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Friday, December 14, 2018

There's a tap for that: Tipple Taps delivers (legal) drinking on-the-go with its Little Red Truck

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 10:57 AM

PHOTO: TIPPLE TAPS
  • Photo: Tipple Taps

Thirsty Pittsburghers can now get wine and champagne on-the-go thanks to Tipple Taps, the city’s first mobile taproom. 

Tipple Taps hit the streets of Pittsburgh this fall. The truck, dubbed The Little Red Truck, is a 1925 Model T pickup that owners Elaina Sendro and Ashley Latta discovered on eBay. After months of renovations, the vehicle was rigged to hold four serving-taps on each side. The women are now ready to quench Pittsburgh’s thirst, one pour at time.

Latta and Sendro, decade long friends, took inspiration for Tipple from European Prosecco trucks. Inspiration even trickled into the name; “tipple” is a British slang term referring to drinking alcohol. More specifically, it alludes to habitual drinking. It was a perfect fit.

For Latta and Sendro, finding The Little Red Truck felt like fate. More than 60 years ago, the truck was discovered in a Midwestern barn. Before it landed in the hands of Tipple, the truck spent ten years in a Texas museum, generations with an Illinois-based family, and after its restoration in 2012, traveled through parades and exhibitions in Connecticut. In the spring of 2018, the Tipple team stumbled across the truck on eBay and immediately fell in love.

Early in October, Tipple Taps took to the road for the first time, testing the taps at Jimmy Wan’s Dumpling Master Eating Contest in Cranberry. In November, the truck was a highlight of Millvale’s Yuletide & Holiday Drink Tour with Santa’s Sangria.

The Little Red Truck is currently available for booking for special occasions, festivals, weddings, and anything else that comes its way. The taps are not limited to champagne and wine. Latta and Sendro are happy to take requests, including beer, liquor, cold brew coffee, or a client-produced product. For any event, the two will help source for the taps using their network of beverage industry professionals.

Most of the truck's components are authentic, 1920s-era parts, so you can marvel over an original, working car from the Jazz Age while throwing down spirits. Tipple Taps is a historical attraction and bar wrapped up in one vehicle, thrilling both drinkers and car lovers alike. 

To book Tipple Taps for an event, visit tippletaps.com.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

On Thursday, Pennsylvania offers free overdose-reversing drug naloxone

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 3:13 PM

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To help combat the rise in opioid overdoses in the state, Gov. Wolf's administration has launched  Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week. On Thu., Dec. 13, the overdose-reversing drug naloxone will be offered for free at 80 locations statewide.

Found primarily at state health centers and county health departments, any Pennsylvanian who wants to can pick up the medication from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

“Naloxone has one function: to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system and save someone’s life,” Pa. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a news release Thursday. “It is impossible to get someone into treatment who is dead. Every Pennsylvanian has a role to play as a potential first responder and can save a life by having naloxone on hand and using it if they come across someone who has overdosed.”

Levine issued a standing order prescription for naloxone in April that allows any Pa. resident to obtain the medication without the signature of a medical professional.


Naloxone is administered nasally, and the Department of Health recommends taking an online training program on how to effectively administer the medication to someone overdosing on opioids.

After finishing the training, the department gives participants a certificate of completion. While the online program isn’t necessary to get the medication, the Department of Health strongly advises naloxone-carrying individuals to take the training to protect themselves from legal liability.

More than 20,000 people have been revived with the overdose-reversing medication by police officers and EMS providers in Pennsylvania since Nov. 2014. Increasing access to naloxone is part of the Wolf administration’s effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses.

In Allegheny County, naloxone will be available at the following locations:

  • Allegheny County Health Department Immunization Clinic, Hartley Rose Building – 425 First Ave., 4th Floor, Pittsburgh, 15219 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Duquesne University Pharmacy – 1860 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, 15219

  • Focus on Renewal Community Resource Center - 420 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, 15136

  • Millvale Community Center – 501 Lincoln Ave. Pittsburgh, 5209

  • St. Peter's Episcopal Church - 4048 Brownsville Rd. Pittsburgh, 15227

  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church - 220 8th St., McKeesport, 15132

  • Turtle Creek Fire Department – 125 Monroeville Ave., Turtle Creek, 15145

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Magicians find a home in Downtown Pittsburgh

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 10:54 AM

Eric Jones blowing some minds - PHOTO: JONATHAN FOBEAR
  • Photo: Jonathan Fobear
  • Eric Jones blowing some minds

Fans of sleight-of-hand — that highly-skilled field of magic involving small-scale illusions done up close — can soon stop relying on the occasional touring troupe coming to town or surfing YouTube videos of Ricky Jay (RIP). 

This week, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced Liberty Magic: Elevating the Art of Magic, an immersive arts experience, is opening in February in Downtown. The space at 811 Liberty Ave. will offer performances in its new intimate 70-seat theater.

“We are excited to see our expertise in the Pittsburgh arts community fuse with the art of close-up magic advanced by world-class magicians like Eric Jones, Dennis Watkins and Pittsburgh's own Lee Terbosic," says Scott Shiller, vice president of artistic planning for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and producer of Liberty Magic.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

#MusicMonday Wrap-up: Dec. 10

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 1:01 PM

Skrillex at the 2011 Sasquatch Music Festival - PHOTO VIA BILLBOARD: C FLANIGAN/FILMMAGIC
  • Photo via Billboard: C Flanigan/FilmMagic
  • Skrillex at the 2011 Sasquatch Music Festival

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

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Pittsburgh City Podcast takes on visual journalism

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 7:19 PM

CP photographer/videographer Jared Wickerham, Pittsburgh City Podcast host Paul Guggenheimer and CP editor Lisa Cunniningham with students from Connellsville Area High School - PHOTO: SARAH RIDER SKORIC
  • Photo: Sarah Rider Skoric
  • CP photographer/videographer Jared Wickerham, Pittsburgh City Podcast host Paul Guggenheimer and CP editor Lisa Cunniningham with students from Connellsville Area High School
Pittsburgh City Paper photographer/videographer Jared Wickerham and editor-in-chief Lisa Cunningham talked about the importance of visual journalism on this week's Pittsburgh City Podcast. Listen to the Dec. 7 edition as they share behind-the-scenes stories from Wickerham's photo assignments and answer questions from a live studio audience of students from Connellsville Area High School.

The Pittsburgh City Podcast is a collective effort between Pittsburgh City Paper and Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation, hosted by Paul Guggenheimer.

Pittsburgh says goodbye to WYEP's Cindy Howes

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 5:28 PM

Cindy Howes and WYEP morning host Joey Spehar on the cover of Pittsburgh City Paper in 2014 - COVER PHOTO: TERRY CLARK
  • Cover photo: Terry Clark
  • Cindy Howes and WYEP morning host Joey Spehar on the cover of Pittsburgh City Paper in 2014
After a successful Holiday Hootenanny last night, today Cindy Howes announced that she is bidding farewell to Pittsburgh and her time at WYEP.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Construction Junction launches coupon campaign for DIY bargain shoppers

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 1:21 PM

PHOTO: JOSH BLASINGAME
  • Photo: Josh Blasingame
We use coupons for everything, from groceries to the never-ending stack of Kohl’s cash your parents squirrel away for shopping sprees. Now Construction Junction, the Pittsburgh nonprofit retailer specializing in recycled building materials, has partnered with advertising agency MARC USA to offer special coupon deals to customers embarking on DIY projects.

Shoppers will find coupons attached to recycled and reclaimed pieces throughout Construction Junction’s 30,000-square-foot Point Breeze location. The coupons can be used on a number of salvaged items, including appliances, countertops, doors, and plumbing products. Once found, the coupons are easily redeemed and removed upon purchase.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

WYEP's Holiday Hootenanny boasts diverse lineup of 20 local acts

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 6:19 PM

WYEP Holiday Hootenanny - PHOTO: WYEP
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  • WYEP Holiday Hootenanny
Rap, country, hip hop, soul, folk – the Pittsburgh music scene is thriving with talented artists, yet it can be difficult to see more than one genre in a night without having to switch venues. Every December, WYEP attempts to bridge this gap with its Holiday Hootenanny.

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Just announced this week: new shows coming to Pittsburgh in 2019

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 1:48 PM

Hootie & The Blowfish - PHOTO: TODD & CHRIS OWYOUNG
  • Photo: Todd & Chris Owyoung
  • Hootie & The Blowfish

Stay up to date with your favorite artist and musicians coming to Pittsburgh. Each week, CP staff writer Jordan Snowden brings you the most recent concert announcements, so you never miss a show.

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