Fish FRYdays, Night of the Living Dead, Food Festivals & Oscar Party

Here are the links for all of the great stuff we discussed on WDVE this morning.  We are on live most Friday mornings at 6:45 am.

Happy FRYday!  If you are one of my grades school classmates you can’t say the word Friday with out thinking of  Mr. Hazlett, our history teacher, who would say every Friday – happy shake-n-bake day.

Fish fry season is here and someone has put together an AMAZING map of all the fish fries around Western PA.

Check out the Pittsburgh Lenten Fish Fry Map here and like the map on Facebook here.
Night of the Living Dead 45th Anniversary Celebration

  • Friday, February 22, 2013
  • 5pm – 10pm
  • Heinz History Center
  • 45 Anniversary of Night of the Living Dead
  • Pittsburgh best Zombie Contest
  • 7pm Screening of the film
International Polar Bear Day 

  • Saturday, February 23, 2013
  • 11am
  • Pittsburgh Zoo will be celebrating International Polar Bear Day
English: Sow Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) near...
  • Saturday, February 23, 2013
  • 12-3p
  • Clearview Commons
  • Chili fest and Hombrew fest are separate events – tickets are $10 each
North Hills Food Truck Round Up

  • Saturday, February 23, 2013
  • 12-3pm
  • Coffee Buddha – 964 Perry Hwy, Pgh, PA 15237
  • Pgh Taco Truck, OhMyGrill, Pierogi Truck & BRGR will be there!
  • Facebook Event Link
The Mattress Factory’s 35th Anniversary Bash

  • Saturday, February 23, 2013
  • 1-4pm Community Party at the Museum – pay what you wish
  • 5-7pm Anniversary Bash – tickets $20


Hollywood Theater Oscar Party

  • Sunday, February 24, 2013
  • 6:30pm
  • Hollywood Theater in Dormont
  • Tickets are $10 or $25 for VIP Balcony Seating
  • Facebook Event

Happening This Week

American Idiot
Tuesday – Sunday
Heinz Hall, Cultural District

An all-new musical based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album.
More info/tickets:


Night Of The Living Dead
Friday 5p
Senator John Heinz History Center, Strip District

This classic, locally-made 1968 horror movie is the terrifying take of a group of people trapped in a rural farmhouse who are attacked by unnamed “living dead” monsters. Ghostly attire is encouraged but not required.
More info: (412) 454-6000 


Manor At Midnight Oscar Classics: Chinatown
Saturday Midnight
Manor Theatre, Squirrel Hill

The Manor Theatre ends their midnight Oscar run with 1974’s Chinatown, a searing murder mystery directed by Roman Polanski, starring Jack Nicholson as an LA private eye on the trail of some very unsavory characters.
More info:


Some information provided by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

highlighting collaboration in Pittsburgh: NExMW

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania skyline photograph, t...

One of the questions that keeps coming up at many of the entrepreneurship related events around town – “Are you going to SXSW this year?” There are lots of great Pittsburgh companies that are headed to SXSW and I know there are some Pittsburgh events planned in Austin.

But it occurred to me:  why should those who cannot get to Austin miss out on all the fun.  So I would like to throw an idea out and see what you think: Northeast x Midwest  (NExMW), a series of events here in Pittsburgh highlighting some of the great businesses, projects, and partnerships happening right here in the 412.

The name: NExMW – Last month I made a stop in St. Louis to have lunch with Jeff and Randy Vines – they are the owners of STLstyle (and basically the IheartPGH of St. Louis). Over lunch they asked me if  I considered Pittsburgh to be in the North East or Midwest – I replied both.  Pittsburgh is a great balance of lots of things North East and lots of things Midwest.

The Format: A Series of Events – Other the past I’ve had a bunch of other conversations with other folks about what makes a good networking event and how to meet other Pittsburghers to work with.   There are lots of happy hours, open coffees, and general networking events, but it can be hard to get past the small talk.  Rather than have one big event – I am thinking it makes sense to have NExMW be a series of smaller, structured events – panel discussions, small networking meals and hands-on workshops.  I have already reached out to the folks at GrubWithUs and they are ready to have us their platform to plan some meals.

The Theme: Collaboration –  exploring and celebrating the intersection of community and commerce in Pittsburgh.  There are so many interesting collaborations that are driving change in this city, especially between the arts and business.  NExMW is an opportunity to learn more about and see firsthand how these collaborations evolve and function, and how they are contributing to making Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh.    IheartPGH exists to share the stories of  individuals, businesses, projects, are organizations in Pittsburgh that are, in a small and not-s0-small ways, making this a great place to live.  Yesterday, NPR re-aired this interview with Dan Buettner, author of the book Thrive.  Listening to Buettner talk about how where you live can impact your happiness is one of the reasons I decided to move this idea for NExMW from my “wouldn’t it be nice if” list to my “this needs to happen” list.  I envision NExMW as an opportunity to really explore what makes Pittsburgh so livable.

Events We’re Planning:

  • Panel Discussion at East End Book Exchange
  • Event at Commonwealth Press
  • GrubWithUs Meals
  • Podcast About Pittsburgh StartUps
  • some sort of event with the mayoral candidates

What do you think?

Feedback please!

  • Which events would you like to attend?
  • Are you interested in planning/hosting an event?
  • What Pittsburghers would you to have lunch or dinner with?
  • What businesses would you like to tour?
  • Would you be interested in being a sponsor for NExMW

Stay Tuned for More

  • Sign up at – we’ll email you when the website is ready
  • Follow @NExMW on Twitter

TechShop Preview, Classic Pgh Movies and Lots of Events for Food Lovers in Pgh

Pittsburgh is for LOVERS!  This weekend Pittsburgh is also a perfect place for FOOD lovers!  Just because the calendar has moved past February 14 – doesn’t mean there are many great ways to celebrate with your sweetheart or with our sweetheart – the city of Pittsburgh.  Lots of great loved themed events for this President’s day weekend from some of the places in Pittsburgh that we love!

Pittsburgh is for FOOD LOVERS too – be sure to check out some of the events on Monday evening – the food bloggers of Pittsburgh have cooked up some awesome events.  If you were listening to our segment on WDVE this am – here are the links for the Beecview restaurants we were raving about.

If you have a favorite pizza shop we need to know about please leave us a suggestion in the comments below.  Looking for more pittsburgh pizza places – check out the blog Pizza Walk With Me.
Valentines Day Specials – All Weekend

Valentine's Day 2010 [1]

Valentine’s Day 2010 [1] (Photo credit: MotleyOklahoman)

Wine Tasting @ Dreadnought Wines

  • 1st & 3rd Fridays
  • Dreadnought Wines in the Strip
  • 5:30-7:30pm
  • This might be one of the best kept secrets in the burgh – stop by and they will teach you about wine
  • $12/person
  • no RSVP needed


pittsburgh wine tasting classes in the strip district
TechShop Pittsburgh Preview Party

  • Saturday, February 16, 2013
  • 6-8pm
  • TechShop, Bakery Square
  • Get a sneak peek at the new workshop that opens in March 
  • Saturday, February 16, 2013
  • Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall
  • Annual Benefit supports pit bulls in Pittsburgh
Hollywood Theater’s So Bad It’s Good Series: Sudden Death

Craft Supply Swap

  • Sunday, February 17, 2013 
  • Assemble, Penn Ave
  • Calling all crafters – bring your extra supplies and trade for new ones
No Menu Mondays – Guest Chef Hal Klein

  • Pittsburgh food blogger and cocktail expert Hal Klein will be the guest chef at Bar Marco this Monday
  • Monday, February 18, 2013
  • 5pm-11pm
Meet and Eat: Single Mingle with eatPGH

  • Monday, February 18, 2013
  • Benjamin’s Western Avenue Burger Bar
  • 8 to 11pm
  • Specials: $1 sliders, $2 appetizers, $3 beer, $4 wine, and $5 cocktails, including the signature cocktail, “Love Potion #5- Vodka / Grapefruit / Aperol / Pama / Simple
  • Facebook Event Link

Get a Sneak Peek of the New TechShop Pittsburgh on Saturday

Next month – the newest location of TechShop will open right here in Pittsburgh.  This is a big deal….


  • 1. because TechShop is pretty cool place – I’ll get to that in a minute
  • 2. The fact that TechShop choose Pittsburgh for their next location speaks to the kinds of things that are happening with innovation, entrepreneurship, design and development in Pittsburgh.

I was just asking some of my coworkers if their kids were excited for Valentine’s day.  In grade school I loved any holiday (it meant that I would get to eat candy) and woodshop day.  I was lucky enough to attend a school that had a pretty nice woodshop and someone thought it was a good idea to teach a bunch of kids how to use band saws, lathes and drill presses.  And I loved it – there is something about making things.

So what is TechShop – its kind of like a coworking space meets a workshop.  Think a giant woodshop, add in some more cool stuff like lazer cutters, 3d printers and even more tools that are super cool and you probably wouldn’t buy for your house.  TechShop has all of this stuff and more – rather than buying these things (if you could afford them) and keeping them in your garage (if you have one) – you can join TechShop and as a member you get access to the workshop and you can take classes.

Here is some more information about TechShop from their website:

TechShop is a playground for creativity. Part fabrication and prototyping studio, parthackerspace and part learning center, TechShop provides access to over $1 million worth of professional equipment and software. We offer comprehensive instruction and expert staff to ensure you have a safe, meaningful and rewarding experience. Most importantly, at TechShop you can explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment.

Why TechShop is Good News for Pittsburgh

As I mentioned above – TechShop setting up shop in Pittsburgh highlights and adds to some of the great stuff already happening around town.  If you are a regular reader of IheartPGH or happen to catch me waxing poetic about what Pittsburgh needs (or doesn’t need) – it usually has something to do with…

  • crafting
  • hacker spaces
  • making cool things – (did you miss this post about the MakerFaire and the Easy Cheese Printer)
  • computer programming and development
  • coworking spaces
  • AND the need for more public spaces (yes – we need way more than just a few Panera conference rooms)

Now take a look at the floor plan for TechShop Pittsburgh

This is more than a workshop – it is a place to make things, learn things, collaborate with people and have meetings.

If you would like to check out the space they are hosting a pizza preview party this weekend – all are welcome to attend.

TechShop Pittsburgh Preview Party
Saturday, February 16, 2013
TechShop – Bakery Square
Facebook Event Link