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A city comprised of 10 counties, and an aggregator that pulls from more than 900 job boards to bring you its 22,055 jobs. ImaginePittsburgh.com makes your job search easier than ever by perusing, picking and posting the most recent and versatile listings in your area. Here is a tiny sampling:

Software Engineer Lead at PNC

Corporate Security Services Investigator at Citizens Bank

Principal Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineer at Westinghouse Electric Company

Environmental Programs Manager at Koppers, Inc.

Chem Operator at Lanxess Corporation

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Pittsburgh Lenten Fish Fry Map provides info on the best, local seafood eateries.
Pittsburgh Lenten Fish Fry Map provides info on local seafood eateries.

It’s that season again! No, not Pittsburgh’s everlasting winter. Fish sandwich season! The arrival of Lent urges Pittsburgh’s Catholic population of nearly 800,000 out of their offices and homes every Friday and into local eateries in search of the perfect pescetarian plate.

Are you worried about finding a seafood meal worthy of braving the cold? We’re here to give you some pointers on where to go and what to eat with the help of the Pittsburgh Lenten Fish Fry Map.

The color-coded map notes the locations of all local fish fries, be they churches, fire departments, businesses, restaurants or through community organizations. It also marks the venues selling homemade pierogies. Its Facebook page features updates and photos for the curious.

The Strip District is saturated with seafood stops that gather a crowd. Both Penn Avenue Fish Co. and Wholey’s Fish Market sell fresh fish as well as ready-made meals. Wholey’s offers meals to-go, like lobster macaroni and oyster po-boys, while Penn Ave Fish is a casual sit-down place with entrees such as english-style cod and crab tacos. And of course, fish sandwiches from both locations are highly regarded among residents.

Even executives are not immune to the siren song of the Lenten sandwich. Dennis Yablonsky, CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development (the parent organization of ImaginePittsburgh.com), was co-founder of the St. Bernard’s Parish fish fry out in Mount Lebanon, whose month-long series of Friday fish fries benefit the St. Bernard School.

However, during the workweek, Yablonsky can sometimes be found at the Original Oyster House in Market Square. Its prime location makes it an easy stop for lunch break– but be warned, it gets hectic! A crowd favorite, its fish sandwiches are cheap at $5.15 and guarantee to fill. Yinzers are particular about their portions, and this joint knows how to provide.

Well, what are you waiting for? Check the map, choose a spot and try to catch yourself a fish sandwich before the next meal rush– or risk being packed in like anchovies. Happy eating!

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Film Screenings, theatrical presentations, discussions and much more continue across the Pittsburgh region through Feb. 28 in commemoration of Black History Month.

Pittsburgh Playwrights is presenting a Theater Festival in Black and White through Feb. 28, featuring two separate, evening-length programs.

The Sembene Film & Arts Festival continues at Carnegie Library in Homewood, including films by famed Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene, and Saturday’s showing of Freedom Summer by Stanley Nelson. Friday features a showing of Black Girl, the first feature film produced in sub-Sharan Africa by an African filmmaker to receive international attention.

Dormont’s Hollywood Theater along with PNC and WQED are presenting a free showing of The Ground on Which I Standa documentary about the late Tony- and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (and Pittsburgh native) August Wilson. The film includes rarely-seen interviews with Wilson and new readings of his seminal 10-play cycle with film and theater stars Viola Davis, Charles Dutton, Laurence Fishburne, James Earl Jones, Suzan-Lori Parks and Phylicia Rashad.

Plan your own a journey through more than 200 years of the African-American experience in southwestern Pennsylvania though this list of historic sites compiled by the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh.

On Feb. 28 from 12-4 p.m., Cafe Con Leche is holding Herencia Africana to celebrate the African roots of Latino culture. Join an afternoon of live music, dance, great people and community conversations. This event is free with a $5 suggested donation. Appropriate for all ages! Reserve your spot today.

For more events and programs, check out the Carnegie Library’s list of Black History Month programs.

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A city comprised of 10 counties, and an aggregator that pulls from more than 900 job boards to bring you its 22,055 jobs. ImaginePittsburgh.com makes your job search easier than ever by perusing, picking and posting the most recent and versatile listings in your area. Here is a tiny sampling:

Senior Accountant at Carnegie Mellon University

Logistics Administrator at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products

Engineering Technician at EQT Corporation

Maintenance Planner at ATI

Director of Board Operations at Eat’n Park Hospitality Group

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Uber, the San Franciso-based ride sharing company with a global presence, has announced it is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University to create an Advanced Technologies Center in Lawrenceville in the RIDC Chocolate Factory building near 43rd Street.

Bringing together Uber technology staff and CMU faculty experts and students in research and development, the focus of the partnership will be in the areas of mapping, vehicle safety and autonomy technology—the development of robotically driven cars.

“We are excited to join the community of Pittsburgh and partner with the experts at CMU, whose breadth and depth of technical expertise, particularly in robotics, are unmatched,” says Uber’s chief product officer, Jeff Holden. “As a global leader in urban transportation, we have the unique opportunity to invest in leading edge technologies to enable the safe and efficient movement of people and things at giant scale.”

Discussions regarding the exact details—including dollar amounts and real estate—of Uber’s investment are still underway, says Andrew Moore, Dean of the School of Computer Science at CMU.

But the agreement includes funding from Uber for faculty chairs, graduate fellowships and the potential for numerous jobs for the region, especially in the area of robotics.

“Things are moving along quickly,” says Moore.

In fact, within the last couple of weeks, Uber researchers have already taken up their new roles on-site, he adds.

The reason for the collaboration is twofold, explains Moore.

“Pittsburgh is one of the few cities in the world with a strong base of robotics experts,” he says.

And he notes, CMU pioneered autonomous driving technology that culminated in the school’s teams winning competitions by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), by placing second and third in the DARPA Grand Challenge in 2005, and then by winning the DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007, he explains.

“Uber is a rapidly growing company known for its innovative technology that is radically improving access to transportation for millions of global citizens,” he says. “CMU is renowned for innovations that transform lives. We look forward to partnering with Uber as they build out the Advanced Technologies Center and to working together on real-world applications, which offer very interesting new challenges at the intersection of technology, mobility and human interactions.

“I am pleased to welcome Uber to the growing list of leading technology companies that are coming to Pittsburgh to help invent the future,” says Mayor Bill Peduto in a statement. “This is yet another case where collaboration between the city and its universities is creating opportunities for job growth and community development.”

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“Love is the only shocking act left on the planet,” proclaims Ashton Kutcher’s character in the movie Valentine’s Day. While the romantic comedy pokes fun at the pressures and expectations of Valentine’s Day, showing you care shouldn’t be stressful. Here are 10 simple and fun ways to say “I love you”—from classic to a bit unconventional.

NEXT VALENTINES PHOTOS on-the-gateway-clipper-750x4001. The Dinner Date

The dinner date is always a lovely and delicious choice for Valentine’s Day. Snuggle up someplace extra cozy like The Oak Room in the Mansions on Fifth. The rich paneling, stained glass windows and roaring fireplace all encourage passion—and that’s before savoring the Mansion’s extensive collection of wine and spirits. Share plates of artisanal cheese and charcuterie, and let the magic happen.

Quiet, intimate seating can also be found in The Wine Bar at Il Pizzaiolo in Mt. Lebanon. The elegantly casual ambiance at Eleven in The Strip is also a Valentine’s Day sure bet; reserve a booth in one of the private dining rooms. Legume in Oakland and its bar, Butterjoint, is a quaint and casual date haven; they keep it fresh and surprising with a constantly changing menu. A newcomer downtown is The Commoner tavern in Hotel Monaco. The boutique hotel’s playfully appointed rooms—which are “inspired by the passion of Pittsburgh”—might tempt you to spend the night (as if you needed a reason, right?).

2. The Spa Date

Cupid’s big day is perfect for indulgence and pampering. Peace Love and Zen in East Liberty has that down. Choose from a palette of services all geared toward deep relaxation and healing. Not to be missed is the Himalayan salt cave, crafted from thousands of pounds of Himalayan salt. It’s the ticket for stress relief, and can also improve sleep, alleviate allergies, increase circulation and cure hangovers. Just sit back with your sweetheart in zero gravity chairs and melt into sounds of the ocean. Treat your significant other to the trifecta special: a salt cave session, massage of choice and sauna. Call for pricing. Peaceloveandzen.com.

The Oak Room at Mansions on Fifth.
The Oak Room at Mansions on Fifth.

3. The Movie Date

By now we all know that “50 Shades of Grey” refers not to Pittsburgh’s February skies but the Universal Pictures film of the same name, releasing on Valentine’s Day. Venture out to your local theater to see the highly anticipated erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the sexy bestselling novel by E. L. James.

If your movie tastes are more classic than kinky, grab your honey and head over to Heinz Hall on Sunday, February 15 at 8 PM for Casablanca with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
 The 1942 American romantic film about a man torn between love and virtue is the ultimate chick flick. Max Steiner’s Oscar-nominated score makes it even more epic. Pittsburghsymphony.org.

4. The Pittsburgh Panorama Date

Nothing says “Pittsburgh romance” more than nestling inside the Duquesne or Monongahela Incline as it sidles up to Mt. Washington, then taking a hand-holding stroll along Grandview Avenue (about a 1.5 mile walk). Step inside one of the great watering holes along the avenue to warm up and enjoy a cocktail or a bite. Don’t leave the mountain without snapping a selfie with the city’s unobstructed skyline as backdrop. The West End Overlook is another panoramic option, arguably the best view of the Three Rivers converging at the Point. With the sun setting and the city lights aglow, it’s a perfect “first kiss” setting.

5. The Creative Abandon Date

Check out this happy hour with heart: the Trust Arts Education Center on Liberty Avenue downtown is hosting a Valentine Making Workshop and Art Experience on Friday, February 13 at 6 p.m. Choose your favorite libation and let it inspire your creative expression. Craft your own valentines or something more extravagant. $20.

6. The Wine-Tasting-With-Live-Music Date

The introspective lyrics of Bill Deasy’s The Gathering Field are sure to provide ample ambiance for a late night interlude. The Pittsburgh Winery on Penn Avenue will host the band at 9 p.m.on Saturday, February 14 (with a second show at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 15). Their new release Wild Journey (the band’s first record in a dozen years) is said to embody new-found depth and wisdom. $15 in advance; $20 at door.

7. The Romantic Walk Date

Paris and Florence aren’t the only great cities that boast scenic walks across romantic rivers. With 446 Pittsburgh bridges, we have lots to choose from when it comes to taking a picturesque walk. Start in Schenley Park and make your away across Schenley Bridge. Affirm your love by placing a Lock of Love on the bridge, or just enjoy the terms of endearment on the locks dangling from the fence.

The North Shore is also a charming walk. From Rivers Casino, past the Carnegie Science Center, Clemente Memorial Park and PNC Park to the Rachel Carson Bridge, there are lots of sweet spots for great photos. From 2 to 3 p.m. on February 14, stop by the Mattress Factory while in the neighborhood for the ARTLab “Stories of Love and Circus.” Feel the love in stories of how amazing circus feats have been accomplished through love and trust. Take a photo while walking a tight rope or swinging from a trapeze. Free with museum admission .Since Valentine’s Day conveniently falls on a Saturday this year, make an entire day of your celebration by meandering through the Strip District. Begin your date with an early morning breakfast at Pamela’s or DeLuca’s, then leisurely make your way down Smallman and Penn to pick up goodies at the produce stands, ethnic grocers, fish and meat counters, and sidewalk vendors. For a special gift, think outside the big red heart-shaped box at Mon Aimee Chocolat.

The locks on the Schenley Park bridge. Photo by Brian Cohen.
The locks on the Schenley Park bridge. Photo by Brian Cohen.

8. The Waterways Date

The natural element of water symbolizes emotion, so what better time to take a dinner cruise than on Valentine’s Day? Celebrate a night of romance complete with a buffet dinner, live music and twinkling city lights all around. Grab a cashmere wrap and snuggle tight together on the deck. Your love boat sails on Friday, February 13 and 
Saturday, February 14, 
from 7 to 10 p.m. (board at 6 p.m.). $65.Gatewayclipper.com.

9. The Cultural District Date

Taking in a performance in the Cultural District is always an appropriate date. George Bernard Shaw’s musical Pygmalion will have you humming “I Could Have Danced All Night” long after the show. [O’Reilly Theater, 412-316-1600.] The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre illustrates the transformative power of love in its full-length production of Beauty and the Beast with the music of Peter I. Tchaikovsky. [The Benedum, 412-281-0360]. The Cabaret at Theater Square keeps it light with the 1960′s comedy  Boeing Boeing—about a wannabe-Casanova with Italian, German and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.”

10. The Head Banger Date

If you’re up for something more raucous, why not grab your love and get the Led out? Stage AE hosts Zoso, The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience. More than a tribute band, Zoso embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in both spirit and talent. Spot-on stage personas coupled with astounding visuals are so compelling that this band is known for converting young-generations rockers into die-hard Zeppelin fans. Hopefully you’ll be humming Whole Lotta Love and not Heartbreaker the morning after your date. February 14, 6 to 8 p.m. $20. Call (412) 229-5483.

As a sidenote, we also must mention a trip to the Mattress Factory to visit the one of a kind James Turrell light installations. Plunge into darkness–only two allowed at a time–and spend long minutes in a room you cannot see to detect… something together.  It’s quite romantic in an artsy and fun way and not to be missed.