From Y’all to Yinz

by Caley Ferguson

Since moving to Pittsburgh, I have yet to be disappointed when it comes to entertainment—there is always something going on in this great city!

Recently, I went to The Rex Theater in the South Side to see a dubstep show. I’d been to several dubstep shows and festivals in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania but never one in the Steel City. Needless to say, I was very impressed with the venue, the artists’ performances, and the friendly mood of my fellow Pittsburghers. Funtcase and Evol Intent are two electronic artists to keep an eye on—their sets were both energetic and skillful.

After my wonderful experience at the Funtcase show, I was thrilled to learn that The Rex hosts a variety of electronic artists through Steez Promo and Dub Nation. Well known to the world of electronic music, Zedd’s Dead is scheduled to perform at The Rex on November 30 (I highly recommend). However, if electronic music isn’t your thing The Rex also hosts different events such as Pittsburgh’s Battle of the Bands, Burlesque at The Rex, and Football at the Rex.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed the many entertainment adventures I’ve been on since I moved here, my favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh is attend The Hungry Sphinx Reading Series. Local poets, writers, and friends gather on overstuffed pillows. The air above them hangs heavy and low with the rich smell of warm coffee and the sweet thick scent of hookah tobacco.  One black microphone stands among the gathered crowd. People chatter about poetry and giggle over possible new gossip from the poetry world. Ahh, what’s not to love?!

The reading series is held at the Sphinx Café in Oakland on Tuesdays at 8:00pm. It is a free event although it is encouraged to purchase a drink as a thank you to the Sphinx Café for providing the venue. The café has an assortment of tasty coffee, tea, milkshakes, and smoothies (I’ve ordered the chocolate milkshake before). There is food available as well as hookah. The event features two scheduled readers with an open mic session in-between the two readers. There is a signup sheet for those who wish to read during the open mic session. The environment is very supportive so if you are curious about reading your work this is the place to try! I usually attend each week so if anyone wants to check it out feel free to contact me.

Some other venues that are hosting stellar events in December/January include but are not limited to (please see links below for complete line-ups, ticket prices, et cetera):

  • The Benedum Center–How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater: The Nutcracker

  • Stage AE—The String Cheese Incident, The Lemonheads, Machine Head, Parachute

  • Mr. Smalls Fun House—Me Talk Pretty, City and Colour, Keller Williams

  • Hard Rock Café—Tim Reynolds and TR3

  • Heinz Hall—Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra


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