wordpress photography 101 experiment from Pittsburgh

I’m constantly looking for new content for the blog. This week, I’m going to add to my photography challenge posts and start participating in the photography 101 challenges. All photos, as always, are taken with my Galaxy Note 3 cell phone.

The theme for this post is a “pop of color”…

an updated photo of the new PNC Bank tower downtown. It will be a great addition to the skyline!

an updated photo of the new PNC Bank tower downtown. It will be a great addition to the skyline!

I love the blue against the grey base of the sky and the building.

Here is another one using blue as the “pop of color”…

I took this the first night of the Pittsburgh public art exhibit called Particle Falls.

I took this the first night of the Pittsburgh public art exhibit called Particle Falls.

Particle Falls is a public art exhibit that started today – November 16 – via the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art. It measures – in real time – the air quality in Pittsburgh. The amount of dots you see at any one time is a representation of the amount of particles in the air at that time. For those of you concerned about Pittsburgh’s air quality, this is a pretty cool thing.

 

learning to make sushi at the downtown Pittsburgh art institute campus

Jess and I recently took a class on making sushi at the downtown Pittsburgh Art Institute campus. The school system – which employs both my wife and I – started a side program of one off and short series classes to the community. They teach everything from WordPress blogging to certain culinary classes like the one we attended.

Here is the Pittsburgh website if you are interested in exploring some of their options.

Once Jess told me she signed us up for the class I admittedly wasn’t too thrilled as we were still dealing with the after affects (the bills) from my time in the hospital. It turned out to be a fun distraction from our stress.

We walked to the campus from our apartment and had no trouble finding the class location. It was a cool looking cafe style ding room that was next to the large impressive professional looking on campus kitchen. We were the first ones to arrive, but additional classmates arrived quickly.

Jess let me take this picture before the class began:

before we learn to make sushi...

before we learn to make sushi…

The class was taught by Chef Aaron Hoover, who has worked in the local restaurant scene since the Top of the Triangle in the late 90s. I may have actually worked with him there as a dishwasher. haha

He began the class by talking about how to traditionally handle rice since it is the foundation of sushi. He described different kinds of sushi rice, their starch content and nutritional value.

Didn't realize I also caught the guy in the background crying over the beauty of the sushi...lol

Didn’t realize I also caught the guy in the background crying over the beauty of the sushi…lol

He then went into a quick monologue about different fillings for sushi – from the type of seafood to the vegetable to other possibilities – and then set us loose.

We were supplied with all the normal ingredients and Chef Hoover walked around offering advice and chit chat.

Here are some pics of our attempts:

we enjoyed a lot of sushi afterwards...

we enjoyed a lot of sushi afterwards…

I ate most of mine during the class lol

I ate most of mine during the class lol

Overall, the class was well worth it and a lot of fun. I’d urge anyone looking for small classes like this to take a look at the class schedule and attend one! There are many places to park in downtown for these classes. You can also – of course – take an Uber (use our code GoJessica for $20 towards your first ride!) if you are worried about driving and parking.

 

my pictures from all the 2014 marathon races in pittsburgh

One of the great things about our current apartment’s view is that there are a lot of events that happen on Liberty Ave. I particularly had a blast looking out on the Pittsburgh Marathon earlier this year.

Our last apartment – at the Penn Garrison in downtown – was on the “mezzanine” level in the building which made it easy to interact with activity on Penn Ave. We saw the debut of the Pittsburgh Party Pedaler and one of the Pittsburgh Underwear Rides.

Here is a compilation of some of the various Pittsburgh marathon pictures and videos I was able to take this year:

This was taken from our apartment in Pittsburgh during the opening ceremonies of the marathon. Congrats to all the runners!

This was taken from our apartment in Pittsburgh during the opening ceremonies of the marathon. Congrats to all the runners!

The runners loved it when I appeared in our apartment window haha

The runners loved it when I appeared in our apartment window haha

Here is  shaky video (I was so nervous about dropping my phone) but it’s cool nonetheless…

Here are a few pictures from the GNC Liberty Mile

This is slightly blurry...but I love what it represents

This is slightly blurry…but I love what it represents

Pittsburgh GNC Liberty Mile

The view of part of the marathon from our apartment

Today, we woke up to the PA system for the EQT 10 Mile marathon. I wanted to take pictures from the apartment, but due to personal reasons I took a brief walk to see the end. I loved how they cheered on the final few marathoners. Here is my best picture from street level:

Pittsburgh EQT Marathon

It’s awesome that the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. supports the runners (I started training to run before my appendectomy) and the downtown Pittsburgh community with these events.

weekly wordpress photography challenge from Pittsburgh: minimalist

This is my entry for this week’s photography challenge. I already had a couple photos from in and around downtown Pittsburgh that I thought would work. What do you think?

Love this shot of Jess

Love this shot of Jess

Not even going to tell you how I took this one...

Not even going to tell you how I took this one…

bridges and barge locks pittsburgh

This is a report from an older challenge…

This is another repost...

This is another repost…

I’ve got more posts coming this week with varied content. I’m slowly starting to get back into the swing of things :)

 

press release about their 2015 season from local awesomeness 12 peers theater

This is another example of the awesomeness that is the local theater scene. Jess and I love visiting 12 Peers Theater as much as possible. The last production we saw took the classic Romeo and Juliet story and made it a modern day vampire drama…

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Vince Ventura
Phone: 412-496-2194
Email: vventura@12peerstheater.org
Website: www.12peerstheater.org
12 PEERS ANNOUNCES 2015 SEASON

12 Peers Theater proudly announces its 2015 season, featuring local, national, and world premieres.

PITTSBURGH, PA: 12 Peers Theater announced its2015 Season, which will feature exciting plays, all
new to Pittsburgh audiences. 12 Peers will follow up on a well-received reading from the 2013 Summer
Scribes Reading Series with the World Premiere of Existence and the Single Girl, directed by Todd
Betker. After presenting the American Premiere of David Crawford’s Poe’s Last Night in 2012, David
Crawford will return to 12 Peers to present the American Premiere of Lovecraft’s Monsters, fresh from a
successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 12 Peers will close its 2015 Season with the Pittsburgh
Premiere of Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit, a 2011 Pulitzer Prize Nominee, directed by Founding Artistic
Director, Vince Ventura

Ventura said:
“We chose these three plays for a number of reasons. First and foremost, they are all well
written, and great examples of contemporary playwriting on a local and national level. We also chose
these plays because they all deal, in some way, with disillusionment with modern life; from the
unrealistic expectations of women in Existence, to empty relationships and deep, dark secrets in the
suburbs in Detroit. Taken on their own, each play will be sure entertain, but as a season, I think we are
offering a very specific message.”

Existence and the Single Girl
By Matt Henderson
Directed by Todd Betker
Ashley is a 12-year-old girl with a severe psychological problem: she can’t stop pondering the meaning
of life. Her long-suffering mother finally decides to call a psychologist for guidance, who provides her
with the best treatment possible for a young girl with existential blues—she molds her into a pop culture
phenomenon. Attempting to find her place in the world, Ashley adopts the various teen girl pop culture
personas that are given to her, with the hope that she will discover the answer to the age-old question–
can the secret to purpose and meaning in the universe be found in a Cosmo personality quiz? Existence and the Single Girl performs Feb. 5-21, 2015.

All shows at The Maker Theater, 5940
Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh. Thurs – Sat., 8 p.m.; Industry Night, Monday Feb. 9; Tickets $17
Online, $20 at the door / $15 with student ID. Tickets & Info: 12peerstheater.org

Lovecraft’s Monsters
Written and Performed by David Crawford
March 12-21, 2015
H. P. Lovecraft spent his life haunted by harsh, unrelenting demons. Their tentacles wrapped him in
fear, pushed him into poverty, and filled his brain with horrors that found expression in some of the
world’s greatest works of “weird fiction.”
Pittsburgh based actor David Crawford portrays Lovecraft in this one man show as he fights those
demons and shapes their horrors into art.

Lovecraft’s Monsters performs March 12-21, 2015. All shows at The Maker Theater, 5940 Ellsworth
Ave., Pittsburgh. Thurs – Sat., 8 p.m.; Industry Night, Monday March 16; Tickets $17 Online, $20
at the door / $15 with student ID. Tickets & Info: 12peerstheater.org

Detroit
By Lisa D’Amour
May 14 – 30, 2015
Directed by Vince Ventura
In a first-ring suburb just outside a city that might be Detroit, Ben and Mary see sudden signs of life at
the deserted house next door and invite their new neighbors Sharon and Kenny over for a barbecue. As
the action unfolds we learn that Sharon and Kenny met at rehab, neither is employed, and they don’t own
a stick of furniture. The quintessential American back-yard party quickly turns into something more
dangerous—and filled with potential.

Detroit performs May 15-30, 2015. All shows at The Maker Theater, 5940 Ellsworth Ave.,
Pittsburgh. Thurs – Sat., 8 p.m.; Industry Night, Monday May 18; Tickets $17 Online, $20 at the
door / $15 with student ID. Tickets & Info: 12peerstheater.org.
About the Company

12 Peers Theater was founded in 2011. Taking the name from the Twelve Peers of Charlemagne, its
mission is to provide challenging and engaging theater for Pittsburgh audiences. 12 Peers Theater
highlights social, political, and ethical issues in classical and contemporary works exploring myth and
cultural identity, endeavoring to open a dialogue with the audience.

weekly wordpress photography challenge from Pittsburgh: descent

Living in the city, there are many ways to interpret this challenge.

Pittsburgh has many old fire escapes

Pittsburgh has many old fire escapes

You can find these all over the city. In some instances they almost create geometric mazes:

alley in downtown pittsburgh

These were taken at downtown Pittsburgh landmark Mellon Square Park:

This is a great place to escape the city

This is a great place to escape the city

Mellon Square Park 2 Pittsburgh

Here is my last entry. It’s a picture of local highway 279 coming down from the city.

Pittsburgh overpass 279 N