Four Things To Do This Week

This week: Oscar season kicks off and one of the best musicals of all time visits Pittsburgh!


Steel City Poetry Slam
Tuesday, ~9:30p, $5
Shadow Lounge, Shadyside

The Steel City Poetry Slam is held on the third Tuesday of every month at the Shadow Lounge on Baum Blvd. Sign up sheet goes out usually between 9:15 and 9:30pm, and the slam starts shortly thereafter.

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Pittsburgh Job Fair
Monday, 11a
Holiday Inn, North Hills

All job seekers are encouraged to network, submit resumes and connect with hiring managers from some of the area’s top local employers.


Les Miserables
Tuesday 1/15 Sunday 1/27
Benedum Center For The Performing Arts

Based on Victor Hugo’s classic 1862 French novel, this stage musical has touched lives around the world with the powerful story of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his life-long struggle for redemption during the French Revolution. See the musical behind the movie that’s nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, among other awards.



Manor At Midnight: Oscar Classics
Every Saturday through 2/23
The Manor, Squirrel Hill

My favorite local theater is showing classic Oscar films, leading up to the big event every Saturday at midnight. This week: the beautiful One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

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Tree Pittsburgh Presents Arbor Aid 2011

Arbor Aid is an annual fundraiser for Tree Pittsburgh, an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the City’s vitality by restoring and protecting City trees.  This fundraiser has grown over the years into one of Fall’s more fun and unqiue events.  Art made from salvaged wood is exhibited, food and drink is plentiful, and entertainment this year is provided by Pairdown, and the Armadillos.  And the folks at Tree Pittsburgh know that to make it a true Pittsburgh celebration you need to include an epic Cookie Table … and a Hug a Tree Photo Booth.  So strap on your dancing shoes and head over to Guardian Storage Solutions this Friday, October 28th at 9pm.


SpillapaloozaHave you ever thought to yourself, “Gee, if only there was a way I could combine my love of Zumba, empty swimming pools and marine wildlife into one amazing event!”?  Well, the good folks in Lawrenceville have figured it out for you.  That’s right, its SPILLAPALOOZA, a grassroots benefit for oil spill victims being held this Saturday from 12:30 -7pm at Leslie Park Pool (46th and Butler Streets)!  The event will feature a Zumbathon in the pool and loads of music, dancing and festivities.  Zumba dancers show up at 12 for registration!  Cost is $10 to participate in Zumbathon or $10 for entry to the festival.  All proceeds will benefit the Gulf Restoration Network.  For more info read all about it in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette!

WYEP Holiday Hootenannny this Thursday!

Hootenanny: a thingamajig

Hootenanny: a thingamajig

I started out with a lot of clever openings to this post … and then I decided to look up the exact definition of ‘hootenanny.’  The first definition is exactly what you envision, (n.) “a social gathering or informal concert featuring folk singing and, sometimes, dancing.”  However, an older use of the word hootenanny is in fact a ‘thingumbob.’  If I was going to a thingumbob on Thursday night I figured I should find out what it was.  And there it was… the definition of thingamabob, according to was thingamajig!  All confusion cleared up, I emailed a couple of friends to see if they wanted to attend a thingamajig on Thursday night where members of some of the best local bands would be performing holiday music at the Pittsburgh Opera (2425 Liberty Ave.) as Silver & Gold.  The event starts at 6:30PM – music at 7PM – tickets are $5 suggested donation along with a canned good for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and, sometimes, dancing.  I’ll see you at the thingamajig on Thursday.

Serious Swing – Pittstop Lindy Hop v. 9.0

Pittstop 2007

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If you are a swing dancing fan or have always wanted to try swing dancing – this is the weekend for you. November 20-22, 2009 is the 9th annual PittStop LindyHop – 3 full days of swing dancing your pants off. The Pitt Stop folks have been organzing an annual swing dance weekend here in Pittsburgh since the year 2000. A reliable swing dancing source has told me that these dances are fun for swing dancers of all levels.

Pittstop 2007
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The weekend pass and the Sunday afternoon dance are sold out but there are still tickets available for the other dances. And check out the great line up of bands – the Boiler Maker Jazz Band is one of many Pittsburgh favorites. [Read more…]