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04 ART // Oral Fixation
08 FILM // Make Out Good
10 LITERARY ARTS // Love Letters
16 ROMANCE // Cuter in Real Life
18 DANCE // Bloody Good Time
20 EVENTS // Seven Days in Pittsburgh
14 Crossword and Classifieds
FEB. 8-15, 2023 // VOL. 32 ISSUE 6
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QUOTED THIS ISSUE: “I can’t just share my erotic art online, I get banned.”
IN TERMS OF BEING AN EROTIC ARTIST, Goofy Toof takes inspiration from an unexpected place: animation particularly online fan art and the less censored days of pre-moral panic Tumblr.
“I can’t just share my erotic art online, I get banned.”
one day” — to a degenerative disease requiring jaw reconstructive surgery.
Still, she embraced the missing tooth enough to make it a major part of her artistic identity.
“When I lost the tooth, I loved it,” she says. “I thought it fit me really well. I was like, oh my God, I look so much cooler, and more like myself, missing a tooth.”
But her “tooth problems” are also a source of serious debt that she says will follow her for the rest of her life.
“My sex work and my teeth have become intrinsically tied to each other for that reason, not just because I’ve given myself the name Goofy Toof, but because the only way to afford paying off my medical debt is now through the extra money I make on the side,” she says.
Looking back, Goofy Toof says she assumed sex work would be easy, but changed her tune when she came into the industry right before FOSTA-SESTA
went into effect.
“The safety nets that were built up in these communities just got ripped away in an instant,” she says, explaining that Backpage provided sex workers a way to vet clients. She says this motivated her to help change certain perspectives on sex work and improve life for people in the industry.
allies, the game debuted in 2021 as part of a program at Kelly Strayhorn Theater, through which Goofy Toof helped lead the workshop Naughty Nudes & Thirsty Traps: A Selfie Science Workshop.
In October 2022, Goofy Toof returned
Goofy Toof sees her work as deriving from a lifelong love of erotic imagery, not necessarily from a love of sex. She identifies more closely with being asexual or demisexual, a term used to describe someone who values emotional or intellectual connections above physical attraction.
Moreso, she wants her work to help destigmatize sex by depicting it as fun, ridiculous, and vibrantly colorful.
Part of this includes joining up with Lena Chen and Maggie Oates for OnlyBans, an interactive game described as allowing players to experience “sex workers and erotic content
to KST as part of Fail-Safe, described on the venue’s website as an opportunity for artists to “present new work that is experimental, in-progress, improvisational, or open-ended.”
“I would like people to relax a little bit,” says Goofy Toof. “Laugh at yourself a little bit. Recognize that it’s okay to feel a little weird and gross. It’s kind of funny, actually … Everyone is dealing with this little bit of ickiness in ourselves. You don’t’ have to torture yourself dealing with it and I would prefer that we also not torture everyone else when dealing with our own stuff. That’s kind of what has gotten us here with how people treat sex workers.”•
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“My sex work and my teeth have become intrinsically tied to each other for that reason ...”
CP PHOTOS: PAT CAVANAGH Goofy Toof
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MAKE OUT GOOD
BY HANNAH KINNEY-KOBRE // HKOBRE@PGHCITYPAPER.COM
ACONFESSION: after an ill-fated incident where I couldn’t stop falling asleep during a St. Patrick’s Day movie date to The Departed (the guy could not stop talking about golf), I swore off the movie theater make out forever.
Still, the idea of sucking face in front of the silver screen has
certain a romantic sheen, even if it’s one I’ve personally given up on. And fortunately, Pittsburgh has no shortage of appropriate movies showing in theaters on this, the most romantic of all weeks.
But which one is right for you and your beloved? Here’s our verdict:
Excellent Taste, No Notes
Magic Mike’s Last Dance
At last, the long-awaited finale to Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper saga. I will go blue in the face arguing that Magic Mike XXL is a complete masterpiece; if the latest installment is even half as fun, it’ll be the best time you’ll have at the movies all year. Plus, what better way to spend the lover’s holiday than admiring Channing Tatum’s superior dancing ability and doofus charms?
(He really is our Gene Kelly.) In theaters Thu., Feb. 9. magicmikeslastdancemovie.com
Too Cool for Valentine’s Day?
Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans
Once described by critic Dave Kehr as “the best foreign film ever made in the United States,” F.W. Murnau’s 1927 silent classic Sunrise is the perfect off-beat Valentine’s pick primarily because the romantic conceit is the hero making a plan to murder his wife. Head to Homestead on to see it projected on shimmery 16mm by our pals at Pittsburgh Sound + Image. 8 p.m. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 17. Eberle Studios. 229 East Ninth Ave., Homestead. $10. pghsoundandimage.com
Yeah, We Guess This Makes Sense
Back in theaters with a 25th-anniversary re-release, this might be the most traditional of all options. It’s got everything: doomed cross-class romance, Kate Winslet’s boobs, Leo at his hottest and in an age-appropriate relationship, and the poignant image of the elderly couple clutching each other as the ship goes under. And while gallons of ink have already been spilled debating the physics of the floating door, the real mystery is the identity of the person who spiked the cast and crew’s chowder with PCP during production. In theaters starting Thu., Feb. 9.
Too Smart for Valentine’s Day?
Pierrot le Fou
Though Godard made Pierrot le Fou after his divorce from French New Wave star Anna Karina, you wouldn’t know it just by watching it. Screening at Row House Cinema as part of their political thrillers series, the film — ostensibly about a couple on the run from Algerian gangsters — is all bright colors and beautiful clothes. It eventually reveals itself to be slyly mournful and selfcritical, marking a turning point in Godard’s career from “a girl and a gun”-style gangster pastiches to more explicitly political and theoretical work. Showtimes vary. Fri., Feb. 10-Thu., Feb. 16. 4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $12.57. rowhousecinema.com •
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PHOTO: MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
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PHOTO: FLICKR Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Paul Belmondo filming Pierrot le Fou , 1965
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Wand Lori Jakiela started dating, they tried to figure out how to navigate the demands of a new relationship while also making time to write.
One challenge they faced was Jakiela’s large family, which included some family members she wasn’t “super crazy about.” His solution? Stay home and write.
“We need time to write,” Newman told Jakiela. “We don’t need to hang out with your second cousin who says mean shit about you all night. We can stay at home.” They've done that for 22 years.
The necessities of writing — solitude,
relationships. Striking a balance between two passions can be tricky. When two writers find a way to work together, collaboratively or not, creativity can be enhanced and feelings deepened, even if egos are occasionally bruised.
Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick met in a class at the University of Pittsburgh. The first draft of their young adult book, She Gets the Girl (Simon & Schuster), was “a copy-and-paste of what had happened to us,” Lippincott says.
“So, to relive those moments was really special before we gave it up to our characters and let it become theirs with
Now married and new parents, Lippincott and Derrick have adjusted to being in a relationship and parenting — Derrick says their four-month-old “stole our shared office” — but the advantages have been many.
“I’d say it has brought us closer together and made our personal relationship better,” Derrick says. “Creating stories with another person definitely requires a very open mind, which isn’t something that has always come naturally to me when I’m writing, or fixing something around the house, or trying to learn something new. I’ve always been
learning that good things happen when you trust your wife!”
Kristin Kovacic and Jim Daniels have been married for 37 years, having met at a reading at Hemingway’s in Oakland. Daniels has since become one of the most productive and lauded writers in the region, publishing numerous collections of short stories and poetry. Kovacic is an acclaimed essayist and a Pushcart Prize winner.
They’ve been able, in nearly four decades together, to adjust to the demands of family and careers.
“I just can’t think of any instance
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CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM Jim Daniels and Kristin Kovacic in their South Side home
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where one of us has resented the other for our writing time,” Kovacic says. “Maybe when we had little kids at home and we were sharing a lot of childcare and the demands on our time were really attached to that, but I’ve never resented the time Jim is working, and I can’t imagine Jim ever resenting mine.”
Cognizant that time is precious, Kovacic and Daniels don’t share drafts until they have been thoroughly revised and edited. Even then, the process can be tough.
“We understand that some hurt is going to come with it, that it’s painful,” Kovacic says. “We’re going to critique each other’s work carefully, but the person being critiqued knows it’s going to hurt a little bit. I think, at this point, we’ve kind of developed calluses.”
For Jakiela, her husband acts as both a cheerleader and appraiser of her work.
“We can be very honest with each other about our work without coming to blows,” she says, noting that she’s
published seven books, and Newman, eight.
“I also love his work,” Jakiela says. “And it sounds really silly, but I couldn’t be in a relationship with someone’s work I didn’t love. I admire him. He’s like a hero to me.”
Jakiela and Newman don’t collaborate. Nor do Daniels and Kovacic, except on “letters to our condo association,” according to Kovacic.
Alternately, the bond between Lippincott and Derrick was forged by their determination to work together. Lippincott had previously collaborated on screenplay adaptions and other mediums, but her work with Derrick
living room couch and writing a couple chapters, going on writing dates.”
Derrick admits being intimidated when they first discussed co-writing, especially since Lippincott already had a successful writing career.
“I knew her writing was good and I knew she wrote fast I wasn’t sure if I could keep up with her and her quippy dialogue,” Derrick says, adding,“But
once we started writing, something just clicked. It was like I was writing to Rachael and she was writing back to me. It felt a bit like sending love letters back and forth as we exchanged chapters to edit. Writing She Gets the Girl with Rachael made me a much better writer.”
Derrick adds that she might not have been able to write her first solo book, Forget Me Not, scheduled to be published in April, if not for her collaboration with Lippincott.
“It gave me a ton of confidence, and in this industry, I think that goes a long way,” Derrick says.
Lippincott also feels that her partner’s influence adds so much to her life, both personally and professionally.
“Alyson enhances my work in so many ways,” Lippincott says. “Not only because she understands me better than anyone else, but because a lot of her writing strengths are my writing weaknesses. She excels at seeing the bigger picture, revising, figuring out what ‘feels off’ about
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PHOTO: COURTESY OF JAKIELA AND NEWMAN
PHOTO: COURTESY OF LIPPINCOTT AND DERRICK Rachel Lippincott and Alyson Derrick
“We can be very honest with each other about our work without coming to blows.”
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certain scenes or characters, or moments the voice falters. I write fast and try to revise as I write. I make schedules and hit the gas pedal. Alyson helps me slow down and take in the view, and my writing is all the better for it.”
including the University of WisconsinMadison’s inaugural Brittingham Prize in poetry in 1985.
Daniels says he’s comfortable with his level of success, and not “getting inflated all over the country.”
Daniels has published approximately 40 collections of short stories and poems, as well as screenplays since his first book of poetry, Factory Poems, was published in 1979. He’s never made any bestsellers’ lists, but has won awards,
“All of that is a demand on your time, and I’m not a naturally public person. I’m sure that is great on some level, but the amount of writing that gets done in our marriage, and what we have, it’s what matters most.” •
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“Laughing at our kitchen table at two in the morning, coming up with ideas, drinking tea on our living room couch and writing a couple chapters, going on writing dates.”
PHOTO: COURTESY OF KAVACIC AND DANIELS Kristin Kovacic and Jim Daniels
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A real life Pittsburgh meet-cute that could have inspired a movie
BLOODY GOOD TIME
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre delivers blood, sex, and queerness with new Dracula
BY AMANDA WALTZ // AWALTZ@PGHCITYPAPER.COM
THE THEMES in Bram Stoker’s groundbreaking 1897 novel Dracula encompass a variety of Victorian-era — and, frankly, modern-day — anxieties surrounding female sexuality, xenophobia, and disease. The relationship between Count Dracula and Jonathan Harker, the young lawyer drawn to the vampiric villain’s Romanian castle, has also elicited theories about the book’s role as a piece of LGBTQ literature.
Fri., Feb. 10-Sun., Feb. 12. Benedum Center. Seventh St. and Penn Ave., Downtown. $35-125. pbt.org
A new production from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre embraces, rather than avoids, the latter, giving it a queer spin not seen in similar interpretations.
“This production is a bit edgier than what we’ve previously done because there’s a lot more focus on power dynamics and sexual content in general,” says Dr. Kathryn Gigler, PBT’s acting executive director.
For one weekend only, local ballet fans will be able to sink their teeth into the Pittsburgh premiere of Michael Pink’s Dracula . Originally debuted in 1996, the dance adaptation — staging at the Benedum Center from Fri., Feb. 10-Sun., Feb. 12 — has, according to PBT, become widely regarded as being “far ahead of its time.”
For those unfamiliar with the over 120-year-old Dracula text and its many adaptations, the story follows Harker as he ventures to a remote part of Romania to oversee a real estate transaction for his client, a mysterious figure living in the Carpathian Mountains. After driving the young lawyer to madness with the help of his three brides, Count Dracula travels to London where he tracks down Harker’s
PHOTO: DUANE RIEDER Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents Michael Pink’s Dracula
PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS DRACULA
fiancee, Mina Murray, and begins to prey on her and her friend, Lucy Westenra.
From there, Mina and three of Lucy’s suitors join up with the vampire hunter, Abraham Van Helsing, to take Dracula down.
The new ballet differs from Ben Stevenson’s version of Dracula, previously presented by PBT in 2017. Gigler explains that Stevenson’s Dracula relies on “more typical ballet storylines” and strays from the original source material. The Pink version, on the other hand, draws more from Stoker’s epistolary work and “really focuses on the relationships between the characters.”
One of those relationships, that of Dracula and Harker, brings a refreshing perspective to an artform not regarded for portraying queer storylines. Gigler cites “really powerful, intense partnering work,” not only between Dracula and the two heroines, Mina and Lucy, but also Jonathan and Dracula.
“This production really looks at how Jonathan and Dracula’s relationship does have the sexual component to it,” she adds. “There’s a sexualized subtext to it, and then, of course, there’s the experiences that Jonathan has with the three vampiric brides of Dracula, right?”
“cinematic” experience defined by projections, “gothic scenery,” period costumes, large set pieces such as a spiral iron staircase, Dracula’s sarcophagus, and what she calls a “very sinister bed.”
And, like with any vampire story, there will be blood. Gigler points to one scene where Dracula slits his chest with his own fingernail and encourages a would-be victim to drink from the wound.
“So, that’s far more graphic and really explicit than a lot of the violence you see portrayed in ballet in particular,” says Gigler. “I think it’s a very heightened experience for audience members, particularly those who are used to what can be more staid in terms of the ballet audience experience.”
Sticking with the bit, PBT even partnered with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive on Feb. 3, during which donors could receive discounted tickets to the performance.
Given all the gore and sexual themes, it’s not surprising, then, that the production is recommended for audience members 14 and older. Mature patrons unafraid to experience a choreographed vision of Stoker’s supernatural tale should grab their tickets soon, however, since performances are limited.
The dedication to the source material extends to the music, with one chorale mass being translated from the original Latin into Romanian.
Gigler adds that PBT took an unorthodox approach to the ballet by adding more stylized sound, including vocalizations and effects like howling. This plays into what she promises will be an immersive
“We’re only doing it for Valentine’s Day weekend,” says Gigler. “We bring Dracula back as a production on a semi-regular basis in terms of programming because people do love to see that story told in ballet. This production has a kind-of cult status across audiences in different cities where it’s been before. So, we’re really hoping that Pittsburgh also loves it.” •
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“This production really looks at how Jonathan and Dracula’s relationship does have the sexual component to it.”
THU., FEB. 9
ART • SOUTH SIDE
Brew House Gallery presents the opening reception for Lay Bare, the latest exhibition from its Prospectus Curatorial Residency program. Organized by Zeal Eva, the group show “seeks to create a space for and a deeper understanding of the Black femme community that exists within Pittsburgh.” See painting, photography, sculpture, clothing, and other works by Black Girl Absolute, Karlissia Council, Ivory Eddins, Juliandra Jones (PBJ Customs), Evangeline MensahAgyekum, Bekezela Mguni, Jameelah Platt, and Rell Rushin. 6-8:30 p.m. Continues through April 1. 711 South 21st St., South Side. Free. brewhousearts.org/exhibitions
LIT • VIRTUAL
City of Asylum presents An Ode to Sappho with Selby Wynn Schwartz 7 p.m. Online only. Free. Registration required. cityofasylum.org/programs
Lee Terbosic in Plain Sleight. 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sun., Feb. 12. Liberty Magic. 811 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $40-65. trustarts.org
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FILM • DOWNTOWN
Saint Omer 5 p.m. Continues through Thu., Feb. 16. Harris Theater. 809 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $11. trustarts.org
PARTY • NORTH SIDE
Party like it’s the Middle Ages when Carnegie Science Center presents an adult-only event in honor of its new Vikings: Warriors of the North Sea exhibit. Vikings Night invites guests 21 and over to learn from the experts during live demonstrations, discussions of Norse mythology, and more. Enjoy live music by Jay Michaels and Victor Abendano and blacksmithing from The Barefoot Forge, and learn how to make your own chainmail keychain. 6-10 p.m. One Allegheny Ave., North Side. $35-40. carnegiesciencecenter.org
MUSIC • DOWNTOWN
Uhuru Jazz Sessions: Vanisha Gould. 7 p.m. August Wilson African American Cultural Center. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $25. awaacc.org
MUSIC • GARFIELD
PAAR Benefit Show with Body Farm, UNIITY, and Princess 8 p.m. Doors at 7 p.m. Mr. Roboto Project. 5106 Penn Ave., Garfield. $10. therobotoproject.com/calendar
MUSIC • DOWNTOWN
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Gustav Holst’s The Planets. 8 p.m. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown.
SAT., FEB. 11
ART • LAWRENCEVILLE
Community Day. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Contemporary Craft. 5645 Butler St., Lawreneville. Free. contemporarycraft.org
MARKET • EAST LIBERTY
SEXY TIME: A Vintage, Adult-Themed Pop-Up Mini Market 4-9 p.m. Lorelei. 124 South Highland Ave., East Liberty. Free. loreleipgh.com
MUSIC • EAST LIBERTY
The Queen of Soul will sock it to you during R.E.S.P.E.C.T. An Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert at Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Vocalist
Anita Levels will perform the songs of the soulmusic legend, backed by a band led by pianist Dwayne Fulton. Don’t miss this chance to hear old-school hits such as “Chain of Fools,” “Say a Little Prayer,” and “Think” from some of Pittsburgh’s finest musicians. 8 p.m. 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. $25-40. kelly-strayhorn.org
COMEDY • DOWNTOWN
BIPOCalypse Improv Show 8 p.m. Arcade Comedy Theater. 943 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $10-15. arcadecomedytheater.com
MUSIC • POLISH HILL
Lupercalia. 8 p.m. Rock Room. 1054 Herron Ave., Polish Hill. $10. 21 and over. arcane.city/entities/rock-room
COMEDY • ALLENTOWN
Robby Hoffman 8-9:30 p.m. Bottlerocket Social Hall. 1226 Arlington Ave., Allentown. $20. bottlerocketpgh.com
SUN., FEB. 12
MARKET • SHARPSBURG
Valentine Market 4-8 p.m. Atithi Studios. 1020 N Canal St., Sharpsburg. Free. atithistudios.com/calendar
MUSIC • NORTH SIDE
That Friday Feeling: A Night of Jazz with Jason Kush 6-7:30 p.m. Alphabet City. 40 West North Ave., North Side. Free. cityofasylum.org/programs
MUSIC • NORTH SIDE
Music on the Edge presents Ensemble Dal Niente. 8 p.m. Doors at 7 p.m. The Andy Warhol Museum. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $15. warhol.org/calendar
THU., FEB. 9
PHOTO: DAVID BACHMAN PHOTOGRAPHY Laced/Unlaced at Bitz Opera Factory
PHOTO: COURTESY OF BREW HOUSE GALLERY Lay Bare at Brew House Gallery
MON., FEB. 13
FASHION • STRIP DISTRICT
Part lingerie fashion show and part opera performance, Laced/Unlaced at Bitz Opera Factory promises to be a “scintillating runaway experience unlike any other.” The event will showcase lingerie and “accessible luxury” apparel in partnership with Skye Douglass, House of Couture Design, and Pulchra Intimates, a luxury boutique in Lawrenceville. Pittsburgh Opera resident artists will add their voices to the show, as well as walk the runway. Get in the mood with a complimentary signature cocktail included with a general admission ticket. 7:30 p.m. Doors at 6:30 p.m. 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District. $15-145. pittsburghopera.org/fashion
PARTY • BLOOMFIELD
Galentine’s Day Party. 7-10 p.m. Trace Brewing. 4312 Main St., Bloomfield. Free. tracebloomfield.com
MUSIC • DOWNTOWN
Isidore String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Playhouse. 350 Forbes Ave., Downtown. $35-53. chambermusicpittsburgh.org
TUE., FEB. 14
MUSIC • LAWRENCEVILLE
Let’s Groove Tonight: Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute 8 p.m. Doors at 7 p.m. Thunderbird Music Hall. 4053 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $22. thunderbirdmusichall.com
OUTDOOR • OAKLAND
Valentines On Ice 7-9 p.m. Schenley Park Skating Rink. 10341 Overlook Drive, Oakland. $5, $3 skate rentals. citiparksschenleyrink. fearticket.com
MUSIC • SOUTH SIDE
Arlie with Whitehall and The Sewing Club. 8 p.m. Doors at 7 p.m. Club Cafe. 56-58 South 12th St., South Side. $16. 21 and over. ticketweb.com/clubcafe
WED., FEB. 15
ART • NORTH SIDE
Marginalia. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through March 4. here gallery. 527 North Taylor Ave., North Side. Free. gallery-here.com
LIT • STRIP DISTRICT
Steel City Slam & Open Mic. 7-10 p.m. The PA Market. 108 19th St., Strip District. $5. pghpoetry.org
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5th Judicial District of Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Pretrial Services urges you to enjoy your weekend out in Pittsburgh but make the right choice, don’t drink & drive.
FRESH CONTENT Every Day. pghcitypaper.com
PHOTO: COURTESY OF BREW HOUSE GALLERY Lay Bare at Brew House Gallery
HELP WANTED SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Aerotech, Inc. seeks a Software Engineer III Group Leader for a position in Pittsburgh, PA. Successful candidates must have a BS & 2 yrs exp. E-mail or send resumes ATTN: Caitlin Halter to firstname.lastname@example.org, Ref. SE3.
Extra Space Storage will hold a public auction to sell the contents of leased spaces to satisfy Extra Space’s lien at 110 Kisow Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 on February 15th, 2023 at 11:15 am. Daimeon Mitchell 329.
The auction will be listed and advertised on www.storagetreasures.com. Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property.
Public notice is hereby given that property placed in storage by the following persons at the following locations will be sold via public sale to satisfy Guardian Storage liens for unpaid rent and other charges. Bidding for property of persons renting space at the following locations will be held online at www.selfstorageauction.com ending on February 21, 2023at 10:00 am, and day to day thereafter until sold at which time a high bidder will be determined.
350 Old Haymaker Road Monroeville, PA 15146: Unit #3707 Henry Smith, Unit# 3708 Henry Smith, Unit #3309 Barbara Baldwin, Unit #3536 Barbara Baldwin, Unit #1721 Mark Menzietti
4711 William Penn Highway, Monroeville, PA 15146: Unit #11108 Jacklyn Scullion, Unit # 12008 Jeff Legato, Unit #12911 Rebecca Tolliver, Unit #21412 Danielle Biconik, Unit #22111 Michael Battle, Unit #23219 Harold Warren, Unit #23505 Jason Stanko
901 Brinton Road, Pittsburgh, Pa 15221: Unit #2120 Brandon Kmetz, Unit #2132 Deon Valentine, Unit #3304 Elizabeth Hanley, Unit #6229 Dock Fielder, Unit #8311 Phoenix Braidinhawk, Unit #9202 Erik Beverly
1028 Ridge Road, Tarentum, Pa 15084: Unit #31408 Verona Norton, Unit #32309 Jasmine Bell, Unit #32611 Ruth Loveland, Unit #41310 Leslie Howard
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2839 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222: Unit #1025 Corey Christian, Unit #1033 Corey Christian, Unit #4307 Donyisha Wooley, Unit #4317 Paul Cress, Unit #5108 Rocky Jackson, Unit #6901 Evelina Laurent
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1002 East Waterfront Drive, Munhall, PA 15120: Unit #2118 Ahmed Anthony, Unit #4304 Tessa Klass
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1599 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017: Unit #52411 Shannon Parker, Unit #53404 Leslie Marcello
1067 Milford Drive, Bethel Park, PA 15102: Unit #23908 David Peterson
7452 McKnight Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237: Unit #801 Carolyn Jones, Unit #817 Robert Russell
922 Brush Creek Road, Warrendale, PA 15086: Unit #122 Alexander Giuliano
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IN The Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: No. GD-22-014022
In re petition of Heather Rebecca Cameron for change of name to Cameron Martell.
To all persons interested: Notice is hereby given that an order of said Court authorized the filing of said petition and fixed the 2nd day of March, 2023, at 9:30 a.m., as the time and the Motions Room, City-County Building, Pittsburgh, PA, as the place for a hearing, when and where all persons may show cause, if any they have, why said name should not be changed as prayed for.
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46. No longer with us
47. Poker variety
48. Chills with your bros
49. Royal pain
52. Big name in sci-fi books
54. Corp. board member
the “Paradise City” singer?
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20. Bedtime story villain
21. Where “hello” is “talofa”
24. Summer coolers
26. Sideline coolers
27. A Chorus Line character who sings “The Music and the Mirror”
30. Late Beastie Boy
33. Actress Skye 34. Alley-___
35. Like some modern-day pirates
37. Pediatrician’s book about a mythical flier?
40. Club music
41. Retain the rights to
42. Stir things up
55. Twist ending author after turning to symbolism?
61. Skin art that’s kinda quaint ‘n all?
62. Turn ___ (car setting)
63. Event on a syllabus
64. Cooped up figure?
2. Cry’s partner
3. Landing fig.
4. Sleep lab study
5. Marking in marble
6. Sharpie stuff
8. Hitting the gym
9. Whole schmear
10. “Power” pop units
11. Karaoke selection
13. Old man of Montreal
15. Nativity scene figure
16. First name
in erotic journals
22. Worships and then some
23. One with noble character
25. Anti-workplace discrimination org.
27. Popular skin moisturizer
28. “I’m all for it”
29. Blazing Saddles, for one
30. Strand on the sea
31. Cryptic crossword setter’s expertise
32. Target areas
36. Oscar winning role for Meryl
38. “Got this job covered”
39. Totalitarian government in
some conspiracy theories, initially 45. Put up some decorations
47. Deadly serious 48. Part of a drum kit with a pedal
49. Lobbying grps.
50. Portmanteau word used in textbook publishing
51. Smeltery residue
53. Blazing Saddles, e.g.
54. They’re connected on some Happy Meals
56. ABC a.m. show
57. Cavs, on ESPN’s BottomLine
58. Degree in mathematics?
59. Lobster eggs
60. Hither and ___
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