Quantum Theatre's performance of The Task

Quantum Theatre wants to thank the businesses of the Strip District and nearby residents for hosting us during the run of our latest production, The Task, by offering a free Community Night performance on Wednesday, April 21. Join us for a complimentary pre-show reception at 6:30 at The Gage Building at 30th and Liberty, followed by a performance of the play at 8:00 (parking is available on-site).

Contact Quantum by calling 412.697.2929, or email rconrad@quantumtheatre.com to reserve your place.

Quantum Theatre stages its plays environmentally, in places that aren’t theatres. The Task will run from April 22 – May 9, Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 7:00 pm.

If you can’t make it to Community Night, mention the Strip District discount when ordering by phone and receive $5 off the price of admission. Discounted tickets are available by calling ProArtsTickets at 412.394.3353.

The Task is an aggressively experimental work of dream and nightmare, of love and betrayal, of revolution called off. The protagonists arrive in Jamaica, three emissaries of the French Republic, their mission to incite a slave rebellion. The theatre of the revolution is open. Please take your seat.

The show begins promptly at 8:00 pm (please be advised there is no late seating for this performance). For more information, visit www.quantumtheatre.com.

The Task
April 22–May 9, 2010
Free Community Performance – Apr 21 @8PM

Quantum Theatre
The Gage Building
30th and Liberty Avenue
In the Strip District

This just in from our good friends at Neighbors in the Strip.

The Heinz History Center presents its third annual Quilter’s Weekend, on January 23 and 24 from 10 am – 4 pm. The weekend will showcase the unique history of quilting in Western Pennsylvania.

Hundreds of visitors, from novice quilters to skilled experts, will experience a weekend full of activities including:

* Hands-on demonstrations of quilting techniques
* Opportunities to try a variety of quilting methods
* A children’s area with take-home crafts
* Displays from quilting guilds

This year Quilter’s Weekend will also include a special presentation on Aftrican American quilting, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at quilts made in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, a nationally-recognized community for historic quilt making.

Visitors can also bring their gently used quilting books for a book exchange. Quilter’s Weekend is free with History Center admission.

Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

You can sign up for E-Grams on the Neighbors in the Strip site.

Pints and Frights Tours 2009

So, the new NITS E-gram is in. I don’t know about, you but I like a really good ghost story! I picked this up off of the E-Gram and hey-ho! The Spaghetti Warehouse is one of the stops on this haunting tour! Details from the website —

Ever wonder if there are any ghosts in the Strip?  Find out on a Pints and Frights Tour when it visits Spaghetti Warehouse, among a number of haunted hostels around the city.  Tours will be led by Brian Schill, founder of the International Parapsychology Research Foundation (those of you who came to our Guest Bartender Event earlier this month were fortunate enough to meet Brian and get a preview of the thrills and chills to be shared).  For more information visit www.steelcitybustours.com

Tour Dates
November 7, 2009 4pm-8pm
November 14, 2009 4pm-8pm
November 21, 2009 4pm-8pm

Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and caldron bubble . . .

A special invitation from our good friend at Neighbors in the Strip —

Do we ever have a haunting Halloween Guest Bartender event for you to enjoy? GB Invite It will be a bewitching evening of fun, frivolity, frog toes and fenny snakes (and lots of networking, too). There will be many stories to share – particularly about the G20!

So, please join us on October 9th to kick off this Halloween season with Guest Bartender, Brian Schill. Brian is a parapsychologist and President of International Paranormal Foundation, Inc. who is sure to enthrall us with his dazzling drinks and dire tales of the supernatural. Scarehouse is joining in and will also be featuring their Fall collection of Halloween garb.

Dress up like something (anything, but yourself) and you will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate from Crystal (featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) and the ever popular Strip Tote Bag. The essential accessory for Halloween goodie gathering).

We’ll be at the Spaghetti Warehouse (26th and Smalllman Street) on October 9th from 5 to 7 PM. There will be great drink specials and beguiling entertainment. Be there or have bad dreams the rest of the month.

Game Night & the Seven Minute Dance Series

This just in from our good friend at Neighbors in the Strip. Attack Theatre moved in with the Pittsburgh Opera and have brought game night with them! This is a great event and a wonderful place to get a taste of what the company does through it’s Seven-Minute Dance Series. From the most recent NITS E-Gram —

Join Attack Theatre for the first Game Night and the Seven-Minute Dance Series of the season from 8-11 pm on October 10 at their new home with Pittsburgh Opera at 2425 Liberty Avenue, Strip District. Voted one of the best places to meet singles in Pittsburgh and the “Best Place to Play Four-Square with Professional Dancers,” you will enjoy games and dance in an intimate and social atmosphere.

This is an opportunity for community members to get to know the company and meet other artists and neighbors while enjoying good old-fashioned fun and games like the aforementioned Four-Square, along with backgammon, 3-D tic-tac-toe, vintage Atari games, darts and Connect Four. Seven-minute dance performances on the hour conclude with a late night hootenanny.

Admission is free, but a donation is appreciated.

You can sign up for E-Grams on the Neighbors in the Strip site.

“Meet the Farmers” Dinner

This just in from one of our neighbors in the Strip District! It sounds like it will be a really fun evening, so save the date!

Buy Fresh Buy Local® “Meet the Farmers” Dinner
Thursday, September 10th, 2009, 6:30 PM

The Enrico Biscotti Company
2022 Penn Avenue

Curious about local food, farms, and Western Pennsylvania’s unique foodshed? The Enrico Biscotti Company and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture are teaming up for another dinner in our “Meet the Farmer” series.

Come meet, greet, and eat with Western Pennsylvania farmers. (Farmers to be announced)

This is a great opportunity to learn about your abundant local options in Western Pennsylvania and forge a direct relationship with local farmers, while dining on the local bounty as prepared by Chef Kate Romane of the Enrico Biscotti Co. and local brews from the East End Brewery.

Please RSVP directly to Enrico’s at (412) 281-2602
or enricobiscotti@gmail.com.

The cost of the evening is $20.

News from Neighbors in the Strip

Our Neighbors in the Strip always have such interesting things happening. Following is an excerpt from their most recent e-gram. If you want to have the newsletter delivered straight to your inbox, you can sign up here.

Pittsburgh Opera Joins City Green Renaissance – Opera Seeks LEED Certification

As part of its ongoing mission to enrich Pittsburgh and the tri-state area, Pittsburgh Opera recently began a new green initiative committed to environmental stewardship and ongoing sustainability. The primary goal of the initiative is to obtain the US Green Building Council’s Leadership to Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Operations and Maintenance Certification for the Opera’s new headquarters, the historic 45,000 square foot George Westinghouse Air Brake Factory in the Strip.

The building, originally built in 1870, will be the oldest building in Pittsburgh to achieve LEED certification. Pittsburgh Opera will also be the first opera company in the United States to earn a certification. The Company plans to submit for certification by the end of 2009.

“To be the oldest building in Pittsburgh with LEED certification and the first opera company certified in the US will be an amazing achievement,” said Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn. “We are delighted to be at the forefront of the environmental movement in our community.”

For information about Pittsburgh Opera’s 2009-10 season visit Pittsburgh Opera

Ohhhh! Sharrows!

There’s some good news for all of you fans of biking and the Strip District —

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s administration today announced that new lane markings have been placed on Penn Avenue from 32nd Street to 25th Street, the first half of a shared lane system that will eventually run to 16th Street. Read the Post Gazette article

For more information about the marked lanes, check out Bike Pittsburgh —

As of this post, the sharrows have only been installed from 31st St to 26th St, but the plans call for them all the way to 16th St. One of the most important functions of this set of markings is to connect Penn Ave with the current bike lanes on Liberty Ave. Once the Liberty Ave bike lanes end (heading inbound), Liberty Ave gets pretty treacherous with how fast cars tend to travel. Inbound cyclists can now take a marked route from Liberty Ave in Bloomfield onto 32nd St and then over to Penn Ave through the Strip District. Read the Bike Pittsburgh post

Also included on the page is an explanation of the term “sharrows”.

Artists' studio and exhibition space


There is an interesting opportunity available for artists in the Strip District. The building is located on Liberty Ave., and the space has great light with an open floor plan. Richard Wierzbowski of Army of Artists, who is organizing the use of the space, has scheduled two open meetings to brainstorm on how to best use the space for a working group studio of 30 artists. The meetings will be at —

On Thursday, July 16 from 4:00 pm until 5:45 pm
On Thursday, July 23 from 4:00 pm until 5:45 pm
2839 Liberty Avenue at 28th Street entrance on the first floor of the Guardian Warehouse
Park for free in the black paved parking lot on the 28th Street side of the red brick warehouse.
A representative of the developer may be present.

To RSVP please email Richard Wierzbowski at rwierz@hotmail.com
A description of the space follows –

Available in the Strip District at 2839 Liberty Avenue near 28th Street.
Artists’ studio and exhibition space for those working on paintings, mixed media , fiber, collages or sculptures of an intermediate scale. Commercial photography is not suited to this space because of space constraints. We will be in the space on August 1, 2009.

Newly renovated by the developer, Guardian Storage Warehouse, with freshly painted ceiling and three of the walls. The fourth wall is done in silver toned industrial metal. 12 feet high ceilings and free off street lighted parking with onsite security. Wooden floor and a new slate gray tiled bathroom with new fixtures. 2200 square foot with heat and air conditioning, exterior and interior lighting, electrical outlets, and a ventilation system for $50 per month, (utilities included in the rental fee) $100 security deposit with a 1 year lease. This offering is limited to 30 people. Indoor loading dock, ground floor space, great light and 24 hour security card access.

Farmers markets closest to Polish Hill


We don’t have a  farmers market of our own, but there are a few markets convenient to Polish Hill residents.  In the Strip on Saturdays from 9-1, is Farmers at the Firehouse, next the the Firehouse Lounge on Penn Avenue at 22nd St.  This is an independent mostly-organic farmers market, selling fruits and vegetables, herb plants, and some prepared foods like bread, smoked fish, cheese, and more.  Many of these vendors provide free samples of their wares.  Check their website to find out what’s fresh this week!

There are a number of CityParks farmers markets; one  is on Thursdays in Bloomfield in the Immaculate Conception School parking lot at
Cedarville Street & Friendship Avenue.  And the 54C from Polish Hill stops directly next to the North Side farmers market, in Fridays in East Park at East Ohio Street & Cedar Avenue.

There are other CityParks farmers markets in East Liberty, South Side, Carrick, Beechview, and downtown Pittsburgh–click here for more information.