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ENTERTAINMENT ISSUE 90210’S LEADING VIXEN
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THAT’S RIGHT, WE’RE DOING IT AGAIN! ANOTHER FASHION ISSUE!
Dear MANIAC, ANOTHER Fashion Issue? With ANOTHER Kristin/Krysten on the cover? Weird if you ask me. But, I must say that your coverage of New York City’s Fashion Week was awesome. You know what you’re doing. Props. Dale C. Pittsburgh
To the Editor, I want to see another actor profile…let’s make this happen. Also, I dug the Pittsburgh Power Players segment. You should think about highlighting different strong women each issue in something similar to this layout. Perhaps a new take on ‘Boy Scouting’ might be interesting….food for thought. Courtney R. Highland Park
Hey MANIAC! I was one of the readers who wanted another Fashion Issue. I must have sent 9,000 emails hoping you would cover NYC Fashion Week. So excited you listen to the ideas of your readers! The Tokyo Jet-Set makes me want to go there sooooo badly. As always, great work. Brynn G. Sewickley
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CONTENTS PAGE 50
Maniac gets real with AnnaLynne McCord, and finds out just who she really is.
A one-on-one with Gossip Girl and Mad Men’s Sam Page.
Get winter’s icy look!
Pittsburgh is NOT left on the cutting room floor.
Reflect Apparel: Pittsburgh’s revolutionary new store.
60. ACCIDENTAL MAMA
Talk style with Holly Miller.
Enter the lion’s den with These Lions.
Peek inside the mind and closet of stylist for the stars, Elle Werlin.
Maniac Holiday Travel Wish List.
Get L!VE with Lacoste’s new store.
Andy Warhol’s humble, yet amazing, beginnings.
Saddle up for a ride to Nashville, TN ...The Music City.
Maniac takes you out on the town!
Are carbs really the enemy?
Pump up the jamz with X Shadyside!
TAKING A BIGGER BITE OUTTA LIFE
ATTENTION ALL MANIACS! We are ready for our close-up! Are you? We couldn’t be more excited for this issue… The Entertainment Issue! We are giving you an insider’s look into entertainment, MANIAC style. This issue is jam-packed with everything you could want to heat up those cold, winter nights. So grab your hot cocoa, a loved one, and of course, your MANIAC Magazine, and get ready to be entertained. Let’s start off with the obvious vixen on the cover: AnnaLynne McCord of the new 90210. HOT HOT HOT. MANIAC was lucky enough to be squeezed into McCord’s busy filming schedule for an exclusive interview with the gorgeous actress. You will be just as surprised as we were to find out who she really is, and what she is really like. Whether she is steaming up the big screen with 50 Cent in her new movie, or traveling all over doing charity work, Ms. McCord will certainly keep you wanting more. Don’t let looks fool you; this bombshell has got the brains to back it up too. Here at MANIAC, we love music; so it comes as no surprise that we are always on the lookout for the newest, hottest and freshest bands around. One of our favorites in Pittsburgh that we have been following for a while now is a band called These Lions. Enter the lion’s den with caution because you will fall prey to them…and you just might like it. LIGHTS. CAMERA…ACTION! We all know the glitz and glam of Hollywood and how it is the Film Capitol of our country. Well, don’t discount Pittsburgh! We have been lucky enough to have some major motion pictures set up shop here, and MANIAC takes you behind the scenes as to why our Steel City is quickly becoming the “Hollywood of the East.” Of course, we wouldn’t be MANIAC if we didn’t give you your fashion and beauty fixes you crave. We have all the best fashions and products that will have you decked out to deck the halls, and have you become the warm front that diffuses any blizzard this winter. Not only do we show you what’s hot, but also we peek into the mind of celebrity stylist, Elle Werlin, to get some expert advice. Get ready! In this issue, you will also Jet-Set off to Nashville, Tennessee to see how “The Music City” does things down there. Also, we show you how the one and only Andy Warhol got his start, and we take you to some hot parties and grand openings to give you a sneak peek into the social scene. Oh yeah, and we have an exclusive interview with Gossip Girl and Mad Men actor Sam Page. Yep. Told you it was jampacked. “I am the entertainer and I know just where I stand.” – Billy Joel
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BAD ASS GOOD GIRL
90210â€™S LEADING VIXEN ANNALYNNE MCCORD HAS A HEROIC HEART
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â€œI notice something very common in Hollywood. In my opinion, you have two prominent types of actors. There are the ones that can only play themselves and always get the same role, then we have the actors that cannot play themselves.â€?
maniac undercover: Annalynne mccord nnaLynne McCord first daydreamed about becoming a bad-ass, weapon-wielding maverick while growing up a pastor’s daughter in Atlanta. She took off at an early age to get there as fast as she could, by playing roles that were exactly opposite of who she isdeeply caring, almost motherly. The 23-year-old actress plays the bad girl, Naomi Clark, in the CW series 90210. Last year she won an honor for the Breakthrough Standout Performance. She will star in the yet to be released action thriller movie, Gun opposite rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Val Kilmer. MANIAC caught up with AnnaLynne while driving to the set of 90210 to shoot a season three episode on-location in Santa Clarita. She was eager to talk about her drastically different upbringing than her Beverly Hills character and the charity work that grounds her in the celebrity-driven world of Hollywood. Because she graduated early with honors from her home school studies, she was able to start
“In the audition, my character in the scene is masturbating. So I called the agent as I read it and told her, if I go in on this I am going to get this part. I knew I could bring it. I went to the audition and went there, not all the way there, but went there. They offered me the role and I was on the show for an entire year.”
themselves and always get the same role,” she said, “then we have the actors that cannot play themselves. I get self conscious when I have to reveal myself. I have a lot easier time playing a bitch. When the character is definitively not me I can do whatever I want with it because in life, I am a very private person.”
Her role as the scheming Eden Lord on Nip/ Tuck tipped off the film and television industry to just how good a vixen AnnaLynne could be – on screen of course. She went on to play pampered Loren Wakefield on American Heiress, a bad girl cheerleader in the movie Fired Up!, amongst appearances on Cold Case, CSI: Miami, and Ugly Betty. You might say playing ‘bad’ so well has given rise to her celebrity.
She came to a cross roads when she was 21 and had been working in L.A. for three years. “I was working consistently, but I was not happy. I was angry at everything and everyone. I thought everyone was all about themselves, and so egocentric and it was all me, me, me. I wanted to move back to New York. I didn’t want to be here any more.” At that point she contacted her first acting partner back in New York whom had been involved in a cause that fought to thwart sex trafficking around the world.
However, the character Naomi Clark is the farthest thing from her own life, she is quick to explain of her convincing performance. “We come from the absolute opposite end of the track, but what I love about her is at her core she is human. It doesn’t have to be where you grow up or how much money your dad put in
She pleaded with her friend to get her involved with the cause. “I need to do something that makes this town and all this stuff I dreamed about make sense because it doesn’t make sense anymore.” She then became affiliated with Somaly Mam that recently raised almost a
“When I walk into the room no one believes I am a nice girl. They’re like, ‘sorry you don’t look like a nice girl.’ I would go out for parts and not get them. I finally went to the casting director that had seen me a few times and they were like, ‘Sweetheart, you look like a bitch’.” her career at the age of fifteen. “I was able to start my career three years earlier,” she says of her parent’s education decision. “For me, I am someone who is self motivated, so it worked out in my favor. I never wanted to stop learning, I wanted to be an actress, but I didn’t want to sacrifice my education. I felt like I chose both.” She immediately moved to New York to pursue her acting ambitions while working as a model. Her prospects changed after she convinced a teacher at the William Esper Studio to admit her at the age of seventeen, although the unspoken minimum age of enrollment was twenty for the professional level courses. This was the moment when she says she knew she could continue her acting dream and not succumb like so many hopefuls before her.
your bank account, when your boyfriend rejects you, it hurts. For me I love to be able to play Naomi’s real human emotions.” Early in her career she dealt with the limitation of her looks, but took it as an opportunity. “When I walk into the room no one believes I am a nice girl. They’re like, ‘sorry you don’t look like a nice girl.’ I would go out for parts and not get them. I finally went to the casting director that had seen me a few times and they were like, ‘Sweetheart, you look like a bitch’.” The stereotype has played well into AnnaLynne’s career plan. “I have embraced it because what I want to do is action and playing stronger roles gives me a nice transition into playing a bad-ass character. I mean, come on, you are not going to believe Jennifer Aniston on the back of a Ducati blowing things up.”
“When I was working consistently, where I could pay my rent, and feed myself, was when I was In her mind, a female actress can go after eighteen. I was living in New York and had my first boyfriend and I was really pursing the acting two different types of roles: they can be the romantic comedy girl that all the women love thing and I didn’t have to wait tables.” or they can be the comic book figure which all the men will love. She has definitely chosen her However, her curly hair and mischievous look admittedly paved the way to her big break. One path. Subsequently, she looks up to ultimate bad-ass Angelina Jolie for her inspiration within day she received a script that she knew she her work and life choices. could nail. “I am much more suited to crazy, extreme roles because I will go over the top. “I notice something very common in Hollywood. I will actually take it there and go all the way, In my opinion, you have two prominent types which lead to my breakout moment with of actors. There are the ones that can only play Nip/Tuck.”
million dollars for the education and shelter of human trafficking victims. “I am very serious about ending human trafficking. I personally need to fight this fight.” She didn’t stop there. She became involved with the Blind Project that aids victims and survivors of the sex trade in Southeast Asia. Then the St. Bernard Project that builds homes in New Orleans for people who were displaced in the flooding after Katrina. Never shy about speaking her mind about the atrocities of the world, she became particular peeved at the problems in America. “I went to New Orleans two years after the storm and felt like an idiot. I thought that because the damage wasn’t on CNN that the state and the city had been able to rebuild. I didn’t know.” “I do have some strongly formed opinions although I am an actress and we’re not supposed to be political,” she explains. “One of the strong ones I have is that the people of New Orleans were given the shaft and they should have received much more support.” She recently helped the St. Bernard Project raise money to give families access to free health care and for a mental health care facility. Additionally, she went to Haiti last year with Artists for Peace and Justice and became determined to aid causes that help kids there 13
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get an education. “Getting kids an education is the key,” she says with genuine passion. “The thing that I have learned as an activist is that every single issue comes down to a lack of education, whether or not you were given the opportunity to go to school.” Many organizations have caught on to AnnaLynne’s philanthropic efforts and have sought out her support in projects. “I am going to Africa for Thanksgiving. We are going for the ribbon cutting of one of the four wells we built. I am a water-aholic so once I became educated by the 1.1 billion people who don’t have access to clean water I got involved. ” “There all these types of things that are interrelated in my mind because they all come back down to cooler issues like health and education and human rights. And I am glad to be able to have a voice for all these particular issues I care about.” During conversation she arrived at the make-up trailer and ordered a Bacon Double Cheeseburger. This brings us to another topic that she has become increasingly vocal about. She has been sited by some Hollywood sites as being too thin since she began working on 90210. “All I get is that I am too thin. I have been this way my whole life. They shouldn’t have the right to tell me I am not healthy or too thin. I have always been 0-2 size.” She recognizes that some people take dieting to an extreme in Hollywood to achieve an unrealistic body image. Her message for her fans is that they work within their body’s natural limits and not try to reflect the modeling profession. She got a chance to expose her natural assets in the movie Gun as you can see in the movie trailer that features her sexy scene with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. “This was my first introduction to the action genre. It was awesome to get to know Curtis. I had in mind a bad-ass rapper, but he is such a gentleman and really wants to come into the acting world.” During the film’s shooting she discovered that love scenes were not going to be rehearsed. Instead, the cameraman and director waited to see how far they would both take it. “Basically they weren’t going to call cut, I just kept reacting. I mean, what am I going to do up against 50 Cent! I am like ripping his clothes off and I got my little garter belt, boy cut underwear, and crazy curly hair. It is definitely a selling point.” In the future she plans on launching a clothing line with her two sisters that will begin with a lingerie collection. “We want to do a line that is flattering to small-breasted women.” Her favorite line of clothing is Alice + Olivia because everything Stacey Bendet make fits her so well. As far as her dream collaboration, “I want to work with Robert Downey Jr. I have always been slightly obsessed with him. I have to be opposite him, there has to be something going on.” She goes on to explain she has always been into bad-ass men. “I just want to put that out there for him. I am open to him coming on 90210.” In AnnaLynne McCord’s world it just might happen. 16
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TAKIN’ A PAGE OUT OF
SAM’S BOOK MANIAC CHATS WITH ACTOR SAM PAGE
Desperate Housewives, Gossip Girl, Mad Men- just some of the biggest shows on television currently that have been home to the new Hollywood sensation, Sam Page. MANIAC was lucky enough to get some time to talk with the talented (and stylish, might we add) actor to discuss his career and his experiences on some of these amazing shows. By the looks of it, all the girls want him and all the guys want to be him, but only MANIAC gives you the skinny on Mr. Page.
BY d o m i n i c j a n i d a s PH O T O G R A P H Y B Y k e v i n a b o s c h
profile aniac Magazine: You went to Princeton for biology. How did you segway into acting? Sam Page: I was recruited for baseball by Princeton and studied Biology. The thing I really had a passionate interest in was film and filmmaking and performance and the dramatic arts. When I graduated, I went back home to Wisconsin and picked up odd jobs here and there so when I came out here [to LA] I wouldn’t have to take the first ‘Help Wanted’ sign that I saw. I was very fortunate in the situation I moved into when I moved out here. I moved in with one of my best friends’ [from school] older brother. So he and all his friends were all doing what I was coming out here to do [acting]. I got to know a lot of people quickly, who could give me a lot of advice on how to start out.
exactly what the character was up to. I didn’t really ask because it’s kind of fun. You’re making a TV show where if the character is lying, but the actor doesn’t know he’s lying, then I’ll play it really genuinely, and it will be [even more] believable. Sometimes Marcia [Cross] will say, ‘What ARE you doing here? What is this Sam Allen going to do?’ I loved working with Marcia; it was a phenomenal experience. MM: You’re filming Gossip Girl now. Can you tell us any dirty little secrets about your character? SP: My character is sort of a young, Wall Street ‘wiz;’ a very successful businessman and Blake [Lively, who plays Serena] has caught my eye. My character has been trying to purposely run into her. It’s really fun because the character is one that will keep the audience on their toes, as
I watch a movie, I wonder what the actor did to get it from the page to ‘this’ [the finished product]. That’s the process. MM: Who is your role model? SP: Matt Damon is wildly impressive. The choices he’s made throughout his career have always been just amazing. He works with the best actors, the best directors and the best scripts. He’s a great actor and his movies are great. He is somebody who keeps his personal life to himself. I think there is an environment in Hollywood these days that has been exasperated by reality television with people who are famous for being famous; I think people can get confused as to the actor and the person. There is a stark difference. It is what you make out of your own life. You can keep your job separate from your personal life. I have a great admiration
“I love the collaborative process. You show up on a set and there are so many pieces to the puzzle and you are just one of them. Everybody is trying to put it together. Everybody needs to work together; everybody needs everybody else. I love that. I think it’s great. It’s a never-ending process of challenging yourself or being challenged by what’s in front of you.” MM: You have had some pretty impressive TV shows under your belt (7th Heaven, Desperate Housewives, Greek, Mad Men, Gossip Girl), what is it like to be on set? SP: Things can always go dramatically wrong or behind schedule and things like that, but for the most part by the time you get to the crews and AV department and the director department, they are pretty well adept. Being a young actor on set, you really need to focus on just what your job is, and that helps cut down the chaos, at least in your own head.
well as Serena. MM: Blake Lively is gorgeous! How do you stay focused with her on set?!
for the way Matt Damon goes about that. MM: Switching tracks, how would you describe your personal style?
SP: [Laughing] Well, my job was made easy, being that my character is completely infatuated with her as well. When they say ‘Action!’ you don’t have to use a lot of imagination to sit there fawning over her in your head. Plus, she’s just the sweetest girl. We just got along. Very professional. She was very welcoming and made sure I was settled in.
SP: Jeans, t-shirt and sneakers, just because it’s easy. I have to say though, when I got out of school and all my friends were taking jobs on Wall Street and walking around campus after their interviews in their new, if not ill-fitting suits, I thought, ‘I don’t ever want to be a guy wearing a suit!’ But then after working [on sets] where a lot of my characters wear suits, and sometimes it’s been really nice suits, I took to it. I love wearing suits. A really nice, well-tailored suit is a lot of fun to wear. Any opportunity I have to wear a suit, I jump at. I particularly love just about anything in John Varvatos’ collection. I wear a lot of his stuff because it’s dynamic and understated. It can be dressed up or dressed down.
MM: What’s your favorite part of your job? MM: Tell us about Mad Men. How was it? SP: Amazing. Incredibly unique. The writing is brilliant, but you also get the aspect that Matt Weiner [creator] has a very, very unique and powerful and focused vision for the show, for every character, for every scene. He is really wonderful to work with. He knows exactly what he wants, and I love that. It’s really nice to know exactly what the person who created the scene wants so you can give it to them. MM: Tell me about your character Sam Allen on Desperate Housewives. SP: [Laughing] That was really fun! The writers were kind of figuring out the character as I was too. My audition for the role was just that very first scene where I come into her [Marcia Cross’ character, Bree Van de Camp’s] office and I pitch myself to her about why she should hire me. That was it. That was all I knew about the character when I got hired. We never knew
SP: I love the collaborative process. You show up on a set and there are so many pieces to the puzzle and you are just one of them. Everybody is trying to put it together. Everybody needs to work together; everybody needs everybody else. I love that. I think it’s great. It’s a neverending process of challenging yourself or being challenged by what’s in front of you. MM: What inspires you to be creative and take on these roles? SP: Other people who do it! The thing that I love to do most is watch movies and televisionold movies, new movies. The more work I’ve done, the more I get a sense for what people go through in order to end up with the finished product that I’m watching. You get a sense for what the actor saw on the page and then how it actually turned out. I think it’s a fun thing to fill in the blank. And that’s really the challengeto put out the best character you can. When
MM: Do you use a stylist? SP: No. I guess at times it’s been my girlfriends. When that’s not the case, I would just go through a lot of the men’s magazines. MM: What’s next for you? What else do you have in the works? SP: I did an episode of The Event, which they haven’t said if the character will be back. It feels like he may be back. I play somebody from Jason Ritter’s character, Sean’s, past. There’s that, and then Mad Men and Gossip Girl. They are really fun shows to work on. This last year has been pretty wonderful, between Desperate Housewives, Mad Men and Gossip Girl, it’s a really fun job.
MANIAC PARTY: Fashion Part Deux ISSUE LAUNCH BY d ominic janidas PHOTOGRAPHY BY bill s c h m i t t In mid-October, the Strip’s hotspot, Cioppino, was jam-packed with our MANIACs as they helped us celebrate our Fashion Issue Part Deux launch. Cioppino was literally packed. A who’s who of Pittsburgh’s elite came and welcomed our latest creation into the world. The launch party doubled as a benefit for the Glimmer of Hope foundation, and every one of the 200 plus attendees contributed to the amazing cause! We were proud to have you all there and it was truly heartwarming to see the continued support for not only our publication, but for the charity as well. We had a killer silent auction table, an amazing band and a room full of our beautiful friends! What more could you ask for? Among the attendees were some of our Pittsburgh Power Players from the latest issue and some very influential CEO’s. Plus Miss Pennsylvania, Gina Cerilli, and Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA, Elena LaQuatra, showed up to light up the room even more. Awesome! We couldn’t have asked for a better kick off to a better issue. Thank you all for a wonderful evening!
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FROST BITTEN BEAUTY As winter’s chill creeps across the city, what better way to highlight your features than with makeup and skincare fit for an ice princess?
In frigid temperatures it is also crucial to maintain your skin’s hydration level. Try switching to a creamy, gentle cleanser like Yes To Carrots Nourishing Daily Cream Facial Cleanser. Lastly, don’t forget to moisturize! Many of today’s hottest makeup artists are raving about Embryolisse 24 Hour Miracle Cream, which heals even the flakiest of faces.
With eyes so stunning, it’s best to choose a pale lip color. A creamy, moisturizing formula such as Hourglass Adorn Hydrating Lipstick in Poetry will keep chapped lips at bay. Slick on a layer of gloss, such as L’Oreal Colour Juice in Iced Latte, and your winter-worthy pout is ready to blow an icy kiss.
Arctic blues, iridescent snow-whites and gunmetal gray make for a fashionably-frozen stare. For eyes, try La Prairie Cellular Treatment Eye Colour Ensemble in Les Midnight Blues or NARS Iceland Duo Eyeshadow. MUFE Flash Color in Silver can be used as a base for an added glacial effect. Finish the look with two coats of Maybelline The Falsies Mascara in Very Black; you will love the “spoon” brush! 26
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A NEW STORE FOR A NEW GENERATION BY sarah lolle y PHOTOGRAPHY COURTE S Y O F l a c o s t e
he brand that started seventy-five years ago, inspired by the athletic flair of tennis player Rene’ Lacoste, has reinvented simplicity with vitality year after year. This past September during the US Open it launched the Lacoste L!VE store and a collection for men in Soho that promises to capture the young, contemporary market with fresh designs, styles and, of course, color. The store’s concept uses a large modern perforated magnetic display wall and hangbars that resemble a high-def gym set in comic book flair. The wooden flooring throughout the store is fashioned to resemble a vintage high school gymnasium. To highlight the musical connection with the brand and to create a signature atmosphere, there is a scrolling music ticker that displays the in-store music and artist info. Its fashion-forward footwear line will be a crucial element in its collection and will be available where the L!VE brand will be sold in its boutiques and online. This compromises approximately 40 percent of projected sales. Future plans include releasing the Lacoste L!VE products in the company’s 67 U.S. Lacoste boutiques and on the Lacoste website. The company has survived over the years with dedicated consumers that rely on the durability
and quality of their sportswear. This new venture seeks to capture consumer markets that are inspired by the culture of music and modernity. The signature croc emblazoned polo shirt get ultra colors that are fresh, but classic. L!VE’s mission is aimed at an audience that wants to broadcast personality without sacrificing tailoring and sophistication. This is the newest venture since its Lacoste Red initiative was released to attract a younger market.
The sub-brand is taking care to separate itself from its parenting label Lacoste by employing a separate branding team for its stores and designs. They will launch 60 boutiques in the coming months, along with international stores in Paris, London, Berlin, Zurich and Tokyo. Other domestic cities that might see the store’s bold banner soon are Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, and Georgetown.
“This is a new 360-degree concept that includes its own design team, stores, wholesale distribution and advertising,” explained Steve Birkhold, the chief executive officer for L!VE, told Women’s Wear Daily this past summer before the opening. “At our retail partners, we
expect Live to sit with denim and contemporary collections while the core Lacoste product will remain in sportswear departments.” For the fall/winter, the store is featuring a wardrobe that will span crossovers into genres and hipster come athletic types with prices in the same vicinity as their sportswear line. Some examples include: nylon full zip puffer jackets in navy & royal blues ($325), 5-pocket slim fit jeans ($130), slim-fit plaid woven shirts ($125), button cardigans with tipping in grey and navy ($155), pullover hooded sweatshirts with contrast tipping ($135), long sleeve horizontal stripe poplin shirt in blue and white ($110), and slim-fit printed jersey polo’s with pocket ($95). In February they will begin offering the first of a series of capsule collections by artists inspired by the new segment. Cult French graffiti artist, Honet, is the first for Spring/Summer 2011. Honet is well known for his characters that seem to conquer the walls and canvas structures with bold simple design. His style utilizes simplicity and color blocking within abstract interpretations of letters, patterns, and scenes. They will launch the L!VE for women in Fall 2011. 29
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TALKS STYLE Holly Miller is co-owner of Bailey & Bailey in Sewickley, located on 425 Walnut Street. Bailey & Bailey’s specialty stems from working with small bridge designers bringing us a cohesive, polished look each season. We have noticed Holly’s style for years, when we think style and fashion in Pittsburgh, our mind always wanders to the small boutique owners who travel all over to bring us the best selections. Holly and her business partner Elsa travel to New York and Los Angeles to buy for Bailey & Bailey. They select their merchandise by doing careful research on the fashions of the seasons, and think about their customers, the quality of the merchandise, the diversity of the lines, and the assortment of the merchandise. For those that want a career in fashion, Holly’s advice is “Only work in fashion if you truly love it! It’s not easy in any way. It is a very fickle industry. You have to stay on top of the latest and greatest hits and misses. It rarely pays well and can be extremely frustrating. That said, it can also be tons of fun. I still love what I do.”
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Holly describes her style as being “All-American with an edge” throwing on pieces that makes her look “less predictable and more whimsical.” Her favorite designer has consistently been Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, whose clothes are structured, but have a bohemian twist. She said her favorite designers “tend to change with each season. One season Chloe could be great, and the next a bust. This fall I loved the femininity and freshness of Louis Vuitton’s collection.” Holly’s petite frame carries the well-tailored items that she purchases for herself and the boutique. Arriving in style with her yellow carry luggage, she has a plethora of designer shoes that perfectly mold her size six foot--- a perfect sample shoe size. Holly’s presence and personality made photographing her a pleasure, and it was apparent that this was a perfect style profile selection when she arrived with a rack full of designer goods. But fashion is only a small part of Holly’s life. She has two talented teenagers and a great husband. “I love the outdoors, Duck Pin bowling (my team won the club championship last year), scrabble, and a good vodka tonic. I’m also a skilled parallel parker!” 37
BY nicole aikens PHOTOGRAPHY BY briana carraher
MUSIC n a storage room in a house on Neville Island on the bank of the Ohio River, These Lions pushed an organ to the center of the room. Cords scattered across the cement floor, weaving throughout the room from amp to guitar or bass or cello, allowing the band to fill the room with electric sound. These Lions were waking up for feeding, getting ready to binge on the music that brought them together. They haven’t been together long. In fact, they haven’t even been together a year. Since June, Anthony Jardine, Bryan Humphreys, Briana Carraher and David Rocco have been playing together. These Lions has an indie sound, with an added facet from Carraher on the cello. The music is more experimental than alternative rock, and Jardine’s spot-on vocals and crystal-clear falsetto make it more refined. These Lions play loud, but they also play clean.
Even though they’ve only been together for a short time, the band is booked pretty solid until the end of the year. They will be playing one of their biggest shows December 30 when they play Hockey Happy Hour, the official winter classic pre-party, at North Shore Saloon. Past and current members of the Penguins will be in the audience. As they practice ideas come from everyone, and every idea gets equal time. “My theory has always been ‘we’ll try anything.’ If anybody has any kind of idea you try it because you never know what’s going to work,” says Humphreys. “I feel like that’s the kind of vibe we have.” The only kinds of ideas that aren’t discussed at length are Humphreys’ comments about starting a solo project of Justin Bieber-esque music, but they all agree that he has the hair for it.
“We’re all good friends, which makes it better. I think you have better chemistry when you’re friends.” Jardine is the link that brings These Lions together. He met Humphreys and Rocco during high school and now goes to Duquesne University with Carraher. “It’s no longer me, ‘Anthony Jardine.’ He’s dead,” says Jardine. The once singer/songwriter decided to get a band together when he realized he was working with so many musicians to put together his own music. “I just like collaborating with other musicians,” says Jardine. “It unites everything.” He’s the lead singer and lead guitarist in These Lions, but he is by no means considered the leader. That’s what makes These Lions work; they work so well together. “I’ve been in a lot of different crews, and it’s weird that I feel really comfortable this quickly,” says Humphreys, the bassist. A big factor that helps the band is they aren’t solely a music group. “We’re all good friends, which makes it better” says Rocco, the drummer. “I think you have better chemistry when you’re friends.” When the band was formed, Jardine took the reins. “There’s the time in the beginning where you don’t want to step on anyone’s toes, so it kind of took us a little bit to get comfortable,” says Humphreys. But now every member has equal input. “I didn’t step down,” says Jardine, “but everyone stepped up with me.”
As they start to play a song, it’s something like finishing each other’s sentences. Rocco starts on the drums, or more often Jardine plays a couple chords on the guitar. Then the whole band falls in behind. There’s no discussion about what will come next — it just happens. That ability to play with each other, the way they can just figure things out on the fly, that’s what makes These Lions special. It’s just a feeling they give off, an energy that each member sends out to the others. In that cement room where the windows are so long forgotten that they have to be opened to let light in, something happens. Four people become one fluid sound. The house on the river is where they finish the work that was started separately in Downtown apartments. Each person in the group lives and goes to school in Pittsburgh — Jardine and Carraher at Duquesne, Humphreys at Pitt and Rocco at Carnegie Mellon — so the house on Neville Island is their weekend spot. “Here is where we bring it together,” Jardine says. The house belongs to Rocco’s grandpa. “I like it because it’s away from the city,” says Rocco. “No one bothers us, we don’t have to be quiet.” There are boat trailers in the gravel driveway and dozens family pictures on the wall in the living room. There’s a foosball table that’s made use of during break, and the TV shows the Steelers leading, but it’s only used for updates. When These Lions come to the house, they are all business.
These Lions play at Club Café’s acoustic night on Monday nights. Jardine hosts an open mic night every Wednesday at Papa J’s Centro, which the band plays at frequently, where notable musicians come to play. Club Café and Papa J’s Centro’s open mic nights are two of the They are working on a song called “They’ll biggest in Pittsburgh. Sing.” They’ve played it a couple times during acoustic sets, but this is the first time they’re
“We want to make sure the songs are where we want them to be, not just to force it and rush it.” really putting it together with a full band. It takes them a couple tries to get it right. They talk in shorthand about drums and tempo and who will be playing what and when, but once they get it, it’s obvious. It comes in nods and smiles during the song, and when they finish, nothing more needs to be said. They go right on making a set list for the two shows they’ll be playing the coming weekend. Within These Lions is the Lioness, Briana Carraher. Not only is she the only female in the band, but she also brings classical training on the cello. If the music from These Lions is powerful without her, it’s Carraher’s input, the sort of eerie sound that comes from the cello, that draws the goose bumps. “She adds just a wall of sound to what we’re doing,” says Jardine. Sometimes the Lioness has to play the role of Lion Tamer. “[The guys] are inherently and intrinsically trouble,” Carraher says jokingly after one of the guys says she keeps them all in line. 40
The next big endeavor for These Lions is to get in the studio and record their debut EP. They are not putting a time frame on when to get it done; they just want to get it done with songs they are proud of. “We want to make sure the songs are where we want them to be, not just to force it and rush it,” says Humphreys. “You’re going to have people regardless who are going to doubt it, but you gotta be 100 percent sure with what you’re putting out there.” After a break for foosball and cigarettes, the band runs through their songs again. Once they’ve played them through, noting the changes they’ve made during the day, they start to pack up their instruments. Once the guys get their things situated, they gather around the organ that’s still sitting in the middle of the room. All three of them have a hand on keys or a foot on a pedal, and they’re joking about how they should produce rap songs. It’s a T-shirt kind of October day. Instead of
heading home after practice, the band heads out back with a bucket of golf balls and a driver. Jardine tees the first ball up and sends it into the river. The band is talking about ideas for an upcoming photoshoot, their first one as a band. Humphreys is insistent on bringing the life-size statue of a Native American man the stands in the back yard facing the river. After he hands the club off to Rocco, Jardine goes over to the trampoline that’s next to the house and sits on the edge while he kicks off his cowboy boots. Carraher says something about his clumsiness. “Be careful, Anthony,” warns Humphreys. “Anthony...be careful.” At some point in the past six months, These Lions stopped being just a band, and they became a family.
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FASHION THE ELLE WERLIN EXPERIENCE MANIAC INTERVIEWS ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED AND INFLUENTIAL STYLISTS OF OUR TIME, ELLE WERLIN. BY ashle y br u d y
“Fashion was something that was a part of what I loved and dreamed about.”
aniac Magazine: How long have you been stylist and where the wonderful world of Elle begin? Elle: I’ve been a stylist now for eight years. I guess I’ve always known that I was going to work in fashion; I was one of those 6-year-old children obsessed with glitter and sparkles. Basically, it was always a love of mine; grew up an 80’s kid- it was a great time in fashion. I designed a dress that was made for Kenar when I was 17 and that began my semi-professional career. I loved design but I felt there were elements of it that didn’t completely reflect all of my strengths and one of them being price points - like if you work for a different company there is a set price in terms of fabric and funds. Being a stylist is wonderful because you pull from every different collection, so you pull high end, you pull bridge and you pull low end. You are constantly being able to recreate other creations. MM: That’s amazing. But it is also great you can design and style knowing both worlds. Elle: Absolutely, I also interned for the VP of sales at Anna Sui and I realized I was terrible at sales. I also interned in public relations at Barbara Bui. I always tell people who are getting into this industry that the best thing
to do is to intern for all the different parts of fashion, because you never know until you try it what you love and what you don’t love about something – and I think that’s important.
work with her and we had a great time. She was also willing to take many fashion risks. MM: Well, that truly shows your talent as a stylist.
MM: What triggered the love of fashion for you? Elle: I guess it was just something I was always interested in and talented at. As a kid, it was just whether I was playing dress up with dolls or creating my own little outfits. I also loved helping my mother pick out her clothes – starting at eight or nine years old. Fashion was something that was a part of what I loved and dreamed about. MM: What celebrities have you styled? Elle: I styled Jessica Szohr, from Gossip Girl, for Nylon Magazine twice- as well as her Dove campaign. She is absolutely amazing. She has a great natural sense of style so it was really great to work with her- she was really willing to take fashion risks and looked fantastic. I also worked with Taylor Momsen, of Gossip Girl, for ElleGirl Japan - an eight-page editorial - as well as FASHION Canada. She was also fantastic to work with and had a complete different sense of style, more of a punk/rocker twist to a chic fashion look. So again, it was really awesome to
Elle: Yeah, I think that the most important thing as a stylist when working with celebrities versus editorials because you have 100% freedom to create with editorials and models. With a celebrity, they are not always 5’11 super models, not that they don’t have incredible bodies and are not beautiful – they are – but working with them you want to take into account their image, audience and personal style yet make it more fashion forward. You also want to take risks outside their norm but still in view of their personal style. MM: Who was the first person that really made an impact in your career? Elle: I would say when I styled Beyonce and Solange Knowles for the Dereon campaign. It was amazing. I also knew I made it when I styled Lenny Kravitz, in “I’ll Be Waiting.” It was a huge moment because he is such a style icon and really great to work with. He was incredible and so sweet and humble. He loves being eclectic and has incredible personal style. 43
MM: What do you think you are getting into next? Elle: I would say I definitely am going to pursue television and film. You will be seeing me more on the other side – celebrities but in costume design. MM: What a great and creative step in your career! Elle: Yes - every editorial is a small movie let’s say; it’s done with a theme. Building characters in television series such as, MadMen, or film, you get to create those characters so it’s like a longer editorial. MM: You have such a great style and think outside the box. Where has been your favorite place to style someone?
still the most incredible stylist out there and I admire her work very much. As well as Patricia Fields, she is an incredible stylist, costume and fashion designer. She has really opened up the public to what stylist do day to day. MM: How do you think fashion has changed over the eight years you have styled? Elle: I would say there is more of a focus on celebrities as well as the economy really affected the collections and designers in many ways. I think that we have seen this season as a rebirth. Last season collections were smaller and there were budget restraints. Whether in size or quality – being avant-garde – definitely more ready to wear sellable collections – but beautiful collections. This was reflected in accessories – but now they are coming back. We see a trend in history that fashion reflects the economy as well, it goes through periods of restraint and that is more of a classic line and darker colors and less embellishment. We then see more fantasy when people want to forget the hard times, which we are seeing now.
Elle: I just shot Alexandra Richards in an abandon/under construction building on Beekman Street, which is in downtown NYC, coming out for a StyleCaster in November. The building was absolutely gorgeous – it had prewar windows and architecture with a distressed MM: Where do you find most of your inspiration abandon feeling. It was an unbelievable for your styling or personal style? backdrop. Elle: A lot of it is researching old magazines MM: That sounds amazing. Who do you look up and obviously the Internet. That is a big thing to as a stylist for inspiration? that changed; when I started - I was faxing request letters. Email changed everything. But, Elle: I would definitely say the first and only traveling is so important - different cultures and person I assisted, Patti Wilson, she is definitely observing people in the street. People from 44
15 – 70 years old are in the streets of New York City - you have every age group and walk of life, there is so many interesting different dynamics. Maniac Magazine: What do you classify your own personal style as? How has it evolved as you styled? Elle: My personal style is Boho Chic: I love to throw a lot of things together and have nothing too restrictive – because I’m always running around even though I’m always in heels. Besides that, I also have to be able to carry 40-50 lbs of clothes and move around – it has to be comfortable yet chic, so I guess that Boho Chic works for me. Maniac Magazine: What piece of clothing or accessory could you not live without? Elle: A great pair of boots. My over the knee, thigh high black Prada boots, I can put them with anything - or a great ankle boot with a heel. Maniac Magazine: What are your top tree brands/stores: Elle: Opening Ceremony; I love the brands they carry as well as their own - it has that right mix. Also, I would say Tom Ford for all my male clients. Everything he does is amazing and he just came out with a women’s collection, which is exciting. Barney’s New York - they have everything there. They have great designers and buyers that select incredible pieces- so it’s
“Yes, absolutely. This is my dream job there is nothing else I would do!” a staple. I also like American Apparel for great t-shirts and their easy to wear pieces.
five trends and inspire your future styles?
Elle: Riding boots are a must, an army green MM: What are the most prominent colors in your distressed military jacket, an A-line 60’s skirt, wardrobe? and a white blouse. You can wear a white blouse with anything, it’s a must this season Elle: I would say charcoal, camel and black. and everything season – it is something that is very important to invest in. MM: What websites or blogs do you visit everyday? MM: Is there an accessory you would choose? Elle: Style.com, WWD and Elle.com I’m not that big on moving blogs, I must say, I’m more of a ‘go to the store’ type of person. Even though I think blogs are fantastic - everyone sharing their own point of view MM: What trend do you want to see more of? What is a trend that you want to see less of?
Elle: I love gloves. They can make an outfit funky or elegant. I always love Jay Ruckel – LaCrasia gloves which are a staple in New York City. Celebrities such as Prince, Madonna, Princess Diana, John Galliano always wear them along with being featured in every editorial in Vogue. He makes them all handmade; most original gloves ever. MM: Do you live by a piece of fashion advice?
Elle: I would say I am really feeling the classic look: riding pants, riding boots and classic white button down shirts. The Louis Vuitton campaign: a-line skirts and fitted tops. So, you will see more of that work in my work. I can’t understand the Ugg boots. No matter where you are – I don’t understand it. The whole idea of wearing them with shorts: I was in LA and there is a certain population that wears a jacket, shorts and Uggs. Why don’t you wear pants and a shirt? It’s a contradiction – so I don’t understand Uggs. MM: What do you think right now are your top
Elle: Well, I don’t know if it is advice, but I tell my clients is if you’re not feeling it; you’re not going to work it. It is better to wear something that is not the latest trend, but you feel phenomenal in it, than to be on top of every trend and not feel you’re owning it. People will see that energy is more apparent when someone is comfortable- no matter what you are wearing. And also you need a great seamstress; it needs to fit well. If you buy an inexpensive dress, but it is tailored and fits like a Dolce & Gabbana dress, then it will be amazing.
MM: Do you use all brands? Elle: Yes! I love Top Shop, American Apparel, H&M and I have used Forever 21. Even Target for Anna Sui was awesome. Aldo has great shoes, Nine West, Steve Madden; they all have great shoes. So, I think it’s most important because no one can afford to wear high-end fashion designers head to toe. It doesn’t even look good to do that – I always incorporate something, whether it be a Top Shop, Levi’s, or a Zara piece in something that I’m wearing. I think that when you truly have style you are able to incorporate many different brands and make it look fantastic. With a great handbag or amazing pair of leather boots, you can make an outfit look really expensive. Accessories and tailoring are the keys to an outfit whether it is $10 to $100,000. MM: Do you think that you have reached your dream job? Elle: Yes, absolutely. This is my dream job there is nothing else I would do!
MANIAC PARTY: MAX TALBOT FOUNDATION EVENT BY rebecca tudi PHOTOGRAPHY BY bill s c h m i t t Bossa Nova hosted the kick-off event for the Max Talbot Foundation. Traveling to Haiti to help the IDADEE orphanage Talbot saw the children that still need a home and care. Witnessing first-hand both the devastation and need, his foundation works to help build awareness and bring care to those children. Wine was sipped as the live auction was held and people came to support the Foundation and the cause. Many were in attendance and Pittsburghâ€™s elite were there to help raise money for a cause that goes beond material measures. It was an honor to be a part of the evening.
HOLIDAY TRAVEL WISH LIST BY rebecca tudi PHOTOGRAPHY BY michelle russ STYLED BY bridgette cunningham
MANIAC SPORTSTER How you pack it up is important. You can’t get to the lodge looking like you live in the woods. Stuff ski essentials and your overnight goods into Lacoste’s red-hot roll bag. You’ll be the envy of all the other snow bunnies on the slopes, secretly scoping out who you’ll get cozy by the fire with, behind Chanel’s “Button” sunglasses. You’ll put the hot in chocolate come night time after freshening up in your room. He’ll start the conversation when you have the best-dressed toes in the place with Lacoste’s darling striped socks. Lacoste small red roll bag $85, Chanel eyewear “Button” Collection - ILORI of Ross Park Mall $385, Lacoste stripe logo socks $1
MANIAC JET-SETTER Flying home for the holidays? Every girl wants to jet set in style. Don’t want to substitute your glam style for practicality? You don’t have to. Stand-out accessories are the ultimate travel companion. Get to the airport right on time (Jet-setters have few minutes to spare) with a Lacoste timepiece. Had a Maniac night before? Ward off paparazzi and look like a celebrity, you party animal, with Dolce & Gabbana’s animal instinct eyewear collection. One spritz of Lacoste’s “Love of Pink” perfume when you hop off the plane will have you smelling fresh for the family, and they’ll never know what you were up to all weekend. Dolce and Gabbana eyewear from the “Animal Instinct” Collection - ILORI of Ross Park Mall $260, Lacoste multi-color stripe watch $95, Lacoste Love of Pink perfume $52.
MANIAC DIVA All is bright when you’re the life of the party, and your makeup should match that attitude. You’re the bold one, and what’s a life without a little shimmer? Plump that pout under the mistletoe. He’ll melt when you give him a smoky eye, care of Sephora’s NYC travel set. Before you’re banned to the naughty list by jealous wall flowers, make sure you’re not smudged in a partyperfect rhinestone compact. Reapply a little eye liner, and make your way to the next soiree. You, diva, have too many sequined dresses and you should better spread your shine at every chance possible this season.
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HOLLYBURGH PITTSBURGH’S FILM SCENE IS ON FIRE.
BY chelsea l. danley
jake gyllenhaal, ANNE HATHAWAY, RUSSELL CROWE, ELIZABETH BANKS, DENZEL WASHINGTON, CHRIS PINE, TAYLOR LAUTNER & KATHERINE HEIGL HAVE ALL PUT THE STEEL CITY ON THE silver SCREEN. 52
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Spotted: camera crews, that guy from down the street, a glistening star on the door of a trailer, and… is that who I think it is? The same thing that’s got Pittsburgh on Perez Hilton’s Twitter radar has created quite the buzz around the Steel City itself. And that one single thing could only be movies, and all that goes along with it. So yes, the glitz and the glamour of Hollywood have been making temporary homes in our beloved city of Pittsburgh, and more of their friends are visiting as well. ould it be safe to say that pieces of Hollywood are here to stay in the Iron City? We’re used to the idea of these glamorous activities occurring 2,500 miles away. But what happens when it’s right here in your own backyard, literally? If the sound of this has you MANIACs seeing stars already, then brace yourself because this City of Champions may just be adding a new term of excellence to its list: “Hollyburgh”. Hollywood is known for its red carpet glam for a reason. But what happens when you see the stars trade in their red carpet Louboutins for their on-set Nike kicks? It’s a long road for all involved in a film, and it’s not always glamorous or easy. It’s a wonder how celebs end up looking so fabulous. Ok, having personal stylists, chefs, and trainers might help a bit. But seriously, a lot of talent, hard work, dedication, and a little movie magic goes into any film. And it’s not all millionaire Divas that surround films in Hollywood, let alone Pittsburgh. There’s a multitude of people that make movies happen, with coffee and inspiration as their only fuel. What the Paparazzi didn’t catch is what “Lights, Camera, Action” might really mean. It’s really about a great look, flawless performance, and capturing it on film in all the right ways. The production staff preps and the art department dress the sets while wardrobe, hair and make up dresses the cast. Then filming begins and the raw footage is captured. From the time you hear “Pictures up. Rolling. And action” to the time you hear “Cut” and reset to do it all over again... A behind the scenes look reveals that there is a lot of hurry up and wait and even panic. Every tiny detail matters; not only do the actors have to nail it, but so do the camera operators, lighting crew, and sound mixers. Nevertheless, a hectic 15 hours later, and you’ve got the shots you
came for, even if it’s just that one-minute scene. You watch a movie and it becomes a part of your life for about two hours, right? However that small chunk of time impacts you, it may take years of high hopes and dreams to create. The real showbiz comes out in all five phases of filmmaking; development, pre-production, production, post-production, and sales and distribution, to create the work of art that we see as the final product. From the fame and fortune all the way down to the nitty, gritty details of the production phase occurring right here in Pittsburgh, you really need to pour your heart and soul into every day to survive and succeed. So really, everyone involved is a star, even if the Paparazzi aren’t photographing them walking out of Starbucks, fresh Frapuccino in hand. To a lot of non-Pittsburghers, our city is just a cloud of smog from the past. But most educated human beings see the pride that this city deserves. Most recognize us as the home of six Super Bowl rings, three Stanley Cups, and five World Series (from long long ago). We’ve also been voted the “most livable city” for three consecutive years. So it comes as no surprise that Pittsburgh has been the powerhouse behind many things, including the entertainment industry. This same city is the home of public broadcast television and radio along with the first movie theater. Film has always been a part of Pittsburgh, and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood really put us on the map. Now the Pittsburgh film industry has truly blossomed with over 127 major motion pictures filmed here, and the number rises exponentially each year! So I guess we just may become the “most filmable city” in the future. America is the entertainment capitol of the world, with Hollywood as its hub. But even Hollywood needs a vacation, or business trip,
every once and a while. Pittsburgh is such an enticing city for film because it allows for major location shooting, and what a more versatile city to shoot in than Pittsburgh? Seriously, how many cities can you think of that have waterways, mountains, a city, suburbs, and farmland within about a 30 minute drive? Not many. Not to mention the unique architecture, bridges, and all four seasons that we also have to offer. Not only is Pittsburgh topographically appealing to moviemakers, but also this city has all the resources to make a film. We have eager and experienced local workers that are set ready, keeping producers coming back for more. Pittsburgh’s educational institutions and community theaters are breeding the next big directors and actors. David Haddad notes, “We have reputable crew and grips that can work up to three movies deep and keep up with just about anyone”. Donna Belajac says, “We’ve got a huge collection of talented actors to fill major speaking roles as well. There is also an endless pool of extras just waiting to swim in the sea of set life.” Nancy Mosser notes that we have a non-union extras pool that brings real people into the movies, making the background for films much more realistic. Another thing that Pittsburgh has is cooperation; the residents and officials are actually excited to help make a movie. Our city’s film organizations and individuals are also the driving forces behind this “Hollyburgh”. Thanks to them, production is thriving and we remain a reputable hot spot for filming. We’ve got Pittsburgh native and writer of “Saved by the Bell” and “St. Elmo’s Fire,” Carl Kurlander who had a successful career in LA, but left his hearts in the ‘Burgh. Lucky for us, Kurlander has returned, but didn’t leave the industry behind as he produced “My Tale of Two Cities” 53
“Our city’s film organizations and individuals are also the driving forces behind this “Hollyburgh”. Thanks to them, production is thriving and we remain a reputable hot spot for filming.” 54
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and co-founded Steeltown Entertainment. There are other producers like Laura Davis who came back with husband and writer/director Tjardus Greidanus for the independent film “A New York Heartbeat”. Pittsburgh doubled for 1950’s NYC as Davis filmed in her parents’ old Squirrel Hill home (support them and “like” “A New York Heartbeat” on Facebook).
do for the city of Pittsburgh? Plenty! It creates sustainable jobs for us home-towners in every aspect from the crew and actors to carpentry, transportation, hotels, and more. Just what kinds of movies are being filmed here? In case you haven’t been in the loop, this past year had about seven major films! Last fall, Pittsburgh’s autumn breeze blew in some major 20th Century Fox films to kickoff a successful year in the industry.
Others built businesses, including our casting directors Nancy Mosser and Donna Belajac who utilize The Talent Group and Docherty talent agencies to cast local actors in films. Unstoppable Besides being stock full of job opportunities, Love and Other Drugs our city is full of resources. David Haddad, The Next Three Days owner of Haddad Trucking Company based out The Riddle of Pittsburgh, says that “it’s a blessing to have I Am Number Four someone as experienced as Dawn Keezer as the Director of the Pittsburgh Film Office” which One for the Money brought over 99 productions here since 1990. Abduction For performers, we have one of only 36 AFTRA offices in the country, and ours is fully staffed. Other notable movies filmed in Pittsburgh: This says a lot about our industry; it’s huge! Another non-profit that promotes local film work is Women in Film and Media. Not only do these My Bloody Valentine 3D film ladies keep it fashionable, they keep filming. Sorority Row We’ve got MANIACs all over the place! Pittsburgh She’s Out of My League also has plenty indie film making citizens. The (featuring past MANIAC cover model, Krysten Ritter!) art and business of film would not be complete Adventureland without our independent filmmakers; they keep inspiring and cultivating the next big thing locally Night of the Living Dead and globally. Flashdance The PaFIA powered by its President and tycoon, David Haddad, has brought these colleagues, competitors, and very important people together to join forces to actively promote the PA Film Tax Credit. Without this incentive, none of those big Hollywood producers would have even checked out the ‘burgh in the first place. The tax credit passed in 2007 governs that if 60 percent of a production’s budget is spent in Pennsylvania, then there is a 25 percent tax credit on that money. This cost effectiveness keeps PA competitive with other hot spots like LA, NYC, or even Canada who is down 70 percent in productions, according to Canadian native Stephen Black. David Haddad believes that PA is one of the top five film locations in the industry (besides LA or NYC), but would be a zero in the market without the tax credit. The tax credit brings movies here. But it is Pittsburgh that keeps them here. But what does all of this
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Hopefully the next time you drive through a yellow brick road of signs that read “Set” leading you to a bunch of movie trailers and tents, you’ll know what’s going. With such a rich heritage, it’s often impressive film credentials that create the latest buzz and showcase our Steel City as headlining news. Next time we watch a movie, maybe we’ll all read the credits and appreciate the process a bit more. While we may like to keep the movie industry as this lustrous untouchable life aside from all else, the reality is that it could be knocking on your door any second now. So, before we get all star struck, remember that you just may have your 15 minutes of fame and a glimpse
of the fabulous life… if not more, right here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It’s definitely not a wrap for Pittsburgh… it’s your time MANIACs. Now… Action!
So You Want To Be In The Movies? Pennsylvania Film Industry Association (PaFIA) www.pafia.org Supports and promotes the PA Film Tax Credit. Become a member online! Pittsburgh Film Office (PFO) www.pghfilm.org Markets our region to the film industry. Brings productions to the region and posts on and off camera job opportunities online. Nancy Mosser Casting www.mossercasting.com Casting Director since 1996 for extras and speaking roles. The only one stop shop in town. Create a free profile online! Donna Belajac Casting www.donnabelajaccasting.com Casting Director for principle roles only since 1982 in over 60 films. Acting school also available. The Talent Group www.talentgroup.com Talent Agency that submits their represented talent for roles and auditions. Docherty Talent Agency www.dochertyagency.com Talent Agency that submits their represented talent for roles and auditions. Steeltown Entertainment Project & Film Factory www.steeltown.org Connects professionals to local projects with the vision to cultivate the film industry artistically and economically here at home. Women in Film and Media (WIFM) www.wifmpit.com Supports and promotes women in the film industry while contributing to the film community. 55
REFLECT A PITTSBURGH FASHION REVOLUTIONARY
BY jammie mountz
atch out, Pittsburgh MANIACs! Fashion just got a whole lot easier to find. We’re talking about clothes seen on Jessica Biel, Kim Kardashian, and Usher… all up for grabs at Reflect, a new venue in Settlers Ridge of Robinson. We leapt at the opportunity to be the first to check out the store at its opening party and meet owners Jenn Lementowski and Kristy Picard. Reflect opened its doors the weekend of November 12 to an eager crowd. Jenn and Stacy greeted their friends and family while modeling some of Reflect’s dresses. Their mission is one we admire: two friends looking to offer all the glitz and glam of fashion without the sobering prices.
spacious blue walls were speckled with information and pictures of the celebrities and designers. Whitney Port, from “The City,” appeared on Reflect’s shelves with her label, Whitney Eve. Anoname jeans also graced the racks. There were pictures of Kim Kardashian wearing Paula Bianco scarves, also for sale. The men’s side had edgy, artsy jackets from No Excess and Rivet De Cru jeans. Boyfriends, here’s one store you won’t mind browsing through!
While Reflect has everything a MANIAC could ever want for a night out, they also carry formal options. I found short, trendy, dresses in the back of the store, boasting a modern look that Jenn and Kristy scoured the Las Vegas Project rose above the usual formal party or prom Show and brought the best of high-end dress. If you’re looking for finishing touches, designers to Pittsburgh. Skimming through the Reflect sells jewelry and accessories like the racks, I found tanks for $15 hanging next to G-Shock watches, as seen on Usher and Justin dresses for $150. Kristy explained that the pricier Bieber. Carrie Underwood is pictured wearing a items were handpicked for their craftsmanship Danielle Stevens bracelet, which is available for and detailing, but if you’re looking for something purchase. Jenn and Kristy show their hometown less hurtful on the wallet, plenty of lower-priced spirit by selling Simply Chic, a jewelry designer items were available that were just as trendy. based in Pittsburgh. While browsing, I was struck by how easily an affordable outfit could be pieced together. Pick With designers and affordability under one up some lower-priced jeans or tanks for layering, roof, you won’t want to miss out on Pittsburgh’s and drop your leftover cash on a luxurious latest fashion addition! Get in there today and fashion statement item that would make the see what Reflect can do to make you stand out. outfit pop. Here at MANIAC, we’re always looking for new ways to keep all the eyes on us! The opening event was overflowing with MANIACs and was catered in the back. The 57
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BY sarah lolley PHOTOGRAPHY BY laura petrilla HAIR & MAKEUP BY susan popovich
Baby tees available on website. Onesies by Phil. Others will be available on www.AccidentalMama.com Balenciaga boots and top, Issey Miyake sweater - Emphatics, BCBGMaxazria skirt - Saks, LnA leggings - Pittsburgh Jean Company.
accidental mama he last we left my story I had gotten knocked up again, luckily by my husband. It was an accident so I like using the term “knocked up.” It kind of reminds me of backing into someone’s car and causing a dent, but way more life changing. After humorous trips to New Orleans and Miami as the D.P.D. “Designated Pregnant Driver” Patrick and I discovered we were having a boy.
willie was starting to feel barbaric. Was it even my decision to begin with? It seemed a big personal decision for a man. Shouldn’t it be his decision? Will he be made fun of in the locker room if I didn’t!? According to the U.S. Circumcision Statistics about half of the babies born in the U.S. are not being circumcised, which is about 15 percent increase from the 80s. According to our
had also gained 55-60 lbs by eating cupcakes everyday and was ready to start dieting, so I thought. I was ready to be unpregnant by the end of May, but wasn’t ready to make the decision about the future sex life and hygiene of my son. That was when my husband finally spoke up. “I thought you were going to make the ‘right’ decision on your own, but you are thinking
“The biggest fear I had of becoming the proud mother of an uncut boy was that I would be the mom that constantly had to remind their son to wash his penis.” Oh no! Here it is – the inevitable question that spans cultural and religious arguments between our families; he is Romanian and I am a half Jewish, half Catholic American. To circumcise, or not to circumcise, that is the question. According to medical journals on the subject of circumcision, Patrick still has his “penile integrity” while the men of my family, you could say don’t have integrity in that area. To many of my American friends the decision to circumcise is a no brainer. Their husbands, fathers, and brothers all survived the removal of their foreskin so will their sons. However, my husband was not born American and the idea of slicing off his foreskin is torturous and arcane to him. My father, on the other hand, started to wage a campaign for circumcision by reminding me daily of the dangers of “schmutz” build-up. I like to consider my self a progressive thinker and took the duration of my pregnancy to deliberate keeping my son’s ‘integrity.’
neonatal physician, the practice of circumcising became popular after the World Wars in the States. Men who were subject to the unclean and dire environments of the trenches came back with infections and other gross ailments. Consequently, they started to circumcise babies because the process was very painful for adult. Now the procedure is considered elective and some insurance carriers will not cover it. My father likes to remind me that my grandfather had his done to marry my Jewish grandmother. Poor man was disowned from his family for it, or maybe it was the Jewish bit. OMG! Why was I listening to my family? I never had before, but having kids makes you realize you need help and, in my case, a reminder of what not to do. My little unborn baby’s peter was becoming a hot topic at the dinner table.
My mother is under the belief that men get circumcised so they don’t give women yeast infections. During my check-ups I took the My first response was to consider my relationship subject up with my OBGYN, who happens to with the uncircumcised sect. I had always also be Romanian. We usually spent most of my preferred them since I met my first foreskin visits gossiping about our Romanian husbands when I was 20-years-old while studying abroad and trying to cure my sore butt. She told me that in London. The owner’s name was oddly enough her patients get yeast infections from partners Christopher Reeves. I never actually had sex with that were circumcised and it wasn’t a cure for him, content on seeing how it worked manually. contracting STDs. The first time I actually took one for a ride was in Pittsburgh by a tattooed, raven haired boy who The biggest fear I had of becoming the proud had been born at home. For the first time in my mother of an uncut boy was that I would be the inexperienced sex life, it didn’t hurt. I had found mom that constantly had to remind their son my type! to wash his penis. I could see myself yelling at my poor embarrassed son, “Did you wash your Thinking of my little baby as a man was giving peter? I don’t care what your daddy says you go me disturbing pregnant mama dreams. I had back in there and wash your peter.” Horror. no idea how to raise a boy! I mean I barely knew how to date them and now it was up to But what if he wanted to be Jewish? It turns me to mold his idea of women for life. If I let out it is one of God’s commandments to be my husband do it he might end up with all his circumcised. That was like 5000 years ago, I father’s flaws! I didn’t have these anxieties with argued. Can’t there be a new interpretation that my little girl Lyra. I just told Patrick she wasn’t would let my son remain intact and accepted? dating until college. He rolled his eyes at me and Not sure I am the person to start the revolution told me I was paranoid. “No, I know myself,” I within the Jewish community, but I vowed if my replied, “and if she is my daughter than there is son wanted to study Torah I would go to battle. trouble ahead. ” Until then, Merry Christmas. But it was a ‘he’ now inside me kicking my ass from the inside out and the decision to nip his
about this way too much,” he said. “We are not circumcising.” Whew! Someone made a decision. To further cement his case Patrick cited studies that stated the procedure could be psychologically traumatic and destroy nerve endings. When we told our doctors they congratulated us for making the decision. When we told my family they were less pleased and acted astonished that Europeans like my husband are not. Actually, my son will join 80 percent of the world’s males in that area. The only thing left to do was give birth. I had been having contractions every time I farted, or rather the baby farted. I had even gone into the hospital to be sent home when I only dilated 3.5cm. On the way home, Patrick and I stopped at an old favorite of mine – the bar. In the 70s they use to administer alcohol to women in labor to help them with contractions. Not to fear, I only had one glass of wine. After a week of bouncing up and down, having sex, taking walks, and trudging my daughter around the zoo in the heat I decided to get induced on May 30th. My deliveries go pretty fast once they get started. This time around everything went smoothly, unlike the emergency entrance of my daughter. My husband, who is an anesthesiologist, even let my daughter gently pull out my epidural line. “Ha! Even a two-year-old could do your job,” my dad chided from the back of the room. We named him Lucian Orion Filip. His middle name was from me. Orion use to be the only man I could depend on, always in the sky above me. Now here he was in my arms. I am not sure how good a female role model I will be, but for now he is my little lover, always connected to my boobs. Stay tuned to www.AccidentalMama.com for the next episode “Topless with Baby”
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THE WARHOL MUSEUM FEATURES “COLLEGE YEARS” EXHIBITION
BY ryan hoffman P H O T O G R A P H Y C O U RT E S Y O F T H E WARHOL
When you think of pop culture, your mind can go to a myriad of different places. Paparazzi, celebrities shaving their heads, Top 40 radio, reality TV, etcetera. When you think of pop art, you really only think of a few centralized things: the Campbell’s Tomato Soup painting, the Marilyn Monroe multi-framed and multicolored piece of history and Andy Warhol.
art ittsburgh has been home to many influential minds throughout time and we have been blessed that these creative types have called our town home. Warhol is certainly one of Pittsburgh’s true MANIACs, in that his forward-thinking, progressive nature and artistic vision has shaped the way many view art today. Though Andy Warhol has numerous famous works that have influenced the art world, it is important to realize he didn’t just jump to painting celebrities right off the bat. Like everyone and everything, there has to be a start; there has to be a foundation. MANIAC understands progression and hard work, which is why this feature is not focused on Warhol’s most notable pieces. MANIAC wants to highlight how this visionary came to be the visionary we all know and love, by exploring the foundation of his work: The College Years. “You must quit drawing the things that you think I want. You have got to do things the way
trucks. Much of his inspiration that summer came from the day-to-day happenings of the huckster trade in Oakland.
taught by Robert Lepper, a highly respected educator who only had a select group of students in each class.
He categorized the different groups of people on the streets. The “new rich,” were a group of status-oriented housewives who would make Andy carry heavy satchels to sixth floor apartments to impress their friends. The “tomato squeezers,” would check two or three tomatoes before finally settling on the perfect tomato to purchase. The “real rich” were too classy for Andy’s services. They would ask even less than the poor.
Warhol’s assignment was to walk the streets of Oakland, pick a house, imagine what life was like inside the house and paint the image.
Warhol sketched satirical portraits of everyone he could, filling the pages of his sketchpad. He even poked fun at the ridiculous outfits of the summer housewives in South Oakland. One such sketch featured at the exhibit is entitled “Women and a Produce Truck.” It is a group of topless women gathered around a produce truck on the street. The women were a common scene in Warhol’s life, although he
Since Andy was the only student who grew up in Oakland, he cheated and painted a picture of his family’s living room. The piece is now a famous autobiographical piece of Warhol’s early work. “The early work shows him trying out different techniques; finding his way, the way students do,” Wrbican said. “He was looking for his identity as an artist, and he found it.” The fact that he found himself in his work, allowed others to create, relate and feel expressive themselves; the very root of the arts in the first place. No matter how different the pieces might seem, they always have, and always will, speak to people on a variety of different levels.
“Warhol sketched satirical portraits of everyone he could, filling the pages of his sketchpad. He even poked fun at the ridiculous outfits of the summer housewives in South Oakland.” you want them, and be damned what I think, be damned with what anyone else around you thinks,” Professor Russell Hyde told a 17-yearold Andy Warhol in the summer of 1945. According to Bennard B. Periman’s “The Education of Andy Warhol,” Hyde’s talk with young Warhol was a turning point in Andy’s education and his career as an artist. Warhol is a true MANIAC with his creativity, passion, expression and of course, ties to Pittsburgh that shine through in his works. The “College Years” Exhibit at the Warhol Museum is dedicated to the years Andy spent finding himself as a student, a brother, a son and an artist. Andy Warhola (he later dropped the “a”) enrolled at The Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1945. He majored in painting and design (the school became Carnegie Mellon University in 1968.) Warhol flunked out after his second semester, receiving C’s, D’s, and an R (repeat) along with a note which read “suspended until advancement in drawing 1.”
The following summer Andy enrolled in a class taught by Professor Hyde, who asked him to observe life in South Oakland. Outside of class, Andy worked with his brother in the huckster trade, selling produce out of
may have embellished by making them topless. Warhol Museum Archivist Matt Wrbican said the drawing displays young Warhol’s talent.
In 1948, two of Warhol’s paintings were featured in a show held by the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP).
“The thing that’s interesting is that he isn’t attempting to draw in a realistic way; there’s a lot of expression in them,” Wrbican said. “He puts emotion [in the sketches] which is really valuable for an artist to be able to do.”
The following year, Warhol submitted a painting called The Broad Gave Me My Face, But I Can Pick My Own Nose. It features a boy with a large head on a thin body picking his nose with delight. It is speculated that the painting depicts Warhol thumbing his nose at the establishment, and it is most likely a self-portrait.
For his commerce sketches, Andy was awarded the Martin B. Leisser Prize, an art award given to an outstanding freshman artist. Along a $40 cash prize, the award came with the respect of his teachers and the admiration of his peers. Andy was readmitted to Carnegie Tech in the fall. Through class assignments, he discovered what would eventually become his signature drawing technique called “the blotted line technique.” “Andy discovered the blotted line accidentally, when he accompanied a group of classmates to the University Grill, and Oakland hangout, and made an ink sketch, then blotted it with a paper napkin,” Periman wrote. The technique produced a line with gaps of various sizes depending on how wet the ink was when blotted against a surface. “It created a different quality of line,” Wrbican said. “He did thousands of these drawings.” Another milestone of Warhol’s college years is the piece, Living Room. He painted it for a class
The painting was initially rejected from the AAP exhibition. Periman wrote that Andy’s submission was judged as “uncouth subject matter,” and was allegedly referred to as “repulsive.” “Warhol’s talent was very different than what the average art student might perceive as talent,” Wrbican said. “[He] was not one to go on record with meaning, but he had a rebellious streak for sure.” Andy retitled the painting Why Pick on Me, and submitted it to Carnegie Tech’s Arts and Crafts Center for a group show. The painting was not only included in the exhibit, but was the most popular piece. The “College Years” exhibition at the Warhol Museum will be on view through January 2, 2011. For more information about the exhibit and the Warhol Museum, visit warhol.org.
MANIAC SHOPS GET THE
Turbans are the “new” global chic accessory and have been spotted on the tresses of many, from recent street style sightings of some of our favorite celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Mary Kate Olsen, and Kourntey Kardashian, to the runways of designers like John Galliano, Jason Wu, and Giorgio Armani. Turbans have been gracing American fashion for decades, popular sightings include Rosie the Rivetor, Greta Garbo, and Chanel Iman. Turbans have made an appearance on both the cover of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Our creative stylist Bridgette Cunningham breathes life into the trend and translates it to Pittsburgh. She uses finds from local businesses; Jupe Boutique, Ambiance, Louis Anthony Jewelers, and Via Boutique, to create unique looks to inspire your holiday attire.
BY ashley sowinski PHOTOGRAPHY BY april hubal STYLED BY bridgette cunningham
1. Ambiance Boutique turban, C Luce dress - Via Boutique $90, necklace - Jupe Boutique, camel coat - Jupe Boutique, bracelets - Louis Anthony, Lagos white topaz 18k ring - Louis Anthony $195 2. Ambiance Boutique turban, Metro silk stripe blouse - Jupe Boutique $108, BCBG animal print pocket mini skirt, Louis Anthony gold rose cut Dia bangle $6,415, Lagos blue topaz 18k oval ring $195, Lagos white topaz 18k ring $195, beaded bib necklace - Jupe Boutique $52 3. Ambiance Boutique turban, Ark & Co dress - Via Boutique, Judith Ripka MultiStone bracelet - Louis Anthony $1,950, Lagos blue topaz 18k ring Louis Anthony $195 4. Ambiance Boutique turban/scarf, BCBGeneration dress - Jupe Boutique $148, Jack vest - Jupe Boutique $32, Lagos white topaz 18k ring - Louis Anthony $195, Lagos white topaz pendant on cavlar chain - Louis Anthony $1,090
JET-SET Headinâ€™ South for the Winter
BY dominic janidas
Now, before we even begin, let’s get something out of the way right off the bat: Nashville is not just a country music town. There. The stigma is officially dead. It is actually home to some of the most diverse (and friendly, might we add) people, artists, architectural displays, bars, hotels and even boutiques under the sun; a perfect fit for our Entertainment Issue. Though known by our country as The Music City, Nashville, Tennessee captivates any traveler, even if they aren’t privy to the music scene, and is actually not too far away from Pittsburgh. If you’re planning a MANIAC-esque weekend getaway, perhaps check out what this southern gem has to offer. Who knows, you might even end up at an underground party with celebrities, like we did!
Boutique bonanza Any true MANIAC knows it’s all about the fashion. Aside from the numerous cowboy boots and hat shops we stumbled across (and yes, we purchased a cowboy hat…yee haw) while we were down there, we also found some hot places to spend some time and cash. Of course you have your Louis Vuitton’s and your Prada’s but the boutiques are where it’s at. Boutique Bella is an adorable West End staple that has earned the reputation of “Nashville’s largest selection of designer denim jeans for women.” Of course, they have much more than that, as their slogan is, “Dresses to jeans, and everything in between.” Boutique Bella dons unique, designer tees, intimates and lingerie as well as jewelry and handbags. This Nashvillemust literally has it all. The beautiful, trendy neighborhood of 12South extends to the outskirts of downtown itself, but houses amazing shops like Moda, for example, where you can get your fashion fix. The boutique has “eclectic, elegant styles” which even include chic baby clothes. It has everything in hot trends, jewelry and accessories and a posh fitting area. It was recently voted “First Place – Best Boutique” and “Second Place – Best Place to Buy Jeans” by Nashville Scene. If that doesn’t convince you, just walk in the store and experience it for yourself. Some celebrities were even spotted shopping here, so if you’re looking to shop with the best of them… you know where to go! 68
But don’t worry MANIAC’s, we all know you secretly want to get your cowboy on, so saddle up and head to Nashville’s main drag, Broadway, where there are tons of tourist shops. Unfortunately, we spent a little more money than we would like to admit in the store Boots ‘n’ More. Shhh. Don’t tell.
Chompin’ at the Bit and Washin’ It Down Ok, so we get it. We know how a long day of shopping can work up an appetite. Don’t worry, we ate like royalty while we were in Nashville too, even on a budget! It’s important to understand that when traveling, you should get the best experiences everywhere you go, for the least amount of money. That being said, let’s take a bite out of the Nashville food and drink scene. Forget Kate Moss’ motto, “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” and remember you’re on vacation. Live it up! Flyte World Dining and Wine, located in the Gulch District of Nashville (uber trendy and celebrity-esque), is probably one of the most elite dining experiences one can have without breaking the bank. With dishes ranging from $6 to $35, you can get a lot of bang for your buck. The restaurant prides itself on serving all organic foods from animals that are raised humanely. They have some killer Happy Hour
specials too, so feel free to eat, drink and be merry. Don’t be surprised if you see some celebs there (don’t deny it, your heads, just like ours, are constantly on the swivel), as Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban celebrated their fourth anniversary there. Also, Taylor Swift was spotted there recently. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be famous actress or a Grammy Award winning musician to get a table…just be prepared to book in advance! Feel like getting out of downtown proper for the night? Take a five-minute drive to East Nashville (Nashville’s equivalent to Shady Side in Pittsburgh) and stop by the 3 Crow Bar. This bar, equipped with a Beer Garden Patio, is THE local hangout for that “Cheers” vibe. If you want to eat and drink without burning a hole in your pocket, 3 Crow Bar has just what you need. With a neighborhood atmosphere and a closing time of “late,” you know you can always trust to have a great time at this spot. The friendly staff and patrons make this East Nashville gem something to check out.
Had Dinner… Now Time for a Show Although Nashville’s shopping and dining scenes are amazing and truly dynamic, the music scene goes unmatched. Almost every bar in the Entertainment District (conveniently located off Broadway) is home to live music, and believe it or not, it’s not all country! Many different genres can be enjoyed, not only by
entering the venue, but by simply walking by. The artists are generally towards the entrance of the venue and the passerby’s can “window shop” for the music they like. It’s truly incredible. Of course, not all of the venues are concentrated in just one spot; the city is filled with amazing places for music and theater, such as the Grand Ole Opry, “country music’s most famous stage.” Belmont University, one of the country’s top schools for a Music Business major, is our first stop. Aside from having a gorgeous campus, the University also has a state of the art performing arts theater, the Massey Performing Arts Center, where many productions blow the roof off, including national acts. Most recently, the students of Belmont put on their Fall Follies show, a Saturday Night Live style show that happens annually, basically shutting the campus down for a day. MANIAC was lucky enough to get VIP passes to the event and witness the acting and musical talent of the teens and young 20-somethings, including Pittsburgh’s own Cole Rapso as a lead. The Listening Room Café is a great place to see a band rock the stage. With live music every night of the week at all hours, you can’t really find a bad seat in the house. MANIAC had front row seats when Pittsburgh-native-turnedNashville-ite band Bear Cub played a killer set. Listening Room Cafe owner, Chris Blair showed us a great time (not just by hookin’ us up with drinks) but by really giving us the VIP experience. He went on to explain that music enthusiasts in Nashville don’t just come to a bar with live music to eat and drink, but they actually listen to the band perform. Just like the drinks, this was quite refreshing.
Looking to see the best of the best theater in Nashville? Look no further; The Boiler Room Theatre IT. Winning such titles as “Best Musical Comedy Theater,” “Best Musical Theater Performance,” and “Best Musical Direction,” a MANIAC can’t really go wrong by supporting the arts here. Performances happen Thursday through Saturday and go year-round starting in early February through December. For information on tickets and shows, visit www. boilerroomtheatre.com.
A Good Night’s Sleep Shopping, eating, drinking, seeing shows and exploring the city can really take a lot out of any MANIAC. Don’t worry! You can seek refuge in the comfort of amazing hotels like The Hilton Downtown Nashville and The Wyndham Historic Hotel at Union Station. Each of these beautiful “homes away from home” has everything you will need to wake up rested and ready to do it all over again tomorrow.
Of course, they have a fine dining area and bar in-house with a grand entranceway (that reminds us of something straight out of the elegance of The Titanic), which really makes it hard to want to leave. The staff and concierge are beyond friendly and they are more than ready and willing to accommodate you in any way possible. As if that wasn’t the best part of the Union Station experience, the hotel is conveniently located on Broadway, close to all of the major attractions, without feeling like fellow tourists surround you. It is beautifully nestled a walk away from the Bridgestone Arena, the Entertainment District and the Nashville Convention Center. When looking to travel in true MANIAC style, The Wyndham Historic Hotel at Union Station should be the first and only place you stay.
Our personal favorite is The Wyndham Historic Hotel at Union Station. Once a train station a century ago, this particular historic Nashville landmark has since been converted into a luxury hotel with 125 personalized guest rooms. Union Station underwent an eleven million dollar renovation process that allows for such amenities like high-definition flat screen televisions in every room, plush, oversized beds you can melt into and gorgeous bathrooms with just the right acoustics for the shower-singer in all of us. 69
the ultimate NIGHTLIFE
WHERE TO GO IN THE BURGH TO LET OUT YOUR INNER MANIAC BY sara gaul & ashley sowinski
andys at the fairmont
Some places pride themselves on their wine, others on their martinis, and while Seviche has both, they are really passionate about their mojitos. Made from scratch at Seviche, they take the drink seriously and put out the best mojito in Pittsburgh, and possibly much further than here, says Jeff Caulkins, the general manager at Seviche. Along with good drinks, Seviche serves tapas and an overall inviting atmosphere for guests. “I think people when they come here, they feel at home,” says Caulkins. “Our ambiance is exciting … dining here and enjoying the night life here is exciting.” Along with other Downtown bars, Seviche definitely gets a theater crowd, but they have a loyal Pittsburgh base as well. Seviche has created a niche, not only in mojitos, but also as a place worth making a trip Downtown to visit.
The slogan for this upscale establishment located in Downtown Pittsburgh is “where art meets industry in the city.” They cater to a business crowd, but also have live jazz performances Wednesday through Saturday. “Jazz has definitely helped with our numbers, we have had more of an interest in the bar,” says Andrew Schafer, an assistant manager at Andys. But even before the jazz band played, Andys was a popular meet up for young professionals, older professionals and anyone in between who were looking for a different place to hang out. Let the staff pair a favorite wine with Andys menu of specialty artisan cheeses or chocolate desserts for a unique dining experience in Pittsburgh.
930 Penn Avenue l Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412.697.3120 l www.seviche.com
510 Market Street l Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412.773.8884 l www.fairmont.com
guide Looking for an exciting night on the town, but simply can’t think of where to go? MANIAC offers to you our favorite places in the ‘Burgh where you will find great food, fantastic drink assortments, and a colorful crowd of people. Our selection brings something for everyone. Each place has a unique vibe, something MANIAC thinks makes them stand apart from other establishments in the area. Read on, find your flavor, and experience! That’s what being a MANIAC is all about...
olive or twist
If martinis are your drink, then Olive or Twist should be a place to try. “We have really different martinis than most places you can find in Pittsburgh,” says Alyssa Lapinski, a manager at Olive or Twist. “We have unique liquors and ingredients.” But even with an array of specialty martinis, if it is a slow night in the Theater District, it will most likely be a slow night at this upscale martini bar, says Lapinski. “Downtown isn’t quite a destination spot as some places in Pittsburgh,” she says. But although Downtown is not a ‘go-to’ spot as much as the South Side or Oakland might be, Olive or Twist is building its clientele and its reputation. And since not everyone is a martini drinker, Olive or Twist found their home Downtown.
South Side is not as well known for upscale social clubs as they are for dive bars and college-friendly clubs. But Villa, a swanky, two-story club, bar and tapas restaurant on 18th Street, is giving South Side bar-goers another option. “Villa is not your typical wild and colorful night club, we offer a warmer atmosphere,” says Nick Curr. Instead of strobe lighting, blaring music and a décor of red and black, Villa uses neutral colors, comfy seating and an open floor plan to entice guests to come in, sit down and relax. But upstairs, a roof-top deck and a dance floor offers guests the opportunity to dance and party the night away. “Villa allows people to create their own nightlife,” Curr says. Villa also has Penguins games specials and a tapas bar for those looking just to relax with some good food and a game. Whatever atmosphere you are looking for, you can find it at Villa.
140 Sixth Street l Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412.255.0525 l www.olive-twist.com
1831 East Carson Street l Pittsburgh, PA 15203 412.431.3535
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Lawrenceville, the hippest neighborhood in Pittsburgh, is home to places like Tamari. Providing Pittsburgh with a great restaurant/ lounge with a casual, sophisticated vibe. Tamari is open for lunch and continues to provide mouthwatering entrees through dinner, which you can enjoy inside, or on the courtyard. Stop by Tamari on your way home for Happy Hour from 4-6 Monday through Friday. Tamari has a great sushi bar, a tapas menu and other entrees that infuse Asian and Latin cuisine. There are liquor bars both on the first and second floor, where you can order from their extensive specialty cocktail menu, get a beer on tap, or try a selection from their wine list, all of which can best enjoyed on the second floor lounge area filled with sleek, leather chairs. Whether you’re looking for a tasty lunch or enjoy a full evening out, Tamari has something for everyone.
Kaya is a staple in the Strip. Serving delicious Caribbean cuisine by Chef Sean Ehland, everyone will find something on the large varied menu. You can stop by Kaya for your favorites for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, served between 11am and 3pm. Or enjoy Kaya’s Happy Hour, Monday through Friday between 5 and 7 pm, where you can enjoy half off drafts—they offer eighteen and single serving drinks. We at MANIAC prefer their specialty tropical drinks, Mango Mai Mai being a personal favorite. The atmosphere is cool and collected, with an island twist. Business casual and casual attire is appropriate; Kaya is a place for conversation and fun for those young 20, 30, and 40-something professionals.
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= ? LOW CARB
To low carb, or not to carb, that is the question on the minds of dieters who ate too many cookies or drank too much eggnog. If we decide to only eat chicken wings for the holidays does it mean we will be healthy and slender? hat is what a recent study has tried to answer for the American populace obsessed with fad diets like Atkins and South Beach. Often, most people find these diets easy to comply with because meals such as steak and meatloaf are not automatically excluded. To many, low carbohydrate means anything without carbohydrates. For those who can keep to the regiment the diets are effective at promoting weight loss. The question remains, however, if the effects of noncarbohydrate items have an adverse impact above and beyond weight loss? The recent NIH-funded study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, addressed just that question. This study, which included over 120,000 men and women, followed people adhering to low carbohydrate diets (assessed by questionnaires) since the 1980s. Specifically, the research team was comparing the effects of a vegetable-based low carbohydrate diet versus an animal-based (i.e. meat) low carbohydrate diet. The study included the effects of animalbased diets versus vegetable-based diets in the parameters of cardiovascular causes and cancer. The main finding of the study was that low carbohydrate diets based on meat increase mortality when compared to vegetable-based diets. Overall mortality -- cardiovascular causes and cancer -- were all statistically higher in
the animal-based low carbohydrate diets as compared to the vegetable-based diets. This means that vegetables donâ€™t clog your arteries like steak does. It is important to remember that not all low carbohydrate diets are the same. The study is limited by the fact that diet faithfulness was assessed by questionnaire. The study presents dramatic evidence that where calories originate from is an important factor in health. Vegetable-based low carbohydrate diets, in addition to provoking weight loss, can lessen mortality rates as compared to animal-based diets. When selecting a diet, weight loss should not be the sole criterion utilized to judge a diet. Future studies should address questions regarding the exact make up of the meat diets. Are all meat based diets equal? Does white meat and fish have the same risks as red meat? What is the trans-fat content of the diet? After all, we want to look good, but not if it means compromising our risks later. Dr. Adalja is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Infectious Diseases and is board-eligible in Critical Care Medicine. He is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and can be reached via email at: AmeshAA@ aol.com. 73
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“Your heart is racing a mile a minute. Muscles tense and sweat drips from your brow. Your lungs feel like they will collapse at any second, but then that song comes on. You know the one. It pushes you to your limit; helps you get through that last mile. It’s that song that is your motivator and can get you through your workout. It pushes you to your limit. And at X Shadyside, the trainers and staff hope to help make just about every song that song.” Shadyside is a 24 hour fitness facility located at 5608 Walnut Street in Shadyside, filled with the most upto-date exercise equipment and classes that range from high energy aerobic and spinning to strengthening and flexibility with yoga and pilates. But even with the best equipment, it’s important to motivate people to exercise and the instructors all agree that music is the best motivator. “Music pushes you and makes you compete with yourself,” says Nicole Smith, one of the instructors for the Les Mills BodyAttack and BodyPump classes.
are more fluid. In this case, modern artists like Enya, Alicia Keys and Train are featured to give the class that extra oomph without derailing the experience.
Nicole Arick has a bigger challenge on her hands. As the instructor of the spinning class, she picks all the music that is played. “I try to play a lot of upbeat music,” she said. “The music really sets the tone of the class, so a lot of rock and hip hop is used. The faster beats equate to more energy, which helps keep the class going and stay motivated.” Some of Nicole’s favorite artists to use in her class are Each of the instructors uses music as a motivator Kid Rock, Lil Wayne and Hollywood Undead. in their classes. Russ Kasim, Laura N.K. Miller and Nicole Smith are all trained in the Les Mills’ So what if you’re a person who likes to work out on his or her own and not take classes? Kasim Body programs, which are pre-choreographed recommends picking music that will personally workouts set to music and Nicole Arick is the motivate you. “It’s different for everyone. Mix resident spinning instructor. The instructors it up a bit to keep you on your toes. The key, for the Les Mills’ Body Programs receive new though, is to make sure to change it up so it routines to learn about every three months, so doesn’t get boring.” the music and routines are always changing. “You’ve got to have good music or the instructor One way to do that is to take advantage of new gets bored. And if the instructor gets bored…” technology. Enter the Nike +, a new technology says instructor Russ Kasim. X Shadyside offers five of the Les Mills’ Body programs: BodyPump designed to be your own personal trainer that will sync up with your iPod or iPhone. It’s a (weights), BodyJam (dance), BodyAttack sensor that is placed in a pocket of the Nike (high energy aerobics), BodyFlow (yoga) and + shoes and connects to your iPod or iPhone BodyStep (step aerobics). device. As you work out or run, the sensor sends data and chooses music from your device In each class, music of all genres is used to that is best suited for that work out. You can push the clients to the next level- the higher the intensity of the class, the faster and more upbeat even program your “Power Song” to give you that instant motivation without having to search. the music. For BodyJam, a lot of techno/house Half way through, it gives you feedback and music is used for the most intense parts and as it goes into recovery, slower music is used. “The tracks your progress. All the details are recorded and viewable online. last session featured disco music and dance moves. It really got people up and moving. Incorporating the dance moves with the music makes the class more fun,” said Kasim.
Interested in finding out more about X Shadyside or the Les Mills programs? Be sure to check out their website for info and class schedule.
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Instructor Laura Miller agrees, “With Pump, it [music] sets the pace of the class. Music that is more mellow is used for warm ups and cool downs, while big music is used for the hardest part of the workout. It’s a combination of all kinds of music- rock, hip-hop and then mellows out toward the end. It’s fair to all genres- country, rock, hip-hop and pop.” The music of BodyFlow takes a different approach. While still used as a motivator, in yoga, you want to have more calming music that is subdued. Music that is loud and fast doesn’t quite fit with the movements and poses, which 75
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