(Things to do while raising a pint in honor of Shane McGowan’s teeth Ã¢â‚¬Â¦)
Friday, March 16
Exposure: Pittsburgh Featuring Rob Strovers, 8:30 p.m., Tonic, Dahntahn
The local flickr people move their shindig dahntahn this month to the friendly confines of Tonic. I went there after the opera last year (that’s right, I gots some o’ that culture) and it’s a great place to go after a show. And before a show. And depending on the show, during the show.
This would actually be one of the times you should go there for a show, as Rob Strovers, gifted and talented photographer displays selections from his vast collection of urban and industrial textures, with the odd black and white thrown in.
In a move that’s dangerously close to journalism, I sent Rob an email asking him actual questions, to find out what was going to be in the show and why he chose to got whatever route he was going…
“The urban and industrial texture thing has grown on me since first stumbling across the remnants of a partially demolished house on the south side slopes,” says Strovers. “There was this vibrant blue door, covered in moss and green slime set against a backdrop of brick, flaking paint and nature trying to reestablish itself. The more I look, the more I see and sometimes it’s an odd contrast, some vibrant splash of color and texture that stands out.”
So go, have a drink or two, check out the images. Then, have another couple drinks and look at them again, see if they’re different. If they are, you’ve had quite enough to drink and should probably take a cab.
Rockabilly Riot Friday!, 10:00 p.m., Howlers Coyote Cafe, Bloomfield
You got a cowboy hat and/or a pompadour? Use ’em tonight whilst taking in the melodious tones of The Rusty Gun Revival, The Bessemers and The Cocktail Shakers at Howlers. I predict a riot.
Me? I got the hat, the pompadour, eh, not so much. My dome is all “Night on Bald Mountain”-ish these days, a combination of Mother Nature’s cruel tricks and shaving it for a charity thing last year. A friend of mine just bought a Jeep Sahara, the convertible, and I look forward to taking a ride in it and feeling the wind in my scalp and the bugs going splat near where I think.
Quick Hit for Friday:
Green Drinks at the Warhol, mingle with environmentalists. Previously mentioned by Lindsay…
Saturday, March 17
(Brilliant mood music? You get that from Buck O Nine… Go visit their page.)
Look, I mean, you can sort of stand waving your arms about and hit a good time tonight…. Find some drunks, follow them. (At a discreet distance, of course.) Prepare for bloody knuckles as a very real possibility by the end of the night, but what the hell…
The Parade , 10:00 in the blessed a.m., Dahntahn
Now, you don’t have to be there right at the start, but it’s a good idea, if only to stake out the prime drinking spots. There should be all the usual accoutrements of a good parade including marching bands, veterans, shriners, and fire trucks. All well and good, but you can also pretty much count on some hoons around, so best to avoid them as you don’t want to be dealing with bruises this early. Save that for later.
You should be able to stop into just about any bar and have a giggle and a Guinness, but if it’s still open, I’d suggest the Royal Oak on Wood street and First post-parade.
The Drinking At Night , All Evening, All Over
There are tons of good Irish bars to go a-drinking, and the Non-Irish ones are gonna be rowdy too. Of course, you can hit Claddagh’s or Molly Branigan’s if you’re feeling kinda corporate, Piper’s if you don’t ask for a “Car Bomb” (trust me on that one), Murphy’s Tap Room if you don’t mind riding out to Regent Square, Mullaney’s Harp And Fiddle if you don’t mind being at Absolute St. Patrick’s Day Ground Zero, or Finnegan’s Wake if you don’t mind paying for parking on the North Side.
The PG’s got a great St. Patrick’s Day section of events, so go there and check it for all the green details.
And now for something completely different, A Public Service Announcement:
We here at Git Aht love to drink almost as much as, say, Pitt Girl at a Ravenstahl stump speech, but we love to drink and
pass out sleep where we actually do our drinking. (This explains the odd sort of coating on our outerwear that smells of stale beer and South Side. At least, we dearly hope that’s what explains it.) If you the bar owners frown upon you grabbing some rack time on their floor, then I’d say grab a cab. I’m not recommending any of these hacks in particular, I’m just sayin’… Take a cab if you need to.
– Eagle Cab: 412-765-1555
– Checker Cab: 412-381-5600
– Yellow Cab: 412-665-8100
– Peoples Cab: 412-681-3131
Sunday, March 18
Sleep it the hell off. Get up, eat something salty, get some carbs. Drink lots of water. Hate yourself and your drinking companions. Take a nap.
Because Knowing Where To Go (and drink) Is Half The Battle
(Further Suggested Reading)
– Pittsburgh City Paper
– Pittsburgh Post Gazette
– Craigs List
– This Is Happening
Got an event planned? Would you like a whole flock* of yinzers with disposable income to show up? Let Git Aht know by sending the electronic mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(* Note: Ã¢â‚¬Å“FlockÃ¢â‚¬Â? being, yÃ¢â‚¬â„¢know.. very loosely-definedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦)