The “Buzz” from Buzzelli: Top 5 To-Do’s THIS WEEKEND (1/23 – 1/26)

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Every week we pick Five Fun Things to do in Pittsburgh. Here’s the list for January 23 – 26

Sisters are doing it for themselves

Follow the lives of some Sister-Wives in “Dark Sisters.” An opera about Eliza and her quest to escape her life as a member of the FLDS Church (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a polygamous sect based in the Southwestern United States).  Forget the Viking women, the queens and the goddesses, this opera is thoroughly modern. The story is derived from the 1953 raid at Short Creek, AZ and the 2008 raid at the yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado , TX.

The Pittsburgh Opera produced show will be held in the CAPA Theater, 9th Street and Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh.

For more information, go to


Side by Side by Sondheim

Been awhile since you heard Stephen Sondheim? Come to “Company,” and bring “Another Hundred People.” Watch a group of New Yorkers navigate married life and its alternatives. Check out the show that swept the Tony Awards back in 1970. Rediscover why Stephen Sondheim is an American treasure.

Head down, side by side, to the Pittsburgh Public Theater, the O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or visit for more information.


Pride Goeth

There’s a new play being performed by Dreams of Hope youth theater ensemble. Follow the personal and historical journeys of the LGBT community at its inception in “Before Pride.” Inspired by the ensemble’s interviews with community leaders in Pittsburgh, historical research, and the troupe’s own experiences, “Before Pride” asks, “Where have we come from and where are we going?”

The Dreams of Hope Youth Ensemble worked with local artists Adil Mansoor, Paul Kruse, Monica Stephenson, and Maree ReMalia to develop original text, music, and dance for this hour-long performance.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot

Friday and Saturday, January 24th 25th, 2014 at 8pm
The Alloy Studios – 5530 Penn Avenue


I love Rock and Roll

Thursday Jan 23, 2014, come out to honor Rich Engler for the thousands of concerts he brought to Pittsburgh as co-owner of DiCesare-Engler Productions. It’s the “Inaugural Pittsburgh Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Celebration for 2014 with Inaugural Inductee Rich Engler.”

Enjoy energetic performances by an All Star Rock’n Roll band with Donnie Iris, B.E. Taylor, The Clark’s Scott Blasey,J oe Grushecky, Frank Czuri, Rick Witkowski, Hermie Granati, Joffo Simmons & Art Nardini.

Buy autographed rock’n roll memorabilia at the silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Cancer Caring Center

Tickets – General Admission $150 – Doors open at 6:30 PM with a VIP reception & tickets $200. Doors open at 5:30 Hard Rock Cafe Station Square Pittsburgh, or just hit them up on  the Internet at


Five, Six, Seven, NATE!

If you’ve got kids who are theatrically inclined, take them over to the South Hills Village and meet Tim Federele author of “Nate than Better Ever” and “Five, Six, Seven, Nate.” “Better Nate than Ever” is the story of a Pittsburgh kid who goes off to NYC to audition to be in “E.T. The Musical.” Is that a thing? That should be a thing!

Federele live in NYC but he’s an original Pittsburgher (and the story sounds slightly autobiographical).

Come to the launch party and bring your kids! He will also be signing copies of his cocktail book for adults, “Tequila Mockingbird.”

Details can be found here:


And now a Sixth Thing….
Closet Free Comedy

Jason Dudey brings his friends, Dana Goldberg and Ian Harvie (Ian Harvie – Superhero) on a national tour showcasing LGBT comedy at its finest and funniest. You can find them Friday January, 24 at Cruze Bar, 1600 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh in the Strip.

For more information, Facebook them at


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