A steel town that reinvented itself after economic collapse — sure, that describes Pittsburgh. It also fits Bilbao, Spain, a city on the other side of the world that’s setting a global example in urban development — and happens to be one of Pittsburgh's sister cities. Next month, the Pittsburgh Technology Council will travel to Spain to learn how Bilbao is leveraging the arts in its reinvention. Read more to find out about the cities' sibling similarities.
House Speaker Mike Turzai's attention is currently turned to the budget stalemate in Harrisburg, but he already has an opponent looking to 2018. Former Hollywood screenwriter and director Emily Skopov plans to challenge Turzai for his 28th District legislative seat. Skopov is a political novice, the Post-Gazette reported, but she's already "knocking on doors, attending community meetings, assembling a fundraising team and hosting a campaign website."
Republican Paul Mango recently spoke at a Lancaster fundraiser, where the Western Pa. candidate for governor expressed support for pipelines and for greater state control over Medicaid, Lancaster Online reported. Mango, who reportedly supported parts of Obamacare, said he supports keeping pre-existing condition protections for "every citizen who is truly vulnerable." ICYMI: We fact-checked the claims behind Mango's nickname for Gov. Tom Wolf "Thomas the Tax Engine."
To celebrate "Pittsburgh's rich piano history," more than two dozen musicians will perform. Pittsburgh Steinway is traveling the city for a day of free outdoor live music at various locations including Market Square, Heinz Hall and Grandview Park.
Where: Various locations
When: August 8, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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The event for the naturally nebby is coming back this October. Open Doors Pittsburgh will give the public access to dozens of buildings around the city, including St. Stanislaus Kostka in the Strip, co-working spaces Downtown and several locations on the North Side, Post-Gazette reported. Tickets went on sale Monday and cost $8 for one day or $12 for two. Get your tickets here.
... it won't be Sasheer Zamata headlining the 2017 Pittsburgh Comedy Festival. The former "SNL" cast member had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, TribLive reported, so CNN's W. Kamau Bell is stepping in. The comedian will perform two nights later this month in Oakland.