Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation | (412) 235-7263 | info@pdcdc.org
100 Fifth Ave, Suite 614
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


124 Sixth St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15 222

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:
Recap Of Last Wednesday's Music Press Conference

There is a need for more music in Downtown Pittsburgh. Although there are a few venues, what is there is mostly jazz. After three years of working and meeting with local vendors and venues, the DowntownCDC is proud to announce nine more music venues here in Downtown to help promote local artists in our community. Inspired by a trip to New Orleans, DowntownCDC Executive Director, John Valentine plans to create an electronic music venue map to help show tourists and locals alike where to find live music and these new locations. The hope is, beyond promoting rising artists, to also unite all the wonderful organizations working to enhance Pittsburgh's music scene, overlooking territory and working to create a collaborative Pittsburgh music community.

These venues encompass a variety of different music tastes and styles, allowing for everyone to find something they enjoy. Some locations focus on bluegrass music, some singer/songwriter, and others still the louder electronic music. Several of these venues provide opportunities for Point Park University students especially to make a name for themselves without leaving the city. The lack of arenas in which to play music drives so many artists away, and this move will ideally be able to, as Valentine said, "start the process to become a music Mecca."

Another aspect of this initiative is The Female Revolution. This musical push will work to promote more female singers and songwriters in Downtown Pittsburgh, creating a more inclusive community of artists to paint a more accurate picture of how diverse Pittsburgh is. The performances in all the music venues will be filmed in order to attract even more attention to Pittsburgh's rising community of musicians.

Pittsburgh History & Landmark Foundation An Important Partner In Downtown's Growing Ambition

Founded in 1964 by a group of preservation-minded citizens, the Pittsburgh History & Landmark Foundation (PHLF) is on a mission to identify and save historically significant places within our region. They are chartered to work within 250 miles of Pittsburgh, but the mainly focus on communities in Western PA.

President of the PHLF, Arthur Zeigler discussed that "in term of number of programs, the PHLF is the largest preservation group in the U.S." The PHLF's preservation work takes on many forms. They are involved in easements and protecting buildings in the city of Pittsburgh, advocacy for preservation, educational programming, and lending.

"We are the only organization that is using Downtown for retail purposes and not food service. Our retailers are doing very well and are bringing good shoppers to the area" said Zeigler. The Director of Real Estate Development David Farkas explained that "the work we do Downtown is about both acquiring and restoring key commercial properties to show and demonstrate that there is a market for retail business there."

The PHLF currently has six retail tenant businesses in Downtown Pittsburgh: Heinz Healey's, Nettleton Shoes, Market Street Grocery, Boutique La Passerelle, Peter Lawrence, and Katie's Kandy. "We work with our retailers to get a sense of their sales annually and we've been seeing double-digit growth year after year" said Farkas. The six retailers are split between Market Street and Wood Street, the areas the PHLF are focused on growing to be retail centers.

"When we acquired retailers in Market Square it was an impetus that led to additional retail in that area which now function as a group and attract more people. The same is now happening on Wood Street too" explained Farkas. Zeigler also expressed that the Downtown area absolutely needs more retailers, but that they needed to be clustered in order to attract more people. "People who are shopping in a city want all buildings side-by-side and one shop after another; they want to be able to go to two or three similar stores in a small area to meet their needs" said Zeigler.

Zeigler explained that introducing more retailers has helped the area grow because "it has brought people back to Downtown that had previously given up when so many retailers had closed before. These retailers are servicing the people who live, work, and visit Downtown."

Operating since the 80s, the Landmarks Community Capital Corporation (LCC) is a non-profit subsidiary of the PHLF. "The loan program lends money to nonprofit and for-profit organizations, particularly in community areas that are low to moderate income. The money can be used to get good business going, but it is also for housing people" explained Zeigler. The loan program also services Downtown and can help retailers or building owners get things up and going.

The tagline of the PHLF is "renewing communities and building pride," which is fitting for the work they do for the community. The PHLF is an important partner in the shared ambition to make Downtown Pittsburgh an exciting destination for all. We look forward to seeing their continued work.

Gallery Crawl In The Cultural District
 
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust proudly opens the quarterly Gallery Crawl's 16th year with premiere visual art exhibitions, live music, comedy, and more. These 14 square city blocks look a lot different than they did in 2004. There's no better time to experience what's new in the Cultural District--Pittsburgh's vibrant center for culture, art, food, and community. 

It will be on Friday, January 25th in the Cultural District from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents
The Tempest
 
Pittsburgh Public Theater  is thrilled to begin 2019 with Marya Sea Kaminski's new adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. The play also marks Marya's directorial debut at The Public, where she has been Artistic Director since August. Starring acclaimed actressTamara Tunie as Prospero and a company of women, The Tempest runs January 24 - February 24, 2019 at the O'Reilly Theater,Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600, go to ppt.org, or visit the Box Office. The Tempest is Presented by PNC.

The Tempest  begins in silence in a patient's room on the surgical oncology floor of a Pittsburgh hospital. In the bed is Prospero, who is battling late-stage breast cancer. In Shakespeare's play Prospero is enraged because his brother and the king stole his dukedom. In Marya's version, the betrayal Prospero suffers is her family's abandonment during her illness. As Prospero begins to dream, both she and the audience are transported to a magical island where Shakespeare's story unfolds, but now with a new resonance.

After an incredible winter storm, we meet the residents of the island. Prospero's daughter Miranda (Kerry Warren), the sprite Ariel (Janelle Velasquez), the enslaved creature Caliban (Shammen McCune), and nymphs Ceres and Iris (Julia de Avilez Rocha and Emma Mercier). Shipwrecked during the storm are Prospero's deceptive sister Tonio (Rami Margron), Queen Alonso (Deena Aziz), her child Ferdinand (Rad Pereira), Alonso's sister Sebastian (Aryana Sedarati), and advisor Gonzalo (Laurie Klatscher). Also on board are the jester Trinculo (Jamie Agnello) and the clownish cook Stefano (Bethany Caputo). Members of the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus will sing and play the spirits of the island.

In addition to Marya's surprising story line, a lot happens on the island of The Tempest, much of it hilarious physical comedy and magic. But for Marya, Prospero's spiritual journey from betrayal to forgiveness is the heart of the play. Audiences will find it remarkable how well these feelings transpose from an exiled duke to a contemporary woman coming to terms with her fate. "These stories are not old and dusty," Marya says. "They are living."

The design team for The Tempest is L.B. Morse (Scenic and Projections), Nephelie Andonyadis (Costumes), Nicole Pearce (Lighting), and Andre Pluess (Sound and Original Music). Erika Chong Shuch is the Choreographer, Pamela Brusoski is the Production Stage Manager, and Phill Madore is the Assistant Stage Manager. Casting is by Pat McCorkle. Brandon J. Simmons is the Assistant Director.

Those who plan to attend will receive the special ticket price of $35 by visiting  PPT.ORG and using promo code PPTAHN or calling 412.316.8200 ext. 704.
Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents  The Tempest  January 24 - February 24, 2019
 
Photo Courtesy: Matt Polk
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Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar


Andys @ Fairmont Pittsburgh
Thursday, January 24 - Zero Ted - 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Friday, January 25 - Maria Becoates-Bey - 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, January 26 - DJ Malls Spins Vinyl - 5:00 p.m. -7:30 pm
Saturday, January 26 - Tania Grubbs - 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Backstage Bar
Friday, January 25 - House Band Daryl Shawn at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 26 - Rich Zabinski at 5:00 p.m.

Eddie V's 
Tuesday, January 22 - Symmetry - 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 23 - Mary Kay Riley - 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 24 - Reggie Watkins Quartet - 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday, January 25 - Alex Peck Trio - 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 26 - Maura Minteer Quartet - 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Nola on the Square 
Friday, January 25 - Rick Matt - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 26 - Olga Watkins Band 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, January 25 - Old Skool - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 26 - Billy The Kid & The Regulators - 9:00 p.m.

Rivers Club
Wednesday, January 23 - WNL ft. Jessica Lee & Friends  - 5:30 p.m.

Friday, January 25  - Live music from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 23 - 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.