December 2, 2018

Have you ever eaten at a food truck? Chances are, if you are from the area, you have come across quite a few and grabbed a bite at a couple more. You may have stopped at one while you were attending a festival or maybe while you were fetching lunch on an outing at the office. Either way, very few of us are privy to knowing how the person behind the window got started or where the inspiration blossomed from. Pita My Shawarma ow...

December 2, 2018

It is December! So that basically means it's Christmas all month long because the gift giving is NON STOP. But with that also comes gift getting so I’m not really that mad. However, if you find yourself stuck in a rut or don’t know where to shop this holiday season, do not fear because I have got you covered. This is your guide for surviving the holiday with one of a kind gifts that support local businesses right here in Pitts...

December 2, 2018

We are all very familiar with meal-prep delivery services like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron. Earlier this year, a local company came across my radar: Pittsburgh Fresh. To my immediate knowledge, I gathered that they were the same type of company: ones that send you recipes and ingredients to cook at home. To my later surprise and lack of research, I later learned that they are in fact a company created specifically for people li...

December 2, 2018

Photos by Melanie Stangl

BBGuns performs at their Thirst album release show at The Stage at Karma, February 2018.

If you thought the extent of quality hip-hop from Pittsburgh starts (and stops) with Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa, then clearly you haven’t listened to BBGuns yet. The duo, comprised of singer/MC Lazy JP (real name Justin Pitkavish) and rapper Barz Blackman (Joel Carter), have been making big local waves since the rele...

December 2, 2018

Every year, NPN bring together 350+ arts leaders from around the country to explore building a more just and equitable world through the arts. The NPN conference is a vibrant exchange of ideas that includes plenaries, sessions, workshops, performances, tours and special events. This year’s gathering marks  the start of a new chapter for the NPN network, comprised of 77 Partner organizations and a diverse community of fearless...

November 1, 2018

Bat Zuppel is a Pittsburgh four-piece consisting of Zach Bronder, Matt Ruppel, Spencer Geer, and Gordy Brash. Formed in 2013, their last album Dylar, which was released last year, introduced the Steel City to their “high-energy, fuzzed-out garage rock” sound, as described by Meg Fair of City Paper. One year later and they’re back with a new album to be released on November 9th.

Their latest LP entitled MIRROR|RORRIM is a heavil...

November 1, 2018

Brendon Hawkins is a local artist, musician, dancer, and all around renaissance man who has been working with various artistic platforms for years to make him one of the most recognizable and standout artists in the city. Because he creates in many various avenues, it can be difficult to define the work he does, but the through line theme at the heart of it all seems to be Hawkins defining himself by his own terms and no one e...

November 1, 2018

Tucked away amongst the many storefronts on Butler in Street in Lawrenceville lives one of the newest commercial residents: Small Mall. Having opened in July, Small Mall, run by Casey Droege, is a concept store for Casey Droege Cultural Productions, CDCP for short. CDCP is an artist-run/woman-owned business dedicated to building Pittsburgh’s art economy by offering accessible, quality art experiences, as explained by Casey her...

November 1, 2018

Obviously food is good, and also obviously- food isn’t always good for you, but in this month’s food feature there is only goodness. Nutrition bars have been all the rage since the 80s and the obsession of fighting hunger quickly in the form of hand held bites is still very popular today. Only problem is, there are so many different types to choose from, with most of them packed filled with artificial sugar and flavor. I’ve be...

November 1, 2018

Band Photo by Nicholas Dicaprio

Album Cover Art by Annie Tomak

It’s a serious world out there these days. If you’re overdue for something generally lighthearted and genuinely fun, Our EP from Pittsburgh rock band Stone Throwers might be for you. The four-track record, produced by local collective The Attic Music Group, dropped everywhere on October 27th. Describing themselves as “Groove Americana,” the band combines the infectio...

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