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:  http://culturaldistrict.org/venues/heinz-hall


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:  http://www.manorpgh.com/img/ManoratMIdnightOscar.pdf


Some information provided by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Five Things To Do This Week (and One Next Week)

Tuesday 7p
ToonSeum, Cultural District

Based on the groundbreaking cartoon series, this 1988 animated Japanese film is set in an obsessively detailed version of a post-apocalyptic Japan.
More info: http://www.toonseum.org/


Obscure Game Night
Wednesday 9p
Hambone’s, Lawrenceville

Not much on the website, but it looks as if it’s a night dedicated to weird and obscure board games. Sounds ridiculously fun.
More info:  http://www.barsmart.com/bars/events.cfm?evnt=2A987CA4-A612-8638-C3FCEB69BDE5D8DD&id=990


Thursday 6p-9p
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, North Side

Create keepsake items, feast on local artisan foods & specialty cocktails, more. Ages 21+.
More info:  http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/makenight/Event?oid=1610569


Gojira with Devin Townsend and The Atlas Moth
Saturday 8p
Mr. Smalls, Millvale

If you’re at all into metal, this is an awesome lineup. That’s a lot of musicianship for one evening.
More info/tickets:  http://www.mrsmalls.com/NewPHP/home.php?section=events


Pulp Fiction
Saturday Midnight
Manor Theatre, Squirrel Hill

Tarantino’s classic 1994 film shown in all its glory on the silver screen. If you’re like me, you were too young to see it when it was new.
More info:  http://www.manorpgh.com/img/ManoratMIdnightOscar.pdf


Arcade Comedy Theater Grand Opening
Friday, Feb 15 8p
Cultural District

I’m a week early on this one, but let’s support our newest comedy club. Their mission statement: “Arcade Comedy Theater provides an interactive platform for players of all levels, both onstage and off, to experience various forms of theatrical comedy, from proven standards to offbeat styles.”
More info:  http://arcadecomedytheater.com/


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Four Things To Do This Week

Here’s your weekly events for your pre-holiday fulfillment. If anybody knows of a cool end-of-the-world party going on, let me know and I’ll write about it! eric@iheartpgh.com

PGH Vinyl Con Happy Hour (21+)
Wednesday, Dec 19 6p-12a
Brillobox, Lawrenceville
Drinks on the first floor, live DJ’s on the second, and vinyl vendors on the third! What more could you want? Oh yeah, there’s no cover. I’ll be there.

It’s A Wonderful Life
Tuesday, Dec 18 thru Saturday, Dec 22
Tue-Fri 8p, Sat 5p & 8p
Regent Square Theater
Bring your family to see this Christmas classic on the big screen! Help support the East End Cooporative Ministry’s food drive by bringing a nonperishable or canned goods. Free admission.

Your Concert Listings For The Week

Good Friday
Friday, Dec 21 5p
Andy Warhol Museum
Experience the museum in a truly social way at this weekly program in the gallery featuring special programs of music, film or performance art. A cash bar will be available and discounted museum admission is offered.
More info: (412) 237-8300

Four Things To Do This Week

Every Monday or Tuesday I’ll run you through a preview of what to do this week. Everything from live music and arts to brunch and more. Here’s your weekly preview.


MAKEnight (21+)

Thursday, Dec 6 6p-9p

Children’s Museum Pittsburgh

Eat, drink, and make with us during MAKEnight, a special after-hours event for adults.

  • Experience the museum while making keepsake items in our MAKESHOP and STUDIO.
  • Feast on artisan foods provided by Bar Marco
  • Enjoy a speciality cocktail made by Wigle Whiskey (each guest will receive one cocktail, in addition to other beverages)

Please note that this is a 21+ event. Admission is $12 ($10 for members), which includes light fare, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and all materials.

Registration / More Info here: https://www.pittsburghkids.org/events/241



Battle Of The Bands

Rex Theater

Rex Theater (Photo credit: fimoculous)

Sunday, Dec 9

Rex Theatre, Southside

See local music acts battle for 20 hours of studio time and $500. All ages.

More Info: http://www.gorillamusic.com/

Tickets: $8 each http://www.gorillamusic.com/eagleone/buy-tickets/



Unblurred Gallery Crawl

Friday, Dec 7 6p-11p (and later)

Bloomfield, Garfield, East Liberty

Penn Ave Arts District features various art-related events along Penn Ave from Brillobox to East Liberty.

More Info (events are listed geographically): http://friendship-pgh.org/paai/unblurred/



Brunch in Bloom

Main entrance to Phipps Conservatory & Botanic...

Main entrance to Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sunday, Dec. 9 11a & 1p

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Garden

Seasonal & sustainable brunch inside the beautiful Phipps Conservatory. Call for reservation.

Reservations: 412-622-6914

More Info: http://phipps.conservatory.org/exhibits-and-events

Happy Birthday Theodor Seuss Geisel

Dr Seuss' Birthday Cake at the Vineland Library.

Image by San Jose Library via Flickr

I just got this email from the WQED education email list about a Dr. Seuss birthday party at the Children’s museum this weekend.  I love that there always seems to be a birthday party to celebrate in this town – did anyone go to the Toonseum or this case the Tunaseum to celebrate Charlie the Tuna‘s big 5-0 birthday last Saturday?

But this got me thinking – does anyone else remember the Dr. Seuss exhibit which was at the Carnegie Museum of art sometime in the 1980s.  I have a vague memory of seeing it at the art museum.  As a kid I loved and I still love those big steps that lead up to the art galleries.   I have tried every google search I can think of to find more about the exhibit.  I did find this book – Dr. Seuss from Then to Now: A Catalogue of the Retrospective Exhibition which was published in 1987.  And this Dr. Seuss collector mentions that the exhibit was put together by the San Diego Museum of Art and traveled to 7 museums around the country.  Used copies of the book can be found on Amazon and I also found one on Etsy here.

I think this is the same exhibit – Darcie Forman Museum Exhibits includes a Dr. Seuss exhibit  on her projects page here – I don’t think these photos are from the Carnegie Museum.

You can read the introduction to Dr. Seuss from Then to Now here (this is provided by the Saper Gallery which hosted a D.r Seuss exhibit in 2008).

Which brings us back to this weekend – while I would love to hop into my time machine and travel back to the Carnegie museum in 1986 – the time machine is in the shop for repairs so I will just have to settle for the Dr. Seuss birthday celebration at the Children’s museum this weekend.

The birthday party is included with regular musuem admission.  There will be story book making and visits from the cat in the hat too.

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party
Saturday, March 5, 2011 11am-1pm
Pittsburgh Children’s Musuem

Read about how others are celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday….

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