Category Archives: Locals

Eating Glass Pays Off

Pittsburghers are always in the news, but most aren’t as unique as this. Lucky ‘The Painproof Man’, aka Richard Swartz, was just crowned the winner of Ripley’s Believe It or Not’s Unbelievable Talents Contest In New York City. Held at Ripley’s Times Square Odditorium, the show featured 4 finalists from around the country showing off their sideshow entertaining skills. If you’ve seen Lucky’s act before, it’s no wonder he won.

Eating glass, walking up a stairway of swords, sticking needles in his face…he is the real deal. We’ve featured him on the blog before, but if you ever get a chance to see him perform up close, you won’t believe your eyes…if you can keep them open.

There’s an AOL News video talking to some of the judges and shots of all 4 performers at this link. (I gave up trying to post the video here, screen shot below, sorry) Continue reading

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The Dead Engineer

Boxheart gallery in Bloomfield will be hosting an opening reception for Deanna Mance’s show ‘The Dead Engineer – a collection of works by Deanna Mance’ this Saturday from 5-8pm. Our friend and last year’s recipient of ‘Best in Show’ at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Deanna’s new exhibition runs through March 26th.

You can check out more of her work, both new and old at

And get more info about Boxheart gallery here. Continue reading

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New video from Lohio for their song Adelai from their Family Tree EP. I’m in love with their home page image (which is also the album cover), if you happen to click the link. Oh, and you can also buy the Family Tree EP right here.

The video was directed by Thom Glunt whose work we’ve featured before…most notably the ‘Let There be Horns’ video for RJD2. Continue reading

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Walking in Pittsburgh

Just in time for today’s Steelers game is ‘Walking in Pittsburgh’ from Pittsburgh based singer-songwriter and recent Carnegie Mellon grad Tim Ruff. It’s just what I needed to start my day before donning my Steelers gear and getting ready for … Continue reading

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Star Wars: Fousted!

If you’re a Star Wars fan, or a collectible card..uh..collector, you’ll no doubt know about the Topps Star Wars sketch card series of cards. These are one-off sketches by various artists on actual cards placed randomly throughout packs of Star Wars cards all over the country. Pittsburgh’s own Dustin Foust (featured in a CC interview here) was honored with the chance to add his unique flair to a set of his own. They are highly collectible as I personally found out. You can find the cards on Ebay, and I was outbid for one that I really, really wanted. Bummer.

As a side note, we’re also really bummed (but super happy for him) that Dustin has moved (just last week) to San Francisco to a wonderful new opportunity. We’ll definitely miss him and his talents in PGH, but we’ll try and keep tabs on him for everyone. Best of luck to you and your family Dustin! We’ll miss ya!

You can check out more of Dustin’s work @ Continue reading

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RIP Zelda Rubinstein

Wow. Three celebrity passings yesterday. Author J. D. Salinger(91) , my favorite historian (and author) Howard Zinn (87), as well as actress and Pittsburgh native Zelda Rubinstein (76). You may remember Zelda from one of her many quirky roles, but she is best remembered as Tangina Barrons, the psychic medium from the Poltergeist films. They still give me nightmares. And while she may have only stood 4 feet 3 inches tall, her on-screen presence was larger than life. Zelda will also be remembered for her human rights activism for little people and HIV/AIDS work in the ’80s. Continue reading

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New Collection by Rob Katkowski

We got a chance to stop by painter Rob Katkowski’s studio last night to help celebrate his completion of a collection of paintings to go in the new Fairmont hotel downtown. The photos don’t do justice to the vibrancy and depth of the work you get in person. Looking at the paintings first hand, I felt as though I could walk into the layers of topography and color. They will surely bring life to the walls of the Fairmont and give visitors to the city a glimpse into the creativity and talent our city has to offer.

You can see more of Rob’s work at his website here! Continue reading

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