Call in Sick … Pittsburgh? On the cutting edge?!

One more media hit before the sun goes down.

Our New York correspondent (hi Sarah) sent along this article from Budget Travel online. The author dotes upon local favorites such as the Church Brew Works, Mattress Factory and Andy Warhol Museum, but also highlights local art collective, Art From Chaos. Out of towners – check out the article below hip spots and accommodation.

Cutting-Edge Pittsburgh

It’s not an oxymoron: Does your local art museum have rock bands and a mixed-tape exchange?

Brian Raftery
Tuesday, May 23, 2006

It’s an unseasonably chilly Friday night in Pittsburgh, but inside the Andy Warhol Museum, a swarm of stylish 20- and 30-somethings aren’t letting that stop them from imagining themselves at a Factory party. Wandering around the lobby, wine glasses in hand, they gather around Pop Art prints. The museum’s theater has been temporarily turned into a concert space, and indie rockers The Mountain Goats can be heard tuning their guitars. It’s part of the museum’s weekly Good Fridays event; admission is slashed in half, and young folks gather from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for drinks and special programs, such as a mixed-tape exchange, in which participants swap cassettes they’ve made.
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Esquire + Dee’s sitting in a tree

I was in Carson News today and I saw another plug for the South Side … The June 06 issue of Esquire magazine profiles the best bars in America, among them Dee’s Cafe. Considering their modest prices, laid-back atmosphere, and oldies on the Juke Box, this may be a surprise to many old-time South Siders, I’m sure. 😉 But this is why we (and the country) loves the ‘burgh. They write:

Dee’s Cafe

YOU’RE HAVING: Yuengling, late.
A twenty-three-ounce beer for only $2.25. Pool tables, three jukeboxes, and Ping Pong. Every ‘Burgh bar crawl goes though Dee’s. (1314 East Carson Street 412-431-1314)

As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recalls, “You might remember a few years ago Esquire ranked Pittsburgh as the No. 1 City That Rocks. They must have stopped at Dee’s along the way.”

World Cup w00t – Piper’s Pub!

fifaPublic service announcement:

Piper’s Pub on the South Side is here to fulfill all of your 2006 World Cup watching needs. Their 2006 broadcasting schedule has just been posted. All matches will be shown live, including the ones (8 to 10 in all) being tape delayed by ABC.

Actually, there are some pretty good match-ups this year, and I’m gonna try to make it to a game or two … hmm … Germany vs. Poland, June 14th? Guess who I’ll be supporting? 😉 The place has a really good atmosphere and they’re putting a fancy flat-screen TV in the dining room to broadcast the games.

Pipers is located at 1828 East Carson St. They have bottle and draft beers from England, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, and Scotland … and one of the most extensive collections of Scotch in the area. Plus bangers and mash, Shepards pie, and all of our other favorites from across the pond. Check out their web site:


for more!

Downtown Art in Public Places

Just released today: Pittsburgh Art in Public Places; Downtown Walking Tour

The Office of Public Art has published an exciting guide to art in public places in downtown Pittsburgh. No matter where you are downtown, you are steps away from experiencing a work of art. By taking this tour of four downtown neighborhoods, residents and visitors will experience remarkable artwork by some of the nationally & internationally recognized artists. Since many of the artists were inspired by our region when they created their pieces, the tour is also a great way to learn about Pittsburgh’s place in history. Explore the dynamic collection of art in public places in four downtown neighborhoods. Each tour takes an hour to 90 minutes.

There are three ways to get a copy of the tour:
1. Download a free copy:

2. Visit the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council offices, 707 Penn Avenue, 2nd floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

3. Call 412.394.3353 to have a copy shipped to you ($7 shipping/handling fee). To request more information, send an email to

“Cheaper than Water”

Growing up in the city of Pittsburgh was all about ice tea, more specifically . . . the ice tea carton. See, you’d walk up to the Uni-Mart or Cogo’s or whathaveyou, and get your Schneider’s or Colteryahn to go. With a straw. It was, and continues to be, the perfect street-wear / classroom accessory. (Even if the rich kids make fun of us. :P) So sweet, so convenient. And biodegradable too.

Now Turner’s, a local dairy in Westmoreland County, has taken their own spin on the ice tea carton and put it on a shirt. Now you can wear your memory:


T-shirts are $12 + shipping.

The thought of wearing this t-shirt while standing at a pay phone in front of a CoGo’s while drinking out of an ice tea carton is so Pittsburgh I cannot even bear it. If anyone in the audience does this, please take pictures and send them to us!