Rorus — a Pittsburgh-based startup that aims to provide clean water in a fast, simple way — is now selling its filters. The company started selling the filters on Cyber Monday (Nov. 28) and sent about 1,000 filters this month to India, with plans to send thousands next month. For $25, you can donate one of the filters to Save the Children in India. You can also buy one for yourself; orders that aren’t from nonprofits or NGOs are expected to ship next year.
The work of the Hill District's August Wilson will reach the big screen on Christmas Day when Denzel Washington's adaptation of "Fences" opens in theaters. What will that mean for the Pittsburgh playwright's legacy and for the neighborhood he once called home? Mark Southers, founder of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, believes the film will attract a new audience to Wilson's work. "And it’s long overdue," he told the Beaver County Times. The film could also help the Hill's "ongoing revitalization efforts."
Is the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority doing more harm than good with its advice on lead? “They are giving the worst possible advice for homes with lead service lines,” expert Marc Edwards told Pittsburgh City Paper's Brian Conway. At issue is this tip: “Run water for 15-30 seconds, or until it becomes cold or reaches a steady temperature to flush out lead." But taking that advice, Conway reported, "could lead residents to drinking water directly from the lead service lines, where the most lead is present."
On the Calendar
Spend Sunday shopping and brunching with your pup at the Yappy Holidays Market. There will be vendors, Santa photos and bloody marys.
Where: Ace Hotel Pittsburgh at 120 S. Whitfield St. (East Liberty)
When: December 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $5 suggested donation
Ki Ramen will pop up in Garfield, serving a "vegetable curry miso ramen with smoked tofu" and a "braised beef ramen with onsen (hot spring) egg." You can also add your choice of "bomb": chili butter or smoked bone marrow horse radish.
Where: Ramen at Shio at 5523 Penn Ave. (Garfield)
When: December 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Hang out at Mixtape, grab a cocktail and decorate a free holiday ornament at the craft table. Tuesday through Friday.
Where: Mixtape at 4907 Penn Ave. (Garfield)
When: December 20, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The Carnegie Science Center's Buhl Planetarium hosts a winter solstice edition of SkyWatch. At 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Where: Carnegie Science Center at One Allegheny Ave. (North Shore)
When: December 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $2-$4
Wigle Whiskey and Repair the World host a Hanukkah party with cocktails, Chinese food and activities. Wigle will have its holiday offerings available to sample. Five dollars of each Wigle bottle sold goes "towards school supplies for underserved children," per the organizers. A ticket includes two cocktails and food.
Where: Repair The World: Pittsburgh at 6022 Broad St. (East Liberty)
When: December 22, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $25
Arcade Comedy Theater is roasting the fictional character Ralphie from the classic holiday film "A Christmas Story." The theater also promises "some of the best local comics and improvisors as some of your favorite holiday movie characters." BYOB for $2.
Where: Arcade Comedy Theater at 811 Liberty Ave. (Downtown)
When: December 23, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: $10