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Christopher Heinz — heir to the famous ketchup fortune, son of a senator and stepson of a secretary of state — will move to Pittsburgh from New York City by fall 2016.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday that the 42-year-old investment advisor is house-shopping in the East End for himself, his wife and their children, ages 5 and 2.

Heinz told the newspaper that he wanted “a better life for my kids” in a city that “offers a lot of what I’m interested in: a financial sector, a nonprofit sector and great sports.”

Heinz was born and raised primarily in Washington D.C. where his father, H. John Heinz III, served as a congressman and U.S. senator for 20 years until his death in a small aircraft crash in 1991. Sen. Heinz was a noted philanthropist and environmentalist who played a leading role in bringing the Andy Warhol Museum to Pittsburgh. Chris Heinz’s mother, Teresa, later married John Kerry, a former U.S. senator who became U.S. Secretary of State in 2013. Both mother and sons were active campaigners during Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid.

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The Heinz History Center in the Strip District is just one regional venue where the ketchup-making family’s philanthropic legacy continues.

Chris Heinz and his brothers spent summers at Rosemont, the family estate in Fox Chapel (which played host to Michelle Obama and other international leaders’ spouses during the 2009 G-20 summit here). He visits frequently for meetings of The Heinz Endowments, one of the family’s charitable foundations. (Learn more about Chris Heinz in the P-G story here.)

In Pittsburgh as everywhere, the Heinz name is synonymous with ketchup. But through philanthropy, the family’s name has made a mark throughout the community, including the nearly-hundred-year-old concert hall that was saved from the wrecking ball in the late 1960s by preservationists and funders lead by H.J. “Jack” Heinz II (Chris’s grandfather). Jack Heinz helped drive creation of what is now called the Cultural District, a once-blighted area downtown Pittsburgh between Liberty Avenue and the Allegheny River. A generation later, it’s recognized by economic development experts worldwide for having set the stage for rehabilitation of the city core and providing vitality that draws visitors, inventive restaurateurs and, increasingly, residents.

Other examples of the family legacy include the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District (a Smithsonian affiliate), the public policy college at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh’s memorial chapel – a highly sought-after venue for weddings of Pitt alumni. Visible from North Side highways just up the Allegheny River from Heinz Field are several of the original factory buildings dating from 1912 that are now luxury loft apartments, as well as the original Sarah Heinz House, a Boys & Girls Club.

H.J. Heinz began with a horseradish recipe in 1869 in Sharpsburg, about five miles northeast of downtown. (Ketchup came along seven years later, according to the Heinz website.) The headquarters has been in Pittsburgh since soon after the company’s founding, although most of its local food production has been sold to other companies for more than a decade.

Pittsburgh is home to about 800 local employees of today’s Kraft Heinz Company, which resulted from the July merger with Chicago-based Kraft Food Group. The Heinz family is not involved in the business; Teresa Heinz Kerry sold most of her inherited stock in the mid-1990s.

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Congratulations to ImaginePittsburgh.com sponsor PITT OHIO, which earned top honors in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s annual ranking of best places to work in the region. That’s good news for job seekers, because the family-run company is actively seeking men and women for one of the most high-demand jobs in the Pittsburgh region. (More on that below.)

PittOhio_IPFeaturePITT OHIO was ranked the No. 1 place to work among large Pittsburgh region companies (more than 400 employees), while CEO Charles “Chuck” Hammel was named top leader in the large-company category for the second time.

The Post-Gazette’s survey partner, WorkplaceDynamics, invited 1,401 Pittsburgh area companies to participate and received completed, confidential surveys from nearly 16,000 employees at 126 organizations. The survey’s 22 questions measured seven factors, three of which addressed how they feel about their day-to-day job.

Participating PITT OHIO employees noted: “I have the latitude and flexibility to get my job done;” “a very professional, caring organization;” “they are friendly, open-minded, flexible and honest.”

It’s rewarding for PITT OHIO to be held in high esteem by its workforce, said Executive Vice President Geoff Muessig. “Excellent customer service is a prerequisite for success in our business and high employee morale is a prerequisite for excellent customer service.”

The Strip District-based trucking company was founded in 1979, specializing in hauling less than full truckloads of goods across the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. It has since expanded to handling supply chain needs of other businesses and delivering packages across North America, employing 567 people across the Pittsburgh region.

PITT OHIO has several immediate openings for commercial truck drivers – the most in-demand job in the Pittsburgh region – as well as for mechanics and dockworkers. It is also seeking business system analysts and other office-based jobs, and offers internships with hands-on experience in a range of jobs across the company. Its postings listings tout competitive wages and 100 percent employer-paid medical insurance.

Overall in the Pittsburgh region, employees surveyed indicated that organization health was the most important issue for them. Pay and benefits were lowest among the seven factors. WorkplaceDynamics’ website called that unsurprising: “Time and time again, [our] research has shown paying more money does not make a bad workplace better.

“What really motivates employees is feeling they are part of a company that is going places. This means an organization that sets a clear direction for its future and how it conducts itself; executes well and has a culture of high performance; and creates a strong connection between employees and the company by showing appreciation and by bringing meaning to work.”

You can learn more about WorkplaceDynamics methodology and findings here, and read the Pittsburgh-related results here.

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Before you even step foot into one of these places you know what to expect. You’ll order some eggs, toast and grilled breakfast meats from a sweet, no-nonsense woman who will probably call you “hun.” The local news might be on the TV somewhere, hopefully muted, to allow for polite conversation with the person seated at the stool beside you. Something like, “Can you believe that guy stole that kid’s puck?”  The food will come out steaming hot but you’ll still eat it right away, because who can resist?

In some ways, each of these places is like a good dive bar: cheap, clean, and convivial. (Or in Nadine’s case, it actually is a dive bar.) Each diner has been around for at least ten years, yet they’re still off the beaten path. We wanted to include lesser-known locales, which is why we didn’t include Pamela’s, Ritter’s, Dor-Stop, Kelly O’s, Deluca’s, or similarly popular establishments, no matter how deliciously crepe-like their pancakes may be.

Gab & Eat

1073 Washington Ave., Carnegie

Mon-Fri, 6-2:30; Sat, 6-12:45; Sun, 7-12:45. Cash Only

gab and eatTucked between a barber and a laundromat in a nondescript shopping plaza in Carnegie sits the 33 year-old Gab & Eat, helmed for the past 16 years by proprietors Susan Smith and Karie Goedert, who also expanded the business into catering. Today, Goedert has her hands full with her egg cook, Harry Briggs. The 72 year-old Briggs can’t help but needle the attentive waitstaff: “It’s a great place to eat so long as you bring your own waitress,” he says. “I should charge admission for the show,” laughs Goedert. She says that regulars go for the stools closest to the egg station, just to hear Briggs hold court.

The menu boasts fifteen different omelets, and the burgers come on buns from Mike & Dave’s Italian Bread Place in nearby Crafton, though I prefer the burger on Texas Toast. The sausage is made fresh in-house, the patties formed and cooked to order under a grill press. Just don’t eat too many of the fresh-cut fries. “When they eat those up I gotta go make more,” says Briggs. “It’s elder abuse! They abuse senior citizens here. Make sure you put that in your article.” (Goedert was quick to add that Gab & Eat does not abuse any of their employees, old or young.)

 

Nadine’s

19 S 27th St., South Side

Mon-Fri, 6-11; Sat, 9-1; Sun, 10-1. (Lunch served until 4 pm. Bar/kitchen open late.)

“We’re the number one dive,” says Nadine Voelker, namesake of Nadine’s Bar and Restaurant, now in its 14th year. And honestly, what could be more quintessentially South Side than a hybrid dive bar and diner? My companion and I sat at the bar/countertop, our food cooking on the flat top on the other side. Before long the place was packed, regulars sipping coffee and reading the paper next to nurses in scrubs drinking Bloody Marys and mimosas. (“They just got off work,” says Nadine. “They’re not alcoholics.”)

A signed poster of Guy Fieri beams down from the wall – “Killa roast beef and gravy,” says Guy – evidence of Nadine’s turn on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, in 2008. There’s about a dozen breakfast options on the menu and another dozen lunch entrees. Nadine says to come later in the day for her homemade dinner specials, like meatloaf, casseroles and stuffed peppers. And perhaps best of all in the crowded South Side: Nadine’s has a parking lot.

Cheeseburger and homemade potato salad at O'Leary's. BC Photo.
Cheeseburger and homemade potato salad at O’Leary’s. Photo by Brian Conway.

 

O’Leary’s

1412 E. Carson St., South Side

Open every day 7-1:30. Cash only.

Next to Mike and Tony’s Gyros in the heart of East Carson Street is an unassuming, 26-year-old diner run by Cheryl O’Leary and staffed entirely by family. “Make sure you say I’m the younger sister,” says younger sister Kathy O’Leary, who runs the grill and makes the homemade soups and stews. “I’ve quit like 35 times by now but I keep coming back,” jokes Cheryl, whose son buses tables.

“They’re like aunt figures to me,” says regular customer Jared Littler. “I don’t need a menu; they already know my order. They take care of me here.” One of the ways the O’Leary’s takes care of customers is with enormous portions. Ham comes sliced off the bone, and all the ingredients come fresh and local from the Strip District. Cheryl says that the omelets and french toast are among the most popular items. There’s also a Li’l Yinzers menu for kids under 10. “We have awesome customers,” says Cheryl, beaming with pride.

Mullin’s Diner. BC Photo.

Mullin’s Diner

876 Progress St., North Side

Mon-Sat, 6-2; Sun, 7-2.

I’m still not sure if Mullin’s is a bar or not. The green, shamrock-dazzled awning and neon beer signs should be a dead giveaway, but as Nadine’s taught me designations can be fluid. Regardless, you can definitely still order a beer with your breakfast at Mullin’s. I was seated at the counter when one patron came in and ordered an Iron City. After a minute, he asked the waitress if Patsy had been in yet. “He just left,” she said, and another waitress told the man he looked familiar. “You know him”, said the first waitress to the second, “that’s Ray-Ray’s brother.”

“Anyone who is from the North Side has eaten here at some point in their lives,” the waitress told me. Funny enough, Mullin’s actually was a bar until the mid-80s, when a flood destroyed the business and owners Jimmy and Kim Mullin transformed the place into a diner. Jimmy was a Teamster and a truck driver at the nearby Heinz plant, and the rest of the Teamsters would come by on their lunch break. All the standard breakfast fare is available, as well as sandwiches, hoagies, and homemade soup. A 1/3-pound burger costs less than $5, and the ground chuck comes from Tom Friday’s Market in Brighton Heights.

Eggs-R-Us

2350 Noblestown Rd #13, Westwood/Crafton

Open every day 6-3

Eggs-R-Us goes through approximately 200,000 eggs a year, which averages to about 550 eggs a day. Even for a busy diner that sounds like a lot, until you consider that portions at Eggs-R-Us are enormous. My companion ordered the mixed grill – four eggs, ham, potatoes, peppers, onions, and toast for just over $7 — while I got the french toast breakfast sandwich for about $5.50. Both of us ate the leftovers for breakfast the next day. “Everybody is a regular,” says Lisa Pasqualino, who runs the 10-year-old diner with husband John. “Some people I don’t even ask them their order.” The interior is homey and the menu expansive, with burgers, wraps and salads accompanying breakfast staples that include omelets, country fried steak and homemade hash.

Johnny’s Diner. Photo by Brian Conway.

Johnny’s Diner. BC photo.

Johnny’s Diner (formerly Pip’s)

1900 Woodville Ave., West End

Mon-Fri, 6-3. Sat-Sun, 7-1.

No one at Johnny’s was quite sure when it first opened. “Since at least 1962,” the waitress told me. [Update: a reader informs us that Johnny’s opened in 1945, in a retired trolley car from West Liberty Avenue.] Johnny’s has been Johnny’s since 2010. Before that it was Pip’s, and before that Irene’s. The man next to me at the counter, George Datz, told me he used to come to Pip’s in the early ’90s, when he worked for US Air, and that the food at Johnny’s is just as good as it was back then. The wait staff could tell me everything I wanted to know about the provenance of my food, that the sausage in my breakfast sandwich came from Ricci’s in McKees Rocks, and that their bacon and ground beef comes from Tom Friday’s Market in Brighton Heights. “We like to keep it local,” they said.

Some customers lingered to chat and read the paper while others were in and out in 15 minutes. Back when it was Pip’s, the diner was featured in Rick Sebak’s Pennsylvania Diners & Other Roadside Restaurants. Occasionally the show will re-air and the staff will only find out next weekend when they’re slammed with customers. And yes, they still make the same mushroom soup that was featured in the documentary.

Markie Maraugha slices into her homemade sweet potato pie. BC Photo.

Nancy’s East End Diner

616 South Ave, Wilkinsburg

Tue-Fri, 7:30-3. Sat, 8-3; Sun, 9-3.

Nancy’s reopened its doors under new ownership in February of this year, keeping the name of its original owner, Nancy Bielicki, who passed away from cancer in early 2015. The menu has changed but the decor has not, maintaining the retro vibe that’s been untouched since Nancy’s first moved to its current location in Wilkinsburg in 1980. Co-owner Greg Stocke said that the community has been “very welcoming,” and that regulars of the original haven’t been afraid to provide feedback. For example, a local police detective said he’d only come back when he could get grits on the menu. (A bowl goes for $2.50.)

In addition to diner classics like burgers (meat from DeeJay’s in Bloomfield), eggs (from Seibel’s Family Farm in Clinton), and french toast (challah bread from Wood Street Bread Company around the corner), there are also a few non-traditional diner items, like hummus, and a grilled Havarti and apple sandwich that was Stocke’s favorite at Quiet Storm (RIP).  In my estimation, the coffee (from Fortunes in the Strip) is best enjoyed with a slice of sweet potato pie, homemade by co-owner Markie Maraugha. There are even Leona’s ice cream sandwiches available for takeout. While you’re at it, check out this music video shot on site by local musician MaVe Sami.

Don’s Diner

1729 Eckert St, North Side

Tues-Fri, 5:30-1; Sat, 7-11:30.

The shirts worn by the staff at Don’s Diner say “best-kept secret in the Burgh,” and you won’t hear me argue against them. Opened in 1995, Don’s is tucked back in a hollow in Woods Run, literally underneath Route 65, a few blocks away from Western Penitentiary. The walls are lined with seasonal decorations and black and white historic photos of Pittsburgh. If upon your first visit it seems familiar inside Don’s, it might be because the movie Warrior filmed scenes there. Or maybe it’s because Marcie, Don’s daughter, treats everyone like family, greeting every customer with a “hun” or “darling” as soon as they enter.

Aside from a few salads, the menu consists of grilled burgers, sandwiches, and omelets. I went for the “Wet Judy,” a breakfast sandwich of Sebak-ian proportions comprised of sausage or bacon, hash browns, two dippy eggs, and American cheese stacked precariously between two huge pieces of toast. Unless you can unhinge your jaw and eat it in one bite, you will need extra napkins. It should come with a bib with a little picture of a Wet Judy on it.

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little nav imageAre you new to Pittsburgh? Are you new to the United States? Are you looking for ways to succeed in the region as an immigrant or refugee? Are you trying to understand the new system and lifestyle? If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider attending the free, first-ever Navigating Pittsburgh Summit on from 9 a.m .to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District.

Those who have recently moved to the area, especially refugees and immigrants from medium to low-income, are invited to register and attend this event in order to acclimate themselves to their new home. In order to accommodate the language needs of refugees and immigrants, workshops will be interpreted into Nepali, Portuguese, and Spanish. Attendees are asked to pre-register on the Navigating Pittsburgh website. Transportation shuttles will be available from several neighborhoods. Free refreshments and child care will also be offered.

The day-long event will feature workshops on several topics focused on five main pillars: civic knowledge, education, financial capability, health and wellness, and community engagement. Local professionals from both the public and private sectors will present on the areas of their expertise and answer questions. Attendees will also be able to speak directly to representatives from several local resources, such as the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Consumer Health Coalition and agencies participating in the Immigrant Service and Connections (ISAC) program. “This event was created with the needs of immigrants and newcomers in mind. It also demonstrates the commitment of organizations and affinity groups in the region, to welcome immigrants and help them succeed,” said Jesabel Rivera-Guerra, chair of Navigating Pittsburgh.

After identifying the need for newcomers across the board, a collaborative, centralized event for new arrivals to the area to connect to a wide array of needs was born. Navigating Pittsburgh was created by board members of Casa San Jose, a social service agency that works with Latino immigrants. “Navigating Pittsburgh is a concrete expression of welcoming those who are new to our region and providing them with tools to promote their integration and self-sufficiency,” said Sister Janice Vanderneck, executive director of Casa San José. Donations will benefit the work of Casa San Jose.

This event at the Heinz History Center will be a unique opportunity to discover Pittsburgh while you connect with key people that will help you transform from a newcomer to a successful contributor to the community, and to achieve your goals – whatever they may be. Learn more at NavigatingPgh.com.

Thanks to our valued sponsors and collaborators, including: 

Vibrant Pittsburgh / Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Casa San José / Latin American Cultural Union / 

Highmark BCBS / Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project / PPG Paints

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When Point Park University envisioned the future for its School of Communication, a key objective was to create a state-of-the-art learning center where students could merge their energy, talent and ambition.

The school’s Center for Media Innovation at the corner of Wood Street and Third Avenue, Downtown will do just that.

“The media industry has evolved from individual labels such as print and television into a massive multimedia effort that requires knowledge and expertise in all disciplines,” said Point Park University President Paul Hennigan. “This is an innovative incubator and collaborative space that brings together a cohesive, interactive strategy to education, while simultaneously engaging a Downtown audience.”

Rendering courtesy of Point Park University
Rendering courtesy of Point Park University

The 4,000-square-foot center, designed by Pittsburgh-based GBBN Architects, will feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls, flat-screen televisions and a digital ticker will offer a New York City-style media hub where passersby can be entertained and informed as students learn their craft.

“Point Park prides itself on offering a real-world, career-focused educational experience,” Hennigan said. “The Center for Media Innovation will play a key role in the University’s mission to teach students to be entrepreneurs and to embrace technological change, while adding another vibrant corner to the important Wood Street corridor.”

When complete in 2016, will afford students access to the latest technology. The center will feature:

  • Television and radio broadcast studios. The TV studio will include a green screen, industry-specific lighting, and state-of-the-art high-definition cameras. A radio broadcast booth will share a common control room. Both broadcast areas will be self-contained modules with high-visibility glass walls for a “fishbowl” studio experience.
  • Photo studio. The studio will feature high ceilings and light control for the best possible shooting environment.
  • Multimedia newsroom. Reporting and multimedia storytelling, along with graphics production, social media, and website and page layout can be conducted through multiple courses in this high-tech smart classroom.
  • Transformational presentation and gallery space. The center will open into an event space for networking and educational sessions with newsmakers and industry leaders. The same area also can be used as a photo gallery, offering another space for students to showcase their work.

Also featured in the center will be café-style work stations for editing, reporting and design situated throughout the facility and open to students for class projects, the Point Park News Service, Wood Street Communications, and student publications such as The Globe, the weekly student-run newspaper, and The Pioneer, a classroom-based digital magazine.

The center will act as a critical educational complement to Point Park’s Academic Village Initiative, the multi-block living and learning hub that has helped to transform the urban center into a vibrant place to learn, work, live and play.

Construction will cost $2.5 million to build and is made possible, in part, with a grant from the Allegheny Foundation and sponsorship of Trib Total Media, a multimedia network that publishes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and six other daily newspapers, 24 weekly newspapers, the Pennysaver and shoppers, the news site TribLIVE.com and various niche magazines, websites and targeted direct mail to reach more than 1.2 million readers western Pennsylvania readers each week.

Richard M. Scaife, the late owner of Trib Total Media, was deeply committed to journalism and its essential role in American life, said Allegheny Foundation Chairman Matt Groll.

“Dick always said he wanted to find ways to help build journalism, not just through the Trib and his other papers, but through the education of future journalists,” said Groll, who succeeded Scaife as head of the foundation in 2014. “This partnership is a perfect opportunity for us to do that with one of his two foundations. It is especially exciting because Point Park’s program is here in Pittsburgh.”

Founded in 1960, Point Park enrolls nearly 4,000 full- and part-time students in more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs offered through the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Communication and Conservatory of Performing Arts.

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Luna. Photo by Stefano Giovannini.Luna. Photo by Stefano Giovannini.

Southern rap and Southern rock. Northwest grunge, and a boatload of local bands. Don’t forget some Layer Cake for dessert.

Lee Bains III and Glory Fires. Photo by Wes Frazer.

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires

Thursday, October 1. 10 p.m.

Smiling Moose – 1306 East Carson Street

$10

Sometimes, you just wanna rock. Forget the synths, kick out the jams, and start melting faces. Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires give listeners that unmistakable southern rock sound blended with a snarling punk ferocity. The band are touring in support of Dereconstructed, their second album and first on the Sub Pop label. Rounding out the bill are Nashville’s Pujol and Jay Wiley, frontman for Pittsburgh’s The Hawkeyes.

Layer Cake. Poster by Joe Mruk.

Layer Cake. Poster by Joe Mruk.

Layer Cake – Music & Art Festival

Saturday, October 3. 1 p.m. – 2 a.m.

James Street Gastropub – 422 Foreland St.

$15 adv./ $20 d.o.s.

Always wanted to get into the local music scene, but weren’t sure where to start? Check out dozens of local musicians spread out over three stages at the inaugural Layer Cake. Presented by local promoter Ziggy Sawdust, the lineup boasts over 35 bands, a dozen live painters and a comedian hosting each of the three stages. Check out the glorious Joe Mruk poster for the full lineup. Go for even an hour and you’re guaranteed to find something you like.

MC Lyte. Photo courtesy the artist.

MC Lyte. Photo courtesy the artist.

MC Lyte – VIA Main Event

Saturday, October 3. 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Spirit Lounge – 242 51st St.

$30

Legendary Brooklyn rapper MC Lyte headlines VIA 2015’s main event. Not only was Lyte was the first female rapper to release a full-length album, with 1988’s Lyte as a Rock, she was also first female solo rapper ever nominated for a Grammy. She’ll be performing as a legacy artist at VIA, with visuals provided by Mexico City’s Alfredo Salazar-Caro. Lyte just recently released her first album in 12 years, Legend. The album was available for one day only, on Record Store Day 2015, and only on vinyl. But you’re in luck: the only other place to score a copy is at one of her shows.

3 Hour Tour. Poster by Aaron Shafer.

3 Hour Tour. Poster by Aaron Shafer.

3 Hour Tour

Sunday, October 4. 1:30 p.m.

Gateway Clipper – 350 W Station Square Dr.

$22

A typical one-hour riverboat sightseeing tour of Pittsburgh runs $20. Plunk down an extra Jefferson and spend three hours on the Gateway Clipper’s “Princess” riverboat partying with some of Pittsburgh’s finer musical acts at the third annual 3 Hour Tour. Performing will be local indie rockers Wreck Loose, The Commonheart, Round Black Ghosts and Paul Luc. And if we’ve learned anything from T-Pain, it’s that everything is better on a boat:

 

 

 

Strange Wilds

Tuesday, October 13. 8 p.m.

Spirit Lounge – 242 51st St.

$8 adv./ $10 d.o.s.

Olympia is 60 miles southwest of Seattle, birthplace of Riot Grrl, and the final resting place of Kurt Cobain, whose ashes were scattered in a creek there in 1994. (It was where Cobain “had found his true artistic muse,” or so says Charles Cross.) That’s where this band is from. Strange Wilds is a noisy, raucous, sneering punk rock trio who will spit you up and chew you out   that would put them right at home with rest of the late ’80s – early ’90s Seattle grunge scene. They signed to Sub Pop on the strength of just one EP:

 

 

Luna

Wednesday, October 14. 8 p.m.

The Andy Warhol Museum – 117 Sandusky St.

Sold Out

Is it too early to call Luna the official house band of the Andy Warhol Museum? Dean Wareham & co. played a free show in the museum’s parking lot back in 2000, as part of a street bazaar celebrating the cultural underground’s influence on Warhol. Years later, the museum commissioned Dean & Britta to compose songs for a series Andy’s screen tests, which premiered at the Byham in 2008 as 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests. The pair returned last year to perform in front of three more Warhol screen tests as part of Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films. There’s a distinct Velvet Underground vibe that runs through Luna’s music, which makes the Warhol partnership that much more fitting. They return to the Warhol next month as part of their nationwide reunion tour.

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The Zombies

Wednesday, October 14. 8 p.m.

Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead – 510 East 10th Ave, Munhall

$40+

Not only are The Zombies performing their era-defining album “Odessey and Oracle” in its entirety, the British psych-pop legends are also touring in support of a new album, Still Got That Hunger, which comes out in early October. For what it’s worth, Rolling Stone hyped the new album in a recent piece on The Zombies, but remember that this is coming from the same magazine that named U2’s Songs of Innocence “album of the year” last year. With a pair of founding members still onboard, keyboardist Rod Argent and singer Colin Blunstone, the new tunes can’t be that bad. If nothing else, they’ll put timeless tracks like “Time of the Season” and “She’s Not There” in proper perspective.

Kylesa. Photo courtesy the band.

Kylesa. Photo courtesy the band.

Kylesa

Saturday, October 17. 8 p.m.

Altar Bar – 1620 Penn Ave.

$16

Kylesa bubbled out of the same cauldron of stoner psych and sludge metal as fellow Savannahians Baroness and Black Tusk. The band is touring in support of Exhausting Fire, their seventh and newest LP, which will be released on October 2nd. The new singles released so far find the trio as heavy as ever. Guitarists Phillip Cope and Laura Pleasants continue to trade off on vocals, lending even more variety to the band’s already diverse sonic palette.

 

 

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life Performance Tour

Monday, October 19. 8:00 p.m.

Consol Energy Center – 1001 Fifth Ave.

$50+

Stevie Wonder has had an incredible life so far. Number One hit at age 13. Academy Award Winner. More Grammys than any solo artist.  UN Messenger of Peace. Motown legend. He even led the campaign to honor Dr. Martin Luther King with a national holiday.  Take the money you were going to spend to see The Who at Consol and re-invest it into seeing an American legend. Stevie will be performing his Songs in the Key of Life album in its entirety, as well as other hits from his expansive back catalog.

Big K.R.I.T.

Thursday, October 29. 8 p.m.

Mr. Smalls – 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale

$18

Most probably heard Big KRIT for the first time on “Glass House,” a track tucked at the end of Wiz Khalifa’s hyper-popular Kush and OJ mixtape. That was in 2010, a year before the Mississippi MC appeared on the cover of XXL‘s Freshman issue, alongside the like Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Yelawolf and Meek Mill. Big KRIT is still as vital as any of those rappers. Currently signed to Def Jam, KRIT’s latest album, Cadillactica, was seen as one of the best hip-hop albums of 2014. And while KRIT is not officially working on a new album, he did just release a new track, “86,” just last month:

 

 

DEEP CUTS:

Bully. Photo by Emma Swann.

Bully. Photo by Emma Swann.

  • Grungy Nashville rockers Bully play Brillobox with Heat October 3, and were just featured on an episode of Sound Opinions.
  • Local singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale celebrates her new album, The Simple Fear, with a full band album release show at the Pittsburgh Winery October 3.
  • 70s NY punk rocker Sonny Vincent performs at Get Hip Records Headquarters October 3. 
  • Also on October 3, famed jazz outfit The Yellowjackets visit Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.
  • Electronic artist Michal Menert performs songs from his Space Jazz album at Club Cafe October 4.
  • Indie rock veterans Built to Spill visit Mr. Smalls October 4 in support of their new album, Untethered Moon.
  • Steve Hackman is back for more FUSE@PSO, this time mashing up Beethoven + Coldplay October 6.
  • Nevada Color headline a quartet of local rock bands at Cattivo October 9, including Emerson JayThe Nox Boys and William Forrest.
  • Portland post-metal band Red Fang perform at Altar Bar October 9.
  • The Van Allen Belt play a free show October 11 at Spirit, w/ The Lopez and Mrs. Paintbrush.
  • LA rapper Hopsin — AKA the guy with the white contact lenses — is at Altar Bar October 12.
  • Guitar virtuoso Mark Knopfler performs at Heinz Hall October 13.
  • Buzz-heavy Toronto electro-pop band Grounders visit Spirit October 16.
  • Local indie pop bands Donora and Wreck Loose welcome Chicago’s AyOH to Brillobox October 16.
  • Electronic artist Emancipator brings the full ensemble for a performance at the Rex Theater October 20.
  • And finally, the rock-steady, inimitable Ringo Starr brings his All-Starr Band (including Todd Rundgren) to Heinz Hall October 27.