Pittsburgh routinely leads national rankings for everything from its increasingly youthful talent pool, its tech startups, its affordability and its wealth of innovative restaurants. But how are women faring in these emerging industries? Is our region fully leveraging the competitive strengths of women?
As the ATHENA Awards Program opens its annual call for nominations, its host committee invites men and women who care about equity to the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11 for a lively discussion among women who are pioneers in disruptive innovation, emerging technologies and cuisine. NEXTpittsburgh Publisher Tracy Certo will moderate the panel, which includes:
Summer C. Fowler, Director of Cybersecurity Risk & Resilience at CERT, Carnegie Mellon University
Jennifer Krusius, General Manager, Pittsburgh + PA Expansion of Uber Technologies, Inc.
Priya Narasimhan, CEO & Founder, YinzCam, Inc.; Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor at Carnegie Mellon University
Ling Wollenschlaeger, Founder and Head Chef of Pittsburgh Fresh LLC
Bethany Zozula, Executive Chef at Whitfield within Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
Tickets are $30 and include continental breakfast. The event is the annual kickoff to the ATHENA season, opening the doors for nominations for awards nominations. The traditional ATHENA Award, now in its 26th year, recognizes a woman who demonstrates excellence in her profession, contributes to her community and helps other women to succeed. The ATHENA Young Professional Award is geared toward emerging leaders age 35 or younger. Nominations may be submitted online between May 11 and June 30.
Named for the Greek goddess of strength and wisdom, the Athena Awards of Greater Pittsburgh are unique among regional honors for professional women because of the focus on developing the next generation of female leaders through mentorship. The awards luncheon, scheduled this year for Sept. 26, is attended by more than 900 men and women and is one of the largest ATHENA events worldwide. The awards are convened by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, of which ImaginePittsburgh.com is a program.
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USA TODAY is among the news sources reporting that a majority of Millennials says they would rather have meaningful work than higher pay. According to a Fidelity survey of 25- to 35-year-olds, doing work that is interesting, rewarding and imparts new skills matters more than a cozy paycheck.
“I look for a role where work actually gets done and I’m challenged,” 31-year-old Laura Arnold, of Cincinnati, told the newspaper. “Getting new skills and things you can take with you if things go south or you wanted to leave is really more valuable than an extra couple thousand dollars.”
Conducted in February, the Fidelity Investments survey queried 1,500 respondents ages 25-70 who work full-time, and whose employer offers a defined contribution workplace retirement savings plan.
Quick question: Any idea how many neighborhoods there are in Pittsburgh?
Hm. Here’s a hint: A LOT. There are 90 in all. Which is kind of crazy. But the really crazy part is that they each have something a little different to offer. The problem is, you can’t really get a good sense for what makes each spot special when you’re just passing through. It’s as though you have to stop, park your car and walk around a bit to truly get a feel for things.
Great idea! Explore Pittsburgh and get some exercise in at the same time. With 90 neighborhoods to hit, you better get started soon. Well, this article should help. Here are 12 walks around town you should take – at least once. Just click the green map icon on each image to see the route.
You can’t call yourself a Pittsburgher if you’ve never seen the Steel City from Mt. Washington. And no visit to Pittsburgh is complete without a walk along Grandview Avenue. So whether you’re a longtime native, a newbie or just passing through plan on taking this one mile walk from the Point of View Statue (George Washington and Seneca Chief Guyasuta) to Shiloh Street. You’ll pass a the Le Mont, St. Mary of the Mount, a few inclines and observation pods where you’ll want to stop for a photo (or ten). Take your time and take your time before making the return trip back to see George.
Mexican War Streets
Known for beautifully restored row houses, tree-lined streets and community gardens, this historic district has a character and feel that’s best experienced on foot. To do so, meander through the streets between West North Avenue to Sampsonia Way and from Sherman to Drovers. Along the way, plan to make stops at a handful of amazing art spaces including the Mattress Factory, City of Asylum, and Randyland. If you’re feeling extra energized cross North Avenue and explore Allegheny Commons and Lake Elizabeth.
The Strip District
Spending a weekend morning in the Strip District. It’s a quintessential Pittsburgh experience. To see what we mean, head to the Penn Avenue market district between Liberty and Smallman for street vendors, ethnic eateries and food purveyors, unique boutiques, antique shops and more. Prepare to shop, smell and sample your way through spots like Wholey’s, Penn Mac, Enrico Biscotti, Parma Sausage and La Prima Espresso. Whatever you do, don’t forget about brunch at Deluca’s or Pamela’s. Then walk it off as you continue your tour of the Strip District with a walk through the Heinz History Center.
Schenley Plaza + Park
Okay, we’re going to come right out and say it. Block an entire day off for this walk. Or plan to take a series of walks. Because there’s so many great things to see, do and explore in and around Oakland. You could park in Schenley Plaza and pop into the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Take a lap around (or through) the Cathedral of Learning. Head up Schenley Drive. Stop at Phipps Conservatory. Climb Flagstaff Hill. Follow Panther Hollow Trail through Schenley Park. If you pack everything into one trip, you’ll cover four miles, minimum. Go you!
Riverfront Plaza to Point State Park
If you’re trying to log some extra miles post brunch in the Strip, keep walking until you reach Point State Park. A trail closure makes the starting point a little tricky to reach, but you can get there through the parking lot across the street from the Heinz History Center, or by following Penn to 10th Street. A right on 10th will take you under the Convention Center to Riverfront Plaza. Follow the Three Rivers Heritage Trail to the left. Walking alongside the Allegheny River, make your way to Point State Park. FYI – It’s about two miles there and back if you begin at the Convention Center.
Roberto Clemente Bridge + PNC Park
You don’t have to like baseball to love PNC Park. So what we’re trying to say is that you should definitely check out a Pirates game. And when you do, make your way to the game by crossing the Roberto Clemente Bridge with thousands of Pittsburgh-loving Buccos fans. Best of all, the bridge is closed during home games. So the entire walk is like a giant block party suspended over the river. If you’re taking this stroll in the off season or when the team is out of town, feel free to combine it with other routes, including the North Shore Trail, a trip through the Strip District or a loop around Point State Park.
East Carson Street + South Side Trail
Take a lap around South Side with a route that’s equal parts urban streets and off-road. Kick things off at SouthSide Works near the Hot Metal Bridge. From there, follow the South Side Riverfront Trail along the Monongahela River. You’ll pass through the South Shore Riverfront Park. Kickback or carry on until you reach 18th Street. The next part is up to you. Continue on the Riverfront trail or hop off between 18th and 16th Street to East Carson to explore the sights, sounds and shops on the South Side. Eventually, you’ll want to make your way back to where you began by heading east (obviously!) on Carson Street. Said differently, walk in the direction where the cross streets get bigger until you arrive back in SouthSide Works.
North Shore Trail
From the Great Lawn to the Water Steps and Heinz Field to PNC Park, there’s no shortage of reasons to hit the Three Rivers Heritage Trail on the North Shore. If you do, you can explore at will. Especially if you head to Washington’s Landing and back. Fair warning, it’s almost 10 miles there and back. But every mile is totally worth it. Do this: Start at the Carnegie Science Center, hop on the trail and make a left towards Heinz Field. From there it’s a straight shot to the Landing. So keep walking, stop and splash around at the Water Steps, take a lap around PNC Park or a break at Redfin Blues. The possibilities are endless!
There’s a lot to love about Lawrenceville. The shops and eateries along Butler Street have a lot to do with that. So why not see them all? Good call! Do this: supercharge your walk with a healthy dose of caffeine from Espresso a Mano. You’ll want to stay here all day. But we’re here for the walk, remember? And all of the boutiques, like Pavement and Mid-Atlantic Mercantile. Wildcard is always worth a stop. So is Atlas Bottle Shop. Pastries anyone? See Le Gourmandine. After your treat, you could keep going and take a lap around Allegheny Cemetery. Or you could make your way back to lower Lawrenceville. Either way, you’re looking at a two-ish mile round trip.
While Lawrenceville gets all of the hype, there’s a lot to love about Highland Park too. This lovely neighborhood offers walkable streets right next to some exciting redevelopment projects in East Liberty. Plus, attractions like Highland Park, Pittsburgh Zoo and bike oval make stopping by worthwhile. If you do, begin your tour by scoping out Highland Park. Next, set out to weave your way through this neighborhood, using North Highland Street as your guidepost. Before calling it a day, you might want to consider a detour along Bryant Street. Grab a snack or drink at neighborhood staples like Park Bruges, e2, Joseph Tamellini’s and Tazz D’orro coffee.
Head to this thoroughfare in Shadyside to shop, snack and sip the afternoon away. More specifically, the stretch of Walnut between Ivy and South Aiken is where the action is. But it’s a short walk along this section of Walnut. So if you’re looking to break a sweat and burn off that pastry from Prantl’s, you have a few options. For starters, Bakery Square is less than a mile away. More shopping anyone? Or avoid the crowds altogether with a trip to Mellon Park. Paved paths through this park’s “secret” gardens await you. On your return trip, it’s not a bad idea to stop for some gelato from Mercurio’s. It’s actually a great idea!
Frick Park + Regent Square
If you’ve never been to Frick Park, you definitely need to go. Whether it’s on foot, via mountain bike or with your pup, Frick has you covered with 600 acres to explore. The trails and nature beauty are such that this walk feels more like a hike. Which is awesome. Especially when you sandwich it between snacks in Regent Square. We prefer brunch at Square Cafe and an afternoon of fun at Frick, followed by an adult beverage at D’s Six Pax and Dogs. Armed with the map we created (see green map icon above) and this map of Frick Park, you have an awesome day ahead of you.
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From extreme adventure films and Japanese anime, to beer mania and Jewish cinema, April has arrived to revive your mind, body, soul and palate.
1. PIX: Pittsburgh Indie Comix Exposition at 10 S. 19th Street: April 2
Pittsburgh is home to numerous noteworthy and emerging comic book artists and cartoonists as well as a museum dedicated to the art forms. PIX serves as a creative convergence for Pittsburgh’s local community and its connections to an international scene. The free event is a must-see, one-stop-shop for makers, producers, publishers and fans alike. Setting up shop on the South Side, the region’s first-of-its-kind expo of creator-owned, self-published, small press and handmade comics is the brainchild of Copacetic Comics Company owner Bill Boichel, co-presented by Pittsburgh’s own ToonSeum . PIX-goers can peruse and purchase works from 50-plus exhibitors, hear artist presentations, attend creator panels and more. This year’s lineup of literati features everyone from Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith and author Derf Backderf, to RAW alum Kaz and Blammo creator Noah Van Sciver. You can even channel your inner cartoonist at workshops led by artists Frank Santoro and Juan Fernandez offered concurrently at Carnegie Library’s South Side Branch.
2. Banff Mountain Film Festival at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall: April 2 & 3
If you can’t be snowboarding or propelling down a steep peak, then the next best thing is this high-octane showcase of 17 top new titles in action, environmental and adventure filmmaking. Adrenaline, extreme sports and cinematic wizardry collide on the big screen, when this one-of-a-kind film tour rolls into cozy Homestead to celebrate its 41st anniversary and its 14th year in the Burgh. Cling to the edge of your seat as you as you embark on exhilarating expeditions to exotic landscapes, experience remote cultures and leave inspired to embrace the sheer power and beauty of the outdoors. See Natasha Brooks swim naked in the frigid mountain lakes of Wales, watch pro kayaker Rafa Ortiz paddle over deadly Niagara Falls and follow four courageous men and 16 wild mustangs on a 5,000 kilometer trek from Mexico to Canada. Ready to exhale? Purchase tickets now before they sell out.
3. Jazz Appreciation Month: April 5—26
Adding a Pittsburgh flair to national Jazz Appreciation Month (dubbed JAM), multiple Cultural District venues are hosting concerts, jam sessions and special appearances by established and emerging vocalists, instrumentalists and bandleaders. If you’re eagerly awaiting the JazzLive International Festival in June, this hot series is a great first course. Don’t miss the kickoff concert when jazz powerhouses team up to present “4 Generations of Miles” at Cabaret at Theater Square. Witness history in the making when award-winning drummer Jimmy Cobb teams up with Grammy-nominated guitarist Mike Stern, bassist extraordinaire Buster Williams, and alto sax giant Sonny Fortune. It will be hard to sit still during this eclectic homage to Miles’ profound legacy. The series continues April 9 at the August Wilson Center, where soulful singer Maysa will woo audiences with her smooth jazz stylings and impressive vocal range. On April 12, Grammy-winning saxophonist Gary Bartz will heat things up at Cabaret. Jazz Month culminates on April 26, when Grammy Award-winning Jesus “Chuchito” Valdes will dazzle crowds with the Latin jazz sounds of his talented trio. View all JAM events.
4. Tekko at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center: April 7—10
Move over Furries, Tekko‘s in town. April will bloom with anime when this leading Japanese pop culture convention sets up shop downtown. Presented by the Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society, Tekko bustles with fashion shows, gaming, dance contests, 150 vendors, cosplay, educational workshops, panel discussions and more—all creating an immersive and welcoming environment. Bigger than ever, Tekko’s 14th edition boasts lots of new twists and expanded offerings. Head into The Escape Room—if you dare—to compete in themed environments decked out with robots, ninjas and alchemy. Next, check out all of the action via the new live streaming TeamTekko TV. Featured presenters include L.A.-based actor Matt Mercer and voice actors Marisha Ray, Chris Patton and Austin Tindle. Pop culture figures will abound at Tekko, including fashion models Misako Aoki and Lynda Leung, Japanese rock band, Back-On, and Tokyo-based DJ Bass. For those curious, the event’s original moniker, Tekkoshocon, blends the Japanese colloquialism meaning “steel mill” with the suffix for “con.” Even Mayor Peduto is getting in on the fun, proclaiming “Tekko 2016 Week” in Pittsburgh.
5. JFilm Festival: April 7-17
Featuring 21 Pittsburgh premieres from 9 countries, 15 special guests and 11 days of programming, the 23rd annual JFilm Festival is your hot ticket for independent and foreign cinema. Spanning award-winning documentaries, dramas, narratives and comedies, films are augmented by sessions with visiting filmmakers, producers and artists, receptions, “Film Schmooze” discussions and a short film competition. The diverse festival explores and celebrates Jewish culture, independent filmmaking and cultural tolerance. JFILM kicks off with a documentary about one of the most prolific figures in 20th-century television. From Archie Bunker to George Jefferson, he created iconic characters and hit sitcoms, and now directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady turn their lens to Norman Lear himself. A Sundance favorite, Just Another Version Of You pairs firsthand accounts from the 94-year-old producer and activist with insights from George Clooney, Amy Poehler and Rob Reiner. Not to miss is JFILM’s closing night film, A Tale of Love and Darkness, when Natalie Portman makes her writing and directing debut in a dazzling adaptation of the celebrated 2002 memoir by Israeli author Amos Oz. View a schedule and purchase tickets.
6. Bridal Revival at the Hotel Monaco: April 8
Say yes to the dress—again. This time around, without the exorbitant costs and guest list anxiety. If you’re one of the countless brides who looked longingly in the mirror asking: “But will I ever wear it again?” then this event is for you. The brainchild of Glitter & Grit bridal boutique, the first-of-its-kind Pittsburgh event invites one and all to dig out and reimagine those gowns—wedding, bridesmaid, prom and formal alike. A downtown Hotel Monaco, Revivalists will be treated to a jitters-free evening complete with hair and makeup touch-ups by Hannah Conard Beauty Collective, party stations, signature cocktails and light bites, music by DJ Chaz and plenty of dancing. Brides can make DIY floral jewelry with Mt. Lebanon Floral, pop into The Farmers Daughter photo booth, add to Paint Monkey’s “Community Canvas,” and participate in restyling contests judged by Style Social. You’ll rock that frock for a great cause, because all proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hospital. You can even donate your dress on-site to Brides for a Cause and Project Prom. The $100 price tag makes this one wedding that won’t break the bank. The Monaco is even offering discounted rates for attendees wanting to make a night of it.
7. Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week: April 15—24
We agree with NEXTpittsburgh‘s own Eat.Drink.Do editor Drew Cranisky when he encourages springtime beer drinking. The best place to tap into new brews on the horizon is at Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week’s epic fifth anniversary. In January, Saveur called Pittsburgh a “beer and spirits destination,” and these 10 fully tapped days are your chance to find out why. The hoppy happening overflows with a staggering menu of beer release bashes, IPA challenges, tap takeovers, tastings, brewery tours and more. There are hundreds of creatively designed beer-themed events. Sample Guinness cupcakes, beer-washed cheeses and milkshakes made with Full Pint’s new Rye Rebellion Stout. Chow down at the first-ever “Beer and Soup Pairing,” drink for charity at “Cans for a Cause” and learn new recipes at “Baking with Booze” workshops. Thirsty yet? View a calendar of events.
8. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Alec’s Playlist at Heinz Hall: April 16
Whether you love him best as Jack Donaghy or Jack Ryan, fans of Alec Baldwin shouldn’t miss this unique one-night-only concert experience. He’s nabbed multiple Emmys, Golden Globes and an Oscar nomination, has his own talk show and is a columnist for HuffPo—but what’s on Alec’s playlist? Find out when the award-winning actor, director and producer—who is also an outspoken supporter of the arts—teams up with PSO Maestro Manfred Honeck to share his favorite performances and moments in music. Audiences will discover how and why classical music is so significant to him, and which musical pieces have impacted his own life, as Baldwin hosts and co-curates the intimate evening. Expected on Baldwin’s uplifting playlist are selections by iconic and innovative composers, such as Beethoven, Berlioz, Stravinsky and Mahler. Underscoring Baldwin’s interest in passing on his passion with new generations of classical music fans, the actor has generously donated tickets for youth and Pittsburgh Promise students. Purchase tickets.
9. Prevention Point Pittsburgh’s 20th anniversary at the Ace Hotel: April 16
Prevention Point Pittsburgh‘s (PPP) beginnings date back to 1995, when James Crow, Caroline Acker and dedicated volunteers began providing needle exchange services in the Hill District to prevent the spread of injection-related blood-borne disease. Fast-forward two decades and the grassroots nonprofit now operates three county-authorized needle exchange sites and provides a host of critical prevention services to 5,000 injection drug users. Help the local org celebrate 20 years of life-saving work—and hit the dance floor in the newly opened Ace Hotel gym—at PPP’s first large-scale benefit bash. The night kicks off at 7 p.m. with a reception hosted by Tony Silvestri and Mike Sutherland honoring PPP’s co-founders, where attendees will be treated to a private concert by Pittsburgh’s favorite neo-Americana band, The Beagle Brothers and delish hor d’oeuvres crafted by the Whitfield. At 10 p.m., PPP turns it up a notch with a dance party featuring the D.C.-based DJ collective The NeedlExchange. Proceeds will support PPP’s work preventing infection transmission and overdose fatalities, and providing comprehensive case management services and counseling, health education, overdose prevention, free screenings, and more. PPP is also expected to announce the launch of a campaign to secure a permanent facility. Buy tickets.
10. FULLTIME Festival: April 20–24
Crowdsourcing is not just for the internet anymore. One of Pittsburgh’s newest festivals, FULLTIME draws on the innovative models of open- and crowdsourced content to showcase independent Pittsburgh-based artists, designers and small businesses. A five-day convergence of hard working people, creative enterprise and entrepreneurialism, the citywide celebration takes you behind-the-scenes to experience artistic projects taking root. Designer Discard will present a yard sale featuring handmade printed matter and vintage collectibles, while Row House Cinema is hosting a Monster Movie Fest curated by Alternate Histories. The public can also meet Lawrenceville-based makers during studio tours and pop-up shops at Sapling Press, Bootstrap Design, Garbella and Moop. At “Legalize Eating,” Legume’s chef Trevett Hooper will host a dinner highlighting food politics at the home of artist Kim Fox of Workerbird. Additional highlights include the Troika Skate competition, Commonwealth Press Beer Barge and In Bed By Ten dance party at Carnegie Museum of Art. Music fans won’t want to miss the new Open Book series kicking off at East End Book Exchange, where singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale will perform live and discuss her career and creative process. New events are coming soon, so check the festival website for details.
11. Pittsburgh Earth Day: April 21–24
April is a time of renewal, and what better way to recharge your karmic batteries than Earth Day? Thanks to Pittsburgh Earth Day‘s Steel to Sustainable series, you’ve got not one, but four, great days to do so. Spanning multiple locations with many free events, the citywide celebration showcases the region’s rich steel history, cutting-edge eco-innovations and goals for an even more sustainable future. The green scene kicks off April 21st with the Ecolution fashion show and cocktail soiree at the Fairmont. See how recycled and reused materials are transformed into haute couture with a conscience as local designers present runway-ready wares. On April 22nd, fuel up on local grub at the solar powered Food Truck Festival, enjoy live music by Molly Alphabet, the Armadillos and Beagle Brothers in Mellon Square and peruse earth-friendly products and services in Market Square. On Friday night, don’t miss the all-ages “Art and Local Showcase” at the convention center. On April 23rd, head to Carrie Furnace for a festival featuring Soundwaves Steel Band, Colonel Eagleburgers HighStepping Goodtime Band, Daily Grind, food trucks, craft brews, and the Hard Hat Art Project. Cap it all off at the TEDxPittsburgh Sunday brunch to hear inspiring talks exploring sustainability. View all Earth Day events.
12. Art All Night at Arsenal Terminal: April 23 & 24
The last Saturday of April is synonymous with Art All Night. Rolling into a new home wearing their staunchly populist motto “No Fee, No Jury, No Censorship” on their sleeve, the 19th annual Art All Night is setting up shop at Lawrenceville’s Arsenal Terminal. This means that anyone can submit one work of art to be featured and for sale in a free public exhibition. Always refreshing and unexpected, the event pairs work by professional fine artists alongside pieces created by teens, teachers and grandparents. What hatched in 1998 with 101 artworks and 200 all-nighters is now a cult showcase with 850 artists and 8,000 attendees. You’ve got no excuse to skip this celebration since it runs from 4 p.m. on Saturday until 2 p.m. on Sunday—you can pre-game your evening, swing by in the witching hour, or gather the kids for the family-friendly portion. While perusing massive amounts art, attendees can check out live music and performances and participate in hands-on activities. Art All Night is heroically run by hundreds of dedicated volunteers, so if you’re inspired to help, sign up here. Have artwork to show? Go here to submit your work. A catalyst for community development, Art All Night also spotlights Lawrenceville’s unique neighborhood assets and empowers makers of all ages and backgrounds.
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