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Unicorn Market, a collective of Pittsburgh artists, has third anthology reviewed

Unicorn Mountain is a collective of Pittsburgh artists that publishes anthologies of local art, comics, music and literature. Their third anthology, The Black Forest, takes a different tack from their previous collections by exploring much darker, stranger themes. My friend Tara Helfer did the layout and supplementary illustrations for The Black Forest and sent me a copy to check out.
The collection covers a broad range of styles, and is packed with more than twenty different artists' work. Some parts are creepy and scribbly. Others are intricate and mysterious. I've picked some samples of a few of my favorites here.



Read the piece here.

PNC earns perfect score in top place to work for gays and lesbians

PNC was just named one of the 2013 Best Places to Work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality in the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index, scoring a perfect 100 points.

Over the past 11 years, the CEI has become the gold standard for corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees and their families. The CEI rates companies on 40 such policies and practices. A total of 889 businesses have been rated in the 2013 CEI, including the entire Fortune 500. This year a record 293 of the Fortune 500-ranked businesses have an official CEI rating, with the other 201 rated based upon publicly-available data.


Read the full report here.

Pittsburgh movie to premiere at Sundance film festival

"Congratulations are in order to the Pittsburgh makers of "Blood Brother."

The documentary will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It's one of 16 films in the documentary competition and just 113 features (chosen from thousands of submissions) at the Jan. 17-27 festival in Park City, Utah."

Read the full blog here.

MAYA designers on their new book, Trillions

In this excerpt from "Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology" by Peter Lucas,
Joe Ballay and Mickey McManus (Wiley, 2012), the principals at MAYA present the challenges we face in this information age.


"There are already many more computing devices in the world than there are people. In a few more years, their number will climb into the trillions. Moreover, we are quickly figuring out how to make those processors communicate with each other, and with us. We are about to be faced with -- not a trillion isolated devices -- but a trillion-node network: a network whose scale and complexity will dwarf that of today's Internet. And, unlike the Internet, this will be a network not of computation that we use, but of computation that we live in..."

Read the excerpt here in the Huffington Post.

South Side Stories rap by Tami Dixon

Tami Dixon, who wrote and is currently performing in South Side Stories at the City Theatre, performs this rap number that is in the show, a tongue-in-cheek perspective on partying on the South Side.

View the video here.

East End Brewery gets a new home

Last week, after eight years of operating in a 4,000-square-foot brick building in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood, Scott Smith and his coworkers at East End Brewery relocated. They quadrupled their size in a warehouse that Smith purchased in nearby Larimer.
“It’s been a long climb,” says Smith with a chuckle. “But it’s still the most satisfying job I can imagine. We still have so much ahead of us to get us all moved in.  But it’s awesome.”

Read the story of this much-loved brewery here.

Pittsburgh's education collaborative lauded

"The Greater Pittsburgh Region is a 21st century model of a creative, collaborative, and connected community committed to creating remarkable learning experiences for children and youth that enhance achievement in science, technology, and the arts.

Researchers, university labs, cultural institutions, and child-serving agencies are working across disciplines to forge dynamic partnerships with educators and administrators of public, private, charter, and virtual school systems, civic leaders, and the burgeoning entrepreneurial private sector focused on technology and media.

With millions of dollars invested, thousands of children and youth engaged, hundreds of dedicated practitioners active in dozens of organizations, and a thriving ecosystem to support and sustain this work, Pittsburgh's approach has yielded tangible results for children, youth, and the community at large..."

Read the full story here.

Where in the world is Suzi Pegg? (Hint: she's with the Symphony)

Wherever she goes, Suzi Pegg, vp of global marketing for the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance,  finds a Pittsburgh connection. See what gets her heart racing in Lisbon as she travels with the world-class Pittsburgh Symphony.

Read her blog here.

CEO Michael Ressler of StatEasy featured as Founder in statewide pub Keystone Edge

'Central Catholic star running back Damien Jones-Moore played the game of his life against Woodland Hills High School, gaining 133 yards on 15 carries and scoring three touchdowns. Unfortunately, his parents were working and missed the game.
 
Not to worry. Pittsburgh startup StatEasy not only allowed his parents to relive the highlights the next day, but it gave them a great recruiting video with which to launch their son's career.  
 
StatEasy was founded by CEO Michael Ressler, a Carnegie Mellon computer science grad and former club volleyball coach who recognized the value in a good sports video software that integrates statistics compiled during a game with the video footage."

Read the profile here and then see the other Founders throughout the state.

900 women gather at Athena luncheon; winners announced

Missed the luncheon? Read about the winners of the Athena Awards here.


PNC named top company for women for 11th year in a row

"With titles like “Women, Money and Power,” “Negotiating Tactics” and “Networking Naturally,” the seminars offered by the women’s network at this financial services company attract mothers who want to improve their professional fortunes. Also grabbing their attention is the 18-month Mentoring for Leadership program, in which high-potential female employees are advised by top executives, who outline the company’s expectations and illustrate paths to success. The five-month Women’s Leadership Development Program provides executive coaching, mentoring and career planning and shows participants how to drive results. In 2011, 78% of the women promoted to positions at the manager level and above utilized flexible work schedules.

There's more. Read the full story here.

Kids + Creativity group hailed as Modern Day Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

Once upon a time, two people met for coffee. From that one meeting sprang forth an entire movement based on Kids + Creativity, based in Pittsburgh. Read the quite amazing story and what this group has managed to accomplish so far.

Read the full story here.

Pittsburgh college student's poems featured

Allegheny College senior and Pittsburgher Mike Oliphant had two poems published in Carcinogenic Poetry that caught the eye of our poetry editor (ok, we wish). The poems are worth a look for their imagery and message, not to mention command of the language. To wit: 

The sun has a pulse—it has
a heartbeat so burdened
by the eventual end it brings
to the whole human race...

Read the rest of the poem along with another here.

Local author Sherrie Flick in the spotlight

Pittsburgh author Sherrie Flick offers an interesting glimpse into the writing life as she discusses books that have influenced her and how she stays creative and more in this interview in Necessary Fiction.

"I do feel I’m creating my best work when all of the components are on: walking-writing-gardening-cooking-reading. These activities encompass my creative process, not just the writing," she writes. We urge you to read the full the interview here.

The A to Z Guide to the Pirates (for the latecomer fans)

Yes, the Buccos are in first place for the first time in 20 years and Pittsburgh is loving baseball again. Feeling a little out of it? Here's what you need to know to catch Pirate fever in this A to Z blog guide.

Read the guide here.
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