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Pittsburgh’s Creative Explosion: RAW Artists, OVATION

Pittsburgh’s Creative Explosion: RAW Artists, OVATION

This past Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh art community and all its supporters partied hard and celebrated the talent of 60 artists, performers, and models in the RAW Artists showcase, OVATION. RAW Artists is an international organization that serves as a platform for local artists to share their crafts/talent with the community. Their mission statement appropriately represents this message as they wish: “To serve independent artists

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Coconut Pie at the Grant Bar and Restaurant 

Coconut Pie at the Grant Bar and Restaurant 

My wife and I found ourselves traveling hungry along Route 28 near Millvale discussing   dinner options when The Grant Bar and Restaurant entered the conversation. Three minutes later we were walking through the bar section of this 85 year old establishment on our way to a dining area.   When our waitress told me that their famous Homemade Turtle Soup was only available on

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Big Ben Towers Over Steeler Nation

Big Ben Towers Over Steeler Nation

On June 12, 2006, my family and I were on vacation at North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a popular beach destination for many Pittsburghers. As it was an overcast day, my daughter and I decided to do some shopping at Scarborough Faire Shopping Village. Near lunchtime as we meandered along the boardwalk that connected the boutiques, my daughter’s cell phone rang. While she answered it, I

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We’re No.1! Pittsburgh Ranked the Top City for Jobs

We’re No.1! Pittsburgh Ranked the Top City for Jobs

Oh, how the times have changed! If you lived in Pittsburgh during the collapse of the steel industry, you know that the area lost jobs back in the 1980’s as rapidly as a kindergartner loses their lunch money. Recently, Glassdoor, the online job and recruiting site, named Pittsburgh the number one city on its 25 Best Cities for Jobs in 2018. According to Glassdoor, there

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The Grand Concourse: Pittsburgh’s Grand Dining Experience

The Grand Concourse: Pittsburgh’s Grand Dining Experience

There are a plethora of restaurants in Pittsburgh that serve excellent food. There are restaurants in Pittsburgh that have beautiful settings. But there is only one restaurant in Pittsburgh that is situated in a history-steeped building that combines excellent food and a beautiful setting for an unparalleled, upscale dining experience. And that restaurant is the Grand Concourse. Eating establishments come and go, but since 1978,

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WPXI Holiday Parade

WPXI Holiday Parade

For 38 years, WPXI has been presenting its annual Holiday Parade to kick off the holiday season. It is the only local televised parade in Pittsburgh, and each year the parade features colorful floats, marching bands, specialty units, balloons, Santa Claus, as well as national and local celebrities. Past guests have included teen sensations, Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler, pop superstar Christina Aguilera, R&B star User,

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Oh Deer! Pittsburgh and Deer Collisions

Oh Deer! Pittsburgh and Deer Collisions

The white tail deer is the Pennsylvania state animal. Unfortunately, many of us in the Pittsburgh region are meeting our state animal up close and personal by colliding with them in our cars. According to statistics compiled by State Farm Insurance, for 12 straight years our neighboring state, West Virginia, has taken the title of the state with the most deer collisions in the country.

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Review: The Pittsburgh Savoyards Inc.’s Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Yeoman of the Guard

Review: The Pittsburgh Savoyards Inc.'s Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Yeoman of the Guard

One hundred and thirty years after it opened at the Savoy Theater in London, The Pittsburgh Savoyards presented The Yeomen of the Guard at the Andrew Carnegie Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, PA. This production runs October 12-14 and 18-21. If you haven’t seen this work before, you may hear terms and phrases that are not heard in everyday English but that won’t prevent

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Risotto Del Giorno at Piccolo Forno

Risotto Del Giorno at Piccolo Forno

Since it opened in 2005, Piccolo Forno, this ever-changing Lawrenceville destination at 3801 Butler Street, has given its customers a unique dining experience. In its early days it wasn’t easy to find a parking spot, and with Lawrenceville’s star growing brighter with each coming year, this task has only become more difficult. If it wasn’t such a damn great place to eat, I would never

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Pittsburgh’s Union Trust Building-Beautiful Inside and Out

Pittsburgh’s Union Trust Building-Beautiful Inside and Out

During its century plus history, the Union Trust Building has been known by several different names, but one thing that has not changed about the building is its beauty. Located at 501 Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh, the 11-story Union Trust building opened in 1917 as the Union Arcade. It was designed for Industrialist Henry Clay Frick by noted Pittsburgh architect Frederick Osterling, who also

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