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SouthSide Works Exposed 2010!

July 15, 2010 Leave a comment

We’re using the really old SSW Exposed web banner, because, simply, we’re to lazy to pull down the new one and crop it.

That’s just the way us bloggers are.

Past the useless crap, and on to the good stuff:

It’s Exposed weekend again. Click Here for the info.

Check it out … Carrie is bringing in the artists again, and Pam from SSW has done another excellent job of mixing up the entertainment.

So, if you have nothing better to do this weekend, get down to Exposed and check out the artists and bands. If you have something better to do (daughter’s wedding, kid’s birthday, etc) nix it and get down to Exposed anyway. I’ll be there (my cousin is showing, and I’m working with Pam on some other stuff) – so if I don’t make an appearance, I’ll hear about it from someone. Nobody said being a weasel was easy.

If you are looking for a breaking during the outside gigs, stop in at Tusca on Friday during Happy Hour for half priced drinks and a Happy Hour menu in the bar area.  I’ll be there spinning the background tunes.  Help us out by making friends with “Tusca Tapas” and liking “Tusca Global Tapas” on Facebook.

See Ya At Exposed!!! ….. and buy something besides that cheap $3 Steelers bracelet – artists occasionally like to be able to eat something other than dollar store mac and cheese.

-SWB

PS – Contrary to popular belief, artists have real jobs.

Review: SouthSide Works Chili Festival (ChiliWorks)

April 12, 2010 1 comment

We made it to ChiliWorks!

… and it was definitely worth it.

I love food, cool art, and the sound of live brass – so booths full of chili, original artists, and a mariachi band made my day (along with seeing allot of friends on a great sunny day).

The event took place on upper 27th street in SouthSide works with the bands close to the courtyard.  The artists we occupying the old Joseph-Beth storefront.  Booths full of chili were just everywhere!

Oh … did I say booths full of chili were just everywhere?!?!?!

We expected the event to be slightly different and have a higher level of “cool” than your standard issue chili festival, and it was.

Here is what we found:

  • Out of all the chili’s in competition, almost all tended to show a higher level of culinary skill put into their creations.  There were maybe one or two that were mediocre – but that may be more because of our personal tastes than anything.
  • The bands were excellent, and the mariachi band definitely set the tone for the event. Heavy kudos to them for pulling out a two hour set. Music levels were loud enough to feel the music, but not drive you to the end of the street – good for everyone. We recommend having the bands again … and keeping whatever techs were hired.
  • Thanks to Carrie Nardini and I Made It! Market … that art was great!  I Made It! never ceases to amaze SWB with the originality and diversity of the artists participating in their events. Watch out Three Rivers … we like ya, but Carrie and I Made It! are coming up with goods and the coolness.
  • The ticketing, tasting, artist areas, etc were all very well planned out and easy to get through even with the very heavy crowd.
  • Overall the event run by the SouthSide Works crew was well thought out, family friendly, and gave every reason to add it to your yearly “attend this” list.

But, most importantly …

Who won the chili contest?

According to a text from Pam at SSW – Tusca Global Tapas and Chef Jeff.

If you want to check out the restaurant, Click Here to go to Tusca Global Tapas in SouthSide Works.

When we tasted Tusca’s chili, we found it to be unique and not standard, but well made enough to rank highly with competition event chili’s … and in the end they showed their skills in that.  SWB didn’t expect any less from Tusca, as the culinary capabilities of those that work there are proven time and time again.

-SWB

PS – We were impressed enough with the event so we are adding it to SWB Recommends … and we hope to see it back next year.

SSW Chili and Art Festival (ChiliWorks)

April 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Capture from SSW’s ChiliWorks event posting – click it to go there.

Everyone likes a Chili Fest ….. that’s just the way it is. Period.

You get everything there that you could possibly want: Good food that’s probably really bad for you, imported beers, loud entertainment, oh – and did I say good food that’s probably bad for you?

You can’t go wrong by going to a Chili Fest.

Now,  one of the hottest spots in Pittsburgh, SouthSide Works, has popped their own into place with a full compliment of I Made It! Market artists brought in by Carrie Nardini, Live Entertainment and Kid’s Korner brought in by SouthSide Work’s marketing director Pamelyn McMahon, and much more!  It’s a Pittsburgh cool and chic chili fest for the whole family!  The date is April 10th this year (2010).

This is another event by the folks that brought you SouthSide Work Exposed (less me … I opted out of Exposed a few years ago), so it’s bound to be cool.

Quickie List Of Events:

  • Chili Tasting (if you haven’t figured that out)
  • Mariachi Fiesta Band
  • I Made It! Market Artists
  • Kid’s Korner

* Click on the schedule icon above to go to the actual events website.

-SWB

PS – Even if you aren’t the beer drinking, chili pounding partier that everyone thinks goes to chili festivals – go anyway and support I Made It! Market (these are the artists that make changes and the cool stuff you have in your homes).  If you don’t have any of their cool stuff in your homes … BUY SOME!

Call For Artists – SouthSide Works Exposed

March 23, 2009 Leave a comment

cropped-exposedmainbanner_000SSW Exposed Banner – Click it to go to their site

It’s that time of the year to apply for SouthSide Works Exposed – the growing art and music festival at SouthSide Works in Pittsburgh. This year Carrie Nardini is running the show, and the experience she has should bring some new dimensions to the markplace at SSW Exposed.

Please check out the site, and apply if you are an artist.

-SWB

Working in the mill and on the beams

March 9, 2009 1 comment

vincetheartistsitecapture1Capture from Vince Ornato’s website

I’ve been thinking of all of the people I knew that did the dirty job or working in the mills and on the steel beams on the buildings of The Pittsburgh Area. Lately it seems to be a forgotten time. All I hear about is how the current generation contributed and how bad they are having it. In this recession, maybe we need to look back on that area and remember the fact that those dirty mill workers and steel workers really are the ones responsible for a great deal of this city – and remember that some of them gave their lives so we could have what we have now – and that their work ethic lives in the military people from Pittsburgh that protect our country also. Click here for a great piece on three generations of mill workers and another link to The Rivers Of Steel Heritage Area.

One of the artists that I think does about the best in capturing the times when the mill workers and steel workers were at their best is Vince Ornato. Click here to check out his site and artwork. Vince shows at major arts festivals, including the Three Rivers Arts Festival, etc.

As it gets closer to the summer, SWB will be highlighting various Pittsburgh artists and mention the shows they may be at. If they produce art that reflects Pittsburgh history or heritage, that will be highlighted also.

-SWB