📈 The vaccines are here — now what?
Plus, Pittsburgh as 1920s Chicago.
Hello and welcome to Tuesday.
We start today with a quick thank you to all the folks who've been tagging us in their holiday photos on Instagram (there's one below). It's the pick-me-up we didn't know we needed but probably should have because, well ... <gestures broadly>.
And there are more pick-me-ups where that came from. Keep scrolling for four reasons to smile.
But first, your daily rundown: The COVID-19 vaccine comes to Pittsburgh, Joe Biden wins Pennsylvania again, the small business struggle is real, and the gift guide that keeps on giving.
What Pittsburgh is talking about
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4 things to know today
📈 Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Pennsylvania yesterday, with one of the commonwealth's historic first doses administered to a Children's Hospital nurse minutes after 11 a.m. The nurse, Charmaine Pykosh, said of the night before: “I couldn’t sleep. My heart was pounding.” The Post-Gazette has more from the scene here, and the Department of Health has an update here with what (and who) comes next.
🗳 Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral college members officially cast their votes for president-elect Joe Biden yesterday in a stripped down Harrisburg ceremony. The votes will be forwarded to Congress for the official count on Jan. 6 and joined those cast yesterday by electors in states across the country. Can Congress still overturn the vote in January? Technically yes, but experts say that's highly unlikely, or at least unlikely to work. The New York Times explains why.
🔒 The plight of restaurants in COVID-19 America is a Pittsburgh story, and local eateries like The Vandal and Harris Grill are featured in a New Republic piece about the industry's mounting debts, struggling workers, and the congressional inaction making it worse. Read the full story here.
📍 You probably don't think of diversity when you think of Westmoreland County. But a new billboard campaign from the Westmoreland Diversity Coalition and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art is a nod to Black residents of the past, present, and future. Bloomberg CityLab has the story here.
4 things to make you smile
🛍 Etsy Market's first-ever virtual shopping experience is open in Pittsburgh and carts are filling up fast. City Paper has more on the "ShopTheBurgh" experience here.
🎬 Wanna know how Netflix made Pittsburgh look like 1920s Chicago in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"? The Post-Gazette has the story.
🎄 The best Pittsburgh Halloween outfit ever is also the best Christmas outfit ever. (No offense, Santa.) See it here.
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Things to do
🎭 Join the Riverfront Theatre Company for a virtual performance of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol (Online)
🎉 Mark the end of Aria412's season with a holiday party concert featuring surprise guests and a special white elephant gift exchange (Online)
✋ Get your stampers ready for a virtual Bingo bash benefitting the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Western PA/WV chapter (Online)
🌎 Explore your relationship to the environment and our climate in this dialogue organized by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Online)
🎊 Join a day-long birthday bash for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy on their social media channels — @pittsburghparks on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even TikTok (Online)
🔌 Let Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo host you for a salute to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation with fan-favorite clips, their favorite memories of making it, and live answers to your questions (Online)
🎊 Enjoy the magic and excitement of the season with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Tapestry of Light: A Holiday Celebration (Online)
🎤 Check in with the latest installment of 1Hood Media's Power Hour, a virtual forum to discuss all things political in Pittsburgh and beyond (Online)
One more thing ...
Don't forget: It's the season of giving, and we've made your holiday shopping easier this year with our 2020 gift guide. It's got 23 locally made gifts for everyone on your list — the extrovert who can’t wait to get back out on the town, the foodie, and more. Let the giving begin!
Thanks for reading to the bottom. We'll see you back here tomorrow.