‘Tis the season for outrageously ugly sweaters! From pop-up stores, to their own page at Amazon.com, to celebrity fashion wear, ugly holiday sweaters are a trend that will not die. In fact, demand for that perfectly tacky sweater has “skyrocketed” in the past five years, according to one retailer. If you have an ugly holiday sweater party in your future, why not make your own (and enjoy some great Church Brew Works beer while you’re at it).
On Friday, December 6, there will be a dedication ceremony for the new Southwestern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial, located at at the North Shore Riverfront Park. The memorial was designed to bring the past into the present by juxtaposing glass walls engraved with WWII-era photographs of local images (as well battlefield images) with a view of Pittsburgh’s transformed, modern skyline.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words–yours could be worth a $250.00 gift card! Vibrant Pittsburgh’s mission is embrace inclusion by helping our region attract and maintain a diverse workforce and promoting our region nationally and internationally as welcoming to all. They want you to help show off how Pittsburgh has been transformed into a stunning city. They’re holding a contest–“Pittsburgh: A City Transformed”–to find the photograph that best represents the beauty of Pittsburgh’s transformation.
Most Wanted Fine Art (MWFA) is more than just an art gallery. Artist and owner Jason Sauer and film producer Nina Gibbs (married to Jason) have created something that has greatly added to the revitalization of their Garfield neighborhood. Located in the Penn Avenue Arts District of Pittsburgh, the gallery also serves as a studio and performance space. But more than that, Sauer works with the Green+Screen project, which joins professional architects and designers with local youth from the community to develop sculpture for empty lots along Penn Ave. And MWFA works with disadvantaged youth and ex-offenders through Goodwill–teaching them construction skills and offering them competitive wages. Most Wanted Fine Art has the chance to get a Mission Main Street℠ Grant and all you have to do to help them is vote for them here.
“A voice like this one comes not once in a century, but once in a millennium,” was how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described the singing of Mahalia Jackson, “The Queen of Gospel.” Jackson became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world with many firsts including being the first gospel singer to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall (1950) and the first to win a Grammy Award in the category of Gospel Music or Other Religious Recording (1962). She won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972 (the year she died). Her influence extended far beyond gospel to many musical genres including rock, pop and soul. A civil rights activist, she sang in front of 250,000 people at the March on Washington in 1963.
AIA Pittsburgh is a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Their mission is to highlight the importance and value of good design in our region and its impact on each of us each day. Every October they hold an awards ceremony and gala to recognize outstanding architecture and design in the Pittsburgh region at their signature program, Design Pittsburgh 2013: Make Your Mark In Time! Bill Peduto will present this year’s Design Awards.
“Umoja” means “unity” in the Swahili language of Africa. The Umoja African Arts Company’s mission since 1989 has been to increase awareness and appreciation of the rich culture of the continent of Africa. One way they do this is through their signature event — the African Arts in the Park festival — which brings together people of all cultures in Pittsburgh to enjoy the “explosive beats, insistent rhythms and haunting melodies of African music, drumming and dance.”
When the Mattress Factory says it has “art you can get into,” it’s being literal. The North Side museum displays room-sized environments that are created by in-residence artists from around the world — some 600 since its inception in 1977. Every five years they hold a live auction of work from artists who have exhibited there, the proceeds of which benefit their artistic programs, exhibitions and education outreach. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Mattress Factory and they’ve put together over 50 original works by an impressive list of both established and emerging artists for the auction block.
It’s been an epic news year in Pittsburgh. Between the amazing twists and turns of the mayoral race, the spectacular rise of the Pirates and the equally spectacular downfall of the Orie sisters, one might say it’s achieved a Shakespearian level. And who better to follow the plot than the team behind “Off the Record” — the annual, musical satire that takes it’s own twisted view of Pittsburgh news and newsmakers. The show is a presentation of the Pittsburgh Newspaper Guild/CWA which includes Post-Gazette journalists and local SAG-AFTRA actors and performers among those it represents. And it’s all for a good cause as the primary beneficiary of the evening is the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.
Each October, the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh holds their annual celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and teachings. Gandhi was born on October 2nd and the United Nations General Assembly has established that day as the International Day of Non-Violence to honor his work. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 6th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.