Cool Larryville Gallery

I never thought that I would see so many galleries spring up in Lawrenceville. Over the last several years, many have come and gone. But a recent addition to the galleries in Lawrenceville has probably become my favorite.

Digging Pitt Gallery, located on Butler Street, has a unique and unpretentious air. The work is consistently good, ranging from the truly bizarre to the deeply beautiful. As the past year has come and gone, I have found some of my favorite artists on display.

When you walk into the gallery you get such a sense of discovery, with a feeling that there are no wrong choices. Sometimes, the walls will be covered with unframed drawings, showing rough edges, masterpieces pinned to the wall. At other times, sophisticated drawings and complex prints share the wall space.

The gallery itself is dominated by large flat files, the drawers of which contain folios of carefully stored artwork. Perusing the collection of artwork gives one a sense of discovery, delving into unknown depths in search of some hidden gem.

The gallery was started by John Morris, who moved here from New York in 2004 with the express purpose of opening a gallery. Digging Pitt is modeled after the Pierogi Gallery, located in Brooklyn. Digging Pitt, much like the Pierogi gallery, brings a wide range of works from a vast array of artists, into one small area.

Anyway, check out Digging Pitt. The website and the blog!

Git Aht: Things To Do This Weekend

(Things to do while… Oh who am I kidding? You’re all going to St. Vincent’s this weekend anyway.)

HEY ALL! Git Aht got one o’ them electronic mail accounts, so if you have an event you’d like to let us know about send it on down the line to All submissions should be in by, oh, let’s say Thursday at high noon. No promise is made that it’ll make the list, but at least we’ll know about it, and knowing is half the battle. Yo Joe!

Friday, July 28
Exposure: Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m., Z Lounge, South Side
MarkFlickr is one of those big time Web 2.0 sites, got all kinds of cool web technology, and all the kids love it. One of the cooler aspects is the ability to create groups, where people can post up shots of whatver it is that they’re interested in. One of these groups, a quite popular one, is dedicated to Pittsburgh. Well, the last Friday of every month, they get together for a show opening, featuring a photographer that is usually from Pittsburgh. This month, Mark Knobil gets the call. Mark is a world traveler, just returned from shooting in China, a cinematographer as well, having worked with NOVA and National Geographic, and shooting just about everywhere you can think of. Git Aht likes the event because in addition to the great work presented by a fellow Pittsburgher, people drink at these things, cause, y’know, it’s at a bar. So, if your idea of a good time is to see the creative class whooping it up, this is a good place to start. Bonus Points: Mark has worked with Scott Baio. Ferreals.

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, 8:00 p.m. City Theater, South Side
When both the critics and the composers who work with them give praise, they must be doing something right. PNME has a great pricing structure too: 20 bucks to get in, unless you’re a senior, then it’s 10, unless you’re a student, then it’s pay-what-you-can, unless you’re a first time visitor, then it’s free, unless you bring a first time visitor, then it’s 10 bucks for you and still free for your first-timer friend. If that’s the case, I’d make my friend put up 5 bucks, it’s only fair. This weekend they perform “Soldier Songs” by composer David T. Little.

Omar Abdul’s BIG FUN, 10:00 p.m., Shadow Lounge
4 DJs, 3 Bands, 2 Filmmakers, and 2 Artists. No partridge in a pear tree. Also, they promise “3 Rooms of ignorant fun”, so how could you go wrong? The event is co-sponsored by the League Of Young Voters, which is way better than the League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Get there at 9 for Flamenco. Arriba!

Saturday, July 29
Dollar Bank Jamboree, 3:00 p.m., Point State Park
What’s a Saturday in Pittsburgh without fireworks? I’ll tell ya what it is, it’s a waste of bloody time, is what it is. This thing actually kicks off at 7 in the blessed AM with a fishing tournament, but the bands don’t start until 3ish. Trisha Yearwood is the headliner, which means she plays right before the fireworks start, but local country rockers and Big Ben favorites the Povertyneck Hillbillies take the stage at 5:30.

Jam On Walnut, 7:00 p.m., Walnut Street, Shadyside
Come, children, and listen to the Spin Doctors play music on a portable stage set up next to Doc’s. Relax, drink beer, walk along the street looking at baubles displayed in store windows as you sip beer from a plastic cup. Tasty? You bet. We’re big fans of drinking, of course, but we’re even bigger fans of drinking for a cause. To have said beer, you must pay 2 dollars to get into the drinking area. (Drinking area? The whole world’s a drinking area if you’re motivated enough.) This 2 dollars goes toward the Cystc Fibrosis Foundation.

Sunday, July 30
Rusted Root, 5:30 p.m., Chevrolet Amphitheatre, Station Square
“Jam band Suvivors” and local legends return as part of their Summer tour. They do a great live show, and a homecoming should be even better, cause, y’know, their parents’ll probably be there, and you always try harder if mom’s watching.

Festival In The Park, 3:00 p.m., Flagstaff Hill
A fund-raiser for Child Relief & You which supports projects for underprivileged children in India and the United States. DJ Adam MacGregor starts spinning the Bollywood and Bhangra at 3, local band Chai Baba comes on at 6:30. If you like Inidan food, this is probably a pretty good place to get it, and economical too as meals will be available for under 10 bucks. The whole thing wraps up with…

Flick: Gandhi, 9ish, Flagstaff Hill
He fought for freedom, you watch his life story for free. This is a great movie about a great man, but this flick is long, over three hours long, so don’t, y’know, drink too much during your tailgate party beforehand. Do I have to spell this out for you?

Garden Groove — This Thursday

Garden Groove returns for the second party this summer season. From 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 27, mix it up in Phipps Outdoor Garden. Tickets are $20 which includes three drinks, free admission to the Conservatory, a sampling of food from area restaurants, and music by DJ Justin Hopper.

These parties are rain or shine and tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (412) 622-6915, ext. 6803 or on the day of the event.

Click here for more information.

more things to do tonight

Traditional fuel. It’s…

Bad for the environment.

A foreign-relations headache.

And getting much more expensive.

But what are our other options?

Join us for Green Drinks this Friday at Phipps Conservatory from 5:30 to 7:30pm for a discussion on the great advances in bio-diesel and other local alternative fuel options with our hosts Steel City Bio-fuels, United Oil Company, and the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection.

And after our discussion, Steel City Bio-fuels will give a live demonstration on how they make bio-fuel!

About This Month’s Hosts:

Steel City Bio-fuels (
United Oil Company (

What is Green Drinks?

Every month, people who work in the environmental field or have in interest in a greener planet meet up for drinks at places all around the world at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you’ll be made welcome.Pittsburgh Green Drinks meets on the 3rd Friday of each month from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at Phipps Conservatory. Put it in your calendar and count on it: Green Drinks is happening every month.

For Directions, follow this link:


Join us for a Goodbye Party for the Mon-Fayette Toll Road, in the heart of Braddock, through which the road would heartlessly raze. We’ll gather at Mayor John Fetterman’s front yard (or the First Presbyterian Church next door near the corner of Braddock & Library, should it rain) for a potluck and lively conversation (8:00 p.m.) That means you should bring some food or snacks to share, and bring your own drinks. We’ll have the basics. There will be an outdoor pottery firing going on at the Carnegie Library (if you want to, for example, burn some Turnpike Commission literature).

When night falls, we’ll process to the Ohringer Building (640 Braddock Ave.) for the unveiling of an art installation (writ large: NOMFX) and a major announcement about the Toll Road you won’t want to miss! We may even pass the hat a little: we need to start the Toll Road Retirement Fund.

Let’s rally. Let’s party. Let’s kiss the Toll Road goodbye!

This FRIDAY July 21, 8:00 pm
Mayor John Fetterman’s Place
Library Street off Braddock Ave
Braddocc, PA (think I’m spelling that wrong? check out

Free- BYOB & chow

More info about the MFX:

produced by Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture); Progress Pittsburgh; Sierra Club, Allegheny Gp; Group Against Smog & Pollution; Mayor, Braddock PA; League of Young Voters; Hazelwood Initiative

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Git Aht: Things To Do This Weekend

(Things to do while figuring out if it’s the heat or the humidity or the fact that you still won’t take off your “Drink Like A Champion Today” sweatshirt…)

Friday, July 21
Wine & Dine In The Park, 5:00 p.m., Robin ill Park, Moon
Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you go out and do the same thing all over again, but probably not with as much quiet dignity and grace that a wine-tasting usually provides. PA wineries put out their best, local restaurants provide the food, and the singing chef Olga Watkins performs with her quartet. This is hoity, possibly toity, but definitely full of good wine. Plus, it’s out by the airport, so it won’t take long for a cab to show up to take you home when you’ve started telling people that you think it’s a “yappy little vintage that sits on the tongue asking you for your approval like a sad puppy, with a hint of clove in the after-taste and if any of you disagree we’re gonna have a tussle” about a chradonnay, and security asks you to leave.

Juggling In Afghanistan, 8:30 p.m. The Ice House, Lawrencevlle
Neon PullOk, I’m not sure that’s what it’s called, but this is a showcase for Pittsburgh Photographer Renee Rosensteel, showcasing pictures from her trip to Afghanistan. The juggling bit comes from the fact that Zany Umbrella Circus juggler Ben Sota was along for the ride, teaching juggling at a circus school. She also visited bazaars, and the Hindu Kush mountains, shooting all the way. She does restaurant-quality work, especially in the photo-journalistic style, so go show some support for the local photographers. Plus, it’s billed as a party, so there’s that. After, roll on up to Ray’s for the benefit since you’re in the nieghborhood.

Too Tall Jones, 10:00 p.m., Club Cafe
No, not Ed, Fred. Local Rock / Hardcore / Alternative at Club Cafe. They cite Queen, AC/DC and the Cult as influences, so you can’t really go wrong here, unless you really don’t like Queen, AC/DC and the Cult. Which is just silly.

Saturday, July 22
The Fourth Annual North Side Celebration in the Park, 11:00 a.m., Allegheny Commons Park
Puppets! Run! They’ll kill you as soon as look at you!

Wait, hang on a sec… That’s clowns, right? Yeah… clowns. Puppets are ok. There’s a lot going on here, fun for the whole family and such-like, so let’s hit it up bullet-style:

  • – Band Performances
  • – Children Interactive Activities
  • – Trackless Train Rides (Which is better than Trainless Track rides, I’m thinking)
  • – Face Painting
  • – Puppetmaking
  • – 3-on-3 Basketball Tournaments
  • – Senior Wellness Programming sponsored by AGH
  • – Allegheny Center Alliance Church Flea Market
  • – Speciality Item Vendors
  • – Kid’s Karaoke
    – The inevitable “much more”

The Pittsburgh Ring Cycle, 3:00 and 8:00 p.m., The Byham
No, not the Japanese horror flick, and no, this has no Hobbits. This is Der Ring des Nibelungen, which, tranlsated roughly means “takes like, 4 days to watch”. You’ll recognize “Ride of the Valkyries” at the three o’clock show as the music that Duvall blasts from the helicopters in Apocalypse Now, but refrain from shouting “Charlie Don’t Surf!” if you can. The eight o’clocker is Siegfried, with no Roy in sight.

Dixie Chicks, 7:30 p.m., Mellon Arena
Natalie, darlin’… Call me. I’ll pick you up in the truck, we’ll go down to the Stew Ball, have a couple longnecks, shoot some pool, play a tune or two by Slim Chance and the Can’t Hardly Playboys on the juke box. At some point, I’ll say Yee-ha. Trust me on that, sweetheart. Hoo-ee, I love me some good geetar playin’ and fiddlin’, and this show should have it.

Sunday, July 23
Bach, Beethoven & Brunch, 10:30 a.m., Mellon Park
This week, they’re featuring the Renaissance City Winds, and of course, brunch. But the important thing here is they’ve got prizes. That’s all you really need to know about this one. It’s got prizes. At a brunch. With classical music. Prizes.

Pittsburgh Blues Festival, Noon., Hartwood Acres
This benefits the greater Pittburgh Community Food Bank, and the lineup is good all weekend, but it seems especially so today, with Lee Rocker, The Yardbirds, and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Plus, there’ll be whole raft of local artists too. Go, listen, order four fried chickens and a coke. Or some dry white toast. Whichever.

Flick: Ice Age 2, 9ish, Flagstaff Hill
Because there were so many unanswered questions from the first one, that’s why. Oh yeah, this is really important here: FREE! FREE! FREE!