Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of the Bali Terrorist Bombing (2002 for you mathematically challenged), Columbus discovered the Bahamas (1492), the Boer War anniversary (1899) and Equatorial Guinea Independence Day (1968).  Birth anniversaries include composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872), US revolutionary patriot Jonathan Trumbull (1710), the first black play write Charles Gordone (1925) and Luciano Pavarotti (1935).

At the 3rd Street Gallery is the 66th annual Aquenous Open, an international exhibit sponsored by the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society.  It is featuring works in most any conceivable water based medium.  The gallery is at 200 Third Street, Carnegie and the hours are 11 am until 4 pm Wednesday through Saturday. More info at their web sites or by calling 412.276.5233.

The Frick has a new exhibit at it’s Art Gallery through January 6.  Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay.  The Fricks were one of Gay’s sponsors and a number of the almost 70 paintings on display are images from there homes here in Pittsburgh as well as their NYC home.  These oil on canvas are kind of dream like and feature the opulence of the elite residences of the high Victorian era.  As always, admission to The Frick Art Museum is free during the normal hours of 10 am – 5 pm Tuesdays through Sundays at 7227 Reynolds Street, Point Breeze.   More info at their web site or by calling 412.371.0600.

New store in that trendy Lawrenceville.  House of the Dead has recently opened at 4110 Butler Street and specializes in all things Zombie.  Chuck Cramer & Stu Neft thought what better place to open a zombie store than George Romero’s Day of the Dead hometown.  This year round store, though specializing in zombie related items, they plan on expanding into all things horror.  Open from 11 – 7 Tuesdays through Saturdays and 11 – 5 on Sundays, they have been spreading the word at local zombie events like the recent Run for Your Lives 5K run in Butler, the recent Horror Realm film convention and the Saturday’s West End Village Zombie Fest.  More info on the Zombie Fest at their web site and more info on House of the Dead on their web site or by calling 412.687.0510.

The Carnegie Museum of Art has taken a look at modern from a fairly new angle.  They have assembled a collection of what was presented as “modern” at the World Fairs from 1851 – 1939.  Many of the pieces are from their collections, much is on loan from other institutions and individuals.  This is a collection of 200 objects from 45 lenders in 9 different countries.  This exhibit has been two years in the making and is in partnership with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO and runs through February 24.  It is included in the three museum fee (Museums of Art, Architecture and Natural History) with normal viewing hours.  More info at their web site or by calling 412.622.3131.

In memory of their mother, Jean of McCandless and Betty of Lincoln, NB donated an aviary to the Vincentian Home for seniors in McCandless.  The company that built and supplied the birds, Living Designs,  also trained a staff member at the Vincentian how to feed and care for the birds.  What a nice idea.  I can only imagine how many hours the residents get enjoyment from this gift.

The final word on Starbucks is I won.  🙂  After sending a link to my last post to Starbucks customer service, I received another e-mail from them that said that they  couldn’t  remove my name from their data base via e-mail.  They gave me a reference number and the phone number for customer service.  I just called it and had all my personal information removed from their data base.  🙂  I should no go to a Starbucks and apply for one of their frequent flyer cards.  🙂  Just kidding.

Character actor Doug Bradley, most know for the character Pinhead in the Hellraiser series, will be reading selections from classic horror texts such as Poe, Lovecraft, etc next Wednesday at the Bricolage Theater at 937 Liberty Avenue.  Tickets are $25 and $50 for VIP that includes a signed copy of the Hellraiser comic book and an audio book Spinechillers read by him.  Proceeds are to benefit Toonseum /.  More info at their web site or by calling 412.232.0199.

Fort Ligonier Days is this weekend.  It is free admission, but parking is $5 and you need to park at either the High School or Laural Valley Country Club, included is free shuttle service to and from.  They are  anticipating 100,000 visitors to this three day event.  And they are dividing the 173 craft vendors up between four sites with the free shuttle service making a loop between them.  There will be 100 living history re-enactors, including colonial French, British, Native Americans, even George Washington will be present by professional actor and historian Dean Malissa.  In addition to the vendors, the local shop keepers will be hosting specials, the local restaurants will be open for business in addition to twenty-eight food booths.  There’s also plenty of free live entertainment throughout the weekend.  More info at their web site or by calling 724.238.4200.




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