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What Mr. Craig Davis says about the StarLoftsPgh

“I was a resident in both the Star Loft and Sky Loft for 2 ½ years; both apartments are beautiful, clean, and well maintained. You can’t find a better location to live in Pittsburgh- right in the heart of the cultural district, within walking distance to all downtown businesses, theaters, restaurants and nightlife. Charlie and Janet are the perfect landlords- professional, responsive, and above all kind. I will miss them and would enthusiastically recommend their beautiful building to anyone.” -Craig Davis, CEO Visit Pittsburgh

Residents of the, info about your other kitchen.

It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for: the debut of the Proper Patio! We’ve partnered with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to turn the lot next door into an outdoor dining oasis! Beginning Thursday, June 25 patio hours will be Tuesday-Thursday 4-8PM, Friday 4-9PM, and Saturday noon-9PM. We are taking additional measures to ensure the safety of our guests and employees, including:

  1. Sanitizing tables and chairs in between guests
  2. Sanitizing our single, ADA-accessible restroom in between uses
  3. Wearing disposable medical-grade masks and gloves both inside and outside the restaurant
  4. Taking employee temperatures before every shift and maintaining social distancing during shifts
  5. Maintaining a minimum of six feet between our outdoor dining tables
  6. Providing single-use, disposable, and (whenever possible) biodegradable serving containers and plates as well as sealed packets containing utensils, napkins, and salt & pepper packs
  7. Providing single-use paper menus
  8. Offering bottled water and Coke products in cans. We unfortunately cannot offer free refills on these non-alcoholic beverages. Cocktails, beer, and wine are served in the appropriate glassware that is heat-sterilized in between uses. If you’d prefer, we can also serve alcoholic beverages in disposable plastic cups or Styrofoam cups with lids.

Since we are still in the middle of a global pandemic, there are some rules we respectfully request our guests follow:

  1. Please wait to be seated by our host. Tables and chairs are reserved for paying customers of Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room.
  2. Please wear a mask when entering and leaving our outdoor dining space, while waiting to be seated by our host, and while using our indoor restroom.
  3. Please do not move or rearrange tables or chairs. They are spaced in compliance with state and local ordinances.
  4. Each table can seat four individuals. If your group is larger than four people it’s possible that you won’t all be seated together.
  5. Kids are welcome but must remain seated at your table.
  6. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed and well-behaved.
  7. Please do not congregate in the outdoor dining area, walkway, or lobby.
  8. Please be patient with us! We are navigating a completely new way of doing business while trying to strike a balance between hospitality and safety.

Our indoor dining room remains closed to the public. If inclement weather occurs we may have to box up your food and give it to you to go. If you have any additional questions or concerns, a member of our management team will be happy to speak with you directly.

Thank you for your loyalty, support, and patience! We can’t wait to serve you again!

3 Secrets To Understanding What Music Is Made Of


It’s clear that practically everybody likes music in some form or other. After all, it is the universal language, and all of us participate in it to some degree from the cradle to the grave. It starts with our Mothers’ lullaby, ends with our funeral tune, with a zillion other stops along the way.
What is music, anyhow? What makes it tick? All of us like some kind of it and do not like other kinds of it.
The country-western fan might not like jazz, however he or she sure enjoys the sound of pickin’ & grinnin’. And the jazz fan feels just the opposite.
Which’s as it should be. If all of us liked the very same type of music, there simply wouldn’t be the range that is readily available to us now. We can pick from musical designs varying from heavy classical and opera to rock to kids’s tunes to Broadway musicals to gospel music to the blues.
Each has its place, and each seems on the surface to be significantly various than another form of music. The key word is “on the surface area.” Below the surface of all music is a commonality that is organic to all kinds and styles of music.
So what does all music have in common?
A minimum of 3 things– sometimes more, but never less:
1. Tune.
2. Rhythm.
3. Harmony.
The tune is the part of a song or structure that you whistle or hum– in other words, the tune of the tune. In one sense, it is the most noticeable of the 3 components, because melody is what determines a song. Without melody, it would be difficult to even conceive of a tune or piece.
In musical notation, the melody is often composed in the treble clef– also referred to as the treble staff. It consists of a horizontal line of notes that go up and down on the clef as the tune moves greater or lower.
Rhythm is the beat– the swing– the throb of the music. It takes place in duplicating patterns, depending upon the type of music.
A march, on the other hand, usually consists of a heavy beat followed by a light beat, then another heavy beat followed by another light beat. (I’m simplifying, of course– there are many varieties …) So a march remains in duple meter– as you might expect given that we have two feet and we march in left-right-left-right patterns.
All rhythms are some mix of triple meter and/or duple meter, and the possibilities are limitless– from boogie to R&B to mambos and sambas and bossa novas and … on and on.
Harmony, the 3rd element of music, is the musical background of a tune– the chords, or intervals “behind” the tune. Without consistency, a tune sounds empty– like a vocalist singing without an accompanist– or accapella. Music does not HAVE to have harmony to operate, but in real practice it generally does, even if it is just the interplay of 2 tunes, as in counterpoint.
You might invest a life time learning all the subtleties of music, however it its a lot of standard type, it is these 3 components integrated together; rhythm, melody, and harmony.

We can select from musical designs ranging from heavy classical and opera to rock to kids’s songs to Broadway musicals to gospel music to the blues.
Underneath the surface area of all music is a commonality that is organic to all types and designs of music.
Rhythm is the beat– the swing– the throb of the music. Harmony, the 3rd aspect of music, is the musical background of a song– the chords, or intervals “behind” the tune. Music doesn’t HAVE to have consistency to function, but in real practice it practically always does, even if it is simply the interaction of two tunes, as in counterpoint.

Once on this Island at the Benedum Theater

Winner of the 2018 TONY AWARD FOR BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

The groundbreaking vision of two-time Tony Award nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown (NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live) conjures up “a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!” (The Huffington Post). With a score that bursts with life from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning songwriters of Anastasia and Ragtime, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is a timeless testament to theater’s unlimited possibilities.

Once on this Island

Jun 09, 2020 – Jun 14, 2020

Benedum Center next to your home at the StarLoftsPittsburgh

CLO Tixs


Stephen Flaherty is a Pittsburgh native and high school band mate of Janet and Charlie Pellegrini, owners of the  StarLoftsPittsburgh.

Moving for the first time!

Whether you’re vacating your childhood years residence for college, a new task, or simply to venture out by yourself, you want to be prepared! Making that jump and also starting this new stage of life can be a little bit challenging– however with the ideal prep job, you’ll prepare to roll when the time comes.

If you intend to make this less complicated on yourself, creating a moving-out checklist is a guaranteed means to identify the needed actions for your first action. Divide up your moving list right into areas, ideally by the stages of your step: budgeting, packaging, as well as moving. Add actions per phase to ensure that you cover every one of your bases (or simply continue reading and also I’ve done it for you– enchanting, I understand). You may be anxious to get up as well as on with your life, you can’t do it overnight (or you should not).

Not every person is a planner like myself, however when it pertains to moving out for the first time, you actually require to commit your focus to the prep job. Can you manage to survive on your own? If you (or whoever is paying your rental fee) doesn’t make three times the lease (a general rule of thumb), after that this whole “leaving” point might not be in your future. Ensure to check off these preparation and also budgeting boxes before your first relocation:

Maintain a steady revenue. Do you have a secure earnings or a consistent work? You better! Whether your moms and dads are spending for your college apartment or you’re all on your own, you require to have a reliable revenue. It’s essential that you budget for your first apartment to be definitely certain that you can manage to live on your own. Don’t resemble among the many, numerous twenty-somethings that come to be “rent out inadequate” after a couple of months of being out by themselves. You can do this! You just need to budget intelligently.
Exactly how much you invest on rental fee depends on your earnings, but generally, you should not invest even more than 30% of your take-home pay on lease. It’s ideal to conserve for a couple of months in advance of your relocation simply to be safe.
Think about relocating prices. Though it would certainly behave if you might relocate completely on your own, that likely will not hold true. Whether you have household, friends, or a specialist moving service helping you to relocate right into your first home, it’s nice to have an assisting hand! Don’t neglect regarding moving prices. Your family members and also buddies might be great being compensated with a few pizzas after moving day, I very doubt your professional moving business will certainly really feel the same. It’s going to cost you, so do your study to determine a local estimate for the time as well as area you’re looking to move.
Find an apartment or condo that satisfies your requirements first, followed by your desires. Those are all wonderful facilities, however you have to make sure that a home will not cost you even more than 30% of your income prior to you can choose and also pick services.
Though packaging may not seem like your excellent afternoon activity, it’s a needed step to the action– not only packaging, but packing well! Mark off these boxes to maintain on your own from throwing every little thing you have right into a few boxes and also trash bags and “figuring it out when you get there.” Allow’s stay clear of the turmoil, shall we?

Do not hesitate. Originating from the world’s most significant slow starter, try not to comply with in my footsteps. Hesitating the packaging will only harm you as well as frustrate your relocating assistants.
Get as lots of boxes and also relocating containers as feasible. Many of these areas obtain their deliveries in big boxes excellent for relocating, as well as because they recycle them, they’ll be even more than happy to provide them to you for cost-free.
Arrange your valuables by area as well as identify your boxes. There’s nothing even worse than unboxing on relocating day just to remember that you tossed everything into random boxes without thought process behind it. This creates my least favored thing– stress and anxiety! Make the move easy on yourself– arrange your personal belongings by space, place them in the proper boxes and containers, and also tag everything.
Establish a moving truck and a storage locker. It’s likely you’ll require a moving truck on relocating day, so seek out the expense ahead of time, and also select a day and time for moving companies to get here or to grab the relocating vehicle. It’ll be less expensive to rent a moving van or trailer than it will be to work with a group of moving companies, yet it just depends on how much aid you require to relocate your products. And also if whatever will not suit your brand-new apartment, look into leasing a storage locker to save your additional items!
Obtain an early begin. A huge error is underestimating how long it takes to move into an apartment. It’s time consuming, so the earlier the beginning, the much better!
Relocate the large products initially. Your sofa, bed mattress, bed room furniture, and cooking area table are all products that are thought about “huge.” Go ahead and obtain those items off of the relocating truck and right into the house– that way, you can obtain the heavy training over with as well as you can have a better concept of just how your apartment or condo will be laid out.
Don’t unload till you’ve relocated everything in. And also prior to you unpack anything, try to get everything out of the truck as well as right into the apartment.
Moving companies bill by the hr as well as relocating vehicles fee by the mile and quantity of time rented out, so it’s best to get points done as efficiently as possible. And let your moving companies obtain whatever out and into your new location in a timely style.
Take a needed lunch break. Yes, you want to obtain everything done so you can be finished with this distressing day, however don’t forget to break for lunch! It appears ridiculous, but it will certainly provide you and your helpers a long time to relax (and completely dry their sweat). Moving is exhausting, so it is necessary to take a little break.
As you begin unboxing your boxes and bins, try to stay as organized as you were when you were packing them. Later you does not want to do it either, so better to simply get it over with now.
Moving can be frustrating– we understand! Yet with the ideal suggestions, prep work, and also maybe an assisting hand or 2 (or three), your first relocation will zip! Delighted moving, my novice tenants.

Divide up your relocating checklist right into areas, ideally by the phases of your action: budgeting, packing, as well as moving. Whether you have family, close friends, or a specialist moving solution helping you to move into your first house, it’s wonderful to have a helping hand! Your family and good friends may be great being awarded with a couple of pizzas after relocating day, I very question your expert moving business will certainly feel the very same. It’s most likely you’ll need a moving truck on relocating day, so look up the price ahead of time, as well as pick a day and time for movers to get here or to choose up the moving truck. It’ll be much less expensive to rent a moving van or trailer than it will be to hire a team of moving companies, yet it just depends on just how much aid you need to move your items.

You will enjoy your new place at

The Phantom of the opera

Based on the 1910 horror novel by Gaston Leroux, which has been adapted into countless films, The Phantom of the Opera follows a deformed composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House. Sheltered from the outside world in an underground cavern, the lonely, romantic man tutors and composes operas for Christine, a gorgeous young soprano star-to-be. As Christine’s star rises, and a handsome suitor from her past enters the picture, the Phantom grows mad, terrorizing the opera house owners and company with his murderous ways. Still, Christine finds herself drawn to the mystery man.

It may be coming soon next door to your home at the Benedum theater.

Pittsburgh World Class Theaters

Pittsburgh’s Cultural Area is the epicenter for downtown’s vibrant arts as well as amusement scene, including symphonic music, ballet, opera, as well as musical comedy. Including 14 blocks in between the Convention Facility and also Stanwix Road, the area is additionally home to a lots art galleries, charming environment-friendly spaces, and also a wide array of stores and restaurants.

Social District Occasions and also Places
If you’re planning a trip to Pittsburgh, explore the schedule to find out what’s taking place during your check out.

Want to live in Pittsburgh?

Stay in the heart of the Cultural Area at the We’re located next to Benedum Theater and within strolling distance of the area’s leading theaters as well as show venues.

Byham Cinema
101 6th St|1 Min Strolling Range

Integrated in 1903, the Gayety Theater showcased its first occasion on Halloween evening of 1904. For years, Gayety was commonly thought about as one of the country’s top stage and vaudeville houses. Restored and renamed in 1995, Byham Cinema still has an annual calendar that includes interesting events– from dance and also musical comedy, to film as well as family-friendly shows.

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave|0.1 Mile

Residence of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is a site destination in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. A grand concert hall and showplace, total with sparkling light fixtures, Italian marble, as well as deluxe red velour insides, this venue supplies year-round amusement, including harmony shows, Broadway manufacturings, kid-friendly shows, and also more.

Benedum Facility for the Doing Arts
237 7th St|0.01 Miles

The 2,800 seat Benedum Center is a development of the historic Stanley Theater. Provided with the National Register for Historic Places, this location has been delighting audiences with performances, ballet, Broadway, and musical theater because 1928.

Discover Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Facilities & Spaces for more details on movie theaters situated in the Cultural District.

The Music of Donna Summer

She was a woman from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the celebrities from gospel choir to dancefloor diva. What the world really did not understand was how Donna Summer risked it all to break via obstacles, coming to be the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who complied with. With a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits consisting of “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls” as well as “Hot Stuff,” this electrical experience is a relocating homage to the voice of a generation.


At the Benedum Theater April 7, 2020 right next to the