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Save the Date (And Bring a Date!) & Show your Derby Love

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Saturday, August 25 is our annual A Black Eye Affair: an art auction fundraiser to support Steel City Roller Derby.

{click through the flyer to buy tickets online!}

You will enjoy complimentary food and drink (ID required) as you view and bid on 30+ works of art from local artists and derby skaters, refs, and league volunteers. Food and beverage will be provided from some amazing local sponsors: Three Rivers Underground Brewers, Harris Grill, E2, and Quiet Storm [ed note—Arsenal Cheese is no longer in business since producing this flyer; so, no delicious cheese curds. Whomp.]

Besides taking home some fancy new artwork, here’s a sample of prizes you can WIN as part of an additional raffle:
Cure (Restaurant in Lawrenceville)— 5 Course Chefs Tasting
Muv Fitness — 2 Free Sessions
ProBikes of Sq Hill — Gift Basket
Steel City Massage — Free Massage certificate
PageBoy Salon — Gift Certificate

And this is only a sample. There’s SO much more awesome to be had, you guys — hope to see you there!

Location: The Rocking Horse Gallery, 179 43rd Street in Lawrenceville
Saturday, August 25, 2012 — 7pm – 11pm

Tickets: $25 for individuals, $40 for couples {purchase tickets online!}

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{sunday, sunday, sunday} Stars & Stripes Bout!

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{sunday, sunday, sunday} Stars & Stripes Bout!

Will the stars knock the vertical lines out of the stripes? Or, will the stripes knock the sparkle out of the stars?

Come to Romp n’Roll on Sunday, June 3 and find out!

Skaters from Steel City Roller Derby will split into Blue and Red teams for this exciting Sunday bout — it’s Stars vs. Stripes! Doors at 1:30pm; action starts at 2pm. Tickets will be available at the DOOR only: $5 Gen. Admission, $3 with Military ID; Kids under 10 are always free.

After the bout, stick around and join SCRD for a public skate session – skate rental is included in the price of admission!
See yinz there!

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{pursuit of support} Pittsburgh Gives Day of Giving

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{pursuit of support} Pittsburgh Gives Day of Giving

Make today count!

Day of Giving is NOW. Go to Pittsburgh Gives today before midnight to support your favorite local non-profits. This is a really great opportunity to give back to your community, as whatever you donate (minimum $25 for this program) goes even further to fund local causes.

While it’s always difficult to pick JUST ONE nonprofit, today I’m sharing my love (and donations) for two organizations that I whole-heartedly support: Persad Center and Animal Rescue League. Extra Bonus: The President of the Board at Persad is matching all donations dollar-for-dollar. There are MANY local nonprofits that need your gift — none is any more important than the next. But what’s important is that you support whatever and whenever you can (today is just more awesome).

About Pittsburgh Gives:

PittsburghGives is an initiative of The Pittsburgh Foundation. The aim of this initiative is to:

  • Increase the level of knowledge about nonprofits in our region
  • Leverage or increase individual funding or organizations or an issue in our community
  • Spotlight the charitable trends in our region. Where are people giving? What are your community’s nonprofits saying is vital and needed right now?

All donations [today] will receive a pro-rated portion of the match pool. The match pool for 2011 is $725,000 for Pittsburgh Gives.

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Toonseum Giveaway: 2 Winners!

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Short contest, sure — but AWESOME, nonetheless!

Congrats to selected random winners (per random.org):

Commenter #1: BARB

Commenter #5: AMY

Contact me in the comments or via email so I can mail you your passes. And enjoy the TOONSEUM! Thanks again to Toonseum for all the passes. Cheers!

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SATURDAY: made for roller derby!

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SATURDAY: made for roller derby!

It’s BOUT TIME again. Buy your tickets now at Brown Paper Tickets!

I heart this poster so hard.

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Social Media Saturday Haps

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Seeing that I had a drafted post from LAST month about Social Media Saturday (which just happened again yesterday) — totally unacceptable — I’m using it for today’s Sunday post.

Ahhh, my first adventure in Robinson. I missed the (376) Parkway entrance three times. THREE FREAKING TIMES. Each time I’d see the sign, I would miss the turn or the lane… so freaking frustrating. I think driving and directions and traffic are the one time AB & I are guaranteed a squabble.

IKEA best be worth it.

Each first weekend of the month, they celebrate “Social Media Saturday, encouraging customers to “check-in” on their platform of choice to receive a discount or coupon… and definite afternoon of shopping fun. This was my first EVER trip to the store. I know. I can almost not believe that too.

IKEA!

IKEA!

We received $10 apiece in IKEA dollars and participated in a fun store-wide scavenger photo hunt (AB did it) for a chance at a $25 gift card. Ooh, also, I got a free picture frame for playing. And we barely spent $50 (even if I oooh’d and ahhhh’d at everything). In expected IKEA confusing fashion, we purchased a build-it-your-own-damn-self lamp (that had no lightbulbs) and purse hooks (that had no screws or nails). *sigh*

And I finally had those damn meatballs that I drooled over in the catalogs for the last decade. NOM.

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Guest Blog Post: ‘Burgh Living (Second in a Series)

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In my second article of my Rookie of the Year series at ‘Burgh Living, I answer the Big Questions. You know, about living in downtown Pittsburgh.

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And Friday, I’m in love with this city.

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I think waking up in the middle of the night, pushing myself out of bed while pulling my shoulder out of its socket made my current roller derby decision for me. My shoulder is officially effed up (or “edged” as my WordPress app wants me to auto-correct).

Moving on…

This city loves its Friday Happy Hour as much as its fireworks. And you won’t hear me complain (unless it comes to any discussion of my shoulder).

Sharp Edge, being so incredibly close to the apartment, is where HH happens in all its uber-drunken convenience. I made a new (old) friend — someone previously introduced to me by AB in Cleveland, who has been living here in Pittsburgh for about six months. It’s good to be friends with someone new sometimes, as you can explore things together with fresh eyes.

Like the Gallery Crawl, for instance. From what I understand, every three-four months (on the first Friday), the various galleries on Penn and Liberty avenues welcome the evening crowd with special exhibits, meet-and-greets with artists and similar “artsy” events. All of this, in coordination with the Festival of Lights. Thankfully, I reside far enough away from the waterfall and its chirping birds.

Building Bliss.

Building Bliss.

I was particularly interested in seeing Eat Me! at Future Tenant, especially after word of its food-inspired fashion show for Pittsburgh Fashion Week.

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Made entirely of candy.

We also checked out TXT (I’m not certain the name of the gallery, or if that it technically part of 707/709):

My Goals.

My Goals.

and in its neighboring gallery — an exhibit of glass (like an asshole, I didn’t get the artist’s name):

I wasn't allowed to take this picture.

I wasn't allowed to take this picture.

Art made of food — and naked women decorated with painted apples on display — made us hungry, so we shared a six-course tapas-style dinner at Bossa Nova. Of note: the spicy tuna tartar was awesome… and definitely a SPICY dish.

After dinner, we walked the block to see more of the lighting installations (we’ll forgive — and ignore — the onslaught of religious relics on display):

My favorite projection on Penn Ave.

My favorite projection on Penn Ave.


Festival of Lights 2010

Festival of Lights 2010

We finished our Friday with a dance performance — and a little Atari game action — at Attack Theatre.

Did you head downtown for Festival of Lights or the gallery crawl? What was your favorite exhibit and/or projection?

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‘Burgh Living: Rookie of the Year!

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I was looking for an appropriate online “place” to collaborate with someone about my Pittsburgh experiences, and I found that great relationship with ‘Burgh Living (out of Pittsburgh PodCamp, of all places). I really look forward to writing this series about being a newbie in this city, and I hope you will as well.

Check out ‘Burgh Living’s so sweet introduction to my series.

THEN, read my first impressions of the ‘Burgh.

Your comments and feedback (here and/or at ‘Burgh Living) are much appreciated.

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Rookie of the Year!

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This was a my goal when I was in roller derby — to be named Rookie of the Year. In this “figuring out my athletic career” phase (and acting as Interim Lamest at Making a Decision), being labeled with such high regard for my guest posts to ‘Burgh Living is sincerely just as sweet. I really look forward to this collaboration, and I hope you enjoy as well!

Check out ‘Burgh Living’s so sweet introduction to my series.

THEN, read my first impressions of the ‘Burgh.

Your comments and feedback about my experiences thus far are much appreciated.

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This city water is awesome for my hair, but horrible in my mouth.

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First things first: is it even SAFE to drink the city tap water? I don’t know about any funky amoebas or parasites that swim around these parts. If it’s only the rust belt taste I need to get used to, then we’re good. And fluoride is good for me, mmm-kay? In Phoenix, you can’t drink the tap water because it’s so hard (TWSS). It will seriously give you the worst cramping stomachache.

Who knows if it’s the perfect water pressure or the water itself that is making my hair awesome, but thanks, Pittsburgh Water Department. Water. Water. Damn, I’m thirsty…

And I want to dye my hair a rich brown for Fall, which I decided I wasn’t going to do, but this red-grown-out look is TIRED. Suggestions on local salons? Anyone need a hair model? I hate to spend a lot on many of these girly-girl services (unless it’s like the PERFECT vintage accessory) or go anywhere snobbish, so keep that in mind. “Reasonable Chic” is my fashion mantra. But I’m starting to enjoy the “Vintage Chic” category more so…

Meanwhile, it took me nearly half an hour to figure out our laundry room. I understand the concept of paying to do laundry, but we have pay-per-load cards that cannot be loaded on our floor. I had to buy a new card (on another floor), which payment didn’t go towards the card balance. And then I had to scrounge for some singles in last season’s purses (on my floor), since I only have a $100 bill that NOBODY WILL BREAK (read: it will sit in my wallet until I lose it) to actually DO some laundry. And I’m not loading all that on the laundry card.

And then my laundry room was locked. But I have $5 to work with today. Until the boyfriend brings me home a $20 (because you know my bank doesn’t exist here in the ‘Burgh).

It’s a good thing I’m not as terrified of elevators as I was last year. It’s more an annoyance than an anxiety. Which helps, you know, when you live in a downtown environment.

So, once THAT’S all done (which this pile is seemingly endless), I can finally get out and enjoy this city before I’m snowed in for six months.

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