smith

set to premiere on september 26th is CBS’s new show ‘smith.’ why do you care, you might ask? well, at least the first episode of this show was filmed in pittsburgh. the trailer, which you can watch here, shows master theif ray liotta and his team busting into the mellon institute to steal a priceless work of art, then escaping by zooming along highways and the monongahela river. awesome! every little bit counts.

Songs to listen to on your iPod …

while walking around in the Andy Warhol Museum.

warholDon’t ask me why, but I’m on a music kick lately! I found this fun playlist on this cute web site called “tiny mix tapes.” Someone by the handle Compulis compiled this list. IheartPGH – not only do we provide you with the quirks of this city, we also provide the soundtrack!

Compiled by: Cropulis

Note from Cropulis: Songs about the man, by the people he worked with and reflective pieces on the life of Warhol in a sort of mood piece.

01. Lou Reed & John Cale- “A Dream” (Songs for Drella)
02. The Velvet Underground- “All Tomorrow’s Parties” (The Velvet Underground & Nico)
03. John Cale- “Paris 1919″ (Paris 1919)
04. The Rolling Stones- “Sister Morphine” (Sticky Fingers)
05. Lou Reed- “Street Hassle” (Street Hassle)
06. Brian Eno- “An Ending (Ascent)” (Apollo (Atmospheres & Sounds)
07. Secret Machines- “Girl From the North Country” (Road Lead’s Where It’s Lead)
08. David Bowie- “Andy Warhol” (Hunky Dory)
09. Bob Dylan- “Desolation Row” (Highway 61 Revisited)
10. Lou Reed & John Cale- “Hello It’s Me” (Songs for Drella)

Thanks to Mindy for pointing out this site. We also love:

– songs with unexpected swearing (including cake)
– songs to knit to (including night ranger, elliott smith, b&s, the
decemberists!)
– songs to eat cereal to (including mike doughty, blur, cornershop)
– songs for making pinky promises to
– songs for a person wandering nowhere in particular, gazing randomly
around, and not thinking about anything

Joe Grushecky – Rock’s best-kept secret

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) — Music critics place him among the best rock and rollers ever.

Over the past two decades, he’s raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for all kinds of causes, including headlining a sold-out (in 57 minutes!) “Flood Aid” benefit concert last December in Pittsburgh with his good buddy Bruce Springsteen.

He’s a musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, music arranger, recording artist — and he leads what’s been described in top music publications as “one of the best bar bands in America.”

Like Iron City Beer and the DVE morning show, the music of Joe Grushecky is known in every corner bar ’round these parts. Last year, CNN reported he’s rock’s best kept secret. He been rocking for years … all while teaching ‘developmentally disabled, physically disabled and emotionally disturbed kids’ at Pittsburgh’s Weselyn High School. How’s that for no bullsh**, blue-collar sensibility?

The band’s new CD includes collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, including the Grammy-award winning “Code of Silence.”

Mr. Grushecky and the (formerly the Iron City) Houserockers are playing a number of shows in the Pittsburgh area … see him before it gets to cold to party outside with your Ahrns. Check out the free downloads here, so you can sing along with all the more-intelligent-than-average Grushecky fans. The live links just sound fun.

Friday- September 1st
Johnston Folk Festival – Johnstown, PA

Saturday – September 2nd
Conneuat Lake

Sunday – September 3rd
Spot Bar – Steubenville, OH

Friday – September 8th
Mellon Park – adjacent to The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and along Fifth and Shady Avenues in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside area.
Joe Grushecky Solo

About A Fair in the Park
presented by The Craftsmen’s
Guild of Pittsburgh at Mellon Park
5:30-7:00 PM

Saturday – September 9th
Carnegie Arts and Heritage Festival
Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers
Showtime 10:30PM

Big Fun Part 2!

One more last minute addition to “Git Aht” …

If you’re still looking for something to do tonight, check out BIG FUN PART 2 at the Shadow Lounge tonight. What is this “Big Fun” I speak of? (CAPITAL LETTERS!!)

FRIDAY AUGUST 25TH 8:30PM-2AM
@ The Shadow Lounge BAUM BLVD. EAST LIBERTY,
OMAR-ABDUL AND THE LEAGUE OF YOUNG VOTERS HOST:
BIG FUN PT.2, “GET INVOLVED”
ADMISSION: 5$ ALL AGES

A NIGHT OF MUSICAL PERFORMANCES AND SOCIALIZING TO CELEBRATE YOUNG VOLUNTEERS AGES 18-35, IN THE FIELD OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE, AND ENCOURAGE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED IN POLITICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE. UP TO 100 VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE BEEN REGULARLY ACTIVE FOR OVER TWO MONTHS WILL BE INVITED AS GUESTS TO ATTEND. THE VOLUNTEER RECEPTION FROM 9PM -10PM WITH CATERING, BEVERAGES AND COMMENCEMENT COMMENTS FROM LOCAL POLITICIANS AND SENIOR LOCAL ACTIVISTS INCLUDING DEMOCRATIC PARTY VICE CHAIR EDWARD GAINEY AND DISTRICT MAGISTRATE CATHY BUBASH.

FOLLOWING THE RECEPTION WE WILL CONTINUE THE CELEBERATION WITH MUSIC FROM SOME OF PITTSBURGHS MOST FUN AND ENJOYABLE BANDS AND DJS INCLUDING OMEGA LOVE, OMAR-ABDUL, EVICTION NOTICE, THE SOLEVIBE, AND DJ BUSCRATES.

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Git Aht! – Things To Do This Weekend

(Things to do while figuring out how the hell we only ended up in 8th place…)

Friday, August 25
Wine Tasting, 5:30 p.m., The Warhol, North Shore Side
12 bucks gets you samples of four wines, some food provided by Big Burrito and admission to the museum, ’cause there ain’t nothin’ more fun that gettin’ toasted and hanging out in the balloon room, right? “Dude! There are so many of me right now! I’m floating! I’m floating!” Bonus points if you show up dressed like Nico.

Exposure: Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m. Club Havana, Shadyside
The monthly photography show put together by a talented bunch of flickr-affiliated photographers that features a local artist. This month, the show features Chuck Schneider, whose work can make the ordinary extraordinary, and whose eye can find an abstract in the middle of an otherwise everyday scene featuring manhole covers. This gig also features photographers drinking and good house music provided by DJs Walter, Angeles Bailey and Disco Dan.

Tamburitzans, 8:00 p.m. South Park
One of the things that makes Pittsburgh Pittsburgh. Go see the local Institution for FREE at the South Park amphitheater as they close out their Summer season. I actually tried out for the Tammies a long time ago, but after I finished my audition piece, which consisted of the Pop And Lock, The Running Man, The Cabbage Patch and The Worm, I received a polite, “Thank you, we’ll call” fom the musical director. Turns out that wasn’t what they were really looking for. Ah well.

Saturday, August 26
Jam On Walnut, 7:00 p.m., Walnut Street, Shadyside
The monthly benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation winds up the summer with $2-cover-charge-Drinking For A Causeâ„¢, eventual staggering around on the Double Yellow Line, and music from Joe Grushecky and Sho ‘Nuff. You’ll probably end up hitting that pizza shop down on Ivy around 2ish, so make sure to skip dessert earlier and save room for a slice.

Run Around The Square, 8:15 a.m., Frick Park
Go then, be healthy, work off the booze from the night before. Seriously, a friend of mine ran this thing last year after staying out until 2, got up and ran it in a decent time. He says it was all the carbs from the night before, I say he was still drunk and therefore didn’t feel the pain in his knees. There’s a shorter “Fun Run” before the main event at 9 a.m. They’ll have musicians and “themed water-stops” whatever the hell that means, sprinkled throughout the course, which seems cool. Go enjoy Frick Park as the Summer wanes.

Super Computer Donation Bowl, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Heinz Field
Donate your computer in a way that’s good for the environment and the community. I mentioned this before, but I’m mentioning it again ’cause it’s a good cause. Plus, Charlie Batch is gonna be there! Chuck’s the man! How often do you get to meet a Super Bowl winner? Unless, of course, you’re an EMT working the day shift on Second Avenue by the Armstrong Tunnel. (See, he’s fine so we can make the jokes! Kids! Wear a helmet!)

Sunday, August 27
Rent, 1 and 6:30 p.m., Benedum Center
The Tony Award-winning musical makes a stop on it’s road tour at the Benedum as part of the PNC Broadway Across America series. They use a lot of exclamation points on the web page to describe it, so I’m wondering if they’re maybe trying too hard. I haven’t liked a musical since Sondheim’s “Sunday In The Park” so I’m probably not the best authority on this, but a lot of people like it so there must be something to it. I dunno, maybe I’m a bit cynical and bitter and in a bad mood because the Flagstaff movie tonight is…

Flick: Hoodwinked, Duskish, Flagstaff Hill
The animated re-telling of the Little Red Riding Hood story as voiced by Glenn Close, Jim Belushi, and Andy Dick. I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence. I feel all… unclean, if you will. Umm… it’s free? Yeah… Free.

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Got an event planned? Would you like a whole flock of yinzers like us with disposable income to show up? Let Git Aht know by sending the electronic mail to gitaht@gmail.com.