Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Groundhog to Select Mad Mex's All-Day Drink Special

Which will he choose?
All day this Friday!

It's a Mad Mex® tradition as unpredictable as the weather and as misguided as counting on a large drowsy rodent to forecast the future. Each year, we entrust the Groundhog to rise like a furry phoenix and select our all day drink special.

If he sees his shadow, it's $7 Big Azz margaritas. No shadow? Half off draft beers all day! Check ungodly early on Friday to see how the shadow falls.

Tröegs Independent Brewing
February 1-15
Nugget NectarFor a limited time, get either of these timeless brews from the Trogner bros in stuporsized 22oz drafts for just $5.*

Nugget Nectar starts with the same base as Tröegs’ HopBack Amber Ale, then ups the ante with a heady collection of Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk hops. ABV: 7.5%

DreamWeaver Wheat combines four wheat types with Munich and Pils malts, noble Saaz hops, and a yeast strain that imparts a spicy, peppery, clove taste with a slight hint of bananas. ABV: 4.8%.

*Featured brew price cannot be combined with Happy Hora discount, but you can get a sweet deal on a pint then.

Click Mad Mex for more information.

Celebrate Groundhog Day with Classic Comic Film at the Carnegie Science Center

As Pennsylvania’s famed forecaster Punxsutawney Phil gears up for his 132nd prediction, The Rangos Giant Cinema is thrilled to announce a three-day run of the 1993 film Groundhog Day, in honor of the legendary woodchuck. The Bill Murray-led comedy will have showings at 4 pm and 7 pm on Feb. 1 and 2, and 4 pm on Feb. 4.

“We’re paying tribute to the Seer of Seers, the Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, in the best way we know how,” said The Rangos Giant Cinema Senior Director Chad Hunter. “Groundhog Day is a hilarious, cult classic, and we can’t wait to show it on the largest screen in Pittsburgh.”

In the movie, Bill Murray plays a weatherman covering the annual holiday at Gobbler’s Knob. His workday takes a dramatic turn when he gets stuck in a blizzard that he didn’t see coming and enters a time warp.

All 4 pm matinee shows cost $7 for nonmembers and $5 for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members. All 7 pm and 9:30 pm shows cost $10 for nonmembers and $8 for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members. Tickets can be purchased at

Groundhog Day is the first in The Rangos’ Classic Screening series. Other engagements coming up include The Princess Bride, showing Feb. 9, 10, and 11, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail Sing Along/Quotable Version, showing March 2, 3, and 4. Visit for more information.

The Rangos features a 70-by-38-foot Certified Giant Screen, two industry-leading Christie® laser-illuminated 4K laser digital projectors and a premium Dolby Atmos® surround sound system with 45 speakers.

Formerly the Rangos Omnimax Theater, the facility closed for renovation on July 10. In addition to the new video and audio technology and Certified Giant Screen, the theater features larger, more comfortable and colorful seating.

The Rangos Giant Cinema is part of Carnegie Science Center’s broader expansion and renovation project. The project also includes the new PPG Science Pavilion, which will open in June 2018 and house a new suite of FedEx STEM learning labs with outdoor learning spaces, the Scaife Exhibit Gallery, and PointView Hall, a conference and event space with unparalleled views of the Pittsburgh skyline.

For more information about The Rangos Giant Cinema, call 412-237-3400 or visit

Pittsburgh Playwrights Stages "In the Heat of the Night"

In The Heat of the Night

Adapted by Matt Pelfrey
Directed by Monteze Freeland
February 2nd – March 11th, 2018

Acclaimed playwright Matt Pelfrey’s adaptation of John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night based on the award-winning book that inspired the Oscar-winning film and the Emmy-winning television series.

It’s 1962. A hot August night lies heavy over the small town of Argo, Alabama. A dead white man is discovered and the local police arrest a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs. The police learn that their prime suspect is in fact a homicide detective from California. As it happens, Tibbs becomes the racially-tense community’s single hope in solving a brutal murder that is turning up no witnesses, no motives, and no clues.
Individual tickets now available! Please join us this Friday for Opening Night at the theater in Pittsburgh Cultural District! 937 Liberty Avenue

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Saints and Singers - A Concert in a Unique Venue

Join Pittsburgh Festival Opera for its next Festival Fans event as it offers a musical program in one of Pittsburgh's best kept secrets—St. Anthony Chapel. The Chapel is home to the largest collection—5,000 in total—of publicly venerable Christian relics in the world outside of the Vatican.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of St. Anthony's restored pipe organ and some of your favorite opera singers as sacred music soothes your soul.

Sunday 18 February 2018
5:30 pm  Half-hour docent tour of the chapel and relics 
6:00  One-hour program of sacred music in the chapel
7:00  Reception in the social hall with the Artists

Saint Anthony Chapel
1704 Harpster St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Admission by donation at the door.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

This Valentine's Day Gift Will Set You on Your Toes

Valentine's Day is just three weeks away. Here are four ideas to help you plan the perfect gift from the heart.


Plan the perfect date with tickets to Swan Lake,  ballet's greatest love story. Dress up, dine out and get lost in this classic story of good versus evil.
Or, make it a group date night and save up to 50% when you buy 10 or more tickets.

Keeps Giving
Or, make that three dates to anticipate! Create a three-ballet package featuring Swan Lake, PBT: New Works and UPMC Presents West Side Story Suite + In the Night + Fancy Free for as little as $81. Plus, your love will enjoy VIP perks.

Treat the dance lover in your life to classes at PBT Studios! Sign them up for our Swan Lake workshop, where adult students will learn iconic choreography from the ballet. Or, check out PBT Barre Fitness, Pilates and other Community Division class options.

Gives Back
If your special person loves doing good, consider making an honorary gift to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to support extraordinary art in our city. Plus, when you donate in a loved one's name, they can experience behind-the-scenes benefits.

The Bodyguard Comes to the Benedum Center Starting February 27

Deborah Cox in a Scene from "The Bodyguard" Credit: Joan Marcus
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is delighted to announce that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play the Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, from February 27 to March 4, 2018.  This performance is part of the 2017-18 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America. 

Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox* stars as Rachel Marron.  In the role of bodyguard Frank Farmer is television star Judson Mills.

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film, and adapted by Academy Award-winner (Birdman) Alexander Dinelaris, THE BODYGUARD had its world premiere on December 5, 2012 at London’s Adelphi Theatre. THE BODYGUARD was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and Best Set Design and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards.  The UK production of the musical recently completed a triumphant return run in London’s West End after a sell-out 16-month UK and Ireland tour.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

Deborah Cox in "The Bodyguard Credit: Joan Marcus
Direction is by Thea Sharrock.  Set & costume design is by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Richard Brooker and video design by Duncan McLean. Choreography is by Karen Bruce, orchestrations by Chris Egan, musical supervision by Richard Beadle and production musical supervision by Mike Dixon.  Musical director Matthew Smedal conducts the live orchestra.  The U.S. National tour of THE BODYGUARD is produced by Michael Harrison, David Ian and Nederlander Presentations, Inc.

Rounding out the principal cast are Alex Corrado (Gotham, Hannibal) as Tony Scibelli, Rachel’s personal security guard, Charles Gray (Broadway: The Color Purple, Tour: The Lion King) as manager Bill Devaney, Jonathan Hadley (Broadway: Jersey Boys, A Class Act) as publicist Sy Spector, Jorge Paniagua (Regional: The Full Monty, Oregon Shakespeare Festival) as the Stalker, Jasmin Richardson (Tour: Memphis, Dreamgirls) as Rachel’s sister Nicki Marron, Mark McCollough Thomas (NYC: Consent, Godforsaken) as FBI agent Ray Court, and Kevelin B. Jones III (Idlewild Music Festival) and Sebastian Maynard-Palmer (Tour: Kinky Boots) alternating in the role of Rachel’s son Fletcher. The ensemble includes Adam Barabáš, Elyssa Jo Brown, Henry Byalikov, Megan Elyse Fulmer, Devinn Harris, Alex Jackson, Megan Melville, DeQuina Moore, Kevin Mylrea, Stefan Raulston, Matthew Schmidt, Amber Snow, Lauren Tanner, and Naomi C. Walley.

Tickets currently start at $30 and are available at these official ticket sources: online at, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-4800, or in person at the Theater Square Box Office at 655 Penn Avenue. Tickets for Groups of 10+ are available online at or by phone at 412-471-6930. For information about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh subscription series, visit or call 412-456-1390.

Performances for THE BODYGUARD take place Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday evening at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

*The role of Rachel Marron will be played by Jasmin Richardson at the Saturday Matinee and Sunday Evening performances.


Marc Epstein and Nick Benninger in The Comedy of Errors, 2017 Credit: Cat Aceto

"Bring Your Own Bard"

Monday, January 29
7:30 pm
Te Café
 2000 Murray Ave. at Beacon
 Squirrel Hill
Pittsburgh PA 15217

 Kick off 2018 with Shakespearean Monologue Madness.
BYOB ("Bring Your Own Bard") opens up with Monologue Madness.  An evening of Shakespeare scenes and monologues read by, well, anyone.

Whether a seasoned actor or an energetic neophyte, you are welcome to join in the fray and perform their favorite Shakespearean piece during an informal and fun evening.

Bring a prepared piece or jump into a piece provided by MC Alan Irvine. Leave the subtlety at home!

BYOB ("Bring Your Own Bard") is Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ informal scene night in which professional actors and non-actors alike take a crack at their favorite Shakespeare pieces in a light-hearted competition.

BYOB takes place at the Te Café, 2000 Murray Ave. (at Beacon Ave) in Squirrel Hill.

Doors open at 7:15 pm; readings begin at 7:30 pm.

Suggested $10 donation at the door. All proceeds benefit PSIP’s Fall 2018 production.

BYOB.  For those who really want to read Shakespeare out loud and not worry about feeling stupid.

All ages and levels of experience welcome to read or listen. Kids are welcome. Beverages and light fare available for purchase.

BYOB takes place the last Monday of every month from January-May. Anyone interested in reading should contact, 412.521.6406, or visit us on Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.

PITTSBURGH SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS is the city’s outdoor Shakespeare company, offering free Shakespeare productions in Pittsburgh's parks since 2005.

Marc Epstein and Nick Benninger in The Comedy of Errors, 2017
below: the cast of King Lear, 2016
Photo by Cat Aceto

Thursday, January 25, 2018

City Theatre Opens New Play Jan. 26

City Theatre’s 2017-18 season continues with the uplifting one-man drama The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by Academy Award-Winner James Lecesne. Keith Randolph Smith (Sunset Baby, November 2015) stars as Chuck DeSantis, a small-town detective recounting the disappearance of a gay teenager named Leonard Pelkey, and the community who helped him uncover the truth. Directed by Laura Savia, Associate Artistic Director of internationally renowned Williamstown Theatre Festival, the play runs January 20 – February 18, 2018, in the Lester Hamburg Studio Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

City Theatre continues its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and community engagement with partnerships and outreach specific to the issues addressed in The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.

Led by an all-female and transgender design team, City Theatre is collaborating with Dreams of Hope to include LGBTQA youth in the creative process and behind the scenes. Students are working closely with the scenic designer Britton Mauk and the City Theatre staff to curate, design, and produce the props and photography seen in the production. Dreams of Hope provides the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and allied (LGBTQA) youth a welcoming environment to grow in confidence, express themselves, and develop as leaders. Their creative contributions educate audiences, build awareness, and increase acceptance.

City Theatre will host and donate a benefit evening for the Dakota James Foundation on Friday, January 19, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets include a reception with food, cash bar, and silent auction in the Gordon Lounge, followed by a private invitation to the final dress rehearsal of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey at 7:00 p.m. See for event tickets and more information. The Dakota James Foundation encourages collaboration to ensure public safety through improved surveillance, police procedures and cooperation, raising awareness, and supporting families of a missing person. All proceeds benefit the foundation.

Representatives of the Dakota James Foundation will host a post-show talkback forum following the Pay-What-You-Want performance on Saturday, February 3 at 1:00 p.m.

About The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey:
Leonard Pelkey is a fourteen-year-old intent on living life out loud while marooned in a sleepy Jersey shore town. When Leonard suddenly vanishes, a hardboiled detective takes the case, unraveling the mystery with the help of a colorful band of locals. Written by Academy Award-winner James Lecesne, this hilarious and heartwarming one-man show celebrates the power of a single person to uplift an entire community.

Laura Savia is director. The design and production team includes Britton Mauk (scenic design), Madison Hack (costume design), Isabella Byrd (lighting design), Elizabeth Atkinson (sound design), and Taylor Meszaros as stage manager. Dreams of Hope student artists Grey Buchanan and Red Goblet are specialty props coordinators.

January 20—February 18, 2018
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and/or 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 1:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and/or 9:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.
For a complete listing of show times, please visit or call 412-431-2489.

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

Post-Show Talkbacks: Immediately following the performances on January 28 at 2:00 p.m., February 3 at 1:00 p.m., and February 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Hosted by Director of New Play Development, Clare Drobot, post-show talkbacks encourage audiences to engage with the artists and ideas behind the productions.
Greenroom: Art & Afterparty Friday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Join the cast and artistic team for a party in the Gordon Lounge following the performance. Complimentary house wine, Penn Brewery beer, and light snacks will be provided. Tickets are just $30 for the evening with promocode GREENROOM.
Pay-What-You-Want Saturday, February 3 at 1:00 p.m.
A block of tickets is reserved for audience members to name their own price at this performance. Walk-up sales only, beginning two hours before curtain. Call the box office to check on availability.

ASL Interpretation Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Open Caption & Audio Description Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m.

412.431.CITY (2489) or
Tickets start at $38.

Under 30: Reserve $15 tickets in advance for performances except Opening Night and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.; rush tickets may be available at those performances. Must present ID to receive Under 30 pricing.
Seniors age 62 and older: $24 rush tickets may be purchased at the box office beginning two hours before curtain, based on availability.
Groups of ten or more: Contact Joel Ambrose at 412.431.4400 x286.

1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)
Port Authority bus routes: 48, 51, 54, 81, 83

Patron parking is available in the lot across from the City Theatre entrances for $8, subject to availability.
South Side Nite Rider: Friday and Saturday evenings only. Patrons may park for free at the Second Avenue Parking Plaza and use a shuttle with drop off at nearby Bedford Square. Details:

City Theatre is Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays. Located in the historic South Side, the company produces a season of regional and world premieres, including the upcoming Citizens Market by Cori Thomas and Nomad Motel by Carla Ching. City Theatre’s mission is to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge a diverse audience.

Jazz Jam with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre

Saxophonist Tony Campbell

Join Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre this Friday, January 26th, 2018 from 11 pm - 2 am- ish for this Pittsburgh Playwrights fundraiser.

This “Fun Raiser” will be a late night Jazz Jam session with Pittsburgh’s premier saxophonist Tony Campbell, with Dwayne Dolphin, Howie Alexander, and Jevon Ruston.

All seats are just $10 in advance, $15 at the door. It’s a BYOB affair and will also include an open mic for jazz singers and poets. We'll be in our Cultural District theater, 937 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh, on the third floor. Free street parking!

Theater style seating is limited. Click here now to reserve your seat.

off the Wall Brings Back Two Hits Before Heading to NYC

Linda Haston Stars in Mother Lode Credit: Heather Mull

off the WALL Productions begins the new year with the return of two acclaimed in-repertory productions - the poignant Mother Lode by Executive Artistic Director Virginia Wall Gruenert, and the timely and eloquent The Pink Unicorn by Elise Forier Edie.  Each play will be presented at Carnegie Stage for two performances only, prior to a two-week run in New York.  The two plays, together with I Won’t Be In On Monday by Anne Stockton (premiered Oct. 2017) will have their NYC premieres as part of “THIS FORTNIGHT IS FEMALE”   FEB. 6-17, 2018 at Urban Stages, 259 W30th St, NY. NY. 10001. Three plays by and about women, acted by women developed and originally staged by off the WALL Productions.

Mother Lode - The often contentious relationships between mothers and daughters will no doubt keep therapists in business for years to come, but there is no denying the deep bond that exists between them.  Mother Lode tells the story of Pittsburgh actor Linda Haston’s mother, Ruth, a force of nature who leaves Jim Crow Alabama as a teen to work and raise her family in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.  This one-woman show deals with the end-of-life decisions that must be made by dutiful daughters, as well as the discord, conciliation, warfare, and ultimate acceptance between strong, independent women bound by love and family.
Written by Virginia Wall Gruenert
Directed by Virginia Wall Gruenert and Spencer Whale
Starring Linda Haston

Two performances only: February 2 @ 8:00PM and February 3 @ 2:00PM
Tickets: $5.00 - $40.00

Amy Landis in The Pink Unicorn Credit: Heather Mull
 The Pink Unicorn - A recent widow raising her 14-year-old daughter in a small, conservative Texas town, Trish works at a nearby hospital and cherishes her church, her home, and everything else she can count on in a world she now finds herself alone in. Then suddenly she faces a crisis she never saw coming: her beloved teenage daughter announces she is gender queer, and that she’s starting a chapter of the Gay and Straight Alliance at the local high school. Trish has no frame of reference for this information; like many people in her world, transgender people and issues simply aren’t on her radar. How can she possibly be forced to choose sides?

Written by Elise Forier Edie
Directed by Ingrid Sonnichsen
Starring Amy Landis

Two performances only:  February 1 @ 8:00PM and February 3 @ 5:00PM
Tickets: $ 5.00 - $ 40.00


Ever since the industrial revolution, there has been non-stop innovation in areas of aerospace, automotive, and building construction. The ways we fly, drive, build, and power our lives all have one thing in common: a surface. Join Senior Staff Scientist Dr. Kelly Weiler from Arconic Technology Center at the next Café Scientifique as she discusses how customer needs drive research and development in surface technologies.

Café Sci happens on Monday, Feb. 5 at Carnegie Science Center. Admission to Café Sci is FREE. Food and drinks are available for purchase. The doors to the event open at 6 pm and the event lasts from 7–9 pm. The evening includes time for informal discussion, eating, and drinking with a cash bar.

Weiler will discuss how there’s more to a product’s surface than meets the eye. Some surfaces are coated to protect a product against harsh environments like automotive engines or road salt. In other cases, the surface is the star of the show, such as a beautiful cell phone case or a brand-new high-rise building. During her presentation, Weiler will also talk about the progress in creating new materials that are lighter, faster, and stronger.

Weiler is a Senior Staff Scientist in the Material Interface and Surface Engineering group at the Arconic Technology Center where she develops products with differentiated surface technologies. Weiler also leads the ATC Arconic Foundation team and is responsible for our community investment and volunteerism portfolio.

For more information and to register, visit or call 412.237.3400.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Daniel Beatty to Portray 40 Characters in "Emergency"

Daniel Beatty 

A slave ship emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty, sending NY into a whirlwind of emotion and exploration in this explosive solo tour de force featuring slam poetry, multi-character transformation, and song.

Daniel Beaty portrays a cast of 40 characters, including a homeless man, a scientist, a Republican business executive, a street vendor, and an 11-year old boy from the projects who all respond to the unexpected phenomenon.

Through the characters' individual responses to this surreal happening and their varied testimonies on identity and personal freedom, Emergency weaves a stirring commentary on what it is to be human and the longing to be free.

This show is supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Cohen & Grigsby TRUST PRESENTS Series
 starting at $25

Get Tickets

Free Post-Show Talkback
Run Time: 80 minutes, no intermission

Accessibility: Wheelchair Seating  Assistive Listening
Note: All services may not be available at all performances. Click the link above for accessible performance schedule or contact customer service for further assistance.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Monologue Madness BYOB - Bring Your Own Bard

Released: January 18, 2018
Bring Your Own Bard, the Shakespeare reading series produced by Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, kicks off the 2018 season with “Monologue Madness” – an evening of Shakespearean monologues and scenes read by, well, anyone, on Mon., Jan. 29.

Whether a seasoned actor or an energetic neophyte, all are welcome to perform their favorite Shakespearean verse in an informal and fun evening celebrating the Bard’s most famous and most obscure works. Come with a reading prepared, or choose a monologue from those brought along by host Alan Irvine (who most recently directed PSIP's record-breaking production of HENRY V), or just sit back and enjoy.

Bring Your Own Bard is PSIP's informal scene night in which professional actors and non-actors alike take a crack at their favorite Shakespeare pieces in a light-hearted evening. BYOB is for those who really want to read Shakespeare out loud in a comfortable setting.

BYOB takes place on Mon., Jan. 29 at the Te Café, 2000 Murray Ave. (at Beacon Ave) in Squirrel Hill. Doors open at 7:15 pm and readings begin at 7:30 pm.

All ages and levels of experience welcome to read or listen. Kids are welcome. Beverages and light fare available for purchase. Suggested $10 donation at the door to support PSIP's 14th season of free performances in Pittsburgh city parks.

Bring Your Own Bard takes place the last Monday of every month from January-May, 2018.

Anyone interested in reading may contact PSIP at, callB412.521.6406, or visit Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.

PITTSBURGH SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS is the city’s outdoor Shakespeare company and has been offering free Shakespeare productions in city parks since 2005. Now in its 14th season, PSIP has entertained thousands of patrons in city parks since its inception. During 2018, Week of Will takes place in conjunction with the Bard's birthday in April and the next production of a Shakespeare play will be presented on weekends in September with admission free for all.

PSIP is on the web at:
Facebook: Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks
Twitter: @PghShakespeare

Friday, January 19, 2018

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Members Get Free Days at Cultural Institutions

Your Pittsburgh Botanic Garden membership will gain you free admission to these amazing local organizations on the dates listed below. Plus... you can visit the Garden year-round for free!

Memberships to Pittsburgh Botanic Garden start at only $35, with levels that suit everyone's needs and include numerous additional perks.  

Click here for more information regarding membership levels, then pick the best fit for you and you can visit these awesome places in February for FREE...

Mattress Factory
Saturday, February 3

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Saturday, February 3

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
(Including: Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, 

Carnegie Science Center, The Andy Warhol Museum)
Sunday, February 4

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Friday, February 9

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Saturday, February 10

Frick Art and Historical Center
(Reservations are required to tour Clayton House)
Sunday, February 11

Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Thursday, February 15

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Saturday, February 17

Westmoreland Museum of American Art
Saturday, February 24

Heinz History Center
(Including Fort Pitt Museum)
Sunday, February 25

Get your Pittsburgh Botanic Garden membership today!  Click Here!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Next Pittsburgh Gallery Crawl January 26

 "Sirens" by artists Ryoichi Kurokawa & Novi_Sad

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the complete programming lineup for the upcoming Gallery Crawl, taking place on January 26, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Cultural District. A production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Gallery Crawl showcases Pittsburgh’s unique Cultural District by activating many of its venues with diverse artistic offerings. All Gallery Crawl events are free and open to the public.

The winter Gallery Crawl features 30 indoor Crawl Stops, spanning mediums from visual to culinary arts and live music to film screenings. January’s Gallery Crawl will feature the opening of three new media works in Wood Street Galleries by international artists Ryoichi Kurokawa and Novi_Sad. The Crawl will also provide one of the last opportunities to see the contemporary paintings of The Long Run at SPACE Gallery, as well as On Looking and White Noise at 707 and 709 Galleries, all three of which will close on January 28.

This quarter’s Crawl After Dark features a no cover DJ Party with DJ SMI in the Peirce Studio of the Trust Arts Education Center and an intimate ticketed performance by Chantae Cann in the café of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Cann’s debut album, “Journey to Golden,” was released in March 2016 at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts and #7 on the Jazz Billboard Charts. This performance is part of the August Wilson Center’s Wall of Sound Series, featuring emerging artists and fresh sounds. Other Crawl After Dark programming includes Salsa Fridays and CrawlSpace: Art + Comedy with Carnegie Museum of Art at Arcade Comedy Theater.

“The Gallery Crawl plays an important role in our annual programming because for one night local, national and international artists and works share the downtown spotlight. It’s a joy to work with our community partners in this unique and inclusive quarterly event,” shares Sarah Gilmer, Program Manager, Strategic Partnership and Community Engagement at the Trust.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit: or call 412-456-6666.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Photo Exhibit Opens Saturday at Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Emigration-Immigration-Migration, part of a civic engagement project by The Documentary Works, highlights the work of five Pittsburgh photographers—Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Nate Guidry, Lynn Johnson and Annie O’Neill—whose images serve as a lens through which to consider the broader American experience.

By exploring the central role that immigration has played in the formation of American identity, in sustaining the economy, and in the enrichment of cultural diversity, the images in this exhibition aim to create a space for civil, constructive conversation about belonging and cultural heritage today.

Join us for an opening reception on Saturday, January 20 from 6:30-8 pm. Be one of the first to view this exhibition while enjoying light bites from Sun Dawg Cafe and live music from Win/Win Duo.

Tickets are available online or by calling 1.888.71TICKETS. $15 members, $20 non-members (includes two drink tickets).

Get Tickets HERE

Emigration-Immigration-Migration will be on view at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art from January 20-April 22, 2018.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Applebee’s - Pulling Me in by Way of a TV Ad

Within hours after I told a friend it’d been a while since I had a nice platter of barbecued pork ribs and that I had a hankering for some, I saw an ad for Applebee’s "All You Can Eat Ribs and Chicken Tenders. On TV, the combo looked so tasty, I decided to soothe my Steeler blues by treating myself to its $12.99 offer and drove to the location at Trinity Point in Washington.

Now $12.99 for a single serving is quite a deal in and of itself, but the all-you-can-consume proviso seemed a bargain not-to-be-missed.

On entering the attractively-lit restaurant, I expected to see a lot of gloomy fans devastated by the game’s final score, but the overall vibe was semi-festive though somewhat subdued two hours after the failed off-side kick.

Knowing beforehand what I was going to order, I still perused the menu while my glass of mango flavored lemonade made its way to my table in the sure hands of my waitress, Erin, an efficient, confident lass who seemed to know her way around the niceties of the restaurant business.

Applebee's Chicken Won Ton Tacos
The interim gave me enough time to spot an item in the Appetizer section that proved irresistible. It stood out from the rest in a red framed rectangular box with the alluring name "Chicken Won Ton Tacos."  Described as tangy grilled chicken, sweet Asian chile sauce and dumpling sauce stuffed into crispy wonton shells and topped with crunchy slaw and a cilantro mix. For $8.29 for four, who could resist?

I couldn’t, and REALLY enjoyed sharing these very tasty, surprisingly chile-hot tacos with a friend.

When Todd, one of the Applebee managers, stopped by I asked how long the rib offer was going to last. He checked and said till January 29. After that, a new hamburger special was going into effect - any one of Applebee’s seven burgers could be had for $7.99, fries included. Someone please remind me to go back when the end of the month rolls along for me to try the Caprese Mozzarella Burger on Brioche bun or the Whiskey Bacon Burger.

Applebee's All-You-Can-Eat Ribs

When it came time for the main event, the raison d’etre for being there, Erin asked what type of barbecue sauce I’d like on my ribs. There are three to choose from - honey barbecue, Spicy Texas and Asian chile.
I went for the latter and was surprised how tangy the sauce was. It mated well with the black pepper and spice rub and char grilled flavor of the riblets, tempered by a ramekin of crispy slaw and, of course,  a hefty portion of fries.

By the time I’d feasted on a second helping of ribs, I hadn’t much room left for the chicken tenders so I asked Erin for only one - just to see how it tasted. She brought me three along with the honey mustard dipping sauce and another generous portion of fries.

Telling her I was feeling a little guilty after eating a tad too much, she tried to soothe my lapse of restraint by letting me know that one previous customer downed five servings of tenders (he didn’t want the ribs), the equivalent of 22, roughly four-inch pieces of deep fried chicken morsels.

I had to admit there were several dessert offerings I would have liked to have tried, but enough is enough. Then, an item at the bottom of the list caught my eye with its hint of moderation. The Brownie Bite sounded like something I had room for and who could go wrong with its $1.49 price tag. Voila! The small but satisfying triangle of warm dark chocolate brownie with nuts comes with an equally proportioned scoop of  vanilla ice cream rippled with hot fudge. Great marketing concept here, I thought.

Brownie Bite Anyone?

For those who’ve never been, Applebee’s 11 page menu is divided into sections titled Beverages, Appetizers, Build Your Own Appetizer Samples (2 for $10 or # for $13), From the Grill, Chicken, Lighter Fare (Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken, anyone?), Pasta, Seafood and More, Salads and Sandwiches, Burgers and Desserts.

The last page announces build your own lunch combos that range in price from $6.99 to $8.99.

From the bar, Applebee’s features 3 different Long Island Ice Teas and special drinks every day of the week. (On my Sunday visit, you could get a 10 oz. Blue Moon Draft for $2 or a $3.50 Margarita). Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday - Friday and from 9 to 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday when well drinks and domestic beers are $2.50.

Something I found novel is Applebee’s take-out ordering options. It seems you can order ahead via the phone or Internet, then pull your car into a specially marked stall to have your order hand delivered.. No fuss, no bother. You can even pay for everything online.

For more information or to see the menu. go to

Coming Up at Pittsburgh's New Hazlett Theater

The Sixth Annual Food Pantry Brunch Challenge
Presented by Northside Common Ministries
January 20 | 11AM-1PM
Find out if 10 local chefs are up for the challenge. Can they make a brunch item from only the food typically distributed in a Community Food Pantry or Soup Kitchen? Enjoy delicious brunch treats and Salsa music provided by Gavas Beat all while helping to raise money for the Northside Community Food Pantry.​

Night of a
Thousand Stars
New Hazlett Theater
January 23  |  7-9PM

Usher in the New Year with a volunteer appreciation and recruitment party at the New Hazlett Theater! RSVP

Apart From Me
CSA Performance Series
February 8  |  8PM
Using a combination of touch sensors, soundscapes and wearable fabric sculptures, these artists create a language around the push and pull of human connection. TICKETS

Holmes and Watson
Kinetic Theatre Company
February 16 - March 4
Sherlock Holmes has not been seen for more than three years. Watson is called upon to disprove the many frauds, fakes and charlatans who have popped up claiming to be Holmes. TICKETS

The New Hazlett Theater is located in Allegheny Center on Pittsburgh's North Side. Detailed driving and transit directions on our website.

On-street parking in Allegheny Square is available at no cost after 6pm Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday. Paid parking is available in the Allegheny Health Network garage for evening events and weekend matinees.
The paid lot costs $7 (cash only) and closes one hour after the performances.

The New Hazlett Theater is more than just a beautifully restored historic building.  We're a nonprofit organization working to nurture and promote art in Pittsburgh. We are an incubator for the arts, and we're passionate about providing a space for our amazing pool of creative talent to develop, collaborate, grow and flourish. Support the New Hazlett by making a tax-deductible donation.

From the open aired food hall of Federal Galley to authentic Asian cuisine at Nicky's Thai Kitchen or even a savory traditional German meal at Max's Allegheny Tavern, you are sure to find something that suits your taste buds.  Download a full list of area restaurants.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pittsburgh CLO to Hold Auditions for 2018 Summer Season

Auditions for Pittsburgh CLO's 2018 Summer Season productions of TITANIC, THE FULL MONTY, BRIGADOON, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE.

WHO: Trained singers, dancers and character actors.
The Benedum Center
719 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Please use the Stage Door entrance. A valid photo ID is required for entry.
WHEN: By appointment only.
Thursday, February 22
Friday, February 23
Saturday, February 24
Callbacks Sunday, February 25

All performers must bring a headshot and typed resume stapled together, and a completed Audition Application.
Trained Singers:
Age 18+
16 bars of an up-tempo and ballad in traditional musical theater style
Trained Dancers:
Age 18+
Be prepared to perform a jazz, tap and ballet combination
Age 30+ not auditioning to be in the chorus
Headshot and resume
16 Bars of one song

For more information or to schedule an audition time, visit our website You can download an Audition Application and sign up for an audition appointment via email. If you do not have internet access please call 412-281-3973 x217. Appointments are now being taken.

Explore Hollywood Special Effects

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces a theatrical experience like no other, The Hollywood Special Effects Show, will play at the Byham Theater, 101 6th Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, on February 5th at 7:30 p.m. The Hollywood Special Effects show is presented as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.

Audiences will be able to get closer to the action than ever before as this interactive and explosive family show goes behind the scenes of many favorite blockbuster films to discover the science and secrets of creating movie magic. Live on stage, the show’s team will give revealing insight into the world of special effects, taking families on an exciting journey as they feel the heat of an onstage inferno, marvel at gruesome sci-fi monsters, are blown away by apocalyptic weather and hold on tight through huge explosions.

The Hollywood Special Effects Show uses more pyrotechnics than any other touring theatre show, and for some sequences, the audience is protected by bullet proof glass placed across the stage. The animatronic dinosaur that appears in the show was built by specialists in Japan, and the large air cannon used in the finale is capable of firing a projectile over an incredible 1500 feet!

Tickets (starting at $25) are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at, or in person at Theater Square Box Office.

For more, follow The Hollywood Special Effect show on Twitter @HollywoodSFXS or Facebook.

Now Hear This - Unique Combo Playing in Carnegie

This combo (world celebrated jazz stride pianist -- he whistles too -- Tom Roberts, Dave Klug on drums and "Kluger Soundboard" and Wayno on vocals, harmonica & ukulele) plays a danceable mix of New Orleans R& B, early rock & roll and  barroom ballads.  All served  with a generous side of style and wit.

$15 in advance (thru 1/25); $20 at the door.
Light refreshments and drinks by donation.

Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall
300 Beechwood Avenue
Carnegie, PA 15106


One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody Coming to Byham Theater

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the return of Charles Ross in the latest installment of his solo film parodies. Ross will perform ONE MAN DARK KNIGHT: A BATMAN PARODY at the Byham Theater, 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, on Saturday, January 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. This performance is a part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.

From the madmen behind One Man Star Wars and One Man Lord of the Rings comes an irreverent parody and homage to the Dark Knight Trilogy. Two-faced super-nerd, Charles Ross, lovingly tears Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece a new one in his new One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody. No costumes, no sets, no Batmobiles, Ross takes you on a one-hour comedic joyride, from Batman’s origins to his epic battles against Gotham’s super-villains.

Like the first two trilogy productions, ONE MAN DARK KNIGHT: A BATMAN PARODY is just Ross and his wit. The unexpected successes of his trilogies has taken Ross worldwide, including performances off-Broadway and the Sydney Opera House.

Tickets (starting at $25) are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

 For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at or in person at Theater Square Box Office. VIP Meet & Greet Tickets ($50) include one seat in a premium location and a post-show Meet & Greet.

Red Masquers to Stage "Macbeth"

Macbeth takes the stage at Duquesne University!

Shakespeare's Macbeth is a classical masterpiece of the macabre, as Macbeth both resists and gives way to his ambitious urges, leading him to be tempted into committing heinous acts. A dark and bloody show, Macbeth is filled with rage, grief, and an unquenchable thirst for power.

The production runs February 15 through February 25. Thursday through Saturday, performances begin at 8 PM. Sunday matinees are at 2 PM. All shows will be performed at the Genesius Theater at Duquesne University, adjacent to the Mary Pappert School of Music.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare is directed by Dora Farona.

Ticket prices online are $16.50 for general admission, $11.50 for senior citizens, and $6.50 for students. It is free for Duquesne Students. Group rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Presale of Tickets for The Mountaintop Now Available

Saturday, February 17, 2018
August Wilson Center


April 3, 1968. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns to Memphis' Lorraine Motel after delivering his famous “mountaintop” speech. In her internationally acclaimed play, The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall fantasizes what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid.

Hours after his famed final speech, the celebrated Reverend reveals his hopes, regrets, and fears, creating a masterful bridge between mortality and immortality. Winner of the prestigious Oliver Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop is rife with humor and political jabs, while giving us a glimpse at the human side of Martin Luther King Jr.

Enter promo code MOUNTAINTOP to purchase tickets before
they go on sale to the public on January 15 at 9 am.

To Purchase Tickets:
Online at
Call 412-456-6666
Box Office at Theater Square
Groups 10+ Call 412-471-6930

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Pittsburgh Opera to Stage "The Long Walk"

 Pittsburgh Opera brings a gripping, contemporary American opera to the CAPA School Theater in Jeremy Howard Beck’s The Long Walk. With a libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann, The Long Walk is based on the book The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows by Brian Castner.

The opera is a deeply personal exploration of a soldier’s return from Iraq where he served as an officer in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit and his battle with what he calls “the Crazy” as he tries to reintegrate into his family life.

‘The long walk’ is the term for when a bomb disposal expert puts on their bomb suit and walks, alone, towards an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which they must disarm. As Castner explains in an interview, “It is an extremely lonely experience; no one can help you.” However, ‘the long walk’ also refers to the struggle to re-integrate back into one’s own life upon returning to the United States, a struggle which Castner shares with brutal honesty.

For additional background, view American Lyric Theater’s YouTube video featuring interviews with Beck, Fleischmann, and Castner.

Commissioned by American Lyric Theater in 2012, the opera was developed under the auspices of the Composer Librettist Development Program, and premiered at Opera Saratoga in 2015. The Times Union called it “a daring operatic depiction of war’s aftermath”; another reviewer said it “hits on all that makes us human.”

Pittsburgh Opera is proud to be the first performing arts organization to bring The Long Walk to Pittsburgh. Tickets are available online.

Interesting facts about The Long Walk

This marks only the third set of performances of the opera The Long Walk. Besides its world premiere in Saratoga, New York in 2015, Opera Utah performed it in Salt Lake City in March and April, 2017.

Ben Taylor, the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist who will be singing the role of Brian Castner, is used to exercising his vocal cords. But for this role, his preparations have also included running multiple miles a day, because scenes in the opera require him to sing while jogging.

For the ninth year in a row, Pittsburgh Opera is proud to partner with Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama to create custom sets for these performances.

Tickets and Group Discounts
Tickets to all performances of The Long Walk start at $50
All performances are at the Pittsburgh CAPA Theater, 111 9th St, in downtown Pittsburgh

To purchase tickets, call 412-456-6666, visit the Theatre Square Box Office, or buy online at https://opera.culturaldistrict .org/production/51808/the-long -walk
Group discounts are available. For discounted group tickets (6 or more), contact Regina Connolly at 412-281-0912, x 213
PNC is the 2017-18 Pittsburgh Opera Season Sponsor
WQED-FM is Pittsburgh Opera’s Media Sponsor
Tuesday performance sponsor: Ambridge Regional Distribution and Manufacturing Center
These performances are supported by the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University
Commission Underwriting and Developmental Support for The Long Walk has been provided by OPERA America/The Opera Fund, The MAP Fund, The New York State Council on the Arts, and The ASCAP Foundation. Commissioned by American Lyric Theater, Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director. World Premiere: Opera Saratoga, July 10, 2015.

COMING UP NEXT for Pittsburgh Opera:
The world premiere of Douglas J. Cuomo’s Ashes & Snow, February 17 – 25, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Narmada Wines - A Taste of Virginia with Touches of India and Pittsburgh

Narmada Winery in Amissville, Va.

A few years ago while on a wine tasting tour of Virginia from Richmond to the Blue Ridge foothills with stops in and around Charlottesville, I discovered that the two grape varietals expected to do well in the state’s climate and soil conditions were Viognier and Cabernet Franc.

On my tour, I relished the Cab Francs from the Barbersville and Jefferson Wineries, and found the Viogniers eye-opening delights but have recently come to appreciate, even prefer over other white wines, the unique flavors of Viognier, not only from Virginia but beyond.

Native to the Rhone Valley of France, Viognier is doing quite well in Virginia. In fact some rate the state’s Viogniers are considered by aficionados as some of the world’s best. Many foodies and wine lovers have also come to realize that Viognier is the best wine to serve with lobster, but the versatile wine also mates well with Indian, Thai, Chinese and Japanese cuisine including sushi and sashimi. And please don’t forget cheese.

Just after the New Year, I managed to get my hands on a 2016 Viognier from the Narmada Winery, located on a 51 acre tract in Virginia’s Rappahannock County. The winery opened a mere seven years ago and its vines date back to two years earlier, but Narmada has already taken home 60 gold medals in that brief span of time.

Impressions of the 2016 Narmada Winery Viognier

My first ever experience with the 2016 Narmada Viognier continues my love affair with Virginia Viognier. The pale, yellow wine has a wonderful aroma, redolent with peach, raisin and pineapple bolstered by delicate floral notes. Drier than a lot of other Virginia Viogniers I’ve tried, the Narada is crisp and fruity. On the palate, it’s citrus elements are balanced with peach, melon  and honey tones that leave you with a surprising minerality on the finish.

The wine is made from 75% Viognier and 25% Traminette grapes and comes in at 13.7% alcohol. This Viognier is ready to drink now through 2021 and retails for $27. The wine can be enjoyed on its own, and winery owner and CEO, Pandit Patil, also suggests pairing it with "Thai curry shrimp over jasmine rice, vegetable korma and roasted lobster tail with ginger dipping sauce."

Biographical Tidbits Taken from the Winery Website

Winery Owner Pandit Patil
Pandit Patil originally hails from Mumbai, India, but came to the United States 50 years ago to pursue an education in engineering. His studies first took him to New Mexico State University, then to Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he earned a Masters Degree. He finished his studies at the University of Pittsburgh where he left with Ph.D.

Following an exemplary engineering career, Pandit returned to his agrarian roots and decided to put his family’s agricultural heritage to use by growing wine grapes in Virginia. As winery owners, he and his wife, Sudha, supervise the vineyard and research sustainable farming practices, develop marketing strategies for the wine, and coordinate the winery’s operations and finances.

Winemaker Sudha Patil’s finely honed palate and B.S. degree in chemistry go hand in hand in producing Narmada Winery’s elegant wines. In the short time since the winery opened its doors, her skills in both the art and the science of winemaking have brought national and international recognition.

Sudha’s winemaking philosophy and methodology  is to create graceful wines that preserve the true character of the fruit. She became interested in fine wine during extensive US and international travel with her husband  and has observed winery operations and discussed winemaking techniques with vintners in the US and abroad.

Winemaker Sudha Patil
Her formal study of winemaking began with Jim Law of Linden Vineyards who she calls the "guru" of Virginia wine. At the winery, she works closely with consultant Tom Payette to fine tune her approach to producing the best quality wines from the best Virginia-grown fruit.

In addition to managing wine development and production for Narmada Winery, Sudha’s touch is evident in every aspect of the winery. The grounds are lovingly landscaped according to her seasonal plans. The warm and welcoming tasting room is enhanced by both her personal hospitality and her international sensibility in the choice of decor, food pairings, and gift selections.

Dr. Sudha Patil hails from Thane, a small town outside Mumbai, India and has been a proud Virginia resident for over 40 years She holds a BS in Chemistry from George Mason, a DDS from Georgetown University and an MS in Oral Biology from the University of Maryland.

For more information go to website

Coming Soon: Narmada Winery’s 2013 Cabernet Franc Reserve