Have You Been to TechShop Yet? A Few Ways to Meet Pittsburgh’s Maker Space.

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One of my favorite places in Pittsburgh, that I am surprised that more people don't know about, is TechShop Pittsburgh.  Hack Pittsburgh created Pittsburgh's first maker space back in 2009, and continues to offer programming and events for Pittsburgh makers today.  When TechShop Pittsburgh opened two years ago, it provided more opportunities for Pittsburghers to collaborate and innovate. TechShop is community makerspace.  TechShop is kind of like a gym, but for making things instead of … [Read more...]

Iconography Class with Immanuel Icons Studio Starts February 7

a little icon of Saint Veronica (Photo credit - Immanuel Icons Facebook page)

I have been meaning to write about these iconography classes ever since I met the artist last year at the PULSE Alternative Gift Market.  There was also a recent gallery display of incredible iconography during the last First Fridays on Penn avenue.  Artisan hosted a show of works by the Russian Icon painter Simeon Larivonovoff.  I've included a short documentary about Simeon Larivonovoff below. I really enjoyed seeing these icons and reading more about the process.  Even if you don't have an … [Read more...]

Emergency Toy Drive – Late Sunday Update #PGHSavesXmas

1am - Mission Accomplished

I have never loved Pittsburgh more.  Today, and really all weekend - I've seen the best of what Pittsburgh has to offer.  And, I didn't even have time to watch the Steeler game. Less than 60 hours ago - I put out a call for help on Facebook.  And Pittsburgh - you have stepped up in ways I could have never imagined.  I had no idea what I was getting into.  We aren't done yet - but I want to tell you what the volunteers accomplished today. First of all - THANK YOU to everyone who has … [Read more...]

Emergency Toy Drive – How You Can Help

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Update Sunday 12/21 8pm: We still need your help.  This am we identified 500 more kids that need toys. Here is how you can help: Donations will also be accepted at Most Wanted Fine Art at the Waterfrontfrom 12-5 PM (They are opening just for this so disregard the website.) Volunteers needed in Garfield 11-4 to help sort & distribute. Drivers needed to be on-call during these hours. At least one trip from Waterfront to Garfield around 5 PM. Donations Most Needed At This Point - … [Read more...]

Chipped Ham Pink is Now a Nail Polish Color

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I've been working on a blog post about some great Pittsburgh Christmas gifts, but a tweet came across my radar with a Pittsburgh product that is probably worthy of its own blog post.  Chipped chopped ham is a distinctly Pittsburgh lunch meat.  If you didn't grow up in Pittsburgh, and you aren't familiar with the chipped chop ham or ham barbecue - head over to the chipped chopped ham Wikipedia page for a full education.  The fact that chipped chopped ham has its own Wikipedia page should be an … [Read more...]