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Alihan's is a family owned restaurant which brings the authentic taste of Turkey to Downtown. Alihan is not only the owner, but he is the head chef as well: using family recipes,  making sure all meals are prepared in a traditional way, from fresh ingredients, and of course, in healthy Mediterranean style. 

Come to experience the hospitality of a Turkish family who welcomes every guest with a smile and cares of every customer's needs. 
We are BYOB, so don't hesitate to bring a bottle of your favorite brand to accompany our fresh meals. 

We are open every day from 11am-11pm , Fridays and Saturdays until midnight , serving lunch specials, dinner, and brunch on weekends. Also, we offer kids' specials, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free menus.

In this Issue:
Romantic Downtown Restaurants For Valentine's Day

Are you looking for the perfect place to take your special someone to dinner this Valentine's Day? Look no further, because here are a few of perfectly romantic restaurants for you.

The Terrace Room
Located in the Omni William Penn Hotel at 530 William Penn Place, The Terrace Room offers guests an exceptional culinary experience in a beautiful dining room. This Valentine's Day they are offering their "Love is All You Need" menu, where you can look forward to items such as beef wellington, wild berry gelato, and chocolate covered strawberries. The meal will cost you $69 per person and will include complimentary champagne.

Roost, located at 242 Forbes Avenue, is the perfect place to celebrate a romantic Valentine's Day meal. You'll be seated above Market Square where you can bask in the romantic ambience of their amazing dining room. A three-course meal featuring Boston Strip Loin and Butter Poached Lobster is on the menu and their dessert options are just as mouth-watering-think chocolate cake or vanilla bean cheesecake. The meal will cost $120 per couple or $65 for an individual.

Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood
At Eddie Merlot's, located at 444 Liberty Avenue, you and your love can celebrate Valentine's Day in style. Their Valentine's Dinner features escargot, surf and turf, and an ultimate chocolate plate for two that will cost you around $130. If that isn't enough, you can also surprise your special someone with Eddie Merlot's Romance Package for $99, which includes a dozen roses and a half bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve Champagne that will be waiting at your table when you arrive.

Upcoming Wigs For Kids Fundraiser At Point Park University  

The upcoming Wigs for Kids charity event was started by 65 year-old grandmother Christina Wonnacott, who is a non-traditional first year student at Point Park University and also a Downtown resident. Wonnacott is a retired business owner, but she decided to return to school this year to be around people that inspire her.

Wonnacott explained that, although she had the first spark of inspiration, the Wigs for Kids event is a huge group effort and that it would not be successful without all the people helping and supporting her. "I'd rather give credit to the other people, because it was a collaborative effort. Everyone should be applauded" said Wonnacott.

The idea for the Wigs for Kids fundraiser was born at Cardamone's Salon while Wonnacott was brainstorming for a class assignment. Wonnacott then teamed up with fellow student Dylon Hartigan to create the event and plan a short film based off a script Wonnacott wrote.

The Wigs for Kids fundraiser is in partnership with Cardamone's Salon. Katie's Kandy, Pizza Fiesta, Bill and Walt's Hobby Shop, and Culinart Group are sponsoring the event. The fundraiser will take place on February 20 from 2-6 p.m. at Lawrence Hall on the Point Park University campus (201 Wood Street). The only prerequisites to participate are that you have a minimum of 12 inches of hair to donate, that your hair is clean and dry, and that it is not permanently color treated. However, even if you aren't donating hair, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the event.

Wonnacott also mentioned that they hope this Wigs for Kids fundraiser will become an annual event. "Wigs for Kids is the only organization that gives wigs to children for free. The fact that they do this service is amazing. The children that Wigs for Kids help have talked about how much of a difference it has made in their lives. That is the heart of this event. We want to help these children too" explained Wonnacott.

Interested parties can RSVP at their website:  https://wigsforkidsevent.wixsite.com/website.

The Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company Premieres Savior Samuel

On February 14th, 2019, The Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company will premiere Savior Samuel , a play written by Mark Clayton Southers. Southers, an acclaimed Pittsburgh writer and founder of the theatre company, was lauded for his 2016 play Miss Julie, Clarissa, and John, which explored themes of African-American life in the 19th-century United States. Continuing to explore these themes, Savior Samuel tells the story of an African-American family living in the midwest in 1877.

"It's interesting doing [historical] research," says Southers, "There's not a lot of stories of African-Americans in the 1800s that have been fully fleshed out. I want to represent the African-American past on stage."

The debut will coincide with the 15th-anniversary season of The Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company and will be directed by Monteze Freeland, 2017 Post-Gazette Performer of the Year. In the show, Southers says that the family experiences the unexpected, and "miraculous things happen."

"It's about lifting peace spiritually and emotionally," says Southers, "the audience [will] go on this journey with the cast and these characters. It will be a rewarding experience."

The show will run through March 16th on the fourth floor of the Trust Arts Education Center. Previews are available beginning February 8th. Tickets can be purchased at pghplaywrights.org.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Trust Cabaret Series 2018-2019 Season

The 2018-2019 TRUST Cabaret Series will feature performances in 2019 by Tony award winners and nominees, including:   

The Cooper Family | February 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. starring Lilli Cooper, Eddie Cooper, and Chuck Cooper:
The Cooper Family features Tony Award-winner Chuck Cooper, Lilli Cooper and Eddie Cooper. Chuck Cooper, is a veteran of 15 Broadway shows, and has performed on Broadway in every theatrical genre from Shakespeare to musical comedy. He won a Tony Award® for his performance in Cy Coleman's THE LIFE. His favorite role is Eddie, Alex and Lilli's father, and he is gratefully married to playwright Deborah Brevoort.

Lilli Cooper launched her Broadway career at just 16, starring as Martha in the first Broadway cast of SPRING AWAKENING. She recently starred on Broadway as Sandy Cheeks in the hit musical SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, and is the creator and star of the Glamour.com web-series "It's Not Okay, Cupid."

Eddie Cooper's most recent credits include THE NEW WORLD (Bucks County Playhouse), ASSASSINS, GOD BLESS YOU MR. ROSEWATER and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Encores! Off Center). Television credits include HBO's Emmy-nominated THE NIGHT OF, BANSHEE, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE and FOREVER. 
Ann Hampton Callaway & Amanda McBroom | March 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

One word most wonderfully describes this extraordinary evening featuring two of the cabaret world's leading singers and songwriters: Divalicious. Music divas Amanda McBroom and Ann Hampton Callaway celebrate classics from the Great American Songbook and also their own works. Pianist and acclaimed songwriter Michele Brourman accompanies the duo in this stunning show of song and storytelling.
Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp | April 8 (sold out);  April 9, 2019, 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Acoustically Speaking - A 20 Year Friendship
For the first time, Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp will celebrate 20 years of friendship and the iconic Tony Award-winning musical RENT in a special concert tour. "Acoustically Speaking - A 20 Year Friendship," is a new show featuring two Broadway giants, coming together to celebrate music, stories and their friendship.  
An intimate show, Adam & Anthony will deliver solo sets featuring both original tunes and songs that have influenced their lives, capped off by performing a few of the iconic hits from where it all began- meeting at RENT.  

Anthony currently stars in the second season of CBS's STAR TREK: DISCOVERY series.  Prior, he starred on Broadway in IF/THEN, as well as the national tour.  Adam returned to Broadway in 2017, starring in SOMETHING ROTTEN, followed by the National tour.  Prior, he returned to the Nederlander Theater starring in DISASTER. Both artists have continued to do their own solo concerts throughout the country.

TRUST Cabaret Series performances begin at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m.  Unless otherwise noted, single tickets range in price from $45-$65. Tickets for Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp start at $50.  All performances take place at the Greer Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh's CulturalDistrict. 

For information, please visit these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: call 412-456-6666, visit TrustArts.org/CabaretSeries, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. Groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930.  Food and beverages are available for purchase at the Greer Cabaret Theater. Enjoy fabulous entertainment, a great menu, delicious desserts, coffee and a full bar. Theater Square also offers convenient parking. Visit: www.ParkPgh.org

Joseph Orlando Clothiers Thriving At New Fourth & Wood Location
For 38 years, Joseph Orlando Clothiers has sold specialty men's clothing to the Pittsburgh community. After leaving their original storefront on Liberty Ave, the family-owned business now finds itself on the corner of Fourth Ave and Wood St. Owner Joe Orlando says that the move, which took place last May, was "a blessing in disguise."

"We went from being in the corner to on the corner," Orlando jokes. The new storefront offers greater accessibility and foot traffic than before, as well as beautiful architecture unique to the historic Wood St building. Thanks to Pittsburgh's convenient, walkable environment, the clothier was able to retain its existing customers while gaining more clientele at the new location. "You can go from one end of Pittsburgh to the other in a reasonable time frame," says Orlando, "[the move] was a win-win for us."

Though the benefits were ample for Joseph Orlando, the need to move represents a challenge faced by traditional retail stores. Despite decades of operation at the Liberty Ave location, a last-minute decision by an out-of-town landlord forced Orlando to seek other options. Still, Orlando knew that he would stay in Pittsburgh, and is confident in the value of a brick-and-mortar store in the age of online retail.

"There's a niche affiliated with brick-and-mortar stores," he says, "specialty stores like ourselves try to create an atmosphere pleasurable for customers" ... "we give them good service and do things that online purchases don't." From his vantage point at Fourth and Wood, Orlando sees the city flourishing with local businesses, from retail stores to restaurants to entertainment venues. He also sees enthusiastic residents interested in supporting their local businesses.

When asked about his outlook on the city's retail scene, Orlando expressed nothing but confidence. "The goal is for every part of Pittsburgh to be vibrant," he says, "[Downtown] has more life than it ever has. I see it only getting better."

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Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar

Andys @ Fairmont Pittsburgh
Thursday, February 7 - Chantel Joseph - 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Friday, February 8 - Dane Vannatter - 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, February 9 - DJ Malls Spins Vinyl - 5:00 p.m. -7:30 pm
Saturday, February 9 - Tania Grubbs - 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Backstage Bar
Friday, February 8 - House Band Daryl Shawn at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 9 - John Marcinizyn - Jazz Guitarist at 5:00 p.m.

Eddie V's 
Tuesday, February 5 - Symmetry - 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 6 - George Heid 3 - 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 7 - Reggie Watkins Quartet - 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday, February 8 - Alex Peck Trio - 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 9 - Ezra & The Reletivs - 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Nola on the Square 
Friday, February 8 - TBA - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 9 - TBA 8:00 p.m.

Howl at the Moon 
Live music on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at  8:00 p.m. and Fridays at  6:00 p.m. For more information, visit Howl at the Moon's website here .

Olive or Twist
Live music every  ThursdayFriday, and  Saturday at  9:00 p.m.

Redbeard's on Sixth
Billy Schneider live acoustic music every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Free JukeBox every Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Rivers Casino
Friday, February 8 - Totally 80s - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 9 - Artistree- 9:00 p.m.

Rivers Club
Wednesday, February 6 - WNL ft. Tubby Daniels & Band  - 5:30 p.m.

Friday, February 8  - Live music from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 6 - Bluegrass Jam ft. Shelf Life String Band - 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Downtown Events this Week:

Check out our Downtown CDC Website for this week's events. Don't miss out on what is happening in your area! For more information and events, click here.

Ongoing Events
Pittsburgh Improv Jam, Cabaret at Theater Square, Thursdays at 10:00 p.m.
Worth New York and W by Worth collections for women sizes 00-20 in The Diamond Building. Text style strategist Bear Brandegee for your appointment at 412-877-0464.

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An enticing menu comprised of Vallozzi family traditions such as homemade pastas (including Helen's gnocchi) and the pizza that made them famous, as well as fresh steaks and seafood. The menu also boasts a number of Italian meats and cheeses flown in from Italy weekly and served from their 'Fresh Mozzarella' bar.