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Need to know what to do this weekend when your best friend from your 1980 Girl Scout Troop shows up? We've got you covered with Josh and Rachel and the Social Club.

Josh is our own Morning Edition host, Josh Raulerson and Rachel Carlson is the muscle behind the Pittsburgh Yelp arm. They do a great job of culling through events and trends so you don't have to.

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Music by famous-guy Pittsburgher Josh Mobley.

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week may be ending, but there’s still fun to be had in town this weekend.    

On Friday, Star Wars fans should make their way to the Carnegie Science Center faster than the Millennium Falcon doing the Kessel Run for 21+ SciFri.

For artistically-inclined night owls, Art All Night 18 will take over the Willow Street Warehouse in Lawrenceville Saturday through Sunday (a full 24 hours of free fun!)

On Saturday evening, Ka-Blam! A  Fundraiser for Toonseum will be treating guests to caricature drawings, DJ-spun tunes, refreshments and more while raising funds for Toonseum.  

The Urbanist Release Party & PGH Spring Thing will give guests a preview of food and drink from the newest restaurants in town (hint: The Vandal, The Ballroom, Bread &  Salt, etc.)  

 It’s Josh’s favorite time of year …

Happy Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week!

This week, Rachel and Josh interview Mike Pound, host of the Post-Gazette’s Beer Me blog, about several keynote events during Pittsburgh’s Beer Week (April 17 – 25).

With an abundance of established local breweries and new ones popping up every day, Pittsburgh residents can spend the next week purveying the regions’ craft beer culture, learning about home brewing, and – of course – sample great beer.

Highlighted events include:

Friday, 4/18: The Unofficial Kickoff of PCBW (With All Collaboration Beers)
Monday, 4/20: Point Brugge Strolling Happy Hour and 4/20 Beer Dinner
Wednesday, 4/22: The Imperial Breakfast @ Pipers Pub
Sunday, 4/25: East End Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride 

Other Events:
Saturday, 4/18: Hops for HEARTH 
Sunday, 4/19: I Made It! Healthy    

Rain, rain, go away – or stay, whichever you prefer – because no matter what the weather does, Pittsburgh is bursting at the seams with fun events this weekend.

On Friday night, beer enthusiasts of all levels can get fancy at the Brewer’s Ball at the Grand Wyndham Hotel. If you’re in the East End of Pittsburgh that evening, PULSE will be holding PULSEations 2015: Vision, their annual fundraising bash. Hint: we hear their secret ceramics studio might be open!

On Saturday, pop a leash on your four-legged friends and bring them over to Liberty Elementary School in Shadyside for the Pup Walk, Yard Sale & Neighborhood Flea from 9 AM to 2 PM. Once you’re done loading up on goodies, throw on your best Back to the Future outfit and head over to the Southside for The Dirty Ball at 8 PM. More of a top hat person? Don Wonderland-approved garb for the Mad Hatter’s Twisted Tea Party at 7 PM in Lawrenceville.  

Ready to stretch your legs and hunt down some eggs this Easter weekend? 

Families with children aged 3 to 10 years can check out the Annual Egg-cellent Egg Hunt at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History on Saturday, April 4. The first 600 children will be admitted. 

Also, the National Aviary is hosting Eggstravaganza on Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos, and a duck feeding and other "quack-tacular" activities will be offered to guests of all ages. 

It’s officially spring, and we’re ready to start acting like it!

On Friday and Saturday, the Farm to Table Food Conference will take over the David L. Lawrence Convention Center with food samples, local businesses and how to find them (hint: farmers markets around Pittsburgh!) beer, and recipes for culinary-inclined guests.
(On Friday night, an intimate food tasting will be held from 5 – 7 PM.)

On Saturday, Josh will interview author Marcus Rediker and filmmaker Tony Buba on the recetn film Ghosts of Amistad at 10 AM at the SPACE Gallery. The interview is one featured event during the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, talking place all weekend. 

On Sunday, guests can help fight  hunger here in Pittsburgh one spoonful at a time at the 20th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Oakland from 2 PM to 6 PM. Top restaurants around the city will submit soups for guests to enjoy, and the event will feature family-friendly entertainment and a silent auction.

Coming Up: Get your best ringmaster attire ready for Yelp’s Under the Big Top free event, April 2nd at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.       

This week, Josh and Rachel sit down with Ya Jagoff blog creator John Chamberlain to talk about the history of the word jagoff, how yinzers from around the world visit Ya Jagoff to blow off steam, and mention a few upcoming events around the Burgh. 

Friday
Yellow Book Road: After  Hours at the Library 

Saturday
Shake Your Booties @ Stage AE (benefit for The Children's Home & Lemieux Family Center) 

Upcoming, April 2
Yelp's Under The Big Top at Children's Museum 

In case you’ve missed the sudden onslaught of green decorations around the ‘burgh, this Social Club is all about Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations!

For those interested in an authentic Irish experience, Rachel and Josh tip you off on how to tell if you’re in an authentic Irish pub, and recommend the top Irish watering holes around town guaranteed to provide the best Saint Patrick's Day celebrations.

Not one for shamrocks and whiskey? On Friday night, the Carnegie Science Center is hosting their 21+ Night, H2OH, and the Thrill Mill will host a Yoga + Wine Mixer.  

'Forties Feminism & Fun at the Heinz History Center's  History Uncorked party

Strap on your melty wristwatch and dance the night away against a backdrop of surrealist art (sure, why not?) at Quantum Theatre's Quat'z Arts Q Ball

...and derange what's left of your senses at the Hell With the Lid Off Barleywine Festival

    

Fish fries abound in Pittsburgh this time of year, and this week's Social Club is dripping with tasty fried batter. (What's the plural for "fish fry" anyway?  "Frys" or "fries"? We'll defer to The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper and go with "fries.") 

Church basements are the place to be on a Friday night for the next six weeks, but the Pub Chip Shop of Pipers Pub serves up the good stuff all year long.

Shivering in your boots, hats, scarves and mittens? We are too. Luckily, there are a bunch of events happening around town this weekend (and even next Tuesday!) to keep us entertained and warm. 

Nothing chases the winter blues away like laughing until your sides hurt. 

On this week's Social Club, Rachel and Josh sit down with Arcade Comedy Theater stand-up instructors/masterminds Kristy Nolan and Aaron Kleiber to talk about what it takes to be a good improv comedian, what sets Pittsburgh joke tellers apart, and how you can get your laugh on every weekend around the 'burgh. 

Arcade Comedy Theater is also celebrating their two  year anniversary this weekend with an anniversary show complete with tales from Rich Sebak and performances from Frankly Scarlett and Missy Moreno and Jesse LE

Look at a calendar lately? That’s right – Valentine’s Day is next Saturday. Wait - don’t panic! Josh and Rachel have a lineup of events for you to enjoy with your loved ones – whether that’s a spouse, partner, best friend, or sibling!

Thursday, 2/13 MAKEnight 21+, My Snarky Valentine 
2/13 & 2/14: Date Night: Wine & Chocolate @ TechShop

Already have plans for next weekend? Great! Book yourself some fun activities for this weekend too:

Yoga in the Square (indoors)
For the Love of Pittsburgh - Food Tasting Party
I Made It! Mine 2015
Carnegie Science Center 21+ Night: StormFest 

Rachel and Josh help you beat those winter doldrums with a slew of brewing and chewing-based events this weekend, and Josh endorses a favorite local establishment that challenges guests to break out of prison.

Saturday, January 31
Steel City Sampler: A Rust Belt Culinary Tour
East End Food Co-op: Winterfest
Pierogi Night: Pad Thai vs. Pierogi

This weekend, Rachel and Josh have all the bases covered for fans of beer drinking, art observing, do-gooding, and live music-rocking (with the family!)

Pour For a Cure, held at the US Steel Tower on January 23, invites guests to sample new and different beers (Rachel's favorite? Well's Banana Bread Beer,) while raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphona Society Western PA & Western VA Chapter. 

Also on Friday, Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District will offer a wide sampling of free attractions to patrons downtown: from art gallery browsing to yoga class offerings, karaoke to comedy shows; there's something for every refined (and more relaxed) taste. 

A winter spinoff of the popular Shadyside Nursery Weather Permitting concert series, called (surprise!) Winter Weather Permitting, will kick off at The New Bohemian on Sunday, January 25 and will feature tunes from The Working Poor, The Pressure, and Charlie Hustle & the Grifters. Food, drink, and games for even the youngest music fans will be available in the all-ages space.  

Ah, coffee.  The magical beverage that makes us all feel more human by 9 AM. What would we do without it? Grab your mug and settle in for a very buzz-worthy Social Club.  

Matt Gebis of Espresso a Mano in Lawrenceville joins Rachel and Josh to share his journey into owning his own business, explains why he doesn’t sweat Starbucks as competition, and instructs us on how to brew the most delicious hot (and cold!) cup of coffee at home.

Also happening this weekend:
Carnegie Science Center 21+ Night
 

Let’s talk about New Years Resolutions.  

Want a new hobby? Sip beer and learn about the brewing process while meeting brewing experts at Pittsburgh Brew N Chew!

Perhaps your goal is to try new things. Schedule a reservation for that so-hip dining spot during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.

How about the old classic: “This year, I’ll get in shape!” Grab a kettlebell and get ready to pump some iron at a free class at Get Fit at Stout Training Pittsburgh.

Or, maybe you just want to enjoy life a bit more: prepare your best belly laugh for Second City’s N’Ats All Folks show – a comedic act making fun of everything Pittsburgh.

Fear not, Pittsburgh: Josh and Rachel have your New Year's Eve all planned out in the final Social Club of 2014.

Tired of bar hopping and over deafening club music? The Social Club proposes an evening of exclusive Pittsburgh parties; including Round Corner Cantina’s No Mames Party, a Post-Apocalyptic 3014 Bash (yes, 3014) at The Cloak Room, and a Ball Drop Bash at Brillobox.

Classic options like Highmark First Night in Downtown Pittsburgh and the Gateway Clipper Cruise are discussed, as well as a kid-friendly daytime celebration Noon Year’s Eve at the Pittsburgh Zoo. 

Don't be a hero! Heed our sanity-saving holiday tips: intercept and re-gift your kids' presents, keep your sippy cup topped up at all times and phone it in whenever possible.

If you insist on making an effort, here's a taste of the finest last-minute holiday cheer Pittsburgh has to offer:

Market Square Holiday Market

Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops

As the holidays approach, this week there’s a guest on tap for the Social Club: Vito Gerasole of Natrona Bottling Company and Girasole in Shadyside joins Yelp’s Rachel and 90.5 WESA’s Josh. He stops by to answer some pressing questions. For instance, is it soda or pop? Listen in for why, “Josh doesn’t give presents for his kids! He’s a Grinch.”

This weekend’s events:

Neighborhood Flea at the Pittsburgh Public Market

Superfriends Holiday Market: 12 Days Until Christmas

Is there more to life than beer and cookies? Sure! There's also haggis, alligator tail, and other deep-fried curiosities.

Your weekend agenda in Pittsburgh:

Handmade Arcade

Brew Gentlemen's Food Truck Roundup

The Joy of Cookies

What to do with yourself after a full day of binge eating and all-around excess? We suggest three more days of exactly the same thing. Let the Hunger Games begin!

Meanwhile, we begin a three-week-long harangue urging you to shop local this holiday season. A few options to get you started this weekend:

I Made It! Holiday Market

Sample the Market

Rachel may be at death's door, but it will take more than debilitating illness to stop the Social Club.

Light Up Night

CMNH After Dark

Piebird

Fair warning: our normal ratio of dumb-jokes-to-thoughtful-content is slightly off this week.

As our friends at Wigle Whiskey get ready to celebrate Beer Week, we present an uncharacteristically informative discussion on everything from Pittsburgh history to the business of craft distilling to tasty seasonal cocktails.

For those of you who haven’t fully recovered from the post-Halloween sugar crash, 90.5 WESA’s Josh and Yelp’s Rachel have a great set of events to get you back on your feet. Listen in for why, “I honestly thought for a minute there that there might be one weekend in Pittsburgh where there wasn’t a beer event. But … no.” 

Happy Halloween, Pittsburgh! Halloween is on a Friday this year, so this week 90.5 WESA’s Josh and Yelp’s Rachel have a fear-filled weekend planned for you. Listen in for why, “I can confirm this: atheists are not Satanists.” 

Social Club For The Weekend Of Oct. 24

Oct 23, 2014

Carved pumpkin? Check. Trick-or-treat candy? Check. Costume … well, if you’re anything like Yelp’s Rachel, you might not be quite ready for Halloween just yet. If you’re looking for a diversion, Rachel and 90.5 WESA’s Josh have this week’s happenings to keep you occupied. Listen in for why, “They don't have the quiet dignity of the feline species."

 

Halloween is creeping closer (see what we did there?), and 90.5 WESA’s Josh and Yelp’s Rachel have some spooky seasonal activities for the scare-fans and the squeamish alike. On tap this week: some beer with your barge, no touching in the haunted house and Seth Meyers's yinzer accent. Listen in for why, “I give you credit for being up for most things, but everybody has their limit.”

Social Club for the Weekend of Oct. 10

Oct 9, 2014

For the beer lovers out there — you might be able to call us that — 90.5 WESA's Josh and Yelp's Rachel brought in a special guest. Scott Smith, head brewer at East End Brewery, joins the Social Club this week. On tap in this episode: carefully-placed T-shirt racks, twirly hot dog machines, brewing for charity and the controversy of pumpkin beer.

Like most people, Yelp’s Rachel suffers from a serious case of FoMO. Thankfully, the Social Club is here this week to give her all the things she needs to stay busy, with 90.5 WESA’s Josh at the helm to keep things running smoothly. This week, we’ve got six miles of doughnut running, a case of Highway Robbery and a whole lot of steps. Listen in for why, “Everything I do is spontaneous.”

This week’s events:

Marty’s Market

There’s never a dull week in the Steel City. This week’s Social Club embraces variety, with lavender ice cream, vintage shopping, a starry night out and sophisticated beer drinking. Listen in for why, “I’m so out of the ice cream loop right now.”

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