We’re in the Strip talking all things creative with Erika Johnson, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. We dig into the culture of makers and builders that have transformed Pittsburgh into a destination for creative personalities, and moving beyond the image of “guys with beards”. Also discussed: The perils of buying vintage, breaking racial boundaries, and a brief history of Dia De Los Muertos.
We return to Regent Square for a engaging talk with author JJ Hensley. JJ shares his experiences in the publishing industry and his insights into writing, including the importance of developing a voice, the business of eBooks, and what makes Pittsburgh a great setting for a mystery. Also: the creative side of marathon running, the problems of Huntington, WV, and the evolution of social media.
We’re in Lawrenceville for Restaurant Week with Heather Mediate, Program Director for the Girls Coalition of Southwest Pennsylvania. We get into the role of women’s advocacy organizations in Pittsburgh, and how they are opening countless new opportunities for young women in the city. Also: translating Pittsburgese, adventures in urban gardening, and picking out our favorite Ice Bucket Challenges.
We’re on vacation from the Burgh and bringing you this bite-size episode from Philadelphia, PA! Joining us are theater artists J Colie McClellan and Mark Kennedy, whose show, They Call Me Arethusa, will be playing at the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Arts festival. We talk about the show origins as an outlet for stories about domestic violence, the process of working with victims to develop the story, and where they want to take it from here.
We’ve trekked up to Allentown to check out Sweet Peaches and to interview our much anticipated and long-awaited meetup with Nina Barbuto from Assemble. An authority on dynamic field of creative technology, she has a lot to share about the role of engineers in society, the financial realities of invention, and the challenges of making technology accessible to the general public. Also discussed: Pittsburgh vs Los Angeles, creative serendipity, and where technology is going to drive this city.