Hey there, it’s Thursday.
But in pandemic time, I’m never quite sure what day it is. To help break up the monotony in this weird era, I’ve been paying close attention to the movement of the seasons. While taking long walks, I admire the ice formations, notice the bright buildings against the snow, and give my eyes a few minutes of screen-free delight.
Below is one of my favorite pictures from a recent (masked, of course!) stroll. Shout-out to Carhartt fleece-lined pants for making it possible.
And, yes, this may be a weird message in a newsletter that you’re reading on your phone or computer, but: Please give your eyes a break from the screen today when you can. ❤️
But first, let’s catch up on today’s news: More snow, an introduction to an important figure in local history, a neat #ThrowbackThursday, a new twist on the sinkhole bus meme, and (just for members) a new I Spy Pittsburgh.
What Pittsburgh is talking about
4 things to know today
🌨️ If the forecast was correct, then it’s probably snowing while you read this.That’s a familiar refrain this year as we’ve seen more than twice as much snow as usual. (TribLive)
🛣️ Speaking of snow … is your road plowed? Pittsburgh Public Works says they’re contending with an aging fleet of plows, challenging topography, and 1,500 miles to clear. (90.5 WESA)
➡️ Meet the Pittsburgh professor who helped evaluate Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for the United States and hear from him about the process. (The Pitt News)
✈️ Did you know there’s a Tuskegee Airmen Memorial in Sewickley Cemetery? The memorial honors our nation’s first African American military aviators, along with the women of the “Tuskegee Experience.” Here’s the story of Rosa Mae Willis, a local mechanic for the Tuskegee Airmen. (Blue Sky News)
4 things to make you smile
🍦 There’s a new ice cream on the menu at Millie’s for Black History Month. “Blackout Brownie” is a collaboration with Pittsburgh artist Cue Perry, and proceeds benefit 1Hood Media. (TribLive)
🍕 Take the time to savor this long read about the region’s pizza styles. One interesting fact that surprised me: Pizza was so novel when the DiCarlo brothers opened their shop in Wheeling in 1949, a newspaper article had to describe what it was. (Pittsburgh Magazine)
🐟 Eat’n Park won the internet yesterday with this very timely sinkhole bus meme. (Eat’n Park on Twitter)
🏗️ #ThrowbackThursday to the Pittsburgh Zoo Aquarium under construction in 1966. (Pittsburgh City Archives on Twitter)
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🎭 Catch a reimagined "Romeo and Juliet" from Pittsburgh Public Theater, this version centered on Black culture and characters — multiple dates (Online)
📜 Explore the life of Bishop Benjamin Tucker Tanner and family in this Black History Month lecture with Preservation Pittsburgh (Online)
🖼 Get timed tickets to see the acclaimed SWOON exhibition at Contemporary Craft’s new location — multiple dates (Upper Lawrenceville)
🐦 Learn about this year's finch superflight and how the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is using new technology to track winter movements of evening grosbeaks (Online)
🐧 Hear from Charles Bergman, award-winning author and photographer, as he shares his quest to see every penguin in the world in this Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium program (Online)
💝 Keep the Valentine's Day love going with “The Valentine Tardy Ya Jagoff Party” with celebrity dueling duos (Online)
☮️ Take inspiration from great works of art in a 30-minute live, guided meditation session from the Carnegie Museum of Art — multiple dates (Online)
📜 Learn unknown facts about Sojourner Truth's life and how Prime Stage Theatre created a streaming production of "Sojourner" by Richard LaMonte Pierce (Online)
➡️ Explore the hidden Jewish neighborhoods of Pittsburgh in this Doors Open Pittsburgh event (Online)
📊 Be inspired by Afua Bruce, chief program officer at DataKind, a global nonprofit that harnesses the power of data science and AI in the service of humanity, in this Carnegie Science Center Career Connections chat (Online)
👀 Enjoy a virtual exhibition featuring the work of Pittsburgh-based artist atiya jones and San Francisco-based Suzanne Stroebe — multiple dates (Online)
📣 Listen in on Mind Matter, a panel discussion about mental health in BIPOC communities hosted by "Listen, Lucy" (Online)
One more thing ....
Calling all creatives … here are two cool things you might want to check out.
First, applications are open to participate in Handmade Arcade’s spring virtual marketplace. Here’s how to apply. And if you’re more interested in shopping the market, mark your calendar for April 30 - May 2.
Second, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council is looking for applications for its Teaching Artist Opportunity Grant, designed to support artists with professional development.
That’s all for today, folks. See you back here tomorrow.
— Rossilynne at The Incline