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

Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille

A Predominately seafood restaurant that has several fish based dishes on the menu. The restaurant has a separate section for children along with a bar menu that offers seasonal cocktails, a wine list and a special Draft list for beer. All of the beverages in the menu go well with the seafood on offer, but each can be ordered by the glass as well. Luke Wholey’s Alaskan Grille also boasts a separate sushi menu which is divided into a full 3 course meal. Traditional favorites include shrimp, eel, salmon, scallops, flying fish roe along with a variety of seafood rolls that range from shrimp and salmon to veggie and crab. The signature rolls on the menu include the Spider Roll which is filled with soft shell crab, fresh vegetables and sauces.

Its a 7 minute scooter or bike ride on the bike lane. Just leave your door at http://www.skyloftpgh.com and bike over to Luke Wholey’s this weekend. Buon appetito, Janet & Charlie

Italian Potato Salad

Make this tasty but simple Italian Potato Salad at your StarLoftsPgh.com home.

Ingredients:

9- Potatoes, cooked, peeled, and quartered

1 garlic clove

1 shallot

Tbl capers

2 tbsp Kalamata Olives

1 anchovy (optional)

2 fresh tomatoes, cored, cut in eights

1 tsp oregano

sea salt and black pepper to taste

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Berio brand, Red wine vinegar to taste

1 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped

In a large bowl mix all ingredients above in bowl. Gently stir so potatoes remain intact.

A great simple meal to serve for your guests at your home at http://www.starloftspgh.com

Buon Appetito Janet & 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

How to make the newly clean apartment ‘your clean’ when you move in!

So you’re getting ready to move into your new apartment and want to make sure you get everything cleaned before the big day. Where do you start? There’s a lot to do, and with just a little preparation, you can get your apartment cleaned like a pro. Keep reading to learn how to get your apartment squeaky clean before you move in!

Dust before anything else

The first step in getting your new apartment clean is to dust your fans, lights, ledges, and door frames. Dusting high surfaces tends to get dust on the ground, so doing it first will keep you from having to come back to the same task twice.

If you want to dust off fans and lights without knocking too much dust on the ground, try flipping an old pillowcase inside out and using it to wipe down your surfaces. You can push the dust straight into the pillowcase and then dump it outside or in a trash can to clean up without making too much of a mess.

Clean the bathrooms

After you finish dusting, you’ll definitely want to deep clean the bathrooms. You can start by washing the mirrors and then scrubbing the sink, toilet, and bathtub. Spray these down with a solution of two parts vinegar, one part water, and then wipe everything down with a microfiber cloth or paper towels. 

Be sure to clean out the bathroom drawers as you go along. Consider putting down drawer liners or organization trays so your toothbrush and other hygiene items don’t have to touch potentially dirty surfaces.

Move on to the kitchen

One of the most important places to cover in cleaning your new apartment is the kitchen. You’ll most likely want to deep clean your oven, q and can be tricky to clean. If your oven has a self-clean function, use that to your advantage, but know that it won’t do all the work for you. You’ll need a strong oven cleaner to finish the job, so make sure you wear gloves and let the cleaner sit for 15 minutes or so before wiping it down.

The kitchen is one of the best places to use homemade cleaners, such as an all-purpose cleaner to clean the counters and a simple drain cleaner to flush any food waste out of the garbage disposal. While you’re at it, be sure to clean out the cabinets and put down cabinet liners to make everything look nice and keep your food clean.

Clean your floors

Be sure to clean the floors last, as any dirt, dust, or crumbs from other surfaces could get on the floor during your cleaning process. Vacuum or sweep all your floors while paying special attention to anywhere you’ll be putting furniture, as these spots will be harder to clean later. 

Now is also a great time to polish any wood floors in your apartment, which you can do with a microfiber cloth or mop and a bottle of hardwood floor polish from any home improvement store. and then, your apartment will look good as new

The http://www.starloftspgh.com apartments are always professionally cleaned and repainted after move out, so you do not need to do any or all of this, but to make it your personal clean, these are great cleaning tips

Charlie

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Moving Out of your Apartment

Whether you’re moving to another apartment or to a house, there are probably loads of tasks on your plate right now! Tackling it all can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never attempted a move of this scale before.

Moving out of an apartment isn’t usually a straightforward matter. The logistics can be overwhelming, but this list can help lower the stress.

1. Make Sure to Give Enough Notice

Giving enough notice before a move-out is just basic common courtesy.

Even if you don’t get in legal trouble or suffer any financial loss through a too-short notice, there’s no need to sour your relationships with anyone. Keep it courteous and ethical; you don’t want to surprise anyone with the arrival of a moving company!

How Much Notice Should You Give?

60 Day minimum notice is a common courtesy.

Risks of Not Giving Due Notice

Failing to give notice in the required time can result in a loss of your deposit. At times, you might even have to give up several months of rent payments.

Cardboard Boxes at new apartment

The moving company and relocation costs will already be a burden on your pocket. So, make sure to follow this step to save face and money.

Check the Delivery Method

Finally, check the lease to see the required delivery method of your notice. Property management may require written notice, while others may accept emails, a phone call, or even a text message. It is best to mail a written notice as well as follow up with an email to the management.

2. Stay Aware of Your Payments

The usual agreement upon renting an apartment today is a security deposit, along with first and last month’s rent.

Be aware that the deposit is for covering any damage in the apartment during your stay. You will get a refund on this if the apartment is cleaned, and cleared of your items.

Don’t Confuse the Security Deposit and Last Month’s Rent

The last month’s rent, on the other hand, is to eliminate your final payment when the lease term ends. The amount of your security deposit and last months rent may be similar, or even identical, but keep in mind that they are not interchangeable.

3. Contact All Utility Providers

If the utilities services are in your name and property management, you are responsible for calling up the providers before the move. Make the call at least a fortnight beforehand and schedule the dates for turning the services on or off.

Ideally, you want the company to turn off the utilities the day after you move out. In the new apartment, you can schedule a turn-on time for the utilities one day before moving in.

Adapting this proactive approach will save you from getting into any hassle later on.

It is courtesy to pass along the turn of dates to the management, so they can continue the utilities in their name to prevent property or equipment damage due to shut off utilities.

4. Do a Deep Clean

Want that security deposit back? Of course, you do! You also want to leave a good impression. So, it’s time to take out all the cleaning supplies and do a deep clean of the place. The management can refer a service to you that you can pay for as well.

Make it your goal to have the apartment looking as it was when you moved in.

Hire Someone Else to Clean

If you don’t feel like putting in so much effort, especially when a new apartment or house is waiting, you should consider hiring a cleaning service. The security deposit will probably be more than what you pay them, so it’s a win all around.

Get Out the Camera and Take Pictures

Once you have the apartment all spic and span, take some pictures. The memories will be nice to have, but you also want to have proof of the apartment’s condition before your move-out.

Hold up that day’s newspaper or some other evidence to show if your landlord does find some damage or mess.

Have a Walk Through Inspection

After the cleaning, you can also ask your the property manager to have a walk through before the move-out.

A walk-through inspection will enable both parties to see the apartment’s condition for themselves. They can then discuss any problems, decide on necessary repairs, and generally iron out everything before the final inspection.

Be Prepared for the Final Inspection

Finally, you should try to be present when the landlord does their last inspection, also called the move-out inspection. You might have to work with some checklists and forms, but it will mean getting your security deposit back in the end.

If you’re confused about where to start, here are some tips on how to make your apartment feel like new.

5. Fix Whatever is Fixable

Yet another way to ensure that security deposit refund is to fix up any issues beforehand.

If you’ve hammered any nails into the walls, take care of those holes as soon as possible. If you have painted any walls, ask the management if you need to change it back to the original. The same goes for any changes in blinds, cabinet hardware, light fixtures, and so on.

Ensure Extra Checks for an Apartment with Pets or Kids

Pets and children often cause a lot of scratches, dings, and other minor damage that one may not notice in their everyday routine. A thorough walk-through will probably reveal many of those. Therefore, you must see what you can fix before the management takes it out of your security deposit.

6. Book the Moving Company

If your old apartment is on the ground or first floor, you may not require this. However, those living on higher floors might need to book time the moving company.

carrying box out
Book ahead of time and you’ll probably save some money by cutting down on the workers’ hours from the moving company as well.

7. Give Your New Address Everywhere

The U.S. Postal Service will need your new address if you still require its services.

A lot of people still send U.S. mail; you also don’t want to miss out on those holiday packages from your relatives! Any nearby post office will change your address. You might also be able to do this yourself online.

Also, make sure to give the new address to people and organizations that might send some mail at times. These include relatives, friends, educational institutions, banks, and your employer. Don’t forget to pass this address to the property management to mail your security deposit to your new address.

The Takeaway

Whether you’re downsizing to live in a smaller apartment or moving to a whole new state, the tips above are sure to help out in many ways.

These precautions are necessary for saving a load of money and also ensuring that you’re comfortable while moving. Here’s hoping the move goes smoothly and safely!

Best, Janet & Charlie

http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com

Simply Devine: A Retrospective of Danny Devine – Opens in March!

Simply Devine: A Retrospective of Danny Devine (1982-2021) showcases thought-provoking, uplifting, joyful, and playful works created by the late Pittsburgh native. Danny was a respected graffiti writer, muralist, photographer, printmaker, painter, mentor, and friend to many. The immersive exhibition embodies Danny’s dedication to creativity and his prolific artistic output—taking viewers on a visual journey exploring his complexity as an artist.
Simply Devine: A Retrospective of Danny Devine

820 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa 15222
March 2 – June 12

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