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It's a sad day for the Social Club gang, this is our final episode. We're so grateful to everyone who's listened over the last few years and hope to share Pittsburgh happenings in a new format one day, too. 

So, for one last time, 90.5 WESA's Sarah Kovash, Josh Raulerson and Rachel Carlson of Yelp Pittsburgh fill you in on what's happening this weekend. 

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Get out your best green garb for the parade and St. Patrick’s Day parties this weekend. But before guzzling down some green beers, Social Club’s Sarah Kovash, Josh Raulerson and Rachel Carlson of Yelp Pittsburgh check out Pittsburgh Winery in the Strip District.

Syma Hajian joins us to talk about what’s new at the winery – and how they don’t actually make wine by stomping grapes with their feet (yes, she’s heard that “I Love Lucy” joke already).

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This week, WESA’s Sarah Kovash, Josh Raulerson and Rachel Carlson of Yelp Pittsburgh hang out at 21st Street Coffee and Tea in the Strip District. This weekend is full of dance parties, beer and … Harry Potter.

Kick off the weekend with Pittsburgh Beerfest at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. It runs Friday and Saturday and features beers from around the country, as well as local brews from Yellow Bridge, 412 Brewery, Arsenal Cider, Church Brew Works and more.

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It may be the middle of winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find anything fun to do! WESA’s Sarah Kovash, Josh Raulerson and Rachel Carlson of Yelp Pittsburgh have you covered for a weekend full of fashionable – and tropical outings.

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This weekend's gonna be weird. WESA's Sarah Kovash, Josh Raulerson of the PA Environmental Council and Yelp Pittsburgh's Rachel Carlson are back with the interesting ... things happening about town this weekend. 

If you just can’t wait for Groundhog Day next month, head to Penn Brewery Friday night! The *real* Punxsutawney Phil will be there, as well his namesake beer, Punxsutawney Philsner (yay puns!) While you’re there, try some of their dang good pierories.   

So, how does one move a large ship across land? That question has WESA’s Josh Raulerson, Sarah Kovash and Rachel Carlson of Yelp Pittsburgh stumped. Luckily, there’s plenty of stuff happening in the ‘Burgh this weekend, so you don’t have to spend all week on the couch googling the answer to that one.

 It’s an exciting week for Sarah, with her birthday coming up – even though she hates when her mom puts fresh strawberries in her favorite, fake-tasting Duncan Hines box cake mix! But what’s even more exciting is … Restaurant week!

There are so many options for Restaurant Week, how do you choose one? Good news, WESA’s Josh and Sarah, as well Rachel of Yelp Pittsburgh have lots of experience eating out and break it down for you.

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. 

The snow has finally melted and the temperatures have risen (albeit a little). So now it's time to brace the outside and find some good food and brews! WESA Digital Editor Sarah Kovash hosts this week, with Yelp Pittsburgh's Rachel Carlson. 

If you like drinking and learning, this Thursday night, head over to the Heinz History Center for Tipsy History. Sip on Wigle Whiskey and check out the Glass: Shattering Notions exhibit, focusing on Pittsburgh's glass-making history. 

  Did you make a new year’s resolution to go out more? Explore new parts of the city? Try something new? Well, you have come to the right place. Social Club lets you know all the fun happenings going on every week in Pittsburgh. This week, WESA’s Josh and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are joined by WESA’s Sarah Kovash.

 As 2015 comes to a close, we take a look back at some of our favorite eats and new restaurant and bar openings over the past year.

WESA Digital Editor Sarah Kovash hosts this week while Josh Raulerson is out.

Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh's Rachel Carlson recall some of their favorite culinary treats and adventures over the past year, including finding space at the bar at Tako and stuffing their faces with mushroom tacos (so good you'll forget how much you love meat!). 

The build-up of anticipation of Halloween finally comes to a peak this weekend! Pittsburgh has a spider web of events to choose from for you holiday celebration.

Friday, October 30th is the Chills, Thrills, and Gills party at the Pittsburgh Zoo at 8 PM. The Pittsburgh Zoo is partnering with the Scare House, so guests can get VIP RIP admission to the haunted house and its horrifying basement (if you dare). The zoo’s aquarium will host a DJ, and there will be snacks and a costume contest. The event is 21+.

    Have you picked your Halloween costume? Rachel is going to be “Pizza Rat” or “Sexy Pizza Rat” for Halloween. Rachel threw it out there, but Josh, maybe you could be Sexy Donald Trump?  …let’s move on….

This Friday is 21+ night at Carnegie Science Center with the theme Back to the Future. Fun fact, did you know October 2015 was the time Marty goes to the future in the second movie? Come for food, drinks and learn some science. Also, WHY DON'T WE HAVE HOVERBOARDS YET?

Brew Cinema at the Hollywood Theater benefits American Heart Association and Hollywood Theater. Come down Friday night and enjoy brews and the show. Grist House will be there and you can get all of this with a $10 ticket price

Science, Cinema and Sandwiches: Social Club June 19

Jun 18, 2015

In Rachel's opinion, the Urban Garden Party at the Mattress Factory is the social event of the year.

Rowhouse Cinema's one-year anniversary celebration features a marathon reprise of the year's most popular screenings.

21+ Night at the Carnegie Science Center is all about games.

Northside Sandwich Week is exactly what it sounds like.

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week - Social Club, April 17

Apr 16, 2015

 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    

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.  

Being Busy is So 2015: Social Club, Jan. 9

Jan 8, 2015

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. 

Social Club for the Weekend of Dec. 19

Dec 19, 2014

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

Social Club for the Weekend of Dec. 5

Dec 5, 2014

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

Social Club for the Weekend of Nov. 28

Nov 27, 2014

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

Social Club for the Weekend of Nov. 21

Nov 21, 2014

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

Social Club for the Weekend of Nov. 14

Nov 14, 2014

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.” 

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.”

This week, 90.5 WESA’s Josh and Yelp’s Rachel talk free things and beer this week, or as they put it: “We seem to have developed a theme here.” This week the Club features Oktoberfest in September, free stuff, the farm-to-table festival and racing wiener dogs. Listen for why, “I’ll be showing people around my private lounge where I sit around, you know, in my high-backed leather chair and smoke a pipe.”

Social Club for the Weekend of September 5th

Sep 5, 2014

The summer has begun to fade, but the Social Club keeps trucking on. 90.5 WESA’s Josh and Yelp’s Rachel have some great outdoor activities to help you take advantage of the warm weather while you still can. This week’s episode features pie of dubious nationality, foot wine and the revival of Tupperware sales. Listen in for why, “You’ve got to let the summer breathe a little bit."

The Social Club returns this week with a match made in heaven. 90.5 WESA's Josh and Yelp's Rachel discuss two of the finer things in life: beer and ice cream. This week the Club features animal behaviors, the Brew Gentlemen and all-you-can-eat ice cream. Listen in for why, "Times have never been better if you want to eat candy or junk food ... and also get a little buzzed."

90.5 WESA’s Josh and Yelp’s Rachel are back as The Social Club looks into the future. This time around, Rachel has some week-long and month-long events to keep you occupied long-term. Listen in for tips on yinzing ironically, unicycles and the importance of style.

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