Vol. 30, No. 1
December 26, 2018 - Pittsburgh City Paper
Volume 29 Issue 51/Volume 30 Issue 1
Pittsburgh’s small music community allowed EDM DJ Buku to flourish
Would Buku still be Buku without the 'Burgh?
By Jordan Snowden
Twenty ways to ring in the new year in Pittsburgh
Shows include a 1990s-themed dance night, "New Year's stEve" with Pigeons Playing Pong, and a mariachi band
By Jordan Snowden and Maggie Weaver
Row House Cinema rewinds cult film for Video Valley III: Secret VHS Night
“Hark back to the days of homegrown horror, fuzzy fantasy, and raw, analog magnetism.”
By Amanda Waltz
Ask a pro: one of the country's top bookmakers offers tips for sports-betting success
Rivers Casino's sports book is now open for business
By Rege Behe
Resolve to exercise your art muscle this New Year
Fun a Day challenges participants to create every day of January
By Lisa Cunningham
New Ideas for a New Year
Pittsburgh City Paper staffers make suggestions for a new, improved Pittsburgh
By CP Staff
Pittsburgh received $2 million to rehabilitate buildings into affordable, for-sale homes
The Pennsylvania state government released funds to help the city convert 35 properties into homes low-income residents can purchase.
By Ryan Deto
In Pennsylvania, people can be jailed for falling back on lease-to-own payments
Stores like Rent-A-Center were recently criticized for predatory practices against low-income and minority shoppers. In Pittsburgh, the stores are virtually only located in poor and Black communities.
From our new sex advice column to Scott Wagner's golf spikes, these are CP's favorites stories of 2018
Self-curated end-of-year lists can be masturbatory and pointless, but so is life, so here's ours
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission increasing tolls and adding lanes, but does it need to?
“We keep building new highways we don't need, and that hurts our ability to move toward a smart 21st century transportation system"
Pittsburgh’s gun-rights rally was a spectacle of ultra-conservative identity, drowning out its actual message
The legal backing for gun-rights is strong, but advocates rally was mostly about "national-anthem-standing" and criticizing "the media."
A beautiful, 116-year-old building in Bellevue gets a Revival
The restaurant opened in September and features an eclectic menu and unforgettable architecture
By Maggie Weaver
Enix brings Iberian-style cuisine and Spanish-inspired beer (and a bowling alley) to Homestead
Essential Bar Tools, Part III
This week: a juicer, a strainer, and a muddler
By Craig Mrusek
Grist House craft brewery to expand into South Hills
The Millvale-based brewery announced plans to expand to a 55,000 square-foot facility in Collier Township.
Power of the dog: Franktuary owners launch hot dog travelogue on YouTube
"I think they bring back a tremendous amount of nostalgia for people."
By Hannah Lynn
Recent food news from Pigeon Bagels, Millie's Ice Cream, and Mayfly Market & Deli
For fans of lattes, Arby's, and cheese
On the complex legacy of architect Phillip Johnson, builder of PPG Place
His admiration for Nazism as a young man first gained exposure in the 1980s and the architecture world has been parsing his legacy ever since
By Charles Rosenblum
Wind down from the holiday season with these free art shows
Catch these Assemble and 937 Gallery group exhibitions before they’re gone.
Top 5 Pittsburgh artists to follow in 2019
CP's new Editorial Designer recommends five artists Pittsburghers should keep their eye on
By Abbie Adams
Award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly visits Pittsburgh to talk her new book You Go First
"Some young people don't feel like they have anyone they can turn to. For them, my advice is to remember that no one defines who you are except you."
By Gab Bonesso
Limetown podcast creators release book Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast
Warning: If you have not listened to the podcast, you will either be confused or have twists spoiled.
Pittsburgh Plays returns for its second installment
Local bands and musicians will be covering music from Sir. Paul McCartney
Avicii: True Stories delves into the ups and downs of life as a worldwide DJ
7 Days of Concerts
Now Streaming: #NewMusicFriday Jan. 4
#MusicMonday Wrap-up: Jan. 7
Jeff Goldblum to play Valentine's Day show at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
Tickets for the all ages show go on sale Jan. 11 at 10 a.m.
Charly Bliss stays mum on new album, dishes on Vanderpump Rules
Its show at Club Cafe on Jan. 15 with Active Bird Community will be one of the last Guppy-centric sets.
By Shawn Cooke
Local playwright crowdfunds trip to New York festival
Lola Hughes wrote Two Lines in college and in March will take it to the Strawberry One-Act Festival
Game On is a musical journey through life's regrets, joys, and second chances
What’s in the boxes? Sometimes cash, sometimes trips, sometimes the painful realization that your life sucks.
Can't get tickets to Hamilton? Check out these other Pittsburgh shows.
Whether you like the historical, theatrical, or hip-hop elements of Hamilton, the Pittsburgh theater scene has something for you.
Eight of 2018’s Most Affective Local Dance Performances/Productions
Eight performances that touched area audiences’ hearts and minds in very different ways.
By Steve Sucato
Dick Cheney biopic Vice is a tedious and incomplete analysis
It’s a shallow and surface attempt at quirky analysis that not only fails to offer new or nuanced criticism of Cheney, but also serves as a warning sign for future political movies.
What we learned from watching 25 Christmas Movies
As a staff, we’ve collectively learned a lot about the genre of Christmas movies designed to exude as much merriment as possible.
Movies you may have missed from 2018
Catch up on the indie and streaming movies that may have flown under your radar
Mary Poppins Returns seesaws between magical and dull
Please, just make a new movie.
Elf on the Shelf goes ultra-creepy with short film The Elf in the Room
Russian Doll is a funny, dark, and confusing journey into the abyss
Sure, the outfits are wild and so is the bathroom door that looks like a blue vagina, but it’s not any more absurd than having infinite lives
Steelers WR Antonio Brown is the only known contestant on The Masked Singer
The show will likely continue to be a hit as viewers will not be able to resist the suspense of which celebrities are bored or broke enough to participate.
Talking "slow fashion" and cool-mom style with Liz Sterrett
"We have amazing designers [in Pittsburgh] and they need support to grow."
By Tereneh Idia
Pittsburgh 2019: A Wish List
Let’s shelve the gaslighting “A Most Livable City” monicker until it is true.
Jessie Sage recalls how she found her place in sex work
What if no one calls? What if they do and I don’t know what to say?
By Jessie Sage
There's much more work than sex in sex work
Selling panties is not just taking them off and stuffing them in an envelope
Free Will Astrology
By Rob Brezsny
Lynn Cullen Live - 1/2/19
Audio & Video Archive
By Lynn Cullen
Lynn Cullen Live - 1/3/19
Lynn Cullen Live - 1/4/19
Lynn Cullen Live - 1/7/19
Lynn Cullen Live - 1/8/19
Auditions for 15 Minutes of Fame
Prime Stage Theatre Rehearsal Studio
Sat., Jan. 25, 3:30-7 p.m.
Audio & Video Archive
More Lynn Cullen Live
Bill Nye wants residents of Mars, Pa. to get a free SodaStream
By Ollie Gratzinger
How America’s new trade deal could undermine Pittsburgh’s plastics future
By Ryan Deto
Where to celebrate the Lunar New Year with authentic Chinese flavors
By Maggie Weaver
Posts from Democratic state House candidate Heather Kass reveal Trump support and opposition to Obamacare