Up This Week: Dodgeball, Museum Cooking Classes, and More!

Hey All! Hope everyone had a great weekend. We had an awesome time in Deep Creek, and now we’re just trying to get ourselves ready for Monday. If you want to make your week feel a little more like the weekend, check out some of the events going on this week!


Monday April 11

Monday Night Dodgeball

  • Where: Ace Hotel- East Liberty
  • When: 7pm-10pm
  • Cost: $5
  • Just like gym class (but probably better). Join City of Play at The Ace Hotel to take out your Monday aggression with friends, flying balls, and drinks.

Tuesday April 12

Sound Series: Songhoy Blues

  • Where: The Warhol- North Shore
  • When: 8pm
  • Cost: $15 or $12 for members/students
  • Songhoy Blues is a West African blues band, more specifically described as “desert blues”. If you want to get a feel for their sound, follow the link to a live performance video. Matt and I each definitely have our specific genres that are our fall backs, but I am intrigued by the sound of Songhoy Blues. Break out of your music comfort zone and head to the Warhol to check them out.

Wednesday April 13

Cooking With Chris: A Taste of Toys- 1960s

  • Where: Heinz History Center- Strip District
  • When: 7pm-8:30pm
  • Cost: $20
  • The history center is really putting together a ton of unique events focused around the toys exhibit. Head there on Wednesday to check out the exhibit, and enjoy a 1960’s style food demo. Chris Fennimore will be cooking up some classic entertainment dishes from the ’60’s: Swedish meatballs and Onion Soup dip.

Thursday April 14

Kinetic+ Troy Roberts and Alex Norris

  • Where: The Pittsburgh Winery- Strip District
  • When: Doors at 7:30pm/Show at 8pm
  • Cost: $10 in advance/$12 at the door
  • This show would be another option for breaking out of your musical comfort zone and experiencing something new. The 3 different artists offer jazz style music with their own twists. Come celebrate the debut album release for Kinetic and wind down from your week (or get ready for the weekend).

 

Like I mentioned earlier, we spent the past weekend in Deep Creek with a group of friends. It was a great time, but it was even better to spend time with the friends we don’t get to see nearly as often as we’d like. It was such a bummer to go our separate was on Sunday, so hopefully we’ll do it again soon. We didn’t get to do much other than relax at the house we rented because it was crazy cold and snowed pretty much the entire time! It was still fun nonetheless, and if you are ever looking for a place to go with a large group of people, renting a house in Deep Creek through VRBO is absolutely the way to go!

 

 

Hope everyone has an enjoyable and productive week. I’ll see you back here Wednesday to get the weekend planning started!

Up This Weekend: Living History, Vintage Finds, Brunch Around, and More!

Is this April weather real life? We recently moved and I put all of my winter clothes, boots, and jackets in the basement, so you’re welcome for the crap weather. Even though its colder than usual, there are plenty of events worth throwing a jacket on and checking out!

Friday April 8

History Happy Hour

  • Where: Wigle Whiskey- Strip District
  • When: 5pm-8pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Join Professor Buzzkill as he celebrates his one year anniversary by delivering some Pittsburgh history with a side of whiskey. Pittsburgh Smokehouse will be at the event providing food for purchase, and there will be a raffle for some sweet ‘burgh related books. Wigle whiskey provides the cash bar- there will be a signature drink and a portion of the sales from that drink will be kicked back to fund future Buzzkill events.

Museum Comes Alive: Cocktails and Camaraderie

  • Where: Soldiers and Sailors Hall- Oakland
  • When: 6pm-8pm
  • Cost: $5 at the door
  • This night basically combines my two favorite things into one: American history and alcohol. Experience vintage cocktails, listen to music from the Civil War era, and take a peak at artifacts from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc. that are not typically on display. You can do all of this at this adults only night! Your admission includes complimentary appetizers and there will be a cash bar featuring beers from Veteran owned ShuBrew and more.

 

Saturday April 9

Vintage Pittsburgh

  • Where: Heinz History Center- Strip District
  • When: 10am-3pm
  • Cost: $10 (museum members are free)
  • At the fourth annual Vintage Pittsburgh event, you’ll be able to browse vendors selling vintage clothing, accessories, collectibles, decor, and more. Maybe you want to try your hand at giant Jenga or chess, play vintage video games, and snag some nostalgic candy. After you’ve had your fill of the market, check out the rest of the museum!

Big Bad Wolf

  • Where: Byham Theater- Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District
  • When: Shows at 11am and 2pm
  • Cost: $10.50 in advance/$12 day of
  • This family friendly show is a little twist on the Big Bad Wolf type stories we all know. A little girl befriends the wolf, forming an unlikely friendship, but of course, there will be some obstacles to overcome! Seems like this show will be something everyone could learn a thing or two from!

Sunday April 10

Brunch Around

  • Where: Various Pittsburgh Restaurants
  • When: Sunday morning/early afternoon
  • Cost: Varies
  • Brunch for a cause this Sunday morning. Head to the site to check out which local restaurants will donate a porition of your brunch proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh. Everyone loves brunch and you need to eat- so why not benefit a worthy cause in the process?

Live Music Yoga

  • Where: James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy- North Side
  • When: 11:30am
  • Cost: Free- donations to cover event cost appreciated
  • A little twist on your regular yoga class. During this vinyasa flow class, you will be treated to live ambient/ atmospheric music. This is the first installment of this monthly series, so if it sounds like something you are interested in, make sure you go and show support! Afterwards, stick around for brunch, Bloody Mary, and Mimosa specials!

 

 

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!