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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Shakespere N'at – Sonnet-a-thon

(The famous Droeshout portrait of William Shake...
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If Shakespeare is your thing – check out this Sonnet-a-thon.  I have to say my first reaction to even the word Shakespeare is to run quickly in the other direction – it evokes memories of bad high school english papers.  Reading and writing were not my strength in high school days and I far preferred calculus and chemistry to anything literature related.  It is still amusing to me that I now spend many hours writing.   But event to a literary novice – this event looks pretty fun.

Join other Shakespeare lovers at Te Cafe in Sq. Hill (we are very happy to see that Te Cafe has reopened too!) to celebrate Mr. Shakespeare’s 446th Birthday. [Read more…]

Keystone Edge Video on Small Press Festival

Last month, OpenThread organized the first Small Press Festival here in Pittsburgh.  OpenThread is a regional arts collective that has been working on events to connect other writers and artists in Western PA.  The Small Press Festival was a month long celebration of the smaller publications here in Pittsburgh including a weekend expo of local small press publications.

Filmmaker Ben Hernstrom has put together a nice little video about the festival for Keystone Edge (a sister site to Pop City Media that focuses on the entire state of Pennsylvania).

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The New New Yinzer on Myron Cope, Pork, This American Life, Full House and Phil Collins

The New Yinzer is not a person, it is an online magazine, and it is back with new content. It has been a while since I have heard anything from the New Yinzer folks. I was very happy to hear that the New Yinzer is back with a brand new edition. I am not sure if they are still using this logo but I like the logo so I thought I would include it here.

This issue of the New Yinzer includes and article about Myron Cope’s magazine work. The Yinzer Gourmet column offers up what looks to be a tasty recipe for Kahlua Pig.

I am also really enjoyed reading the interview with Starlee Kine from This American Life. Even though I dread driving long distances, which I consider to be anything more than 15 minutes, I have tolerated by the drive by listening to This American Life. TAL and Ira Glass have helped me to appreciate and realize some of the powers of story telling – usually entertaining and often educational. Blogging is an on going story and I like to think of IheartPGH as an on going story about Pittsburgh.

This American Life taught me what a good story was. And you can do anything once you know [that].”

This interview with Kine covers lots of other great topics – Kine attended the same high school that Andrea Barber, she played Kimmy Gibbler on Full House, attended. I also appreciate Kine’s willingness to consult Phil Collins on issues of break up songs.

This issue of The New Yinzer combines some of my favorite things into a convent, online, Pittsburgh themed format. I am happy to read about Myron Cope, I like pulled pork, I love This American Life and I am alway happy to reference the tv show Full House (I think I watched that show every day after school but before dinner for 5 years in a row) .