The biggest karaoke event of the year is all for a good cause. Come out on Friday, November 1st for the Second Annual Live Rock N’ Roll Karaoke Costume Party: Day of the Dead Edition! All the proceeds from this evening will directly benefit Jamie & Ali McMutrie’s Haitian Families First. HFF supports families and children in Haiti by giving them access to education, healthcare, and nutritional needs — guiding them toward self-sufficiency. The event will be hosted by Randy Baumann of the DVE Morning Show and they’ll be a celebrity karaoke competition featuring Mikey & Big Bob of the 96.1 Morning Freak Show, Sally Wiggin of WTAE, and our own Democratic Mayoral Candidate Bill Peduto!
The Coalition of Oakland Residents (COR) is a new “umbrella” alliance bringing together representatives from various resident associations in the Oakland neighborhood. COR’s mission states: “We are a collective voice for the residents of Oakland. Our goal is to improve life in Oakland by promoting community groups, by encouraging communication among these groups, and by advocating on their behalf to entities that impact these groups, their constituent communities and our fellow residents.”
AIA Pittsburgh is a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Their mission is to highlight the importance and value of good design in our region and its impact on each of us each day. Every October they hold an awards ceremony and gala to recognize outstanding architecture and design in the Pittsburgh region at their signature program, Design Pittsburgh 2013: Make Your Mark In Time! Bill Peduto will present this year’s Design Awards.
Join with PennFuture and their partners, the Sierra Club and SUNWPA, for the 2013 Pittsburgh Solar Tour — a look at Pittsburgh homes and businesses that use solar energy and other green technologies. This year’s tour is on Saturday, October 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There are 22 different locations across Western PA, including the City of Pittsburgh, Mt. Lebanon, Millvale, Aspinwall, Moon Township, Fair Oaks, Saxonburg, Sarver, Rochester, Cheswick, and Bentleyville.
Join us throughout the city to remind voters that November 5 is the day we change Pittsburgh. Call 412-294-VOTE (8683) to sign up for a 3-hour canvassing shift. Of course, free food and Peduto T-shirts will be given to all who participate.
Deirdre Kane and Dora Walmsley are two Pittsburghers who have a dream — one they share with many of their Upper Lawrenceville neighbors — to open a fresh retail corner store offering grocery staples, prepared foods, and bulk items (like grains and rice). They also envision the 52nd Street Market being a community meeting place — a space where neighbors can come together for a cup of coffee and conversation. The women are more than just dreamers — they have a combined 25 years of restaurant industry and food service experience between them, including working at the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank so there is an understanding of food insecurity and equitable access to food. They also have a building owner who is working with them, as well having many professional mentors, and have surveyed their community.
“Umoja” means “unity” in the Swahili language of Africa. The Umoja African Arts Company’s mission since 1989 has been to increase awareness and appreciation of the rich culture of the continent of Africa. One way they do this is through their signature event — the African Arts in the Park festival — which brings together people of all cultures in Pittsburgh to enjoy the “explosive beats, insistent rhythms and haunting melodies of African music, drumming and dance.”
When the Mattress Factory says it has “art you can get into,” it’s being literal. The North Side museum displays room-sized environments that are created by in-residence artists from around the world — some 600 since its inception in 1977. Every five years they hold a live auction of work from artists who have exhibited there, the proceeds of which benefit their artistic programs, exhibitions and education outreach. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Mattress Factory and they’ve put together over 50 original works by an impressive list of both established and emerging artists for the auction block.
It’s been an epic news year in Pittsburgh. Between the amazing twists and turns of the mayoral race, the spectacular rise of the Pirates and the equally spectacular downfall of the Orie sisters, one might say it’s achieved a Shakespearian level. And who better to follow the plot than the team behind “Off the Record” — the annual, musical satire that takes it’s own twisted view of Pittsburgh news and newsmakers. The show is a presentation of the Pittsburgh Newspaper Guild/CWA which includes Post-Gazette journalists and local SAG-AFTRA actors and performers among those it represents. And it’s all for a good cause as the primary beneficiary of the evening is the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.
Each October, the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh holds their annual celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and teachings. Gandhi was born on October 2nd and the United Nations General Assembly has established that day as the International Day of Non-Violence to honor his work. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 6th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.