Calendar



The Gypsy Strings are, from left, Steven Wagner, cousins Peter Kosovec and David Kosovec, Bob Sestili, George Batyi and Jerry Grcevich. The group plays Thursdays at Gypsy Café on the South Side.

Photo courtesy of Gypsy Cafe

The Gypsy Strings: Thursdays

Got a little gypsy in your soul? Let it loose any Thursday at the Gypsy Café. The Gypsy Strings is a tambura orchestra led by violinist George Batyi. Other members are Bob Sestili, David Kosovec, Peter Kosovec, Steven Wagner and Jerry Grcevich. Among other instruments, they sing and play the brac’, bugarija and tambura bass.

Music ranges from Hungarian and Romanian tunes to Brahms and traditional tambura, played on long-necked stringed instruments. The group plays “European style,” starting onstage and wending its way to your table for special requests. Meanwhile, you can enjoy a pan-European dinner, with entrees ranging from $14 to $21. (1330 Bingham St., South Side. Thursdays, 8 p.m. $10 cover if you’re not eating dinner. Reservations required. Reservations: 412/381-4977; info: gypsycafe.net)

New Year’s Resolution Hike: Jan. 1

So you decided to take better care of your body this year. Well then sign up for a moderate trek through South Park, where Venture Outdoors is leading a 5- to 7-mile hike over sometimes-hilly terrain. (Off Corrigan Drive, South Park. Fri., Jan. 1, 1-4 p.m. Members, $5; nonmembers, $8. Registration required. Registration: 412/255-0564, ext. 21; info: ventureoutdoors.org)

“Behind The Scenes With The Pittsburgh Steelers: Photographs By Mike Fabus”: Through Feb. 7

Can’t get enough of the black and gold? Then you have to see photographer Mike Fabus’ up-close-and-personal photos of your favorites in “Behind the Scenes With the Pittsburgh Steelers: Photographs by Mike Fabus.”

The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Sen. John Heinz History Center presents photos of the legendary teams of the 1970s as well as the pregame rituals and postgame celebrations of the team’s Super Bowl XL and XLIII wins. You’ll see players and team executives behind the scenes, and there are at least 40 never-before-seen photos. (1212 Smallman St., Strip District. Adults, $10; seniors, $9; children 4-17, $5. Through Feb. 7: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: 412/454-6000, heinzhistorycenter.org)

Pittsburgh Remodeling Expo: Jan. 8-10

Deep in the darkest days of winter, hordes of people and companies have their eyes on your house and how they can improve it—from a basic basement remodeling to a new roof, not to mention such assorted must-haves as new window treatments, new windows, flooring, hot tubs, landscaping, fencing and fireplaces. Just ask. They’re there waiting for you.
Some see the shows and booths at the Pittsburgh Remodeling Expo as dreamtime. Others go over the edge and decide they need a new house. (David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Duquesne Blvd., downtown. Jan. 8-10: Fri., 2-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults, $5; under 18, free. Info: 412/565-6000, homeshowcenter.com)

Pittsburgh RV Show: Jan. 9-17

OK, now that you have your first home under control, think about acquiring a second at the Pittsburgh RV Show. Or maybe you prefer a trailer or a tent—those are there too. Or how about another way to get about? Look at golf carts and motorcycles. Plus there are numerous basic necessities for life in the woods and on the road. Some 20,000 stopped by this popular show last year. Join the throng. (David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Duquesne Blvd., downtown. Jan. 9-17: Mon.-Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults, $10; 55 and older, $9; children 6-16, $5. Info: 412/565-6000, pittrvshow.com)

Mystery Book Discussion Group: Jan. 15

Whodunnit and why, and how much evidence did the culprit leave behind? Get to the bottom of it—whatever it is—with Carnegie Library’s Mystery Book Discussion Group, Fri., Jan. 15, at the main branch in Oakland. The group will look at Douglas Adams’ The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul in the Teen Meeting Room. This is an adult program that meets every third Friday of the month. (4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 1-2 p.m. Free. Info: 412/622-3151, clpgh.org)

Quilters’ Weekend: Jan. 23-24

Quilters will gather Sat., Jan. 23, and Sun., Jan. 24, at the Sen. John Heinz History Center for the third annual Quilters’ Weekend. The event will celebrate the history of quilting in the Western Pennsylvania region and offer hands-on quilting activities, demos and vendor displays. (1212 Smallman St., Strip District. Adults, $10; seniors, $9; children 4-17, $5. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 412/454-6411, heinzhistorycenter.org)

Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Weekend: Jan. 23-24

Go see the trees in their winter nakedness at Wilderness Lodge near Erie. Venture Outdoors will gather there for a Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Weekend, Sat., Jan. 23, and Sun., Jan. 24. The lodge “grooms” the snow for traditional striding and skating techniques but sets aside some areas for those who want to explore. Take your own skies.

Hate the big sticks and poles? Opt for snowshoes, free from Venture Outdoors. Registration includes trail passes and lodging Saturday night. (13448 Weeks Valley Road, Wattsburg. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Venture Outdoors members, $110; nonmembers, $145. Registration required. Registration: ventureoutdoors.org; info: 412/255-0564)

Toast! To Literacy: Jan. 29

The Women’s Board of Pittsburgh, a charitable organization founded in 1991, selects a favorite cause each year and holds a benefit with all proceeds going to the chosen organization. This year’s party, a luncheon at Fox Chapel Golf Club, benefits The Family Literacy Center in Sharpsburg. Operated by the Fox Chapel Area School District, the center works with parents/caregivers of 3- and 4-year-olds preparing for kindergarten.

The event, on Fri., Jan. 29, starts at 10 a.m. with auctions and raffles followed by a cooking demo at 11 a.m. by Chet Garland, co-owner, with Paul Tebbets, of Toast! Kitchen & Wine Bar in Shadyside. PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE named Toast! “Best New Restaurant” last June in our annual “Best Restaurants” issue. The luncheon, which has raised more than $380,000 over the years, starts at 12:15 p.m. (426 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel. $60. Reservations required. Reservations: 412/963-0513; info: womensboardpittsburgh.org)
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Top Ten Things to Do in Pittsburgh in May

Top Ten Things to Do in Pittsburgh in May

This month's best bets in the ’Burgh.
Best Doctors in Pittsburgh 2017

Best Doctors in Pittsburgh 2017

Pittsburgh’s medical lifesavers rated by their peers, including anesthesiologists, cardiologists, dermatologists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, surgeons, urologists & many more.
Health Care in Pittsburgh that Goes Beyond the Office

Health Care in Pittsburgh that Goes Beyond the Office

Innovations in Postpartum Depression Treatment, First-Aid Training and Food Security.
Restaurant Review: DiAnoia's Eatery Bridges the Gap

Restaurant Review: DiAnoia's Eatery Bridges the Gap

With a little work, the Strip District restaurant could become a Pittsburgh classic.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The 412

New Study: Pittsburgh Drivers are The Worst of the Worst

New Study: Pittsburgh Drivers are The Worst of the Worst

Pittsburgh ties with one other city for having the worst drivers in the nation.
HGTV Series Pilot Focuses on Renovation of Pittsburgh Home

HGTV Series Pilot Focuses on Renovation of Pittsburgh Home

The pilot episode of “Steel City Rehab” follows a Pittsburgh couple as they flip a home in the city’s East End.
‘The Good Wife’s’ Zach Grenier Appears on the Pittsburgh Stage

‘The Good Wife’s’ Zach Grenier Appears on the Pittsburgh Stage

Grenier on playing the dream role of Willy Loman, coming to Pittsburgh and performing at the renowned Pittsburgh Public Theater.
Enjoy a Cocktail to Help Preserve Pittsburgh's Historic Murals

Enjoy a Cocktail to Help Preserve Pittsburgh's Historic Murals

The nearly 80-year-old murals by Maxo Vanka show an immigrant's’ perspective on important issues.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Top Ten Things to Do in Pittsburgh in May

Top Ten Things to Do in Pittsburgh in May

This month's best bets in the ’Burgh.
Best Doctors in Pittsburgh 2017

Best Doctors in Pittsburgh 2017

Pittsburgh’s medical lifesavers rated by their peers, including anesthesiologists, cardiologists, dermatologists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, surgeons, urologists & many more.
Health Care in Pittsburgh that Goes Beyond the Office

Health Care in Pittsburgh that Goes Beyond the Office

Innovations in Postpartum Depression Treatment, First-Aid Training and Food Security.
Restaurant Review: DiAnoia's Eatery Bridges the Gap

Restaurant Review: DiAnoia's Eatery Bridges the Gap

With a little work, the Strip District restaurant could become a Pittsburgh classic.
Looking Back: Dan Rooney, Remembered

Looking Back: Dan Rooney, Remembered

The builder of two stadiums, a billion-dollar football business, NFL labor harmony and racial sensitivity, and bridges between constituencies –– he was an everywhere man whose soft, steady hand was felt everywhere.
Pittsburgh at the Forefront of The Brain Revolution

Pittsburgh at the Forefront of The Brain Revolution

Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive ailment to treat and the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Pittsburgh has become a battleground in the fight against the devastating illness, thanks to the decade-long quest of two Pittsburgh researchers whose work is on track to change the face of medicine and affect millions worldwide.
Edit Module
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


New Study: Pittsburgh Drivers are The Worst of the Worst

New Study: Pittsburgh Drivers are The Worst of the Worst

Pittsburgh ties with one other city for having the worst drivers in the nation.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Scratch Food & Beverage Has a New Executive Chef

Scratch Food & Beverage Has a New Executive Chef

Brandon Blumenfeld introduces an American gastropub menu at the Troy Hill bar.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Five Inexpensive But Memorable Date Spots in Pittsburgh

Five Inexpensive But Memorable Date Spots in Pittsburgh

These spots are tailored for couples who are looking for a simple, chill night out on Valentine’s Day (or any other day). If your significant other isn’t the type to be wooed by expensive wines and chocolates, this is the list for you.

Comments


Five Essential May Events

Five Essential May Events

Comics (the kind on paper), comics (the kind with microphones), cats and more upcoming delights.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
‘Use Him Like ‘Troy Polamalu’ – Steelers Should Jump on This Pick

‘Use Him Like ‘Troy Polamalu’ – Steelers Should Jump on This Pick

If Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers is still available, the Pittsburgh Steelers would be wise to make him their first-round pick in the NFL draft.

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
Pittsburgh on a Plate

Pittsburgh on a Plate

The way to a beer lover’s heart is mapped out on notNeutral’s plate, which highlights Pittsburgh breweries (and other points of interest) across the city.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
Sink Into a Trippy High School at Row House Cinema

Sink Into a Trippy High School at Row House Cinema

The Pittsburgh premiere of offbeat cartoon "My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea" is the local film event of the week.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
Beautiful Blooms: Twists on the Traditional Bouquet

Beautiful Blooms: Twists on the Traditional Bouquet

You’ll definitely want the story behind these stunning wedding flowers.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Rare Plants, Accessories, Up for Grabs at 2017 Garden Marketplace

Rare Plants, Accessories, Up for Grabs at 2017 Garden Marketplace

Hosted by the Penn State Master Gardeners, the free event, which includes the local daffodil society’s annual show, features exclusive and hard-to-find flowers, shrubs, fruit and vegetable plants and other garden accessories from a variety of vendors.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
A-Rod to Talk Baseball and Steroids at Slippery Rock

A-Rod to Talk Baseball and Steroids at Slippery Rock

Considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, Alex Rodriguez also is one of the league's more controversial stars.

Comments