Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Shop Small, Give Better


Instead of wading through crowds and waiting in long checkout lines only to have your money be go to another corporation's bank account, what if you shopped another way?

Three women have partnered with Pitt’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence to create a 2017 holiday season a 30-page gift guide full of products available from 22 Pittsburgh businesses. The digital book includes four categories: gifts for her, him, the kids and the home.

The Guide was created to help Pittsburgh shoppers find the perfect holiday gifts and make personal connections with business owners in the process. That means your money goes to an individual, or a family, who you know in real life. Find some of our favorite items from the #ShopSmall guide below. click here for the Guide


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Monday, December 11, 2017

Ever Been to either of Pittsburgh's Older Single Screen Movie Theaters?















The Oaks Theater at 310 Allegheny River Blvd in Oakmont and
The Hollywood Dormont at 1449 Potomac Ave in Dormont

Both theaters have interesting selections of family-friendly, live music and other 21+ events. Often with food and drinks. Go to the links above, pick your event and make your reservation - these events sell out quickly.


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Friday, December 8, 2017


Oscar Wilde at the Frick 
       thru Sunday

‘In the Company of Oscar Wilde: In His Own Words’: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $39 ($36 seniors, $20 students, $13 18 and younger). This is the U/S/ premiere of the work, presented by PICT.

‘Oscar Wilde Fairy Tales’: 2 p.m. Saturday. $10 (a family friendly event)

‘The Trial of Oscar Wilde’: 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $50. ( are-creation of Wilde's final cross-examination).


Where: The Frick Pittsburgh, 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze.


Tickets: picttheatre.org or 412-561-6000.

Get More Info by following the link to a great Post Gazette article.



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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Highland Park Pottery Tour
Dec 9 &10, 11 am - 5pm



The sixth annual Highland Park Pottery Tour is Saturday and Sunday, December 9-10, from 11:00am to 5:00pm. During the tour the public is invited to visit the homes of five Highland Park potters and the Union Project Ceramics Co-op for refreshments and to view and purchase hand made pottery by local artists.
Featured artists:  Joseph Delphia, Stephanie Flom, Jeff Guerrero, Keith Hershberger, Jenna Vanden Brink and the Union Project Ceramics Co-op.
Parking: free on the residential streets of Highland Park and at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary – 616 North Highland Ave.

Payment:
 cash, check and credit card will be accepted at each location along the tour.
A Map  showing locations of the studios is at the link or you can contact Keith Hershberger at kghershberger@gmail.com for information.



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Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Cool Yule Family Day at the Frick
All ages. Free activities.
Saturday, December 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Come to the  annual celebration of the season as your family enjoys stories, interactive tours, and holiday art-making. Craft a decorative gift tag, design a dazzling ornament, and try your hand at our holiday timeline. Take away not only your charming creations, but also memories of a fun afternoon together. Free, drop-in program. Special Bonus! Add a Clayton family tour to your Cool Yule experience. Special family-friendly tours are offered at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Free to children ages 12 and under and to member adults; regular tour rates apply for non-member adults. Tours are most appropriate for kids ages 6 and up. 

Advance reservations required. Call 412-371-0600.


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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bach's Magnificat at Shadyside Presbyterian


The Pittsburgh Camerata presents "Magnificat (Bach!) and More" on Sunday, December 10, 3:00pm at Shadyside Presbyterian. The 
30-minute vocal canticle is among the grandest illustrations of Bach's genius. The program also includes seasonal choral music.

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door click here for advance tickets  Doors open for 30 minutes before start time.


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Monday, December 4, 2017

When to see the Space Station above Pittsburgh - thru Dec 14

The space station looks like an airplane or a very bright star moving across the sky, except it doesn’t have flashing lights or change direction (see photo at left). It will be moving considerably faster than a typical airplane (airplanes generally fly at about 600 miles per hour; the space station flies at 17,500 miles per hour) Click Here to see dates and times as well as pointer for viewing.


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Friday, December 1, 2017

First Night Parade Workshop


Join the team behind Pittsburgh’s arts-focused New Year’s Eve parade.

Gather friends and neighbors and go downtown to the hands-on creative workshop. Together, with Creative Director Cheryl Capezzuti, build larger-than-life puppets and art cars to carry in the New Year’s Eve parade at the Highmark First Night parade.

You can also sign up to carry a puppet in the parade. 
Find out more, register




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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gifts and Greens Thursday NOV. 30 – Saturday DEC. 2

Shop for fresh evergreens, great gifts and more at the 
Phipps Garden Center’s holiday boutique.

Free and open to the public, this special holiday shopping tradition at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park is sure to help you find the perfect gifts and holiday d├ęcor this season. A large assortment of fresh greens and garlands will be available, and our Master Gardener designers will be on hand to create custom wreaths and centerpieces just for you. The market will also offer some of the exciting varieties of poinsettias seen in our Winter Flower Show.

NOV. 30 – DEC. 2; THURS AND FRIDAY, 10 A.M. – 6 P.M.; SATURDAY, 10 A.M. – 3 P.M.
The Shop at Phipps will also be open during market hours with holiday decorations, handmade jewelry from local artists and lots of great gifts for loved ones, and until 3 p.m. daily, guest vendors including Fancy Wool Flowers, Djoi Designs, Pastamore and others will showcase their high-quality goods. It's more than just a sale — it's a fun and festive way to kick off the holiday season, and proceeds benefit Phipps educational programs. Drop by and see what's in store!

Phipps Garden Center is located at 1059 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. The building is within Mellon Park in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood. Find our Google Maps listing below.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Lawrenceville Cookie Tour 2017

The Cookie Tour had its beginnings as a holiday open house at Jay Design Soaps & Gifts in 1997. Driven by the spirit of collaboration, the event grew to include more than a dozen businesses, and cookies were added around 2000. Today, the Cookie Tour has become Lawrenceville’s signature business district event.

"Next Pittsburgh" summed it up perfectly in a 2014 feature:
“Equal parts cookie crawl and buy local movement; the free, family-friendly event showcases Lawrenceville’s thriving Butler Street business district.”

click for details,  including a map, Molly's Trolly and how to vote for the best cookie


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Eyes of Pittsburgh


Participate in an evening with experts in the field of photojournalism and documentary photography. Experts will share life behind the lens, reveal moments behind some of the world's most recognizable images and discuss the role technology plays in how we document life and preserve history today. 
Click to get info about the panelists and to register to attend.

Come early and immerse yourself in Eyes of Pittsburgh, a visual installation highlighting the Post-Gazette’s most iconic images capturing Pittsburgh's unique history.

Tuesday, December 5 | Heinz History Center 
5:30 P.M. Exhibit Reception, 7:00 P.M Panel Begins


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Monday, November 27, 2017



Give Big Pittsburgh



The organization raises money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform - a simple way to connect donors to the causes they care about and encourage donations.

The 24-hour online fundraising effort is hosted by Pittsburgh Magazine in conjunction with the the Pittsburgh Foundation.


Click to search for a nonprofit or become a volunteer.



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Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Evening with the Presidents 

Wed, Nov 29 at 6pm 


More than ever, the presidency is the centerpiece of the American political system. At the same time, this very well may be the golden age of presidential biography. hy. At this opportune moment in history, the Post-Gazette has assembled a distinguished panel of presidential biographers to discuss the presidency, the art form of the presidential biography - and how Donald J. Trump fits into the parade of 44 men who have occupied the nation's highest office. Find out more and register.


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Wednesday, Nov 29 at 6PM
Heinz Field Champions Club
Parking in Gold Lot 1
Free Admission






David Shribman 
Executive Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
John A. Farrell
Author of three books including Richard Nixon: The Life
Ellen Fitzpatrick
Author and editor, Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation and The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency
Robert Merry
Author of five books including his most recent 
President McKinley: Architect of the American Century
Amity Shlaes
Chairman of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and Author, Coolidge 
Presented by 
To attend, register below or call 412-263-3850







Monday, November 20, 2017

Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash
“Bask in the golden era of jazz and raise a glass to the composer’s important legacy.” —Next Pittsburgh

November 25 | 6pm VIP | 7pm General | 8pm Concert
Kelly Strayhorn Theater  5941 Penn Ave. 
The 10th annual Suite Life is a musical tribute to the life and legacy of KST namesake Billy Strayhorn. Reared in Homewood, the legendary pianist, arranger, and composer studied music at an early age, then joined musical ensembles, performed on local radio, and wrote music, before making an indelible mark in the world of jazz. For decades, Strayhorn made essential contributions to The Duke Ellington Orchestra, sharing in a rich collaboration and shaping American songwriting and culture. This concert celebrates Strayhorn’s continued influence on artists today and works to ensure that his work inspires generations to come.
Proceeds benefit the Strayhorn Legacy Fund, which supports youth and family programming at KST.
Buy Tickets Pay What Makes You Happy! Tickets for this event are available at any price. Simply choose the level that makes you happy—or name your own! All seats are general admission.


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Friday, November 17, 2017

Mr.Rogers' Sweater Drive Nov 9 – Dec 15


In the spirit of Fred Rogers’ lessons of helping others, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh holds a
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive each winter. Since 2001, the Museum has collected more than 35,500 sweaters and distributed them to families in need throughout SW PA.

Donations of new or gently worn sweaters may be dropped off at the collection bin in the Children’s Museum lobby from November 9 – December 15.

2017 community partners include the Presbyterian Churches of the Tri-State Area, Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Veteran’s Leadership Program of Western PA and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Ambassadors.  Plan your visit with More Museum Info.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Daniel Bennett at the Oaks

New York saxophonist Daniel Bennett has been hailed as one of the most original and unpredictable musical voices of his generation. 

The Daniel Bennett Group performs a special "Pittsburgh CD Release" at the Oaks Theater (310 Allegheny River Boulevard, Oakmont) on Friday, November 17th at 7:30pm. Advance tickets ($12 - $17) can be purchased here.

Daniel Bennett can be heard throughout the world performing his award-winning compositions on saxophone, flute, clarinet, and oboe. The music is a provocative mix of jazz, avant-pop, and surf rock.The Daniel Bennett Group is promoting their latest album, 'Sinking Houseboat Confusion' (Manhattan Daylight Media). The Boston Globe describes Bennett's music as "a mix of jazz, folk, and minimalism.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Free Sunday at the Museums
Nov 19,  10:00 am – 5:00 pm 
CARNEGIE MUSEUMS OF ART AND NATURAL HISTORY




Enjoy free admission to the museums, all day, thanks to UPMC Health Plan! Free flu shots available on site. 


Admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History will be FREE on Sunday November 19. The free day is made possible by UPMC Health Plan, who will offer free flu shots on site.
Standard parking and special activity fees apply.


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Monday, November 13, 2017

Light Up Night (Nov 17) and 

Holiday Market Nov 17 - Dec 23

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Peoples Gas invite you to celebrate the official kickoff to the Holiday Season with free high-quality entertainment activities, music, magic, and memories all across the Golden Triangle.

Perhaps the most exciting addition, Blast! Party will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A $100 ticket will get you access to the party inside the U.S. Steel Tower with signature cocktails, food and entertainment as well as special access to the roof for the fireworks finale at 9:38 p.m. Tickets

Experience a one-of-a-kind shopping village as you stroll through an illuminated Market Square, weaving through wooden chalets brimming with high-quality gifts. 

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market™  is made possible by the generous support of Colcom Foundation and Laurel Foundation. Go to the link to find all about the many holiday events in our area and plan to enjoy them




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Friday, November 10, 2017

Bedillion Honey Sampling at Wheel and Wedge


Stop by Wheel and Wedge Cheese Shop between 12-3pm on November 11th to sample unique honey and cheese pairings. Bedillion Honey Farm will be at the shop sampling a few of their offerings. Each honey will be perfectly matched with a cheese. Take some of each home to impress your friends with a perfectly paired bite.


Saturday, November 11 at 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Wheel and Wedge
3337 Penn Ave
Saturday, November 11th  12-3 pm


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Thursday, November 9, 2017



FluggleBurgh is a 3-day festival for circus and skill arts hosted by Pittsburgh's juggling, acro, and flow arts community (fluggle = flow + juggle). 

Held at the Community Forge Space, a former school, in Wilkinsburg PA. FluggleBurgh provides a communal practice space with workshops, outdoor practice and fire space (weather permitting). There will be object manipulation games/competition, and shows. All walks of object manipulation and movement arts are welcome. Find out more

Shows:

Friday Nov 10, 8pm: Free Fire Show, outside (free)

Saturday Nov 11, 7pm-9pm: Public Show at the Winchester Thurston School (10$)

The fire show will be outside on the grounds of the Community Forge space; it will be canceled or moved in case of heavy rain. The Saturday show will feature juggling, flow, acro, aerial, and clowning acts, many of them local to the Pittsburgh area. Show tickets can be bought at the door for 10$ or 5$ discounted (cash only). Doors open 30 min before the show.



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Pittsburgh Bach Choir

The Choir's first concert of the 2017-18 Season is a choral triptych that explores the effect of war and tragedy on society. 

Central to the performance is Joseph Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, one of the most popular of the Mass settings the composer wrote. 

In appreciation for their service, the Bach Choir is proud to offer free admission to these performances for Active-Duty Military, Veterans, and First Responders (including Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergency Medical Technicians) – just show your affiliation ID at the box office.


November 11, 2017
8:00-10:00 pm
Tickets available on line or at the door ($12 - $30)
Venue: Hunt Armory, 324 Emerson Street Pittsburgh 15206


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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Old Man and the Old Moon

NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 3 


      



      Tuesdays thru Sundays
      City Theatre 1300 Bingham
      Tickets start at $38

      Tickets, Info






Who keeps the moon shining bright? A mysterious disappearance sends the Old Man 
charged with that task on an epic adventure in this swirling tale of memory and love, 
set to a wildly imaginative indie-folk soundtrack performed live. A one-of-a-kind
theatrical experience, The Old Man and The Old Moon enchants audiences
of all ages with spellbinding storytelling, ingenious puppetry, and the transformational 
cast of seven Carnegie Mellon alumni who are PigPen Theatre Co.


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The orchestra will perform this well-known music portraying George Gershwin’s creative process as the book is read aloud and the gorgeous illustrations are projected above the stage.



Where: Heinz Hall
Register here for Tickets


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Monday, November 6, 2017

Trash Test Dummies - Nov 12-19


The Trash Test Dummies are skilled circus performers that can trash talk with the best of them, showcasing a stunning array of jaw-dropping acrobatics, juggling and stunt work. These dexterous dummies take the audience on a journey into their playful imagination, inviting them to take a fresh look at the humble household trashcan. Winners of the best children's presentation at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2015, the Trash Test Dummies are as full of laughs as their bins are full of surprises.Run Time: 60 minutes. At the Byam Theater.


Get Tickets  $10.50 in advance, $12.00 day of
Child Policy Age Recommendation: Good for all ages. Children under 2 are free but require a lap pass ticket for entry.

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