Arts and culture

🗣 Locals to Know: Meet Staycee Pearl and Soy Sos, dance innovators

Today’s Locals to Know keep their organization’s calendar full with dance classes, showcases and collaborations: meet Staycee and Herman “Soy Sos” Pearl, founders of PearlArts. Staycee and Soy Sos, as well as the artists they support, use dance to explore identity and social issues while pushing the boundaries of the artform to include immersive sound experiences and striking […]

/ August 3, 2022


🗣 Locals to Know: Meet Patrick McGinty, the author imagining Pittsburgh in 2030

Courtesy of Patrick McGinty Hi Patrick! Who are you? What do you do? I’m a Morningsider and also an assistant professor in the English Department at Slippery Rock University. My debut novel about Pittsburgh’s driverless car sector, TEST DRIVE, will be published on May 24th by teeny, heroic Propeller Books. Wax poetic for a second […]

/ May 17, 2022


🗣️ Locals to know: Meet Valentina Scholar, the woman challenging you to walk (or bike!) the ‘Burgh

(📸: Val of @walktheburgh) We’re back with another edition of The Incline’s Locals to Know series. It’s when we cede the spotlight to a local person or organization who’s made their mark on the larger Pittsburgh community. Keep an eye out over the weeks to come for more of these interviews, and if you know […]

/ February 23, 2022


Sowing hope through Pittsburgh neighborhood garden prints

After meeting each garden caretaker, taking notes, and snapping pictures, Charlie made a thoughtful design depicting each place of refuge. His illustrations capture places where neighbors could still gather, find peace, and nourish themselves during a profoundly stressful time.

/ October 27, 2021


Meet Cat Luck, local nomad and creator of Collarbone Jewelry

About 10 years ago, Cat Luck hopped in her Volvo wagon to sell her jewelry up and down the West and East Coasts. The Salt Lake City native eventually made her way over to Pittsburgh, the place she’s since called home for the last six years. 

Cat creates her two jewelry lines under Collarbone Jewelry at her studio in South Side’s Brew House and sells her creations throughout the ‘Burgh and beyond.

/ September 15, 2021


Meet Ebtehal Badawi, the artist behind “Pittsburgh Builds Bridges”

Ebtehal’s goal? To use Pittsburgh as her canvas to spread the message of Pittsburgh Builds Bridges. She is looking for a Downtown location for her mural and many different people to help. It seems only right for a mural about the Pittsburgh community to be created by the Pittsburgh community. At World Square, 200 people joined in to paint the smaller version of the painting, and 154 wrote down their information for when it comes time to help create her mural. 

/ June 29, 2021


How City of Asylum is bringing the jazz poetry to you this year

This year’s International Jazz Poetry Month festival from City of Asylum will look a little something like this. (📸: Courtesy of City of Asylum) You’ve never seen an International Jazz Poetry Month like this. And that’s because City of Asylum has never done an International Jazz Poetry Month like this. For the first time in […]

/ September 8, 2020


Pittsburgh YouTuber Dean Bog’s terrible, horrible, no-good summer

Dean Bog in the South Side Flats. (📸: Dean Bog) Dean Bog is not missing. There is no need for a search party or a sleuthy, Headlong-style podcast to track him down.  Dean is okay — but he’s definitely been better.  For those wondering what happened to the local YouTube personality and filmmaker — who up […]

/ August 6, 2020


‘New changes. Many choices.’ Haiku about change written by Pittsburghers

We hosted a virtual Haiku Happiness Party with Pittsburgh’s very own Haiku Ninja and 20-some Pittsburghers over Zoom. We talked about themes of “spring” and “change.” And it turned out to be exactly the balm we needed in this hectic, scary, intense time.  So the Haiku Ninja pulled together the verses and turned them into the artwork […]

/ March 16, 2020


Pittsburgh food in March 2020: What’s opening and what’s closing

A new spot for healthy options Downtown. (📸: The Standard) Updated 11:24 a.m. March 2 New right now: A grab-and-go spot Downtown, a Scottish brewery, a taste of Hawaii, and a coffeeshop where the drinks are as beautiful as the setting. Here’s the complete report on what’s new in the city’s food and beverage scene (and […]

/ March 2, 2020