Moon Travel Series Writers at Waffle Shop

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The East Liberty hangout's interweb talk show gets a visit tomorrow night from two writers who approach Pittsburgh as tourists might. And they've got interesting guests.

Dan Eldridge just released the new edition of Moon Pittsburgh, that hip publisher's guide to the city. And Anna Dubrovsky, a Pittsburgh resident, is the author of the brand-new Moon Pennsylvania. (Here's CP's recent chat with Dubrovsky)

Eldridge, a former CP music editor now living in Philadelphia, published his first take on Moon Pittsburgh four years ago. (Here's my 2007 interview with Dan on that book)

In an email promoting the Sept. 3 event, Eldridge writes that he and Dubrovsky will talk about how the city's cultural scene has changed in the four years since. 

The show's guests Sept. 3 are well-positioned to help answer that question.

One is Kevin Sousa, the celebrity chef whose most recent venture, Salt of the Earth, exemplifies Pittsburgh's recent boom in innovative restaurants.

The other is Jon Rubin, the Carnegie Mellon University art professor behind the Waffle Shop (an actual East Liberty waffles-and-coffee diner with a performance-art twist). Rubin and his students also helped create the adjacent Conflict Kitchen and numerous other storefront ventures that blur the lines between art, commerce and community-building.

The Waffle Shop is located at 124 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty (www.waffleshop.org). The live-streaming webisode featuring Eldridge and Dubrovsky will be shot starting at 11 p.m. Sat., Sept. 3.

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