Plus, the political fight in Pennsylvania's future.
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🤚 Giant styrofoam hamburger going once, going twice

Plus, the political fight in Pennsylvania's future.

Hello and welcome to Tuesday

Are you in the market for a gigantic styrofoam hamburger sculpture? What about a pirate carved from wood? 

Max & Erma's Parkway West location is closing, and everything from its memorabilia-heavy dining area, except the bar, is up for sale. So are kitchen supplies like flat-top grills, deep fryers, and so on.

The auction goes from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today right here.

Our finder's fee? A photo of the wooden pirate or barstool with feet that you snag. 

Here's what else we have for you today: New president in 3- 2- 1, the political fight in Pennsylvania's near future, a members-only I Spy, and Pittsburgh sandwiches — hold the fries.

What Pittsburgh is talking about

Redding up. | Tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @stillcityphotography)

4 things to know today

🇺🇸 Tomorrow's inauguration of President-elect (and Pennsylvania native) Joe Biden is the big news of the week. D.C. is bracing for possible unrest after the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol, and so are states nationwide. PennLIVE has more on Pennsylvania's precautions here

🗳 Redistricting will be the "definitive political fight of 2021," with partisanship peaking in Harrisburg and Pennsylvania set to lose a congressional seat. Spotlight PA has more on what to expect.

📍 Giant Eagle and Rite Aid pharmacies will join the list of COVID-19 vaccine providers. Health care workers and nursing home residents and staff are the only groups currently eligible for the vaccine in Pennsylvania, but that could change sooner than expected. The Courier Times has details on the state's evolving plan.

💛 Joanne Rogers died last week at the age of 92. Her New York Times obit recalls a "gregarious wife," "influential creator," kindness evangelist, and occasional yin to Fred's tranquil yang. Read it here.

4 things to make you smile

📸 May your day be as calm as the surface of the Allegheny River in this photo

🥪 Forget french fries and coleslaw even exist with City Paper's list of 13 overlooked Pittsburgh sandwiches.

📖 Wilkinsburg author Deesha Philyaw's "Secret Lives Of Church Ladies" is being adapted for TV and HBO. The Post-Gazette has an early preview.

👁 Can you spot the camouflaged owl in this photo from Frick Park? It took us a while.

🔒 Unlock I Spy 

Come spy with us

Today our members are getting an exclusive round of I Spy in their newsletters. Do you like I Spy? What about early access to our voter guides? Or hand-curated apartment and job listings? Unlock that content and more by joining us as an Incline Insider right here.

Things to do 

Submit your events to our calendar.


🍺 Join author Alison Feeney for a talk about the cultural heritage of Pennsylvania breweries (Online)


🍹 Explore new ways of supporting Pittsburgh's service industry and the next generation of hospitality entrepreneurs with this virtual cocktail fundraiser (Online)

💛 Learn how you can empower women who are entering and returning to the workforce across at the Dress for Success Pittsburgh virtual volunteer info session (Online)


♻️ Be confident that you're doing recycling right with this virtual tutorial from Inhale and Recycle This Pittsburgh (Online)


📰 Learn the story of journalist Nellie Bly in "How a sassy girl from Pittsburgh became a legend," a virtual event from Doors Open Pittsburgh (Online)

Tuesday, Jan. 26

❄️ Marvel at the wonders of nature in winter and what lies above and below the snow during with this free virtual nature story event (Online)

Wednesday, Jan. 27

🌱 Explore the many options for bringing more plant-based ingredients into your cooking and baking with this lunchtime webinar from Phipps and the Pittsburgh Vegan Society — multiple dates (Online)

One more thing ....

We've told you before about the push to raze the building that once housed the iconic Froggy's bar Downtown — and a competing push to save it from the wrecking ball. 

Here's a quick update: 

The city's planning commission sided with preservationists last year and barred any plan to demolish the Firstside National Register Historic District building.

The owner appealed the decision and saw that appeal rejected by a county judge last week.

As PublicSource reported, the owner "hasn’t yet decided how to proceed with one of 2020’s most controversial development proposals." 

We'll keep you posted on what happens next. 

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We'll see you back here tomorrow.

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