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The 10 best things to do in Pittsburgh in June.



Girls Only
May 23 through September 2

When friends Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein decided to share their diaries one day, they had no idea the laughter that ensued would evolve into a full-fledged cabaret show. Yet here it is, Girls Only - The Secret Comedy of Women, a hilarious revue dedicated to everything sugar and spice. Produced by the Pittsburgh CLO, it’s an estrogen-fueled blend of improv, sketch comedy and (be prepared) audience participation. This new dinner theater performance will play all summer long, but don’t delay — seats sell out quickly.

(655 Penn Ave., downtown; 412/456-6666, clocabaret.com)

Full Bloom Summer Dance Party
June 2

In a month packed with hoppin’ happenings, the Full Bloom Summer Dance Party is probably the only one with fire-throwers, hula-hoopers and a kickin’ dance floor in a theater lobby. Full Bloom benefits the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, but it also harvests a vast garden of local talent. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to see what East Liberty has to offer, you won’t find richer entertainment than this.

(5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty; 412/441-1576, kelly-strayhorn.org)

JazzLive
June 1-3

Pittsburghers often forget that their city was once a jazz mecca. Musicians would arrive by train from across the country and play gigs in dozens of smoky clubs. The tradition continues with JazzLive, a weekly jam session produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. This month, to complement the Three Rivers Arts Festival, JazzLive International will bring together 240 musicians from around the world. For three days straight, fans can savor the limitless range of contemporary jazz, blues and funk — from local talents to timeless legends.

(Various locations and times; downtown; 412/456-6666, pittsburghjazzlive.com)

Walk Now for Autism
June 9

It’s is not a protest, it’s not a parade and it’s not a race. So then what is it? Well, it’s basically a massive get-together for people affected by autism spectrum disorder — friends, family, teachers, researchers and the gamut of others — who have helped raise money for Autism Speaks, one of America’s leading autism advocacy groups. The event celebrates a months-long fundraising campaign and helps introduce newbies to the autism community. The walk is easy, and spirits run high.

(Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore; 412/367-4571, walknowforautismspeaks.org)

Pride in the Street
June 9

For Pittsburgh’s LGBT community, Pride Week is a serious statement to the world. But Pride in the Street? It’s one gigantic dance party in the heart of downtown. Think of it as a block party — with DJs, freaky rainbow-colored lights and headliner Melissa Etheridge, all courtesy of the Delta Foundation. After the Awareness March, the Advocacy Rally and the Big Gay Picnic, celebrants pull out the glow-sticks and urban fashion for some late-night revelry. Activism never looked so hot.

(900 Liberty Ave., downtown; pittsburghpride.org)

Avicii
June 14

DJs are a peculiar breed. On one hand, they’re not musicians in the traditional sense. On the other hand, they are masters of music — they spin, sample and mix. They transform the mood of a room with the drop of a needle. No large-scale party is complete without them. And Tim Bergling, alias Avicii, is among the most acclaimed DJs of all time. The Swedish-born jockey plays around the world and has topped charts with his remixes. No wonder his debut at the CONSOL Energy Center is expected to sell out. If progressive house is still on your radar, check it out: This party should vibrate the Center to its foundations.

(1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown; 800/745-3000, consolenergycenter.com)

Anthrocon
June 14-17

Furries love Pittsburgh, indeed. For people who enjoy wearing giant, fuzzy costumes of cartoon animals, the Steel City is a favorite kennel. Their annual gathering, Anthrocon, has become a regular David L. Lawrence Convention Center event, and downtowners have grown accustomed to passing pedestrians in paws, whiskers and tails. This year’s affair promises more attendees than ever. The Convention Center will become a regular foxhole of games, social networking and costume workshops. And a tip for amateur photographers passing by: Many Furries love to pose.

(1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., downtown; anthrocon.org)

Urban Garden Party
June 15

If you’ve ever visited the Mattress Factory, you’ve probably walked into Yayoi Kusama’s installation piece, “Infinity Dots Mirrored Room,” a small antechamber that reflects in all directions. This place is dizzying, surreal and totally fun — and that’s exactly what the Urban Garden Party is like, too. This year’s theme is “Alice at the Factory,” and staffers expect thousands of fans to flood the avant-garde museum. What will await you once you enter this looking-glass world? Expect a bonanza of musicians, special exhibitions and performance artists. For Pittsburgh’s culturati, no party is more hotly anticipated.

(500 Sampsonia Way, North Side; mattress.org)

Pittsburgh Oyster Urban Adventure Race
June 16

What if you signed up for a race but had no idea where it led? Suppose you didn’t even know what the race entailed. Would you have to jump over walls? Kayak a river? Swig beer? That’s the idea behind the Pittsburgh Oyster Urban Adventure Race, a magnet for athletes who embrace the unknown. Competitors must choose between “Urban Adventure” and “Off Road,” but beyond that, anything goes. Originated in Denver, Oyster Races have become a national sensation, much like the Ruckus Run and Warrior Dash competitions. The key differences? There’s no clear course, and racers must follows clues. May the cleverest team win.

(Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore; oysterracingseries.com)

Jimmy Buffett
June 28

In style and demeanor, no place is more distant from a Jimmy Buffett song than Pittsburgh. But why dwell on the differences? Pittsburghers like cheeseburgers. We’re “down-to-earth.” We even have a South Side bar called Margaritaville. And for Parrotheads who still like to keep up with “The Pirate,” this concert is the perfect excuse to enjoy a frosty beverage, stay up late and sway like a palm tree.

(First Niagara Pavilion, 18 U.S. 22, Burgettstown; 724/947-7400, ticketmaster.com)

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Celebrating 5 Pittsburghers Who Built Careers Behind the Bar

Pittsburgh is a city that celebrates its neighborhood bars. In some of those spots, second- and third-generation regulars are pulling up their stools to be served by someone who started pouring drinks decades ago.

Second Chances: Crossroads in the Kitchen

People working to overcome substance abuse problems and ex-offenders discover a welcoming environment in restaurant kitchens.

How to Pamper Yourself in Pittsburgh

Looking to beat the winter doldrums? We round up the best places and experiences for a little personal indulgence.

Miss Pusadee's Garden? We Have Some Good News.

The Tongee family now operates Burgh Thai in Verona.

The Growing Popularity of Shooting a Clay Pigeon

Skeet shooting is taking off as a favored western Pennsylvania hobby.

Steelers' No. 1 Problem Makes Others Pale in Comparison

Until they solve it, the Steelers are more of a Fantasy League team than they are a Super Bowl team.

New series ‘$1’ to be filmed in Pittsburgh

The mystery thriller is latest to cash in on the city’s filming opportunities.

Andrew McCutchen: Thanks for the Memories

It's hard to overemphasize McCutchen's impact on the Pirates and its fan base.

How to Make a Mt. Washington Wedding Proposal Even Better

A lot of grooms-to-be propose on Mt. Washington. Not many decorate beforehand.

Bitter End’s Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

Chefs Becca Hegarty and Rick Easton to cook comfort food to help Hegarty’s mother.

Former Art Institute Housing to Be Converted into Condos

Downtown is booming as plans develop for yet another new apartment building.

Big Ben Not Ready to Retire –– But He's Making Plans

Ben Roethlisberger will do as many former athletes have and start the next phase of his career with a dining venture.

The Post is Quite Good, I, Tonya is Even Better

Reviews of "The Post," "I, Tonya" and "The Commuter," plus local movie news and notes.

Tequila Cowboy: Fine For Some, Apparently a Bad Idea for Others

The bar, which hosted a bizarre incident involving a top Steelers coach, is fine enough for the post-collegiate set.

Researchers and Pittsburgh Dad Agree - The ‘Man Flu’ is Real

There is now science to challenge the popular notion that men are wimps when sidelined by a cold.
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New series ‘$1’ to be filmed in Pittsburgh

New series ‘$1’ to be filmed in Pittsburgh

The mystery thriller is latest to cash in on the city’s filming opportunities.

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Andrew McCutchen: Thanks for the Memories

Andrew McCutchen: Thanks for the Memories

It's hard to overemphasize McCutchen's impact on the Pirates and its fan base.

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All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Miss Pusadee's Garden? We Have Some Good News.

Miss Pusadee's Garden? We Have Some Good News.

The Tongee family now operates Burgh Thai in Verona.

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Bitter End’s Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

Bitter End’s Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

Chefs Becca Hegarty and Rick Easton to cook comfort food to help Hegarty’s mother.

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Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Best of the ‘Burgh Gift Guide for 2017

Best of the ‘Burgh Gift Guide for 2017

Here are some of our favorite ‘Burgh-inspired gifts for him, her, kids, foodies and more.

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Meet the Winner of Our 2017 Cutest Pet Contest

Meet the Winner of Our 2017 Cutest Pet Contest

The winner received the most votes among five dogs, four cats and a bunny.

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Tequila Cowboy: Fine For Some, Apparently a Bad Idea for Others

Tequila Cowboy: Fine For Some, Apparently a Bad Idea for Others

The bar, which hosted a bizarre incident involving a top Steelers coach, is fine enough for the post-collegiate set.

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Five Essential January Events in Pittsburgh

Five Essential January Events in Pittsburgh

Country crooners, unsung pop icons, on-ice acrobatics and more winter warmers.

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Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Steelers' No. 1 Problem Makes Others Pale in Comparison

Steelers' No. 1 Problem Makes Others Pale in Comparison

Until they solve it, the Steelers are more of a Fantasy League team than they are a Super Bowl team.

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Steelers Must Avoid ‘Captain Ahab’ Approach to the Jaguars

Steelers Must Avoid ‘Captain Ahab’ Approach to the Jaguars

The Patriots are to the Steelers what Moby Dick was to Captain Ahab and that kind of obsession can backfire.

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The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
The Post is Quite Good, I, Tonya is Even Better

The Post is Quite Good, I, Tonya is Even Better

Reviews of "The Post," "I, Tonya" and "The Commuter," plus local movie news and notes.

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Documentary Week at Row House Brings Fresh, Invigorating Films

Documentary Week at Row House Brings Fresh, Invigorating Films

Reviews of "Rat Film" and "Big Sonia," plus local movie news and notes.

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Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
How to Make a Mt. Washington Wedding Proposal Even Better

How to Make a Mt. Washington Wedding Proposal Even Better

A lot of grooms-to-be propose on Mt. Washington. Not many decorate beforehand.

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These Elaborate Proposals Were Sure to Get a “Yes”

These Elaborate Proposals Were Sure to Get a “Yes”

Thinking of popping the question? Take a note from these grooms-to-be who set the bar high.

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Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Former Art Institute Housing to Be Converted into Condos

Former Art Institute Housing to Be Converted into Condos

Downtown is booming as plans develop for yet another new apartment building.

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Lesson Learned: How Design Changed a North Allegheny Classroom

Lesson Learned: How Design Changed a North Allegheny Classroom

Frustrated by his sterile white classroom, teacher Greg Geibel earned an A+ from students when he transformed the space into something resembling a modern coffeehouse.

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