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FOOD BLOCKS We traverse Regent Square in search of culinary bounty

KINSMAN, AN INTERVIEW We talk with Courtney Powell about how to run a proper Men’s shop

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET Immigration’s broad scope within Pittsburgh


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Letter From The Publisher ….. Issue #14. It's hard to believe that it was only four years ago that Laura Early and I started talking about publishing a magazine.


We both lived in the city and felt there was really no single publication that was talking about what we wanted to hear. We love the other magazines that Pittsburgh has to offer but we wanted to use a broader brush and reach across a larger section of Pittsburgh. This was a new world to us for sure. Laura and I both had years of experience in coupon publications, yes “junk mail," but never had we worked


EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Rodney Burrell


PARTNER Laura Early

on a content based piece. Maybe it was a blessing we didn’t because we were able to build LOCALpittsburgh without any past habits. We choose stories that interested us, rather then stories we could sell ads around. Our pieces have never really been mainstream content, nor do we try and pick the popular story line. LOCALpittsburgh is meant



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Eric Boyd | Features Editor

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to be graphically pleasing to browse, with interesting short reads, and


hopefully we are bringing light to individuals and current happenings

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in Pittsburgh. Finally, ink and paper readership is up, off the ropes and swinging again. Digital made it tough for a number of years, but at the end of the day “you” enjoy reading books and magazines. Leisure reading is a luxury in our busy lives, so when you read a piece in LOCALpittsburgh, know it’s honest content.

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Enzo Knight | General Assignment Writer

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Letter From The Editor It’s our first issue of the year. The year of insanity. The year of yells. The year we take LOCALpittsburgh to the proverbial “next level”. As cliché as it sounds, I would like to think that it’s working. Publishing is, at best, controlled chaos. We’re constantly on deadline, and always one step away from Western Psych. At some times, I think it would be a more suitable place for me to express how I’m really feeling, but when the dust settles, a glorious sense of accomplishment settles in, for about 5 minutes, and then we’re back at it again. I’m moved by the letters I receive from readers who are inspired enough by our magazine to write me. It’s an honor to hear from each and every one of you. I’ve heard stories of accomplishment, shameless self-promotion, atta boys, great story ideas, and everything in between. The “next level'" for us, is not millions of dollars, or even millions of readers, it’s making an impact on the people who do manage to pick up a copy and spend their valuable time reading what we have to say. And with that, I’ll seamlessly parlay into stories for this issue. Our publisher, who you’ll see floating around somewhere in this issue, is a major foodie, and struck up the idea of food blocks around the city. On this journey, we’re visiting Regent Square; a town bringing food diversity to the “next level." We visited Jenna Knapp from Thread, a true “next level” clothing line with sustainability on the forefront. We also explore immigration in Pittsburgh, an issue that needs to be addressed to help our community get to the “next level." We all know the narrative, and I simply can’t stomach the term “political climate” anymore, but we’re trying show that other people exist in this city and we should really strive to understand other cultures and not simply tolerate them. As always, I want to hear about your journeys of triumph, tribulation, or adventure. What have you done to take your personal or professional life to the next level? Email

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Heidi talks single parenting, and a bunch of stuff relating to it.

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Not a Single One


We sit down with Jenna Knapp and the clothing company with a noble purpose.


Artfully Yours

We explain art mediums so you can make your friends feel dumb. 8

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Regent Square


Dust off your skis and feast your eyes on Carmella’s, a southside gem.

The newly appointed chef of Pirata tells us about superheroes… and food.

Soundtracks of life.

Salads, now with meat.


Josh Ross



Salad Wizardry

Anthony’s Locker







Do and See

Things that don’t have to do with sports (hooray).

Food Blocks


The Other Side of the Street

An intimate look into Immigration in Pittsburgh.



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CONTRIBUTORS Heidi Balas Heidi G. Balas is a somewhat cheerful person who simply wants to become famous for using the semi-colon with true verve; and since you are already reading these words right now, she wants to use this small platform to express her sincere loathing of mayonnaise, parties that are really an excuse to sell questionable leggings, and e-readers.

Megan McLachlan Megan McLachlan is a freelance writer living in Pittsburgh whose work has been published in Cosmopolitan, Paste, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Seventeen, Thrillist, and The Washington Post. She covers television and the Emmys for Awards Daily and can be heard on the weekly Water Cooler Podcast. Follow her on Twitter at @heydudemeg.

Leah George I spend most of my time being a Realtor with Howard Hanna and the rest of it being a pit bull enthusiast, DIY extraordinaire, chief of the grammar police, a terrible singer and the car karaoke champion.

Amanda Roszkowski I'm a seasoned veteran in the digital and social media marketing world by day and music junkie by night. A Chicagoan through and through, I currently organize a concert Meetup group in the city of Chicago called Chicago Concertgoers. When not attending listening to music live or otherwise, I enjoy hiking with my fiancĂŠe, great Thai food and cuddling with my two black cats, appropriately named Cash and Harper.


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NOT A SINGLE ONE Written by Heidi Balas

The older and more experienced that I get, the more I struggle with the judgements placed upon single parents. Because the older I get, more and more of my friends and family are having to raise their children on their own as primary caregivers. Life happens. And with the number of single parents having tripled in the past sixty years or so, we can reasonably assume that readers of this magazine either know of or are folks that are single parents. It’s not anyone’s place to judge the how and the why these folks became single; they should be accountable only for the quality of their parenthood and nothing else. But ironically, it’s this challenging and solitary endeavor that makes their amazing parenting skills that much more admirable. I reached out to the many single parents that I know; fortunately, I had the opportunity to speak with three of them: a father who is parenting a son, a mother who is parenting a daughter, and a mother who is parenting two sons and a daughter. For the sake of the privacy, these parents will remain anonymous as Daniel, Toni, and Amanda respectively. Through our conversations, I gained some powerful insight into their


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worlds. In short, I learned that they are nothing less than being champions for their children, despite not being able to “bench” themselves and “throw in a fresh player to shake things up” from time to time as Amanda said she wishes that she could do after a long Saturday at hockey, baseball, gymnastics, and errands. “I don’t know, but people judge,” revealed Daniel candidly, adding that when he is out with his son exploring Pittsburgh, he fears that people assume that he cheated on his ex-wife and that he only sees his son on the weekends, neither of which are true. “I didn’t want to be divorced and I didn’t want to be a single parent. But I do not want people to feel bad for me. My marriage sucked, but my son is perfect, and I will take that trade off any day.” For Amanda, she has often felt that she has been excluded by other parents because she isn’t a couple. Also, “When I say that I have three kids, the number one follow-up question I get is ‘All by the same father?’, which has always baffled me.” One look at the kids and it’s clear that they have the same father! Furthermore, “any time one of my children has a bad day or is going through a hard time, it tends to

get blamed on me being a single parent. No. Sometimes kids are just difficult and make bad choices. Kids in nice neighborhoods with good school districts like mine have bad days too.” Toni expressed that judging single parents and their children is invalidated because “no one can judge a gift from God.” She believes that she was better off coming from a single parent home herself, which now gives her the strength to raise her daughter on her own with “more love than she will ever need.” All of this begs the question of what part of the single parent label truly defines these adults: the single or the parent? Undoubtedly it should be that they are parents above anything else, but that the single does come into play. Daniel expressed that as a parent who faces the routines alone, he’s always making sure that his milk and fruit hasn’t turned to “cheese or coal” and he’s dealing with being a homemaker for the first time, while Amanda said that, “Everything is my responsibility. All the good stuff. All the bad. It just feels heavy sometimes.” Toni commented that with a demanding career, she never really gets a break to regroup and reset.

In each conversation, I concluded by askHeidi Balas is a ing them what they regular contributor for hope that their chilLOCALpittsburgh, and dren will realize and brings her own brand understand about of perspectives to their not-so-uniquePittsburgh at anymore ing. The responses brought tears to my eyes, tugging at my heartstrings with every word. Daniel said that he doesn’t want his son to ever think that he is the reason why his parents aren’t together, but that the truth is that there are “just more people to love him… and most importantly, that he is and will always be my pride and joy.” Toni hopes that her daughter will know that she was raised by a “strong, independent mother who loves her unconditionally.” Amanda wants her kids to know that, “They were worth it. They were always worth it.” I encourage you to ask yourselves or those in your lives who are raising children alone if they prefer being labeled for their solitary status, rather than for their parenthood. I am willing to bet that you’ll get an affirmation from not a single one.

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Working for Thread and with the people employed by it, has taught me more about who I am, what I care about (on a global scale), and how my talents (everyone has them) can be effectively applied to work that impacts the world and brings me joy. What’s the most challenging part of your job? Being patient. We are tackling global challenges in supply chain development and management, product development, and poverty that the world has been experiencing for centuries. There are days when I feel the immense weight of the struggle the people in our First Mile [of Thread supply chains] are going through; and I think, we have to do this faster. How can we do this faster? I know there are processes we have to adhere to, milestones we have to respect, and literally ground we just have to cover before we can reach the level of operation we aspire to. It takes tremendous patience to cross that ground one step at a time, when you know the impact of the project -- on lives of people you care a great deal for -- is waiting for you to get there. It pushes us forward every day.


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The clothing industry is extremely competitive, how does the Thread brand stay relevant?

What are three charities you feel make the largest impact on our society? This is an incredibly important question. You have to know the charity personally and intimately to know whether or not they are actually having a net positive impact, applying the resources they acquire to solve important challenges in our world. Given this belief, the first two are local and the third is, in our opinion, the smartest application of resources towards ending poverty, which affects virtually all of the SDGs.  1) Team Tassy  2) Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community

Transparency is in high demand from the consuming public and at Thread, we provide just that, full supply-chain transparency. Many major brands are following the trend to use recycled materials but knowing where those materials come from and the social impact story is unique to Thread. Our Founder and CEO, Ian Rosenberger says, “recycled materials do not equal good 100 percent of the time...If it’s untraceable, it’s risky.” Thread offers transparency in the recycled supply chain from the very bottom — including the names of people touching it, their stories and why their lives are different. So, we feel like we’re not only on trend but we’re standing out and raising the bar, which makes us relevant to our brand partners and to consumers.

 3) Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation What are you doing when you’re not at work or being a mom? Exercise, yoga, or hanging out with my friends - catching up on their lives and experiences. I also LOVE movies. The more I can be outside, the better.

I believe society should encourage every person to aspire to dedicate their day job to something that makes them truly joyful.

The three most significant moments in your life (Up to this point). 1) Deciding to marry my husband 2) Deciding to have kids 3) After graduate school, I decided I would not take a job I didn’t believe in 100%. (The result of this was joining Thread. But the significant moment was when I decided I wouldn’t settle for anything less than the way I now feel about this company. And I never will again.) If you had a chance to interview anyone, who would it be, and what would your 3 questions be? Someone, anyone, who has died. I would ask: 1) What was it like? 2) Looking back on your life, what were the top 5 most important things to you strived to achieve while you lived. 3) Now, if you had to do it again, what would be the top 5 most important things this time -- in the context of the world right now. Favorite Superhero? Batman, for speed, lack of fear, and purpose of helping others even if they don’t see him. The absolute coolest thing about you? My husband and family. My husband is really much more creative and interesting than I am, but quieter, and my son and daughter amaze me daily with their sincerity and persistently hopeful perspective. I try to be more like all 3 of them every day.

How do you think our society needs to encourage young women to aspire to positions like yours? I don’t think it’s a “woman” thing. It’s a person thing. I believe society should encourage every person to aspire to dedicate their day job to something that makes them truly joyful -- which I believe requires that person finds a way to be paid to apply his/her greatest strengths as a human being. When you find this answer, you will have endless energy. This goes for every person. Imagine how the world would change if this was true for even 20% more of our global population? | Issue 14


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Pittsburgh has come a long way since the old days of industrial mills and finance. Food, artwork, innovation through technology, and fashion are just a few way in which the Steel City has reinvented itself as force to be reckoned with in creative fields. Wade Anthony Powell, Jr., owner of Anthony’s Locker in Lawrenceville, is one of many people in Pittsburgh who contribute to the creative vibe in the city. Anthony’s Locker (aka “Antlcker” aka “The Locker” aka “THE LCKR”) opened its doors in May 2015, establishing a brick and mortar location for a business that was eight years in the making. When Powell moved to Pittsburgh from Washington D.C., he recognized almost immediately a void in the city for men’s fashion, specifically sneakers. Beyond the yawn-worthy stores at the mall, there weren’t many other places to shop.


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As any good entrepreneur would do, Powell has

Anthony’s Locker brings a different dish to the table by buying, selling,

trading, customizing, and refurbishing any sneakers of value from 1972-present, striving to always have something new, something different, and something you can’t (easily/legally) get anywhere else. At one point, he even had an original pair of Nikes for sale! (CALL OUT BOX NEARBY: Did you know? The sole of Nike’s first sneaker created in 1972 was made using a waffle iron to allow greater traction for University of Oregon track runners.) He prides himself in always keeping the merchandise in store fresh. He even goes beyond just sneakers to offer clothing from A Bathing Ape, Supreme, and local designers (such as farESH, currently) that he keeps in rotation at all times.

found creative ways to stand out, such as having an arcade game in the store that gives players a chance to win highly sought-after sneakers for a fraction of retail price. In conjunction with buying/selling, he offers consignment in the store for many styles. He also gets hands-on with sneakers, offering many services ranging from preventative maintenance and refurbishing to touch ups and custom paint designs. He does these DIY projects in the shop and will even happily take the time to teach interested kids how to do them on their own. Custom paint involves a precise, multi-step process to ensure the designs will stand up to Pittsburgh’s bipolar weather. Refurbishing services can get pretty intense, such as using boiling water to loosen the sole and replacing it with a brand new one to make the shoe like-new again.

All of these unique offerings contribute to the store’s success in becoming a staple for Pittsburgh sneakerheads. Next time you’re in Lawrenceville, be sure to stop in at 4314 Butler Street to check out the current styles in store and sell or trade some of your own collection!

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SaladWizardry Written by Enzo Knight

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Other Side of the Street Written by Megan McLachlin

Gisele Fetterman recalls the moment her mother knew it was time pack up and emigrate from Brazil to America. “My aunt had said that she’d only been robbed seven times that year, four of which were at gunpoint.” It was the nonchalance and commonplaceness of the statement that stirred something in Fetterman’s mother—this was not a future she wanted for her children, including her daughter, Gisele, who was eight years old at the time. “She told us we were going on an adventure.” 36

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More than 25 years later, that mother’s wish for a better life for her children has been fulfilled. Today, Fetterman is a thriving success story of what immigrants can do in the Pittsburgh region. She created The Free Store in Braddock (a store designed to give away items, well, for free!), an idea she believes she only could have achieved from her point of view as an immigrant. “Moving to a country that wastes as much as it does was eye-opening,” she said. “I was able to see this through an outsider perspective.” And because of this mindset, The Free Store in Braddock serves 1,600 people a month with everything from free food to free clothing, most of which is reused or recycled. In February 2017, Fetterman and her husband (Braddock mayor John Fetterman) hosted an event at their home to celebrate the release of new data about the economic benefits of immigration. The data revealed that in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, 80,639 residents are immigrants. (To put that into perspective, this number is approximately three times the population of Cranberry Township—something to consider while stuck in traffic on Route 19). Another interesting statistic: 4,409 are entrepreneurs. In fact, not only are they entrepreneurs, but successful ones. In July 2016, the Partnership for the New American Economy (the same group that produced the February data) revealed that 7.6 percent of Allegheny County’s gross domestic product comes from immigrants, even if this group only makes up roughly 5 percent of the population.

While many immigrants like Fetterman came to America to flee bad situations in their home countries, it’s also career opportunities that draw them to the region. “Jobs, education, family,” says attorney Robert S. Whitehill, Immigration Chair at Fox Rothschild Attorneys at Law in Pittsburgh, who serves the immigration needs of individuals and employers in the area. “Jobs in healthcare and tech industries, in academics, and start-up firms are ones we see frequently.”


Immigrants Call Pittsburgh Home

In the state of Pennsylvania, immigrants actually are more educated than native Pennsylvanians, too. According to a 2015 study released from the American Immigration Council, 35 percent of Pennsylvania’s foreign-born population age 25 or older have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 26 percent of native-born Pennsylvanians. But while education and careers bring immigrants to America, there’s a reason why Whitehill, an immigration lawyer, has a job: It’s not always easy for immigrants to become citizens. “Difficulty can come from prior criminal activities, inability to pass the English language test, failure to prove good moral character, and lots of other things.” One common misconception is that marrying a U.S. citizen is the easiest of paths. “Some people think that all you have to do is come across the border, and there is a red carpet laid out that leads to U.S. citizenship,” he says. “Wrong, crazy. There are many more.”

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For those arriving in Pittsburgh from outside of the United States, there isn’t a red carpet, but there are a variety of helpful resources.

ings in the city. The center, located in Hazelwood, helps the Latino community connect to specific services and meet different families in the area.

“The Welcome Center through Vibrant Pittsburgh has a welcoming guide to the city,” explains Rosamaria Cristello, Director of the Latino Family Center in Allegheny County. “One of the first things to do would be to reach out to a local organization to guide you to different programs for you and your family. If you have children, the schools can be a great starting place to get connected. For anyone, with or without children, the libraries have welcoming hubs that have information for anyone new to the city.” In addition, those wishing to take ESL (English as a Second Language) classes can reach out to the AIU (Allegheny Intermediate Unit) or GPLC (Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council). And for those immigrants having trouble connecting to services, they can reach out to the Immigrant Services and Connections program.

Naturally, as Pittsburgh continues to become more diverse, it becomes a better city for welcoming immigrants.

For Latino immigrants, the Latino Family Center offers unique resources like radio stations where they can learn about different events and happen-

“Pittsburgh is a good place for anyone, not just immigrants,” says Cristello. “It may be hard at first to adapt, but eventually it has a way of getting in your heart and becoming a place to call home. It’s also

incredibly helpful to have a supportive mayor who goes above and beyond to let immigrants and all residents of the City of Pittsburgh know that he is here for us.” Gisele Fetterman seconds this. While the city’s immigrant population may be small compared to a lot of other bigger cities, its compact size still packs power. “Pittsburgh is a city that’s asking these questions,” she says, “which matters.”


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2. A1: a means of effecting or conveying something In art, mediums (media is also an accepted plural) can denote genre, as in Performance Art; or, materials, like glass. It’s also worthwhile to note that in painting in particular, a medium is what is used to hold the pigment giving the paint its color. Originally, the mediums of art were simple. Ceramic mosaics, pottery, murals, painting, and sculptures celebrated life and memorialized the dead. But as technology has progressed, more mediums become available to create with, and to form more and more complicated works of art. Today, some of the media you will be most familiar with are painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film, and performance art. Each of these comes with their own common materials.


learning about the various mediums that are used to create it. If you look up the term in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, the second definition is what we need.


The first hurdle in appreciating art is



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will use different paints differentiated by what medium carries the pigment. There are oil paints, tempera paints—which use egg to bind the color, and acrylic paints—with binders made of polymers, and watercolors. These can be used by themselves or with other materials to dilute them, to paint on anything from wood to canvas to glass. Sometimes the surface will be prepared with a base paste or white paint, like gesso.

Textile art can

be seen regularly in art exhibitions and collections. This can include canvas, found material, embroidery floss, or any kind of fabric the artist finds amenable to forming shape and bringing their ideas to life. Wire or other structures can be implemented to help the textiles hold their chosen form, much like in sculpture, with sewing, bonding, and riveting.


clay, wood, fabric, metal, and other materials can all be used to create sculpture, whether by hand or by tools. Based on the materials, the tools may be files, sewing machines, power tools, plastic or metal shapers, molds, or whatever the artist finds useful or on hand. Like textile art and sculpture, many types of mediums can overlap with each other, depending on the artist creating the piece.



Photography and digital art are often


combined, using film and Photoshop, or images found online or created on computer tablets, or on traditional media, then scanned into the computer; much like found and created images can be used in collage art, which now can be found in digital and traditional media. Film or digital cameras are especially common, and pinhole photography utilizing paper and cardboard, like the apparatus used to photograph eclipses, is seen more often as well. The art is then mounted on board, glass, or in frames according to taste and presentation desires. Of course, many inventive ways to display photos and other visual art are created day by day.

denoted by the people, creatures, and objects in motion creating it, often includes these light and sound aspects. These two mediums also share a unique use of time and repetition to share their message, as does much art. Performance art may be a one-time experience, or a daily or weekly show. Light and sound pieces can be on timers or simply timed to coincide with an event or exhibition. The list of mediums is almost as vast as the possibilities for artistic creation itself, and any visit to a museum or gallery can show new media discovered by artists daily.


Performance art,

Light and sound

art, which might be included with performance art, are some of the more modern mediums in use. As you might expect, sound systems and electrical lights and other, original, devised systems—often connected and run by computer programs—create the rhythms, patterns, and designs that make up light and sound pieces and performances.

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A Soundtrack to Life: Music and Emotion Have you ever listened to a song and felt like you were understood? That it explained a feeling or emotion you hadn’t been able to describe yourself? We get you… but probably not as much as your favorite song.

The Science Behind the Human Connection to Music Scientists, audiophiles and therapists have been exploring the connection between our emotions and the tunes we listen to. They’re either trying to comprehend the “why” behind our musical tastes, why we choose it and why it makes us feel a certain way. Or, they’re trying to understand how it affects our emotions so they can understand how to use it to improve our emotional well-being. Whatever the case may be, there is obviously a strong tie between the two that is worth delving into. Even the father of evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin, was stumped by music’s effect on our emotions, calling it


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Written by Amanda Roszkowski

one of “the most mysterious with which [humankind] is endowed.” One popular idea was that music arose from “sexual selection,” that the performance of music was a sexy display that helped you stand out from your rivals. However, this theory is thin at best and only applies to the performance of music. Another theory is that music arose from early forms of communication by both our ancestors and animals. A rising staccato sounds tend to put us on edge, while long descending tones seems to have a calming effect. This has since proven to be based in scientific fact. Probably the most interesting discovery by scientists is that just listening to a song actually produces pleasant musical frisson (also known as “skin orgasms”) that can also increase altruism. This explains why music has been used in groups throughout time to promote a sense of solidarity, but also explains why music bonds us all so closely. It’s also the reasoning behind the rise in popularity of the “music festival,” the tradition of the “first dance” wedding song, and the creation of the “soundtrack.”

The Power of Music in Film What would a movie be without the music? No seriously. Think about it. When Molly Ringwald’s character sees her long-time crush Jake Ryan standing by his car in Sixteen Candles make you swoon so much at the end of the movie if the hopeful melody of “If You Were Here” by the Thompson Twins wasn’t playing? And "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" will never again be heard without an image of Uma Thurman singing along, snorting heroin and dropping dead a la Pulp Fiction. Often times, a soundtrack can make a movie that may have been just good, great. It’s often the music in a movie that develops a cult following. Take the movie, Garden State, for example. Zach Braff developed what was a relatable concept about life, growing up and coming home. However, the music in the movie played a huge part in driving home the most emotionally poignant moments of the film. The ending scene where Braff comes back down the escalator to find Natalie Portman crying in a phone booth while Frou Frou’s “Let Go” plays can move even the most cynical romantic. Other movies take it to the next level, using only a singular band for the whole soundtrack. This can be most effective in creating a story with the not only the script, but the music. Take the movie, Blue Valentine, for instance, which was set solely to the tunes of Grizzly Bear or Into the Wild for which Eddie Vedder composed all the music. In both films, the music transformed as the characters and plotline progressed throughout the film. So, lay back and listen to your favorite music or favorite soundtrack today and lose yourself in all the “feels.”

Soundtracks That Will Give You all Those “Feels” Garden State (2004) Zach Braff’s carefully hand-selected series of songs that set the tone for the strong emotional undertones of Garden State won him the Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Pictures (2005), Television or Other Visual Media. With songs by The Shins, Zero 7 (pre-Sia’s solo career) Simon and Garunkel to name a few, the songs go together so well, you’d never think they were ever meant to be apart.

Almost Famous (2000) Also, awarded the Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (2001), this soundtrack will transport you to being on the road with your favorite classic rock band. If you ever wanted to be a groupie, the movie and soundtrack gives you that chance. With tracks like “Tangerine” by Led Zeppelin, “Tiny Dancer” by Sir Elton John and “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, the musical clout on this album really doesn’t get any better.

Romeo + Juliet (1996) Garbage, Butthole Surfers and Radiohead pre-OK Computer. Enough said. This is a 90’s grunge era lovers dream. The Romeo + Juliet soundtrack helped launch not only the careers of the actors, but also the career of Baz Luhrmann and really put him on the map before Moulin Rouge.

Best Soundtracks Right Now La La Land (2016)

Stranger Things - Season 1 (2016)

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, see that first. You won’t be disappointed. But, either way you’ll appreciate this soundtrack. Although both the movie and soundtrack take place in present day, both will transport you back to the time of Old Hollywood movies and bring a sense of hope, fun, longing and the thought that you can get up and dance in the streets anywhere. Check out “City of Stars” performed and sung by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

The 2016 Netflix series itself has been called a homage to 80’s flicks like Poltergeist and E.T., but it was also evident from the opening scene that the music would be in the same vein and would play an integral role in the series itself. In addition to the masterfully composed background music a combo rising and falling 80’s syths that coordinates with the storyline, the track soundtrack is fantastic as well. With everything from the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go” to Joy Division’s “Atmosphere,” this playlist is a minefield of coolness.

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TOSCA Tosca, a powerful operatic performance set in 1800 Rome, following Tosca (Leah Crocetto), and Scarpia (Mark Delavan) through a web of political intrigue murder, betrayal, and loyalty. Tosca premieres on October 7th at The Benedum Center. Visit for more information.

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Written by Rodney Burrell

Courtney Powell took note of something missing in Pittsburgh, a curated men’s shop for people with discerning taste and a thirst for quality clothing and accessories. And so, she created one, and called it Kinsman, a British colloquialism for brother. Her freshfaced approach to the shop’s aesthetics offers an extremely sterile, yet warm atmosphere. I love being in there, not because of the clothes, but because Powell’s smile says, “I want you to be in here to hang out with me, plus I might show you how to dress like a man who writes in the forest with his thoughts.” Ok, I can deal with that.


Photos by Julie Kahlbaugh

I had the chance to sit down with Powell and talk about life in the biz, Pittsburgh, and other things that are interesting, including, magic. Yes, magic. Enjoy our interview with Courtney Powell: entrepreneur, professional smiler, clothing curator, writer, photo sleuth…magician. What do you want people to experience when they walk into your store? I like this question, because I think every brick and mortar should be guided by the experience. When people walk into Kinsman, I want them to feel a little bit closer to the


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life they’re working to design for themselves. And I want them to feel that every piece they see is a tool they can use to build that lifestyle.

What has been the most difficult part about owning a business? The most difficult part about owning a business is that there’s no right answer. You have to learn to stop planning and actually do something, to take action and to adapt as things change. And perhaps most importantly you must have the confidence that you can figure out whatever challenge comes your way. Moving to this way of working from an environment where someone lays out a plan and a deadline and evaluates your work and gives it a stamp of approval— it’s quite a significant shift, and it’s definitely not for everyone.

I spent most of my life as an extremely risk-averse person. But I put so much thought and preparation into my business, that when it came time to take the leap, I wasn’t afraid — just ready.

What about your personal philosophy has translated into your brand? My personal philosophy and way of life is founded on intentional, meaningful living. I am only interested in surrounding myself with things that are essential or beautiful. I believe in having less, but ensuring what I do have is of high quality. Kinsman was founded and is operated on that same philosophy.

I’ve never seen a more carefully organized store in my life…What’s the deal with that? Ha! Yeah, there is nothing haphazard here. I’ve personally selected every item in the shop, and I want you to experience it at its best. You should never feel overwhelmed with the shopping experience at Kinsman, it goes against the brand’s philosophy. The organization of each item is therefore meticulous and intentional, so you can easily see the purpose and the aesthetic of the product and how it can fit into your life.

What about Kinsman speaks to the Pittsburgh culture? What I love about Kinsman is that it honors the roots of Pittsburgh while speaking to the city’s resurgence. The shop is simple, classic and honest. Nothing fancy, made for the everyday working man. That’s what Pittsburgh was built on. But the working man of Pittsburgh today looks a little different. He’s a creative, a maker, an entrepreneur. He appreciates well-made goods that he can wear everyday. He’s doing his small part to rebuild our city into what it’s becoming, and Kinsman is here to make it a little bit easier.

How much of business is calculated risk?

Why should people spend their money with you?

Most of business is calculated risk. The rest is caution-to-the-wind risk. I spent most of my life as an extremely risk-averse person. But I put so much thought and preparation into my business, that when it came time to take the leap, I wasn’t afraid — just ready. What I continue to learn is that thinking and planning can only get you so far. To create something, you must take action.

I don’t think people should, necessarily—but I hope that they will. I don’t believe that setting up shop and opening the doors entitles you to business and customers. I want to earn my customers, their trust and their money. I want to work for their business by providing a great shop experience, a place of community and a collection of well made, reasonably priced products. | Issue 13



If you had to style one superhero, who would it be, and what would they be wearing?

Three things every man needs?

Does Hemingway count as a superhero? He does to me. I’d style him in a rugged wool coat, a simple oxford shirt and a tweed vest. To top it off I’d put him in a wool cap, tie a handkerchief around his neck and give him a classic leather bag to carry his writings in. If I got really lucky, we’d stop at a tattoo parlor and cover his arms with tattoos, too.

A solid pair of boots, a great jacket and something to work for.

I think the importance of diversifying is debatable. Some people say you should find one thing and be really great at that one thing. But for me, Kinsman was always a step toward the studio. I created the entire brand and experience from scratch. The shop will always be the keystone of my portfolio, a showroom and a live, dynamic project. The studio lets me expand this type of work - whether it’s styling or photography or experiential design - to collaborate with clients I’m fortunate enough to partner with. prepared to let go of two big indulgences: leisure time and fancy things. I’ve talked to a lot of people who, in the same breath, mention that I work too much and also that they’d like to have their own business someday. You can’t have it both ways. There are no weekends or nights off or mornings off, not if you’re truly hungry. Along with that comes giving up fancy things, or stuff you don’t absolutely need. That means anything that makes you say, “Treat yourself!” is out the window. The entrepreneurial lifestyle is sexy right now, but it’s definitely not glamorous.

What about your vision makes you special?

The weirdest, yet most awesome thing about me is…

I wouldn’t say that it is special, but it is mine. And that is special to me. I’m driven by wanting to create a sense of wonder for people. So it’s my job to find what’s special to others, and bring that to life for them.

I went to magic camp as a kid. Yeah, pretty weird. Pretty awesome.

You recently launched a creative studio for writing, photography, and styling. Why do you think it’s important to diversify as a business owner?

What’s been the biggest learning curve in entrepreneurism?

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An often-overlooked feature of Pittsburgh’s development as an industrial power was its access to river transportation. The city’s unique geography, coupled with its access to raw materials and capability to develop its industrial base, produced one of the most successful local economic booms in the modern era. It was noted in in the early 1900’s that Pittsburgh was called the “busiest city in the world,” a most impressive moniker given its output of valuable steel and glassworks in relation to its access to shipping facilities. To maximize Pittsburgh’s industrial output, mills and foundries relied heavily on barges to tow market materials up and down the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers. Though the extent of industrial trade has declined, barges still serve as valuable tools for transporting large tows of raw and manufactured materials in the region.

JUST BARGE RIGHT IN: Pittsburgh’s River Transpor tation Written by Ben Hamrick

Technologically, Pittsburgh’s burgeoning shipbuilding industry was highly responsible for upgrading to steamboats. From 1811-1870, Pittsburgh constructed approximately 1,760 steamboats dedicated solely for freight transport. The reason(s) for this, aside from the advancements in the industry, were due to the high cost of keelboats and barges, which were propelled by hand, and prone to accidents. Shipping also changed with the needs of the industrial era, as whiskey and corn were soon joined by shipments of lumber and bituminous coal. In addition, construction of locks and dams enabled year-round shipments and access to the three rivers surrounding Pittsburgh. Despite efforts to control the rivers, sometimes nature fought back. Disasters such as the St. Patrick’s Day Flood of 1936 created significant setbacks in shipping to and from the region, though it was only temporary.

Soon, Pittsburgh’s rivers became a rather crowded nautical highway.

Pittsburgh’s successful rise owed itself to river transportation and trade. In the early years, it was food, grocery, and manufactured goods; later, with the rise of its own manufacturing base, raw materials from the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio river basins ensured direct industrial and manufacturing success for the Steel City. Pittsburgh’s exports, including the obvious iron and steel trade, also introduced glassware, food products, and machinery to US and world markets. Though the reliance on barges has declined, it is still a valuable industry to Pittsburgh. Without river transports, raw materials and products would have a harder time reaching their final destinations. Prior to the industrial development of Pittsburgh, the city served as a critical shipping port for transporting other cargo, such as food and textiles. Industrial companies saw the value of shipping freight by purchasing their own boats to expedite the process. The construction of locks, dams, and floodwalls also directly affected the amount of water traffic Pittsburgh could field, making it much easier for larger barges and boats to traverse formerly difficult areas. Soon, Pittsburgh’s rivers became a rather crowded nautical highway. It was remarked that “at the height of the busiest day, a man could walk from one shore to the other without getting his feet wet.” According to a 1951 daily river tally estimate, approximately 10,000 vessels utilized Pittsburgh waters for freight shipments. The evolution of river travel, coupled with the growth of the steel, glass, and manufacturing industries molded much of the city’s economic success for much of the 20th century.

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On the move? New to town, or just a new neighborhood? If you haven’t tried transit before maybe now is the time. Port Authority has convenient and frequent service to and from the urban areas of Pittsburgh. East Liberty is the heart of the East End’s transit service. Many Port Authority bus routes use the East Busway to bypass local traffic including the P1 and P3 from East Liberty’s busway station which offer quick rides to Downtown and Oakland. Various other routes have stops on Penn Ave. and serve just about anywhere in the East End of the city. Living Downtown? You CAN get anywhere from here. You can catch a bus or T to almost anywhere in Allegheny County. Groceries in the Strip District, take the 88. For all the flavor of Lawrenceville the 91 works. Nearly all of Port Authority's 100 routes travel in and out of Downtown. For more neighborhoods go to and make this town your own.


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