PBDG at the Kickback Pinball Cafe

anna-newman-kickback-cafe3During my visit to the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival for a screening of Pinball Donut Girl, I got to visit the newly opened Kickback PInball Cafe.

kickback-cafeIt’s in the Lawrenceville neighborhood in Pittsburgh, which seems like a pretty cool neighborhood, right by Arsenal Bowl.

The space is wonderful: giant murals with space girls and robots, including a light up floor mural that is like walking onto a playfield, tables that look like pop bumpers, and lots of games, including 3 customs!


annanewman-kickback-floorBrian Holderman did all the art.  Brian is also the graphic artist on Wade Krause: Pinball Artist and designed the DVD artwork for PBDG/WK:PA.


annanewman-kickback-cafeTwo of the cafe’s custom games I had seen before at the PAPA warehouse: Luther’s Vendetta (Brian Holderman) and Freak Out (Mike Budai).



I hadn’t seen Silver Bullet in person yet.  Super cool.  I even bought a tee-shirt with the backglass detail.



annanewman-sliver-bullet-detail3Lots of folks visted the cafe, hung out, played the games and had (good) coffee and food. I had a great salad. I know, I know! but I’m from California, ok? and I can’t help myself.  Plus I had to balance some huge meatball hoagies, etc.

So make your way to Pittsburgh and check out Kickback and Brian’s art — he has murals around town too. An arcade with more games is opening upstairs at Kickback soon.

annanewman-brian-holderman-kickback-muralAnd catch the Andy Warhol Museum while you are in town — it’s great. This was my second time and there was a ton new to see. Lurve that place.

Anna and AndyPS:  Brian and I are talking about a limited run print of the DVD art for Wade Krause: Pinball Artist.  I’ll keep you posted about that project….

PBDG at Pinburgh

A few photos from the PBDG trip to Pinburgh….

anna at papa world headquarters

photo by wade krause

little girl plays pinball

pinburgh side rooms

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Player from above

Partial Pinburgh Show Floor

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couple watch pinball tournament

pinburgh pinball tournament players

Rich on the floorIt was great to see PAPA world headquarters and meet everyone in person. Special congratulations to the PBDG supporters who made it to final rounds of the tournament (did I miss anyone?): Julie Gray and Mark Czarnowski (C division) and Erik Holverson (B division).

Wade Krause goes to Pinburgh

Wade with Luther's Vendetta Wade Krause, pinball artist and PBDG supporter, let me tag along with him in Pittsburgh as he attended PAPA’s Pinburgh tournament, checked out Dave Baach’s amazing custom games, and met with local artists.

Wade with Luther's Vendetta artist Brian Holderman

Wade and Brian Holderman

Wade collaborates with Dave, and I was able to go behind the scenes to find out what they are up to, including a chance to see the  Brian Holderman custom Luther’s Vendetta and Freak Out by Mike Budai.

wade checks out Freak Out

Dave showed us all around Pittsburgh, going above and beyond as a host. Thank you, Dave!

Another highlight was a visit to the amazing collection of Ed Beeler (more photos coming of Ed’s place). Wade and I had a great time exploring 8,000 square feet of pinball and arcade games.

Wade plays some of Ed Beeler's gamesNo weekend in Pittsburgh is complete without a quick day trip to Philly (yes, I am crazy), where we met with wonderful PBDG supporter Rob Loring and the folks at PinRescue and Harry Snodgrass, the PBDG sound designer.

Harry Snodgrass, Sound DesignerBack in Pittsburgh, Wade checked out the work of fellow screen printer Andy Warhol at the Warhol Museum.

Wade at the Andy Warhol Museum in PittsburghAlways ready to lend a hand, Wade helped Director/Cinematographer Don Starnes and me with PBDG filming.

Wade and PBDG Director Don Starnes

Is Wade contemplating the Trinity Cathedral, or wondering how his El Dorado boards are drying back in Clovis, CA? Thank you for the great company, Wade!