Earlier this week, CMU associate professor Jon Rubin, founder of the "The Last Billboard," posted a statement on its website saying the East Liberty billboard — "There Are Black People In The Future" by artist Alisha Wormsley — was taken down by the building’s landlord. The removal sparked an outcry on social media and responses from Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman and Damon Young of VSB. On Friday, Eve Picker of We Do Property Management said the text could go back up, saying the number of people who reached out to say they were upset about the billboard's removal far outweighed the number of people who said they were offended, per TribLive. A public discussion is scheduled for 4 p.m. April 18 at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Read Wormsley's statement here.
Looking for some new digs? In our monthly apartment guide, we try to make apartment hunting suck less. This month, we've headed from Allentown to Squirrel Hill to Lawrenceville to spotlight all the places worth a look right now. There's one with a spiral staircase, another with a chef's kitchen and yet another featuring '50s style pastel pink tiles (which are very on-trend right now). Whether you're looking for a new place (or you're just nebby like us), sign up to have our monthly Apartment Hunters: Pittsburgh updates sent to your inbox.
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Looking for a way to give back to Pittsburgh this spring? Meet with more than 30 local nonprofits at Spring into Action to find ways to volunteer and help our community. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, so bring your whole family, and enjoy light refreshments and treats. This volunteer and involvement fair is sponsored by The Incline and Pittsburgh Cares in celebration of National Volunteer Month.
Where: Nova Place at 100 South Commons (Allegheny Center)
When: April 10, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Pittsburgh Women & Biking Forum's WMNBikePGH is billed as a "program for womyn, femmes, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people." The day includes workshops on how to fix a flat, camp by bike and become a stronger advocate for safe cycling, along with opportunities to meet fellow cyclists.
Where: Ace Hotel at 120 S. Whitfield St. (East Liberty)
When: April 7, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $45 (scholarships and discount codes available)
Help beautify Pittsburgh's Allentown neighborhood by getting your hands dirty for a tree planting event. Volunteers are asked to assist in planting 11 trees along East Warrington Street and Allen Street.
Where: Hilltop Alliance at 831 E. Warrington Ave. (Allentown)
When: April 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
How much: Free (advance registration requested)
Shop for all the kitsch and collectibles you can fit into your home at the annual Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer. Soak up the nostalgia while perusing the goods from more than 30 Pittsburgh-area vendors selling everything from furniture to housewares to vinyl and vintage clothing. Plus, WQED's Rick Sebak will be on-site filming scenes for his show "Nebby."
Where: Teamsters Local Union 249 at 4701 Butler St. (Lawrenceville)
When: April 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: $5 at the door
It's the first game of the season for Pittsburgh's only all-female roller derby league. In the home opener, the Steel Hurtin' will face-off against the Roc City Roller Derby from Rochester, N.Y.
Where: Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena at 22 Rich Hill Rd. (Cheswick)
When: April 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $15 in advance | $20 at the door
Spend the day checking out more than two dozen performances as part of the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival. The festival describes itself as: "Fringe is like the Netflix of theatre." Performances in venues across the North Side feature theater (physical, street, musical), comedy, visual arts, puppetry, family entertainment, music, dance, spoken word, opera, poetry and literature.
Where: Pittsburgh Fringe Festival Headquarters at St. Mary’s Lyceum at 910 Chestnut St. (North Side)
When: April 7, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
How much: $40 for an all-day 'binge on the fringe' pass (single-show passes are also available)