By Rachel Booth
Whether you’re into music, art, food, fashion or family, we’ve covered all your bases this weekend and the week ahead. This week, Free & Affordable Pittsburgh brings you amazing events, including a FREE opera performance, a FREE guided tour at the Carnegie Museum of Art, delicious Fish Fries, a family friendly St. Patrick’s Day event, celebrity style for less, and a free all ages exhibit at the Frick. Learn more about these fun and affordable happenings in the ‘Burgh!
Pittsburgh Opera Brown Bag Concert
2425 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012
Hours: 12 p.m.
Price: Free To Attend
Not familiar with the Opera and wanna give it a try, or do you just LOVE Opera and can’t get enough, or are you somewhere in between? The Pittsburgh Opera hosts free Brown Bag concerts at their headquarters in the Strip district. The one-hour concerts feature their Resident Artists and their partners in the George Rowland White Opera Studio. Be sure to bring your lunch (hence the name, Brown Bag concert). The doors open at 11:30. Handicapped accessible parking is available in the Pittsburgh Opera Garage by reservation the day prior.
Date: Fridays During Lent
Hours: Varies depending on location, but anywhere between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Price: Many options are $9 or less for a full meal
It’s that time of year again – Fish Fry Season in Pittsburgh! Loads of churches, volunteer fire departments, and restaurants offer fried fish dinners and meals on Fridays during Lent. You don’t have to be observant of any religion to enjoy the amazing array of Fish Fries available to you this year. Pittsburgh Catholic composes a great list of Churches in the area participating, and our very own KDKA also publishes a comprehensive guide including Volunteer Fire Departments. Bistro To Go on East Ohio Street even offers “Baked” Crunchy Cod in case you want the fried taste without the fat. Either way, most of the offerings are quite affordable at around $6 for a sandwich and around $9 for a full meal with sides.
Culture Club at the Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Dates: Thursday, March 15, 2012
Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Free To Attend
On select Thursday evenings, the Carnegie Museum of Art hosts their Culture Club event, where you can converse in the galleries about art & life. Each month brings different topics and speakers. This month, Tina Kukielski, associate curator of the 2013 Carnegie International talks about what fascinates her in the collection. She will personally guide you through the galleries, discussing personal meanings she finds in the exhibits. This event is free (museum admission is normally $17.95) with a cash bar available, so it’s a great value too!
Dates: Saturday, March 10, 2012
Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: $5 at the door, kids 12 and under are free
Start your St. Patrick’s Day celebration a week early with live Irish music by Matthew Craig and Chriss Fetter, step dance performances by the Burke-Conroy School of Irish Dance, yummy Irish eats and drinks, and lots of family fun. There will be a children’s activity area, compliments of the Pittsburgh Irish Festival. You’ll also find vendors selling Irish wares on site, so you can prep for St. Patrick’s day. Admission proceeds benefit the Irish Partnership. There’s also free garage parking in the BkSq Garage.
CBS Local offers has great deals everyday, anywhere from 50-90% off the retail value. This week’s offer is $20 for the 2012 Enjoy Book. Enjoy book is a coupon book full of ‘half offs’ and ’2 for 1s’ to local restaurants, shows, recreation and services. Deals are listed by neighborhood and alphabetically, so you can find what you’re looking for quickly. This deal runs through Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Just purchase the CBS Local Offers Voucher and enter your name and shipping address to place your order. You can purchase up to four vouchers personally, and an unlimited number as gifts. Shipping is included in the voucher price, too!
Enjoy an engaging art exhibit at the Frick, with both adults and children in mind. In Arts & Culture, you’ll find ‘Draw Me A Story’: Story Time At The Frick Center. This exhibit explores a century in the history of children’s book illustration. While this is an engaging exhibit for adults, works are hung at a lower eye level, and stepstools are scattered throughout the exhibit to help the little ones enjoy as well. Admission to this exhibit is free!
It’s always great to find that amazing celebrity look for less, and this one is wearable by a variety of shapes and sizes. This week in Shopping & Style you’ll find Style Icon: Elle Macpherson’s Winter Look For Less In Pittsburgh. With this particular look, many of the elements can come right from your existing wardrobe, and supplemental pieces can be found at some of the great higher-end consignment shops around Pittsburgh.