Category Archives: Destination Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s Cultural District Crawl After Dark until midnight

Friday, September 23

The Fall ’22 Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District presented by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan is free and open to everyone and features more than 15 Crawl Stops. Expect brand new gallery exhibitions, public art that casts a canopy of color across the sky, unmissable live music marking the Backyard’s final weekend of the season, and an outdoor Crawl After Dark experience to keep the party going until midnight. 5:30 – 10 pm

Walk out you’re door at http://www.starloftspgh.com and you are there.

Have a great day! Janet

Backyard Park @ the StarloftPgh

Your new next door neighbor, the summer arts park is here in your Backyard at 8th & Penn, open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am-9pm! Enjoy free live performances, dance nights, local food trucks and more as you swing through the season!

For free family fun in the Cultural District, the Backyard at 8th & Penn is the place to be this summer! We’re kicking off July with the Backyard offerings below, but you can always stay up to date and find out more at TrustArts.org/Backyard.

Remember, if you need a break from the excitement, just go into your home at http://www.starloftspgh.com.

See you there, Best, Janet/Charlie

Pittsburgh, top U.S. city to live.

The 2022-23 list, released Tuesday, ranked 150 U.S. metro areas using indexes for jobs, housing affordability, quality of life, desirability, and net migration to calculate each city’s standing. U.S. News gathers data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor, and its own internal sources. Pittsburgh is a great place to live. You can call Pittsburgh your home at http://www.starloftspgh.com.

Call 412.943.7660 for a tour of http://www.skyloftpgh.com available May 2022.

Frozen, The Broadway Musical comes to your home

Great news, Frozen, the musical is coming to the Benedum Theater, right across the street from you home. The schedule for this is October 5-16, 2022.

Be sure to get your tickets. This will be a record-breaking season for the Pittsburgh Broadway season 2022-2023!

Here is plot of the musical Frozen:

Plot

Act I

Greek chorus introduces Princess Elsa of Arendelle and her playful younger sister, Princess Anna (“Vuelie”, “Let the Sun Shine On”).[41] While the family knows about Elsa’s magic, it is kept a secret from the people of Arendelle. One night at bedtime, Elsa and Anna build a magical snowman and name it Olaf (“A Little Bit of You”); Elsa creates snow in their room. In their excitement, Elsa accidentally injures Anna with her icy magic. Their parents, King Agnarr and Queen Iduna, call for the aid of the colony of hidden folk, led by Grand Pabbie. He heals Anna and removes her memories of Elsa’s magic. Elsa asks Grand Pabbie to remove her magic, but he says that it is a part of her. He gives her a vision of her future, frightening Elsa, who believes that her magic will cause death. The King isolates the sisters within the castle. Elsa shuts Anna out when Anna seeks to play (“Do You Want to Build a Snowman?“), and Elsa’s fear of her powers grows. While the princesses are still young, the Queen and King sail to seek a solution to help Elsa control her powers, and they die at sea during a storm.

Years pass. The day before Elsa’s coronation as Queen of Arendelle, Anna asks if there is anything she can do for her sister. Elsa, her room coated in ice, refuses to open her door out of fear of hurting Anna again. Anna is excited for the castle’s gates to open (“For the First Time in Forever“) and meets the handsome Prince Hans (“Hans of the Southern Isles”). Elsa is terrified that the kingdom’s citizens might find out about her powers and fear her, while wishing to be able to reconnect with Anna (“Dangerous to Dream”). Elsa’s coronation goes smoothly, and she initiates her first contact with Anna in years. They enjoy the coronation together, with Anna talking the Duke of Weselton out of dancing with the newly crowned Queen. However, Elsa leaves after Anna asks about keeping the gates open. Anna falls in love with Hans (“Love Is an Open Door“), who quickly proposes marriage to her, and the two share a kiss after she accepts. The couple asks for Elsa’s blessing, who objects because the two have only known each other for a day. After intense questioning from Anna about shutting her out of her life, Elsa accidentally unleashes her powers before the court. The Duke brands her a monster. Elsa flees to the North Mountain without realizing that her suppressed magic has engulfed Arendelle in an eternal winter.

Anna goes in search of Elsa, leaving Hans in charge of the kingdom during her absence. Up in the mountains, ice harvester Kristoff and his reindeer Sven (“Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People“) are found by the ill-equipped Anna, still in her coronation dress. She orders Kristoff to take her to the North Mountain, the source of the storm. Kristoff gives her a set of winter clothes, and she leaves her dress behind. In view of her sudden engagement, Kristoff and Anna disagree about love as they cross a bridge (“What Do You Know About Love”), and Anna saves Kristoff from falling off the bridge. Anna and Kristoff then encounter a newly created Olaf, who offers to guide them to Elsa and sings about his love for summer (“In Summer“). A soldier arrives in Arendelle with Anna’s dress, and Hans fears for Anna’s safety. He assembles a search party (“Hans of the Southern Isles” (reprise)), including the Duke and two of his men, who intend to put her in her place. Meanwhile, on the North Mountain, Elsa builds an ice castle with her powers and transforms her coronation dress into a sparkly ice gown (“Let It Go“).

Act II

Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf arrive at Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Sauna to meet the owner, Oaken (“Hygge”). Anna enjoys the sauna together with its many other patrons. Kristoff convinces Oaken and his patrons to aid their journey; Oaken gives them provisions and a winter dress for Anna.

Reaching the ice palace, Anna meets Elsa, but when she reveals what has become of Arendelle, Elsa becomes angry and frustrated, saying that she cannot fix it, and she accidentally freezes Anna’s heart (“I Can’t Lose You”). Out of fear of hurting Anna further, Elsa forces her, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf out of the palace. Anna’s hair begins turning white, so Kristoff takes her to meet the hidden folk, his adoptive family, who recognize Anna as the princess and attempt to match her with Kristoff, despite him mentioning her betrothal to Hans (“Fixer Upper“). Grand Pabbie attempts to remove the magic freezing Anna’s heart but fails; Kristoff realizes that he is falling in love with her (“Kristoff Lullaby”). Grand Pabbie reveals that Anna will freeze solid unless “an act of true love” reverses the spell. Kristoff selflessly races Anna back home so Hans can give her true love’s kiss.

In the ice castle, Elsa considers whether she is a monster and wonders how can she end the storm, unsure whether the storm would end or grow worse if she were to die (“Monster“). She resolves to stay alive to end the storm and lowers the defenses around the castle, allowing Hans and his men to capture her. Home, Anna is delivered to Hans, but rather than kissing her, he reveals that he has been plotting to seize the throne of Arendelle by allowing Anna to freeze to death and accusing Elsa of her murder (“Hans of the Southern Isles” (reprise 2)). Hans locks Anna in a room to die, as Anna reflects on her mistakes while still holding on to the idea of love (“True Love”). Olaf frees Anna, and they venture into the blizzard outside to meet Kristoff, whom Olaf reveals is in love with her.

Hans publicly charges Elsa with treason and sentences her to death. Elsa escapes her chains and flees outside as a blizzard grows (“Colder by the Minute”). Kristoff and Anna struggle to find each other. Hans confronts Elsa, claiming that she killed Anna, causing Elsa to break down and the storm to pause. Anna finally finds Kristoff but spots Hans about to kill Elsa; she leaps in the way and freezes solid, stopping Hans. Devastated, Elsa mourns her sister, who thaws out, her sacrifice constituting “an act of true love”. Realizing that her magic is controlled by love, Elsa ends the winter (“Vuelie (Love Thaws)”). Anna punches Hans, and she and Kristoff become a couple, with Elsa’s blessing. Elsa and Anna reunite without fear for the first time, as their parents, young Elsa and young Anna appear in the background, signaling the healing of the sisters’ painful past (Finale).

Warm Regards, Janet and Charlie

Dance Theater Ballet

Dance companies in Pittsburgh and around the globe are looking at ways to bring ballet into the 21st century. The Pittsburgh Dance Council will introduce local audiences to one such innovator, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, described as transcending tradition in a “groundbreaking mix of styles ranging from ballet to hip hop.”

Complexions Contemporary Ballet presents “Bach 25” and “Woke.” 8 p.m. Byham Theater. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $10-65. 1 Block over from your starloftspgh home.

New Marquee for the Benedum Theater

Benedum Center’s famous marquees are getting an upgrade in the Pittsburgh Cultural District downtown.

Crews are upgrading the marquee on 7th Street and the Stanley Photoplay board on Penn Avenue.

The goal is to increase functionality and reduce energy consumption.

Both signs will maintain a “classic” look because the Benedum Center is on the National Register of Historic Places.

“The challenge is to address the deterioration on the marquee,” architect Alan Hohlfelder said. “And make sure it can be restored in an identical way to how you see it now. It involves a lot of custom metalwork and integrating updated displays. We’re going to match the style and colors in the original sign.” 

The project is being funded by a $1 million pledge from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. 

The restoration is expected to be completed in the fall, in time for the 35th anniversary of the reopening of the Stanley Theater as the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts.

You are right across the Penn Av from the Benedum when you home is at http://www.starloftspgh.com

To Kill a Mockingbird

See Atticus Finch, Scout and Boo Radley like never before when one of “the most successful American plays in Broadway history” comes to town for a special eight-show run. Adapted from Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece by renowned playwright and director, Aaron Sorkin, the gripping drama stars Richard Thomas as Alabama lawyer Atticus Finch.

Tuesday, April 19: To Kill A Mockingbird at the Benedum Center
7:30 p.m.

Who needs a television when you have a live theater right next door to your home at the http://www.StarLoftPgh.com

5 tips for decorating your apartment.

Decorating your first apartment can be a new and sometimes overwhelming experience. However, it can also be a time to explore your creativity while having fun turning your new apartment into a home. Here are five helpful tips for decorating your first apartment.

Don’t Buy Everything at Once

Be focused on other financial aspects, so spending excess money purchasing all your decor at once isn’t ideal. You can start to add more and more décor pieces to your apartment gradually as time progresses and you’ve settled into your new place decorating and putting the ambiance of your apartment living space together. Gradually buying your apartment décor allows you to discover what you will really need and enjoy while saving you money, time, and space, preventing you from purchasing unnecessary items.

Wall Décor

Wall décor can be a key component of apartment decorating. Adding wall décor to your apartment allows you to show off your personality and style by creating a theme in your apartment without damaging or painting your walls. Wall décor consists of mirrors, pictures, paintings, clocks, tapestries, shelving, and other art forms that can enhance your apartment’s appeal and space.

Rugs

Rugs are a great décor piece for your apartment! They help enhance the appeal of rooms in your apartment, making them cozier and inviting. Rugs are also functional, keeping your floor warm, reducing the noise coming from your apartment, and making sitting on the floor more comfortable. You can even place a rug over the existing carpet in your apartment to separate areas and add a splash of color or texture to the rooms in your apartment.

Focus on Comfort

Along with enhancing your apartment’s appeal, you want your décor to provide comfort. Adding blankets, throw pillows, rugs, and lamps to your apartment goes a long way in creating a cozy, relaxing, and serene atmosphere. It’s ideal for helping you relax and enjoy the comfort of your apartment after enduring a long day of work or school. You also want to consider adding items that make your apartment inviting to accommodate those guests that are “just visiting.”

Make It Personal

Adding creative décor to your apartment helps display your personality reflecting your tastes and interests. Personalizing your apartment can be done by including pictures of loved ones, souvenirs, creative paintings, different color rugs, unique furniture pieces, and much more. As your tastes and interests change, you can redecorate, providing new visuals.

The Apartments of Wildewood have a friendly community that’s waiting to welcome you!

 The StarloftsPgh.com are located in beautiful downtown Pittsburgh.

To set up an appointment to check out an apartment, call Janet at 412-943-7660

Gallery Crawl at your home.

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, 28 January | Event in Pittsburgh | AllEvents.in

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District

Fri Jan 28 2022 at 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
(Eastern Standard Time)

It’s the first Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District of 2022 — packed with more than a dozen Crawl Stops including new gallery exhibitions, two live music showcases, and one-of-a-kind events in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.

Since 2004, the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, has been a free, one-night-only, multi-venue showcase of Pittsburgh’s dynamic art and entertainment scene. Tens of thousands of visitors have explored this quarterly “open house,” featuring local and international artists in exhibitions, performances, and screenings inside of galleries, storefronts, and restaurants throughout your doorstep below at the http://www.starloftspgh.com.