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Weekend Treadings of the cultural nature: some bites and sounds, some artistic expressions and whatever else you add to the mix.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12th
Mingle with other creative enthusiasts at this mixed use space shared by an antiques shop and painter while sipping cider and nibbling cookies.
Zerrer’s Antiques @ 2703 Penn Ave - Strip District
3-9pm // FREE
Presented by the Door Campaign this event launches its first fundraising endeavour to inspire the Northview Heights neighborhood with an educational aquaponics greenhouse. The event will include an original artworks raffle, wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and your support of a great cause!
Mattress Factory @ 500 Sampsonia Way - Mexican War Streets
5:30-8pm // $25-100
2013 recipient of the Witter Bynner Fellowship, Shara McCallum will read from her most recent collection of poetry, The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems. Book signing to follow at Mystery Lovers Bookshop.
CLP Main @ 4400 Forbes Ave - Oakland
6pm // FREE // registration required
Go old school with featured 2013/14 Urbanist Guide shops for a ‘secret market’ amongst a holiday party. Donations for drinks/snacks from Round Corner Cantina will be matched and given to The Pittsburgh Promise Fund.
Wood Street Galleries @ 601 Wood St - Cultural District
7-9:30pm // FREE
It’s here! The first installment of the Hour After Happy Hour’s Reading Series with original poetry and prose from six different writers and of course, scores of beer and snacks.
Assemble @ 5125 Penn Ave - Garfield
7:30-10pm // $5 Suggested Donation
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13th
-Treaders Choice -
This full evening begins with a performance from the marching band and continues with original readings from student writers who worked with ENOUGH Violence artist, Blaine Siegel, during his residency at their school. Next up is the inaugural Crafts & Drafts (21+) where local beer will be paired with beginner crafting - this session is all about embellishing those ugly holiday sweaters!
Society for Contemporary Craft @ 2100 Smallman Street - Strip District
5:30pm & 6-9pm // FREE & $35
If you have yet to stroll through the Blooming with Holiday Spirit exhibition then do so this weekend while enjoying a glass of wine and sampling appetizers from Sausalido.
Box Heart Gallery @ 4523 Liberty Ave - Bloomfield
6-8pm // FREE
Curator Joseph Lupo shares his interest in the communication between comic book writers and artists and how their presentation can affect the products meaning as seen through the work of over 20 artists.
Future Tenant @ 819 Penn Ave - Cultural District
6-9pm // FREE
Chat with Wade Guyton in a coatroom room turned intimate art space, sip cocktails then enjoy readings with curator Daniel Baumann as performed by special guests.
CMoA @ 4400 Forbes Ave - Oakland
8-11pm // $15-20, includes drink ticket
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14th
This holiday season shop truly local with Moop; bags designed and manufactured in a PGH studio. The entire collection will be on show, their messenger no. 4 is back, plus special editions. Coffee, cocktails and treats will also be on hand for your delight!
Moop Studio @ 100 Rosslyn Rd - Carnegie
10am-2pm // FREE
Bring the family to enjoy live entertainment alongside your holiday shopping with local artisans from a variety of backgrounds. 30 minute shows from Balafon West African Dance Ensemble will occur at 12:30 and 2:30pm.
Kelly Strayhorn Theater @ 5941 Penn Ave - East Liberty
11am-3pm // FREE
New interactive work from artist Erin Ko addresses the relationship between technology and the modern human condition by mixing western reason with eastern spirituality. Bring your own devices in order to connect, explore and become part of the work.
The Gallery 4 @ 206 S. Highland Ave - Shadyside
7-11pm // FREE
Further your holiday spirit with jazz-infused jingles from vocalist Maggie Johnson and Friends as well as featured students from The Jazz Generations Project.
Father Ryan Arts Center @ 420 Chartiers Ave - McKees Rocks
7:30pm // $15
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15th
Playwright (whom you might know from the movie Progression) Gab Cody and Point Park students present a never before seen version of The Alchemist with wild characters and thought provoking humor.
Pittsburgh Playhouse, Rauh Theatre @ 222 Craft Ave - Oakland
2 & 7pm // $9
As part of Fukuda’s toro fest 2013 not only learn how to prep the fatty delicacy, or roll your own sushi but brush up on your foreign language skills with Sensei Mari and Sensel Steve!
Fukuda @ 4770 Liberty Ave - Bloomfield
4-6pm // FREE
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