The “Buzz” from Buzzelli – Pittsburgh’s Top To-Do’s THIS WEEKEND (2/27 – 3/2)

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Every week we pick the Top Five things to do in Pittsburgh over the weekend. Here are the picks for Thursday Feb 27 through March 2.


Getting on Paul’s Case

Snooty leaves sooty. A young man flees Pittsburgh for New York City in “Paul’s Case.” Been there. Done that. Have the t-shirt. But this journey is set to music. Willa Cather’s short story “Paul’s Case” is now an opera. Tenor Daniel Curran plays Paul, a boy with champagne wishes on a beer budget.

“Paul’s Case” is at the Pittsburgh Opera, 2425 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh.  Call 412-456-6666 or


It’s Summer time!

Oh. I wish it was summer time! But you can hear the song, “Summer time” in the Broadway play that popularized the tune. “Porgy and Bess” returns to Pittsburgh.  African-American life in Charleston, South Carolina is hard, but everyone is making beautiful music as they lament their troubles.

I love a Gershwin tune, How about you? “Porgy and Bess” is playing at the Benedum Center, 719 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh. For details, go to


The Beginning of Ending

Amanda has the talent to become a great composer, but her life gets sidetracked by the demands of an almost-famous fiancé, divorcing parents & a rent-paying job writing commercial jingles. “A Feminine Ending” has been called a gentle, bittersweet.  “A Feminine Ending” is at Off the Wall Theater, 25 W. Main Street, Carnegie.

Call 724-873-3576 or click



Just in time for the Oscars, you can go to Hello, Donny and sing along to your favorite soundtracks. There’s something for everyone in at the feel good sing-a-long, from “Titanic” to “Space Jam.”

You can sing “Hello Donny” at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square. Here’s the kicker, folks: the event is free (but it’s 21 and over).

Sing! Shout! Get down to the Backstage Bar, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh on Wednesday, February 26 at 9:30 pm. For more information click here:

And then, head down to There Ultra Lounge, 931 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh for the After Party.


Truth and Beauty

True Story is back at the East End Book Exchange on Thursday, February 27 at 7:00 pm. Come see true stories told live without notes. This month’s theme is “arrested development,” and I’m sure there will be more than one banana stand joke.

Come out and see Andy Picarro, Brian Gray, Brian Broome, Kelly Dee, Todd Shaffer, Tim Sommers, Catherine Conley and Derek Minto. The event will be hosted by Mike Buzzelli (if that name sounds familiar I’d like to refer you to the large bulbous head at the top of this page).

The event is free but they accept donations and/or book purchases.

The East End Book Exchange is located at 4754 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh. For more about the East End Book Exchange, click here:

– MB.

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