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Brett Freund up for Emerging Artist of 2012 in Ceramics Daily

Selected as one of 14 finalists for the 2012 Emerging Artist award by Ceramic Arts Daily, artist Brett Freund returned to Pittsburgh a year ago following grad school and travel. He now he uses the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Pittsburgh Glass Center to fire and finish his work.

Read about him here and then take then vote for him.

Read more about Brett here and see his work here.

Take a shot! See kids' entries in this film contest

Check out these great videos from middle school and high school students and vote for your favorites!

Voting goes through May 15th. Then join the fun at the Heinz History Center at 2:00 on May 20 for the first ever "Take a Shot at Changing the World" Film Festival where the winners will be announced. Winning films will be screened, and the films of all attendees who RSVP by May 15th will be featured on the big screen. Get your free seat by e-mailing Rachel@steeltown.org

See videos here.

Conflict Kitchen features cuisine from the conflict du jour

"...Rubin and Weleski are used to head-scratching reactions since they opened the Conflict Kitchen, a Pittsburgh cafe that serves cuisine only from countries in conflict with the United States, with a menu that rotates to reflect the war or diplomatic row of the moment.

"The cafe opened in 2010, with Iranian food the first featured cuisine. That was followed by periods of Afghan and Venezuelan food. This month, in a sign of the lingering tension between Washington and Tehran, the Conflict Kitchen is wrapping up another Iranian iteration. One recent Saturday, it featured a Persian dinner party attended by customers in Pittsburgh and diners in Tehran, who were linked via video chat."

Read the full story here.

Chinese population rising in Pittsburgh

"...Wu is a member a Chinese population in the Pittsburgh metro area that is growing, getting younger and is increasingly female, according to 2010 statistics the U.S. Census Bureau released today on race and ethnicity.

"Overall, 10,921 people in the Pittsburgh metro area identified their race in the 2010 Census as being mainland Chinese. While that was less than 0.5 percent of the area's 2010 total of 2.34 million people, it represents a 68 percent increase in that population over the 2000 Census."

Read the story here.

Website to provide info on Marcellus shale drilling

A website on Marcellus shale natural gas wells aimed at giving residents information about drilling with the touch of a mouse and computer keyboard has been introduced by the Westmoreland County Planning Department.

Users can learn basic terminology associated with the industry, see locations where wells have been drilled through 2011, and learn how much money specific municipalities in the county will earn from the new, Unconventional Gas Well Impact Fee.

The site can be accessed through the county's homepage at www.co.westmoreland.pa.us or directly at www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/drilling.

Read the article here.

Interview with drag queen Sharon Needles, winner of the RuPaul competition

The reality TV show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, is a competition seeking to find the world’s next Drag Queen superstar. The show is currently in its 4th season on the Logo Channel and this season the winner is from Pittsburgh--Aaron Coady, a.k.a. Sharon Needles. She’s re-making drag-queen style and turning heads, says Essential Public Radio. They aired this interview the night the show aired, declaring Sharon the winner.

Listen to the interview here.

Emissions reduction daunting task for Pittsburgh and other cities

More than 1,000 American cities have voluntarily committed themselves to ambitious targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. A recent case study focusing on Allegheny County, Pa., home to Pittsburgh, highlights how hard it will be for some to meet those goals, however," reports the New York Times in its green blog.

"At first glance, one would think that the county is on track. According to a study published this month in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, total carbon dioxide emissions in Allegheny County declined by an average of 1 percent a year from 1970 to 2000. And the Pittsburgh region’s current carbon reduction goals are, conveniently, 1 percent per year through 2023.

"The difficulty here is that over the same three decades, Allegheny County lost one-quarter of its population and the bulk of its energy-intensive steel industry; that’s what accounts for the overall decline in fossil fuel emissions. Per-capita emissions were actually unchanged.


Read the blog here.

E2 gets some love from LA blogger

Anyone who knows E2 loves E2. The Highland Park restaurant recently launched a Kickstarter campaign which netted $12,000 from the post we saw on Twitter and now this LA blogger writes a loving profile.

Read the full story here.

Pop Filter editor's video makes finalist for DATA awards

In the news again is our highly talented and wildly creative Pop Filter editor, Jennifer Baron, with her new music project The Garment District. This time she's in collaboration with filmmaker Keith Tassick as part of the production of the video for her song, "Nature-Nature," which is set to 500 of her photos in this video. The artsy and techy video was just named a finalist for the DATA Awards for--what else--the intersection of arts and tech category, given annually by the Pittsburgh Technology Council (on June 7th this year).

And who's doing vocals? Her lovely and talented cousin, Lucy Blehar from Mt. Lebanon, a student in the theatre program at DePaul University in Chicago. The song was recorded by Pittsburgh native Kevin C. Smith in his Friendship studio. Hats off to all.

See the video here.


Penn Brewery discovers beer caves on its site

The Penn Brewery team made quite the discovery on Monday…in a cave somehow connected to the brewhouse. Here are some comments from the brewery, as posted on its Facebook page (photo above from Facebook).

Hidden behind a block wall that we just opened up today. You’re seeing it for the first time today just like we are!
These are the original lagering caves from the E&O brewery est. 1848. These caves are from the 1880′s expansion phase. They connect directly to the brewhouse, although those entrances are long walled off. We opened one of the walls enough to get in for the first time, today.
Rest assured we will be very conscious historically as we clean up.

Read the full post here.

Beer apps to guide you through Craft Beer week and beyond

Yes, beer apps, some of them locally-produced, to help guide you through the rest of Craft Beer week in Pittsburgh and beyond. Check it out, from Beerby to East End Tap List and Bocktown mobile and more.

Read the full story here.

Pittsburgh gained more than 14,000 private sector jobs the past 4 years. Other cities? Not so much.

"Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics released job numbers for March 2012 and they show that Pittsburgh has experienced an even greater increase in private sector job growth," reports Pittsburgh Today in a release yesterday. "The Pittsburgh region added a total of 14,700 private sector jobs from March 2008 to March 2012."

It was the only one of 16 benchmarked cities to show positive job growth.

See the benchmarking chart with more info here.
 

Pop City's Mad Men feature picked up by Business Week

That Mad Men masthead photo we featured a few weeks ago, along with the guide to Mad Men-esque places throughout the burgh, was republished in Business Week online, aka, Bloomberg. Missed it the first time? See it here.

Rare rhino baby at Pittsburgh Zoo gets national press

Ah, rhino love. There's nothing quite like it and perhaps that's a good thing. An intense and aggressive courtship between two 2700 lb. rhinos (that's each, not total) will result, if all goes well, in a rare black rhino baby birth in September at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Read the full story here.

Kellee Maize video does a 360 in Market Square

Kellee Maize's latest video features a fast-rapping Kellee and a 360 degree view of Market Square. View it here!
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