CCAC Community Education

CCAC - the Community College of Allegheny County - has some really cool non-credit courses coming up in the spring. I just looked at their web site for Community Education (click on the PDF schedule of classes) and I found neat options like: Wine Appreciation With Henry Block Learn about and savor the wonderful French reds and whites of the Burgundy region with wine enthusiast Henry Block. You will gain an appreciation for the subtleties and complexities of fine European wines and develop an … [Read more...]

Those Asphalt Tiles Downtown

You know those asphalt tiles along Smithfield Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh? These ones? Ever wonder who did that? And how they're made? Well, we can't answer the first question. But we can answer the second! Some DIY folks have posted a neat little article with their story of how they stumbled across the Pittsburgh tiles, how the artist made them, and how you can too. (Originally from Recipies for Disaster: the anarchists cookbook.) And it's one of the most popular articles on the … [Read more...]

pittsburgh candle company

located just outside city limits is a successful woman-owned business called the pittsburgh candle company. susan miller manufactures and sells 100% soy-based candles at her west view shop. so, for those people that you don't know what to get for them for the holidays and were going to buy the generic candle anyway, please consider making a trip to west view for a locally-made soy candle from a locally-woman-owned business. … [Read more...]

Do some holiday holiday shopping at APARTMENT

On the second floor of 1113 E. Carson Street is APARTMENT - an independent clothing store featuringZETO clothing and the artwork of Brian Holderman. Brian and Nami have set up a really great store - it is like shopping in your living room, but it is their living room. Be sure to sign up for their email list so that you get updates about art openings. If you can't make it over to APARTMENT you can buy ZETO clothing from the website For more info on Brian Holderman's … [Read more...]

Measure 4 Measure

A Carnegie Mellon Arts Management student just sent me a rave review for the Pittsburgh production of Measure for Measure at the Public Theater: It's the Globe Theatre's production. It is, in no uncertain terms, exquisite. If you have any love for theatre go. Find some money, find some time - go. I don't like Measure for Measure and I loved it. You will regret it if you miss it. Mark Rylance, the artistic director who plays the duke, is probably the best actor I've ever seen (I've worked … [Read more...]