Radio Calendar

SPECIAL EVENTS

Summer Recess Outdoor Music and Food Festival
Where: 242 51st Street, Pittsburgh
When: From noon, Saturday, August 25th to 2 AM, Sunday, August 26th
Summer Recess, Spirit’s 3rd Annual Outdoor Food & Music Festival, is on! Sloppy Jane, Chantillion, Benji, Jack Stauber, Clara Kent, Bjorden, and a gazillion other musical acts will take the stage. Food will be on hand from Pizza Boat, Leona’s, Cantina, Justin Lubecki, and more. There’ll be other fun stuff too, like live mural paintings, Warren’s Mustache, and a super special appearance by the Double Drench Slip ‘n’ Slide.
Holiday Project Sporting Goods Drive
Where: Various locations throughout Allegheny County
When: Now through August 31st
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) is collecting new sporting equipment — baseballs, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, hockey sticks, helmets and pads, rackets, and outdoor games — for the Holiday Project, which provides holiday gifts to families receiving DHS services due to homelessness or abuse. For info on how to donate equipment, go to: alleghenycounty.us/dhs/holidayproject.
28th Annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival
Where: The Riverplex at Sandcastle, 1000 Sandcastle Drive, West Homestead, PA
When: September 7th through 9th
The Pittsburgh Irish Festival is the most comprehensive exhibit of Irish music, lore, food, and dance in the region. Guests at this year’s festival can expect to see their favorite Irish international, national, and local acts; as the theme for this year’s is “Step into Ireland,” they can also expect to see a larger emphasis placed on dance! For more info on this year’s festival, including the entertainment lineup, go to pghirishfest.org.
Highmark Blues and Heritage Festival
Where: 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh
When: September 28th through 30th
The African American Cultural Center is pleased to present the first Highmark Blues and Heritage Festival on August Wilson Center and outdoors on Liberty Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh. Poised to attract regional and national audiences, the festival will feature music, workshops, lectures, concerts by local and emerging artists, including ticketed performances featuring nationally and internationally renowned blues artists. For more information, visit www.aacc-awc.org.

ONGOING EVENTS

Pittsburgh Comics Salon
Want to make some comics? Join the Pittsburgh Comics Salon for one of its monthly meetings! The goal of the salon is to build solidarity among cartoonists and comics makers in the area while pushing the frontiers of comics. The Salon meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at the Lili Cafe, the 3rd Thursday of the month at the ToonSeum in downtown Pittsburgh, and the 3rd Saturday of the month at Biddle’s Escape. For more info on these events, go to the Pittsburgh Comics Salon’s website: www.pittsburghcomicssalon.com.
Spanish Conversation with the Pittsburgh Spanish Meetup Group
Where: Lawrenceville Branch, Carnegie Public Library, 279 Fisk Street, Pittsburgh
When: The 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at 1 PM
The Pittsburgh Spanish Meetup Group sponsors free Spanish language conversation practice at the Lawrenceville branch of the Carnegie Library. Space is limited, so sign up in advance on our Meetup page at www.meetup.com/pittsburgh-spanish. You can check also us out on Facebook. Hasta la vista, baby!
Support the East End Community Thrift Store
Where: 5123 Penn Avenue, Garfield, Pittsburgh
When: Open Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 – 4:00 PM, Saturday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM, Closed on Sundays and Mondays
The East End Community Thrift Store needs your support! Just one door down from the Thomas Merton Center, the Thrift Shore has clothing, furniture and household appliances. Donations, volunteers, and shoppers are all welcome! All profits from the store are donated to the Thomas Merton Center to help fund general operations. For more information, email shawnapgh@aol.com or call 412-361-6010.
Unblurred
Where: 4800 – 5500 Penn Avenue
When: The first Friday of each month
Each month the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative hosts Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn, a monthly cultural happening where various galleries in the Penn Avenue Arts District open their doors and showcase a variety of artwork and performances across a wide range of media. Guests will experience new art and meet an eclectic array of art makers both old and young, modern and classical, famous and amateur, emerging and veteran, all within walking distance of each other.
Pittsburgh Banjo Club
Where: Allegheny Elks Lodge #339
When: Every Wednesday at 8 PM
Stop by the Pittsburgh Banjo Club’s regular rehearsal every Wednesday at 8 PM and enjoy their wonderful music. Food and refreshments are available. Founded in 1988, the Pittsburgh Banjo Club is an all-volunteer band and organization that uses banjos, trumpets, tubas, and bass to perform popular music from the 1920s and 1930s.