Written by; Christine Clark Wells
“Idea Furnace Retrospective”, Pittsburgh Glass Center, June 7-July 29. Check out this “melding” (pun intended) of creativity. This show at the Pittsburgh Glass Center on Penn Avenue showcases the work of 17 artists of other mediums who have been inspired by glass. Works range from a race multimedia installation to glass musical instruments. The show’s opening is June 7, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. While you’re on Penn Avenue, explore the other artwork on display on Friday in the Garfield section of Penn Avenue as part of the monthly Unblurred First Friday art crawl.
Millvale Community Mosaic Workshop, 220 North Avenue, Millvale(beside Ton Pottery), June 8, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Join Pittsburgh ceramic artist Laura Jean McLaughlin as she guides community volunteers with the placement of thousands of tile pieces in the creation of a 70′ x 4 ‘ mosaic mural to be installed along the bridge at the northern entrance to Millvale along Evergreen Street. The sustainability-themed mural design was inspired with input from brainstorming sessions held with members of the Millvale community, including students from the after-school program at the Millvale Library. Reggae music and light snacks will be provided at the workshop. Other workshop dates include June 22, 29 and July 6,13, 20, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Pride Rocks PGH with Walk The Moon, June 7, 6 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. The Cincinnati-based band gained national attention in 2015 with its Billboard #1 chart hit “Shut Up And Dance” and then again topped the chart in 2018 with “One Foot”. The concert is part of the Pittsburgh PrideFest weekend and held along Fort Duquesne Boulevard between 7th and 9th streets. Tickets are $39 at ShowClix. www.pittsburghpride.org. 888-45-tickets.
10th Annual Urban Chicken Coop Tour, June 9,starting point: Choderwood riverfront retreat, 7665 Lock Way West, Pittsburgh 15206. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Flock to this self-guided tour of 15+ coops within the Pittsburgh city limits to learn tips about urban chicken coops, organic gardening, rain barrels, composting, beekeeping and more. Happy Camper Cupcakes, live music will keep you strutting. Proceeds benefit Tree Pittsburgh. www.chicksinthehoodpittsburgh.com
“Purple Rain”, Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Cinema, June 7, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Celebrate what would have been the 61st birthday of Prince with a screening of the film “Purple Rain” in which he portrays a Minneapolis musician struggling to escape a tumultuous home life through music. Tickets are $9.95 and $7.95 for members. Cake and party favors included in limited supply.
With the rain finally behind us (for now), check one of these outdoor waterside dining options this weekend:
Baja Bar & Grill, 1366 Old Freeport Road, The Fox Chapel Yacht Club complex, restaurant is open to the public. Not only does this restaurant have a scenic riverside location along the Allegheny River, it also hosts live music every weekend. 412-963-0640, www.bajabargrill.com
Redfin Blues, 100 Waterfront Drive, Washington’s Landing 412-322-5837. www.redfinblues.com. Situated along the north shore next to the Washington’s Landing Marina, you can sit on their deck and enjoy their raw bar, seafood dishes, burgers, salads and more along the river front. They also have an outdoor bar.
Over The Bar Bicycle Cafe, North Park Boat House, 10301 Pearce Mill Road, 724-940-5000. Dine on their outdoor patio overlooking the lake at North Park. It’s perfectly located to take a bike ride or kayak before or after your meal. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Allegheny Grille, 40 Main Street, Foxburg PA 16036 Their motto says it all, “Come for the food, stay for the view.” This one is a little bit of a trek, located 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh along the Allegheny River in Foxburg, www.alleghenygrille.com, 724-659-5701