Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Etty Opens at Off the Wall Feb 7 for Short Run


Feb. 7th - 10th, 2019
"[...] a powerful and moving 60 minutes in which Stein portrays Etty, demonstrating her yearnings, her fears, her intimate relationship with God […]"
- Diana Barth,The Epoch Times

Join Off the Wall Theater for an unforgettable weekend where it explore the world of Etty. Every show will feature a "2nd Act" talk back with playwright and performer Susan Stein for audiences to ask questions and learn more about this amazing human being. Reserve your seats today!

Read Stein's recent interview with PGH Lesbian Correspondents', Sue Kerr.


Etty Hillesum’s life ended at Auschwitz when she was only 29 years old.Through the voice of actress Susan Stein, Hillesum speaks directly to her audience, frankly, and with compassion, even for the enemy. Seeking the meaning of her life--and all life--during the terror of Nazi occupation, Hillesum discovers a reality she calls God and opens herself to the power of being fully alive and present, bearing witness to the catastrophe unfolding around her. Learn more...


Mad Mexagram: Groundhog Day Special, Tröegs Feature

Dia de la Groundhog

Saturday, February 2
Being responsible not just for predicting six weeks of weather but also foreseeing the Mad Mex Groundhog Day drink special is lot of weight for Phil's furry little shoulders to bear. Actually, we're not even sure he has shoulders. So this year, we simplified.

If Phil sees his shadow, it's $7 Big Azz Margaritas! No shadow, it's $7 Big Azz Margaritas! All flavors, rocks or frozen, all day long.

Also, Pittsburgh area Mad Mex locations are heating up Groundhog Day with a special cocktail. Phil's Shadow Cider combines our house-mulled apple cider with Phil's Shadow—Wigle's rye whiskey aged in maple syrup barrels. Served hot in a coffee mug for day-drinking on the sly.
Nectar of the Tröegs 

January 31-February 14, unless we run out
For a limited time, enjoy these two classic brews from the Trogner bros in oversized 22oz drafts for $5.
Nugget Nectar is a seasonal, imperial, eagerly awaited amber ale. Heavy on German malts you would otherwise find in rich Oktoberfests, this 93 IBU brew gets its bitter hop punch from fresh Nugget hops in the hopback vessel, imparting pine, citrus pith and mango flavors. ABV: 7.5%

DreamWeaver Wheat's first review on BeerAdvocate was posted way back in 2004. "shapudding" described it as "Incredibly smooth, almost thick, but yet soooo drinkable. Tastes of bananas, very light white wine spritzer, and slight citrus." Well said, pudding. ABV: 4.8%

Bookish in the 'Burgh - a Free, One-Day Festival

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Cultural District

Bookish in the ‘Burgh is a FREE, one-day festival celebrating teen literature by bringing authors and readers together. From first love to friendship, from fantasy to family dynamics, eight acclaimed young adult authors will join their readers for a full day of conversation, book signings, and a celebration of all things bookish. 

Teen Writing Workshop
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 
Interested in writing? Inspired by your favorite YA authors? Kick off your day at Bookish in the ‘Burgh with a free writing workshop! 

Squad Goals: A Conversation with Morgan Matson
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 
NYT Bestselling author Morgan Matson (Save the Date and The Unexpected Everything) will discuss how she creates so many characters that we keep falling in love with alongside Pittsburgh NYT Bestselling author Rachael Lippincott (Five Feet Apart).  

Sheer Magic: A Conversation with Anna-Marie McLemore
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
Join Anna-Marie McLemore (When the Moon Was Ours and Wild Beauty) for a conversation about magical realism, fairy tales, worldbuilding, and her approach to the most enchanting storytelling. 

I Ship It: Fresh Teen Love Stories
1:30 - 2:30 PM 
Join Kathryn Ormsbee (Tash Hearts Tolstoy) and Kheryn Callender (This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story) as they chat about writing contemporary love stories that are inclusive, authentic, and relevant. 

The Dark and the Twisty: Worldbuilding that Makes You Wonder
3:00 - 4:00 PM 
Master worldbuilders K. Ancrum (The Wicker King) and Anna-Marie McLemore discuss how they create spellbinding settings that draw readers in.  

The Ties That Bind: Complex Family Dynamics
4:30 - 5:30 PM 
Jay Coles (Tyler Johnson Was Here) and Rachel Lynn Solomon (You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone) write books that showcase the raw, emotional, and vitally important aspects of what family means. Join them as they discuss how they write family dynamics that so many of us can relate to. 

It’s Lit in the Neighborhood: Author Book Signing Party 
5:45 - 7:00 PM 
End your day at Bookish in the ‘Burgh with a book signing party with the Bookish authors hosted by teens, for teen. Books will be available for purchase onsite.  Don’t miss this chance to meet your favorite authors!

Register for FREE

Get Involved

Are you a teen who loves YA literature? Are you constantly recommending the next best books to your friends? Do you live for fandom culture, shipping your OTP, and all things bookish? Apply to be a TEEN AMBASSADOR. Our Teen Ambassadors are hand-selected to help us spread the word about Bookish in the ‘Burgh and volunteer onsite the day of the festival. 

Apply Now

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

City Theatre's Latest Offering an Emotional Powerhouse

Brian Quijada in "Where Did We Sit on the Bus?" Credit; City Theatre Company

Rarely do I tear up during a film or stage drama. My Slavic background with its social stricture that men do not cry is much too ingrained. But I did succumb to the powerful influence of "Where Did We Sit on the Bus?" now playing the City Theatre through Feb. 24.

Not that the play by Brian Quijada is a sentimental tear jerker. Far from it. If I had to guess, I'd say there's ten times more humor of the belly laugh sort than misty-eyed moments. Even more potent are the sometimes rage inducing moments sparked by some frank, candid and insightful content by the author, who also stars in this one-man show.

Depending on your political predilections, Quijada can get your dander up whether you're liberal or conservative but for different reasons. Those on the left will sympathize with some of his experiences as a scion of an illegal immigrant family from El Salvador living in contemporary America. Those on the right may squirm a bit in their seats at times when he poses provocative and sometimes didactic narrative.

Working with a minimalist set, Quijada displays much more than acting talent through the use of very effective BlueBox technology. He also deserves credit for writing the autobiographical narrative, which is sometimes delivered in poetry and hiphop form, and exhibits his musical talent via a loop station to record, then echo, musical snippets on ukulele and harmonica, not to mention effective mouth noises that provide rhythmic accompaniment.

An inventive storyteller, the young actor/playwright/musician with an inventory of seductive dance steps he incorporates into his narrative is physically powerful and emotionally passionate. Captivated, we watch and listen to him tell his story of coming to terms with two problematic identities - that of a brown youth living in a White dominated world and that of a wannabee artist who battles many obstacles on the road to realizing his ambitions including the protestations of his family, especially those of his career-resistant father.

Quijada starts his tale with his courtship of a Waspish woman of Austrian and Swiss descent, then almost immediately regresses back to his origins and the instant just before his father's sperm meets his mother's egg to set him on his human journey as a fertilized embryo.  He's very inventive in his mimed-like rendition of pre and post gestation that includes some rather fanciful moments exiting the birth canal.

We follow his growth through grade school, high school, then college, but we learn it's one particular third grade encounter that led to the play's title. As an 8-year old, we see him in class listening to a teacher explain about the Civil Rights movement, especially the Montgomery bus boycott spearheaded by Rosa Parks. Black v. white, but where did his race fit into the scheme of things he asks. "Where did we sit on the bus?"

As he searches for answers he discovers his identity, both as a member of a cultural and ethnic minority and as an artist. At times his message is so powerful, at times so delicately put and so moving, I found myself experiencing somatic sensations never before felt. It was if I was so electrically charged I thought my hair might stand on end like someone touching a Van der Graff generator.

There's nuance and variety throughout his 80-minute long performance. It's as if a line of empty glasses of various shapes and sizes sat on stage and  he proceeded to fill them, one after another, with different flavored and colored fluids. Some are sweet, some salty, others a tad bitter. The experience changes so often, it's both refreshing and invigorating.

It's hard to see how director Chat Yew influenced Quijada's performance. The actor has his hands on so many aspects of the production and comes off as strong and dominant. It makes you wonder where Yew's work comes into play, although he's also given credit for the set design.

Even if the show's apt and timely exploration of racial and ethnic issues weren't such a focal point of the play, Quijada's incredibly entertaining performance alone would be worth the price of a ticket.

Decompressing emotionally from the moving theatrical experience as I left the theater, I wondered where this promising playwright and actor might go next. How could he possibly top this one? I can hardly wait to find out.

"Where Did We Sit on the Bus?" is at the City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street on Pittsburgh's South Side, through Feb. 24. For tickets, phone 412-431-CITY (2489) or

PICT To Stage World Premier of Work by Pittsburgh Playwright

Karen Baum as Patty, James FitzGerald as Pop, and Reed Alan Worth as Charlie in PICT Classic Theatre's RUN THE RABBIT PATH.  Photo credit: PICT Classic Theatre.

WHAT: The World Premiere of Run the Rabbit Path by Ray Werner, presented by PICT
Classic Theatre
WHO: PICT Classic Theatre, Ray Werner, Alan Stanford
WHERE: WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio, 4802 Fifth Ave, Oakland
WHEN: February 2 through February 16, 2019
TICKETS: 18 and under: $15, Young Adult: $19.99, Adult: $48., 412-561-6000

PICT Classic Theatre presents world premiere from Pittsburgh playwright Ray
On Thursday, January 31st PICT Classic Theatre will present the world premiere of the play Run
the Rabbit Path by Pittsburgh-based playwright, Ray Werner at WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio in

In addition to its playwright, Run the Rabbit Path’s cast, setting, and inspirations also come from
the city of Pittsburgh. Directed by Alan Stanford, the play is loosely based on Werner’s own
familial experiences with life in a steel town as the back drop. 

In the shadow of Pittsburgh’s steelmills, the plot focuses on two Irish-American brothers and their sister as they struggle through thetrauma of planning their father’s wake, in the kitchen where he died the day before. Their father’s love guides them through the morass of emotions as they stumble onto the mystery of the rabbit

Run the Rabbit Path will have 15 performances, beginning with a preview on Thursday, January
31, opening night on Saturday, February 2, and concluding on the evening of February 16. All
evening performances will begin at 7:30 pm, with weekend matinees beginning at 2:00 pm. The
cast will feature Karen Baum as Patty, Tony Bingham as Tommy, James FitzGerald as Pop, and
Reed Alan Worth as Charlie.

Tickets for PICT’s Run the Rabbit Path range in price from $15 for patrons age 18 and under to
$48 for adults. Group rates and senior rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased online
at or by calling the box office at 412-561-6000. All performances will take place at
WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio, 4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

PICT Classic Theatre is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to produce innovative
interpretations of dramatic literature in the classic and Irish traditions. PICT fulfills this mission by
exploring current social issues through the lens of classic and timeless stories.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Pittsburgh Ranked #1 for Its Football Fans

Heinz Field  Credit: Megan Swartz/VisitPittsburgh

With Super Bowl LIII just days away, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst Cities for Football Fans as well as accompanying videos, together with its Super Bowl LIII By The Numbers infographic.

To determine the best places for loving on America’s favorite sport, WalletHub compared more than 240 U.S. cities with at least one college or professional football team based on 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from number of NFL and college football teams to average ticket prices.

Make sure to check out the infographic for cool stats about the biggest sporting event of the year. Here are some highlights from each report:

Football Fandom in Pittsburgh (1=Best, 122=Avg.):
3rd – Performance Level of NFL Team
18th – Avg. Ticket Price for NFL Game
82nd – Min. Season Ticket Price for College Football Game
4th – NFL Stadium Capacity
1st – Number of NFL Championship Wins
24th – NFL Attendance
1st – NFL Fan Engagement
98th – College Football Fan Engagement
Pittsburgh ranks No. 1 overall and No. 1 among large cities.

For the full report, please visit:

Steeler Fans Credit: Jeff Greenberg / VisitPittsburgh

Super Bowl LIII By The Numbers
$5,145: The average cost of a ticket to the past five Super Bowls.

$5.24 Million: The average cost for a 30-second commercial during Super Bowl LIII (up 96% since 2008).

1.38 Billion: Chicken wings will be eaten during the Super Bowl weekend, plus at least 14,500 tons of chips, 8 million pounds of guacamole and 10 million pounds of ribs.

1 in 2: People would sacrifice their vacation days for one year to watch their team win the Super Bowl. More than 1 in 3 would give up their annual bonus.

To see all the stats and the full infographic, please visit:

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Monologue Madness

Bring Your Own Bard, the Shakespeare reading series
Shakespearian monologues and scenes read by, well, anyone. Whether you are a seasoned actor or an energetic neophyte, whether you have a polished favorite or a monologue you are currently working on, all are welcome to perform their favorite Shakespearian 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, or just sit back and enjoy.

BYOB 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 evening of fun.

WHERE: Te Café, 2000 Murray Ave. (at Beacon Ave) in Squirrel Hill.

WHEN: Doors open at 7:00 PM, readings begin at 7:30 PM. Suggested $10 donation at the door.

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

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

All proceeds benefit PSIP’s Fall 2019 free production. 

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

Catherine Aceto, Emily Askin, Lynette Asson, Erika Fricke, Yvonne Hudson, Alan Irvine, Tonya Lynn, Jonathan Poli, Jennifer Tober, Abby Wilson, Mimi Wilson

Events in 2019 - Celebrate our 15th Season!

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bard) - last Monday night of each month - Jan. thru May. Informal, hilarious, and unpredictable Shakespeare readings, scenes, and spoofs at Te Cafe, Squirrel Hill.

March 25: Shakespeare's Oddities selections from the more obscure plays,
February 25: Shakespeare Games (Cowboy Shakespeare, Shakespeare with a Rubber Duck, Shakespeare games) and monologues that usually get cut, selections from the poems, etc.)
April 29: Shakespeare's Partners in Crime (focusing on pairs of characters - like twins, etc.)
May 27: Preview of the September show scenes

WEEK OF WILL! Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration - April 2019

Support Our 15th Season Now

Thank you for your genorous support!

Something of Interest to Owl Lovers

WSO’s Next Theme to Spark Excitement During Winter Doldrums

The WSO’s third concert in the 2018-2019 season, "Fire and Ice," is 
scheduled for Sunday, February 17 at 3 p.m. at Trinity High School in Washington.

Sometimes inspiration has a simple source.
“When programming, we were looking for music that was inspired by fire or 
ice,” said Washington Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director Yugo Ikach. 
“Most of the choices were obvious based on title alone.”

“Investigating how a composer realizes a flame or the cold musically is 
most interesting,” said Ikach. “In the case of de Falla's ‘Ritual Fire 
Dance,’ the flame ebbs and flows regularly via a moving tremolo in the 
strings (mainly the viola) whereas Holst's ‘Dance of the Fire Spirits’ 
utilizes a Spanish Theme with descending quick triplets predominately 
from the flutes and violins.

“In the case of Stravinsky's ‘Infernal Dance’(from The Firebird) the 
stakes are much higher--here fire is hungry, dangerous and inescapable. 
With Vivaldi's ‘Winter’ the harsh angular chords played could represent 
the stinging cold wind or the crisp crunching of your feet as you trudge 
through the snow.  Here the accompanying text helps: ‘to tremble from 
cold in the icy snow, in the harsh breath of a horrid wind; to run, 
stamping one's feet every moment, our teeth chattering in the extreme 

From the 1938 Russian film Alexander Nevsky, comes “The Battle on Ice,” 
a musical depiction of a 13th Century attempted invasion of Novgorod.

Some more recent pieces from the world of entertainment will also be 
heard at the concert, including the theme from Game of Thrones based on 
A Song of Fire and Ice and the music from Frozen. A few special guest 
princesses will be on hand to sing along with the latter.

During the concert, students from Washington County high schools will be 
performing alongside orchestra mentors in the WSO’s Side by Side 
program. Students have attended all rehearsals and have worked for six 
weeks to prepare for their performance. High schools represented include 
McGuffey, Peters Township, Ringgold, and Trinity.

A longtime supporter of the WSO, Washington Financial, has stepped up to 
be the presenting sponsor of the WSO’s February concert for the third 
consecutive year.  Washington Financial was the first corporate sponsor 
of the WSO back in 2004 and has made contributions, both financially and 
in-kind, every year since then.  Their support has made it possible for 
the WSO to share orchestral music with many in the community who might 
not otherwise attend.

Tickets start at just $17 and can be purchased online at, by 
calling 1-888-71-TICKETS, or at the following locations: Citizens 
Library, the Peters Township Public Library, and the WSO Office on East 
Wheeling Street in Washington (WSO Office by appointment only, call 
724-223-9796 and leave a message for appointment). 

Tickets are also available at the door. For further information about the symphony, visit or connect with the WSO on Facebook 
( and Twitter (

Friday, January 25, 2019

News from the Pittsburgh Savoyards

The ticket deadline for the Pittsburgh Savoyards' annual Winter Warmer event is tomorrow, January 26. Come join them in the Lincoln Gallery of the Andrew Carnegie Library & Music Hall in Carnegie for a romantic Italian dinner with strolling musicians & singers!

January 27, 2019 starting at 4:00 pm
$25 single; $40 for couples 

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

Live music during dinner will be performed by the Internationals with Richard Danchick, Paul Stafura & Larry Shuga.

Dinner options include: spaghetti or penne (gluten-free option), red or white sauce, meatballs (optional), salad, Italian bread, and choice of Tiramisu, gelato, or cannoli for dessert. Wine and soft drinks will also be available.

Have kids? Drop in child care available – $5 per child (age 12 and under) choice of pizza or spaghetti dinner with games and entertainment for them while you enjoy your romantic evening!

Tickets must be purchased by January 26th, 2019.

Tickets available here!

Tickets for our spring show THE GONDOLIERS are on sale now! Pencil us in for one for one of the following days: March 15-17 & 21-24, 2019.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh to Perform "Let My People Go" at the Ebeneezer Baptist Church

Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

In February 2019, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) invites audiences to celebrate Black History Month with the Pittsburgh premiere of American composer Donald McCullough’s “Let My People Go! A Spiritual Journey Along the Underground Railroad.” This concert of African American spirituals is presented in collaboration with Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the concert will take place on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. 

This project, the first collaboration between these two venerable Pittsburgh institutions, seeks to be a compelling example of unity amidst the current climate of emboldened racism, and to invite the community to experience the powerful story of African Americans’ journey towards freedom that is an indelible part of our national and regional history. MCP and Ebenezer Baptist Church intend the spirituals through which this story is told to uplift and galvanize, just as they inspired and guided the enslaved on their courageous journey.
Baritone Gregg Baker

After its premiere at the Kennedy Center, “Let My People Go!” was featured at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of the museum’s inaugural activities. Audiences have described their experience as “moving,” “haunting,” “magnificent,” and “spine-tingling.”

At 110 years in operation, MCP is the city’s oldest continually performing arts organization. Composed of 100-plus singers, it is led by Robert Page Music Director Matthew Mehaffey. “We’re excited to collaborate with Ebenezer Baptist Church on this powerful piece,” says Mehaffey. “This is a celebration of community both past and present.”    

Located in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District, the 143-year-old Ebenezer Baptist Church serves a diverse congregation near the actual location of an Underground Railroad stop. The church itself was a primary meeting place for local civil rights activists in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination.

“We are humbled to have the opportunity to host the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and this important production. Ebenezer is a ‘Life Changing Church’ where Pastor and people work together to achieve our vision to reach the congregation, local community and beyond,” says Ebenezer’s Pastor, Dr. Vincent Campbell. “The presentation of 'Let My People Go!' is in line with our vision, and we are proud to provide this venue so that many from all neighborhoods will be able to experience this highly acclaimed production. We welcome everyone to join us in sharing this extraordinary musical experience.”

Actor Hope Anthony

In “Let My People Go!” the choir will perform along with four soloists and two actors. Leading the audience along the Underground Railroad through storytelling, the actors will illuminate the secret codes used by those who traversed the Railroad and explain the importance of the era’s songs. The Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (JMCP), a talented ensemble of high school-aged students, will open the show with works by contemporary African American composers that celebrate the power of the human spirit to persevere amidst adversity and to imagine a future full of hope. JMCP will also join the adult choir for the final song, a rousing rendition of “Go Down Moses.”

All of the show’s soloists and actors will be African American:
Internationally acclaimed operatic soprano Elisabeth Stevens is also a dedicated teacher of vocal technique and the business of singing.

Baritone Gregg Baker, a favorite of the Pittsburgh Symphony known for his commanding voice, has performed leading roles at opera houses around the world.

Born in Pittsburgh, tenor Donovan Elliot Smith currently studies at the Swiss Opera Studio of Bern University of the Arts. He has appeared in various opera productions and recitals in the U.S. and Europe.

Mezzo Soprano Demareus Cooper

Mezzo Soprano Demareus Cooper was a Metropolitan Opera audition winner and has performed as a soloist with many American orchestras.

Actor Charles Timbers has been a performer for more than 30 years, appearing in more than 30 plays in Pittsburgh. 

Actor Hope Anthony, also a singer, dancer and teaching artist, has appeared in numerous local productions.

In addition to the Feb. 15 performance at Ebenezer Baptist Church (2001 Wylie Ave., Hill District, 7:30 p.m.), there will be performances on Feb. 16 at Grove City College (7:30 p.m.) and on Feb. 17 at West Virginia University (3:30 p.m.) The latter two performances will not include the JMCP. The show’s run time is 80 minutes.

Tickets are on sale now and available at this link.

Funding for “Let My People Go!” has been provided by: McKinney Charitable Foundation of the PNC Charitable Trusts, the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Grable Foundation, Eden Hall Foundation and the Buhl Foundation.  
UPMC is a Good Neighbor Sponsor of this production, having underwritten 80 free tickets for Hill District community members. 
Actor Charles Timbers, Jr.

In-kind media sponsorship provided by Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting (WESA/WYEP).
Media partner WQED will record the performance for later broadcast.
Up Next for the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh: Victoria’s Secret: A Life in Music, May 18 and 19, 2019, East Liberty Presbyterian Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Looking for an Entertaining Evening Out on Valentine's Day?

Run the Rabbit Path Dinner & Show: February 14 at The Mansions on Fifth
An evening with all the grace of Victorian refinement for Valentine's Day!

Begin with a lovely tour of The Mansions on Fifth in Shadyside (5 pm). Gathering in the formal dining room at 5:30 pm, we will partake in a splendid three course meal and Ray Werner, playwright of Run the Rabbit Path, will take a moment to share what this play represents for him.  This delightful experience begins at 5 pm at the The Mansions on Fifth (5105 Fifth Avenue) and the performance begins at 7:30 pm, WQED (4802 Fifth Avenue).  On-site parking is available at both locations.

This dinner & show package is $75 and includes a full dinner, beginning with salad, entree choice of chicken, seafood, or vegetarian, capping with dessert (tax and service fee are included in the package; beverages excluded). Your evening entertainment continues with our world premiere family drama, Run the Rabbit Path, at WQED (7:30 pm). Please enter seating preferences in the comment box when completing your order. Please call our office at (412) 561-6000 with any questions.

Get Tickets Here

On Sale Now - The Sounds of China

The Sounds of China
Friday, February 8 • 7:30 pm
Byham Theater

Tickets starting at $25 

Led by artistic director and renowned composer Ma Jiuyue, Sounds of China features an outstanding ensemble of contemporary Chinese folk musicians that blend the ancient and the new into an exciting musical mix both traditional and modern. 

The group features a number of traditional Chinese instruments—such as the erhu (a two-stringed spike fiddle), liuqin (a four-stringed Chinese mandolin), xun (a globular, vessel flute), and pipa (a plucked four-string lute)—but breathes new, electrifying energy into the performance by reframing them with rock and pop elements. Electric guitars, synthesizers, and a drum kit add to the effect.

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

Join the Gateway Clipper Fleet for a Celebration Fit for a Princess

A Valentine Celebration fit for a Princess!

Princess Valentine's Ball


Board: 1:30 pm Sail: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Use Promo Code "HEART" and Save $2!


Winter Tasting Menu at Eleven

Winter Tasting Menu

Monday-Saturday, January 28-February 2

Eleven invites you to celebrate the season with a cozy five-course, six-day tasting menu. Chef Wahl's winter dishes include prime ribeye on a sound foundation of potato pavers and vegetable oyster, and a citrus cornmeal sponge cake dessert made even sunnier by the Sémillon wine pairing. Reservations may be made online or by calling 412.201.5656

Roasted Beets 
warmed goat cheese, beet tartare, brown butter crumb, champagne vinaigrette, walnuts, watercress
NV Huber ‘Hugo’ Brut Rosé, Traisental, Austria

Sea Scallops 
shrimp broth, pearl cous cous, fennel & Meyer lemon salad, frisee
2014 Rodolphe Demougeot Chardonnay, Burgundy, France

Chestnut Cavatelli 
onion puree, smoked Elysian Fields Farm Lamb, Swiss chard, truffle butter, crispy spelt
2016 Domaine Les Ondines Vacqueyras, Grenache / Syrah / Cinsault, Southern Rhone, France

Prime Ribeye 
salsify puree, potato pave, leeks, mushroom jus
2015 Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California

Cornmeal Sponge Cake 
citrus crème fraiche, brandy praline, pear, molasses ice cream
2014 La Fleur d’Or Sauternes Sémillon, Bordeaux, France

Fall Tasting Menu $65
Optional Wine Pairing $45

Note: On Super Sunday, February 3, Eleven will serve an extended brunch from 10-3, then close for the evening.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Sunday Lunch at Girasole to Benefit Bach Choir

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
773 Copeland Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Join members of the Bach Choir this Sunday for an afternoon of great Italian food and wine and help support the Bach Choir! The Pittsburgh choral organization said it is thrilled to partner with Girasole, one of Pittsburgh's most-beloved Italian restaurants, on this fundraising event.

1st COURSE: Aged provolone, fontina, olives, soppressata, oven roasted tomato
 2nd COURSE: Rigatoni Neapolitan ragu, and farfalle with pesto, potato and green beans, 
3rd COURSE: Chocolate and walnut torte from Capri or gelato. Each course will be paired with the perfect wine.

Tickets are $75.

Join the choir for a memorable afternoon in support of the Bach Choir. 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Asere! A fiesta Cubana featuring musicians and dancers of the Havana Cuba All Stars

Tuesday, February 5 • 7:30 pm
Byham Theater


This high-energy group is a joyous celebration of Cuban music and dance styles. The Havana Cuba All-Stars are some of Cuba’s greatest musicians. With rhythms and melodies from the cha cha to the rumba, from “Son Cubano” style to the salsa, the All-Stars will showcase a wide variety of Cuban beats. The group is inspired by and dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens.

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

Friday, January 18, 2019

Mad Mex Winter Menu Heats Up

Mad Mex's first menu update of the year brings you three new dishes and two returning favorites.

Chicken Parmesan Tacos – Crispy buttermilk-marinated fried chicken tenders drizzled with a mild red pepper sauce then topped with Monterey Jack cheese, banana pepper rings and a sprinkling of fresh basil.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Bacon Quesadilla – Roasted Brussels sprouts, crispy black pepper bacon, cheddar cheese and jalapeño jelly.

Buffalo Chicken Empanadas – Mexican pierogies filled with grilled chicken, cream cheese, bleu cheese crumbles and our wild Buffalo wing sauce.

The Big Burrito – The most popular of last fall’s Plataversary dishes, this San Diego burrito returns with grilled chicken breast, flank steak, corn, Jack cheese, waffle fries and garlicky pepper sauce. Topped Nachos Grande-style with lettuce, pico, guacamole and sour cream.

Kale Salad – OK, OK, you can have your Kale Salad back. Sheesh. Baby kale with grilled corn, cherry tomatoes, Cotija cheese, avocado, pepitas and quinoa all tossed in lime-cilantro vinaigrette and topped with chicken breast, flank steak or portobello.
Mad Mex



The innovative educational program that debuted at HAMILTON on Broadway will continue in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District on Friday, January 25 when over 2,700 students and teachers from 42 high schools attend the matinee performance of the musical at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Benedum Center.

The January 25 performance in Pittsburgh will provide more than 2,700 high school students the opportunity to experience the musical HAMILTON after having spent several weeks in their classrooms studying American history through a special integrated curriculum about Alexander Hamilton and the nation’s Founding Fathers.

In addition to seeing a performance of HAMILTON, students will participate in a Q&A with members of the HAMILTON company and students representing various schools in attendance will perform an original work they created based on their classroom studies – songs, rap, poetry, scenes, monologues – on the Benedum Center stage in front of their peers.

HAMILTON producer Jeffrey Seller says about the Pittsburgh program, “Our goal is to ensure students have a shot to see HAMILTON and use its words, music and staging to further their understanding and enjoyment of American history, music, and drama. We’ve had the pleasure of expanding the education program outside of New York in Los Angeles, Chicago, and multiple cities around the country.”

The Hamilton Education Program is one of several history education programs offered by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Its president, James G. Basker—who devised the education program in tandem with HAMILTON creator and producer, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey Seller respectively, and The Rockefeller Foundation—adds, “This project is transformative. HAMILTON has struck a chord with our nation’s students because it embodies what great history education is all about: bringing the past to life and fostering connections with the exceptional individuals and moments that have made us who we are. This program empowers students to reclaim their own narrative and teachers to bridge classroom learning with the stage.”

Schools participating in the January 25 program include:
Albert Gallatin High School
Aliquippa Jr/Sr High School
Allderdice High School
Barack Obama Academy of International Studies
Beaver Local High School
Buckeye Local High School
Brentwood High School
Chestnut Ridge High School
Clayton Academy
Cleveland Heights High School
Cornell School District
Downingtown High School West Campus
DuBois Area High School
East Liverpool High School
Gateway High School
Greater Johnstown High School
Imani Christian Academy
Jefferson-Morgan High School
Laurel Highlands High School
McKinley Senior High (Timken Early College)
Nazareth Prep (formally Holy Family Academy)
New Castle Junior/Senior High School
Piketon Jr/Sr High School
Pittsburgh Brashear High School
Pittsburgh Carrick High School
Pittsburgh Milliones University Preparatory 6-12
Pittsburgh Perry High School
Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy
Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts Magnet (CAPA)
Pittsburgh Westinghouse High School
Propel Braddock Hills High School
Propel Montour High School
Sharon City High School
Southmoreland High School
The Art College Preparatory Academy
Tyler Consolidated High School
Uniontown Area High School
Urban Pathways 6-12 Charter School
Valley High School
Valley Junior Senior High School
Washington High School
Woodland Hills High School

The Rockefeller Foundation provided an initial grant of $1.46 million that funded the educational partnership in New York City. After the resounding success of the partnership, the Foundation committed an additional $6 million to the effort to support the program’s national expansion.

HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS.

HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA, and General Management by Baseline Theatrical.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

Launching April 2019 in Chicago, HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION will take visitors deeper into the life and times of Alexander Hamilton through the immersive exhibit featuring a dynamic, interactive mix of in-depth scenography, lighting, sound, multimedia, music, and an audio tour narrated by Mr. Miranda. For more information and to sign up to be the first to receive news and ticket sales alerts about HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION, please visit

The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide. The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.

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Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, visionaries and lifelong supporters of American history education, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 history education while also serving the general public. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. Drawing on the 70,000 documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and an extensive network of eminent historians, the Institute provides teachers, students, and the general public with direct access to unique primary source materials.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is supported through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Organization of American Historians, and the Council of Independent Colleges.

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Straw Forward Art Installation on Display for a Limited Time at Carnegie Science Center

 A new, limited-time exhibit at Carnegie Science Center seeks to inspire meaningful dialogue around the global-scale issues of single-use plastic waste and plastic pollution. The Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program’s highly anticipated Straw Forward™ art installation is now on display in the Science Center’s RiverView Café through Fri., Feb. 15, 2019. 

Straw Forward demonstrates a community-wide, collaborative effort to accelerate an important message about the global issue of plastic pollution—from a local perspective. In addition to plastic straws – more than 25,000 plastic straws were collected from 37 Pittsburgh-based restaurants, nonprofits, and businesses between June and October 2018 – the installation also includes discarded plastic-based items pulled from the banks of the Allegheny River with Allegheny CleanWays, yarn from First Mile (of Thread International) that was upcycled from plastic bottles saved by citizens in developing countries, and other repurposed materials from Construction Junction and the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

The concept, design, and construction of the installation was developed through a partnership with the creative team from Pittsburgh-based Shift Collaborative.

“We’re so excited to have Carnegie Science Center serve as the host location for the Straw Forward Art Installation,” says Rebecca Bykoski, Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant Program Manager. “We appreciate their collaboration and partnership in helping to engage the community and draw attention to these issues.” 

“Carnegie Science Center strives to foster a scientifically literate community through all of our exhibits, and this inventive take on highlighting the issue of plastic pollution is a great way to get our visitors thinking about the impact that plastic has on our environment,” said Carnegie Science Center Interim Director Jason Brown. “We’re honored to host this exhibit, and we look forward to the conversations the sculpture will spark among our visitors and in our community.”

In addition to seeing the sculpture, the public is invited to the Science Center’s Café Scientifique on Mon., Feb. 4 from 7–9 pm in the Science Stage. An abridged version of the documentary A Plastic Ocean will be screened, providing a deeper look into these issues on a global scale. A panel discussion with local experts will follow. 

Single-use plastic straws represent one small component of the negative ecological impact of plastic pollution and overuse, ranging from disposable items like take-out containers and water bottles, to beach toys and commercial plastic waste (e.g. barrels, fishing line/nets). Straws also represent a challenge in the waste stream as they cannot be recycled by traditional means. For plastics that aren’t disposed of responsibly or can’t be recycled, they continually break up over time, turning into tiny bits of microplastics that clog the bellies of marine life and possibly ending up in the food humans eat. 

Sustainable Pittsburgh and Carnegie Science Center recognize the importance of keeping the needs of the disability rights community in these conversations as plastic straws and other single-use plastics improve the livability and access for people living with certain disabilities and medical conditions. Best Buddies Pennsylvania is a partner of the Straw Forward project.