Monday Already?

Hi All! Hope you had a good weekend!

The weekends always seem to go way too fast and the weeks way too slow. Breaking out of the daily routine during the week by heading to an event or trying a new dinner spot always helps for me- give it a try this week with all there is to pick from!

I must have been pretty hungry and/or really wanting a good drink when I picked these events- they all have to do with booze and food (arguably 2 of my favorite things)!

Monday March 7

Washington County Restaurant Week

  • Where: Various restaurants throughout Washington County
  • When: March 7-13
  • Cost: Varies
  • Head out to Washington County to find a new dining spot. The week will feature special menu options, as well as special pricing on features. Check out the list of participating restaurants by following the link to the site.

Tuesday March 8

Donations and Libations: Nine Mile Run Watershed Association

  • Where: Butterjoint-Oakland
  • When: 4:30pm-12:00am
  • Cost: No Cover
  • The next installment of the Butterjoint’s fundraiser series will benefit the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association. If you don’t know much about the association, or watersheds, I encourage you to follow the link and read through their site to learn more about the importance of protecting our local watersheds (my inner environmental science self LOVES this stuff). All proceeds from food and drink will go directly to the association to help with restoration efforts and outreach events. Don’t forget cash for tips- servers will also be donating ALL CASH tips to association!

Wednesday March 9

Perfect Pairs: Whiskey and Cheese

  • Where: Wigle Whiskey Distillery- Strip District
  • When: 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Cost: Free Entry- activities vary
  • In the second week of Wigle Whiskey’s demo series, you will work on crafting the perfect whiskey and cheese pairings. Cheese and whiskey used in the demo will be available to purchase for recreations at home!

Claddagh’s Whiskey Dinner

  • Where: The Claddagh- South Side Works
  • When: 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Cost: Varies
  • Enjoy a 5 course Irish style dinner with each course paired with an Irish whiskey. If that is not the perfect dinner, I’m not sure what is.

Thursday March 10

21+ After Hours Playtime

  • Where: Heinz History Center- Strip District
  • When: 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Cost: $10
  • If you haven’t been able to check out the new ‘Toys of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s’ exhibit, now is your chance! Enjoy this adults only event by revisiting favorite childhood toys complete with a retro candy bar. Music from the eras feature in the exhibit will also be playing, and a cash bar will be available! A great way to celebrate the ALMOST end to the week.

 

As I mentioned last week, we went to see Jason Isbell at the Benedum for Matt’s birthday. Initially, when I bought the tickets, I wasn’t super excited, but I knew Matt would enjoy it. The closer it came to the show, though, the more into it I became. I had been spending a lot of time listening to everything Spotify had on Jason Isbell and his other projects. So, when it came time for the show, I think I ended up knowing more of the songs he played than I have for other people I consider my favorites.

The show itself was amazing, and having it at the Benedum made it even better. Listening to beautiful music and a very beautiful venue makes it all 10x better. If you haven’t had a chance to hear Jason Isbell, I highly recommend looking him up. If you’re interested, this is my favorite song by him, 24 Frames–take a listen.

So, what started as just a gift for Matt ended up as something we both enjoyed together. Major win!

Enjoy yourselves this week! I’ll see you back here on Wednesday to get ready for the weekend!

Workin’ for the Weekend

Hey All! It’s that time again- time to start day dreaming about your weekend plans. If you still have no idea what to do, or you are looking for something new/unique, read on to find out what’s going on this weekend!

Friday February 19, 2016

Sport, Travel & Outdoor Show

  • Where: Monroeville Convention Center- Monroeville
  • When: Friday 12:00pm-9:00pm/Saturday 10:00am-9:00pm/Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Cost: $12 for adults or $9 with a Subway coupon/Children 12 and under FREE *tickets are cash only
  • Head to the convention center to take care of all your travel and outdoor needs. There is literally something for everyone: live animal shows, boat/kayak sales, fishing seminars, vacation planning, etc. Come see all this convention has to offer!

Good Fridays

  • Where: The Warhol- North Shore
  • When: 5:00pm-10:00pm ( Occurs every Friday)
  • Cost: $10
  • Enjoy half-price admission and a more social atmosphere every Friday at The Warhol. The museum will stay open until 10pm, and guests can enjoy a cash bar in the lobby.

Outback Bash

  • Where: The National Aviary- Northside
  • When: 6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Cost: $20
  •  I have two words for you: BABY SLOTH! The aviary is hosting an Austrailian Outback themed celebration complete with a DJ, cash bar, and dinner on the barbie. You can meet the newest addition to the aviary, the baby sloth- ah!, feed the Rainbow Lorikeets, craft toys for the birds, and much more. This is a 21+ event. Make sure to check the website if you have little ones wanting to visit the sloth and the rest of the feathered friends !

History Uncorked:Toys

  • Where: Heinz History Center- Strip District
  • When: 7:00pm-11:00pm
  • Cost: $75 for General Admission/ $125 for VIP
  • Celebrate the history center’s upcoming Toys of the ’50s 60’s and 70s exhibition with a 21+ party. Your ticket gets you admission to the museum, 2 drink tickets, food/beverage samples from local restaurants, dancing and more. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite old school toy (Barbie, Mr Potato Head, a Slinky?) or in cocktail attire. Make up your mind quickly- ticket sales close February 18 at 11:45pm!

Saturday February 20, 2016

Cherry Pie Hike

  • Where: Jennings Environmental Center- Slippery Rock
  • When: 8:45am-2:00pm
  • Cost: FREE- but reservations are requested for hikes/nature walks
  • Participate in a little history, celebrate George Washington’s Birthday, and EAT PIE. This is a little bit of a drive, but it is definitely worth it for this family friendly activity. You can hike along the North County Trail, visit a reenactors’ camp, and learn about why a musket shot from 1753 is so important.

Tropical Forest Congo Festival

  • Where: Phipps Conservatory- Oakland
  • When:  11:00am-4:00pm
  • Cost: Free with Admission
  • Enjoy family fun as you explore and celebrate the plants/culture of the Congo. You can pot plants to take home, sample African- inspired food, and learn a little about medicinal plants found in the rainforest.

Ghost Hunting 101

  • Where: Andrew Carnegie Free Library- Carnegie
  • When: 5:00pm
  • Cost: $37.92
  • Interested in the paranormal? Then join Brett and TJ from Ghosts n’at in a ghost hunting class. Topics include investigation techniques, ghost hunting history, evidence review, etc. After the class you will have a chance to use what you learned and some tools of the trade to investigate the library. Spooky!

Showcase Noir

  • Where: August Wilson Center- Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District
  • When: 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Shop the Showcase Noir Artist and Designer exhibit/sale. The events features a diverse collection of art, jewelry, photography, and pottery. There will also be live music and artist demos. Check it out to support artists and their work!

Sunday February 21, 2016

Beer Belly Yoga

  • Where: East End Brewing Company- East Liberty
  • When: Doors at 10:00am/Class at 10:30am
  • Cost: $25
  • Enjoy a 45 minute yoga session with a side of beer. Your entry fee includes class, a 13oz glass filled with your choice of beer, and a token for a free class at I am Yoga in  Squirrel Hill. The class is suitable for all levels, and they will have yoga mats if you don’t have one of your own!

Bunny Book Signing

  • Where: Animal Friends- 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh (North Hills area)
  • When: 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • Cost: Free- but you must register
  • Head to the Animal Friends shelter for a book reading and signing alongside some adoptable rabbits! Dede Rittman, author of Grady Gets Glasses, will read her book about a bunny needing new specs. A perfect way to end the weekend!

Lunar New Year Parade

  • Where: Squirrel Hill – Murray Ave.
  • When: 11:00am-11:45am
  • Cost: FREE
  • Check out this parade that is the finale in Squirrel Hill’s Lunar New Year Festival! The parade will feature local dance groups and various Chinese culture clubs.

 


 

I’m still deciding what to do this weekend- there is so much to pick from! We’ve been pretty busy, so I considered just relaxing this weekend, but I REALLY want to see a baby sloth so…relaxing is not on the agenda.

Whatever you do- Enjoy!

As always, if you have any suggestions on places to visit or events you would like highlighted, just let me know- I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

Up This Week: Tacos, Fat Tuesday, and Live Missed Connections

So, tomorrow is Monday, and that is basically the worst. The events this week should make it a little more bearable, though.

Let’s get to it.

Monday February 8, 2106

Smoke Taco Mondays

  • Where: Row House Cinema- Lawrenceville
  • When: All day, check site for showtimes
  • Cost: $9 for movie ticket + cost of dinner
  • Still waiting for your table at Smoke? Grab it to go instead and take it to Row House Cinema every Monday. Movies this Monday include Road House, Purple Rain, and Labyrinth as a part of Row House’s “Tight Pants Week”.

Tuesday February 9, 2016

Donations and Libations: Girls Rock!

  • Where: Butterjoint- Oakland
  • When: 4:30pm-12:00am
  • Cost: FREE
  • Head to Butterjoint for a happy hour to benefit Girls Rock! Pittsburgh, a local organization that aims to empower young girls and women through music. All proceeds from purchases, as well as tips, during the fundraiser will directly benefit the mission of Girls Rock! Pittsburgh.

Fat Tuesday at Ace Hotel

  • Where: Ace Hotel Lobby Bar- East Liberty
  • When: 9:00pm-12:00am
  • Cost: FREE
  • If you haven’t made your way to the new Ace Hotel yet, now would be the perfect time. Their Fat Tuesday party will feature a New Orleans inspired menu for the evening, as well as tarot card readings. They are also hosting a Mardi Gras costume contest, and the winners are entered to win a stay at Ace Hotel in New Orleans.

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Done Hibernating?

According to a ground hog, it is time to celebrate! The best way to celebrate? Leaving the house!

Come out of your Pittsburgh winter hibernation and check out what the city has to offer this weekend. In case you want to make it a family affair, there are a handful of family friendly ideas on the list this weekend, too.

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Welcome!

What is Pittsburgh Pitschman?

Pittsburgh Pitschman is the product of my quest to have more fun every day and eliminate the idea that there is nothing to do in Pittsburgh. I’ve been spending a good amount of time checking dozens of local businesses and calendars to help plan my weekends. It seemed that writing it all down in one place for everyone to take advantage of would be a useful venture. Enjoy!!

What should you expect?

Most importantly, expect weekly activity updates from all over the Pittsburgh area. Some may be musical events, exhibit openings at various museums, happy hours, fundraisers- the list is really endless.

Every Sunday evening, a list of activities for the upcoming Monday-Thursday will be published. In this post, I’ll also highlight a local event or activity I attended over the past weekend.

On Wednesday evenings, a list of upcoming weekend activities for Friday-Sunday will be published. Here, I will give a glimpse at the activity I will be reviewing in the next Sunday post, too.

Occasionally, you’ll also see small business spotlights, plan ahead calendars, and reviews of kid friendly activities (when I can convince the nephews to humor me).

Most importantly- expect to be exposed to the diverse activities and events Pittsburgh has to offer!cropped-fullsizerender.jpg

Now, onto more important things. What is there to do this week??

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