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Oakland Avenue offering open-air dining through end of September

Oakland Avenue between Sennott Square and Forbes Avenue shut down on June 8 in order to provide outdoor seating space for the surrounding restaurants.

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor

July 8, 2020

Brandon Smith, the co-owner of Fuel and Fuddle, said the outdoor dining area opened June 12 and has seating for customers of his own restaurant and the neighboring Stack’d, as well as a common area where anyone can sit. Oakland Avenue will remain closed for outdoor dining until Sept. 30, according to Smith.

Artist collective combines art and activism

Redfishbowl Studios in Lawrenceville

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor

July 8, 2020

Redfishbowl and its collaborating artists are leading other initiatives to raise money for Pittsburgh organizations dedicated to bailing out protestors and supporting Black and trans people.

Moe’s Southwest Grill opens first digital location on campus

The new Moe’s in Oakland officially opened June 19 after delaying its opening for 10 weeks due to COVID-19.

By Anna Ligorio, Staff Writer

July 7, 2020

Although Moe’s Southwest Grill is most commonly known for its queso and customizable menu, the new Moe’s in Oakland might be known for something else — kiosks.

Review: ‘Love, Victor’ wants pat on the back for half-hearted representation

“Love, Victor” is a web television series inspired by the 2018 film “Love, Simon.”

By Nadiya Greaser, Staff Writer

June 24, 2020

It feels like the showrunners of “Love, Victor” read a bad review of “Love, Simon” and decided the solution to a boring movie about a white, wealthy, gay guy was a boring TV show about a nonwhite, working class, maybe-gay guy.

Pittsburgh drag scene adjusts to new normal

Dan Minkel, a North Huntingdon resident, performs as a drag queen in Pittsburgh under the name Scarlet Fairweather.

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor

June 23, 2020

Most drag queens and kings earn money and practice their craft by performing at bars, which closed March 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the City’s drag scene has far from disappeared.

Artists to listen to during Pride Month and the rest of the year

When not onstage singing, Tegan and Sara Quin use their voices to advocate for LGBTQ+ equality, as well as other human rights movements.

By Kaitlyn Nuebel, For The Pitt News

June 23, 2020

Pride Month shines a light on the LGBTQ+ community and its members, although their music, art and stories shouldn’t only be recognized in June. Regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity, here are a few artists in the LGBTQ+ community to listen to this month — and every month after.

Carnegie Museums to reopen amid pandemic uncertainty

The Carnegie Museums will reopen to their members on June 26 and the general public on June 29.

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor

June 16, 2020

The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh will reopen later this month after a three-month closure, and visitors may have to treat each other like priceless works of art.

Poetry Partnership elevates voices of Black poets

The final community reading of the Poetry Partnership of Pittsburgh streamed last Wednesday.

By Diana Velasquez, Senior Staff Writer

June 16, 2020

The reading featured 10 poets reading their work — Joss Green, Diarra Imani, Dani Janae, Medina Jackson, Maria Kent, Joy KMT, Crystal Massie, Tresa Murphy Green, Christina Springer and Jahqwahn Watson. Much of the subject matter revolved around themes of womanhood, motherhood, Black ancestry and what it means to be Black today in the United States.

Fresh Fest to showcase black-owned craft breweries online

The nation’s first and only black beer festival, Fresh Fest, will go digital this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Anna Ligorio, Staff Writer

June 9, 2020

The nation’s first and only black beer festival, Fresh Fest Digi Fest, will go digital on Aug. 8.

Local bookstores offer anti-racist books for all ages

The City of Asylum and White Whale bookstores created anti-racist booklists that contain books that discuss race, culture and what it’s like being black in America.

By Ananya Pathapadu, Staff Writer

June 9, 2020

To help educate adults and children on racism, Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum and White Whale bookstores have created anti-racist booklists with books that discuss race, culture and what it’s like to be black in America.

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