Summer 2019|volume 12|Issue 4

    What’s New?

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

    PHLF’s Free Walking Tours This Summer
    County Courthouse (Old Allegheny Jail)

    County Courthouse (Old Allegheny Jail)

    The Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation regularly offers walking tours, lectures, and tours of historical buildings and events, and this summer it presents a full schedule of possibilities. While some events, such as the “Explore City and County Neighborhoods” and “Downtown’s Best” series, and are $10-20 (depending on PHLF membership), there are plenty of places to visit with absolutely free PHLF-sponsored tours. For summertime, self-guided tours of the Old Allegheny County Jail Museum continue on Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (with a PHLF docent on hand to tell the story of the place—part of one of Pittsburgh’s architectural masterpieces, completed in 1886 to the designs of the great Boston architect H. H. Richardson).

    Free Wednesdays and Fridays: Two different free guided walking tours are offered each month. Tours on Wednesdays are from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and tours on Fridays are from noon to 1:00 p.m. Advance reservations are appreciated. The tours feature different areas in Downtown Pittsburgh and in the city’s Oakland neighborhood. On Wednesdays: June 5, 12, 19, 26—Market Square Area; July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31—Oakland Civic Center (Forbes Avenue Area); and August 7, 14, 21, 28—Fourth Avenue Historic District. On Fridays: June 7, 14, 21, 28—Bridges and River Shores; July 5, 12, 19, 26—Oakland Civic Center (Fifth Avenue Area); and August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30—Gateway Center.

    Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation
    100 West Station Square Dr., Ste. 450
    412-471-5808 / 
    For reservations:

    Smallman Street Produce Terminal Building Progress

    McCaffery Interests will be refurbishing the Strip’s Produce Terminal Building to transform it into new stores, restaurants, and offices. McCaffery will perform work on behalf of the city and state to improve public-realm elements, including the sidewalks, ADA ramps, stairs, street lights, and curb elements on the north side of Smallman Street.

    McCaffery will also be doing construction concurrently on the 1600 Smallman building to convert it into ground-level retail spaces with offices above and create an adjacent new parking structure, including construction of the new ADA ramps, sidewalks, stairs, and curbs associated with this block (16th to 17th streets).

    For the Produce Terminal schedule, construction begins in March 2019; then, “substantial completion” dates by street: 16th-18th streets, December 2019; 18th-20th streets, January 25, 2020; 20th to 21st streets, August 2, 2020.

    McCaffery Interests, Inc.
    2000 Smallman St., Ste. 205A / 312-784-2762
    For information:

    Monthly Spirits Tastings with The StillLife

    The StillLife™ is a multimedia platform (website, live pop-up tastings, and book) that explores the intersection of spirits and culture across the United States and around the world. The platform is a balance of online and offline content that, according to founder and host Max Miller, “is a cultural anchor for each StillLife city and an ecosystem of sensory experiences.”

    Join the StillLife community by becoming a member in our area. “The Pittsburgh identity,” comments Miller, “has many dimensions: tradition, reinvention, creativity—all of which are explored through monthly tasting experiences as well as online content.”

    A Pittsburgh membership package includes: Monthly tastings at unique Pittsburgh locations (last Wednesday/Thursday of every month); monthly admission to the StillLife Passport series the first Sunday of every month at 4:00 p.m. at Wigle Whiskey; and invitations to other special private events. Plus, a portion of every membership is donated to the member’s selected cause.

    Visit the website for event schedules and membership information.

    The StillLife
    324 Scarlet Cir., Wexford

    Contemporary Craft’s Final Strip Show

    Contemporary Craft

    Contemporary Craft’s last exhibition in the Strip’s Produce Terminal (before their move to Lawrenceville in the fall) is Fiberart International 2019 (“FI2019”), on view now through August 24.

    FI2019 is the 23rd biennial fiber art exhibition sponsored by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. It showcases 56 selected fiber artworks that consider the human condition in these turbulent times and that explore the unexpected relationship between fiber and other creative disciplines. Out of the 1,400 artworks submitted by artists from 28 countries and across the United States, jurors Jane Sauer and Sonya Clark hand selected 55 artists from eight countries and 24 states. The selected artists draw on a variety of visual languages and global points of view to transform ancient textile techniques and unexpected materials into contemporary fiber artworks that ask questions and challenge the viewers for self-reflection.

    This exhibition is free and open to the public at Contemporary Craft’s Smallman address Monday through Thursday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday until 4:00 p.m., and at the Brew House Association (711 S. 21st St.) 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays.

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

    Cafe Cimino’s Chef Urbanic Judging Annual Food Bank Cook-off

    Once again Café Cimino Country Inn’s Chef Tim Urbanic will be a judge at the Mountaineer Food Bank Hunger Summit, taking place in Flatwoods, West Virginia—just a few miles from the inn—on August 7. This conference is organized in an effort to build awareness of hunger in West Virginia and educate the public on the programs and benefits MFB offers in the fight to end hunger. It’s the third annual summit, and this year Chef Urbanic will be judging a cook-off whose contestants include restaurant owners and chefs as well as food-pantry cooks, all using food typically found in food pantries. Roughly 200 persons representing the state’s food pantries will be in attendance at this annual fundraiser.

    Café Cimino Country Inn
    616 Main St., Sutton, WV / 304-765-2913

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