Sunday, April 13, 2008

Whatever Happened to City Chicken? & What is it Anyway?

City chicken is a food entrée that consists of cubes of meat that are placed on a wooden skewer (approximately 4-5 inches long), breaded, then fried and/or baked. The origins of the entrée and its name are not entirely known, however it is rumored to have begun during the Depression Era, when people took meat scraps and fashioned a make-shift drumstick out of them. During this period, pork was cheaper than chicken in many parts of the country, especially those far from rural poultry farms. Sometimes the meat was ground, and a drumstick-shaped mold was used to form the ground meat around a skewer. Today, better cuts of meat (usually pork loin, beef, and/or veal) are used. In spite of the name, the dish usually contains no chicken.

City Chicken seems to be regionalized to the areas surrounding Pittsburgh, PA, ranging from Central Pennsylvania, Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, to as far west as the western suburbs of Cleveland, OH and Hamtramck, MI. It is also known as mock chicken.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Who Knew Sex Could Even Sell PEZ?

The American Look

American design and styling at the height of capitalistic, consumeristic splendor. A promotional movie produced by Chevrolet in 1958 which celebrates American Design, stylists and the American spirit of post-war excess. Great, nostalgic settings for anyone who grew up wealthy in California. Me, I don't recognize my childhood in any of these scenes, but apparently all of this was going on somewhere in the world while I was living in a rented house in Beechview with my parents and four brothers. 

Friday, April 4, 2008

Moran's Photo On Display at Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado.

My photo titled: "Kids on the Roof" taken on the South Side of Pittsburgh, was chosen for exhibition in a juried show being held at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The Center for Fine Art Photography presents its newest exhibition of photographic fine art, Street Photography. This exhibition will be on display in the Center’s galleries from March 28 – April 26, 2008. The artists’ and public reception for this exhibition will be held from 6-9 pm on Friday, April 4, during the Fort Collins Gallery Walk. The Street Photography exhibition shows a wide variety of the way we view our world on the streets. This exhibition consists of sixty-one photographers representing Australia, Canada,
Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.

Michelle Dunn Marsh, was the juror for this exhibition. Michelle is the Deputy Director of Aperture Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to communicating with photographers and creative people everywhere. She is also a freelance book designer and educator focused in design and photographic history.