Weekend Roundup 10/19

by: Sara Bozich
October 19, 2017

Cheers to the weekend!

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show is in town through the weekend — Have you checked it out? Also noteworthy: It’s 3rd in the Burg (check out the Broad Street Market if you don’t often get a chance to get there), and it’s wine trail season! Cornucopia Wine Quest runs Saturday and Sunday at participating wineries.

I have very little on my agenda besides trying to wrap up more work (I’m in denial), and cooking the very last of my tomatoes (more sauce and a sungold jam).

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Categories: Featured, LivePA, TheBurg

Steelers Week 7: Cheers, Jeers & Fears

by: Jimi The Intern
October 18, 2017

James Harrison is the football version of a relief pitcher.

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He walks out like Mariano Rivera with “Renegade” playing in the background (instead of “Enter Sandman”) and takes the ball from the young guns to show them how it’s done.

“Oh mama I’m in fear for my life from the long-arm of the law,” should ring in opposing offensive linemen’s and quarterbacks’ heads when he steps on the field.

Harrison went classic Deebo on the fateful sack that sealed the deal on another great win at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Steelers proved me wrong on Sunday. I didn’t think they would look bad, I just thought there was too much stacked against them to come out with a win.

Sure, it took a crazy bounce and catch by AB to get the win, but sometimes you need that luck to win on the road. I’m not complaining, and neither should you.

Brown and Bell balled-out to the tune of 349 total yards and two touchdowns between them. For any of the naysayers, Bell is surely back to form.

Now Pittsburgh faces a divisional game at home against a Bengals team still trying to find its way. It’s going to be a scrappy game, but this is a chance for the Steelers to distance themselves even more in the AFC North.

Here are my cheers, jeers, and fears for this week’s matchup against the Bengals.

Cheers

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I could go a few different ways with this, but I am going to give this one to the defense, and specifically, the front seven.

Kansas City had nine yards of total offense in the first half and didn’t even get a first down until after the two-minute warning.

They were dominant.

After getting torched by Leonard Fournette the week prior, this defense stopped the leagues’ leading rusher in his tracks, holding Kareem Hunt to only 21 rushing yards on nine carries.

The defense still has room to grow, mainly with Artie Burns in coverage, but it was overall a very encouraging effort.

Jeers

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Pittsburgh needs to find a way to punch it in once they get down inside the 20. This is what will win you championships, not field goals.

I like that they got a little creative with splitting Bell out as a receiver, but sometimes I would rather have him in the backfield pass protecting for Ben with an option to slip our for an easy catch and run.

It’s nit-picky, but it’s something to keep an eye out for going forward.

With the weapons of Bell, Brown, Bryant, and now an emerging JuJu, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

Fears

A common thought during the Tomlin-era is that the Steelers only play to the level of their opponent.

There is some validity to this claim considering some inexplicable losses to bad teams in the past. If Pittsburgh wants to have a special season, they must beat the teams they are supposed to beat.

The Bengals this week could fall into that “playing down to their opponent” category. Andy Dalton has not played well, and the only redeeming person on that team has been AJ Green.

Joe Mixon is an up-and-coming running back but lacks experience.

I expect the defense to get after Dalton and force him to throw at least one interception, if not a pair, by the fourth quarter.

This sets up as another game where Bell could see a heavy workload and bust out for another 100+ yard game.

I think Pittsburgh has found their groove and will take advantage of a struggling Bengals team to win 30-17.

Categories: Sports, Steelers

More Upscale Living Options Slated for Downtown Harrisburg

by: Sara Bozich
October 18, 2017

Downtown Harrisburg’s iconic Restaurant Row is getting a new addition.

While it’s not a new BYOB bistro or craft cocktail lounge, the new project would have you living just steps away from Second Street’s bars and restaurants.

Harristown Enterprises, Inc. announced plans to develop new upscale apartments at 221 N. Second St., located in the heart of “Restaurant Row.”

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The new project will include 10 one-bedroom and two two-bedroom apartments plus first-floor retail space.

“Upscale apartments in the downtown are in high demand,” said Brad Jones, President and CEO of Harristown Enterprises Inc. “We want to bring more exciting, unique, and desirable apartments to the market to grow the number of downtown residents and to support retail and restaurant activity along this corridor.”

This is not Harristown’s first venture with downtown living. Since 2015, the group has reinvested around $40 million into downtown Harrisburg projects.

Recently, they opened three upscale complexes — The Flats @ Strawberry Square, Fifteen @ TwentyTwo, and SoMa on Third.

At the end of summer, they revitalized the SoMa (South of Market) area on South Third St. with bright lights and banners.

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In the coming weeks, Harristown also celebrates the opening of new retail, dining and healthcare centers inside Strawberry Square, with the addition of Provisions, Freshido, and UPMC Pinnacle Health Strawberry Square FamilyCare, respectively.

Categories: Harrisburg, LivePA

Interview: Rebecca Miller of Lenore.

by: Micah Jacobs
October 18, 2017

Music takes us in a so many directions. Whether emotionally or physically, music has the ability to uplift or depress. Finding the balance, creating your atmosphere, and shaping your day.

I headed up Green St. to meet Rebecca Miller of Lenore. at Little Amps Coffee Roasters. She’s back home in Harrisburg to kick off an East Coast fall tour and we discussed music and her journey.

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MJ: Originally from Harrisburg but now you’re in Portland, right?

RM: The band started in Portland, Oregon, where I live now. I moved out to Portland from Harrisburg about four years ago. I always thought I would leave Harrisburg, but I always know that I will come back. I lived in L.A. for a little bit but ended up moving back to Harrisburg to get back on my feet. Right around that time, I reconnected with an old friend who was a musician a band called The Mynabirds. I kind of just threw it out there if she needed backing vocals to let me know. A few months later she called me up and we went on tour. We played Portland a few times and I really fell in love with the city, it’s very cozy and puts its arms around you.

How did your current band, Lenore, come about?

I knew I wanted to collaborate with other musicians and didn’t want to be a solo artist. With the supportive music scene out in Portland and being fortunate enough to have connections at some of the best venues in town from having previously toured — I would find myself doing these solo shows performing songs that I didn’t really feel connected with any longer. I wasn’t happy, it didn’t feel good, and I had some serious writer’s block. So after about a year of that, I kind of stepped away from music. One of my good friends told me, “You can’t step away from music, you’re too talented!”

So you eventually met Joy Pearson out in Oregon?

We met at a show, we were introduced by a friend and we started talking and having drinks till like 3 a.m. We started hanging out and realized our voices fit together very well. It felt really magical and had legs right from the gate. I got offered to do a solo show for a benefit in Portland right after we started hanging out, so I asked her if she wanted to do the show with me. She agreed, and it just has been non-stop ever since. We decided to enjoy music and have fun making it.

Where do you still draw inspiration from after being involved in music for so many years?

We all draw from various life experiences that we have been through. We draw a lot from imagery and nature. The general cycle of life looking at the light and the dark. We have that darker edge, but the idea is that we all experience these emotions and we all take comfort in feeling the depth of sadness or the wondrous joy of something like a beautiful day.

When did you start singing?

When I was younger, I was really shy and would never sing in front of everyone. I realized when I was in high school and I wanted to be in chorus, that I had to get over that initial fear of singing in front of people. Once I did, you couldn’t get me to shut up. I did eventually get some formal training because when I was 25 I started to lose my voice. I saw a doctor and got diagnosed with polyps. It was a process. I had six weeks of therapy just to try to avoid surgery, but it didn’t work. I had to get surgery. During recovery in Philly, I was doing a lot of training and then about a year later I met a woman named Rosemary who helped me get my voice back through real vocal training. I realized there was a lot of things vocally that I wasn’t doing correctly and I ended up injuring myself.

Tell me a little about the album you just released.

We just released our first full length, self-titled album on Sept.15, and the first single off it is Sharp Spine featuring Eric Bachmann. We actually did a Kickstarter campaign, received a lot of great support from our friends across the country. It feels really good to be able to release the album without being on a label yet. Now we are out here doing some shows on the east coast just a month later! We are going to hit Boston, D.C. and as far south as Lexington, KY. Coming back to play in Harrisburg to kind of kick everything off at HMAC is such a great opportunity.


I’m so glad I got to meet Rebecca and spend time talking about music, traveling, and life. Make sure you check out the debut, self-titled album from Lenore.

Lenore. performs at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center this Friday, Oct. 20. Get tickets here and enjoy some original, live music from the Pacific Northwest!

You also can catch Rebecca and Lenore. at a private “living room” style show at GK Visual on Oct. 30.

Categories: Harrisburg, Music, Nightlife

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