After starting the year with a flood raining water into his Lawrenceville restaurant Morcilla, acclaimed chef Justin Severino is looking ahead to new food and new design for the Butler Street spot. Despite the rain, he's taking a downright sunny approach and making the kind of improvements that only could have happened with the restaurant temporarily closed. We got a look behind the scenes and talked with Severino about what's next for Morcilla.
Pittsburgh HGTV show “Restored by the Fords” has been renewed for another season. So if you’ve ever dreamed of HGTV transforming your home into a designer dream house, now's your chance to apply. If you haven't seen the show yet, you can binge watch it on YouTube and catch the season one finale on Tuesday, as this brother-and-sister team turn outdated Pittsburgh homes into showpieces. We talked with the Fords to hear about their HGTV experience and what they're looking for in season two.
On the Calendar
Learn about different types of salves, how salves are made, options for ingredients, properties of some popular herbs and safe incorporation of essential oils into herbal body care products. Plus, make a salve in class, so that you can take home a tin of your own. Heads up from the event organizers: Beeswax will be used in this workshop.
Where: Prototype PGH at 460 Melwood Ave. (Oakland)
When: February 17, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: $5
Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the year of the Earth Dog with a festival featuring food, arts, crafts and live performances.
Where: JCC Pittsburgh at 5738 Forbes Ave. (Squirrel Hill)
When: February 17, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Before it closes, explore the thought-provoking social justice exhibit Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home. Shelter features 14 artists from the U.S. and abroad with 35+ works delving into the pressing public issues of human displacement and housing insecurity through the lens of craft. At 2 p.m., Shelter's exhibiting artists will speak about their work. At 3 p.m., see a dance performance and hear a poetry reading.
Where: Contemporary Craft at 2100 Smallman St. (Pittsburgh)
When: February 17, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Stretch it out on a Saturday with silent disco yoga. In this yoga practice, yogis wear headphones to hear instructions and a soundtrack. We tried it out — along with a bunch of other unique yoga classes in Pittsburgh — so you'll know what to expect.
Where: Yoga Flow at 5433 Walnut St. (Shadyside)
When: February 17, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: $20
It might sound like something from a Portlandia sketch, but this Fermentation Festival Variety Show & Potluck is the real deal. In addition to sharing food and company, there will be entertainment from "a variety of fermentation-inspired acts."
Where: Bloomfield Garfield Community Center at 113 N Pacific Ave. (Garfield)
When: February 17, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $5-15 sliding scale fee or free with potluck dish