The Latest Cultural “Its” in Pittsburgh


Nazi Olympics Exhibit: The August Wilson Center for African American Culture will present an exhibit, The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936.

This stirring exhibition, which runs through February 2013, is on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and presented in collaboration with the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, explores the courage and triumph of athletes who boycotted, participated in, or were barred from the Games.

Closing the ‘GAP’

In October, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Homestead, PA. for the start of construction for the final section of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). Trail builders and enthusiasts gathered as groundbreaking started on location at Sandcastle Water Park, located near Pittsburgh.

Work for this long-awaited, last mile of the GAP will be ongoing into 2013.  Stay tuned for next year’s celebration of the completion of this section and a continuous trail corridor that will connect downtown Pittsburgh to Washington DC.

European Holiday Market

Downtown Pittsburgh’s first-ever European holiday market opens Novenber 24. Inspired by the original Christkindlmarkt created in 1545 in Nuremberg, Germany, the Peoples Gas Holiday Market features vendors displaying unique collectible and gift items in Alpine-style wooden chalets.

Get Lit

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will feature a new outdoor Winter Light Garden exhibit that will shine with scores of LED light forms, adding even more enchantment to the public garden’s spectacular seasonal displays. Guests will be dazzled by glowing orbs, “dripping” snowballs, luminous trees and a brilliant fountain of lights as they follow pathways through a winter wonderland. Nov. 25-Jan. 6, 2013.

Steeler Mania

Steelers Nation take note: You can get your photo taken alongside the Lombardi trophies from all six of the Steelers’ Super Bowl victories at the Senator John Heinz History Center, Nov. 23-29. The trophies will be on display as part of the new exhibition, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which features more than 200 football artifacts from the Pro Football Hall of Fame collection.

Bragging Rights & Walking Shoes

Pittsburgh’s Grant Street was recently named one of “America’s 10 Great Streets” by the American Planning Association. Pittsburgh is ranked sixth in the nation for the number of people walking to work, according to data from the American Community Survey.

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week – Winter 2013 will be held Jan. 14-20, 2013. During this week-long, city-wide event, restaurants and the community are invited to come together to celebrate steel city food and dining while highlighting with new dishes for the New Year. In 2013, diners can expect to dine at participating restaurants across the city and choose from discounted three-course fixed price meals or $20.13 specials.

Photo credit: Sylvester Washington Jr. Of The Times. “The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936” exhibit in Pittsburgh is running through February at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

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