Category Archives: Interviews

CC Interview: Michael Paul Smith

First off, we apologize for this being March already and only our first interview of 2010. But, we think made up for it with this one. I was pretty excited to get the chance to get to know Michael Paul Smith a little better, as you will too after reading the interview.

Notice anything about the pictures above? Any similarities? Yes, they both have cars. Yes, they both depict classic mid-century scenes of America. It’s daytime…come on. Give up? Look a little closer…yes…they are not real scenes…well, they are…but in miniature. That’s right! Mr. Smith is a model builder / photograper. Each of the photos above, as well as below, are all hand built models. Everything but the cars (which are die cast collectibles) and the scenery in the extreme background is built from scratch.

When I stumbled across Mr. Smith’s work last month I was not only taken aback by the fact these were not real street scenes, but ecstatic when I found found out he is a Pittsburgh native. He currently resides in Massachusetts, but as stated on his Flickr profile, Pittsburgh is his spiritual and geographical center. His fictional town of Elgin is based on his hometown of Sewickely, PA and looks like a page right out of Pittsburgh’s history book. Read on to find out more as well as see more of Mr. Smith’s amazing work.
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Mad About Pittsburgh

I was at Whole Foods last night and happened to notice Mad Men gracing the cover of the latest Pittsburgh Magazine. The cover story features West Virginia native and CMU grad Aaron Staton of AMC’s Mad Men. It’s a really … Continue reading

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Mod NY

Great interview with Susan Gregg Koger and Eric Koger of Pittsburgh’s own internet fashion boutique Modcloth in the New York Times. The husband and wife co-founders have been featured in numerous articles and write-ups over the past year as Modcloth has turned into a 100-employee strong company surpassing $15 million in revenue last year. Check out the article titled “Modcloth shows how to win by losing”. And I think they should name some clothing after my girlfriend for all the stuff she buys on there! Continue reading

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CC Interviews…..Craig Mrusek!

Craig Mrusek is a Pittsburgh-based illustrator and writer who amidst creating his wonderful illustrations, writes regular columns on vintage and contemporary cocktails under the name “Dr. Bamboo”. Craig also does a column titled “Last Call” for the tongue-in-cheek retro quarterly Bachelor Pad Magazine, as well as a monthly column for This is one multi-faceted and busy guy. We were lucky enough to have him answer some questions for us about his art and love of spirits.

You can check out lots more of his artwork at his site:
And for your cocktails and “spirit”ual pleasure, be sure to check out Dr. Bamboo: Continue reading

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Monolithic Girl Talk

-Adam Perry, a CC guest blogger, writes for Boulder Weekly, Denver Westword and his own blog Beautiful Buzz Hello to Pittsburgh from Boulder, CO! Seeing Girl Talk — probably the best Pittsburgh act since Don Cab and certainly the most … Continue reading

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12 Questions For…Joseph Urban!

Our latest City Creative interview features local illustrator/graphic designer Joseph Urban. I think Joseph’s style can best be summed up as “The Dark Crystal vs Spawn”. Well, at least that’s how I would describe it. His extensive character repertoire ranges … Continue reading

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12 Questions For… Dustin Foust!

This is our inaugural interview in a new post we’re calling “12 Questions For…” which will be highlighting local artists, designers and more. So enjoy the first installment and watch for more to come in the near future. In our … Continue reading

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