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Free jazz pops ups in unexpected hot spots

Pittsburgh's summer jazz scene just got a whole lot hotter -- and it won't cost listeners a cent.

A few surprising venues are popping up in Pittsburgh to draw jazz aficianados outdoors during July, August and September. 

Pittsburgh's Smallest Jazz Club was installed at a bus shelter on Liberty Avenue across from 9th Street in Downtown Pittsburgh on July 6 thanks to a $1,000 grant from Awesome Pittsburgh last year. 

MCG Jazz, which is a music program of the nonprofit Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, dreamed up Pittsburgh's Smallest Jazz Club as a bus shelter on Liberty Avenue across from 9th Street in Downtown Pittsburgh. Thanks to a $1,000 grant from Awesome Pittsburgh, the project was installed on July 6 and will run through the end of September. The shelter's interior walls feature photos of Pittsburgh's jazz legends, while speakers pump out a Grammy Award-winning recordings from MCG Jazz, which has hosted luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams and Stanley Turrentine through the years.

"The intent is to promote jazz music as Pittsburgh's greatest arts export, and to remind people that jazz music -- and art -- is fun, familiar, and everywhere," Kline says. 

A patron waiting in the bus shelter simply pushes a button, which connects to an iPod playing the songs. Lamar Outdoor, which owns the bus shelters in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, helped to put the idea into action. MCG Jazz, whose mission is to preserve, present and promote jazz, aims to introduce both national and international audiences to Pittsburgh's jazz legends.  

Meanwhile, across the Allegheny River on the North Side, City Of Asylum is introducing a series of free concerts from local jazz icon Roger Humphries and RH Factor every Wednesday from now through Sept. 16. 

Jazz Wednesdays are part of Summer on Sampsonia, the summer programming series from exiled writers sanctuary City of Asylum. The events will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Wednesday at the City of Asylum's pop-up venue, the Alphabet City Tent, at 318 Sampsonia Way in the North Side. 

The free tickets for Jazz Wednesdays are available online.

To learn more about Pittsburgh’s Smallest Jazz Club, visit the project’s Facebook page.

NPR guides listeners through in-depth tour of the Mattress Factory

NPR reporter Bob Mondello recently visited the Mattress Factory on the North Side and described the unforgettable experience, installation piece by installation piece, for radio listeners. As a museum that hosts installation art designed to be not only seen, but experienced, the Mattress Factory received a surprisingly comprehensive review from Mondello's words-only report.

Free from visual cues, let alone experiential samples, the story, "Find Unforgettable Art In A Most Unlikely Place: A Pittsburgh Mattress Factory," tested the limits of listeners' imaginations. 

"Filled not with paintings or sculpture -- and certainly not with mattresses -- it is now four stories of ... well, of stories in a way," Mondello reports. "Installations that take you places you don't expect to go in an art museum."

Any visitor to the Mattress Factory can attest to the remarkable experience housed in an unlikely place. Now NPR listeners near and far can get an earful -- if not the experience itself -- of our most surprising museum.

Listen to the full NPR story here.

It's camo time: Upcoming events honor hometown heroes

As summer's patriotic holidays approach, the iconic camo print that's synonymous with U.S. soldiers is flexing its muscle at special local sporting events honoring veterans.

To commemorate Flag Day on June 14, the Veterans Leadership Program (VLP) invites veterans and the public to attend the Kids & Camo 5K / Family Fun Day in White Oak Park. The 5K Run/Walk begins at 10 a.m., with a BBQ lunch after the race. Those not participating in the 5K are also invited to enjoy the BBQ lunch and festivities including a three-legged race, sack race, arts and crafts, volleyball, horseshoes and a corn hole competition.

Participants can register for the 5K or one-mile run/walk at www.vlpwpa.org/5k.  Registration is requested for the free lunch and activities.

In addition, the Pittsburgh Brewing Company (PBC) just released a second Pirates Collector Series beer can -- the “Camo” can -- to its 2015 lineup through select distributors. To tie in to the Pirates camo jerseys worn at Thursday home games and to pay tribute to local vets, PBC will donate tickets and camo merchandise to area VFWs for every Thursday home game.

Proceeds from each case of IC Light camo cans sold through July 5 will benefit the local It’s About the Warrior Foundation and will be presented at the Pirates game on July 9. The evening ends with a stadium-wide salute to the veterans and troops.

National pancreas nonprofit matures from local origins

If you or a loved one had pancreatic cancer 18 years ago, little information was available to help, and only a limited amount of research funding existed for the physicians and caregivers treating the disease.

Consequently, the very first chapter now known as The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) started here in Pittsburgh in 1997. 

Today, the NPF advocates for research and therapies for pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer and has given more than $2.5 million toward groundbreaking research. The foundation has grown to 22 chapters nationwide thanks to volunteers and doctors around the country who donate their time and talents to raise money through events each year. So far, 2015 festivities have included a family bowling night, followed by the summertime gala on June 19 and a Pancreatic Awareness Walk on Aug. 16. Funds raised support patient care, along with education and research for healthcare providers in the form of one-year grants of up to $25,000 toward local research.
For more information about the Foundation, visit http://www.pancreasfoundation.org/. To purchase tickets for the Courage for a Cure Gala on June 19 at the Heinz Field East Lounge, go to http://bidpal.net/npfgala2015.

Pittsburgh parks curator receives national honor

Thanks to her role as parks curator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Susan Rademacher will receive one of the highest national honors from the American Society of Landscape Architects. 

The ASLA bestows the honorary member title on those who've provided notable service to the profession of landscape architecture. Since its founding the 1899, the society has granted honorary membership to only 176 recipients, including former President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Robert Redford and Ladybird Johnson. 

Since joining the conservancy in 2007, Rademacher has served as the project leader for the recent renovation of Downtown's Mellon Square and wrote the 2014 Princeton Architectural Press book Mellon Square: Discovering a Modernist Masterpiece.

Rademacher was editor in chief of Landscape Architecture magazine from 1984 to 1987 and was a founding editor of Garden Design magazine. She served as both president of Louisville's Olmsted Parks Conservancy and assistant director of Louisville's Metro Parks Department from 1991 to 2007. 

As parks curator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Rademacher has completed master planning and project design for the Walled Garden in Mellon Park and Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain. She is currently working on Cliffside Park renovations; master plans for Arsenal Park, Leslie Park, and McKinley Park; Heth's Run in Highland Park; and the Northeast Fountain in Allegheny Commons.

Satisfaction: The Rolling Stones come to Heinz Field

The Rolling Stones have announced a round of tour dates, and they include a stop in the Steel City. The British legends will hit Heinz Field on June 20.

The Zip Code tour will once again reunite singer Mick Jagger, drummer Charlie Watts and guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood.

The last time the Rolling Stones played North American stadiums was during their "A Bigger Bang Tour" in 2006. They opted for arena venues for their "50 & Counting" tour in 2012 and 2013.

"We love being out on the road and it is great to come back to North America," said Richards in a statement. "I can't wait to get back on the stage!"

And quite the stage it will be, including a section that juts far into the crowd, allowing the Stones to interact with fans. As is the band's practice, the stage design will employ cutting-edge technology to enhance the performance, including video screens and special effects.

Check out the complete list of tour dates here.

Original source: The New York Times

New York Times spotlights Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

The New York Times credits the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh for leading a current movement among U.S. museums.  

The trend originated when the museum moved to its current location on the North Side to accommodate the ever-growing number of visitors in the late 1990s. Once the museum moved, however, a surplus of space existed with a shortage of content to exhibit. The need to fill the space prompted museum leaders to lease it in order to generate income outside of the typical exhibits and special events. 

Over time, museums across the country with similar concerns took notice and followed the lead of the Children's Museum. Now the museum administrators offer consultations on how to expand revenue opportunities to institutions across the country.

More details in the full article here.

Zipping through grit to find a renaissance of reuse

Zipcar’s online magazine zips through several Pittsburgh landmarks and discovers a story of grit-turned-grandeur.

In the article “How Gritty, Industrial Pittsburgh is Leading a Renaissance of Reuse,” Ziptopia writer Jeffrey Tanenhaus explains the evolution of local fixtures including the Grand Concourse Restaurant, Church Brew Works and The Andy Warhol Museum.

“Factories and warehouses still populate the riverbanks, but urban renewal – fueled by artistic initiatives and gastronomic growth starting in the 1970s – is turning Pittsburgh into a laid-back post-industrial playground,” Tanenhaus writes.

Tour Pittsburgh through Ziptopia’s lens here.

The Atlantic profiles exiled writers in City of Asylum

Following its 10-year anniversary, City of Asylum on the North Side is featured in an in-depth profile in a recent issue of The Atlantic magazine.

Along with the exiled writers who have found refuge in Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum, Atlantic reporter Deborah Fallows tells the story of Henry Reese and Diane Samuels, founders of the City of Asylum on Sampsonia Way.

“The lane feels like a Midwest version of a hutong in old Beijing,” Fallows writes about the former crack house where Reese, Samuels and the writers they harbor now live. “It sits in the close-in north side section of Pittsburgh known as the Mexican War Streets (with street names from battles and generals from the Mexican American War), a kind of gentrified Bohemian row-house neighborhood with many writers, artists, eclectic personalities and interesting people.”

The article goes on to describe the evolution of Sampsonia Way’s homes, painted with text-based art and reflecting the dreams of the neighborhood.

Curl up with this yarn of a story here.

Buzzfeed names Pittsburgh No. 9 most incredible, most underrated

In its top 10 list of America’s most incredible and underrated cities, Buzzfeed ranked Pittsburgh No. 9, just ahead of Ft. Worth, Texas, but behind Baltimore, Portland and Milwaukee.

High-quality and high-quantity bars, sports, and hangouts lend Pittsburgh this special place of honor on the Buzzfeed list. The website also notes that Pittsburgh’s beer prices are 12.2% lower than the rest of the United States.

“This city’s also got a quirkier side, with the many used bookstores of the South Side and the Andy Warhol Museum located on the North Shore,” offers the article.

Get a load of the full list here.

Dead bees, nail clippings, and priceless art in Warhol's 'Time Capsules'

NPR covers the slow process of uncovering the past of Pittsburgh's favorite Pop artist by dissecting hundreds of his old personal items, stored in cardboard boxes and saved with the intent of someday being an art piece.

"Marie Elia likes to describe her job this way: She is the secretary to a dead man. As one of two catalogers for Andy Warhol's Time Capsules, it's her job to go through the 610 boxes he left after his death in 1987. In one box she found a mysterious small tin. 'I opened it and it was full of fingernail clippings, dead bees and those little holes that come from a hole punch,' she says. The fingernail clippings weren't Warhol's. They were sent to him by a fan. 'I don't know why. Somebody mailed that to him. Somebody thought that he would like it.'"

Some of the boxes are even opened in front of a live audience on a small stage inside the Warhol Museum.

To read more about the Time Capsules exhibit, click here.

How Randyland revived a street and more

The happy-go-lucky renaissance man and proprietor of Randyland is featured in RoadsideAmerica.com.

"Lack of forethought has never bothered Randy, who told us repeatedly that he knows nothing about painting, art, or gardening. He has nonetheless used all three to transform the formerly derelict street corner into a showcase of outsider art, although he insists that it's merely proof that anyone can do anything if they just give it a try."

To read more about Randyland and how it helped revive a community, click here.

Pittsburgh and Its beautiful one-of-a-kind ballpark

"Of all the new/old ballparks, PNC is the best," writes this blogger.

"I always was a little wary of Camden Yards in Baltimore. Maybe it was because it was the first of the retro parks, and it was celebrated so wildly that it got turned into a cathedral almost overnight. But there is something merrily organic about the park in Pittsburgh, not least because it fits so generally into the old brick neighborhood around it. There’s also something giddily irregular about its bends and angles, and it’s designed so that the outfield bleachers are low, and the view is dominated by the long stretch of the Allegheny and the skyline rising off the other bank."

To read more of this ode to PNC Park, click here.

100 Museums to visit before you die features Mattress Factory and the Warhol

Save yourself the task of toggling through 100 pages to find them. Here's what they had to say about the two museums from Pittsburgh included in the list of 100 Museums to Visit Before You Die,

"The Andy Warhol Museum is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. Paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs, and films fill the museum's seven floors and endlessly innovative exhibitions. Their rich collection and archives shed light not only on the Pittsburgh-born pop art icon, but include other influential artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Robert Mapplethorpe. With a room full of silver balloons and excellent cupcakes in the cafe, this museum's fame will far exceed 15 minutes."

To see the Warhol Museum, click here.

"The name is deceiving—the Mattress Factory is less of an industrial establishment, and more of a cultural one. The Factory was founded in 1977 in two refurbished buildings on Pittsburgh's historic North Side and boasts that it "is one of few museums of its kind anywhere." The Mattress Factory is home to a number of room-sized installation works created on site by American as well as international artists. The installations at the Mattress Factory range from a one-story high teddy bear head to room-size architectural projections and fully immersive environments. The nature of the Mattress Factory sets itself apart in its form and specificity. The museum is striving and attempting to activate more than just the audience's sense of sight. Among the museum's diverse programming is a growing permanent collection that includes artists such as James Turrell, Winnifred Lutz, and Yayoi Kusama, among others."

To see the Mattress Factory, click here.

Pittsburgh with kids: an education in fun

How much fun is Kidsburgh for kids?

Read the story here.
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