Vibrant Pittsburgh, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, and Pop City Media have teamed up to present Pittsburgh’s 2nd City-Wide Dine Around event on Saturday, October 26th. Recognizing that it’s not easy being new to a city or region, a Dine Around is meant to be a casual, stress-free time of good company and good food. The event is typically held in a home and provides an opportunity for newcomers to our region to connect, network and discover information about regional resources.
Pittsburgh has been rightly celebrated as America’s “Most Livable City” but, the renewal has not been citywide—there are many neighborhoods that have not shared in the growth and progress. Coro Pittsburgh is a comprehensive program whose mission is to advance ethical and effective leaders who share a commitment to civic engagement. The Coro Fellows in Public Affairs will hold a Dialogue on Urban Affairs on Friday, October 25th. The topic at hand: Is Pittsburgh Livable for Everyone? They are looking for you—the public—to give your input into the conversation. You may even find some opportunities to take action in helping achieve a more equitable city for all.
The Coalition of Oakland Residents (COR) is a new “umbrella” alliance bringing together representatives from various resident associations in the Oakland neighborhood. COR’s mission states: “We are a collective voice for the residents of Oakland. Our goal is to improve life in Oakland by promoting community groups, by encouraging communication among these groups, and by advocating on their behalf to entities that impact these groups, their constituent communities and our fellow residents.”
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.
Deirdre Kane and Dora Walmsley are two Pittsburghers who have a dream — one they share with many of their Upper Lawrenceville neighbors — to open a fresh retail corner store offering grocery staples, prepared foods, and bulk items (like grains and rice). They also envision the 52nd Street Market being a community meeting place — a space where neighbors can come together for a cup of coffee and conversation. The women are more than just dreamers — they have a combined 25 years of restaurant industry and food service experience between them, including working at the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank so there is an understanding of food insecurity and equitable access to food. They also have a building owner who is working with them, as well having many professional mentors, and have surveyed their community.
“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.
Treading Art is a Pittsburgh-based business and online cultural resource which provides a curated guide to our city. Their “Discover Pittsburgh” is a free and open to the public program of events that highlight our region’s cultural resurgence. From October 3rd through October 7th, you can take their lead and discover the many treasures to be found in the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Downtown, East Liberty and Lawrenceville, and in Millvale, PA.