Customer Appreciation Day at Jergel’s With Balcony Big Band (CPs Mon., 12/23/13)

1) The Balcony Big Band is hitting only high notes in a Monday night performance at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille beginning at 8 p.m. Their gig is preceded by a  holiday customer-appreciation event from 4 – 8 p.m.  that features a free buffet from 6 – 7  p.m. No cover. 103 Slade Ln., Warrendale.

2) Savoy Restaurant’s Savoy Jazz Mondays continues tonight with a special Christmas event – Jazz Jam featuring Roger Humphries and special guest Chizmo Charles. 6 – 10 p.m. No cover. 2623 Penn Ave., Strip District.

3) Freedom isn’t cheap, so it’s always a good thing to examine its costs. You can do so at the Pennsylvania’s Civil War exhibit at the Senator John Heinz History Center. It chronicles Pennsylvania’s role in the Civil War, including the Battle of Gettysburg and Pittsburgh’s contribution as the “Arsenal of the Union.” View over 150 artifacts, including a smooth-bore Rodman Cannon reproduction that’s over 20 feet long and weighs 18,000 pounds; a tintype camera and portable printing press on loan from the Smithsonian Institution; tools, weapons, and uniforms (some made by Pittsburgh factories); 19th-century board games and musical instruments;  and letters, formal documents, and more. Look for the signatures of soldiers inscribed into an “Old Iron City” camp fiddle retrieved by members of Pennsylvania’s 193rd regiment. Runs through Jan. 4, 2014.  Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 1212 Smallman St., Strip District.

4) Looking for the perfect Monday perk-me-up? Make a point to stop at Carnegie Coffee Company. Located in the former Carnegie Post Office, the newly opened coffeehouse specializes in the European coffee experience. This is also the only coffee house in the area serving llly coffee, which prides itself in educating growers on sustainability and ethical farm practices. Pair an espresso with locally made pastries and sandwiches, and you’ll have the boost you need to get through the rest of the week. 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. 132 E. Main St., Carnegie.


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