Free and Affordable Pittsburgh for 1/19: Downtown on a Dime

January 18, 2012 6:00 AM

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By Rachel Booth

Okay, so all the holiday fun has ended, but that doesn’t mean you have to slow down! On this week’s Free & Affordable Pittsburgh segment on Pittsburgh Today Live, we’re talking about some fabulously fun & affordable things you can do Downtown on a dime, including free Salsa dancing lessons, live jazz, tunes with networking and more! Learn a bit more about each of the things mentioned on this week’s show!

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Salsa Mondays at Seviche

Monday evenings
Hours: Lesson at 9pm, music following until 2am
Price: No cover

Have you ever wanted to learn Salsa dancing? Now that the cold Pittsburgh winter is setting in, why not try this red-hot dance! Seviche offers a free Salsa dancing lesson care of Salsa Pittsburgh on Monday nights at 9pm. The Latin tapas bar sets the mood. Lessons usually last from 30 minutes to an hour, but the dancing and music continues afterward until 2am.

JazzLive at the Backstage Bar

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Tuesday evenings
Hours: Shows at 5pm and 8pm
Price: No cover

Every Tuesday, BNY Mellon sponsors a FREE Jazz concert at the Backstage Bar. During warmer months, the concert is held outdoors on Katz Plaza. This Tuesday at 5, enjoy music by home grown national jazz keyboardist, composer and producer Max Leake, who has been recording, composing, arranging and performing for 27 years with jazz greats like Roger Humphries, Dwayne Dolphin, Jo Negri, Al Dowe, Etta Cox and others. Jazz musician, composer and historian Nelson Harrison goes on at 8, and has composed more than 400 original compositions, including movie scores and soundtracks. He also invented the instrument, the Trombetto!

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Entrepreneurial Thursdays

Thursdays Evenings
Hours: Doors open at 5:30
Price: $5

The entrepreneurial spirit in Pittsburgh abounds, and this particular weekly event brings together entrepreneurs, financing sources, community leaders, and other business owners in a fun, relaxed environment. It’s a Jazz & Blues happy hour show for the business community. Next Thursday, it’s all about collaboration among community development groups. Doors open at 5:30, first set of live music & networking is from 6 to 6:40, open-mic interviews with featured panelists are from 6:40 until 7, and then enjoy a second set of live music and networking from 7 to 8.

CBS Local Offers

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CBS Pittsburgh offers great deals everyday, anywhere from 50-90% off the retail value. Right now, you can take advantage of 50% of at the Bagel Factory in either Squirrel Hill or Shadyside! You pay $10, and you get $20 worth of freshly baked bagels, trimmings, spreadables and more. Now is the time to indulge in that fancy cream cheese and lox! These deals are limited in both time and quantity, so don’t delay. You’ll be able to find all the details on CBS Pittsburgh’s website.

What We’re Talking About In Best Of

Look like a celebrity for lots less! This week in Shopping & Style, take a look at Style Icon Victoria Beckham: Celebrity Winter Look for Less in Pittsburgh. Find tips and tricks to re-create this fun, trendy and posh (no pun intended!) winter outfit for significantly less money than the original!

Looking for a great activity to beat the post holiday blahs? Why not try ice skating! It’s an affordable way for couples, families and friends to connect and get a bit of exercise in the crisp winter air (or indoors as well). In Travel & Outdoors, you’ll find a great guide of local places to take to the ice, and at $7 or less, it’s an affordable winter pastime you won’t want to miss. Pittsburgh has loads of options for you to choose from!

Heather Walsh and Rachel Booth are the bargainistas behind Living, Pittsburgh’s go-to bargain website for free, affordable & discounted events, activities, products & services. Visit Living Pittsburgh for even more great ‘Burgh bargains!

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