Category: Arts and Culture

Statement By Mayor William Peduto On Closure of Downtown Macy’s

Statement By Mayor William Peduto On Closure of Downtown Macy’s

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 13, 2015) Mayor William Peduto released the following statement today on the announcement by Macy’s Inc. that it is closing its Downtown store:

“This is a sad day for Pittsburgh, and for those who have spent their lives working, shopping and making memories here. Whether known as Macy’s or Kaufmann’s this store has been part of the fabric of our city for more than a century and losing it hurts, even as we remain hopeful about the site’s future…

Chizmo Charles Day

Chizmo Charles Day

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 9, 2015) Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh will hold events today in honor of late Pittsburgh bluesman Chizmo Charles.

City To Host USWNT World Cup Watch Party In Oakland Sunday

City To Host USWNT World Cup Watch Party In Oakland Sunday

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 2, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh will host a World Cup Watch Party at Schenley Plaza in Oakland on Sunday, July 5, to cheer on the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) as they take on Japan in the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup Final.

“We Rock Workshop” Final Show Tomorrow at Mr. Smalls

“We Rock Workshop” Final Show Tomorrow at Mr. Smalls

The “We Rock Workshop” is a residency program led by Liz Berlin of Pittsburgh-based band Rusted Root. In its fifth year, it’s an intensive 18-week program that guides Allegheny County young adults (ages 14-22) who are involved with the Department of Human Services (including current and former foster youth) to open up through the arts by exploring the creation, production and performance of music and dance. The course culminates with the recording of original songs created by the participants and a final performance at Mr. Smalls Theatre. The final show is also fundraiser for the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund.

Luminari’s Mind-broadening Summer Programs for Teens

Luminari’s Mind-broadening Summer Programs for Teens

Luminari is a nonprofit group, based in Pittsburgh, which was founded to “broaden minds, inspire innovations and promote community engagement.” They currently sponsor a diverse range of summer programs for teens including workshops and camps that help teens to master the art of diplomacy, learn how to write in different genres, and inspire budding culinary artists. Class sizes are small and some scholarships are available.

Earth Week Festivities Continue with FutureFest 2015

Earth Week Festivities Continue with FutureFest 2015

Tomorrow, April 25th (rain or shine), you can get a glimpse of the future at FutureFest 2015. This new, public festival is being coordinated by Communitopia and will be held on the historic front lawn of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FutureFest celebrates Pittsburgh’s successes and helps visitors to imagine our city’s achievable, sustainable future through art, demonstrations, music, science, food, and hands-on activities for all ages.

Celebrate August Wilson Day in the City of Pittsburgh!

Celebrate August Wilson Day in the City of Pittsburgh!

Pulitzer prize-winning playwright–and Pittsburgh native–August Wilson was born on April 27th and would have been 70 years old. In honor of his birthday, WQED’s The August Wilson Education Project is holding a “Celebrating August Wilson!” event on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from Noon to 3:00 p.m. And, Mayor Peduto has proclaimed Saturday “August Wilson Day” in a tribute to the Pittsburgh icon.

City, Penguins to Host Playoff Watch Parties for Round 1 Home Games

City, Penguins to Host Playoff Watch Parties for Round 1 Home Games

Penguins Playoff Big Screen to be in Market Square and PPG Place Next Week

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 16, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Penguins will host watch parties for all Penguins home playoff games in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Nominate Extraordinary Pittsburghers for the “Celebration of Champions”

Nominate Extraordinary Pittsburghers for the “Celebration of Champions”

Pittsburgh has been known as the “City of Champions” for decades. Now, you have the opportunity to nominate Pittsburghers who exemplify “remarkable leadership, inspiring community achievement and extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit.” Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square has developed this “Celebration of Champions” awards program to recognize influential leaders and support deserving nonprofits in the Pittsburgh region.

For Gender Wage Equality: <100 Pop-up Shop and “The Great Debate”

For Gender Wage Equality: <100 Pop-up Shop and “The Great Debate”

While the country witnessed a very powerful woman announcing her candidacy for President today, overall women make only $.78 for every $1 made by men. In Pennsylvania, it’s just $.76. Dig a little deeper, and the numbers are even worse: Black women in the U.S. make just $.64 and Latina women make $.54. This year, in lieu of their regular Equal Pay Day Rally, the Women and Girls Foundation is supporting two innovative programs: <100 Pop-up Shop and “The Great Debate.”