Pittsburgh's first Department of Mobility and Infrastructure director started work Friday. Karina Ricks is the former associate director of D.C.’s Department of Transportation and had been a principal at transportation consulting firm Nelson\Nygaard’s District office since 2012. She's tasked with coordinating with other transportation agencies and creating an integrated and sustainable system. And she's already learned an important lesson: "Your topography is not to be taken lightly."
In a recent op-ed for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, three Western Pa. congressmen — Keith Rothfus, Mike Kelly and Bill Shuster — claimed that "Obamacare covers 24 million fewer people than it was expected to, and the projected price tag has more than doubled at $2 trillion." We fact-checked that claim — and rated it Mostly False.
On the Calendar
The Carnegie Museum of Art is hosting a morning of meditation and movement activities. There's yoga at 9 (bring your own mat), barre fitness at 10:15, and an African drum and dance class at 11:30. There are also gallery tours with meditative stops. 18+.
Where: Carnegie Museum of Art at 4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
When: February 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
How much: $20-$30
Pitt's Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center is hosting an evening of mini lessons in 12 languages, including American Sign Language, Persian and Quechua. The six mini lessons are each 15 minutes long.
Where: William Pitt Union Ballroom at 3959 Fifth Ave. (Oakland)
When: February 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
As Row House Cinema continues its "Harry Potter" film series, neighboring Bierport will host trivia on books one through four. "Be prepared to be truly challenged!" the Facebook event warns. Teams are limited to four people. Bring your own food.
Where: Bierport at 4115 Butler St. (Lawrenceville)
When: February 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
As more and more people find themselves interested in activism, author and performer L. M. Bogad will talk about the "history, ethics, aesthetics and practical concerns of tactical performance and creative activism." Bogad is co-founder of the Clown Army, which uses non-violent tactics like clowning to protest.
Where: Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at 5000 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
When: March 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy is launching a new date-night event. It kicks off with a screening of Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights" accompanied by a live band. Twist: The event is also a silent disco. Doors at 7 p.m.
Where: James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy at 422 Foreland St. (Deutschtown)
When: March 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $10
Come view Lori Hepner and Kendra Ross's work-in-progress "Intersection*ology," which uses "light, sound, movement and image to situate memories of the feminine past into today’s corporeality." The event is part of Kelly Strayhorn's Fresh Works learning program for Pittsburgh-based artists.
Where: Kelly Strayhorn Theater's Alloy Studios at 5530 Penn Ave. (East Liberty)
When: March 3, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay what you can