Between the Issues

Pointe in Time Gala Raises $630,000 for the Arts

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre hosted a sold-​out crowd of 555 for its Pointe in Time Gala: West Side Story Suite, Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Westin.

On Populism

by Greg Curtis
Civilization is like a very fine suit of clothes that is just slightly too small for us. The term “populism” derives from the Latin, populus, meaning “people.” It doesn’t mean “people” in the sense of “There are a lot of people who don’t read my blog.” It means “people” in…

Wings & Wildlife Soirée Raises $55,000 in Support of National Aviary

The National Aviary’s Annual Wings & Wildlife Art Show kicked off on Friday, November 3 with a first class Soiree & Benefit Auction. Guests mingled with wildlife artists and met exotic birds up-​close as they enjoyed gourmet hors d’oeuvres, open bar and strolling strings, all before gathering for an exciting…

Just Because

I know there are things that you ain’t supposed to do and will probably get you a good whipping if you’re caught but you’ll do them anyway just because and for no other reason than just because.

Nailed It

I recently received a nail salon gift card, which I thought was a bit unusual, because I have short, raggedy nails and giant “Man-​Hands.” My “Man-​Hands” are definitely passed down from my father’s side — my Uncle Willis could bend bottle caps into little tacos just using his thumb and index finger — and…

Investing in a Rigged Market, Part IV

by Greg Curtis
If we care about the health of free market economies, then we need to care about how efficiently capital is allocated in those economies. And if we care about efficient capital allocation, then we need to care about the health and efficiency of capital markets, because those markets are the…

Seek, and You Shall Find … Conflicting Investment Advice

The run of this current Raging Bull of a stock market has been exceptionally long: eight-​plus years. (The average bull market has lasted four years, nine months.) In response there has been great conjecture by investment firms, financial advisers, brokers, and market pundits in Pittsburgh about how much longer the…

A Bold Look at Race Through Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art

When Vogue lauded “20 /​20: The Studio Museum of Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art” as the most important art show in America, they guaranteed a critical response. Setting aside the hyperbole, the magazine established race as the context for viewing and thinking about the exhibition, stating that “as…

Tommy the Unlikely Donut Man

Tommy Gozion had never made a donut in his entire life. Which was weird, given the fact that he tacked some neon to the storefront along Route 8 and announced to the world that Valencia Donut was open for business.

Squeezing out the Investment Experts

by Greg Curtis
The core problems with central bankers, which have led directly to the catastrophes of the Tech Bust, the Financial Crisis, the pathetically weak recovery from the Great Recession of 2008-​09, and the near-​destruction of the asset management business, are: groupthink, arising out of the fact that every central banker in…

The Frick Pittsburgh Opens “Undressed” with Gala

The Frick Pittsburgh marked the opening of “Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear” with a gala held on the evening of October 19. The sold-​out “Undressed” gala provided four hundred guests the opportunity to experience the blockbuster exhibition before it opened to the public on Saturday, October 21. Gala…

The Fed and Friends

by Greg Curtis
We are talking about the traumatizing events that rocked the asset management business, to say nothing of the world, beginning in 2008, a calamity brought to us courtesy of the world’s central bankers.

Washington & Jefferson College Inaugurates Knapp as 13th President

Washington & Jefferson College inaugurated John C. Knapp, Ph.D., on Oct. 19, 2017 as the institution’s thirteenth president. The ceremony was held at Olin Fine Arts Center on the W&J College campus.

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ ILLUMINATION Ignites the Senses

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ ILLUMINATION ignited the senses: guests reveled in the multi-​sensory environment of light, sound and taste held at LUXE Creative Studio TWO on the evening of October 7.

Miscalculations

I. Through my in-​laws’ breakfast window in the country, the nuthatches roll and bounce and shake spiny winter brambles. Their breasts puffed round as if to fit in the hand of a child. I scrape rings of hardened milk from my coffee mug while I confuse the birds for chickadees…
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