Fall 2017|volume 11|Issue 1

    What’s New?

    Doors Open Pittsburgh: Landmarks Interiors Event

    Last year the first Doors Open Pittsburgh was organized by Bonnie Baxter of Lawrenceville (based on a similar event in her former hometown of Chicago); she partners with Visit Pittsburgh this year. This October event aims to invite the public to tour the interiors, often “private spaces,” of some of Pittsburgh’s most prominent and historic architectural landmarks. Several city neighborhoods are primarily involved, including the Strip District. On the North Side, among the participants are the Priory Hotel, Penn Brewery, the Boggs Mansion, and the Mattress Factory; Downtown venues include the Benedum Center, Dollar Bank on Fourth Avenue, the First Lutheran Church, and the Frick Building.

    In the Strip, doors open to visitors for touring Contemporary Craft, artist Michael Lotenero’s studio, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, St. Stanislaus Kostka and Old St. Patrick’s churches, the Burns White Center, the Clemente Museum, and The Yards at 3 Crossings.

    The event will be held on October 7 and 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $8 daily, or $12 for both days. Tickets can be obtained online at doorsopenpgh.org/tickets-tours.

    Doors Open Pittsburgh
    Oct. 7 and 8

    Bella Christie

    Enjoying the special treats at the Bella Christie event are: (back row, left to right) Bella Smith, Christie Smith, “Lil’ Zoe”; (front row, left to right) Genevieve Shane, Isabella Shane.

    Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Has Gone Manic!

    Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Lawrenceville location has changed their dessert concept to offer guests fun-fabulous desserts from their Interactive Sugar Sweet Dessert Stations, which they perform at events and parties all over the U.S. From their 22 stations, they choose three stations a season to present to customers. To start, the offerings will include Manic Milkshakes, Liquid Nitro Ice Cream, and Wafflicious Waffles-a-la-Mode! Your visit promises to be filled with yummy Instagram-, Facebook Live-, and Snapchat-worthy adventures. Be sure to follow them on Facebook at Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique and on Instagram at BellaChristieZ so you can be the first in line.

    Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique
    3511 Butler St. / 412-687-1265

    PAGE Reading Series 11th Gathering in Lawrenceville

    Autumn is on its way, and so is PAGE 11—Tuesday, September 19, to be exact. PAGE 11 is the 11th in a series of gatherings (readings or performances) for writers and listeners. For participants, contributions must be one page (600 words or fewer; about three to five minutes). Welcomed are all genres of writing: fiction, poetry, essay, memoir, journalism; may be complete works or excerpts from longer pieces. The group loves to also hear from songwriters, puppeteers, playwrights and bloggers. All must be the work of the reader/performer.

    PAGE 11 will be held at the Borelli Edwards Art Gallery in Lawrenceville, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. It’s not too soon, or too late, to sign up to read. Contact Joann at: pagereadingseries@gmail.com. Or come and listen—readers need an audience!

    PAGE Reading Series, PAGE 11
    Borelli Edwards Art Gallery
    3583 Butler St.

    Heinz Center Sponsors Books in the ’Burgh

    Books in the 'Burgh

    The Senator John Heinz History Center is hosting monthly local-author talks: the Books in the ’Burgh speaker series started this summer and runs through December 13. This series provides a forum for authors and literary enthusiasts to share their passion for Western Pennsylvania’s most current storytelling, scholarship, and research. Visitors can enjoy book readings, discussions, and signings with the authors as part of these intimate and engaging forums. Admission is free to all events, but does not include access to History Center exhibitions. Events begin at
    7:00 p.m.

    Books featured in upcoming Wednesday-evening talks include: Raceball by Rob Ruck (Sept. 27; the colliding histories of black and Latin ballplayers in the major leagues); Playing Through the Whistle by S. L. Price (Oct. 18; the story of high school sports in Aliquippa—its people, its players, and, through it, a wider story of American history from the turn of the 20th century); Death by Cyanide by Paula Reed Ward (Nov. 15; the true murder mystery surrounding Autumn Klein, a neurologist and chief of women’s neurology at Pittsburgh’s largest health system); and Into the Seventeenth Generation by Eric Lidji (Dec. 13; the story of the life and work of Rabbi Walter Jacob, senior rabbi of Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh).

    Senator John Heinz History Center
    1212 Smallman St. / 412-454-6000