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    Guess what? It is our 100th episode of Social Club!  Thank you to all who have listened and helped us to make Social Club so special! For this special occasion, let’s do what we do best. WESA’s Josh and Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here to fill you in on all the weekend’s events. Grab mom and go out and explore the city this Mother’s Day weekend.

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Most of the people running the Pittsburgh Marathon this weekend don’t know who Jimi Miller is. But for some, he provides a much-needed boost of energy along the route.

    It’s "Take Your Child To Work Day" and Josh Raulerson’s adorable kids have stopped by to help WESA’s Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel bring you Social Club. 

These kids. We can’t. They are too cute. We’re dying.

Okay, let’s compose ourselves and deliver you some events.

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Igor Stravinsky’s opera The Rake’s Progress premiered in 1951, one of the last major works of his neoclassical period. The renowned Russian composer had long since left behind the avant-garde style of his earlier works, like Firebird and The Rite of Spring, and moved toward a more conservative sound.

Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker said during this middle period of his career, Stravinsky looked to the past for inspiration.

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When talking about working on the album “Chrysalis,” producer Jeff Berman sounds like he’s describing a painting.

“Sculpting out the motion of the piece,” Berman said. “The overtones of that piano. The way that interacted with the rhythm section and helped us sculpt the landscape, we created a musical environment for that tune. The guitars add another part that would add a certain internal motion.”

 Yes, ‘Game of Thrones’ returns this weekend and we know you are excited. But that isn’t until Sunday night, so that means you can go out and explore the city (and get off your couch) all weekend long. There is a ton going on and WESA’s Josh and Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here to talk you through it.

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Allegheny County’s Hispanic population has increased in recent years, while the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the overall population has decreased

Pittsburgh city councilors and leaders in the local Latino community celebrated that growth Tuesday, as the city recognized Latino Day.

    Happy Tax Day. That refund check is in the mail so now it is time to put it to good use by going out and enjoying all the fun events in Pittsburgh. WESA’s Josh and Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here to tell you how to spend that cash.

    Do you think to yourself, "my loneliness is killing me, I must confess I still believe?" Well, don't worry anymore. Like a "genie in a bottle"coming to grant you a wish, WESA's Josh and Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh's Rachel are here to give you some weekend plans, with a little '90s flair. 

    Attention! Attention! There are things happening in the world and away from your couch! WESA’s Josh and Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here to let you know all the fun events here in the ‘burgh.

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  A non-traditional business model is helping to bring together a local artist and a wide range of prospective clients.

Marie Silver lives in San Diego but was able to discover and connect with an artist from Pittsburgh through an app on her phone. Kim McAninch lives and works Downtown and loves the freedom and flexibility that her online presence affords her.

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It was love at first tweet.

At the request of the band, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joined 91.3 WYEP's Brian Siewiorek on Wednesday to announce the headlining act for this year's Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Guster will take the stage Friday, June 10. 

The band, which hails from Boston, Mass. requested an introduction by the mayor after Guster played a short acoustic set in front of dumpster on the North Side earlier this year.

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Nelson Harrison isn't shy about his passion for Pittsburgh's prominence in the history of jazz music.

“Pittsburgh is the jazz capital of the world," Harrison said. "A lot of people don’t know that. The last hundred years of jazz wouldn’t have happened at all if it hadn’t been for Pittsburghers who innovated almost every major movement in Pittsburgh.”

    Social Club is back, and WESA’s Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here to let you know all the fun happenings here in the ‘burgh this Easter weekend.

Let’s get started.

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For more than a century, the Pittsburgh area has been home to the longest-running Serbian newspaper on the continent, written in a quiet office in Green Tree before being shipped off to readers across the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe -- including, of course, Serbia itself.

Fursonas

An insider's look at anthropomorphic role play drew sell-out crowds at its Pittsburgh premiere on Thursday.

Released in January, Fursonas speaks to a furry-friendly city long-known locally for its love of Anthrocon and the community it lauds. 

    In case you have been living under a rock, this weekend marks the return of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade here in Pittsburgh. WESA’s Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here to fill you in on all your green-beer needs.

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Henry Clay Frick’s fine art collection became open to the public decades ago. Now, that access goes much further than an in-person visit.

Thursday, Pittsburgh's Frick Museum launched its partnership with Google. 

The Google Cultural Institute is like the world’s biggest museum – but it’s all housed online. From Monet’s water lilies to street art, anyone can access high-resolution images and curated collections.

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Chase McBryde grinds metal in the corner of a big room cluttered with odds and ends collected from all over the city – old furniture, pallets, even the seat of a car. It was junk to its former owners, but McBryde views it all as potential source material.

His creations fill tabletops and dot the floor, from the full-sized model of a futuristic gun from the Fallout video game series to a cow skull replica. Even the warehouse studio’s coffin-shaped doorway is custom-made. Punk music plays on the stereo.

    Did you know that next week it’s going to be in the 70s? That means you are going to need lots of fun things to do. Luckily, WESA’s Josh and Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here. Rachel’s got a bit of a cold but if she’s going out this weekend, then you have no excuse.  So here are your weekend plans…

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  The year was 1896, the venue was Oakland's Carnegie Music Hall and the man with the baton was Englishman Frederic Archer when the then-Pittsburgh Orchestra played its first concert.

The program included works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Wagner, as well as a Saint-Saens piece that was only about 25 years old at the time.

One-hundred-twenty years later to the day, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will play that same Saint-Saens work at that same venue, along with some other seminal pieces it’s performed along the way.

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Ellen Gozion of Pittsburgh folk band The Early Mays saw her first crankie at a music festival in West Virginia.

“As soon as I saw them, I fell in love with them and I decided I would make one,” she said. “I knew that there had been scattered crankie (festivals) throughout the country, so I immediately thought we’re going to do that in Pittsburgh.”

It took several years, but the first ever Pittsburgh Crankie Fest is this weekend at the Wilkins School Community Center in Regent Square.

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Pittsburgh City Council has taken the first step toward renaming Cliffside Park in the Hill District to honor the late Pittsburgh-born playwright August Wilson.

A unanimous committee vote on Wednesday paved the way for final passage of the proposal to rename the park “August Wilson Park.”

Citiparks Director Jim Griffin said he was pleased with the decision, but he had just one question.

Last week gave us a taste of spring. But now that you're done sunbathing in the 60-degree weather, let's say goodbye to February with some weekend fun. 

On Friday, you can start your weekend on a contemplative note, by going to Kelly Strayhorn Theater's "Failure:Lab." Notable Pittsburghers Mayor Bill Peduto, Darieth Chisolm, Kevin Sousa and Holly Joy Gaines talk about their failures -- how they embraced it and how to learn from it. 

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Call it an impromptu folk club, like a private party in someone's living room. Burghsong is a 50-minute concert series showcasing contemporary songwriters.

Co-founder Ben Shannon said it was artists' attention to detail and word craft that first drew his devotion back in 2014. What began as a single, successful mini-festival grew into a collaboration with the Sunburst School of Music in Squirrel Hill.

 You survived Valentine's Day and the whole gang, WESA's Josh + Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh's Rachel, are here to tell you about the happenings here in Pittsburgh. It's going to be a busy weekend, so let's get to it! 

    Roses are red, violets are blue, let us help you find something to do.

WESA’s Josh and Sarah are joined by Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel to help you with your Valentine's Day activities.

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy is describing the late publisher of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Dick Scaife, as 2015's "most generous American."

The publication on Tuesday put the Mellon banking and oil heir atop its annual ranking of the 50 Americans who donated the most to charity.

In his will, Scaife left $759 million to two foundations and two art museums.

He died on July 4, 2014, but his will was not executed until last year.

    The whole gang is back together for this week’s Social Club. WESA’s Josh and Sarah are joined by Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel to discuss all the happenings in Pittsburgh.

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