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Plus, the latest in Pittsburgh’s mayoral race and how to prepare for the judicial election.

By Francesca Dabecco

It’s Thursday, Pittsburgh.

In today’s newsletter, we’ve got the latest from Pittsburgh’s mayoral candidates, what to expect in the upcoming judicial election, events and stories commemorating three years since the massacre at Tree of Life Synagogue, what’s new in the arts and culture scene, hidden bars and block parties, and much more.

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4 things to know today

🗳️Voting in the 2021 judicial election: We get it. Elections can be confusing, especially local ones, and that’s probably why they don’t get a high voter turnout. But because these individuals will shape local policy here in Pittsburgh, it’s important to stay informed. This article by 90.5 WESA helps to answer any questions you have about voting in this upcoming election. Learn about what the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is, who’s running, and some of its biggest recent decisions, along with the Pennsylvania Superior Court and Commonwealth Court by clicking the link. ➡️(90.5 WESA)

🏡Pittsburgh City Council calls housing a human right. A resolution was approved on Tuesday after legislation was introduced by Rev. Ricky Burgess, a councilman and advocate for accessible housing for all. Just last month, city officials released a report revealing that Pittsburgh’s Black residents and those living in the city’s predominantly Black neighborhoods were less likely to get a mortgage for a home. (TribLIVE)

🗣️Speaking of housing, mayoral candidates Ed Gainey and Tony Moreno went back and forth about affordable housing in Pittsburgh, as well as policing and the city’s use of American Rescue Plan funds, in a debate on Monday. You can read more about where they stand on these issues at the link. ➡️(90.5 WESA)

❤️Pittsburgh is stronger than hate, and leaders in public policy, education, and journalism are coming together to prove it. Nearly three years after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, an anti-hate conference will be hosted from Oct. 18-21 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The inaugural Eradicate Hate Global Summit will feature keynote speakers including former president George W. Bush, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, United Nations special adviser on the prevention of genocide Alice Wairimu Nderitu, CBS Chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett, and others. (TribLIVE)

  • 🕯️ 10.27 Healing Partnership is hosting an outdoor ceremony at Schenley Park on Oct. 27 to commemorate and memorialize the 11 lives lost at the hands of a gunman on Oct. 27, 2018 at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill. The public ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. near the grove of trees planted last April in honor of the 11 victims. (TribLIVE)
  • 🕍Read this emotional story of when survivor of the synagogue massacre Daniel Leger returned to where the shooting took place. (Tablet)

4 things to make you smile

In some shining arts and culture news:

  • This new, 60-foot-wide mural at Heinz Hall by Mikael Owunna called “Playing the Cosmic Strings” celebrates music and African culture. (90.5 WESA)
  • “Kalopsia: The Musical” at New Hazlett Theater will take you on a musical comedy journey of a young Black man coping with trauma by escaping into a fantasy world. The neologism “kalopsia” means seeing things as more beautiful than they are, which to writer Monteze Freeland, epitomizes the feeling of optimism. (90.5 WESA)
  • After 20 months of virtual performances, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is returning to the stage and putting women at the forefront with “Season Premiere,” a program accompanied by the PBT orchestra, running Oct. 22-24. (TribLIVE)

🐦 Remember last week when we shared with you that there was another bird on the loose in the ‘Burgh in addition to Kodiak the sea eagle? Well, it turns out, both Kody and Filo the macaw, who went missing in Stanton Heights, were returned to their homes safely this week. National Aviary staff, neighbors, and bird watchers of Pittsburgh... yinz all deserve a round of applause. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

  • Have a laugh and check out this comic from cartoonist Randy Bish of Kodiak telling his bird buddy that “I rode the incline, went to Kennywood, and if it wasn’t for them catching me, I would have made it to the Rolling Stones concert.”

🍸Need a sweet spot to enjoy a few bevs with your bevy of friends? Try one of these “hidden bars in Pittsburgh that actually want to be found” like Shadyside Hideaway Bar in, well, Shadyside, Elks Lodge #339 in the Northside (home of the ever-popular banjo night), and Blue Dust in Homestead (named after iron’s steely-blue color). (Pittsburgh City Paper)

🎶Goodlander Cocktail Brewery is getting into the season’s spirit with Good Fest, a free block party this Saturday, Oct. 9 in Larimer. They’ll be closing down the street to celebrate with local music from PAV, HUNY, Big Phil, and Arie Cole; signature cocktails; and of course, lots of dancing. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

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⏱️ Just 2 days until What’s the Point .5K!


Head to What’s the Point .5 K at Westinghouse Park this Saturday, Oct. 9 for...

  • A midpoint carb-loading doughnut station
  • Live music to keep you going on the “challenging” course
  • Yoga mats and a nap station (for the physically exhausted runners)
  • A kids’ arts & crafts zone
  • A cake celebration for George Westinghouse’s 175 birthday

The main race begins at noon, but there is a “Trash Dash” planned for 10 a.m. to tidy up the park before the big run. The first five people to pick up the most trash will have their race fees covered.

All ages are welcome, and there will be prizes for infant, toddler, kid, adult, and golden divisions. Your four-legged friends can join you too, but they must be on a leash.

Get in on the fun and register for What’s the Point .5K.


🎶Watch the story of Byrd, “a young Black man who is unknowingly send on a journey to get his mind right,” at Kalopsia The Musical, through Oct. 17  (New Hazlett Theater, North Side)

🎤 Join Pittsburgh public figures to poke fun and raise funds for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at the annual musical satire, Off The Record Pittsburgh (Online)


🏘️ Check off that good ole’ to-do list and visit the 2021 Pittsburgh Fall Home Show through Oct. 10 at the Convention Center (Downtown)

🎶 Kick off this new live music series with food, libations, and block party vibes at Homestead Live Fridays (Eighth Ave Business District, Homestead)

🎨 Explore original works by local artist and educator Ramon Riley at Anecdotal Evidence with the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media (Mellon Park)

📽️ Drive-in to Real Q’s opening night movie party, plus drag shows and food trucks at Central Outreach Wellness Center, through Oct. 16 (Northside)

😂 LOL with a lineup of local comics at the Weekend of Laughs, the reopening of Greer Cabaret Theater, through Sunday (Downtown)

📽️ Watch “Labyrinth” or “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at Row House Cinema’s pop-up drive-in at the Strip District Terminal, Friday and Saturday (Strip District)


👟Make strides against Breast Cancer at this American Cancer Society walk at South Shore Riverfront Park (South Side)

♻️Drop off any household chemicals for recycling at the Pennsylvania Resource Council’s recycling event (Bradys Run Park, Beaver Falls)

🌺 Enjoy the season at the opening night of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Fall Flower Show: Happy Troll-O-Ween at its annual bootanial bash (Oakland)

🌟 Celebrate Quantum Theatre’s 30th anniversary at the Quantinuum Q Ball located at Roselea Farm featuring hand-crafted food from chef Jamilka Borges and live local music (Coraopolis)

🛍️Shop from local vendors at Sanctuary Pittsburgh Second Saturdays on Butler St., benefiting YWCA (Lawrenceville)

🍲 Enjoy an authentic African dinner and presentation at the 11th Annual Taste of Africa celebration (Riverview Park, Northside)

🎶 Jam along to live music and drink cider at the Dormont Street and Music Festival (Potomac Ave., Dormont)

🌿 Learn everything you need to know about medical marijuana at the Pittsburgh Cannabis Fest presented by Compassionate Clinics of America (Allegheny Commons Park, Northside)


🌳 Celebrate Tree Pittsburgh’s 15th Anniversary with a family-friendly Open House, and be sure to reserve a tree to pick up on the way home (Lawrenceville)

🎠 Take your kiddo to Schenley Plaza for free activities including a balloon artist, crafts, special guests and performers, and free rides on the PNC Carousel (Oakland)

✨ Learn about the history of sage, the different types, and their uses, and how to make your own smudge sticks at Botanica & Occult Shop (Garfield)

One more thing…

Wanna creep out a millennial like me? Just show them these (beautifully) grotesque paintings by local artist Darian Johnson for his new series Gross Up Close Up now on display at VaultArt Studio on Penn Ave. He turns beloved animated characters, specifically nostalgic Nickelodeon figures (like Arnold from the show “Hey Arnold!”) into fascinating and bizarre portraits.

Johnson is certainly talented, but I can’t promise I won’t be seeing his works of art in my ‘90s TV nightmares.

👻Tis the season. See ya back here tomorrow.

— Francesca at The Incline

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