5 Friyays: November 22

5 Friyays: November 22

Hey all! It’s Dr. Erin here, coming to you from AR HQ in Philly this week where Dr. D and I have been busy networking, delivering workshops, and attending Broadway shows! Another week passes and the world continues to be a dumpster fire, but I did manage to find enough to celebrate for my Friyays!

Celebrating Imperfections

As we relaxed this past weekend, Dr. Kristen introduced me to a reality TV show on Netflix that celebrates people’s imperfections. Nailed It is in to it’s 3rd season where it brings in amateur bakers to attempt the seemingly impossible task of re-creating professional bakes. If you like joy, I’d recommend it.

Breaking The Glass Kitchen Ceiling

This past October, Chicago Chef Mariya Russell became the first black woman to be awarded a Michelin Star. If you want to hear from the woman herself, you can check out this podcast interview.

“To rectify centuries of imbalance, you have to do something radical.”

As the resident art historian for Abbey Research, I’m always on the look out for inspiring stories from the art worlds. This week I am celebrating the recently announced decision by the Baltimore Museum of Art that for 2020 they will only purchase art produced by self-identified women. The marginalization and erasure of women in art history is something I have talked about, usually through our HBDLadies birthday posts. It’s awesome to see a large-scale museum space taking on the challenge of balancing that inequality.

Pittsburgh Sinkhole Hilarity

One of the funnier things to happen in the city of Pittsburgh recently was a Pittsburgh city bus being caught in a rather large sinkhole. Seemingly made for internet jokes, the memes abounded and people even dressed up as the sinkhole bus for Halloween. An apt metaphor for many of our current societal woes, I was thoroughly entertained this week to see that someone has recreated the sinkhole for the 17th Annual Gingerbread House and Display Competition in the city. You have the love the ingenuity and execution.

We’re All Connected Anyway

Speaking of Pittsburgh news, the world is getting ready to celebrate the release of the “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ movie about Pittsburgh’s beloved local Fred Rogers. Mr. Rogers is played, appealingly masterfully by Hollywood favorite Tom Hanks. At the request of a trusted friend of ours, I am including in my Friyays the news from this week that Tom Hanks discovered he is the 6th cousin of Fred Rogers. Talk about kismet.

That’s all I’ve got for this week! Dr. Kristen will be back next week with her Friyays on Black Friday! Have a great weekend everyone!

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