Art Attack!!!

Art Attack Pittsburgh is a monthly event held at the Rex Theater on Carson St in Pittsburgh’s South Side. Inspired by a similar Canadian event observed by creator and director, Ed Lightcap, this live painting competition features 10-12 artists contending for the a chance at the final round in November. Although the Pittsburgh-based event started in May of 2015, it is increasingly picking up well-deserved popularity; it is unlike anything I have ever seen, yet, the concept is obvious and astounding in the best way possible.


Each event comprises of three rounds of painting with live entertainment in between. The first two rounds consist of 5-6 artists competing against each other by creating an original piece within 30 minutes in front of a live audience. After each preliminary round, the audience casts their vote for their favorite painting and while the musical guests perform, the votes are counted; the top two winners from the first two rounds go to the third and final round.

The final round is the same premise of the first and second rounds – 30 minutes to paint an original piece. The difference, though, is that the top two winners go to the finals in November where they battle for the grand prize including $500 in gift cards to local art supply stores, six months free studio space at 448 Studios in Etna, and an Unblurred gallery show.
I was able to attend their last event in July; which was hosted by emcee Stoph Edison and included music from DJ Keeb$, Bad Custer, and The John Tremaine Show. I had heard of the Art Attack from some friends and got a rundown of what was going to take place, but in order to truly understand what happens, you have to see it. The talent of the people in Pittsburgh is incredible and rather exceptional. As a city we are so diverse and it showed through this event; each participant created works that were very different from one another, but all were beautiful and intriguing. It is awesome that an event like this can be put together and have it be so successful while not sacrificing authenticity and creativity.
If you are interested in attending Art Attack, check out for details on the next event in September. Also, connect on Facebook by liking Art Attack Pittsburgh and follow @ArtAttackPGH on Twitter!


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BOLD is Getting Reborn.

Just kidding…Well sort of.

BOLD Pittsburgh turned one about a month ago and we are so proud of how far we have come. We have big plans and we want our readers to be involved.

We are launching a new It will be able to house the magazine, blog and podcast all in one spot.

We are launching a newsletter for weekly posting and events for you to check out.

We want to restructure the magazine.

Here is how you can help: Take this survey!

We want to know how we can improve and make this relaunch amazing.


A Gameathon for Youth Art

If you ever thought that a 24 hour gaming marathon would be cool Chaci Play for Kids is the gameathon to attend.

Started five years ago as a charity to raise money for youth arts Chachi Plays is a local event that has a bunch of fun. For a $50 donation you get 30 minutes to play a game of your choice with Chachi.


Who is Chachi? Local Twitter Celeb and gamin enthusiast that has a podcast about gaming.


Chachi Play for Kids takes place August 7th and 8th from 7 PM to 7 PM. The entire gameathon is webcasted and has many people just show up to watch at all hours of the night. Held at Toonseum on Liberty Ave in Pittsburgh Chachi has raised a lot of money in the past five years. This years goal is $2400. Recently there has been a matching donor up to $500.


There are two tournaments that take place. The first is on the 7th at 8PM. During this first tournament you can get a slot for $25 to compete playing Tetris. The second tournament is on the 8th at 2PM. Same thing applies for $25 a slot and the game is Mario Kart. Winners get a trophy belt.

Check out Chachi Play for Kids for all the latest info and to sign up for your spot today.

A Pittsburgh Hot Spot

A thousand of us bloggers and writers have already written about Butcher and the Rye and I feel I should be no different since I stopped in for a nightcap last week.

However, I was surprised to see one of my favorite bartender from Meat and Potatoes, Cecil, behind the bar. He just recently switched restaurants and I was happy to see him. He is one of those bartenders who knows the ins and outs of the beverage world and his drinks show that.

This time I ordered a 10th Circle; Beefeater Gin, Lime, Yellow Chartreuse, Rosemary, Ginger and Curry Tea.

Steve ordered a Sunday Butler.


Our second round I had a Hanging Gardens; Corralejo Reposado Tequila, Lemon, Strega, St Germain, Sage and Creole Bitters.

I wish I could tell you what Steve drank but Cecil was just asked to make something fun.


This was our second and not our last trip to Butcher and the Rye. It comes highly recommended.

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Just a Quick Sip

One of the newest crazes in the city is rooftop bars. With the sun making it’s debut for what seems like the first time this summer I ventured out of the house down to Picklesburgh on the Rachel Carson Bridge. It was the perfect day to hang out around the city and see some new sites.

After we walked through Picklesburgh and saw Kings Ransom play we walked along the shore and then headed to dinner at Bill’s Bar and Burger. (We reviewed them in issue 13) While we were finishing our meal I looked down Strawberry Way and saw Hotel Monaco just a few blocks away. I had want to check out the rooftop bar since they opened and figured what a great place to grab a cool drink.


Since we just ate we weren’t interested in any food so we ordered just drinks. Everything works on a tab system so be prepared with a credit card or remember a number. I ordered the Die Traube Weinen which was their version of a Sangria.


Steve ordered the Truthahan Mule; a Moscow Mule made with Ginger Beer.

Part of the charm of the rooftop bar is the view. However I would have enjoyed it more if it was a few blocks over or closer to Point State Park. But it is still pretty and this was still a perfect day to sit outside and enjoy a beverage.


Another bonus was the adult size games. They had Jenga, Connect Four, and a skill game for not getting a ball stuck in the hole. The whole rooftop was filled with people laughing and talking. It was as if the entire heart of the city was on the roof of Hotel Monaco.

So next time you are spending sometime Downtown and need a quick drink and bite to eat give the Biergarten at Hotel Monaco a try.

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Cinnamon Blueberry Muffins

Nothing is tastier to me this time of year than fresh berries.  I remember as a kid, helping my grandmother and great-grandmother pick fresh blueberries from Great Grandma Jones’ blueberry bushes.  Of course, it was a “one for the berry bucket, one for me” kind of thing.  But, it’s better to do that with fresh fruit than, let’s say, a bag of mini Snickers, right?

Once the berries were picked and cleaned, Grandma Stone would prepare them for her from-scratch blueberry pie.  While blueberry pie is good, it’s not as convenient to make.  You have to make a crust – two crusts for that matter since it’s a closed pie.  And, then you have to bake it for the better part of an hour.  And, then you have to cut it into slices.  Besides, if you don’t have somewhere to take it and share, you’re stuck eating a whole pie (or letting it go to waste – but, who really does that with pie?).

While I love Grandma Stone’s blueberry pie, I’ve found that blueberry muffins are a quick and easy way to get my blueberry fix.  I can also freeze them, which comes in handy when I have a couple dozen on hand.  While I enjoy your basic, run-of-the-mill blueberry muffin, I have to admit that adding some cinnamon changes the flavor profile – drastically (but, in a really good way).

Blueberry Cinnamon Muffins

Cinnamon Blueberry Muffins – Recipe

6 Tbsp Butter (Melted)

1 c Brown Sugar (Packed)

1/2 c Milk

1 Egg

1 1/2 c Flour

1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Salt

1 1/2 c Blueberries*

– Preheat oven to 400 and prepare muffin tin (either with baking papers or lightly greased).

– Whisk butter, brown sugar, milk, and egg.

– In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

– Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and fold until the batter is combined.

– Fold in blueberries.

– Pour batter into prepared muffin tin and bake approximately 15-20 minutes.  (They’re done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.)

*NOTE: I like to use fresh, organic blueberries when they’re in season.  They’re naturally sweet and not sour.  However, when off-season, I will use frozen blueberries.  I just let them thaw and rinse them vigorously before adding to the batter.

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