Pittsburgh Music

Cool Picks Thursday June 14, 2012

1) Igniting the Promise is the unique fund raising event going on tonight at Stage AE. The bash will raise money for the Pittsburgh Promise program, where every city of  Pittsburgh student who wants to go to college and has completed the program requirements, gets money towards tuition. For every $1.50 raised, UPMC will donate $1. The event is hosted by Kiya and Mike Tomlin. Entertainers include G.-Love and Special Sauce, Ashanti, DJ Bonics (part of Whiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang), DJ Zimmie

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Cool Picks Wednesday June 13, 2012

1) Entertainment Central’s top food writer, Deborah McDonald, wants to share with you a delightful new place she’s found.  It’s called Biddle’s Escape, on Biddle Avenue which runs between Regent Square and Wilkinsburg. Deborah reports they have a great selection of coffee drinks, teas and sweet treats.  She especially likes the Hungarian szegedi kave: 2 shots of espresso, 2 shots of steamed cream, maple/cinnamon sugar and whipped cream. Another cool thing, Deborah  says, is their patio where you can sit beneath the trees. and enjoy the summer

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Cool Picks Tuesday June 12, 2012

1) Walnut Grill in Shadyside has a new name, new menu, new decor in their same location at the corner of Walnut and Bellefonte (second floor) streets. It is now called Up Modern Kitchen and features tantalizing dishes including: appetizers like Skillet Cornbread and Korean Meatballs.  Small plates like Grilled Eggplant, Jambalaya, Alaskan Halibut and Duroc Pork Tenderloin are among the items featured on the main dish side of the menu. You can even order a Black Angus Short Rib Meatloaf Sandwich from the

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Cool Picks Monday June 11, 2012

1) After weekend indulgences, get out on the South Side Riverfront trails for a hike or  bike trek. Extra nice sections of the trail are from around Tenth street up to Station Square and the Gateway Clipper Fleet. You can even see the trains rumbling by or look up at the incline and beautiful greenery of Mount Washington. Before, after or during (the trail actually runs through Station Square) you can stop at Station Square’s promenade for a bite to eat or a cool,

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Cool Picks Sunday June 10, 2012

1) It is often said  that all good things must end and so it is with the 2012 Three Rivers Arts Festival. Ah, the music, the art, the food.  Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers close out the Arts Fest. Hornsby and the Noisemakers play a lively brand of music drawing from many different genres including: rock, jam, folk, and bluegrass. Hornsby played over 100 shows with the Grateful Dead from 1988 until Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. Come hear their

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Cool Picks Saturday June 9, 2012

1) Girl Talk is not just good conversation, it is the name of a rapping, mash-up unit originally from Pittsburgh.  At Stage AE you can hear Girl Talk in an outdoor show with two opening acts. Gates open at 7:00pm.

2) Grammy-award winning artist, Melissa Etheridge, is the Pride in the Street headliner for Pittsburgh Pride Fest. She will perform on a closed section of Liberty avenue, Downtown, the scene of a large block party celebrating gay pride.  Show starts at 8:45 pm.

3) The Smiling

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Cool Picks Friday June 8, 2012

1) The Squonk Opera presents their new production, Go Roadshow, at The Three Rivers Arts Festival tonight. If you’ve never seen a Squonk Opera production, you owe it to yourself to view one. It’s a beautiful spectacle of original music and theater with lights, humor and interesting set pieces.  Squonk Opera describes their latest production as a “free street spectacle aboard a 34 foot long monster truck…retrofitted with a truck horn calliope, wall made of rotors and a spinning grand piano.” A colorful

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Cool Picks – Thursday June 7, 2012

1) The hidden musical gem of the Three Rivers Arts Festival might be L.P. a crystalline-voiced, singer-songwriter from L.A.  Her sound features a power pop/rock  band with great guitars, drums and vocals.  One of her songs is interestingly titled, “Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol.” L.P. has written and co-written songs for Pittsburgh native Christina Aguilera, Rihanna and the Backstreet Boys.  Show starts at 8:10 pm. All outdoor festival shows are free.

2) Local favorite , Jimbo & The Soupbones, play their popular brand of funk, rock and soul at the Festival’s

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Cool Picks – Wednesday June 6, 2012

1) Take a drive out to the country (unless you already live in the country) for the  Saint Vincent College Summer Theatre production of Forever Plaid.  Play starts at 8:10 pm.

2) View the winners of the Three Rivers Arts Festival juried art competition. The winners exhibit is on display at the  Trust Arts Educational Center on Liberty Avenue Downtown.

3) Also at the Arts Festival the CLO Mini Stars put on a song and dance routine for your lunch hour on

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Cool Picks – Tuesday June 5, 2012

 It’s a Tuesday and one of the most happening places in town continues to be Point State Park and The Three Rivers Arts Festival. One especially great aspect of the festival is the waste receptacles. Artists using reclaimed materials have transformed ordinary waste cans into works of art!  3Rs: the Art of Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose is the name of the exhibit.  The artistic receptacles can be enjoyed throughout the festival and in the Cultural District. The festival diverts over

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