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Podcast ponders nitty-gritty of life as a working artist

Brian Howe started his podcast in 2014, recording casual discussions with friends. Now, close to 200 episodes later, he's turning common conversation threads into specialized, multi-person panel discussions. By Ashlee Green Brian Howe, creator of START...

Walt Maddox of The Marcels, a living legend

The Marcels were part of a wave of musical talent to emerge from Pittsburgh's Northside in the late 50s and early 60s. The original group broke up around 1972, but Walt Maddox, a Manchester...

Baytree Community Garden beautifies Observatory Hill

The Baytree Community Garden in Observatory Hill, started by Northsider Doug Deckert, is an example of residents working together to make their neighborhood safer and more beautiful. By Samantha Luu If you are looking for a...

Banjo Night in the Northside a longstanding event for all ages

Every Wednesday night at the Elks Lodge #339 in the Northside, the Banjo Club, a neighborhood staple since the late 80s, performs banjo music for a lively crowd. By Sophia Mastroianni Young hipsters and vibrant elders...

ioby crowdfunds for NS communities

ioby is a standout crowdfunding platform that bankrolls projects benefiting local communities and provides coaching for project managers on how to engage their neighbors. By Nick Eustis Photo by Leah Johns of Leah Loves That Photography In the...

Jazz Conspiracy brings swing to Northside

The Jazz Conspiracy started as a "rehearsal band" but ended up fueling a larger swing movement in Pittsburgh's Northside. By Nick Eustis Photos by Clifton Loosier Pittsburgh has a significant place in the history of jazz music....

Manchester loses beloved barber, father figure

By Atiya Irvin-Mitchell On the Northside, there is a barbershop that acted as a second home for much of the Manchester community: Richey’s Barbershop. On July 6, James Richey, the man who made the shop a...

New neighborhood signs made for Brighton Heights, Charles Street Valley and Marshall-Shadeland

By Nick Eustis Pittsburgh is a city of different neighborhoods, but it is not always clear where one ends and another begins. Three neighborhoods in the Northside, however, have come up with their own solution. Three...

Pittsburgh VegFest 2018 – On the Scene

VegFest comes back to the ‘Burgh Photos by Chloe Burkart and Lauren Stauffer Saturday, August 4, Pittsburghers gathered in the Northside at Allegheny Commons Park for the city’s fourth annual VegFest. With the goal of promoting a...

Youth find confidence through boxing

By Ashlee Green Photos by Clifton Loosier It’s 6:30 p.m. on a Monday night and the city is winding down as workers head home for the day. But for Eric Quarles, 20, of Manchester, and Justin...