Good Eats at Grazie; Totem Carving at Carnegie (CPs Tues., 11/26/13)

1) There’s a great Italian restaurant in Wexford, tucked into the same building that houses the prestigious Oxford Athletic Club and several other businesses. Grazie Restaurant and Event Center, a comfortable family style restaurant with high-quality food, full bar, and an outdoor patio overlooking the Oxford Athletic Club’s pool, is open to the general public. The menu offers rich, traditional Italian fare as well as healthier options. Menu categories are appetizers, salads, specialty pizzas, hoagies, wraps, gourmet burgers, sandwiches, pastas, and seafood. Highlights include Stuffed Banana Peppers, Fried Zucchini, Greek and Margherita Pizzas, Grilled Turkey Burger, Nunna’s Meatballs, Mediterranean Salmon Salad, Pappardelle Alfredo, Sausage Broccolini Ravioli, Pasta a la Grazie, Tuscan Chicken, and Crab Cakes. Pasta and specialty menu items are available after 4 p.m. There are also several nice selections under the Kids’ menu, and the servers are friendly and attentive. Grazie is open for lunch and dinner daily. 100 Village Club Dr.

2) Many of us have seen a carved Native American totem pole, but few have had the opportunity to see one being carved. Now, Carnegie Museum of Natural History artist Tommy Joseph will carve a traditional 16 ft.-Tlingit (indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest) totem pole that will mark the entrance to the Carnegie’s Hall of American Indians. How cool is that! Through Dec. 14. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

3)  Thunderbird Café’s Space Exchange series, which explores progressive jazz in relation to other musical genres, continues tonight with the newly formed The Chris Parker Trio. Guitarist Chris Parker is joined by bassist Matt Booth and drummer David Throckmorton. 9 p.m. No cover. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville.

3) At Theater Square,  jazz guitarist Mark Strickland is the featured performer at this week’s Tuesday night jazz series at the Backstage Bar. No cover. 5 – 11 p.m. 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District.


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