Smoke BBQ Taqueria Branching Out with Burgers

This new addition to the menu will only be available one day a week.

photo by laura petrilla


“Hamburger Tuesdays” start this week at Smoke BBQ Taqueria. Jeff Petruso, co-owner and chef of the popular Lawrenceville restaurant, says that he “just wanted to make burgers. That’s the simplest answer I can give you. I’m here every Tuesday anyway so I might as well open the doors.”

The eatery, which was previously closed on Tuesdays, will be open from 5pm until they run out of burgers (Petruso says that he expects to prepare somewhere between 60-80 burgers in the first week). For the first week of service it’ll be hamburgers, cheeseburgers and “something beyond a cheeseburger.” Buns will be made in-house and there will also be french fries and drink specials.

If you were lucky enough – like I was – to have the hamburger taco special earlier this year, you’re probably stoked by this news. I know I am.

Smoke also just introduced a “Happy Times” menu that runs Monday through Friday (bar seats only) from 4-to-6pm. That menu includes a “smaller than regular sized” taco of the day for $3, pork short ribs at $3 per bone, $2 off draft beer and $5 for cocktails and Italian bubbles.

––Hal B. Klein


Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC


#HolidayPops: Chris Jamison to sing with PSO

Nearly a year removed from his third place finish on NBC's The Voice, Ross native Chris Jamison is busier than ever, and coming next month, he's getting a bigger back-up band. In December, he will team with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during the PSO's annual Holiday Pops concerts. 

He will sing a variety of songs, including "Georgia on my Mind," which he performed (see below) during in the final weeks of The Voice competition. The Holiday Pops concerts are Dec. 11-13 and Dec. 19-20 at Heinz Hall. Click here for more information or call 412/392-4900.

In addition to performing with the PSO, Jamison is scheduled to join a holiday pops concert at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle on Dec. 18. Details and ticket information can be found here

––Richard Cook


#RecoveryMission: Mark Clayton Southers 

Friends and frequenters of the Pittsburgh theatre community have good reason to rejoice with the return of one of its greats.

After a major car accident and five months of recovery in the hospital, Mark Clayton Southers, founder and artistic director of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, has returned home and is eager to step into the director’s chair for August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Piano Lesson."

“I needed to direct it. I needed something to have my mind focused on to fight off depression," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I needed to have that gem of August Wilson’s work to gravitate toward. And it worked.”

But getting out of the hospital bed doesn’t mean life is back to normal.

To help Southers and his family with his medical expenses, a gofundme campaign has been started with the goal of reaching $25,000 before Monday, November 23.

That same day, as a final curtain call on the campaign, the theatre community will be holding a tribute and benefit event for Southers. It's entitled ReMARKable, and will be held at the August Wilson Center downtown. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and will feature performances, a reception, and food provided by the Swing Truck.

By donating $25 to the fund, you can reserve your seat at the event and show your love and support to Southers and the Pittsburgh theatre community.

And of course, the show must go on. Celebrate Southers’ directorial return and the legendary work of August Wilson at The Piano Lesson playing this month.

––Lauralei Kraski

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