The “Buzz” from Buzzelli: Pittsburgh’s Top To-Do’s THIS WEEKEND (7/8 – 7/11)

by Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant


Here are the Top Five Things to do in Pittsburgh the weekend of July 8 to July 11


Hit the Silk!

You can walk down the red carpet at a movie premiere this weekend at Silk Screen’s Asian Arts and Cultural Organization’s Red Carpet Gala. Celebrate their tenth anniversary of Asian American film, dance, art and music. The Red Carpet Gala is July 9 at 6:00 at the A.J. Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology, Carlow University, 3333 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. For more information, go here. For details on the rest of the fest, go here.


Crawl to Daddy

The monthly Gallery Crawl is back downtown. Pittsburgh is full of Art, Music, Dance, Architecture, Comedy and Film. Experience them on Friday night between 5:30 and 9:00 pm at the quarterly Gallery Crawl. The event is free and open to the public. So check out all the participating venues and see what Pittsburgh has to offer! For more information, go here.



The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 9th annual Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh fundraiser is happening this Friday, July 10. Following the Gallery Crawl around the Cultural District, run away with the circus and indulge in astounding performances, music, activities, and a wondrous dance party. Savor signature beverages and delicious treats, while enjoying a fabulous night on the town! Hit the VIP party from 7:00 – 9:00 pm or dance to DJ Pandemic for the Main Event. It’s at the African American Cultural Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh, PA 15222. For more information, go to here.


Elementary, My dear Watson!

A mystery is afoot! And Sherlock Holmes is back on the case. Will it be his last? It may, since the play is called, “Sherlock’s Last Case.” It’s a spoof on the beloved characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. David Whalen is, once again, playing the iconic detective.  It opens, Friday, July 10. You don’t have to go to all the way to 221 B Baker Street, just go to the Charity Randall Theatre, 4301 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. For more information, go here.


Fill ‘er up!

On the eve of his birthday, Nat Paradis’ old high school flame returns for her mother’s funeral and walks into the convenience store Nat and his dad run in rural Northern Maine in “Last Gas.” John Cariani’s comedy can be found at the Little Lake Theatre, 500 Lakeside Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317. For more information, go here.



LAVISH IN LAWRENCEVILLE: Eye Kandy fashion show dazzles at Revision Space

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by Brian Edward, ‘Burgh Vivant.

On the evening of Saturday, July 26th, Revision Space gallery in Lawrenceville hosted and elegant fashion show featuring the wares of Eye Kandy Boutique Clothing and Accessories with hairstyles by Velvet Salon and Boutique.  Eye Kandy owner Kandy Barkley designed the evening’s fashion ensembles to to compliment Revision Space’s exhibiting artists.

The gallery walls were adorned with works from the current exhibition GREAT WAVES, featuring works by artists Masha Fikhman, Zack Lee, and Travis Schwab. GREAT WAVES is a rotating exhibition curated by Revision Space Director Cindy Lisica.  Audiences will see different iterations of the exhibition on various visits and events at the gallery through September 7th. The art works are available “off the wall” and the show will be actively re-imagined throughout the summer.


Adding to the delightful decadence were a variety of cake pops and cupcakes prepared expertly by 2 Local Girls, and locally brewed beers courtesy of Roundabout Brewery.

It is the mission of Revision Space to offer an energetic program of curated solo and small group exhibitions and to maintain a diverse roster of both emerging and established artists. The gallery is interested in providing a quality space for artists to expose their work and for their work to be appreciated in Pittsburgh. Their new storefront gallery is situated in the growing and creative neighborhood of Lawrenceville and exhibits local, national and international contemporary artists.



THE PERFORMER, by Travis K. Schwab.




Decadent delectables by 2 LOCAL GIRLS.


Roundabout Brewery brought the party with three original and local brews.


Eye Kandy owner Kandy Barkley with daughter, Zaydra.


Kandy Barkley and Revision Space Curator, Cindy Lisica












PHILIP PELUSI – Stylist, Product Artist

With over 45 years in the business, Philip Pelusi has turned an independent salon (which he opened at the age of 20) into an internationally recognized brand.  Host Brian Edward chats with Pittsburgh’s own hair guru about what sets Philip Pelusi Salons “a cut above the rest,” and the importance of organics in product development – while sampling some along the way!  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete unedited interview in audio podcast to learn about the Pittsburgh roots of Philip Pelusi Salons, the inside info from Philip himself on what’s trending in hairstyle, and what radical haircut Brian Edward may be adopting next! Continue reading “PHILIP PELUSI – Stylist, Product Artist”

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Marlene Smith-Pendleton – Designer/Owner, MS Designs, Ltd.

What’s “urine green,” covered in plastic, and living in Fox Chapel? Seasoned designer Marlene Smith-Pendleton knows – and has lived to tell about it! The Divine Miss M stops by for a cocktail to discuss her perspectives on Pittsburgh, corporate interior design, and Carnegie’s thriving art community. Be sure to get “The Full Martini” – the complete interview via podcast to hear M’s commentary on the perks of executive leather and the Furries of Anthrocon. And just what IS her connection to the immortal Marlene Dietrich?

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Marlene Smith-Pendleton - Designer/Owner, MS Designs, Ltd.