Courtesy The Bunker Projects.

The Bunker Projects
March 20
11 a.m.

Courtesy The Bunker Projects.
Courtesy The Bunker Projects.

Forget everything your mother told you about talking with food in your mouth. Rewriting the book on Sunday brunch, The Bunker Projects is launching its latest cultural happening, a new series dubbed “Talking with Your Mouth Full.”

The creative twist on a beloved weekend ritual is curated and hosted by the Penn Avenue-based Bunker Projects—a nonprofit artist residency and experimental gallery space that supports emerging artists.

Adam Shuck. Photo by Sarah LaPonte.
Adam Shuck. Photo by Sarah LaPonte.

Coffee, chatting and pancakes will converge as brunch-goers get their gastronomical and creative juices flowing during thought-provoking installments led by Pittsburgh-based creatives, storytellers, makers and more. Equal parts book club, coffee klatch and free schooling, “Talking with Your Mouth Full” kicks off on Sunday, March 20th with Adam Shuck of Eat That, Read This and the forthcoming Glassblock.

Turning its lens and menu to Pittsburgh’s bicentennial milestone, the series will use the brunch format to spark an ongoing dialogue about timely topics such as the city’s identity, national profile, revived economy and challenges such as race, poverty and social justice. The stimulating series will also explore unique forces that shape Pittsburgh’s identity, such as speech patterns, geography and history.

Ready for some homework? Brunch reading and reference materials will include: Barbara Johnstone’s “Speaking Pittsburghese: The Story of a Dialect,” Elena Passarello’s “Double Joy: Myron Cope and the Pittsburgh Sound,” Annie Dillard’s “An American Childhood,” Martin Aurand’s “The Spectator and the Topographical City,”
Clickhole’s “Is Pittsburgh The New Austin? The Austin We Hoped And Dreamed Of, The Austin That Was Foretold?”, Jasiri X’s “America’s Most Livable City” and more.

Upcoming hosts include Damon Young on April 24th and Adriana Ramirez on June 5th.

You can’t beat the $5 admission cost which gets you plenty of coffee, pancakes, drinks and conversation. Purchase a ticket in advance and access the supplemental reading materials here. Bunker Projects is located at 5106 Penn Avenue.

Looking for more events? Read our 12 Pittsburgh events not to miss in March feature.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.