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Guess what shoe brand Kerry Washington loves? (Hint: It's from Pittsburgh)

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Who doesn't like to take to social media to dish about their favorites of the moment?

Actress Kerry Washington is no exception. The "Scandal" star recently posted on Instagram that she's been wearing more flats lately while she awaits the due date of her baby and shared a photo (featured above) of one of her top pairs.

The black rhinestoned flats that Ms. Washington declares "chic" are by Pittsburgh-based shoe brand EMY MACK. The collection by Emily Mack Jamison is made in Italy and has been featured at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

If you want to check out the line for yourself, stop by the EMY MACK showroom at 5417 Walnut St., Shadyside, at 6:30 p.m. for a kick-off to spring/summer shopping party. For the month of April, the Pittsburgh-based luxe loungewear brand byLangley will have a pop-up shop in the same building and also will be taking part in the event. 

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Slim Forsythe launches Kickstarter for "Live From Nied's Hotel" TV pilot

Written by Scott Mervis on .

slimLet's not kid ourselves. Pittsburgh is hardly the mecca of country/bluegrass music, but Slim Forsythe is hoping to put it on the map. And on your TV.

The white-suited singer-songwriter, who started out here doing a Hank Williams tribute, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce and star in a country music variety television show called “Live from Nied’s Hotel,” which is Mr. Forsythe’s home base (and home) in Lawrenceville.

He hopes to raise $10,000 to produce a pilot episode, in conjunction with sound engineer Dino DiStefano, who worked on WQED TV’s “Live from Studio A” series and the Grammy-winning “Count Basie Orchestra with the New York Voices” album recorded at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.

Forsythe would host the show, with The Beagle Brothers (“the Architects of the Bloomfield Sound”) as the house band. The pilot’s special guest star would be Pittsburgh singer Molly Alphabet. “Live From Nied’s Hotel” would continue to showcase local and nationally touring acts.

“The show would bring you lots of classic country music... Western swing, honky tonk, mountain gospel, bluegrass, even a little rockabilly thrown in now and then,” Forsythe notes in the pitch for the Kickstarter, which runs through June 7 at www.kickstarter.com/projects/1504894374/country-music-tv-show-live-from-nieds-hotel

 

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Tra'Vaughn White to transfer after one season at Duquesne

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

WTAE

Junior guard Tra'Vaughn White has been granted a release and will transfer from Duquesne, head coach Jim Ferry announced Thursday afternoon.

White spent just one season with the Dukes after transferring from Independence Community College last spring. He averaged 7.4 points in 16.6 minutes per game as a sixth man.

“Tra’Vaughn is a great kid and a great teammate who will always be part of our Duquesne family,” Ferry said in a statement. “He made the decision to pursue other opportunities and we, as a staff, are committed to supporting him in his transition. We wish him nothing but the best.”

It's not a particularly surprising move, either.

White opened the season as starting guard but was soon eclipsed by sharp-shooting sophomore Micah Mason, who averaged 10.6 points per game and shot .566 from 3-point range — the 10th-best 3-point percentage in NCAA history.

White struggled defensively in the Atlantic 10 and, at 5-foot-10, created a bad pairing when both he and starting sophomore point guard Derrick Colter (5-foot-11) were on the court.

White's departure leaves another scholarship open for the 2014 recruiting class. Ferry has already secured commitments from guard Eric James (Westerville, Ohio) and forward TySean Powell (Cleveland).


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Best Neighborhoods nominations open

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .

fountainPittsburghers, here’s your chance to get some recognition for your neighborhood.
 
Northwood Realty Services is holding a first-ever process for people to nominate their neighborhoods on points such as best view, best yard sale, architectural features, best holiday decorations, etc. The winners will be featured in regional editions of InCommunity Magazines and receive special recognition and bragging rights.
 
Residents of Allegheny, Butler, Westmoreland and Washington Counties can nominate their neighborhoods across a range of categories, which you can get more information about here.
 
The nomination deadline is April 30.
 
Here is the nomination form.
 
Winners will be notified and announced on June 15.
 
Here at Walkabout, we don’t value neighborhoods based on property values, although this contest’s “best all-around neighborhood” qualifications are based on these, the most prestigious of three being the legendary division, which has property values above $350,000.
 
I will refrain from nominating my neighborhood, but the Mexican War Streets would be a contender in the “best spirit” category, i.e., “most stoop parties,” i.e., “most empty wine bottles.”
 
Best view? Must we see the same Mount Washington hands? How about Fineview? Best yard sales? Anyone?
 
I have some categories that Northwood isn’t considering, with Walkabout winners already decided:
 
Best dried fish, Andean knitted goods and biscotti? The Strip.
Best metal awnings? Tie: Lawrenceville and Bloomfield.
Best bird watching? Duh. Hays.
Best pot holes? Squirrel Hill.
Best fountain? Downtown.
Most rentals? Shadyside.
Best kept secret? Brookline.
Most slender? Esplen.
Most quiet? Ridgemont.
Most potential: Homewood.
 
Go!

 

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Yinzerpedia: Squirrel Hill tunnel work, Pittsburgh litter, leaving Pittsburgh

Written by Ethan Magoc on .

Pittsblogh readers seemed to enjoy the first two editions of Yinzerpedia, so we’re bringing it back, albeit on a monthly basis.

And yes, we affectionately call this feature “Yinzerpedia,” because it takes the principle of the crowdsourcing site Wikipedia, but the "crowd" for our purposes is all of yinz.

On tap this week: tunnel repairs, littering and leaving Pittsburgh.

Question: When will the Squirrel Hill tunnel be done and what is their work schedule? (March 25)

Squirrel-Hill-Tunnels Darrell Sapp Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

(Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette)

This originally came to the Post-Gazette from Brian Horgan on Twitter, and we redirected to Jon Schmitz, our resident traffic expert and reporter.

In other words, hang in there, tunnel commuters.

 

Question: What is the deal with all this litter in Pittsburgh? (April 1)

 

Trash on Mount Washington Robin Rombach Pittsburgh Post Gazette

 

 

You need not rappel down the side of Mount Washington to help beautify the city, as Nick Romaniello of the Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group did at the end of March. (Robin Rombach/Post-Gazette)

 

A visiting Floridian and former Pittsburgh resident first raised the topic in a letter to the editor. He was shocked at the amount of litter in and around the city this time of year.

Many commenters in the thread pointed out that winter tends to shield some of the litter, and once the snow melts, everything from dog waste to beer cans seem pervasive.

Pittsburgh has a complicated history with trash clean-up efforts, as Mila Sanina wrote earlier this year on “The Digs.

We don’t recommend this approach from selltheburgh: “I've made it a habit of telling people that they dropped something when they litter. Once I tossed a woman's mcdonald's cup back into her window when I saw her drop it out. She went ballistic.”

But you can help solve the region’s trash issues in a more constructive way on April 12.

Question: How would you spend your last day in Pittsburgh? (April 8)

Pittsburgh Point State Park at night photo by Rebecca Droke Pittsburgh Post Gazette

(Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)

It’s an interesting thought experiment (not new to Reddit), and many former Pittsburghers had to live it during the 20th century steel industry exodus. The responses highlight residents’ favorite things to do here.

Here’s a list:

  • Kennywood
  • Boating around the rivers and Point State Park
  • Rain-free Three Rivers Arts Festival
  • Visit friends
  • National Aviary
  • Pierogies at Church Brew Works
  • Penguins game
  • Pirates game with walkoff home run and fireworks
  • Primanti’s and Yuengling
  • Drive through the Fort Pitt Tunnel at night
  • Walk the Allegheny River trail east from the stadiums
  • Ultimate frisbee in Highmark Stadium
  • Eating at the Strip District
  • Packing

And, bringing this edition of Yinzerpedia full circle:

  • “...leaving Pittsburgh with like 4 dollars to myname... that way i can run out of gas on my way to the turnpike in the Squirrel Hill tunnels so that one day i can be the CAUSE of all the traffic on the parkway East, not just wondering why its there for no reason in the first place”

Previous Yinzerpedias:

Yinzerpedia: Park'n Eat, Mount Washington and virtual library cards (March 21)
Swimming holes, recycling schedule and Pittsburgh (March 14)

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