Great Lake Swimmers at Schenley Plaza

With any luck these mid-afternoon showers will subside in time for the WYEP Final Friday Concert tonight at Schenley Plaza.

The free concert begins at 7pm under the tent and features the Canadian band Great Lake Swimmers. The most notable aspect of this contemplative folk outfit is the haunting vocals of frontman Tony Dekker — watch his NPR Tiny Desk Concert from June to see what I mean.

For more information about other similar music events, check out Information about events in Schenley Plaza and Pittsburgh’s other major parks can be found at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

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Radio Round Up – August 28, 2009

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Most Friday mornings, at the earlt hour of 6:45am, you can listen to me talk to Jim and Randy on the DVE (102.5 FM) Morning Show about what to do in Pittsburgh this weekend. Here is what we talked about this week…

  • Walnut Street
  • Saturday 10-9, Sunday 10-5
  • Friday and Saturday, 10-8
  • Atwood Street, Center of Oakland
  • couches, desks, and more for your new apartment
  • The Oaks Theater is showing the original 1971 print
  • Friday @ 10pm, Saturday @ Midnight
  • Visit Pittsburgh is holding a contest on their website to come up with a new name for the park on Mt. Washington
  • some of the suggested names are Wild Urban Park, Emerald View Park
  • Cast your vote or suggest a name for the park
  • you could win a night at the Renaissance Hotel and dinner at Moterey Bay
  • Vote by Monday, August 31, 2009
  • Saturday, August 29, 2009
  • at the new Bakery Square Development in East Liberty

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12th Annual Shadyside…The Art Festival on Walnut Street

It is Shadyside Arts Festival Time – this event has gone through some changes over the past few years – I think it is now called the Arts Festival on Walnut St. Walnut Street in Shadyside will be closed to traffic and the street will be filled with artists from around the country. Saturday 10 – 9, Sunday 10-5. More info at

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Willy Wonka at the Oaks Theater – Friday and Saturday

Well I am glad to see that this is showing when they are usually showing horror movies because I still think that Willy Wonka is one of the scariest movies ever – the poor kids just want to eat some candy and then they vanish.
But if you love this movie then you can head to The Oaks Theater in Oakmont – Friday at 10pm or Saturday at Midnight. They will be showing the original 1971 print.

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Oakland Used Furniture Sale – Friday & Saturday

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I think this event is a great idea (we have blogged about it in the past too) because it is a great way for Pittsburgh to reuse and repurpose furniture and dorm things and a great way for new students to save some money fixing up their new Pittsburgh abodes!

If you are new in Pittsburgh – or looking for some new furniture – before you make the trip out to Ikea – stop the Oakland Planning and Development Corporations 4th Annual Used Furniture Sale this weekend.

4th Annual Used Furniture Sale

Friday August 28 10am-8pm
Saturday, August 29 10am-8pm
intersection of Atwood and Sennott Streets in Central Oakland

More info at

Furniture Sale in the news:

From the Post-Gazzette’s Walkabout Blog – Holey couches, Batman!

“We have lots of couches, a ton of chairs, a lot of desks, tables, some shelves, dressers, and a few lamps,” Kelly said. [Read more…]