved, and verified by PennDOT, and tests are conducted and scored according to PennDoT standards. The testing center serves anyone with a valid Pennsylvania learner’s permit.

Besides the driver’s exam, Cindy Cohen School of Driving also offers lessons for new drivers, previously-licensed adults, and internationally-licensed drivers. In the past eight years over 30,000 drivers have learned safe driving techniques from CCSoD. For lessons the school accepts most valid state learner’s permits. The school can also teach international drivers.

Behind-the-wheel lessons place a student on the road with an approved Pennsylvania driving instructor, licensed through the Department of Education. CCSoD instructors are recognized for their technical expertise and dedication to safety, as well as for fostering a positive learning environment which helps inexperienced drivers overcome the nervousness that often accompanies learning to drive. Driving lessons are generally two hours long and cost $150 per lesson. Lessons can include basic vehicle control, specific maneuvers (such as three-point turns and parallel parking), defensive driving practices, and more advanced topics (lane-changing and merging, highway driving, adverse conditions, etc). Students can sign up for one or as many lessons as necessary to become a safe, confident driver.

CCSOD is client-driven, offering individualized instruction catering to pupil-specific skills and needs. The number of lessons necessary to reach an acceptable level of driving proficiency varies for each client, depending on experience, aptitude, and other factors. They offer brush-up lessons for licensed or permitted drivers who may have severe driving anxiety. They have transformed many fearful individuals into confident, safe drivers. The school offers a practice test to prepare clients for the driver’s license exam at CCSOD. Senior observations are offered to help those suffering from illness or injury to continue driving safely. There is also an online driver’s education course available through the CCSoD website, www.drivingbuythebest.com.

Thanks to Cindy Cohen and her staff, new drivers are hitting the roads confidently and safely, through a quick and friendly process. Take lessons and/or schedule your driver’s exam today by visiting www.drivingbuythebest.com or calling (412) 580-0027.

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Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 11:43 AM

Looking to get the kids out of the house this summer? Pittsburgh City Paper has your back with the 2019 Summer Camps list. These camps are jam-packed with games, activities, and events that will keep your kids busy all summer long! Here's part two of our summer camps list.

1. Autism Society - S.P.E.A.K.

S.P.E.A.K. is an Extended School Year program developed to prevent or reduce summertime regression in students ages 5-21 with Autism Spectrum Disorder. S.P.E.A.K. is held at Steel Valley High School during the month of July, and its dedicated program leadership returns every year making each year better than the last.

Learn more about the camp and how to participate here.

2. Air Adventures: A Summer Camp with GASP

This STEAM-based camp allows campers aged 9-11 to use their creative and logical sides as they learn about the history, health effects, and future of air pollution in our region. Camp includes field trips, use of the latest air quality tech, and guest speakers from a variety of professional backgrounds.

Learn more about the camp and how to participate here.

3. Jumonville

Come for summer adventure, arts, sports, sampler, and family camps! The swimming, Frisbee golf, mountain boards, ropes/challenge course, and indoor climbing walls are a blast! Children, youth, adults, or families stay in beautiful cabins or lodges and enjoy family-style meals. For fun, faith, and friends, experience the difference at Jumonville! Call or email for info and free DVD or flash drive.

Jumonville Christian Camp and Retreat Center. 887 Jumonville Road,
Hopwood, PA 15445. 724-439-4912. info@jumonville.org.

Learn more about the camp and how to participate here.

4. iD Tech

iD Tech: the world leader in STEM education, with 400,000 alumni since 1999. Summer programs for ages 7-19 are held at 150 prestigious campuses including Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland. Students build in-demand skills for futures in coding, game development, robotics, and design.

Learn more about the camp and how to participate here.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 12:40 PM

When it comes to noodles, pasta is king. Are you a standout like a rotini or are you bold like a penne? Find out now in this very important, super serious personality quiz.

This is part of Pittsburgh City Paper's delicious, month-long celebration of food: Taste30. Learn more about participating restaurants and their menus here.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Posted By on Sun, Mar 3, 2019 at 8:13 PM

Looking to get the kids out of the house this summer? Pittsburgh City Paper has your back with the 2019 Summer Camps list. These camps are jam packed with games, activities, and events that will keep your kids busy all summer long! Here's part one of our summer camps list.

1. Gaynor School of Cooking Summer Camp

We offer a large selection of age appropriate children’s programs throughout the year in cooking, pastries, and baking. Our major objective during these programs is for the children to discover the fun of cooking and to realize that there is more to enjoy than just hamburgers and pizza. In creating meals themselves, they are often willing to try some foods that otherwise they would turn their noses up at. By starting early, not only do we hope they will develop a passion for good healthy food, but also discover a lifelong joy of cooking.

Learn more about the camp and how to participate here.

2. Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh Day Camps

C O N N E C T I O N S • V A L U E S • G R O W T H • F U N: Prepare your children for life’s journeys by sending them to JCC Day Camps. Campers ages 2 to 16 will swim, climb, zip-line, explore nature and STEM, hone sports skills, learn archery, stage a musical, make friends. Programs include traditional day camps, performing arts, travel and specialty camps at our 100-acre Family Park in Monroeville and in Squirrel Hill and the South Hills.

Learn more about the camp and how to participate here.

3. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Summer Camp

Art camps for school-age children and teens begin June 17 on our beautiful Shadyside campus. With over 80 offerings in studio and media arts, campers can explore drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, podcasting, fiber arts, filmmaking, video game design, jewelry making, animation, coding and much more at PF/PCA this summer.

Learn more about the camp and how to participate here.

4. Carnegie Museum of Art

Learn how Monet made his masterpieces and then make your own, or learn from a real paleontologist how to dig for dino bones! There’s so much to create and discover at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History summer camps. Use the museums as a classroom and learn from real artists, architects, and scientists in these innovative, week-long camps for ages 4 through high school.

See details, registration, and scholarship opportunities at camps.artandnaturalhistory.org.

5. Citizens Science Lab

We offer fun, hands-on camps for grades 4 through 12. With a full range of science and engineering adventures — including robotics, outer space, zoology, microbiology, DNA, and drones — there’s sure to be something that excites and inspires the budding scientist in your home.

Locations both Downtown and South Hills. Learn more at https://www.thecitizensciencelab.org.

6. Stage Right

Does your child love to perform on the stage? Stage Right is a theater company based in Aspinwall that is in its fourth year providing summer theater camps for kids.

Intro to Theater camp for ages 4-6. Runs June 17-20 from 2-4 p.m. Shakespeare exploratory camp for ages 7-13. Runs July 15-19 and 22-24 from 2-4:30 p.m.

Visit www.stagerightpgh.org to learn more.

7. Humane Animal Rescue

Humane Animal Rescue is proud to offer camps at both our Wildlife Center and East End Shelter locations! Camps serve to educate children about the wild animals that surround us, as well as the companion animals living in our homes, in an engaging and fun way!

Learn more about the camp and how to participate here.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 12:35 PM

click to enlarge Pittsburgh City Paper's editor Lisa Cunningham, managing editor Alex Gordon, and contributing writer Tereneh Idia - CP PHOTO: CHRIS SICHI
CP photo: Chris Sichi
Pittsburgh City Paper's editor Lisa Cunningham, managing editor Alex Gordon, and contributing writer Tereneh Idia
Black History Month can elicit ambivalent responses. It's been criticized for being superficial and fleeting, while its goal should be for something far more substantive and continuous. As a white editor of a mostly white staff, Lisa Cunningham wanted to acknowledge and celebrate Black History Month, but was unsure how to go about it, so she reached out for help. CP contributor Tereneh Idia joins Cunningham and CP managing editor Alex Gordon to discuss the paper's coverage this month, as well as Idia's own thoughts on the holiday.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 10:18 AM

We've got two more tickets to give away for this year's Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest! Hundreds of craft beers from more than 125 breweries return to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Feb. 22-23 for the sixth annual Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest. Enter your email address below for a chance to win Saturday evening early admission tickets! Learn more about the event here.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 12:10 PM

click to enlarge Charles Rosenblum
Charles Rosenblum
Taking a walk in most Pittsburgh neighborhoods, it's not uncommon to see historic buildings alongside shiny new developments. Some areas, like the Mexican War Streets in North Side, are protected by regulations that keep the old buildings in good shape and bar new development. But in many parts of Pittsburgh, you'll find these odd clashes of new and old, traditional designs and uber modern buildings sharing the same block. While some of the old and contemporary differences are obvious, according to the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), "the more carefully you look, the more time works to intertwine the seeming opposites."

This Tuesday, Pittsburgh City Paper contributing writer, educator, and architecture critic Charles Rosenblum will present "A Short Discussion of Architecture and Time" at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center in Wilkinsburg. The PHLF lecture will focus on how studying the architecture of buildings can take one on a journey through time.

In anticipation of the upcoming lecture, we asked Rosenblum five architectural-related questions.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 4:25 PM

This promotion has ended and winners have been contacted via e-mail.

On March 2, Cirque Mechanics will bring circus acrobatics, mechanical wonders, and a bit of clowning around to Pittsburgh. Submit your café picture below for a chance to win two tickets to see this thrilling performance. Took a pic of your decorated espresso? Snapped a selfie with a delicious scone? All that matters is that you send us a coffeehouse pic that would make any Parisian jealous! Learn more about the event here.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 3:31 PM

This promotion has ended.

Hundreds of craft beers from more than 125 breweries return to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Feb. 22-23 for the sixth annual Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest. Enter your email address below for a chance to win Friday night early admission tickets! Learn more about the event here.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge Pittsburgh artist Christina Lee
Pittsburgh artist Christina Lee
There's a cartoon on Christina Lee's Instagram page that caught my eye immediately when scrolling through her posts. It's a colorful illustration of a super cute girl positioned in a Buddha Squat, her hands held together in a prayer pose. And then, when you click on the cartoon to view it larger, the girl ... farts. A simple, animated "Poot!" It's brilliant.

Further down the page, the top half of a white, drooling cartoon dog with lopsided eyes stands in front of a bright pink and yellow background. Click on the image and scroll left, and the second half of the dog is revealed: a hot dog butt.

click to enlarge Christina Lee's Winter Guide cover illustration
Christina Lee's Winter Guide cover illustration
It's these types of whimsical illustrations and animations that sets the 26-year-old artist apart from the crowd. Lee excels at playful pieces of art that constantly leave the viewer doing a double-take. Originally from San Jose, Calif., Lee has studied illustration in London and graphic design in NYC, and now lives in Pittsburgh's Garfield neighborhood where she works as a designer for American Eagle and a freelance illustrator. She's also a zinemaker, on the board of directors for the Pittsburgh Zine Fair, and on the team at PULLPROOF Studio, a membership-based workspace for screenprinting artists.

We all need cheered up during Pittsburgh's long, cold winter, and Lee was the perfect person to illustrate this year's Winter Guide. Much like how excited we were scrolling through her Instagram feed, I'm predicting our readers won't be able to look at her cover artwork without smiling. CP caught up with the artist over email after she finished this week's illustrations to talk about her move to Pittsburgh, and the work she's most excited about.

What brought you to Pittsburgh?
I came to Pittsburgh for school back in 2010, and I stayed after graduated in 2014.

You’ve studied in London and NYC. What’s Pittsburgh’s art scene like in comparison?
I can't make the most accurate comparison since I was in London and NYC very briefly as a student, and not as a working artist. However, at first glance, the Pittsburgh art scene is small, yet robust. The artists who are a part of it are welcoming and interested in giving back to the city.

Your artwork is always full of surprises. Do you purposely seek out work that borders on the bizarre?
Yes, I've always been interested in the abject. I've always sought out universal human expression, and shock/awe and humor are two emotions I enjoy evoking in people.

What’s the most fun project you’ve been paid to do?
The most fun project I've been paid to do is PublicSource's "Data on Race" article. I was hired by PublicSource to illustrate infographics that demonstrate racial statistics in Pittsburgh. I found the work profoundly impactful, and I learned a lot from the data I worked with.

click to enlarge CP Winter Guide illustrations by Christina Lee
CP Winter Guide illustrations by Christina Lee

Dream job?
I have several dream jobs. A few of them include Music Video Director, Independent Book Store Owner, and Animated Show Creator.

What inspires you?
I am discovering that I am obsessed with storytelling, specifically visual storytelling. I loved comic books while I was growing up, and I am rediscovering that side of me again. Currently, I am in the process of reading Sabrina, a graphic novel by Nick Drnaso about conspiracy theories involving the murder of a woman, and how the false narratives affect the victim's friends and family. I was particularly interested in it because it was the first graphic novel to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and its themes of fake news are particularly relevant in our current political climate.

Also, I'm reading
The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner, a semi-autobiographical graphic novel about a teenager growing up in San Francisco in the '70s. I recently realized I have a strong interest in the coming-of-age story, especially from the female perspective, so I've been reading a lot of female autobiographies as well (in both novel and graphic novel format!) I'm also addicted to watching music videos, and I can't stop watching Vince Staple's video for "Fun" and Rosalia's video for "MALAMENTE".

You curated a feminist art exhibition last year at Future Tenant for the first time. How did curating a show for other artists compare to creating artwork for a solo show of your own?
It was really fun curating a show for other artists. I flexed my consolidation-building muscle, and also wrote a show statement that I was proud of for the first time in my entire life. It is much easier to write about other people's work than your own.

click to enlarge CP Winter Guide illustrations by Christina Lee
CP Winter Guide illustrations by Christina Lee

Do you think women artists have a loud enough voice in Pittsburgh?
No, I don't think women across the board have a loud enough voice in Pittsburgh. I think it's getting better, but across the board, the city is still a very male (and white)-dominated environment.

You’re also involved on the board of directors for the Pittsburgh Zine Fair. Are there any new zines in town we should keep an eye out for?
I am actually in the process of curating a Pittsburgh Zine Fair Pop-up at Small Mall, a store in Lawrenceville that focuses on artist-made goods. I curated this section and will include zines by Rachel Ann Brickner, Jason Lee, Aaron Regal, Ceci Ebitz, Madeleine Campbell, and Maggie Negrete. The subjects of their zines include exploring Asian-American identity, women in the music industry, gentrification in Pittsburgh, and the anxieties of being a young adult in this day and age.

You included so many fun things on this week’s Winter Guide cover. What’s your favorite winter activity?
My favorite winter activity is having an excuse to stay in because it's too cold. And drawing!

Where can people buy your artwork?
People can buy my artwork from my online store, Copacetic Comics, or Small Mall.

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