We don’t know about you, but 2013 was a bitch. Here are some of the moments that helped make it bearable.
Shadow Lounge Legacy Series
It was the end of an era. The Shadow Lounge Legacy Series in March was the final event at the Lounge, a two day concert series featuring a variety of local artists who considered SL a home away from home. The Eviction Notice reunion set was an unforgettable way to end this iconic venue’s run.
They’ve managed to overcome a rocky start (through no fault of their own) with a party that had to be cancelled because of majorly buzz-killing circumstances, and have risen above all the BS to throw Pittsburgh’s premiere gay monthly afterhours, bringing in top-notch DJs from around the globe. Pittsburgh is lucky to have this crew.
The 2013 Carnegie International
One of the best parties of the year, the Carnegie International attracts visitors from around the globe, and only occurs every three to five years. They teamed up with VIA
to host the glamorous affair, which featured a performance from drag superstar and Pittsburgh native Sharon Needles
Night Markets in Garfield and Downtown
Both the monthly Unblurred and quarterly Cultural District gallery crawls got an upgrade this year, hosting open air night markets that bring together some of Pittsburgh’s top artisans and food trucks to add another dimension to the already popular events.
PGH International Festival of Firsts/The Giant Rubber Duck
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
celebrated a banner year with their third installment of the International Festival of Firsts, which featured works and performances by international artists that debuted for the first time in the states. The occasion, however, will forever be remembered for the joy a giant, 40-foot inflatable duck brought to town, along with its many visitors.
Romero the Corpse Flower Blooms at Phipps
One of the rarest, largest and most impressive bloom cycles in all of nature, the corpse flower, bloomed for a very short time and attracted a slew of visitors, many of whom waited hours in line for a glimpse of the rare beauty, who only flowers every six to ten years and smells like a rotting corpse.
The Pirates enjoyed their first winning season in like, millions of years. It brought the city together in a way that even the Steelers can’t replicate. It certainly felt good to be a Pittsburgher this summer, baseball fan or not.
Knit the Bridge
The Warhol Bridge got quite the makeover for a few weeks in August as the folks behind this awesome project brought together more than 1,8000 knitters to cover the bridge in over 3,000 feet of yarn, garnering national attention from the Huffington Post
Shadyside’s South Highland Avenue Bridge reopened!
There’s no denying what a royal pain in the ass the closing of this bridge caused for visitors, residents and business owners along Shadyside’s Highland Avenue. Since reopening, you can now get your Noodlehead fix without all the hassle.
Point State Park reopened
As if reopening a fountain that had been closed for entirely too long wasn’t enough to draw a crowd, on this glorious day in Pittsburgh history, the Riverlife Task Force
raved out the entire city with a lazer show projected from the top of PPG Place. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes played, and all was well in our fair city.
Bill Peduto wins the Mayoral election
In a much needed leadership change for the city, Peduto won the Mayoral election by a landslide, and has been laying the smack down ever since. We’re looking forward to less shady business from the people who make decisions regarding the welfare of Pittsburgh and its residents.
RAW comes to town
The monthly artist, fashion and live performance showcase at Cavo celebrated a fantastic first year, profiling many talented Pittsburghers and sending a lucky few to compete nationally in LA. They’ll return in February to a TBD location and new schedule, with dates every other month (and twice as many participants) instead of the usual monthly showcase.
Bayardstown Social Club
The smarties behind Deeplocal
opened Bayardstown, a members-only outdoor social club that provides green space to enjoy for those of us city dwellers who would otherwise be without a grassy knoll to sip beer upon and shoot the shit. They continue to execute unique party experiences in an enjoyable, relaxing environment.
Real McCoy Sandwich Shop Reopened
THA REAL DEAL. South Side’s The Real McCoy re-opened this year. It was a grand occasion. We OD’ed on cold cuts. We’re hungry now. Until next time, folks!