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10.28.2015 by Michael McAllister
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Several years ago, I was sitting on my friends couch in DC reading the Post-Gazette on my computer and I about lost it.  The headline read something like ‘Ace Hotel Sets Sights on Pittsburgh.’  Portland. Seattle. Palm Springs. New York ... [more]
E2's Sunday Sauce @ E2 - 11/29/2015 E2′s Sunday Sauce is a big fat family-style dinner designed to get people together to eat great food. It’s just like eating at Grandma’s house (lots of red sauce, lots of yelling). The last Sunday of each month join E2 to share pasta and meatballs, wine, and fantastic company. Limited Reservations. Bring your Bottle. Bring your Mess. Dinner bell rings at 6pm. For details and reservations call or email. or 412-441-1200[more]
Handmade Arcade @ David Lawrence Convention Center - 12/05/2015 Handmade Arcade (HA), founded in 2004, is Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair. Now in its twelfth year, HA brings young, innovative crafters and progressive do-it-yourself designers to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on December 5, 2015 to sell, their handmade, locally produced, and offbeat wares at a bustling marketplace. HA is highly anticipated event that attracts more than 9,000 attendees in one day. HA provides craftspeople and artists working outside mainstream and fine arts sectors with a grassroots, high-visibility venue to sell wares, build community, network and share their artistic practice. Handmade Arcade is run by a collective of creative Pittsburghers who have helped to shape and bolster Pittsburgh’s independent craft scene over the past nine years. The group’s founders — who, along with new volunteers, still run the event today — were inspired to organize a craft fair of Pittsburgh’s own that would tap into a national movement and provide a welcoming venue for artists and shoppers to come together. Handmade Arcade’s growth has coincided with the international resurgence of crafting, as new generations are reclaiming and reinventing craft materials and methods. BUY LOCAL / SHOP SMALL HA’s target audience are environmentally and socially conscious, forward-thinking consumers of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. HA attendees are active supporters of small, independent businesses and the buy local/buy handmade movement. In turn, they prefer to use their resources and time to support small, independent artists. They come to HA’s marketplace for items to express their own individualism, creativity, and originality, as well as a commitment to conscientious and thoughtful consumerism.  [more]
Holiday Glass Sale + Ornament Making - 12/05/2015 Funky, fanciful and functional glass will be for sale during this three-day holiday kick-off celebration. Regional artists will display handmade art and jewelry in all price ranges. Hot glass demonstrations will be ongoing on Friday evening. You can make your own glass ornament on Saturday from 10am-4pm. $35/blown glass ornament and $25/fused ornament. Friday, December 4 6 - 9pm (sale + hot glass demonstrations) Saturday, December 5 10am - 4pm (sale + Make-It-Now Ornaments) Sunday, December 6 10am - 4pm (sale only) Following the Holiday Glass Sale, PGC will continue to have hand-made glass gifts for sale through December 22. PGC will be closed for the holidays Dec. 23 - Jan. 3.[more]
Out of the Kitchen
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Csilla Thackray, Hungarian Warrior Princess, The Vandal
What do you cook at home? When I do have a chance to actually cook, I like to make a lot of soups and stews. But scrambled eggs with some veggies and toast is my go-to.   When you’re out of the kitchen, where do you like to dine? Anywhere and everywhere. I like to […] [more]