Grammy-winning vocalist Nancy Wilson said, “The space provides the intimacy of a living room with the acoustics of a great concert hall.” A jazz show at this venue is only performers and instruments. Find yourself in the middle of the next Grammy-winning jazz record, as MCG often records its live concerts for release on its private label, which has nine Grammy nominations and five wins.
Visit Famous Movie Sets
Famous movies that use Steel City as the background for certain scenes include Silence of the Lambs, Night of the Living Dead, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Dawn of the Dead, The Dark Knight Rises, Inspector Gadget, and Flashdance.
Explore the future at the Robot Hall of Fame
This record-holding exhibition showcases fictional and real automatons within roboworld® of the Carnegie Science Center. According to Atlas Obscura, a quartet of robots is chosen by a selected jury and ballot submissions from the general public.
Prestigious honorees include science-fiction icons Star Wars’ C-3PO, Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Disney’s WALL-E. Realistic creations include Boston Dynamics creation BigDog and the Roomba.
Walk through Randyland
In the Central North Side of Pittsburgh, a “big, splashy, colorful abode with ephemera affixed to its yellow brick walls” is the home of artist Randy Gilson, the creator of Randyland. Since the 1980s, he revitalized what locals call the happiest space in the city, “combining neighborhood cleanup efforts with public art projects,” according to Pittsburgh Magazine.
Kayak to Brunot Island
Brunot Island, a 129-acre isle that’s connected to the city by a single railway/pedestrian bridge, is a 30-minute paddle ride from Kayak Pittsburgh. Trade glances with a whitetail deer or take in the history of this former farming homestead of Lewis and Clark.
Complete the Dirty Dozen
an annual bike race that begin in 1983 and is held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Riders converge on the Bud Harris Cycling Track along Washington Boulevard in Highland Park at 10 a.m.
From there, bicyclists tackle Steel City’s toughest streets, including Guyasuta, Ravine, Rialto, and Tesla. The Dirty Dozen is steep enough to steer away even the strongest riders, but the challenge is a can’t-miss chance for a post-turkey day workout.
Get weird at Trundle Manor: House of Oddities
In the neighborhood of Swissvale, this house looks like its neighbors with the exception of the coffins on the porch. Inside are true obscurities, including collections of vintage taxidermy, such as “rat bird” and “pigeon shark”; “dead things in jars”; gas masks; and animal skulls.
Inspire others at the City of Asylum
According to Made In PGH, the City of Asylum is “a nonprofit that provides a broad range of free literary and arts programs to the community, including residency for exiled writers and Sampsonia Way online magazine, all of which encourage cross-cultural exchange.”
This inspiring small “city” is a writer’s residence and sanctuary for scribes who were persecuted in their home countries. Stop by the House Poem, another home purchased and converted into an artists’ asylum, on Pittsburgh’s North Side.
Question everything at the Center for PostNatural History
Of Pittsburgh’s strange museums, the Center for PostNatural History in the Garfield neighborhood clears the top. As the world’s only museum dedicated to plants and animals that were purposefully altered by mankind, specimens include a “biosteel” goat and the domestication of the dinosaur.