Fall 18|volume 12|Issue 1

    What’s New?

    An update of goings-on that reflect the continuing verve and vitality of the Strip District and Lawrenceville

    Contemporary Craft’s Transformation
    Michelle Stitzlein:  Horizontal Fringe

    Michelle Stitzlein: 
    Horizontal Fringe

    Contemporary Craft’s new exhibition, “Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials,” runs now through March 23, 2019. Featuring 26 national and international artists who have been selected as finalists for CC’s 2017 Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize, “Transformation 10” showcases recently created, innovative artworks that incorporate found materials in unexpected ways and challenge notions about commonplace objects, found materials, and contemporary art.

    Among the exceptional works is Melissa Cameron’s 1.1.2017, which catalogues one day of gun violence: 62 fatal gun incidents on January 1, 2017, in the U.S. She collected containers from the places where the guns from the fatal gun incidents were used and cut the shape of that gun from the container’s body, rendering it useless for its former purpose. With all the gun-shaped cutouts Cameron created wearable jewelry.

    Michelle Stitzlein’s Horizontal Fringe is part a series that explores the beauty of one-of-a-kind textiles through the utilization and manipulation of mass-produced products. She uses landfill-bound, man-made wares such as water hoses to create handmade works that challenge the
    perception of material value as well as contradict the typical ideal of visual perfection.

    Other noteworthy works are by James Arendt of Conway, SC, and Fumi Amano of Seattle, WA.

    Contemporary Craft
    2100 Smallman St. / 412-261-7003

    The New Choppin’ Block BBQ & Smokehouse

    Choppin' Block

    The owners of Atria’s and Juniper Grill are soon opening a grab-and-go barbecue joint in the Strip. Choppin’ Block BBQ & Smokehouse brings wings, ribs, pulled pork, turkey, brisket, sausage links, bone-in chicken, and an array of side dishes to lunchtime crowds.

    Located on Penn Avenue in the former Opening Night Caterers facility and next to Savoy, the 480-square-foot eatery is set up like a deli, with walk-up counter service and outdoor seating available.

    At Choppin’ Block, Chef Bryce Stanford will be preparing meats using five different homemade barbecue sauces. Also served will be side dishes such as Frito Pie, which is a gooey mix of homemade chili, Fritos corn chips, cheese, sour cream, and choice of meat.

    For folks who want a quick but healthy bite, Choppin’ Block offers some lighter fare, such as house and seasonal salads and
    BBQ bowls based with couscous.

    Choppin’ Block
    2627 Penn Ave.

    Introducing Flight Club at Atelier de Fer

    On the final Thursday of each month, Atelier de Fer offers free wine flights from unique and interesting wine-growing regions around the world. They call it Flight Club. There are only seats for 24 people, so lock in your reservations ASAP! (First up were French Languedoc wines in August.) Seatings are available from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.—email talk@defer.coffee to book your table.

    And don’t forget that every Friday is Burgher Night, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.; each month offers a different specialty burger—just $10 for a burger, plus $1 off all drafts.

    Also, a super juicy new coffee has arrived—a very special micro-lot from La Perla micro mill in Costa Rica.

    Atelier de Fer
    2002 Smallman St. / 412-945-7169

    Tacos and More at Edgar’s

    Edgar's Tacos

    Edgar’s Best Tacos Authentic Mexican Taqueria has opened on Penn Avenue, serving lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parties, special events, and business meetings are easily accomplished in this expansive space. Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, Chiles Rellenos, enchiladas, empanadas, and vegan options are all available. Hours are: Monday through Thursday 10:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Edgar’s Best Tacos
    2533 Penn Ave. / 412-849-8864

    Heirloom Superfood Market: Healthy Food from Local Vendors


    This July Heirloom Superfood Market, a collaborative in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, opened as a multi-vendor marketplace, committed to providing the highest-nutrition foods with a focus on gluten-free, dairy-free, and processed-sugar-free foods. Regular hours are Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; weekdays 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; closed Wednesday and Thursday.

    The market works with vendors to make hard-to-find and local health and wellness products, events, and experiences available in one location in the Strip.

    Creative director Anne Marie Ellison Miller states: “At Heirloom we believe that food is better when it’s fresh and real. Eating and drinking high-nutrition foods and beverages is a way to heal ourselves, learn together, and build community. We are particularly focused on working with local makers and educating consumers about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Heirloom Superfood Market offers a community-driven marketplace for health-focused businesses to pool their resources to sell, work, and advertise together.”

    Heirloom Superfood Market
    3101 Penn Ave. / 734-645-8288

    Courtyard Winery’s Public Service … and Great Wines


    Courtyard Winery has held a number of public events in the past few months highlighting the valuable services performed by area police departments and EMS services. The latest to visit the shop on 19th Street in the Strip was Xito (see this brave and handsome canine in the accompanying photo) and the White Oak EMS K9 Search and Rescue Team.

    From the main Courtyard Winery in North East, PA, comes their number-one-selling Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot and Chambourcin are just a few of their fine dry, red wines, joined by Captain’s Red, Captain’s White, and Uneven Keel (port). Stop in anytime for free wine samplings. Hours are Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday until 5:00, Friday and Saturday until 6:00; Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Courtyard Winery
    Pennsylvania Building
    108 19th St. / 412-408-3237

    Happy Heart in Music

    Alice Abiya

    Alice Abiya’s new piece expresses communication in Africa, where some villages don’t have cell phones. So what they do? They play drums and balafons to communicate. Through the beat of music, you can read the message coming from the heart of the beater, hence the title “Happy Heart in Music.”

    Says Abiya: “I am originally from a French-and-English-speaking country, Cameroon. But today, back home, the music is not sounding right to people’s hearts—because of the abuse of power of some leaders. Through my artwork, I am using these instruments of music to plead for peace and love in the country.”

    This beautiful piece of art not only expresses folk-art but also expresses the memories from back home that the artist decides to illustrate.
    See this and other works of art such as jewelry, greeting cards, original paintings, giclee prints, and t-shirts by Alice Abiya streetside in the Strip, usually set up on 21st Street and Penn Avenue, Fridays through Sundays.

    Heirloom Superfood Market
    Abiya’s Art
    21st and Penn