Pittsburgh Happenings

One Young World Summit
One Young World, the largest gathering of countries represented outside of the Olympics and the United Nations, will meet in Pittsburgh, Oct. 18-22, 2012. Modelled after the prestigious World Economic Forum, held in Davos, Switzerland, One Young World convenes young leaders from around the world to discuss and debate issues addressed daily by government, business and academic leaders. Notable celebrities from around the world, including Huffington Post founder and CEO Arianna Huffington, chef and nutrition advocate Jamie Oliver, and activist and musician Bob Geldoff will serve as counsellors at the summit. Former President Bill Clinton will provide the keynote.  

Soup for You!
“Of soup and love, the first is best.” Or so says an old Spanish proverb. The Soup Sega (Soup Now) kitchen of the Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational & Cultural Center has been offering homemade gourmet soups and ethnic specialties since 1999. Each Saturday morning – beginning Sept. 15 through May 2013, you can find hearty meat soups and vegetarian fare, such as Balkan Bean, Gyuvech (stew), and Creamy Mushroom Noodle. The now-famous soup kitchen has been featured in regional and international media, including the documentary, “What Makes Pittsburgh Pittsburgh.”  

Braddock’s Revenge
A new American museum opened in Braddock, Pa., that’s dedicated to the Battle of the Monongahela during the French and Indian War. Braddock’s Battlefield History Center is a 5,000-square-foot museum that is situated on land where 250 French soldiers and 600 of their Indian allies encountered British forces in 1755. The museum, located seven miles from downtown, features 250 artifacts found on the battlefield and 50 pieces of art that depict historically accurate scenes.  

Step It Up
Pittsburgh – with some of the steepest streets in the world – is home to 716 sets of city steps. On Oct. 6, Pittsburgh will “Celebrate the Steps” in what has become a quirky annual event for two city neighborhoods. Swarms of people will climb up and down many flights of steps as part as StepTrek on Pittsburgh’s South Side Slopes neighborhood, which has 67 sets of steps – more than any other city neighborhood. And, aptly named Fineview’s Step-a-thon has also become a fun annual event. For more info, go to southsideslopes.org/steptrek and stepathon.org.  

Butterflies are Free
Known as a great travel destination for visitors, Pittsburgh has become a stop for butterflies, too! The city’s convention center is home to a Monarch butterfly waystation that assists the species’ long migration to Mexico. Monarch waystations provide resources like milkweed and nectar plants that are necessary for butterflies to continue the migration process by producing further generations. The waystation is one of many greening projects at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the only convention center in the United States to be both Gold- and Platinum-LEED certified.  

Whistler Exhibition
Eighty rarely-seen prints and drawings by James Abbot McNeill Whistler are on view at Carnegie Museum of Art. “Whistler & Rebellion in the Art World” explores Whistler’s defiance of artistic conventions – and his insistence on the importance of “art for art’s sake.” The exhibition showcases Whistler’s artworks as he intended them to be seen – as aesthetic objects to be appreciated solely for their visual qualities. Through Dec. 2, 2012.