Patty from Pgh

Upcoming events in Pittsburgh:

- CMU’s Spring Carnival this Thursday, April 18th - Saturday 20th

- the 56th International Pittsburgh Folk Festival this Friday and Saturday (at Soldiers and Sailors in Oakland)

- The Butterfly Forest at Phipps opens April 20 and runs through September 2. Their Summer Flower Show opens April 27 and ends October 6.

- The next gallery crawl downtown is April 26.

- Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival May 10-19

- Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival May 15-19 — Architects of Air will be back again with a new/different ‘balloon castle’ from last year; this one’s called Exxopolis!

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I entered an art contest last fall and while I didn’t win, there is currently a Facebook “like” contest happening for the remaining entries to win some supplies. If you have a Fb account and a second to spare, please like my painting. Thank you so much!

Hi, followers! (There aren’t many of you.) If you are in Pittsburgh, I’d be thrilled if you stopped downtown at Future Tenant 819 Penn Ave. for Mixed Threads the Pop-up Edition. Local designers (clothing), DJs, artists. They accept cash and checks and are open weekdays from 12-4 and weekends 12-8. The last day is Saturday, December 1. Some of my art is hanging up and this is the first time I’ve had art shown in a gallery! They are for sale too!

Some things happening soon that you may or may not know about:

Lawrenceville Joy of Cookies Tour this Thursday Nov. 29 through Sunday Dec. 2 — I did this once a couple years ago and it was pretty fun especially since I wasn’t really familiar with the businesses in Lawrenceville. WildCard was my favorite shop.

I Made It! for the holidays Friday Nov. 30 and Saturday Dec. 1 — Support local artisans and get your holiday shopping done!

Handmade Arcade Saturday, December 8 — ” “

Happening soon:

Decentralized Dance Party Thursday May 24 8 p.m.-midnight (starting location is supposed to be announced sometime tonight)

East End Share Faire in Friendship Park Saturday May 26 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Also happening (Saturday), but I doubt I’ll be attending: Title Town (soul and funk party) at Shadow Lounge. I have yet to go to one of these. Someday…

Made Primanti’s (capocollo and provolone) sandwiches for dinner. So happy they turned out well! I used this recipe, but made a few changes: 1) Completely eliminated the 1/4 cup vegetable oil mentioned for the coleslaw part… not necessary at all. 2) After adding the cider vinegar and black pepper I tossed it a few times, maybe every 15-20 minutes or so for an hour or a little more so that all the slaw had a chance to sit in the vinegar. If you try it and it tastes too “raw” it probably has to soak in the vinegar longer. 3) Added another spoon of sugar to the slaw after tasting it. 4) I pan-fried the fries (didn’t salt them) in about 1/8” of oil in batches on a non-stick skillet. This took some time… 5) Put the capocollo and provolone on a baking sheet in the oven on the lowest heat setting while cooking the last batch of fries/skipped the skillet warming step (and thus also cutting out the butter)… kind of silly I think when the recipe says to also put them in the oven to melt the cheese.
So good!!! My husband said it tasted exactly like Primanti’s.

Made Primanti’s (capocollo and provolone) sandwiches for dinner. So happy they turned out well! I used this recipe, but made a few changes: 1) Completely eliminated the 1/4 cup vegetable oil mentioned for the coleslaw part… not necessary at all. 2) After adding the cider vinegar and black pepper I tossed it a few times, maybe every 15-20 minutes or so for an hour or a little more so that all the slaw had a chance to sit in the vinegar. If you try it and it tastes too “raw” it probably has to soak in the vinegar longer. 3) Added another spoon of sugar to the slaw after tasting it. 4) I pan-fried the fries (didn’t salt them) in about 1/8” of oil in batches on a non-stick skillet. This took some time… 5) Put the capocollo and provolone on a baking sheet in the oven on the lowest heat setting while cooking the last batch of fries/skipped the skillet warming step (and thus also cutting out the butter)… kind of silly I think when the recipe says to also put them in the oven to melt the cheese.

So good!!! My husband said it tasted exactly like Primanti’s.

Inside Mirazozo at the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival in Oakland. The last day is tomorrow!

Inside Mirazozo at the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival in Oakland. The last day is tomorrow!

Took this at Pyrotopia last night!

Took this at Pyrotopia last night!

Looking forward to this weekend. Art All Night in Lawrenceville Saturday (evening) and hopefully also Pyrotopia: Festival of Fire Arts. On Friday there’s a gallery crawl downtown, but I don’t think I’ll be attending… just thought it was worth mentioning.

Pittsburgh’s protractors

Last summer a friend from out of town asked me if I had heard about ‘the Pittsburgh protractors.’ I hadn’t and he gave me this link. Someone has been gluing protractors (numbered and painted different colors) all over the city since then. I think it’s pretty neat and on the rare occasion that I see one, it kind of makes my day. There is a "master list" of most of them and their locations which I have consulted a couple times, but I think it’s also fun to just keep a look out for them. This past Wednesday while I was in the North Side (dropped off my art for SWAN Day and took a little photo walk) I found two on my own.

#260 outside the New Hazlett Theater:

And two shots of #261 (Sandusky overpass thing):

sign next to the door of Kenny’s Place (Uptown)

sign next to the door of Kenny’s Place (Uptown)

SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2012

Feeling anxious and a little bit excited. Some of my art will be exhibited during SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day) March 15 and 16 at the New Hazlett Theater. This will only be my second show and I’m really hoping that my stuff doesn’t look too amateurish next to everyone else’s art. It’s a multidisciplinary event though which means that in addition to the art there will be performances (dance, music, poetry, theater, fashion and fire performance)! Aaaaah getting a little bit stressed out… need to finish up my art.

More info here and here.