Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Pittsburgh Zine Fair 2-8pm tomorrow @ The Union Project

Vendors, who range from teens to veteran ‘zine makers, hail from all around Pittsburgh, across Pennsylvania and even from Ohio and Michigan. Launched in 2011, the fair also aims to showcase Pittsburgh as a growing new media hub for producers of ‘zine-related content across a range of subject matter, themes, disciplines and formats—from politics and photography to sci-fi and identity. Also new this year is on-stage child care provided by Yellow Bridge Collective.
Can’t wait until Sunday? Check out the fair’s week-long series of events celebrating independent artists and media makers leading up to the big day. Meet and mingle with this year’s vendors at a special ‘Zine Fair Mixer on Saturday, September 27th at Bunker Projects, where Nils “Balls” Hanzcar, Juan Fernandez, Catherine Conley/Steer Queer, Maggie Lynn Negrete, Thom Delair, Erin Oh, Natty Soltesz, and Kelly Thomas/Wild Age Press will read from their work during the social gathering.
Don’t miss a signing with international cartoonists Michael DeForge, Simon Hanselmann and Patrick Kyle on September 24th at Copacetic Comics, and a special signing and Q&A event with “Hospital Suite” and “King-Cat Comics” creator John Porcellino, along with a screening of the documentary film, Root Hog or Die, about his life and work.
Union Project
 801 N Negley Ave, 
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 363-4550

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cleveland: IngenuityFest

IngenuityFest is an annual event in Cleveland featuring creative and often interactive exhibits of art and technology that blur the lines between both domains to achieve visually dramatic and awe-inspiring effects. The 10th annual festival takes place at Dock 32, just north of First Energy Stadium on the Downtown Cleveland lakefront, and will also include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Great Lakes Science Center.

Admission is free. Hours are Friday: 5pm to 1am, Saturday: Noon to 1am, and Sunday: Noon – 5pm.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

9/18 - 9/24 Weekly Arts and Urbanism Roundup


Mayor Peduto proposes real estate ta hike to fill projected $35 million budget shortfall.

Who are Pittsburgh's best professors?  (Pittsburgh Magazine)

Ed Piskor is Pittsburgh's Hip-Hop historian (Pittsburgh Magazine)

Chicago blogger rallies in defense of a bikeable Pittsburgh (Pop City)

Pittsburgh Public Market hosts first-ever food swap. (Pop City)  .


There's a reason you're hearing so much about Cleveland these days (Next City)

Cleveland State University president to move downtown, becomes first CSU head to not live in Shaker Heights. (Cleveland Scene)

Bach, Boulez and ballet highlight new Cleveland Orchestra season.


How Cincinnati's pro-streetcar campaigners won in the end. (Atlantic/ Citylab)

West Virginia

Barbara Hicks Lacey remembers Charleston during segregation. (West Virginia Public Radio)

West Virginia urged to fight for international tourists

Twelve West Virginia communities focus on abandoned and blighted properties

Other Urbanism News.

Strange cloud over St. Louis turns out to be a huge swarm of butterflies. (Atlantic/Citylab)

Want to see more Millennials as home owners? Ease FHA condo restrictions. (Next City)

The Pink Zone: Why Detroit is the new Brooklyn (Fortune Magazine)

Placemaking and street design for conservatives  (Urbanism Speakeasy)

If so many people support mass transit, why do so few ride?  (Atlantic/ Citylab)

Walking through the art of black radical Brooklyn (Next City)

Why cities should strive for streets that "fail"  (Streetsblog)

Private owner of Indiana Turnpike files or bankruptcy

Bi-partisan Senate bill would give locals more control of transportation spending. (Streetsblog)

Art News: 

Hyperallergic talks with longtime Pittsburgh based artist, Christopher Kardambikis @ The New York Art Book Fair. (Hyperallergic)

Do Mexican drug lords buy art?  (Hyperallergic)

The esoteric world of print collecting (The New York Times)

Great piece on museum and gallery no-photo policies (Business Insider AU)

In London,showcases for self-taught artist's works  (Hyperallergic)

Unfinished work by Leonardo nearly restored. (The Art Newspaper)

Fashion photography is the art world's rising star  (The New York Times)

Paleolithic art at Spanish, Altamira Caves to remain open until February 2015 (The Art Newspaper)

Two new Mayan cities discovered in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. (The Art Newspaper)

Banned Books week: Comic books and literary censorship.  (Reason Magazine)

Banned Books Week: Guess which book topped the list again?  (Reason Magazine)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bay Village, Ohio hosts first History, Mystery Bike Tour: October 4th

An Interesting way to tour and learn about this Cleveland, suburb's history while raising money for the town bike cooperative
"The first annual History Mystery Ride (HI MY) to support the Village Bike Cooperative will be held on Saturday, October 4th in Bay Village, OH. The inaugural ride will have three route options, including an easy-paced, family friendly 12 mile History Mystery [HI MY] cruise.
This ride includes stops designed to educate riders about Bay’s History as well as to sharpen detective skills.
  • Bicyclists desiring endurance options will have 25 and 50 mile routes.
  • All three ride levels will end morning travels with a meal at the Village Bicycle Cooperative where riders will enjoy a historic style picnic experience.  
  • VBC Volunteers will host programs in the afternoon.
The Cooperative is adjacent to the Bay Skate and Bike Park, Disc Golf Course, and Huntington Beach Reservation, so we welcome you to ride, learn, eat and enjoy some fall fun in Bay... a lovely place to visit.
All riders will receive a ride packet that will include a T-Shirt. Cost for the ride, packet, and food is $40.00. For more information, contact Rebecca @ 440.346.0560"

Details & ticket info:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

9/10- 9/17 2014 Weekly Arts and Urbanism Roundup


The Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates 25th chalk Art festival. (

The link between Northeast Ohio's flooding and its sprawl. (Streetsblog)


New loft apartments and Brew Pub planned for old Tire factory.

Other Ohio Arts and Urbanism News

Columbus Dispatch Writer cycling and blogging across Ohio.


Pittsburgh poet, Terrance Hayes named MacArthur fellow. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood celebrates 200 years!  (Essential Pittsburgh)

Does the city's high self-esteem create new problems?  (Essential Pittsburgh)

Pittsburgh cyclists concerned about redesign of Schenley Drive in Oakland (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Artists from Mattress Factory discuss making it in Pittsburgh. (Pitt News)

Kurt Shaw reviews 2014 Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors annual @ Panza Gallery. (Tribune Review)

Pennsylvania DEP estimates there are 40 active underground coal fires burning across the state- including one under Pittsburgh Airport. (PA Independent)

West Virginia

Five free things to do in West Virginia in the fall. (Houston Chronicle)

Other Arts and Urbanism News 

Indiana campus police acquire massive amounts of surplus military gear (JC online)

The Bronx is booming with boutique and luxury hotels (New York Daily News) 

The new donut - decline of the inner ring suburbs. (Urbanophile)

"We can't have density there because there's not enough transit." (Human Transit)

How Germany's ban on Uber hurts the poor. (Business Week)

Others see Toronto as a success. Why don't we?  (The Toronto Star)

Europe's big airlines no longer want to fly in Europe. (Business Week)

Wisconsin's famous Amish and Mennonite, Kolona, cheese "factory" closes due to government regulations.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rockin' Akron's Highland Square

Devo. Howard Hewett. Chrissie Hynde. James Ingram. The Black Keys. Akron, probably best known these days as the birthplace and home of NBA superstar LeBron James, also happens to be a wellspring of much musical talent and creativity. This weekend pays homage to these local and other performing legends, both established and aspiring, during the city's third annual Porch Rokr Music and Art Festival, hosted by its Highland Square community on September 20. More than 70 acts will be featured from dawn through dusk at points--many of them literally porches--throughout Highland Square.

On the eve of Porch Rokr Saturday, Friday, September 19, David Giffels, author of The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt will lead a film and panel discussion of new documentary It's Everything and Then It's Gone: History of Akron Rock. Film screening and panel session with crew and producers Phil Hoffman, Harvey Gold, Ralph Carney, Bob Ethington, Kurt Reed and Steve Felix will run from 8pm to 9:30pm at Akron's downtown Main Library. Tickets are available same day at the Main Library from 5:30pm to 6pm.

The Beatles: Cleveland Sheraton Hotel Press Conference, September 15, 1964

50 years and one day ago.

I doubt the films of many press conferences exist.

This Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of their only show in Pittsburgh.

There is also an exhibit of photos of their Cleveland show, which I should post about.