Big Jim’s in the Run

This morning, Natalia called Lindsay for a brunch date. Natalia, dealing with a pathetic addiction to bubble tea, suggested Lulu's or the Rose Tea Cafe. "But I choke on those damn things!" Lindsay replied. "How about ... Big Jim's in the Run?" Okay ... so screw the bubble tea! Not quite Greenfield, not quite Hazelwood, the Run is a neighborhood unto itself. To the unanointed, you've probably driven past the Four Mile Run neighborhood many times driving on the Junction Hollow Bridge … [Read more...]

Cinco De Mayo is coming soon

I am not sure why it did not occur to me to me write a post about Mad Mex before. Mad Mex is like a home away from home for me, so I guess I assumed that everyone knows about it and eats there as often as I do. I don't have time to give a full ode to Mad Mex - I am sitting here at Mad Mex finishing my excellent lunch special and I have to hurry so I can get back to work. But I did want to take a moment to give everyone a head up about Cinco de Mayo celebrations at Mad Mex. I just gave my lovely … [Read more...]

Bloomfield Bridge Tavern

Friday evening I visited the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern with some friends. This was my first time there, and I took some ribbing from people who said "and you're from Pittsburgh?!" The place was very easy to find coming from Oakland. I don't think I would have found the parking lot for the place though, as you need to pass the Tavern and then turn through a neighborhood street. So onto the review. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the place was empty when we arrived around 5PM. It was a warm … [Read more...]

Hotness – Pittsburgh’s answer to Pink

The party's inside, so click inside! Oh yes. It's HOTNESS, our favorite fuschia-wearin' silver-sequined spectacle on the Pittsburgh muzack scene. Lindsay and I became Hotness fans when we first saw him play at the Shadow Lounge last year. And we were so excited when we found that the party anthem "We Gotta!" now has a MUSIC VIDEO. ("I got a feeling / from the boredom patrol / that we gotta! / get this party started right now!") Take that, Pink. This March 2005 article from the City Paper … [Read more...]

The Next Warhol?

Right now in the Hall of Sculpture of the Carnegie Museum, works produced by students in the studio art programs are on display. The youth programs at the Carnegie nurtured the early talents of such Pittsburgh artists as Andy Warhol and Renee Stout. Walking through the variations on a project, like many examples of "figure proportion study," I already got a sense of some of the young talents' imitations and innovations in the exercise. It is well worth seeing if you are already at the museum, … [Read more...]