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{pittsburgh parties} …and so do I!

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{pittsburgh parties} …and so do I!

Taken at last weekend’s awesomely-fun Urban Garden Party at the Mattress Factory. We will definitely be attending this event next year (though, probably not at the VIP level) in addition to our already-favorite parties: the Dirty Ball and Cosmo Party. Supporting a venue and fundraiser for the better of our neighborhood makes those petit fours extra sweet (and why we’ll also be supporting the Aviary’s Night in the Tropics this year).

And, seriously, who can beat a three-minute walk home?!

OK.

Not afraid of color!

Best photo bomb ever? Or best photo bomb EVER.

Side note: look what that cast is doing to my arm! It’s a ripped beast!

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An impromptu date night with Bill Maher

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An impromptu date night with Bill Maher

I tried to get tickets to Bill Maher for the boyfriend for our anniversary, but I was seemingly the LAST LIBERAL IN PITTSBURGH to hear about him coming to town. It was sold out.

Then, at happy hour dinner on Friday (at Las Velas, naturally), we were trying to figure out our plan of action for the evening. I saw a tweet about the Power game, but couldn’t remember why it wasn’t on my calendar (you know I don’t miss that shit, unless it’s for derby)… oh, because “Bill Maher” was in its place. I pouted, then turned toward a friend sitting beside me at the bar (who also happens to “know some people”) and asked about the possibility of any tickets being available last minute. She made some calls, and at that very minute, two were released for sale. Naturally, we snagged them.

Yeah, he was hilarious. Totally worth it.

Bonus: the Byham sells sippie cups (mine has wine) to take into the theater, which makes the evening even more hilarious.

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{get aht} Powered by Grayskull: Toonseum’s new gallery

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{get aht} Powered by Grayskull: Toonseum’s new gallery

This Saturday was the ribbon cutting ceremony and opening of the new gallery in downtown’s Toonseum.

Special guest and legend and Pittsburgher — and namesake of the new gallery — Lou Scheimer was in attendance.

So was She-ra, naturally (and totally random that I met the woman-behind-the-sword the night before at our local bar).

Bill Peduto also acknowledged, with proclamation, November 12th as Lou Scheimer Day in the City of Pittsburgh.

And so it is written…

The ToonSeum is truly a really special place. And I hope that Pittsburghers acknowledge that with their support. You need to see the current exhibits: Overture — Looney Tunes Behind the Scenes — running through December 31; and there’s a fun Keith Haring display you need to see in all its colorful glory (in person) too.

 

Also, if you’re into “geeky” television programming, check out Geek TV Night (this Thursday night):

I WANT YOU TO VISIT! Comment on this post for a chance for you and a couple members of your family or friends to check out the new gallery AND freshly-rotated exhibits. If your comment is selected (chosen at random), four admission passes to the ToonSeum will be yours, courtesy of me. :) Sorry (and sadly), I cannot pay for your travel expenses.

I’ll pick one winner at the end of the month: Wednesday, November 30.

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{stalking} my new neighborhood

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{stalking} my new neighborhood

I am officially obsessed with this part of the city. Stalker proud. Snapping dirty photos of you when you’re not looking. Cheese! *click*

An unrealized high school dream of living on the east coast — who put that “must go to broadcasting school in Boston” thought in my head all those years ago? Well, this neighborhood makes me feels much like I’m there. But, replace those pesky midday homework deadlines with a morning-full of responsible doctor appointments.

Take the long walk home and enjoy that deep whiff of season, Pittsburgh.

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Bricolage: Midnight Radio Shenanigans

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Bricolage: Midnight Radio Shenanigans

In the time it took me to draft this post last week, the last performances of Midnight Radio sold out. Good things for Bricolage; bad for you because you missed yet another amazing episode (not to mention, a pretty swanky speakeasy atmosphere).

What's the secret password?

While I thought Bootleggin and Bathtub Gin was slow to start, as it progressed, the actors seemed to embrace their characters with more gumption (and familiarity, perhaps). And as a result, the story line became more hilarious and engaging. I learned some of Pittsburgh’s history too — fresh to me, naturally, since I’m still “new” to these parts — which made the performance even more of an entertaining reward.

MOBSTERS IN PITTSBURGH! OH MY!

If you haven’t had the chance to visit Bricolage for a Midnight Radio performance, YOU MUST NOT MISS the next episode: Zombie Apocalypse. SURE TO SELL OUT, so I recommend purchasing tickets now. And be sure that you arrive early because the pre-show lobby party is just as relevant as the performance itself.

Thanks again to Bricolage for the invite to the Bloggers Night performance.

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