Hello Donny Showtunes Sing-A-Long – March 21st

A group of enthusiast karaoke singers and showtunes lovers has been working hard to make this event a reality.  If you love singing showtunes – then you are going to want to save the date for March 21st!


Hello Donny
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 9:30pm
Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue

From the organizer…

Tired of the Cellblock Tango? Longing for the Heaven Hop? Just Can’t Help Loving that Man of Mine? We know It’s a Hard Knock Life. Well Good Morning Starshine – because things are Getting Better. And not just for the Ladies Who Lunch.

Hello Donny
is your opportunity to come as you are, let it all hang out, and do what you love. That is… if you love singing showtunes.

Inspired by Marie’s Crisis (NYTimes article here) a storied piano bar in New York City’s West Village  this monthly sing-along at the Cabaret at
Theater Square will give you and your nearest and dearest the opportunity to belt as one. Absolutely everyone is welcome.

Each evening will be emceed by a local performer, accompanied by a live pianist, and interspersed with a few featured performances to
shake things up. But the most important role – by far – is you.

If you’ve ever sung showtunes…

  • in the shower
  • in your car
  • on the bus
  • in the street
  • after a few beers
  • on or offstage
  • morning, noon, or night

then it’s so nice to have you back where you belong!!!!

A Weekend of Comfort Food Events – BBQ, Chili, Mc & Cheese & More –

Even if the weather outside isn’t so frightful – we have hit the long winter slump.  But there is a weekend full of comfort food events from BBQ to Mac & Cheese to Chili to help you make it through.  Here is a round up of the events we shared on the WDVE morning show today.

Two New BBQ Joints in the Burgh

  • Union Pig & Chicken opens on Highland Ave
  • YinzBurgh BBQ now open on Baum and Morewood

Bistro to Go Culinary Open House – Learn to Cook German Food for Free

  • Bistro to Go is located on East Ohio Street
  • On Friday, February 24, 2012, 5:30-7:30 – stop by for free lessons in making German foods and sample some German wine

Mac & Cheese Cook-Off

  • Saturday, February 25, 1pm @ Carnegie Library in East Liberty
  • 15 amateur Mac & Cheese lovers will compete for prizes

Mt. Lebanon Chili Cook-Off

  • Saturday, February 25, Noon-5pm @ Clearview Commons
  • Mt. Lebanon Fire Dept vs Mt. Lebanon Police Dept in a chili challenge
  • Plus Chili and Desserts from 10+ Local Restaunts

Kid-a-palooza 2012

  • Saturday, February 26, 2012, 10am-6pm @ Convention Center
  • Giant indor family fun festival
  • activities, indoor rock climbing, sports, princesses, cartoon characters

Title Town Soul Music Dance Party with Guest DJs The New Day from Austin, TX

  • after you eat your weight in Mac & Cheese, Chili or BBQ you can dance away those calories at Pittsburgh’s monthly Soul Music Dance Party
  • Saturday, February 25, 2012 9pm @ Shadow Lounge

“Take a Shot at Changing the World – FREE Youth Film Making Workshop @ History Center

  • Hosted by the Steeltown Entertainment Project
  • Sunday, February 26, 2012, 1:30pm @ Heinz History Center
  • Middle-school and high-school students will have the chance to learn from filmmaking professionals how to make videos that could win them and their schools over $10,000 in cash and prizes.
  • Workshop is open to everyone
  • Facebook event – http://www.facebook.com/events/274385809301868/
  • Will be followed by a FREE screening of My Tale of Two Cities

Submit Your Photos to the Bicycle Photo Show

  • Bike Pgh is partnering with The Carnegie Library to organize an exchibit of bicycle photos inspired by a publication in Sevilla, Spain
  • Submit a photo of your bike by February 26, 2012

Tickets Selling Fast – Bannf Mountain Film Festival

we have been noticing lots of great events are selling out quickly – so here is an early warning to pick up your tickets for the Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to town April 6-7, 2012.  Tickets available here.

Two New BBQ Places in the Burgh

Meat lovers rejoice! Not one, but TWO new BBQ places have opened in Pittsburgh.

Kevin Sousa, who opened Salt of the Earth last year and Station Street Hot Dogs a few weeks ago – officially opened Union Pig & Chicken this eve.  Union Pig & Chicken is Located on Highland Avenue a few blocks from the intersection of Highland and Penn.  There is indoor seating, the menu is available online at www.UnionPGH.com.  They offer a selection of meats, sides, whiskey & burbon cocktails and beer from East End brewing.

Union Pig and Chicken  on Urbanspoon

Thanks to a loyal reader we learned that YinzBurghBBQ opened recently on Baum Blvd. (it is across the street from the GetGo on Baum and Morewood). While there isn’t much available on the website www.YinzBurghBBQ.com, I drove past this evening and the place was packed.  It looks like it is mostly take out with one or two tables.

YinzBurgh BBQ on Urbanspoon

Chili Cook-Off @ Mt. Lebanon Winterfest

So we are in this sort of dreary slump of a Pittsburgh winter – football season has ended (and earlier than usual).  The weather is grey, not so cold, but not BBQ weather yet.  Pittsbughers have cabin fever.  I made the mistake of trying to stop at Trader Joe’s last Saturday at 3:00pm.  The rest of Pittsburgh – eager to escape from their homes also decided to grocery shop at that time.  I made it through 1 aisle – saw an open cash register and made an escape.  But never feat Pittsburgh – we will make it through the grey days of winter by eating a feast!

Fish Fry season has started.  Don’t forget the Carnegie Library in East Liberty is holding a Mac & Cheese Cook-Off on Saturday.  And it gets better – Mt. Lebanon is hosting a huge Chili Cook-off – The Fire and Icing Festival which includes a  Mt. Lebanon Fire Dept vs Mt. Lebanon Police Dept in a chili challenge

FIRE & ICING FESTIVAL – Chili Cook-off & Dessert Tour supporting Relay For Life of Mt. Lebanon

Saturday, February 25, from Noon – 5 pm
Clearview Common – Uptown Mt. Lebanon
Tickets – $10/advance or $15/at the event – purchase at www.mtlebanonpartnership.net or at Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building

Beer Available

Chili Cook-Off Contestants include

  • A’Pizza Badamo
  • Bado’s Pizza Grill and Ale House
  • Bistro 19
  • Bravo! Cucina Italiana
  • Café Io
  • Il Pizzaiolo
  • Kous Kous Cafe
  • Rania’s Catering
  • Walnut Grove

Building Your Family Tree – History Center to offer FREE Workshops in on Researching African American and Jewish Family Histories

Nowadays we can log on to ye olde Facebooks and keep tabs on our cousin and in many families Grandma and Grandpa are using the Facebooks to keep in touch.  But if you want to find out about previous generations – Facebook doesn’t offer much.  Just the word Family Tree brings back memories of my mom helping me we a 2nd grad project.  She was determined to fill that piece of posterboard out correctly – probably because there was no other written location of the family history.

The Heinz History center is kicking off a new series of events this weekend to help you learn about your family tree before the Facebook era.  The workshops this weekend are focused on researching African American and Jewish family histories.  It looks like they will be hosting additional workshops in the future.

Saturday, February 25, 2012 – African American Family Histories

On Sat., Feb. 25, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., noted genealogist Dr. Deborah Abbott will trace the ancestry of an African American family and provide insight to visitors on the best genealogical methods. Dr. Abbott will demonstrate how visitors can trace their family roots with limited facts and information, particularly those with ancestors who were enslaved and emancipated.

This History Center workshop is co-sponsored by the Afro-American Genealogical Society of Pittsburgh and supported by the Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program.

Sunday, February 26, 2012 – Jewish Family Histories

On Sun., Feb. 26, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Detre Library & Archives will offer special demonstrations of Ancestry.com, Jewishgen.org, and a presentation on Jewish family research methods called “Finding Family in the Old Country.”

Following the demonstrations, the presenters and Detre Library & Archives staff will be available for genealogy-related questions during an open house session.

This Rauh Jewish Archives workshop was underwritten with the generous support of the William M. Lowenstein Genealogical Research Endowment Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

ADMISSION: Admission is FREE for Genealogy Weekend participants and registration is encouraged. To pre-register, call Natalie DeRiso at 412-454-6373or e-mail nnderiso@heinzhistorycenter.org.