Thursday, October 30, 2014

West Virginia's Fairmont State University Publishes Collection of Appalachian Ghost Stories

From a site called Appalachian History

These stories have been compiled by a number of writers, many from long standing local legends and edited by Dr. Ruth Ann Musick.

"In these stories, ghosts fill and color the folk landscape of Appalachia, making trouble and causing disturbances for people from all walks of life. In “The Family That Disappeared,” a ghostly mist haunts a family, while a group of lumberjacks experience the fright of their lives in “Ike the Lumberjack.” A young couple find themselves living in a haunted house in “A Night of Horror,” and in “The Ghost of the Golden Cup,” an antique dealer finds that he has gotten himself into more than he had bargained for. The uncanny and the macabre fill these authentic Appalachian ghost tales, breathing life into the stories of the undead."

 "The complete version of this article can be found in Traditions, Vol. 13, which you can order from The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Fairmont, WV. The price for an issue of the journal is $10.00 which includes shipping plus information about becoming a Friend of the Folklife Center and its various activities."

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

10/22/14- 10/28/14 Arts and Urbanism Roundup

Pittsburgh 

Pitt Football brings back classic script helmet design (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Heinz Field facing growing no-show problem (CBS Pittsburgh)

Video series: The scariest haunted houses in the Pittsburgh area (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Fire at Flight 93 Memorial raises questions about the National Park Service's ability to protect historic artifacts (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Natural History Museum reaches out to over 21 crowd  (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Google thanks Polio vaccine developer, Jonas Salk with a Google Doodle (Washington Post)

Pioneering Penn Ave alternative arts venue, Garfield Art Works closing in December (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Greensburg 

Restored Greensburg Civil War statue may move out of courthouse soon

Cleveland 

Top Cleveland dive and neighborhood bars: Photo Gallery (Cleveland.com)

Why is Baldwin Wallace University ashamed to say it's near Cleveland? (Diggingpitt)

Devo releases recording of 1977 Cleveland show as a live album (Consequence of Sound)

Cleveland theater company adopts Night of the Living Dead for the stage (Cleveland Scene)

Making beautiful music in a Cleveland retirement community (CBS Evening News)

Akron

Akron musicians break in new downtown jazz club (Akron Beacon Journal)


Ohio

Spotify study shows Ohio State students listen to the most classical music (The Lantern)

Chicago

95 problems: A walk down the South Side's most notorious "stroad" (Streetsblog Chicago)

Detroit

Renovation work starts on Detroit's huge, historic Packard plant complex

Other Urbanism News

How asset foreiture allows cops to steal from citizens  (Reason)

The most expensive housing markets in the U.S. are also the most Liberal (The Washington Post)

Is 21 days enough for Ebola quarantine?  (Five Thirty Eight Science)

World Series is on and everybody's watching...football (New York Times)

Redfin buys Walk Score (Wired)

Real Estate network sues Zillow, claims the company stole trade secrets (Puget Sound Business Journal)

California community suffers as wells dry up in drought (Yahoo News)

New urbanisim hits the suburbs, as pricey condos multiply on Long Island  (Wall Street Journal)

The death of the suburban corporate campus (Better Cities and Towns)

Florida's Department of Transportation doesn't seem to know its own rules (Streetsblog)

Why cities need localists (The American Conservative)

Why Conservatives must engage urbanism (The American Conservative)

Is America finally saying no to junk food? (CBS Moneywatch)

Other Arts and Architecture News

You can legally busk in New York's subways but a cop might arrest you anyway. (Reason)

Frieze Art Fair: where great refinement meets harrowing vulgarity (The Spectator)

Frank Gehry, gives critics the finger- literally  (Arch Daily)

11 at risk American art landscapes (Art Net)

What to do with Uruguay's massive shipwrecked Nazi bronze? (Art Net)

Subtle street art: 27 easy to overlook urban enhancements (Web Urbanist)

Affordable housing plan threatens Parisian street art haven (Hyperallergic)

750-year old city founded by Genghis Khan's grandson is unearthed (Hyperallergic)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Why is Baldwin Wallace Ashamed of Cleveland?

Baldwin Wallace University is a small but highly ranked school currently running radio ads in the Pittsburgh market.

Nothing wrong with the school from what I can see. Some highlights:

"BW is also ranked among the Best Midwestern Colleges by the Princeton Review and as a Best College Value by Kiplinger's."
 About 19% of our freshmen rank in the top ten percent of their graduating class, while 54% rank in the top quarter.
 Neuroscience program:  Since inception in 1998, 95% of its students who have applied have been accepted into graduate programs or medical school.
 Music Theatre program:  Ranked among the top ten in the country by Backstage, the industry's professional journal."
Nothing really wrong with the ads either, which encourage Pittsburgh students to check out a great school- only two hours from Pittsburgh.

Two hours in which direction? Near what? You have to Google to discover they are almost in Cleveland !!!

Sports jokes aside, what makes them so reluctant to say so? Wouldn't a medical student like to know about the Cleveland Clinic or music students be interested in Cleveland's internationally acclaimed orchestra?

Contrast these Baldwin Wallace ads with Point Park's proud Pittsburgh-centric sales pitch and you see the glaring difference between the two cities.

Before Cleveland can market itself to the world it needs to convince local and regional institutions it is a worthwhile place.





Friday, October 24, 2014

Chuck Connelly : My America @ The Andy Warhol Museum

Chuck Connelly: My America @ The Andy Warhol Museum for the Pittsburgh Biennial 2014 from PFPCA on Vimeo.

Surreal, fantastic, hideous and humorous but rarely boring

The once, hailed art star, Connelly is now known more as a character and cautionary tale than the actual living artist he still is.

From The Warhol Museum website

Chuck Connelly: Homo, 1979 Courtesy of the artist


"This exhibition, Chuck Connelly: My America, will mark Connelly’s first solo museum show and feature works from his beginning years in New York to the present day. Born in Pittsburgh in 1955, Connelly graduated from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia in 1977. In the early 1980s Connelly, based in New York City, exhibited widely and developed a highly inventive style of expressionist painting. During this period, Connelly was recognized as a key figure among the New York-based Neo-expressionist painters – alongside artists such Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat – and was collected by major institutions across the United States. In the late 1990s, Connelly returned to Philadelphia where he continues to live and work."

Amazingly, they say this is his first museum solo

From a 2008 blog post by David Grim

"Right from the start it was clear that Chuck Connelly was a bit unstable. He paced through the screen nervously, ranting and raving against his perceived enemies and the injustices of his life. He was shown haranguing a woman who I soon figured out was his ex-wife, and it was clear that being around Connelly must be a trial. He is the true manifestation of the artist as L'enfant terrible. He drinks incessantly, and becomes increasingly agitated until the point of violence. This isn't surprising as he is said to view himself as a Jackson Pollock-type, outside the realms of polite cultured society. Apparently he learned quite early that he would be allowed a certain amount of self-indulgence, given his profuse talent.

But evidently Connelly miscalculated the reception his act would generate. At one point he looked assured to attain the lofty ranks of art-stardom. He was represented by Annina Nosei, and courted by collectors and celebrities. He sold millions of dollars in paintings. Martin Scorcese even used him as his subject in his segment of New York Stories. According to the tale that director Jeff Stimmel spins, this tribute actually led to his downfall. After New York Stories (starring Nick Nolte as the infamously truculent artist) was released, Connelly was asked for his reaction to the film by The New York Post. He called the portrayal mundane and cliché, and made a rather unflattering comparison to Scorcese's masterpiece,Raging Bull."
But evidently Connelly miscalculated the reception his act would generate. At one point he looked assured to attain the lofty ranks of art-stardom. He was represented by Annina Nosei, and courted by collectors and celebrities. He sold millions of dollars in paintings. Martin Scorcese even used him as his subject in his segment of New York Stories. According to the tale that director Jeff Stimmel spins, this tribute actually led to his downfall. After New York Stories (starring Nick Nolte as the infamously truculent artist) was released, Connelly was asked for his reaction to the film by The New York Post. He called the portrayal mundane and cliché, and made a rather unflattering comparison to Scorcese's masterpiece,Raging Bull."
I admire his work the more I see it, especially the way he resists the clean packaging that can drive an artist's career.

Chuck Connelly: My America
September 27, 2014
January 4 , 2015

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Carrie Furnace Halloween Party planned


"On Saturday, November 1st, for one night only, The Independent and The Brew Gentlemen will restore the Carrie Furnace to its 50s and 60s era of greatness. We will be throwing a Halloween party in homage to that era’s most prolific director: Alfred Hitchcock. Together with Rivers of Steel, the non-profit steward of this beautiful historic monument, we present: Hitchcock! – A Halloween Party at the Carrie Furnace.
This little party will have all of the components of a great Hitchcock film: suspense, romance, psychological thrills, and murderously good craft beers and cocktails. DJs throughout the evening will keep you dancing the night away on our dance floor centered in an old hangar bay of the mill."
Warning - this is not a cheap event, $35 for entry plus $15 for onsite parking (free offsite parking and shuttle available) plus the cost of food from a wide range of food trucks. Even so, the experience may be more than worth it- I would be going if I could.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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

Pittsburgh

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)

Cleveland

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 (Cleveland.com)

Rediscovering Cleveland poet, Russell Atkins  (Belt Magazine)

Ohio

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