St. Patrick’s Day Parties at Heaven (Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel) and Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle (Thurs., 3/17/16)
1) The legendary Heaven nightclub, which closed in 1985, was recreated for a night this past June at its former home—now the beautiful interior lobby of the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel. The event was a sold-out smash. Heaven’s atmosphere was brought back with dance lights, fog machines, original disco ball, confetti, human aerialists performing 30 feet above the dance floor, and one of the original DJ’s, John Hohman. The hotel hosted two more Heaven events, both holiday bashes, one for Halloween and the other for New Year’s Eve. Now it’s St. Patrick’s Day and time for another fun Heaven party.
Hohman will be laying down top dance tracks from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and of more recent vintage as the disco lights flash, and acrobats twirl. The wearing of the green is highly encouraged. St. Patrick’s Day inspired cocktails and libations will be offered and Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie (located in the lobby) is featuring an Irish whiskey flight. Braddock’s knows their whiskies, having one of Pittsburgh’s top whiskey lists. General admission tickets are $40, VIP tickets $65 and include access to the VIP lounge which their news release says is “at the end of the rainbow,” and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Whether you’re a saint or a sinner you can party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel is located at 107 6th Street, Downtown and is offering discounted overnight accommodations for event attendees. The Heaven events are produced by Acrobatique Creative.
2) One of the most happening spots to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle. With a tent connected to the pub the celebration space is doubled. Irish bands and performers hold court all day and night in both spaces beginning at 11 a.m. and going until about midnight. Headliners are Red Hand Paddy and Guaranteed Irish along with other acts including Whiskey Limerick, Johnny Gallagher, and Mark Guiser. 2329 Penn Ave., Strip District.
3) “I’m just kiddin’, I’m a white kid, hi kids”—Yep, that’s Hoodie Allen, the clown prince of yuppie hop, as he summed himself up in a signature line from his 2011 breakout release “No Interruption.” The artist formerly known as Steven Markowitz chose his stage name as a pun on Woody Allen: white guy, comedian, nerdy but kinda cool; get it? In cuts like “Fame Is for Assholes” (with Chiddy Bang) and “Are U Having Any Fun,” he mixes classic hip-hop memes such as gratuitous profanity and the objectification of women with satirical riffs on the suburban upper-middle-class technoculture. Hoodie knows the latter quite well. He grew up on Long Island, acquired an Ivy League degree, and worked at Google before quitting to become a full-time musical prankster. Now on tour in support of his latest album, Happy Camper, Hoodie Allen will be at Stage AE with sidekicks SuperDuperKyle and Blackbear. Doors open 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (MV)
4) Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Oakland is offering free admission every Thursday evening in March thanks to The Jack Buncher Foundation. Enjoy exhibits about different cultures, animals, dinosaurs, minerals, nature and ancient Egypt, etc. 3 – 8 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave.