September 30th, 2011 geekstar Posted in Food & Drink, Giggles 23 Comments »

An old friend recently shared this gem with me. This is spectacular for many many reasons.

If that isn’t enough, make sure you check out the recent post: Your Afro is the Bomb!

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Urban Garden Party: Mattress Factory Friday June 18

May 25th, 2010 geekstar Posted in Art, Events, Fashion, Food & Drink, Friends & Fun Times, Music, Pittsburgh, SHOUT OUT! 32 Comments »

Mattress Factory Urban Garden Party

Each year, the Mattress Factory’s Urban Garden Party becomes the talk of the town as more than 1,000 attendees turn out to help support the museum’s mission with one heck of a fundraising party!

Friday, June 18, 2010
7:00 PM (VIP Pre-Party at 6:00 PM)
The Mattress Factory is located at 500 Sampsonia Way in Pittsburgh’s North Side

Geekstar.com is part of the Urban Garden Party Street team. Please help me reach my ticket sale quota by ordering from the link posted below. Support the arts in Pittsburgh! Thanks so much!



As the Mattress Factory’s primary annual fund raising event, the Garden Party is vital to the organization’s programming and has helped the museum push the artistic envelope for more than three decades.

2009 Urban Garden Party

London based DJ collective Eclectic Method will be headlining from 9 PM till 11 PM. You have to love these guys because they made a video collage of robots set to their music! I love robots!

Eclectic Method – Robots from Eclectic Method on Vimeo.

The night will also include DJ Omar Abdul, Artist Tim Kaulen & Sean Derry. There will be skateboards from Mr. Smalls Funhouse just like it’s 1988 all over again!

For one night only, many of Pittsburgh’s best restaurants and bars will come together to offer an amazing selection of delectable edibles and liberating libations. Their donations in support of the Mattress Factory are included in the cost of your ticket to the Urban Garden Party.

Food and beverages for the Urban Garden Party generously donated by:

Atria’s at PNC Park
B2 Restaurants
big Catering
Bistro to Go
Bluecoat Gin
BoxSpring Cafe
Buena Vista Coffee
Chocolate Fountains by Chad
Clement / Crawford
Coca Café
Coco’s Cupcake Café
Common Place Coffee Company
Divine Delectables
Double Wide Grill
Dozen Bake Shop
Engine House #25
Embury/Firehouse Lounge
Gina Marie’s Catering
GIVE Water
Hyde Park
Frank B. Fuhrer
Fuze/Smart Water/Vitamin Water
La Creme
La Prima
Legends of the North Shore
M Catering
Monterey Pub
My Goodies
Opening Night Catering
Penn 1861 Rye Vodka
Pretzel Crazy
Pittsburgh Candy Buffet
Quiet Storm
Red Bull
Remo’s Catering
Rita’s Italian Ice
Sonoma Grille
Spaghetti Warehouse
Spice Island Tea House
Square Café
The Goodie Truck
The Greek Gormet
Vieux Carre Absinthe
Yes, We Cater



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OTB (Over the Bar) Bicycle Cafe Sunday Happy Hour Sunday May 24

May 18th, 2009 geekstar Posted in Food & Drink, Friends & Fun Times, Pittsburgh 3 Comments »



Join geekstar.com and friends at South Side’s OTB (Over the Bar) Bicycle Cafe Sunday May 24th at 8:00 PM for food and drinks.

Feel free to invite friends. All ages welcome but must have ID to order from the bar.
Nearly 50 people came out for our last OTB happy hour in March!

Monday is Memorial Day so stay out late!

OTB is formerly Quagmire’s bar and grill and is located between 25th and 26th street on East Carson.

OTB is bicycle themed cafe and bar with a full menu featuring vegetarian and non-vegetarian items. OTB also has a full bar that carries an assortment of craft brews and of course PBR.

For our happy hour, OTB is offering us the following specials (kitchen will be open till 10):

$1 off all burgers (turkey, black bean, or beef)
$1 off all draft beers
$2.99 Appetizers Menu

Menu: http://www.otbbicyclecafe.com/?page_id=112

Sunday May 24, 2009
8:00 pm – close
OTB (Over the Bar) Bicycle Cafe
2518 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA



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Blowin’ Up Peeps!

April 12th, 2009 geekstar Posted in Food & Drink, Friends & Fun Times, Giggles 141 Comments »

A very scientific experiment involving ‘peeps’ during the wee hours of Easter 2009.

Geekstar’s posse had a little too much fun with peeps. It doesn’t take much to entertain us.

Love Marty’s “Dude!” throughout!

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OTB (Over the Bar) Bicycle Cafe, South Side – Grand Opening Party Friday Night!

January 26th, 2009 geekstar Posted in Events, Food & Drink, Pittsburgh, SHOUT OUT! 36 Comments »

 OTB opening

Geekstar’s original review:

Friday January 30, 2009
Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres 6-8 PM
Draft Beer Specials all night!

2518 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Phone: 412.381.2690

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OTB (Over the Bar) Bicycle Cafe, South Side – now open!

January 18th, 2009 geekstar Posted in Food & Drink, Pittsburgh, SHOUT OUT! 85 Comments »

OTB (Over the Bar) Bicycle Cafe, South Side, ceiling murals

OTB Cafe in South Side is now open! Geekstar’s friend, John Benzinger, opened the cafe with his business partners, Mike Kotyk and Scott Ambrose, on East Carson Street in Pittsburgh’s South Side. You may recognize OTB as formerly Quagmire’s Bar and Grill. The old pub was given a complete overhaul and has been converted into OTB Bicycle Cafe.

I love the concept of OTB. It is all things bicycle and outdoors. OTB reminds me of cafes and pubs I’ve seen in places such as Portland and Seattle. The cafe is full of art. I love art and unique interior design. The team hired artist, Ashley Hodder, to paint custom outdoor themed murals across the angled ceiling in the cafe. The murals are complemented by Read the rest of this entry »

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OBSCURAE Photography Exhibition and Art Lottery December 5 & 6, 2008 at UnSmoke Systems Gallery in Braddock

November 30th, 2008 geekstar Posted in Art, Events, Food & Drink, Pittsburgh 63 Comments »

Change is underway in Braddock as groups working with and within the community bring renewed energy to a town that many wrote off. Artists, social entrepreneurs, community organizers, urban homesteaders and others with a pioneering spirit are inspired by the town’s potential for grassroots urban renewal and are using the inherent energy in Braddock to fuel their creativity.


It is with this spirit that OBSCURAE  views the maligned town – turning a photographic eye towards the borough’s oft-overlooked beauty amidst the former grandeur and “urban blight” that Braddock has come to represent for many.

Curated by Braddock residents Jenny Fremlin and Jodi Morrison, with special guest curator John Ryan Brubaker, OBSCURAE pays homage to Braddock’s unique post industrial urban beauty. From the borough’s Victorian and industrial-era construction to particulars of its natural surroundings, each photograph captures a unique perspective of the town.

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