Best Bets for the Weekend

Before I offer my weekend list of places to go and things to do, a big shout out to the students and staff at the Ellis School in Shadyside. The all-girls school hosted a “Cultural Jam” including students from several other schools. The message today was celebrate diversity. I was one of the speakers today and stressed diversity is not only about how we look, but also what we think and learning to co-exist despite diversity of opinion will be the key in the new millennium to maintaining social harmony among people of different races, creeds and genders.

With Rebecca Atkinson and diversity coordinator Madeleine Homayoonfar at the Ellis School.

 Now to the weekend best ….

The Tin Cafe, Homestead: The emergence of a revitalized Homestead continues along 8th avenue at the Tin Front Cafe. Inside, the cozy cafe offers a smoothie bar, a delicious vegetarian menu and a bar which has incorporated the  old back bar at famed Chiodo’s. I tried the butterscotch squash lasagna … and loved it!!! It’s still nice outside so please get out and enjoy the finished courtyard outback. It’s just across the tracks from the Waterfront … and well worth it.

Ti Kanaval: We have followed the McMutrie sisters as they brought 54 orphans from earthquake-ravaged Haiti in January. Ali and Jamie decided to go back and start another orphanage to help. Now, they have come home asking for your help. They are holding a fund-raiser/thank you party at Whim nightclub at Station Square Saturday night from 6-9pm. Live music, silent auction and a chance to meet the sisters and learn about the amazing things they are doing far from their Ben Avon routes.

“Unstoppable”: Are we really “Hollywood East” here in Pittsburgh. We will be for the next couple of weeks as three big budget films shot here hit the screen nationwide. First up, “Unstoppable“. Denzel Washington stars in this hit about a runaway train … and our own Mike Clark has a cameo that has this whole town talking. Might be a little too nice outside to sit in a theatre, so make it an evening trip.


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