When Democrat Conor Lamb took the stage inside a Canonsburg ballroom brimming with supporters and news media on election night, he claimed victory in what amounted to one of the massive political upsets of the Trump Era. And he was clear that they’d managed this feat not with the financial backing of corporations, but with a grassroots network and a slew of small-money contributions. “I’m proud that you helped me refuse corporate PAC money,” he said to applause. But is it true that corporate PAC money played no role in his campaign? For this PolitiFact Fact-Check, we dove into Federal Election Commission data and talked to experts to find out because campaign finances are complicated and voters need additional information.
In what may be the most Pittsburgh engagement ever, Ryan McArdle proposed to Robyn Pawlos on Saturday during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade with the help of a Port Authority bus. McArdle usually drives the 44 bus route for Port Authority. But yesterday, he drove Port Authority’s tricked out St. Patrick’s bus along the parade route, making just one stop: On Grant Street, Downtown, where his future wife watched the parade with their family and friends. Here's the story of the lucky couple's proposal, which involved Irish music, a shamrock-bedecked bus, and hordes of excited onlookers.
On the Calendar
Kamratōn, a new all-women music ensemble, will present She Scores II, a concert featuring the works of living women composers. Works include Kaija Saariaho's "Miranda's Lament" and Julia Wolfe's "Cruel Sister." Kamratōn seeks to challenge the boundaries of music performance, expand the contemporary chamber music repertoire, and celebrate the role of women as leaders in the arts.
Where: Glitterbox Theater at 460 Melwood Ave. (Oakland)
When: March 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $10 suggested donation
To mark National Transit Worker Appreciation Day, Pittsburghers for Public Transit will distribute thank you cards. Cards will be available between 3—6 p.m. at the Wood Street Station Downtown and between 12—1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. at Forbes and Bigelow in Oakland. Even if you don't have a card, the group asks transit riders to give their driver a special shout-out.
Where: Multiple locations
When: March 19, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Watch a screening of the documentary "Salam Neighbor," then join in on a discussion about the film. The goal of the film "is to tell the stories of our refugee neighbors with the dignity they deserve and the depth the world needs." It chronicles the lives of some of the 85,000 refugees in Jordan's Za'atari camp seven miles from the Syrian border.
Where: Frick Fine Arts Building at 650 Schenley Dr. (Oakland)
When: March 20, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
As National Public Radio’s social science correspondent and host of the Hidden Brain Podcast, Shankar Vedantam offers insights into how unconscious biases affect decision-making. He bases these insights on data to reveal unconscious patterns and ways we can avoid the mistakes they often cause. Register in advance online.
Where: Carnegie Music Hall at 4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
When: March 21, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free (advance registration required)
The authors of Hope in Hard Times: Norvelt and the Struggle for Community during the Great Depression will share the story of Norvelt, which has links to Millvale's Maxo Vanka murals. Norvelt, the small New Deal community in Westmoreland County, shares a common history with the Millvale murals: Both were created during the Great Depression at a time of despair and hopelessness. And both offered those who experienced them a sense of hope, a vision of a more just and equal world, and a path forward.
Where: St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church at 24 Maryland Ave. (Millvale)
When: March 22, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free
If staying up late isn't your thing, this party is for you. Design Crush and DJMB will host the In Bed By 10 dance party, which will raise money for SisTers PGH.
Where: Spirit at 242 51st Street (Lawrenceville)
When: March 23, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $5
Listen in on a public education panel discussion about reforming Pennsylvania’s redistricting process. Fair Districts PA speaker Jim Scheuermann will explain the state’s current redistricting process and demonstrate how gerrymandering undermines democracy and how, specifically, women are affected by gerrymandering. And then, he'll offer a solution to the problem.
Where: Double Tree Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown at 1 Bigelow Square (Downtown)
When: March 24, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Shop for vintage clothing, accessories, home décor, vinyl records and more from dozens of local vendors. While you're there, get inspired by 1920s fashion at the History Center's newest exhibition, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Here's what you need to see at the exhibit.
Where: Heinz History Center at 1212 Smallman St. (Strip District)
When: March 24, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: $10
Pick up some handmade yarns and fiber at Pittsburgh’s only indie fiber arts marketplace. Chat with yarn and fiber dyers, spinners, designers, creators and sewers.
Where: Ace Hotel at 120 S. Whitfield St. (East Liberty)
When: March 24, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
More than a dozen of "your favorite local punx" will serve as vendors for the flea market. Dave Harris will provide the soundtrack for the evening.
Where: The Rock Room at 1054 Herron Ave. (Polish Hill)
When: March 24, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. to March 25, 2018 at 2:00 a.m.
To celebrate the 1,000th episode of WYEP's electronic music show, Dubmission, the show's host Kerem Gokmen will DJ live from 4—5 p.m. In the week leading up the party, tune in overnight for vintage episodes of Dubmission.
Where: WYEP at 67 Bedford Sq. (South Side)
When: March 24, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.