🎩 A yinzer backdrop fit for Bridgerton
Plus, where's the vaccine?
It's Friday. Let's go.
I love it when a reader writes in to tell me something I didn't know. That's not sarcasm; it's one of the coolest parts of this job.
This time it was Joseph M. The subject of Joe's outreach? Yesterday's rant about rivers and how NYC's East River was my first love before the Allegheny, Mon or Ohio.
Here's the thing: As Joe kindly informed me, the East River isn't actually a river. I looked it up and Joe is right: It's a saltwater tidal strait. In my defense, they might wanna work on that branding a little. Thanks for the info, Joe.
While we're on the subject of reader feedback: If you have thoughts and feelings on the new design of this newsletter, go here and tell us what we should know.
Keep scrolling for stories like these: A vaccine guide, calling all Bridgerton fans, getting hygge (actually pronounced hue-guh) with it, another parade postponed, and redevelopment plans bloom at the Garden Theater site.
What Pittsburgh is talking about
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~5 things to know today
🔎 COVID-19 vaccines are in high demand and proving hard to find across Pennsylvania. The Post-Gazette has a step-by-step guide on how to do it if you're in a qualifying group. (Check here.) The paper of record also wants to hear about your experience navigating the process. Here's their report.
💵 What's on Gov. Tom Wolf's agenda for 2021? More money for pandemic-ravaged businesses and struggling workers, higher taxes for natural gas drillers, steps toward a $15/hour minimum wage, and legal weed. Wolf is set to issue his full budget proposal to the legislature next week. The Associated Press has more.
🚧 The long-stalled Garden Theater redevelopment project is stalled no more. The work, which includes construction of a five-story apartment building with street-level retail at the corner of West North Avenue and Federal Street, could begin as soon as July and wrap up by 2023. PublicSource has more on the delays and what happens now.
🍀 Pittsburgh's 2021 St. Patrick's Day Parade has been postponed. One of the first events cancelled when the pandemic began last year, the parade is holding off and looking for a date in the latter half of 2021. The Pittsburgh Marathon has been "effectively" cancelled after the city denied a permit, saying May was too early for an event of its size. Here's what to do if you're already registered.
5 things to make you smile
🎩 Calling all regency rakes, here’s the perfect spot to stage your next Bridgerton-themed cosplay — Clayton, the Frick mansion on the grounds of The Frick Pittsburgh. Scout the location here.
💛 Words to live by from Coraopolis native and actor Michael Keaton: "Work hard. Don't quit. Be appreciative, be thankful, be grateful, be respectful. Also, never whine, never complain. And always, for crying out loud, keep a sense of humor."
😌 Do you hygge? The Danish concept of holistic comfort is achievable right here in Pittsburgh. City Paper tells you how.
🎷 Celebrate Black History Month with a month-long celebration of Pittsburgh jazz. Here's more on how to join from TribLIVE.
🏆 James Martin of Aliquippa is a Marine Corps veteran and one of three honorary captains for the Super Bowl LV coin toss. KDKA-TV has a brief introduction.
Things to do
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📸 Explore this history of African American hair culture with a new art exhibit at the Brew House Association Gallery — through March 6 (South Side)
🎙 Grab the mic or just watch 1Hood Media's "self portrait-themed" slam poetry event (Online)
🎭 Join an August Wilson scholar and relative for a closer look at “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” with things you may have missed, insider information, and some family history (Online)
🗳 Get ready to run for office with this non-partisan campaign training session for women — multiple dates (Online)
💌 Hand make your Valentine's Day cards with inspiration from this virtual Somerset County Library workshop (Online)
✍️ Polish that poem you're writing with help from the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective (Online)
🗞 Celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh and the accomplishments of pioneering journalist Nellie Bly (Online)
One more thing ....
Is this "A" for anarchy, Alcosan, or the Allegheny? You decide.
Thanks for reading to the bottom. Make it a great weekend. We'll see you back here on Tuesday.