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Greeting Cards with Chocolate, Youth Artists, African American Art, and more.

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  • A comedian, a radio personality, and a cartoonist create greeting cards and chocolate bars that capture the heart and soul of Pittsburgh. Read
  • Upcoming art exhibition supports local youth artists. Read
  • New industry-specific workwear is made for growers who are tough on their clothes. Read
  • One of the most significant collections of African American art is on display at The Westmoreland. Read
  • Our editor-in-chief’s hottest hits of the month. Read
  • Promescent promises longer-lasting sex. Read

Yinzer Cards and Bars

A comedian, a radio personality, and a cartoonist create greeting cards and chocolate bars that capture the heart and soul of Pittsburgh.

In 2007, Bill Cowher held a press conference to announce his retirement as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. As he stood in front of the collected news media, he said, “I’m one of you. Yinz know what I mean?” He wasn’t just saying he was a Pittsburgher; he was showing it using a word that’s meant to foster camaraderie with his hometown.

“There’s a reason Coach Cowher took that approach,” said Jim Krenn, a Pittsburgh stand-up comedian. “That’s because in Pittsburgh, ‘Yinzer’ and ‘Jagoff’ are terms of endearment. Saying ‘dahntahn’ is as much a beloved tradition as putting french fries on a ‘sammich’ or waving a yellow towel.”

As a way to celebrate the city they love while supporting causes they care about, Krenn, radio personality Larry Richert, and cartoonist Rob Rogers teamed up to create a specialty greeting card and chocolate bar line called Yinzer.

This uniquely Pittsburgh line of cards and chocolate bars is now available in the greeting card and candy departments of local Giant Eagle, Market District, and Hallmark stores, as well as the Heinz History Center and Visit Pittsburgh gift shops. Yinzer cards retail for $5 and include greetings for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation, new baby, weddings, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day.

Yinzer Bars retail for $3 and feature downtown Pittsburgh and “The Immaculate Confection,” a spin on the most famous play in NFL history. A portion of Yinzer card proceeds will benefit Animal Friends, while the bars benefit Spenser’s Voice Fund.


Future Artists

Upcoming art exhibition supports local youth artists.

Boom Concepts needs submissions for its youth art exhibition this April. This organization works to provide art education and opportunity for students throughout Pittsburgh. The upcoming show, titled Our Future!, encourages young artists to consider what lies ahead, both in their own lives and for their city. What does our future—as individuals and as a community—look like? What do we need to do to get there? What needs to change so that our future remains bright? For this show, the next generation gets the chance to answer some of these questions.

Artists from preschool through 12th grade are welcome to submit their work to Boom Concepts for consideration. As part of the exhibition process, Boom Concepts will organize two separate TeenBloc studio sessions in February and March as opportunities for artists to spend time in a creative space, complete with supplies and guidance, to craft their work. There will also be an installation session to prepare for the show as a cohesive group.

The exhibition will be up through the month of April and will also feature related events and workshops. Donations for the event will go to supporting BoomConcepts’ citywide youth programs.

ioby.org/project/our-future


Sheard Industry Apparel

New industry-specific workwear is made for growers who are tough on their clothes.

Growing is dirty, rugged, and exhausting work. It’s a livelihood that can wreak havoc on your body and your wardrobe. Enter Sheard Industry Apparel’s line of workwear designed specifically for growers and extractors.

These garments take all of a grower’s needs into account—durability for years of use, protection from the elements, comfort through a long day’s effort, accessibility and storage for tools, and, of course, style.

Sheard Industries offers workwear grow shirts, gaitered pants, and wash jackets, as well as casual logo wear. The company is based in Nederland, Colorado, a nationwide growing hub where cannabis culture and outdoor enthusiasm collide, inspiring apparel that outlasts the grittiest conditions.

sheardindustryapparel.com


Courtesy of The Westmoreland Museum of American Art

The Eyes of History and Heritage

One of the most significant collections of African American art is on display at The Westmoreland.

From February 15 to May 10, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art will present African American Art in the 20th Century, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection, on view in the Cantilever Gallery. The exhibition features 45 works by 34 black artists, painters, sculptors, and printmakers from the 1930s through the 1990s. The artworks encompass diverse subjects and a variety of genres, from representational to modern abstraction to the postmodern assemblage of found objects.

“The art reflects the American experience through the eyes of these artists, and we are excited to offer our visitors the opportunity to learn more about them,” says chief curator Barbara L. Jones.

The Harlem Renaissance, World War II, the Civil Rights movement, and forces for freedom around the world shaped the lives and worldviews of these artists. Family and personal history became subtexts for some. Others interpreted the syncopations of jazz in visual form. Still others translated observation into powerful emotional statements. In styles that range from painterly expressionism to abstractions that glow with color, these artists explore myth and memory, acknowledging the heritage of Africa.

African American Art in the 20th Century
Wed.–Fri., 11 a.m.–7p.m. / Sat.–Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Free / thewestmoreland.org

African American Art in the 20th Century is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go. Support for this exhibition has been provided by the Hillman Exhibition Fund of The Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Additional financial support provided by the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment Fund.


Sensibilities

By Stephanie Wilson, Editor In Chief

1. READING ROOM
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf, $27). Showcasing her signature literary prowess, Mandel explores the infinite ways we search for meaning in this much-hyped new release, expected March 24. Also out this month: It’s Not All Downhill from Here by How Stella Got Her Groove Back author Terry McMillan.

2. STREAM THIS
Freeform’s The Bold Type. Now in its third season, this sleeper hit could be your new favorite series. It’s mine, in no small part because it centers on three young women working for a New York mag. But also because it’s witty AF, aspirational, and depicts successful women who are defined not by their relationships but by their careers. It’s empowering, and you should watch it for free on Freeform, or on your favorite streaming platform.

3. LISTEN UP
NPR’s Life Kit podcast offers tools to keep it together. And by you, I mean me; I need all the help I can get. Picking out a lightbulb last fall had me staring mouth agape in a store aisle for a half hour trying to make sense of all the options. After listening to “Picking Out a Lightbulb, Made Easy,” I know which bulb’s for me. Life Kit’s episodes are short, to the point, and offer tips on how to do things like start therapy, start a book club, master your budget, remove stains, and juggle paperwork, appointments, and repairs. Basically how to adult.

4. GROWING TREND
Pot in Pots. The Swiss-cheese-leafed Monstera is last year’s “It” plant. Cannabis is the hashtagable houseplant of 2020. Get in on the trend. Depending where you live, you can find clones or seeds at select dispensaries with an easy google—while you’re at it, look up local laws regarding home grows. Cannabis cuttings (a.k.a. clones) are pretty easy to root—check Leafly.com for tips—and you should definitely bring some to your next plant swap. Spread the word, spread the love.


The Next Viagra?

Promescent promises longer-lasting sex.

Although PE, or premature ejaculation, doesn’t have quite the same stigma as ED (erectile dysfunction), it can definitely become a barrier to intimate and meaningful lovemaking. It’s also a common problem for couples. In fact, Psychology Today recently reported on the “orgasm gap.” In case you hadn’t noticed, men tend to reach an orgasm during heterosexual lovemaking about three times faster than women—5.5 minutes vs. 18 minutes. According to the new brand and product Promescent, up to two billion women go without orgasms each year as a result of this issue. Makers of Promescent, a climax-delay spray, claim it prolongs lovemaking. So, will it become the next Viagra? Check it out for yourself and see if it improves your sex life.

promescent.com

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