Polish Hill, Vintage Scooters, Industial Murals – Round Up – April 30, 2010

Betcha' Dupa Your Leaving Polish Hill
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  • Saturdays and Sundays in May
  • 7 days a week starting June 1
  • June 5th – Paddle at the Point – help break the world record for most canoes and kayaks on the water – more info at PaddleathePoint.com
  • hosted by Polish Hill Civic Association
  • Saturday, May 1, 2010 11am-1pm
  • Take a walk through polish hill and learn about the history of the neighborhood
  • Taking photos of this sign led to a stop by the police last year – read the original post here.
Maxo Vanka Murals

Nuns and Steelworkers
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  • Saturday and Sunday
  • St. Nicholas Church in Millvale
  • Between 1937 and 1941 Vanka painted 22 murals on the interior of the church – while the murals are religious they also include lots of images of industrial Pittsburgh
  • More info is available at vankamurals.org

Art, Carp, Shakespeare and Oh! Susanna – Radio Round Up – April 23, 2010

boca chica @ the Quiet Storm
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Friday – Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District,

  • 5:30-9pm Galleries, exhibits and more,
  • check out wedding themed art at Salon Christine
  • Boca Chica at the Backstage Bar from 5:30-7:30

Shakespeare Sonnet-a-thon / BYOB (Bring Your Own Bard)

  • Friday, April 23, 2010
  • Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks and Poets Corner co-host a sonnet and monologue contest to honor the Bard’s 446th birthday.
  • Actors and non-actors alike can take a crack at their favorite sonnets, songs and soliloquies

Stephen Foster Symposium

Stephen Foster
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  • April 23 and 24, 2010 @ University of Pittsburgh
  • Foster is know as the father of pop music and is the author of Oh! Susanna and Camptown Races is from Lawrenceville and is buried Allegheny Cemetery

Urban Dare Pittsburgh

  • part double dare, part the amazing race – compete against other teams in a day long challenge that covers 5 miles around the city
  • Saturday April 24 @ Noon
  • Register online here

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Shakespere N'at – Sonnet-a-thon

(The famous Droeshout portrait of William Shake...
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If Shakespeare is your thing – check out this Sonnet-a-thon.  I have to say my first reaction to even the word Shakespeare is to run quickly in the other direction – it evokes memories of bad high school english papers.  Reading and writing were not my strength in high school days and I far preferred calculus and chemistry to anything literature related.  It is still amusing to me that I now spend many hours writing.   But event to a literary novice – this event looks pretty fun.

Join other Shakespeare lovers at Te Cafe in Sq. Hill (we are very happy to see that Te Cafe has reopened too!) to celebrate Mr. Shakespeare’s 446th Birthday. [Read more…]

Saturday Night, Alright, Alright – 6 great events for Sat. April 24

Art All Night - 4
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Okay, so I am not the biggest elton John fan, but I wasn’t sure how else to title this post to convey the excitement about Saturday Night.  Here are 6 great events happening in Pittsburgh.  All worthy of your attention.  From art to fishing to cake there is something for everyone this Saturday.

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Eat Local: Earth Day Edition

Thanks to everyone who commented on the recent Latin Goes Local at Seviche and Farm to Table, and More posts! Here are the lucky contest winners:

Winner of the 2010 EcoCents Green Guide: Becky Utech Gaugler of the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Winner of the  Seviche gift certificate: Beautia Dew, a contributing writer for Gastronomic Exploits, a beautifully executed local food blog that I just discovered and fell in love with.

Since Earth Day is right around the corner, I wanted to share some great Eat Local Pittsburgh resources centered on making the environment in Pittsburgh a little happier and yummier for everyone.

Grow Pittsburgh is planning a viewing of FRESH, a movie that celebrates farmers and citizens who are re-inventing our food system. The viewing will be held on April 27 at E2, Enrico Biscotti’s hip new location in Highland Park, at 6:30. A generous tasting of real, local food prepared by Chef Kate Romane will be served and there will be a discussion about how you can become more involved in our local food system. The event is BYOB and a percentage of the admission cost of $25 will go to Grow Pittsburgh. Reservations are recommended; please contact Enrico Biscotti for more information.

Grow Pittsburgh will also be selling seedlings at the Phipps Conservatory May Market on May 7-8. The May Market is an event where dozens of garden clubs and vendors come together to bring you a great selection of plants, tools and garden items for a special sale. On May 8 at 2:00, Grow Pittsburgh will be giving a talk about organic gardening.

Mark your calendar for Local Restaurant Week: May 25-30. During this exciting week, dine out with friends and family in support of local, independent restaurants and experience incredible savings with dining deals for only $20.10.

Looking for a unique downtown lunch experience? Why not support local up and coming chefs at A Taste of Art: The Restaurant at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh!

Under the direction of experienced chef faculty at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, students rotate through each position in the restaurant. Credit cards are accepted and reservations are accepted from 11:15 to 12:30. Please call 412-291-6532 for more information.

I’m getting hungry… see you next time!