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Vogue praises the 56th Carnegie International

“A man’s first duty is to. . . .  make the world in some way better than you found it,” wrote the Scottish-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1903. Today, no better example of the steel baron’s philanthropic vision is the Carnegie International, the oldest contemporary art survey in America, which opens this Saturday in Pittsburgh. Now in its 56th iteration, the exhibition takes place every three to five years, and was first conceived by Carnegie in 1896 to acquire “the old masters of tomorrow” for the then-nascent museum that bears his name."

Read the full article here.

Michael Keaton's passion for the Pirates and Pittsburgh

Actor and Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton has been blogging about the Bucs for CNN and his latest entry is blowing up, in a good way, online. Read what he has to say about what makes Pirate fans and Pittsburgh classy. It might surprise you.

Read his blog here.

First Riot Grrrl exhibition explores the lasting impact of the punk feminist movement

Pittsburgh's always been a bit of a counter-culture hotbed, particularly in the punk scene. Everyone's heard the Ramones and The Clash, and a few of you out there may have heard of Pittsburgh-local Anti-Flag - but a little-explored part of punk history is revealing itself at CMU's Miller Gallery. "A new exhibit at Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery is paying homage to this revolutionary movement in 'Alien She,' the first ever exhibition to explore the legacy of Riot Grrrl on contemporary culture. Through sculpture, film, photography, drawing, printmaking, music and performance, the show highlights the work of seven visual artists whose art practices have been indelibly influenced by the '90s feminist phenomenon."

To read more about the exhibit and the legacy of punk rock feministas, click here.

9 reasons you should experience VIA festival in Pittsburgh

It's back - the eclectic, city wide, club-bound, music and visual art festival - VIA - has come back to Pittsburgh, and the world is taking notice. "VIA—described by co-founder and director Lauren Goshinski as an 'elastic entity'—is a creative collective, a year-round event series and an annual weeklong audiovisual festival. Its four-year-old music/new media fest, held this year Oct. 1-6, recently became the third U.S. festival to be inducted as a member of International Cities of Advanced Sound (ICAS), joining a list that includes renowned festivals like MUTEK in Montreal, Unsound in Krakow and the SOCO Festival in Uruguay."

To read the 9 reasons to experience VIA, click here.


Pittsburgh Pirates (finally) make the MLB playoffs

So, we all know how horrible it's been to be a Pirates fan for the past 20 years. You know, 20 years? As in, 20 years without a winning season? Last year looked like our year—but, it wasn't. We came close, though. "Finally, seemingly overnight, times have changed. Attendance is soaring. A winning season is guaranteed. And, as they head into a critical series this weekend against the Cincinnati Reds, the once-lowly Pirates are assured a playoff spot barring an epic collapse down the home stretch as the season heads to a close on Sept. 29."

"'The Buccos are just killing it this year,' says fan JJ Cardinale who, along with her friend Melissa Spynda, has attended 20 games this season dressed as pierogies, a staple of the many Polish-Americans in the Pittsburgh area. Cardinale and Spynda have already purchased playoff tickets, though the Pirates probably need several wins to lock down a wild-card berth or upend first-place St. Louis for the division championship."

To read more of USA Today's coverage of The Pirates' best year in decades, click here.

Pittsburgh bridges from a bike's POV

Biking around Pittsburgh has never been easier (or more fun) than it is today; and it's not just Pittsburghers who know it. One blogger on StreetFilms.org put together a montage of Pittsburgh's bridges via bicycle. "It's no secret that Pittsburgh is a great city of bridges. And while they may currently lack a comprehensive on-road network for bikes,  pedestrians and bicyclists do have ample space and comfortable access to just about all their bridges."

"Last time I visited in 2010, I fell in love with the elegance of the Hot Metal Bridge, which crosses the Monongahela River and provides an intergral link in the Great Allegheny Passage which connects all the way to D.C. One evening, I spent over an hour soaking in the atmosphere and the observing the people using it. It's peaceful, clean, and has great views.  I'd put it amongst my Top Five U.S. bike bridges."

To read more and see the Hot Metal Bridge from a bike's eye view, click here.

Pittsburgh's educational maker movement lauded on CNN

Pittsburgh, the Children's Museum, Gregg Behr and the groundbreaking educational work taking place here are all featured in a CNN.com article about the importance of making things in the development of a person's intelligence and attention to detail.

"Jane Werner, executive director of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, built out a 3,000-square-foot makerspace, what it calls MakeSHOP, and is creating an additional 5,000-square-foot MakeSHOP for kids age 10 and up."

"'Museums can be labs for education reform,' Werner says. 'No one can fail at a museum. Why not experiment with education reform at a museum?'"

To read more about the Maker Movement, click here.

The best of Pittsburgh according to the NY Post

You might not agree with the lineup but it's hard to argue the love given to the Strip District in this Best of Pittsburgh feature.

Read the article here.

Found in Translation: Pittsburgh language tech companies rocking the region

Pop City innovation editor Deb Smit reports on language technology companies in Pittsburgh—13 of them including one snapped up this year by Facebook—that are attracting international attention and changing the way we learn and communicate.

Read the story in Pittsburgh Magazine.

Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania offer great dining options, including Farm to Table

Butler County Times recently ran an article showcasing nearby areas' restaurant and brewery markets, mentioning Pittsburgh's growing farm-to-table movement. "The food scene in Pittsburgh runs the gamut from haute cuisine to hot dogs. Groups can taste and tipple their way through neighborhood restaurants, wineries and breweries to discover the authentic flavors of the city."

"The bountiful countryside around Pittsburgh has inspired a fervent farm-to-table movement among the city’s restaurants. Among the most group-friendly spots focusing on fresh, local ingredients are Habitat for “internationally inspired” cuisine and Casbah Mediterranean Kitchen and Wine Bar."

To read more about Pittsburgh's food scene and the scenes of nearby Erie, Johnstown, and others, click here.

Pittsburgh best place to launch a startup, says Avere CEO

Rob Bianchini Jr., CEO of Avere Systems speaks to the power of Pittsburgh's deep talent pool to help entrepreneurs build themselves from the ground up in a Wall Street Journal editorial. "Because I was born in Brooklyn, I will always have an affinity for New York. But there are many reasons why I chose to build my businesses in the Steel City. Pittsburgh, once a picture of blue-collar America, is now a thriving and forward-thinking city, with some of the most advanced research and entrepreneurial minds in the U.S. That is why I not only started my first company here, but also my second and third. Pittsburgh has many things that make it unique, but there are some key components that make it the best place to launch a startup."

To read more about starting-up in Pittsburgh, click here.

Former mayor Tom Murphy tells the story of Pittsburgh as a model of transformation

Former Mayor Tom Murphy spoke to a group in Hamilton, telling them to envision the city as it could be, not as it is. He told the story of Pittsburgh's stunning transformation as an example of what could happen.

Read more here.

Reimagining education through summer learning programs

With school back in session, now is a wonderful time to reflect on some of the summer initiatives that have kept students engaged in the academic off-season. A recent blog entry on Homeroom, The US Department of Education's blog, features programs from Pittsburgh alongside other inititives in Chicago and the South Bronx. "In Pittsburgh, The Sprout Fund and local community and school leaders shared with us summer programming from the Pittsburgh Kids+Creativity Network, a learning initiative joining more than 100 organizations, including schools, museums, libraries, afterschool programs, community centers, higher education institutions, the private sector, and the philanthropic community."

To read more about Pittsburgh's innovative learning intiatives, click here.

Pittsburgh on list of 25 most pedestrian-oriented and walkable cities

Armed with policies and city designs that encourage citizens to forgo the heavy reliance on the automobile in favor of healthier alternatives such as walking or even biking, walkable cities offer the opportunity to enjoy robust parks, great human scale environments, streetscapes that promote leisurely and enjoyable walks and more.

Check out these 25 most pedestrian oriented and walkable cities that includes, of course, Pittsburgh. Click here.
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