Photo courtesy of Poor Yorick's Players.

Shakespeare finds a home in Swissvale

Swissvale Borough Council recently established Poor Yorick’s Players, a nonprofit Shakespearean theater troop, as the borough’s first-ever official Artists in Residence. The group, which will call the place home from late August through early spring of 2022, will host a theater camp for kids and perform a play for the community.

Photo courtesy of Necromancer Brewing Co.

It’s Beer Float Friday

Here’s the scoop on when and where you can get a boozy ice cream float.

On Friday, Aug. 6 from 4 to 10 p.m., the folks at Millie’s Lawrenceville Scoop Shop will be making floats with Necromancer Brewing Co.’s new oatmeal stout at 3803 Butler St. in Lawrenceville. There will be 16 different flavors of ice cream to choose from.

The chilly crew will also dish out three varieties of ice cream at Necromancer’s HQ at 2257 Babcock Blvd. in the North Hills. Stop by and slurp or grab some Millie’s pints and a four-pack of beer to make your own float at home.

Things are “Heating Up” on YouTube

“Heating Up,” a Pittsburgh-based, digital-first show that combines plant-based cooking with conversations about climate change and social justice, premieres Aug. 17 on YouTube.

Journalist Natalie Bencivenga and youth climate change activist Leandra Mira co-created the 10-episode series to highlight environmental and social justice leaders in the Pittsburgh region. In each episode, the hosts share healthy, easy-to-try plant-based recipes (which were all reviewed by medical consultant Dr. Natalie Gentile) and interview environmental experts and social justice activists.

A new episode will go live every Tuesday at 8 p.m. through mid-October.

The best hospitals in Pittsburgh

UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside is the second-best hospital in Pennsylvania, according to the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

The top hospital in the state is Philadelphia’s Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian. The top hospital in the country, for six years in a row, is the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Other local hospitals on the list are UPMC Passavant (tied for No. 14 in the state), St. Clair Health (tied for No. 18 in the state) and Allegheny General Hospital (tied for No. 20 in the state).

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Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.