Newsletter for Tuesday, Sept. 20
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
TO SELL OR NOT TO SELL?
Could Pittsburgh’s tallest building be up for sale again? The 601W Companies is working with a real estate investment banking firm in New York to explore a possible sale of the U.S. Steel Building, “multiple real estate sources” told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Mark Belko. The 64-story tower last sold for $250 million in 2011.
PITTSBURGH NONPROFITS GET OUT THE VOTE
Nonprofits in Western Pennsylvania are banding together to get people of minority backgrounds registered to vote — and to the polls. The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, Pittsburgh Foundation and Nonprofit Vote, a national group, are trying to reach 4,250 people, PublicSource’s J. Dale Shoemaker reported. (P.S. You have until Oct. 11 to register, and you can do that here.)
REEL TALK: ARE PA. FILM CREDITS BEING MISUSED?
Pennsylvania taxpayers are footing the bill for reality shows that are produced by Philly-based companies but filmed primarily outside the state. The practice is legal, but Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Jason Cato she fears this could put productions in Pittsburgh and Western Pa. in jeopardy. “Given the limited funds, the priority should be on projects that shoot in Pennsylvania,” Keezer told the paper. Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, disagrees: “Reality TV shoots where it needs to shoot.” Yeah, I mean, would you really want to deprive DJ Redfoo of his fancy fish tank?
The five-day innovation and music festival kicks off with demos, programming and lunchtime yoga. (Come say hi to The Incline, too, we'll have a booth there.)
Where: Nova Place and Alloy 26 at 100 S. Commons (Allegheny Center)
When: September 20, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
How much: Registration is free.
THE INCLINE LIKES
THE SECOND EMPEROR OF THE U.S. STARTS HIS REIGN IN PITTSBURGH
If you’re going to declare yourself Norton the Second, Emperor of the United States of America, where better than Pittsburgh to start your reign? (And yes, as his name implies, there was a first Emperor Norton.) Don’t worry, the Pittsburgh Norton is a benevolent ruler who just wants to start a conversation about what’s important to people but isn’t being discussed during the presidential race. In his second ever public appearance, the emperor will be at Pittsburgh City Council today.
‘THIS IS US’ (AS IN ‘PITTSBURGH’ EXCEPT WITH BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE)
Milo Ventimiglia — known to “Gilmore Girls” fans as Jess, the one Rory should have ended up with — talked to Pittsburgh Magazine about “This Is Us,” a new NBC dramedy set in Pittsburgh. In the interview, Ventimiglia shows off his Pittsburghese (“Stillers”), reveals the last time he visited the city (12 years ago) and talks about working with Mandy Moore (“amazing”). The show premieres tonight. It is “invigoratingly heinous” and “like getting beaten up with a pillow soaked in tears,” according to critics.