Wednesday, October 22, 2014

10/15/14 - 10/22/14 Arts and Urbanism Roundup


Pittsburgh wins Gawker's ugliest accent contest (People Magazine)

Dear Jagoffs, Pittsburgh officially has the ugliest accent in America (Gawker)

The Pittsburgh Anthology: Call for proposals and submissions (Belt Magazine)

Pittsburgh singer Chris Jamison advances on "The Voice"  (NBC)

4121 Main, mixed use arts space opens in Bloomfield (Pop City)

Former churches blessed with new lives in Pittsburgh (New York Times)

Halloween Party planned for Carrie Furnace (The Brew Gentlemen)


The Cleveland Museum opens major Jennifer Bartlett retrospective 

Five reasons to visit Cleveland now (Fodor's Travel)

Looking back at the East Ohio Gas company explosion, 70 years later (Cleveland Scene)

Possible clash over Soldiers and Sailors monument could hold up Public Square redesign (

Rediscovering Cleveland poet, Russell Atkins  (Belt Magazine)


Haunting Houses: Ohio's abandoned country houses- in pictures (The Guardian)

West Virginia and Appalachia

Morgantown police investigate post Baylor game riots

History professor's new book brings old "blood feud" back to life

A (yes) culinary road trip through Appalachia (Wall Street Journal)

Inaugural Appalachian Queer Film Festival to debut in Lewisburg (The Charleston Gazette)

Other Urbanism and Architecture News

These conservatives make the case or vibrant cities. Most of their friends ignore them. (Grist)

The redevelopment racket (The American)

More prefer public transit to road building (ABC News)

DC's new parents aren't fleeing to the burbs (Streetsblog)

Atlanta's MARTA transit agency ramps up transit oriented development (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

Federal Government releases map of proposed Houston/ Dallas bullet train route

Why no one drives to work in Hong Kong  (Market Urbanism)

Photo essay: L.A.'s architecture of insecurity (Los Angeles Times)

Can the homeless move into Baltimore's abandoned houses? (City Lab)

Norfolk's light rail choice: Embrace the city or follow the highway? (Greater Greater Washington)

Arcadia California: The U.S. town every Chinese millionaire wants to live in (Wall Street Journal)

Berlin wants to build a pool in the middle of the city's river (City Lab)

Uber can fill gaps in Anchorage area transit  (Alaska Dispatch News)

With farms fading and urban might rising, power shifts in Iowa (The New York Times)

Other Art and Culture News

Oldest Homo Sapiens DNA found (Cent News)

Another vandal hits Jeff Koons retrospective (Hyperallergic)

French President pledges support for Paul McCarthy's "butt plug" (Hyperallergic)

An Iranian-American artist revisits images from the 1979 revolution (Hyperallergic)

Can a biennial fix New Orleans? (The Art Newspaper)

How Rembrandt dressed his women for death (The Guardian)

No second coming or deflated, Paris "sex toy" sculpture  (AFP)

Ronald Perelman vs Larry Gagosian feud shakes the art world (New York Times)

The 50 greatest paintings in New England (Boston Globe)

"Outreach" is killing the American Orchestra (New Republic)

Famed fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta dies at 82 (New York Times)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Call for Submissions: Essays, Non-fiction, Photography for Belt Magazine's Pittsburgh Anthology

"HERE’S WHAT WE WANT: We’re looking for nonfiction contributions, but we’re open to photographic essays, comics / illustrations, and poetry. Again, if it expresses something truly Pittsburghese, we want to see it. Work running 750-3000 words is preferred. We will accept proposals until November 15 and finished stories until December 31st; any work which previously appeared elsewhere can be accepted as long as there is permission to do so. We expect to publish the anthology by Spring 2015. Contributors will get to have their friends be jealous of their Pittsburgh pride, but they will also receive free copies of the book, and, if the anthology is successful enough, a split of the proceeds.*"

Get all the details here

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10/7/14 - 10/14/14 Weekly Arts and Urbanism Roundup


Greensburg's Westmoreland Museum of Art receives Nieland Sculpture Collection 
(Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Five artist, live/work spaces planned in Braddock (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

How Kickstarter's most funded restaurant is transforming a town (Braddock) (AOL)

From Pittsburgh Winery to Brillo Box: Your guide to Pittsburgh's smaller music venues (Next Pittsburgh)

CMU professor, Mary Shaw earns highest honor in the nation for technological progress (Next Pittsburgh)

Pittsburgh's first urban gardening shop opens in Lawrenceville (Pop City)

At 10 years, City of Asylum Pittsburgh honors five exiled writers  (Pop City)


Brian Hoyer and the Cleveland Browns humiliate The Pittsburgh Steelers (WKYC)

Look who's living car lite in Cleveland (Green City Blue Lake)

A Weekend in Cleveland   (Essential Pittsburgh)

Waterloo Arts District celebrates new streetcape with gallery openings, concerts, new pubs (

ARTneo celebrates 30th anniversary at 78th Street Studios next Friday (Cleveland Scene(

Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, Joan Jett, Stevie Ray Vaughan, NWA top nominees for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015  (

Cleveland State University buys naming rights to new RTA bus-rapid line (

Cleaning of Allen Art Museum's ceiling at Oberlin reveals gold leaf, paintings and poetry  (WCHS TV)


Trio inspires Akron middle-schoolers to follow music (


A look at last week's Lawn-Con comics festival  (Digging Pitt)


Ohio Stadium to host Buckeye Country Superfest Music Festival

Stone Brewing shuns Columbus for Richmond expansion

Other Ohio Arts and Urbanism News

Ohio casino September revenues down from August (Fox 45)

Ohio prisons will use drones as a security measure (Cleveland Scene)

West Virginia and Appalachia

Musicians explore connections between Romanian and Appalachian Folk Music  (WV Public Radio)

Ginseng Reality TV: Cultivating conservation or encouraging extinction?  (WV Public Radio)


Adroit Detroit and the re-branding of the Rust Belt (Pop City)

A peek at Beth Olem Cemetary and the Neighborhood destroyed by a GM plant (Model D)

Winners of the 2014 Knight Arts Challenge (Model D)

Other Transit and Urbanism News

Battle of the upstarts: Houston Vs. San Francisco Bay (Joel Kotkin- Daily Beast)

Playable Cities: The city that plays together, stays together. (The Guardian - Sept, 9th)

Where the transit-accessible jobs are in Atlanta (ATL Urbanist)

The driver behind public transit's transformation in Atlanta (Government Technology)

Despite complaints, Houston is the best Texas city for transit access (Houston Chronicle)

Chamber report highlights challenges to Nashville's future growth (Nashville Biz Blog)

Madison poised for next steps to bus rapid transit system (Wisconsin State Journal)

Quote of the week: The neglected American Bus (Human Transit)

Transit-oriented development dominating in major metros (Transit Talk)

Tactical urbanism gaining momentum in San-Diego (KPBS)

Houston: Opportunity urbanism and walkability (Urbanophile)

Why big tech can't save the city (Corner Side Yard)

Diverging fortunes in Portland (New Geography)

Homebuilders offer freebies as booming U.S. markets cool (Ooops!) (Bloomberg News)

Mercedes is making a self-driving semi to change the future of shipping (Wired)

Indianapolis Airport debuts customer service robot

Stats show Indianapolis's violent trend likely to continue (WISHTV)

Ebola epidemic spreads- in pictures (The Guardian) (-warning: upsetting)

Aggressive police seize hundreds of millions of dollars from people not charged with crimes (Washington Post)

Comedy club charges per laugh with facial recognition  (BBC News)

113 year old time capsule in Boston opened (Christian Science Monitor)

Other Arts and Media News

Norway's currency goes abstract (Hyperallergic)

YouTube unveils huge new NYC video production studio (New York Times)

These Indonesian cave paintings may overturn Eurocentric art history  (Hyperallergic)

Cave Art older and more widespread than thought (National Geographic)

Treasure hunter uncovers one of the most significant Viking hoards ever found in Scotland  (Ancient Origins)

How Bureaucrats tried and failed to make TV suck (Reason)

Orlando Arts Scene: It's an urban bus trip (New Geography)

What makes art racist? (Hyperallergic)

Bonhams sets eight new records for modern and contemporary Middle Eastern artists (Art Daily)

Document dump reveals new details in Knoedler Gallery forgery case (The Art Newspaper)

Antiquities collections destroyed in Gaza conflict (The Art Newspaper)

Queens Museum calls for manual labor in the name of art. (Art News)

Reviewing the New York Film Festival (People Magazine)

Must see museum exhibitions during Frieze London  (Art Net)

What are America's top private contemporary art museums? (Art Net)

French museums loan 300 masterworks to Louvre Abu Dhabi  (Art Newspaper)

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Look at Last Week's Lawn-Con Outdoor Comics Festival in Youngstown

From The  Youngstown State Student Newspaper, The Jambar

"Yambar’s Lawn-Con began in the artist’s own yard years ago. Now, for its fifth year anniversary, the convention resided at the B&O Station in Youngstown.
Yambar is a painter, writer, cartoonist, publisher, designer and recorder. He is best known for his comic, “Mr. Beat,” and his involvement in “The Simpsons.”
The convention offered national and indie comic creators a place to showcase their work and their talents — as well as live music, stand up comedy, portfolio reviews, local wrestling acts and a cosplay contest for all attendees."
"Yambar believes that Lawn-Con will continue to grow as long as the population as a whole harbors a love for creativity and, deep down, hopes to see the Bat Signal in the night sky or the USS Renegade spotted next to Hubble Space Station. "
If you attended, please share your thoughts in the comments.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Cleveland Narrowly Defeats Pittsburgh in Rust Belt Cup Bike Challenge

Almost as coveted as Lord Stanley's Cup. After 50 years- Cleveland has won something! (Actually ranked 13th in the country)
"Bike Cleveland bested Bike PGH of Pittsburgh in competition as part of the National Bike Challenge.
The National Bike Challenge is a five-month effort to get people to cycle. Nationally, more than 47,000 riders logged 23 million miles.
As a way to be inclusive to all skill levels of riders, a point system encourages more trips than miles."
Read all about the gloating.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

10/1/14- 10/7/14 Weekly Arts and Urbanism Roundup


Dreaming up a new Smithfield Street (Next Pittsburgh)

Why Latin music and the Latin community is finally growing in Pittsburgh (Next Pittsburgh)

Latham Street Commons- Idea to turn underused Friendship garages into an urban food market (Next Pittsburgh)

Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum included in list of top 5 great sports museums (Travel Pulse)

Architectural historian and author giving three free talks on Pittsburgh Architecture (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Pittsburgh artists represent at Atlanta's A3C hip-hop festival (Digging Pitt)

A local spoken-word artist does his full length solo show (Pittsburgh City Paper)


New principles for parking could be applied in University Circle (Green City, Blue Lake)

Insolvent East Cleveland owes over $600,000 to an insolvent traffic camera company (Cleveland Scene)

In the cracks between: A faith based start-up in Cleveland (Belt Magazine)

Boxing gyms offer a rich- if incomplete refuge- from inner city struggles (Freshwater Cleveland)

Snapology Cleveland aims to build STEM skills through play based learning (Freshwater Cleveland)

Cleveland Beer Week adds day to festivities  (

Kent, Ohio

Ground broken on Kent State University Center for Architecture and Urban Design


Relive last weekends Midpoint Music Festival through these 28 photos (Urban Cincy)

Fifth annual Asian Food Festival returns to Washington Park this Sunday (Urban Cincy)


Restoration of Villanova University's Triumph of David painting reveals many changes. ( 

Corbett's DEP chief resigns amid "porngate" allegations (PA Independent)

West Virginia and Appalachia

This music has no borders: Scots-Irish music in Appalachia (WBUR Radio)

Keeping it local: Festival recognizes West Virginia filmmaking talent (The Parthenon)

WV pumpkin festival kicks off in Milton

Other Urbanism and Architecture news:

Incredible maps show how working class neighborhoods are disappearing from American cities (Houston Chronicle)

New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel sells for a staggering $1,95 Billion (CNBC)

Why can't Austin attract international tech students?  (CityLab)

Honolulu plans fully automated rail transit (Cityscope)

"Skateboard urbanism" could change park planning (Next City)

London turning some classic "phone boxes" (booths) into mobile device charging stations (Art Daily)

The NFL's other scandal: Rampant Crony Capitalism (Contra Corner)

Inside big real estate's play for San Francisco's hipster geeks (Next City)

The high cost of radium contamination in cities (Next City)

Louisville's "Broken Sidewalk" urbanism blog returns (WFPL News)

What motivates mode choices for urban residents (Human Transit)

Joel Kotkin fears conservatives against suburban sprawl (The American Conservative)

Peak Sprawl? The fringes of the New York region are shrinking (Streetsblog)

The incredible modern architecture of Havana 

Has floating architecture's moment finally arrived?  (Next City)

Historic preservation, bad for neighborhood diversity (Market Urbanism)

Other Arts Related News:

Tax court ruling seen as victory for artists (New York Times)

David Hockney: Why art has become "less" (BBC News)

NYC photo exhibition vandalized, curator attacked (Hyperallergic)

Has Gaudi's Sagrada Familia grown out of touch? (Hyperallergic)

Artist's diaries since 1865 (Hyperallergic)

Campaign in Britain saves Wedgewood pottery collection (Artdaily)

Smartphone photography evolves (Boston Globe)

Top DJ's out-earn some Hollywood stars (MyFoxNY)

The colorful world of Hong Kong's protest art (Washington Post)

Dallas Museum of Art and University of Texas at Dallas partner to form new art history institute (ArtDaily)

Cleveland Based Photographer Exhibits Shots of "Jews Who Rock" in Davenport, Iowa

From The Quad City Times
"Macoska has worked professionally as a photographer, primarily of rock musicians passing through Cleveland, since 1974.
Currently the house photographer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, she has also shot the cover art for albums by David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Devo, Heart, AC/DC and The Kinks."
Who would be better positioned to photograph the stars of rock?

"The more she researched, Macoska discovered that Jewish influences went beyond musicians such as Neil Diamond, Gene Simmons and Billy Joel and into those behind the scenes, such as Beatles manager Brian Epstein; Sid Bernstein, the producer who brought the Fab Four to America; and legendary concert promoter Bill Graham.
"I kind of knew there were Jewish influences in rock 'n' roll, I just never knew that there were influences beyond musicians," she said, adding that the two Cleveland DJs who coined the phrase "rock 'n' roll" in 1952 and staged the first rock concert were both Jewish."
This sounds like a cool show and I hope she thinks of bringing it to Cleveland.

"Jews Who Rock"
Photos by Janet Macoska
September 10- December 10
River Music Experience
 2nd Floor Gallery
129 Main Street,
Davenport, Iowa

Monday, October 06, 2014

Pittsburgh Artists Represent @ Atlanta's A3C Hip Hop Cultural Festival

In my short visit to Atlanta, last year It seemed to be open, inclusive and moving in a good direction. Creative but not uptight,

The AC3 Festival shows that.

"A3C (all 3 coasts) festival is the preeminent hip-hop festival in the US. Founded in 2005, A3C has grown from a regional showcase to an internationally celebrated cultural experience including music, education, art, film, style, pro-audio and more."
Pittsburgh's "delegation"

The Come Up Boys
Beedie Ground Up
Goldsmith (Formerly Crystal Seth)
Palermo Stone
Macon Hamilton
Masspike Miles