Tag: Pittsburgh

How Twitter got me an off-menu Pittsburgh sandwich for my birthday

What is a Pittsburgh sandwich? Pittsburghers know them as Primanti’s Brothers sandwiches because that’s where they originated. What makes the Pittsburgh sandwich unique is that the cole slaw and fries are served on top of the sandwich. The story is that make it easier for the trucker drivers to eat; however, it makes for a... Read more »

Memories of my bad college apartment

In Pittsburgh people love to wax nostalgic about things that aren’t there anymore. There is even a PBS documentary about Pittsburgh things that aren’t there anymore. Well, the bad college apartment that I shared with Punk Rock Palate is now a Pittsburgh thing that isn’t there anymore. A friend who lived in the same apartment... Read more »

See my play "A Skewed Nude" at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival (again)

See my play "A Skewed Nude" at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival (again)
My one-act play A Skewed Nude premiered at the 2004 Pittsburgh New Works Festival where the production won several awards including Outstanding Contribution by a Playwright. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival they are producing four past best play winners in addition to their usual line up of new plays.... Read more »
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In my old school: Memories of my college theatre

Duquesne University, my undergraduate alma mater, is getting a new theatre. I’m thrilled for the students and community members who will get to enjoy the new black box theatre, but I’m sad that the era of the Peter Mills Theatre is coming to an end. For all that space’s quirks (and there were many), it... Read more »

Breaking up with Pittsburgh is hard to do

Breaking up with Pittsburgh is hard to do
I lived in Pittsburgh for 14 years. That’s longer than I’ve lived in any other place. Even though I moved around a lot growing up, I didn’t have plans to leave Pittsburgh. If I didn’t have to move I don’t know if I would have. The road to my departure started when I applied to a graduate... Read more »

Another controversial Super Bowl ad: Heinz Ketchup

Every year there seems to be at least one controversial Super Bowl ad. This year the commercial getting the most attention is a Coca Cola ad in which “America the Beautiful” (which is NOT the National Anthem BTW) is sung in a variety of languages. However, people from Pittsburgh recognize another Super Bowl ad as controversial: the... Read more »
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Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers: Who has the best music video?

Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers: Who has the best music video?
The Chicago Bears play the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 22 Sunday Night Football. Both are teams from cities with blue collar roots. Both are teams used to playing in harsh winter conditions. Both are teams with quarterbacks who their fans are often embarrassed by. There are so many ways to compare these teams, but today... Read more »

Bears, Steelers: Where are the bad guys?

On September 22 the Chicago Bears play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. As a former Pittsburgher and current Chicagoan I cheer for both teams. Since they are in different conferences that is rarely a problem. This week is one of those times when it is. “Mama, where are the bad guys?” At first... Read more »

Pittsburgh responds to my six reasons not to move there

Pittsburgh responds to my six reasons not to move there
Yes, I did it. I wrote a post called “Six real reasons not to move to Pittsburgh.” Yes, I knew it would rile some people, but I figured the reaction would be mostly limited my friends in Pittsburgh. Boy was I wrong. Here are some highlights of responses to my list of Pittsburgh annoyances. A... Read more »
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Six real reasons NOT to move to Pittsburgh

Six real reasons NOT to move to Pittsburgh
Earlier this week I posted six real reasons to move to Pittsburgh, specifically the things I miss about living in Pittsburgh. But before ChicagoNow rips up my contract I should point out that there are definitely things I do not miss about Pittsburgh. Below are six reasons NOT to move to Pittsburgh. Oh, remember in... Read more »