Just 50 years ago in Pittsburgh, a woman couldn’t stir mixed drinks or pour shots, under an archaic Pennsylvania law banning women from working behind the bar. Lawmakers repealed the Barmaid Bill five decades ago this month, dropping the patriarchal edict that had been set because of questions about women’s morality. To understand the law, we talked to Heinz History Center and Wigle Whiskey, diving into history stretching back to the beginning of Americans’ relationship with liquor — and its leaders’ views on women.
After the holidays, expect the race for Rep. Tim Murphy's seat to heat up in advance of a March 13 special election. Voters will choose between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone in a district the political director of CatholicVote.org describes as "the middle of what you might call Trump Country," per the Post-Gazette. But Democrats are "fired up," David Wasserman of Cook Political Report tells the newspaper: Usually "The onus would be on Democrats to prove they have a chance. In this case, it’s more on Republicans to show why they don’t."
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Instead of baking your own cookies, skip ahead to the fun part at this cookie decorating party. Use icing, sprinkles and more to create edible masterpieces to give as gifts to loved ones or to your stomach.
Where: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh at 612 Smithfield St. (Downtown)
When: December 23, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On a Walk the Burgh tour, travel the city discovering unseen details and hidden gems. Admire the twinkling holiday lights, explore public squares and learn about the city's history. Book in advance online.
Where: Meet at 1049 Penn Ave. (Downtown)
When: December 23, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: $20
You know when those sleigh bells ring, that can only mean one thing: Drake Night at Belvederes. Get ready to dance.
Where: Belvederes Ultra-Dive at 4016 Butler St. (Lawrenceville)
When: December 23, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. to December 24, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: $5
Dance at Beleza — a party celebrating the music of Brazil — while also saying good-bye to 2017 and hello to 2018. Beleza will be a regular part of Second Saturdays at Brillobox in 2018.
Where: Brillobox at 4104 Penn Ave. (Bloomfield)
When: December 23, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. to December 24, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: $7
'Twas the night before Christmas ... and 'twas time for brunch, featuring a DJ, games and breakfast delicacies. On the menu: Chicken and waffles, mac and cheese, eggs, bacon and mimosas.
Where: The Shop at 621 N. Dallas Ave. (Homewood)
When: December 23, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. to December 24, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: $20