It’s the most wonderful time of the year — Girl Scout cookie season. Always a treat on their own, something to sip on can take the flavors of these delicacies to the next level. We chatted with a sommelier and a bunch of local brewers for their expert advice on what Pennsylvania-made flavors will complement your Girl Scout cookie(s) of choice. So tear open a sleeve of cookies, pop open a bottle and dig in.
- Pittsburgh’s been ranked the second dreariest city in the country. How do all these gray days affect your health?
- Turns out your library card can do a lot more than just check out books. Try out these eight (free!) hacks to practice a new language, learn a computer program or even research your genealogy.
- Quotes from women line the inside of a stairwell at Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall at Carnegie Mellon University — here's the important reason why.
- Ever wonder how Port Authority cleans its buses? We did, and we went behind the scenes to find the surprising answer.
- In the battle against potholes, it seems that all of Pittsburgh is losing. Here's how to get 'em fixed.
On the Calendar
Experience Who's Next: Music winner Eric Ferring's one-man show, "Ashes and Snow." Based on a 24-poem cycle, which Franz Schubert used for his famous Winterreise (“Winter Journey”) song cycle, the opera has been given a complete makeover musically. It's described as "a 70-minute living art installation set to acid jazz, funk, electronica and song." Friends of The Incline get 20 percent off with the code POINCLINE.
Where: Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters at 2425 Liberty Ave.
When: February 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
How much: $45 (get 20 percent off with the code POINCLINE)
For its monthly Bring Your Own Bard event, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks is taking on "The Merchant of Venice." Seasoned actors and newbies are invited to bring along a reading from the play or pick one up at the event.
Where: Té Café at 2000 Murray Ave. (Squirrel Hill)
When: February 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $10 suggested donation
Images, videos, actors and a guitarist will guide this journey through crowd-sourced narratives revealing true stories behind secrets. The live version of the wildly popular PostSecret blog, it's described as a brave and honest show, one that reminds audiences "that secrets can be both walls and bridges."
Where: Byham Theater at 101 6th St. (Downtown)
When: February 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How much: $30 - $55
Join us as we recognize stellar under-40 young philanthropists making an impact in Pittsburgh through Who’s Next, a series presented by S&T Bank. Your ticket includes light bites from Choolaah Indian BBQ, beer, wine, and samplings from Threadbare Cider and Stateside Vodka, as well as your chance to meet The Incline’s Who’s Next: Philanthropy class, sponsored by PNC YMCA and Moxie.
Where: Moxie office (Alcoa Building, 9th Floor) at 611 William Penn Place (Downtown)
When: February 28, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $25 for public | Free for Who's Next: Philanthropy honorees
Thank you for being a friend! (Of The Incline.) We’re excited about having launched membership and are celebrating by throwing a trivia party with Buzz Worthy Pub Trivia, and we’d love to see you there! Members play for free. Not a member? Join today!
Bring your team of up to four for five rounds of trivia — including a music round. We have great prizes for the top three teams including: 4 tickets to tour the Wigle Whiskey distillery, 4 free tickets to use at one of our Who’s Next happy hours this year, and Incline swag. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Trivia at 6. See you there!
Where: East End - Brewery Tap Room at 102 19th St. (Strip District)
When: March 1, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free for members | $5 non-members
At Prohibition Pittsburgh: East Liberty Tales of Vice and Crime, hear from local author Richard Gazarik who's written about the "shady side of the Steel City during a tumultuous era." If you're into learning about Prohibition, also check out Heinz History Center's newest exhibit — here's what you need to see.
Where: East Liberty Presbyterian Church at 116 South Highland Ave. (East Liberty)
When: March 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
It's a little like HGTV irl at the Home & Garden show, which comprises 1,800 exhibits across 10 acres. Check out the technology at the Dream Home Innovation Center and ask all your plant questions at the Garden Resource Center. The show runs daily through March 11. Pro-tip: If you buy your tickets online, you get a free one-year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens magazine. Before you go, check out our list of 11 *actually* free things to do at the show, including sipping wine, petting dogs and gawking at robotic lawn mowers.
Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center at 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. (Downtown)
When: March 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to March 11, 2018 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: $10
Watch a re-mastered version of the cult classic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" on the giant screen. At this sing-along event, go on an adventure with King Arthur and his knights in search of the holy grail. Showtimes are at 4 and 7 p.m.
Where: The Rangos Giant Cinema at Carnegie Science Center at 1 Allegheny Ave. (North Shore)
When: March 3, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $10 | $8 members
A variety of performers are set to show off their skills at Brookline's Got Talent before a panel of judges. Take a seat in the audience and cheer on your favorites at this BYOB event. Proceeds benefit Brookline Teen Outreach.
Where: Brookline Teen Outreach at 520 Brookline Blvd. (Brookline)
When: March 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $10
Local comedian Aaron Kleiber will film "No Vacations," his new one-hour comedy special live, produced in association with Animal Media Group and Executive Produced by Michael Killen, of ABC’s "Downward Dog." You probably know Kleiber from the hundreds of shows he’s performed at the Pittsburgh Improv and Arcade Comedy Theater, his appearances in Pennsylvania Lottery commercials, namely as President Grover Cleveland, or his goofy Pittsburgh Power commercials. Shows are at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Where: Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead at 510 E 10th Ave. (Munhall)
When: March 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
How much: $20
A rotating group of improvisers will engage in an improv cocktail party — some in costume, all in character. They'll chat about all kinds of things like celebrity drama and neighborhood gossip. Audience suggestions and participation encouraged.
Where: Steel City Improv Theater at 5950 Ellsworth Ave.
When: March 3, 2018 at 11:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
How much: $5