Nine months after opening on the North Side, Casellula @ Alphabet City is abandoning its no-tip policy. “The bottom line is that we will not survive if we don’t get our labor costs down substantially,” owner Brian Keyser said in an email addressed to friends Friday morning. The change will take effect today, Keyser said, and Casellula will lower menu prices to reflect the new policy. But just because Casellula is no longer a no-tip establishment doesn't mean Keyser has changed his views on the practice.
The Greenfield Bridge was the site of much fanfare yesterday, including a ribbon cutting by Mayor Bill Peduto, TribLive reported. The bridge was demolished in the fall of 2015, and it's now got a new look and a new name: The Beechwood Boulevard (Greenfield) Bridge II. Pittsburghers celebrated with activities, such as a Beat the Bridge Fun Run, giant block-stacking and even a parade, per WPXI. The bridge is expected to reopen to vehicles by 8 a.m. today, the Trib reported.
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Soup N’at raises money for artists to realize their dream projects. Finalists will present their proposals, and you can vote on your favorite project while eating soup from a local restaurant, sipping beer and enjoying entertainment — all for $10.
Where: Union Project at 801 N Negley Ave. (Highland Park)
When: October 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $10 cash at the door
In a theater series at Threadbare Cider House, professional actors read new full-length plays. Cider tastings start at 6 p.m., a reading of Tammy Ryan's "Hurricane Colleen" starts at 7 p.m. and a talkback with the actors follows. The cider house officially opens on Oct. 20, by the way.
Where: Threadbare Cider and Mead at 1291 Spring Garden Ave. (Spring Garden)
When: October 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How much: Free admission
Carnegie Mellon University Libraries are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” with a panel called "Creation and Consequence." University scholars will examine the relevance of Shelley’s novel today, particularly in the context of artificial intelligence. Pre-registration is requested.
Where: Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center at Carnegie Mellon University (Oakland)
When: October 17, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The best way to prepare for this trivia is probably by binge-watching Disney movies, so that's pretty good homework. Find a team, dig out your Mickey Mouse ears and maybe just wish upon a star for luck. Protip: Make a reservation in advance.
Where: Claddagh Irish Pub at 407 Cinema Drive (South Side)
When: October 18, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Hear eight finalists pitch their businesses to a panel of judges to find the best product company and the best service company in the 2017 Invest In Her Pitch Competition. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and pitches start at 7:15 p.m. Winners will be announced at the end of the event. Learn more about the finalists.
Where: BNY Mellon Innovation Center at 500 Grant Street (12th Floor), Downtown
When: October 19, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Renowned artist and activist Harry Belafonte will present a speech titled "Civil Rights and Black Leadership" at Carnegie Music Hall. Janis Burley Wilson, CEO and president of the August Wilson Center, will offer an introduction and will moderate a Q-and-A session after his talk.
Where: Carnegie Music Hall at 4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
When: October 20, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $25–50