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    Experience Pittsburgh: A Weekend of Unique Delights

    ByThemba Hadebe

    Nov 14, 2023
    Experience Pittsburgh: A Weekend of Unique Delights

    Get ready for an unforgettable weekend in the vibrant city of Pittsburgh. With a wide range of events happening, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. From immersive theater to vintage shopping and thrilling bike rides, here are the top five things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend.

    1. Quantum Theatre Presents “The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk”
    Experience the magic of “The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk,” a musical based on the enchanting love story of celebrated artist Marc Chagall and his poet wife, Bella. Directed and choreographed by Gustavo Zajac, this production takes place at the historic Rodef Shalom Congregation. Immerse yourself in their fairytale-like narrative as you witness their journey through the tumultuous moments of Jewish history. Accompanying this powerful performance is “Violins of Hope,” an exhibition showcasing instruments that survived the Holocaust. Don’t miss this captivating celebration of art, love, and resilience. Visit quantumtheatre.com for tickets and more information.

    2. Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer
    Attention vintage enthusiasts! The Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer is back with its largest event yet, taking place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Explore over 100 vendors offering authentic vintage furniture, fashion, home goods, vinyl records, and more. From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., early bird shoppers can revel in exclusive access to the best finds. General admission begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m., with reduced admission from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Be prepared to discover unique treasures and indulge in a nostalgic journey through time. Find out more at pghvintagemixer.com.

    3. Conquer the Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen Bike Ride
    Calling all cycling enthusiasts! Take on the ultimate challenge and participate in the 40th annual Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen bike ride. Spanning 55 miles and encompassing 13 incredibly steep streets, this event is not for the faint of heart. Starting at the Rhododendron Pavilion in Highland Park, riders will conquer these legendary hills, including the famous Canton Avenue in Beechview. Cheer on the participants as they make their way through several neighborhoods, showcasing their strength and determination. Afterward, join the after-party and awards ceremony at East End Brewing Co. Visit bikereg.com for more details.

    4. “The Silence of the Lambs” Night at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum
    Step into the iconic horror film, “The Silence of the Lambs” at the historical Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. Immerse yourself in the chilling atmosphere of the movie as you explore a replica cage and relive the escape scene. Take unforgettable selfies with re-enactors portraying Hannibal and Clarice, and get up close to the original blueprints of the film’s cage. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from the owner of Buffalo Bill’s House, featured in the movie. This spooky night also includes vendors, eerie music by DJ Crush, and a screening of the R-rated film. Grab your tickets at soldiersandsailorshall.org.

    5. Live Musical Reading of “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
    Experience the haunting charm of Tim Burton’s beloved film, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at City Winery in the Strip District. Join acclaimed actor Michael Cerveris and barebones productions founder Patrick Jordan for a live musical reading of this Halloween and Christmas classic. The “Nightmare Before Christmas Band” will mesmerize you with their exceptional performance. After the show, meet the talented performers and share your love for this timeless tale. Don’t miss this extraordinary fundraiser for the acclaimed Braddock-based theater company. Visit pittsburgh.citywinery.com for ticket information.

    1. Where can I purchase tickets for the events mentioned?
    Ticket details and information for each event can be found on their respective websites: quantumtheatre.com, pghvintagemixer.com, bikereg.com, soldiersandsailorshall.org, and pittsburgh.citywinery.com.

    2. Are there discounts available for any of the events?
    Discounted tickets are available for certain time slots at the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer and the Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen Bike Ride. Please refer to their websites for specific pricing information.

    3. Can I attend multiple events over the weekend?
    Absolutely! With careful planning, you can attend multiple events and make the most out of your weekend in Pittsburgh. Just ensure that event timings do not overlap.

    4. Are these events suitable for families?
    While some events may be more appropriate for adult audiences, such as “The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk” and “The Silence of the Lambs” Night, there are plenty of family-friendly activities in Pittsburgh during this weekend, including the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” live musical reading.

    5. Where can I find more information about other events happening in Pittsburgh?
    For a comprehensive list of events in Pittsburgh, you can visit the official website of Visit Pittsburgh (visitpittsburgh.com) or check local event listings on websites like pittsburghmagazine.com and nextpittsburgh.com.

    Enjoy an incredible weekend filled with art, history, vintage treasures, and spine-tingling entertainment in the vibrant city of Pittsburgh. Embrace the unique experiences and create lasting memories in this extraordinary cultural hub.