Shop Late Night in Lawrenceville is Tonight!

Most of us don’t shouldn’t take off work early to go shopping – and there is nothing more frustrating than getting to your favorite store and realizing it closed while you were waiting for the bus.  Fear not!  While many shops in Lawrenceville stay open late every Thursday, shops and galleries will stay open until 9pm the second Thursday of every month as part of Shop Late Night in Lawrenceville (SLN).  This year this event is better than ever with more shops, an online map, and specials at local restaurants and bars for SLN shoppers!

Shop Late Night in Lawrenceville!  Make a purchase at one store and get 10% off at another participating store with proof of purchase.  After 9pm get discounts and specials at participating bars and restaurants with proof of purchase. Many stores will also have drinks and snacks available while you shop!


The Brazen Kitchen and Yinzpiration Dish it Out for a Cause

Have you heard about No Menu Mondays at Bar Marco in the Strip?  It’s a chance for different chefs to take over the kitchen and offer up their own menu for the evening.  This popular event will be taken over this Monday (April 6), from 5-10pm, by The Brazen Kitchen and Yinzpiration and friends from the Highland Park Kitchen Staples Food Co-op (also one of the 10 yinzpiring things about Highland Park) .

All proceeds from the event will go toward tools and other materials for the Barack Obama High School Cooking Club which is part of Food Revolution Pittsburgh.

There are tons of great sponsors providing support and extra treats: check out the Facebook event page for more info.

Super S****s and Wild Stuff

Two things not to miss in Lawrenceville this weekend:

Super S****s: Art from the Staff of the Andy Warhol Museum opens tomorrow (Friday, January 13 from 6-9pm) at WildCard.  Andy Warhol’s Superstars were an elite clique of personalities that gained notoriety and fame through their association with the infamous artist. They were heavily featured in Warhol’s early works and their lives were immersed in the New York City art scene.

The staff of the Andy Warhol Museum are similarly immersed in the Pittsburgh art community. The artists featured in this show all have two things in common: they have worked as caretakers of Warhol’s art by day and as fine artists by night. Super****s opens on Friday January 13th and runs until February 19.

Then on Saturday from 11am – 7pm visit Wild Stuff, a collaborative, pop up vintage sale on Butler Street. Three of the great names in Lawrenceville (Wildcard, Botero Development, and Zombo Gallery) are teaming up for one great event: a Pop-Up Vintage sale featuring some of the bets finds in Pittsburgh. With items for sale ranging from visual art to bathtubs, ladies winter coats to tiki glasses, typewriters to CDs, there’s something for everyone at Wild Stuff!

Starting on Saturday, January 14 and running through Saturday March 31, the ground floor at 4300 Butler St will be full of retro fashion finds, scavenged building materials, furniture, and accessories.

Missing Goats, Profiteroles, Zombie Moms, and Progressive Dinners

What is that called when a bunch of seriously good things collide?  The opposite of a perfect storm? Maybe we should be calling it a perfect artistic storm for Lawrenceville artists Gab Cody and Sam Turich.  The duo have been receiving major accolades lately for their work on Fat Beckett, which just had its world premiere at Quantum Theatre.  Add to that their Lawrenceville hit Mombies is screening at the Sprout Fund’s Tenacity tomorrow night.  And the Kickstarter launch of their new project – Progression – a narrative film based on the Lawrenceville progressive dinner.

Fat Beckett: (Pittsburgh now– Luxembourg soon.)  By Gab Cody in collaboration with Rita Reis. Directed by Sam Turich. The show runs through December 18. It’s a beautiful hilarious piece.  Reviews:   Pittsburgh Tatler,  Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewPittsburgh Post Gazette The show is sold out for several nights, but tonight is open and there are still tickets available for closing weekend! Buy tickets here.  Student and artist rate available at the door: Buy Fat Beckett Tickets

Progression: Progression is a feature-length narrative film project, set in Lawrenceville, shot in Lawrenceville and about a real-life Lawrenceville institution: the 27-year-old progressive dinner, which began with about 15 friends and has become a community event with more than 150 participants. Written and to-be-directed by Gab Cody and Sam Turich.  We need your help! Any amount helps! Visit here to watch a teaser trailer and contribute: Visit Progression on Kickstarter

Tenacity: The Sprout Fund’s 10-year anniversary gala promises to be an incredible event! $25 Balcony Seating now available. Limited seats remain on the main floor. Doors open 7pm; curtain at 8pm. For complete information on performances and event supporters, visit And– they’re showing Mombies, which is a treat to watch with a big crowd!

Local Honey, Now WITH Pollen

Did anyone else see the article from Food Safety News making the rounds on Facebook about how most mass produced honey doesn’t actually contain pollen?

Well, if you found that as disturbing as I did, you might be looking for a few good local sources to buy your honey from now on.  Here are a few ideas, and there are loads of other farms and resources out there.

Buy local honey from Steffes Wood Apiary (Aliquippa, PA) right now at Gallery on 43rd Street in Lawrenceville.  Why not stop down from December 1 through 4th when you can also enjoy the Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour?  That’s right, the Art of Bees is at Gallery on 43rd Street.  There is a selection of Spring, Summer and Fall Honey and if you pair that with a honey pot by Plum potter Karen McKee, you have the perfectly sustainable local gift! Open 7 days a week through December.

Support Wild Purveyors‘ new shop in Lawrenceville!  Although Wild Purveyors have reached their Kickstarter goal (congrats!) to open the Pennsylvania Specialty Foods Market at 5308 Butler Street, you can still support the campaign and be rewarded in fantastic store vouchers.  Or just plan to buy your honey (and more) there when they open their doors.

And there is always the great resource Burgh Bees, where if buying your honey isn’t local enough for you you can sign up for one of their apiary classes and produce your own.