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Your Plans: Halloween
10.27.2014 by
Like other holidays, plans are stressful.  This friend wants to go here, the others there.  No plans are set until 8:59 as you walk out the door.   But maybe we can help you out.  Here is a slug of some solid options to start pitching to your fri ... [more]


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    No gore and blood, just a good ole fashioned kitschy alien invasion with The Livermore & Urbanist.  Costume ideas include but are not limited to George Jetson, Mork, ET or a robot.  And I guess if you like the gore-tastic side of Halloween you can do that too. Regardless of your costume choice, expect delicious Livermore cocktails and snacks alongside sets from Trackploitation.  The festivities kick off at 8pm and will roll into the wee hours of the morning![more]
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    Shake your BOO-tay with Brenmar, back again for Round Corner Cantina's Devil's Night celebration after an epic summertime set. BRENMAR New York City based producer and DJ, Brenmar, is noted for a strange musical paradox. Against all the odds, he combines the artificial sheen of commercial R’n’B and Hip Hop with coarse urban underground dance music. His productions, including remixes and edits, have taken him all over the world. He’s gone from both coasts of the U.S. to Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia and Europe, where he’s frenzied crowds with his up-beat, neon-soaked tunes. Never easy to define, the elements that make up Brenmar’s music encompass an elaborate mix of influences. w/ Edgar Um and DJ Bamboo[more]
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    On November 1st from 8pm-­1am, The Independent and The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company will be hosting Hitchcock! ­ A Halloween Party at the Carrie Furnace in Swissvale, PA. This is a ticketed event and for ages 21+. General Admission is $35 and VIP is $65. Admission includes 3 drink tickets. Guests will be able to purchase additional drink tickets as well as food from multiple vendors including PGH Taco Truck, Blowfish BBQ, Gyros N’at, Street Foods, and Leona’s Ice Cream. Ongoing details about the event can be found at Tickets go on sale October 1st. The Carrie Furnace, once a mighty steel mill, now stands alone in a no­man's land, by the Monongahela river, on the border of Rankin and Swissvale. This long­abandoned monument of industry looms over a wide­open expanse of empty terrain, an Ozymandias­like monument of Pittsburgh's once­great Steel industry. The mill reached the height of its production in the 1950s and 1960s, producing 1000 to 1250 tons of iron each day. Before falling into collapse with the rest of Pittsburgh's Steel Industry in the 1970s. On Saturday, November 1, for one night only, The Independent and The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company will restore the Carrie Furnace to its 50s and 60s era of greatness. We will throw a Halloween party in homage to that era's most prolific director: Alfred Hitchcock. Together with Rivers of Steel, the non­profit steward of this beautiful historic monument, we present: "Hitchcock! A Halloween Party at the Carrie Furnace" This little party will have all of the components of a great Hitchcock film: suspense, romance, psychological thrills, and murderously good craft beers and cocktails. DJs throughout the evening will keep you dancing the night away on our dance floor centered in an old hangar bay of the mill. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 1st. General Admission tickets will be sold for $35 each and will include three drink tickets (beer or cocktail) at the bar. Additional drink tickets will be available for sale at the event. 200 VIP tickets will be on sale for $65 each. VIP tickets will gain you access to a special VIP section, featuring exclusive food, cocktails and beers not available to the general public, as well as additional amenities. Food will be available for purchase from our food truck corral, which will be located in the courtyard of the Mill, back­cast by the moonlit shadow of the old blast furnace. Participating food trucks include PGH Taco Truck, Blowfish BBQ, Street Foods, Gyros N'At, and Leona's Ice Cream Sandwiches, along with a food tent from The Independent. 500 parking spots will be available at the venue and will be sold on a first­come­first­serve basis for $10 each in advance. Free shuttle services will be available from the Pump House at the Waterfront in Homestead. Shuttles will run to and from the venue throughout the evening, beginning at 7:30 p.m. This Hitchcockian Halloween lasts from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The event is rain or shine (well, shine of the moon, that is...). [more]

In the Beginning

Lauren Goshinski & Quinn Leonowicz   Co-Directors, VIA
Projects: VIA Festival, events & special projects including music booking, curating, developing & commissioning special art/tech projects, event production What was the defining moment that propelled you to start VIA? It was made up of a bunch of moments between 2008 – 2010. It may be more important to note the defining moment when we decided to […] [more]
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