Greetings all you ghouls and fools to www.PUzine.com! Our motto here at good ol' PU is that if it's Underground and in Pittsburgh - WE DIG IT!!!

Check back periodically for new articles, links, artwork, and more for all things in the Pittsburgh Underground! You can follow us on our Official Facebook Page, Dead Zed Zombie Twitter Page, and PU Youtube Channel as well and don't forget to Like Us, Subscribe, and shoot us the occasional email or comment - we always love to hear from our minions!

Also, don't forget that if you have a kitschy, kooky, and ooky event here (or near) the Pittsburgh area and want us to get the word out email us ALL the details (a few weeks in advance please) and we'll do our best to spread the word. Until then...

Stay Smokin,
Hot-Toddy
Co-Founder / Pittsburgh Underground

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Artsy Fartsy: 20th Pittsburgh Art All Night 2017 STARTS SATURDAY!!!


It's that time of year again! The 20th annual Art All Night for 2017 starts this Saturday, April 29th at 4pm until Sunday April 30th at 2pm. The new location for the event is at the Wilson McGinley Building / 85 36th Street, Pittsburgh PA. 15201.

So what is Art All Night? Here's a little synopsis directly from the gang in Lawernceville:

Art All Night is an entirely free (FREE!!) grassroots community art show put on by a very large group of volunteers every year during the last weekend in April in Lawrenceville. Anyone (ANYONE!!) can put one (and only one) piece of art in the show (for free) and then invite all their friends to come see said piece of art for free (FREE!!). A joyful celebration of the arts and community, the show grows in popularity each year, bringing thousands of people from all over the region into Lawrenceville for one unforgettable weekend.

Art All Night promotes artistic expression in all walks of life. The event particularly encourages children and adults to be actively involved by contributing artwork and engaging in interactive projects. The show includes and attracts seniors, long-term residents, novice artists, educators, students, seasoned professionals and parents with children of all ages.

Our motto is “No Fee, No Jury, No Censorship”. And we’d probably add “No Commercialism” too if it didn’t make the motto too long and cumbersome. You will see this on all media related to Art All Night and we mean it!

Art All Night is a catalyst for community development, shining a spotlight on our unique neighborhood. Lawrenceville has become a magnet for artisans, lovers of beautiful architecture, and people drawn to the spice and flavor of urban living.


Want more information? Check out the Official Art All Night Website and their Facebook Page for info on everything about this annual event!

* Art All Night is a family friendly, weapons free, community event. Public safety issues will be dealt with on a case by case basis by the security team with support from law enforcement.



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tits For Telly: MST3K IS BACK!!!



It’s Movie SIGN!!! Talk about a good Friday!!! One of our very favorite TV shows, Mystery Science Theater,  is back thanks to Netflix, both the new and old gang from the Satellite of Love, and fans that raised $6.5 million clams to make it a reality!!! Check out the trailer below!

MST3K - Season 11 (2017 Trailer)  / Netflix

For those of you who have been living in a bubble for the last few decades (it’s been around since 1988) Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K for us MSTie's) was the story of Gizmonic Institute janitor Joel Hodgson (also creator of the series) who is sent into space to live on the Satellite of Love by his bosses Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieu) and Dr. Laurence Erhardt (J. Elivis Weinstein) who is  eventually replaced TV’s Frank (Frank Conniff) in their underground lair called ‘Deep 13’.


MST3K - TV's Frank (Frank Conniff) and Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieu)

Joel is forced to watch bad movies that he has no control over in order to find the perfect B-movie to use as a weapon in Dr. Forrester’s plan for world domination. To keep his sanity, Joel builds some robot pals to interact with including Tom Servo (Kevin Murphy), Crow T. Robot (Bill Corbett), Gypsy (Jim Mallon), and Cambot (the ship recorder and announcer) who keep him company within the satellite and in the theater where they riff during the films. 


MST3K - Joel Hodgson, Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot

Originally a late night local TV show produced by Jim Mallon (production manager and voice of bot Gypsy) on KTMA-TV in Hopkins, Minnesota the show eventually made it’s way to “The Comedy Channel’ or what is now Comedy Central. Mallon and Hodgson, securing the rights to their show, created Best Brains Inc., splitting the ownership of the original concept equally. 


MST3K - Joel Hodgson / Mike Nelson

Although Joel had a great run between 1988 and 1993, he eventually split over disagreements with Mallon over creative control and Mallon’s insistence to create a full length feature film based on the show. Although the end for Joel, it was the beginning for Mike J. Nelson (also head writer for 11 seasons) who stepped up to play all new janitor to torture, along with Dr. Forrester’s mother Pearl (Mary Jo  Pehl) that would eventually spawn the full length feature film that Mallon had wanted, aptly titled Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie. Check out the trailer below!

MST3K: The Movie (1996 Trailer / Gramercy Pictures / Universal / Best Brains)

Eventually, MST3K jumped networks once again in 1997 to the Sci-Fi Channel (before they started calling themselves SyFy) along with Mike Nelson, his bots, Pearl, and two new characters - the simian Professor Bobo (played by Kevin Murphy) and Observer aka ‘Brain Guy’  (played by Bill Corbett) who as his name would suggest, carried his disembodied brain in a petri dish. The show lasted on SyFy until 1999 when Mike and the bots finally escaped the Satellite of Love only to move into an apartment in Minnesota to, as you may have guessed, spend their free time watching bad movies and mocking them the entire time.


MST3K - Professor Bobo (Kevin Murphy),
Observer aka Brain Guy (Bill Corbett), 
and Pearl Forrester (Mary Jo Pehl)

Never fear - the monster that was MST3K did not die! During the hiatus of MST3K The cast broke off into two riffing camps. MST3K's creator, Joel Hodgson, spun off  Cinematic Titanic which ran touring engagements from 2007 to 2013, continuing the tradition of riffing on bad movies with MST3K cast members Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, and J. Elvis Weinstein. The Cinematic Titanic Youtube Channel still exists with some clips of their work.

Rifftraxx, launched by Mike J. Nelson in 2006 continued the riffing tradition on bad movies, but also on topical ones as well all available for purchase on the Rifftrax website by app, streaming, and downloads. Both Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett joined Mr. Nelson who also tour to theaters all over the country performing for live and streaming audiences (which can also be downloaded as well). They are still in operation today and well worth a subscription to their service!

That brings us to present day where Joel Hodgson finally reacquires the rights to his creation once more making the sky literally the limit. Running on the momentum of Cinematic Titanic along with his association with SHOUT! Factory and their home media releases of MST3K (and their awesome Turkey Day reruns every Thanksgiving), the additional reruns appearing on Netflix and their Youtube Channel, and a successful Kickstarter campaign, Joel has been able to do what no one could - bring MST3K back after 16 very long years!


MST3K - The New Cast

Fourteen episodes start tomorrow (Friday, March 14th) on Netflix with Felicia Day (as Kinga Forrester) and Patton Oswalt (her henchman Max) starring along side the latest resident of the Satellite of Love, Jonah Ray (playing Jonah Heston). Yes, the bots are back, but with new comedians helming the controls with Hampton Yount (Crow), Baron Vaughn (Servo), and Rebecca Hanson (alum of Second City) who will be the first female comedian playing Gypsy to join the crew.  Special guest appearances from Pehl, Corbett, and Murphy reprising their roles as Pearl, Professor Bobo, and Brain Guy have been announced along with more surprises along the way. 

If you’ve never seen an episode and have a Netflix subscription, now’s your chance to join in on the fun as new episodes of Mystery Science Theater start tomorrow. Once you’ve binged those, you can also catch some of the classic MST3K’s as well both on Netflix and the MST3K Youtube Channel!  Until next time...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Announcment: PU Turns Seven!!!

Greetings ghouls and fools! Where has the time gone?  That’s right! Good ol’ PU is having it’s seventh anniversary of bringing you the weird and wacky throughout Pittsburgh!!! With that, I just wanted to thank everyone out there who’s been part of keeping the underground alive and ticking for the last five years and greet those newbies who are just checking us out for the first time!

Pittsburgh Underground continues to be forum for comic books, science fiction, movies, geek & pop culture, puppetry, special effects, food, toys, video games, television, our PU originals with PU Pulp Posters or episodes of Dead Zed Zombie, and most importantly Pittsburgh’s zany, brainy, and painfully under appreciated creative community!

We are always looking for ways to connect the Pittsburgh community of artists and audience together - comic book creators, local theater troupes, indy film makers, musicians, local eateries, pop culture conventions, and everything around the edges. You tell us what’s up and we’ll get the word out!

Most importantly - FOLLOW US!!!

As always, I want to invite all of our readers to contact us with their creative projects or interests that fit within the strange and silly world that is Pittsburgh Underground. You can drop us a line at PU@PUzine.com or send us an event notification on our PU Facebook Page. Also, don’t forget to subscribe, like, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our Youtube Channel!

With that said, thanks for taking the time to join us here at Pittsburgh Underground and stay tuned for more as we enter our seventh year!

Stay tuned and stay smokin',
Hot Toddy / Head Honcho
Pittsburgh Underground

Friday, March 31, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Ghost in the Shell STARTS TODAY!!!

Happy Friday everyone! The spring movie season continues with Ghost In the Shell starting TODAY!!!

In this live action adaptation of the 1995 animated feature (which was an adaptation of the Seinen Manga series) that takes place in the near future, with main character Major (Scarlett Johansson) being the first of her kind: a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to, and her life was not saved. Instead, it was stolen. 

Directed by Rupert Sanders the cast includes Pilou AsbækTakeshi KitanoJuliette BinocheMichael PittChin HanDanusia SamalLasarus RatuereYutaka Izumihara, and Tawanda ManyimoCheck out the trailer below!


Ghost in the Shell (2017 Trailer / Paramount Pictures)


Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow (1989)

The original Ghost in the Shell (aka Mobile Armored Riot Police) was written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow and was first serialized in 1989 under the subtitle 'Ghost in the Shell' that eventually spawned two more books 'Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface' and 
'Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor'.

Ghost in the Shell (1995 Trailer / Production I.G.)

The saga didn't stop there as Animation studio Production I.G (who produced the first Ghost in the Shell animated movie in 1995) continued with a television series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex in 2005 telling an alternate story from the manga and first film, featuring Section 9's investigations of government corruption in the Laughing Man and Individual Eleven incidents.

2013 saw the start of the Ghost in the Shell: Arise original video animation series, consisting of four parts through mid-2014. The series was recompiled in early 2015 as a television series titled Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Alternative Architecture, airing with an additional two episodes (one part). An animated feature film produced by most of the Arise staff, titled Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, was released on June 20, 2015.

The history of this long loved saga continues today with this latest live action installment as Ghost in the Shell starts TODAY at your local theater.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Comics To Rot Your Brain: Bernie Wrightson R.I.P.

Bernie Wrightson 
R.I.P. 1948 - 2017

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that Bernie Wrightson, the prolific horror comic book artist, died on Sunday after a long battle with brain cancer, his wife announced on his official website. He was 68.

Swamp Thing by Bernie Wrightson

Wrightson is best known for co-creating the DC Comics monster Swamp Thing with Len Wein in 1971. The character would go on to be the subject of Wes Craven’s 1982 cult horror classic.

The illustrator began his career as a freelance artist for the Baltimore Sun at the age of 18. He joined DC Comics two years later, going by “Berni” in his early professional work.
Creepshow / Father's Day by Bernie Wrightson

Wrightson’s many other projects include a 1983 version of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” released by Marvel and comprised of 50 ink illustrations. He also illustrated the comic book adaptation of the Stephen King-written horror film “Creepshow.” He worked as a conceptual artist on movies such as “Galaxy Quest,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Land of the Dead.”

Frankenstein by Bernie Wrightson

Wrightson was known for his vivid attention to detail, and took on the works of such authors as Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. He released his own interpretations of other famous superheros, including Spider-Man and Batman.

Mr. Wrightson was one of our favorite comic book illustrators here at Pittsburgh Underground and will be sorely missed. Our condolences to his wife and family. Godspeed Mr. Wrightson.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Kong: Skull Island STARTS TODAY!!!

The wintery-spring movie season comes to a roar this March 10th with the premiere of Kong: Skull Island.

In this latest version it's 1971 and a team of explorers with a company of soldiers are following myth and legend in the Pacific amidst rumors of an island where creatures both prehistoric and monstrous are supposed to live. Soon they come across Skull Island, the very island of lore and legend. The creatures they soon come across make the soldiers and explorers running for their very lives. Soon Kong shows up to let all know that he is the King of Skull Island and top of the food chain. Will they survive to tell their story? Will beauty win the heart of the beast? Check out the trailer below!



Kong: Skull Island / Warner Bros. Pictures / Legendary Pictures / Tencent Pictures
(2017 Trailer)


Starring Tom Hiddleston, Sam Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, and John Goodman, this original story as been moved from studio to studio until Universal Pictures announced that it would let Legendary Pictures move the flick to Warner Bros. so they could eventually do a King Kong / Godzilla crossover film slated for 2020. 

Kong: Skull Island Promo Poster / 2016 San Diego Comicon 
(Under Normal Lighting)

It appears that there is some truth to the rumor as promotional posters with the phrase 'Bring the Truth to Light' were handed out at last year's San Diego Comicon. When exposed to black light the poster changes completely, showing that Skull Island actually rests on the bones of a massive, ancient monster. A Monarch insignia is also revealed at the top-left of the poster, Monarch being the project which, in 'Godzilla", initially unearthed the bones of a massive creature in the Philippines. 

Kong: Skull Island Promo Poster / 2016 San Diego Comicon 
(Under Black Light)

So grab your gear and join in on the expedition to Kong: Skull Island at your local theater this weekend!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Logan STARTS TODAY!!!


Greetings true believers! Well the Pittsburgh Underground movie season has started early this year with Logan hitting theaters today!

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. Check out the preview below:


Logan (2017 Trailer) / Marvel Studios / 20th Century Fox

This is the final time (or so we've been told) that Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine which makes this outing bitter sweet for fans as he’s played the character in nine movies starting with 2000’s X-Men, be it as a star or in a cameo role. 

In seventeen years he only thought about walking away from Wolverine one time before, around the release of 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. “I was worried it was getting limited for me, and directors I wanted to work with were not so interested” in hiring him for non-superhero acting roles, Jackman says, though his fears were quelled when Woody Allen and Darren Aronofsky approached him — for Scoop and The Fountain respectively — and not the other way around. Since then, “every time I came back to it, it really felt fun and fresh.”

Old Man Logan / Marvel Comics
(Mark Millar and Steve McNiven)

Jackman is joined once again with Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier taking inspiration from the comic book Old Man Logan by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven , as the team bands together to protect Laura Kinney aka X-23 (played by Dafne Keen), the cloned daughter of Wolverine. 

Wolverine's swan song, Logan, claws it's way into theaters and IMAX today. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Artsy Fartsy: Modern Map Art

Greetings once again to another Artsy Fartsy segment where we showcase artists of all types from around the Pennsylvania area. This time our featured artist Jennifer B with Modern Map Art.

Modern Map Art was founded in 2016 after Jennifer returned from her honeymoon where she was lucky enough to travel all over the world. With an appreciation for different cities, cultures, and a passion for cartography (the science and practice of drawing maps), she decided to take all that she had experienced to create her special brand of artwork. 

In her own words Jennifer states that, “Since I was very young, I was passionate about maps -- atlases, vintage maps, street maps -- anything I could get my hands on. I loved seeing how the urban sprawl had developed over time, and how when you look from above the lines look like an organized chaos over the city which tells it's own story. 

I started using city grids and imagery to put together with colors that represented that city to create posters and art that would look good in anyone's home or office. We started with cities we were familiar with here in the US and we're going to expand to cities all over the world. Our designs are elegant and modern, with a touch of nostalgia for anyone that has a connection to the city.”

Through her website, Modern Map Art, you can see that passion shine through as you browse through hundreds of maps from cities not only throughout the world, but also Pennsylvania favorites - Philadelphia, Carlisle, Bethlehem, Bloomsburg, Lewisburg, Allentown, Gettysburg, Camelback Ski Resort, Latrobe, and of course our favorite - Pittsburgh.


Modern Map Art / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Map
24" x 36" Print / Black with Yellow Roads

Speaking of the steel city, Jennifer graciously sent us a 24" x 36" inch sample print of the city of Pittsburgh and we could not have been more impressed with in both design and quality of the final reproduction. Printed on thick 10.3mil paper with rich black and vibrant gold inks, it expertly represents an aerial depiction of Pittsburgh rarely viewed in an artistic way until now. Also, for anyone worried about the packaging that the artwork arrived in, don't worry - It showed up at our doorstep in a meaty poster tube, double wrapped inside to ensure it’s protection. Again, we can’t say enough nice things about the final product we received from Modern Map Art.

So if you love Pittsburgh and want a way to show it off to anyone who walks into your home, dorm, or office, then you will want to grab up one of these prints now! They come in five different sizes - 8” x 10”, 12” x 18”, 16” x 20”, 18” x 24”, and 24” x 36” starting at $29.99 (which includes all shipping and handling) and come in five different color variations of black, white, and gold depending on your tastes. 
Modern Map Art / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Map
18" x 18" Throw Pillow / Black & White,  Yellow Rivers

Also, if you love the art prints and want more you’re in luck as Modern Map Art also features 100% polyester throw pillows in varying sizes (all cut and sewn here in the USA) and polycarbonate phone cases as well, also in variant color stylings depending on your personal preferences! 
Modern Map Art / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Map
Phone Case / Black & Gold,  White Rivers

With that said, the gang from Pittsburgh Underground encourages you to check out Modern Map Art at ModernMapArt.com and browse the hundreds of beautiful creations from Jennifer B. They are top quality products and a unique way to enjoy your favorite cities and resorts. 

We also have a permanent link to Modern Map Art on our Pittsburgh Links page under the heading Pittsburgh Art Scene / Local Fine Artists. Also, for those of you from our fair city of Pittsburgh, check out the quick links below for the Pittsburgh-sentric offerings from Modern Map Art

Modern Map Art / Pittsburgh Print

Modern Map Art / Pittsburgh Throw Pillow

Modern Map Art / Pittsburgh Throw Pillow

Monday, January 30, 2017

Announcement: Horror Realm Spring Convention STARTS FRIDAY!!!


Horror Realm, Pittsburgh’s modern horror convention, returns to the Double Tree by Hilton Pittsburgh (500 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15205 / 412-922-8400)  this weekend, Friday, March 3rd through Sunday, March 5th.

Tickets are $100 for VIP, $40 for weekend, $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday.  Active duty military and veterans receive one free single day admission with valid ID. Children 12 and under are free with an adult admission.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance online through Showclix .

The hotel itself features ample free parking, an indoor pool & whirlpool and on-site convenience store/snack shop.  A special group room rate of $109 plus tax per night is being offered. Details are available at www.horrorrealmcon.com.

This year’s show brings an interesting mix of actors from some of horror fans’ favorite 80’s and 90’s films, including:
  • Diane Franklin – Ms. Franklin is an actress and producer best known for the role of foreign exchange student Monique in the 1985 teenage comedy “Better Off Dead”.  She has also appeared in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and horror films “Amityville II: The Possession” and “TerrorVision”.  Television appearances include guest spots on “Matlock”, “Murder She Wrote” and “Freddy’s Nightmares”.
  • Reggie Bannister – Musician, actor, screenwriter and activist Reggie Bannister is best known for his starring role as the intrepid ice cream vendor-turned hero in the action-horror series, “Phantasm” (I through IV). His career spans over 40 years in television, film and entertainment with a varied background that includes writing, acting and music.  Joining Mr. Bannister is his wife, Gigi “Fast Elk” Bannister, director/actress/producer/special effects artist who has appeared in “Bubba Ho-Tep” and “Bloody Bloody Bible Camp”.
  • Jill Schoelen - Jill Schoelen’s acting career began on “The Best of Times”, a TV pilot which starred Crispin Glover and Nicholas Cage.  She then appeared in the films “DC Cab” and “Thunder Alley”, before finding a niche in 80s horror films including Wes Craven’s TV movie “Chiller”, “The Stepfather”, “Popcorn” and “Cutting Class”.
  • Brinke Stevens – An actress, model, writer and producer who is the quintessential “Scream Queen”, Brinke Stevens has appeared in more than 150 horror films, including “Slumber Party Massacre” and “Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama”. 
Other guests include:
  • Allan Trautman – actor & puppeteer best known to horror fans as Tarman in “Return of the Living Dead”, puppeteer for Mr. Floppy in TV’s “Unhappily Ever After”, and voice actor in “The Jungle Book”
  • William Butler – writer, director and actor known for “Night of the Living Dead (1990)”, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre III”, “Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust” and “Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver”
  • Suzanne Snyder – “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”, “Seinfeld”, “Weird Science”, “Night of the Creeps”
  • Tuesday Knight – actress & singer of the title theme for “Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master”
  • Tiffany Shepis – returning fan favorite who has appeared in many films including “Sharknado 2: The Second One”, “Tales of Halloween”, “Nightmare Man”
The convention features a 10,000 square foot dealer room with vendors selling horror themed merchandise such as DVDs, collectible figures, t-shirts, posters, jewelry and clothing; a film program; celebrity Q&A sessions; costume and tattoo contests and parties. 

This year’s convention is sponsored in part by Pop Culture Comics, a family-owned business in Pittsburgh located on Mt Royal Boulevard, offering a range of new and second-hand pop culture merchandise and comic books. They are an authorized retailer for DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse Comics, NECA, Mezco Toyz and more. Founded with an enthusiasm for the 1980s, Pop Culture Comics hopes to become your go-to shop for both new and old collectibles, trades, toys, original movie posters, and comics. 

For more information, please visit the Horror Realm Official Website, Horror Realm Facebook Page, Horror Realm on Twitter, and Horror Realm on Instagram

About Horror Realm:
Horror Realm, serving the horror community since 2009, produces an annual horror convention in Pittsburgh, PA.  In addition to the conventions, Horror Realm also produces horror-themed entertainment and charity events in the area, including film screenings, author signings and art shows.  Charities supported by Horror Realm have included Scares That Care, Fix The Chapel, Friends of the Hollywood Theater, The Bradley Center, Animal Rescue League, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, Community Human Services, Myasthenia Gravis Association, Mainstay Life Services. Shepherd Wellness Community. Wounded Warriors Project, National Kidney Foundation, Colon Cancer Alliance, Officer Rocco Fund and The Proper Pit Bull.  Social media links:  www.horrorrealmcon.com; www.facebook.com/HorrorRealmCon; www.twitter.com/HorrorRealmCon;  https://www.instagram.com/horror_realm_convention/

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Announcement: Here We Go Again...

Greetings all you ghouls and fools once again to Pittsburgh Underground! Not to understate the obvious (or to start the year deflated),  but let’s face it, 2016 was an exhausting year for most of us. Between all the usual ups and downs that life hands us, the senseless violence at home and throughout the world, a cantankerous and cheerless election year, and the losses of so many of our best and brightest performers that made 2016 feel like the beginning of the end of all that was good and happy in our world. 

Yes gang, no one can deny it was a hard year and entering 2017 with all the upcoming uncertainties that we face makes looking at the lighter side of things even more challenging. With that said, it’s safe to say that what we do have is each other to pull ourselves through the hard times, never take for granted those quiet moments that come around so rarely, and to do what we can to make each other laugh whenever possible.

Ultimately, that’s always been the goal of Pittsburgh Underground - to dig deep and find those happy moments to share with our readers. The tradition continues as we move into 2017.

Last year, Pittsburgh celebrated it’s Bicentennial which is nothing to sneeze at! We’re a strong community who evolved drastically from being known as the ‘steel city’ to now being one of the premiere technology centers in the world. As most Pittsburgher’s know, we are constantly adapting, improving, and growing. Pittsburgh is also now known as one of the top food cities in the United States and was recently named as one of the top destinations to travel to in the world as well (check out this article from KDKA for details). In a word, we have a lot to be proud of going into the new year.

Pittsburgh Underground will be with you all the way as we approach our seventh season to celebrate all these wonders our fair city has to offer. From food, to pop culture, live theater, art exhibits, festivals, and all the weird, kitschy, and kooky in between. Also, don’t forget that if you’re involved in an event that sounds like it fits within our  ‘unique’ brand of news, let us know as far in advance as possible and we’ll do our best to get the word out so everyone can join in on the fun. 

With that said - well wishes to all of our readers for the new year to come.

Your buds at good ol’ Pittsburgh Underground