Bricolage Graces Cover of American Theatre Magazine

Plus, a former Pitt star gets into a Twitter beef with Johnny Manziel.


Pittsburgh’s sports teams aren’t the only ones gracing covers of national magazines. Bricolage Production Co.’s STRATA project graces the cover of the July/August issue of American Theatre Magazine.

STRATA, or Strategic Training Research And Testing Agency, was an immersive artistic experience “performed” downtown last summer. Participants were willingly kidnapped and taken to a secret location, where they chose their own ending through a variety of artistic choices in a three-floor exhibit that was held in Bally Total Fitness downtown.

Last year you could sign up to be kidnapped for a unique artistic experience; this year you can see a giant rubber duck floating down the Allegheny River.

Nobody can say they’re bored in downtown Pittsburgh anymore.


#Props: Nickelodeon stunt guru gets Emmy nom


Big props to Hiro Koda, the stunt coordinator for “Supah Ninjas,” a Nickelodeon show filmed in Pittsburgh. Koda earned an Emmy nod for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program.

Unfortunately, the ninjas will fly no more. The program was cancelled last month after two seasons.



#TwitterBeef: Mark May weighs in on Manziel


A recent Tweet by a former University of Pittsburgh football player caused a bit of a stir this week. On Monday, ESPN commentator Mark May, a former offensive tackle for Pitt and later the Washington Redskins, took to Twitter to give his two cents to Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

Manziel, the quarterback of Texas A&M, has admittedly led a less-than-role-model-worthy life off the gridiron.

Of course, as many may remember, May had his own run-ins with the law while at Pitt.

Maybe Manziel will come up with a fake girlfriend. That will distract ESPN for a while.


#Weird: Now this is a strange lawsuit


And now for your Weird Pittsburgh News of the week. Pittsburgh resident Leslie Friend has filed a lawsuit against a company that makes pretzels in the shape of a peace sign. Friend apparently bought the patent for such a product 13 years ago and had big plans to market a product that would rival Potato Patch Fries.

Just kidding. Nothing competes with those.

Read the full story at the Post-Gazette.

Although perhaps that’s not weirder than Pittsburgh signing on to host the International Vomiting Conference in October. It’s apparently a real thing. Get your ticket today.


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