Merry Merry Christmas To You

My great Aunt Ruth used to just say Merry Merry.  We hope that you had a very Merry Christmas Day if you celebrate and continue to to enjoy the holidays for the rest of the week.  We saw this photo on Twitter at the beginning of December and I’ve been meaning to share this tweet and photo on the blog ever since (with the permission of the author).

We would love to see your Pittsburgh holiday photos too!  Please share in the comments below or on Twitter with the hashtag #yinzmas.

Four Things To Do This Week

Here’s your weekly events for your pre-holiday fulfillment. If anybody knows of a cool end-of-the-world party going on, let me know and I’ll write about it!

PGH Vinyl Con Happy Hour (21+)
Wednesday, Dec 19 6p-12a
Brillobox, Lawrenceville
Drinks on the first floor, live DJ’s on the second, and vinyl vendors on the third! What more could you want? Oh yeah, there’s no cover. I’ll be there.

It’s A Wonderful Life
Tuesday, Dec 18 thru Saturday, Dec 22
Tue-Fri 8p, Sat 5p & 8p
Regent Square Theater
Bring your family to see this Christmas classic on the big screen! Help support the East End Cooporative Ministry’s food drive by bringing a nonperishable or canned goods. Free admission.

Your Concert Listings For The Week

Good Friday
Friday, Dec 21 5p
Andy Warhol Museum
Experience the museum in a truly social way at this weekly program in the gallery featuring special programs of music, film or performance art. A cash bar will be available and discounted museum admission is offered.
More info: (412) 237-8300

Saturday Shopping at Moop and Boutique 208

Two great places to shop on Saturday December 15, 2012 – these great Pittsburgh businesses have some special holiday shopping events to help you finish your Christmas shopping.

Moop – is a Pittsburgh manufacturer of handmade waxed cotton bags.  Their bags have been featured all over the web and the country but they are made right here in Pittsburgh.  Moop has recently moved to a new studio.  Usually their bags are only available from their website –, but this Saturday you can stop by their studio for a special holiday sale.

Moop Handmade Holiday Open Studio Sale
Saturday, December 15, 2012
100 Rosslyn Road, Carnegie, PA 15106 (detailed directions are available here)
Facebook Event Link –

Boutique 208 is located downtown at 208 Sixth Street – it started as part of Project PopUp last year.  Boutique 208 is hosting a “Clever Handmade Holiday Shopping Event” on Saturday from 2-8pm, featuring the works of local artists bel monili and juNxtaposition – two unique local artists who create up cycled jewelry and accessories.  There will be wine and free gift wrapping.

A Clever Handmade Holiday Shopping Event
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Boutique 208, 208 Sixth Street
Facebook Event Link – 

Shop Local on Liberty – December 14

There are some new shops that have opened on Liberty Avenue in recent months and they are trying to get the word out about some of the cool stuff happening in Bloomfield.  The East End Book Exchange and Clothes Minded have teamed up with The Big Idea Book shop to bring you an evening of local shopping and snacks.

  • East End Book Exchange – used books and new book from local authors
  • Clothes Minded – vintage and preloved clothing
  • The Big Idea – book shop and cafe

Show your receipt from any shop and get 10% off your purchase at one of the other shops.

There will be food – the Oh My Grill Food Truck will be on the scene for all of your grilled cheese needs. (By the way – if you are looking for a holiday gift for a grilled cheese lover – check out the the Grilled Cheesus, which happens to be on sale here until 12/15).

Shop Local on Liberty Ave
Friday, December 14, 2012
4740-4812 Liberty Ave, Bloomfield
Facebook Event Link

Four Things To Do This Week

Holiday Lunchtime Concerts
Monday through Friday, Noon
Fifth Avenue Place, Downtown

Enjoy live musical performances from some of Pittsburgh’s favorite artists as they bring the sounds of the season to life each day at Noon. Admission is free.
More info, including this week’s line-up: 412-456-7800

The Den

Monday, Dec 10 6p-7:30p

Why should kids and teens have all the fun in the Library? Join the First Floor on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month (beginning October 22nd) for video games, board games, easy drop-in art projects, book discussions and more! Admission is free.
More info:

Pittsburgh Moth StorySLAM: Aftermath

Tuesday, Dec 11 8p (register at 7p)
Rex Theatre, Southside

Indie storytelling at its finest… Each teller will have 5 minutes to tell his or her tale. After each story, the judges confer, and give a score. The teller with the highest score becomes our StorySLAM winner.

Rex Theater

Rex Theater (Photo credit: fimoculous)

More Info:

The Christmas Story: A Live Nativity Scene & Worship Experience

Saturday, Dec 15 11a-3p
Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum, Homewood

Live re-enactment of the birth of Jesus Christ. There will be live animals, singing of Christmas carols, more. Presented by the Baptist Temple Church.
More info: 412-608-9767

The Rink at PPG Place
Every Day
PPG Place, Downtown

During the winter season from mid-November through early March, the Plaza between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue transforms into The Rink at PPG Place, a spectacular one-of-a-kind outdoor ice skating rink.
More info: