The Downtowner July 18th

Tonight’s the Night: Third Tuesday Happy Hour at Vallozzi’s
Tonight’s the night! Join the PDCDC for our Third Tuesday Happy Hour at Vallozzi’s from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Located at 220 5th Avenue, Vallozzi’s menu features upscale Italian dishes like pasta, veal parmesan, and arancini, along with soups and salads. They also have an extensive wine list to choose from. Free appetizers will be available to PDCDC members, and you can sign up to be a member at the event.
Third Tuesday Night Happy Hour is a monthly PDCDC initiative where you can sample some of downtown Pittsburgh’s finest restaurants. All are welcome, and you don’t have to be a resident of downtown to attend.
To RSVP, please email or call (412) 235-7263.
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New Brunch Menu Comes to Talia Cucina & Rosticceria
Downtown Italian restaurant Talia Cucina & Rosticceria is now offering a new Sunday brunch menu, which runs from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Talia is located on 425 Sixth Avenue and serves Italian dishes sourced with local ingredients and goods imported from Italy.
Prepared by executive chef Steve Lanzilotti, some of the dishes on their Sunday brunch menu include: Polenta Pancakes with mixed berry compote and vanilla lavender honey; Bread Pudding French Toast with sweet marsala syrup, hazelnuts, chocolate shavings, and whipped ricotta; and Rotisserie Chicken & Biscuits with tomato gravy and poached egg.
One of the most popular brunch options is their bottomless Mimosas and Bellinis from their Prosecco on tap. Also, their tabletop Bloody Mary bar has been a huge hit. They deliver a personal tiered ingredient tray to your table with all the popular ingredients, so you can build your own Bloody Mary without leaving your table.
“We were inspired by the growing trend and demand for brunch service nationwide,” said Julian Vallozzi. “And we didn’t see too many options on that end of town.”
Talia is constantly changing their menu to stay current with the season. Aside from their brunch menu, they also offer lunch and dinner hours. Their sandwiches have been a massive success at lunch are now available on their dinner menu. They also just began a happy hour service from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with $3 Peroni beer, $5 Prosecco on tap, and $6 Rosé (for summer). You can schedule a reservation by visiting their website or by calling 412-456-8214.
Give Talia Cucina & Rosticceria a follow on social media: @taliapgh.
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Crazy Mocha Expanding Their Reach
Starbucks and Dunkin, watch out. Originated in Pittsburgh, Crazy Mocha Coffee Company is growing fast. They serve a variety of hot and iced coffee brews including lattes, macchiatos, espressos, and mochas. Along with coffee, they offer blended drinks including chip chopped iced coffees with flavors such as caramel latte, chocolate peanut butter, kona mocha, vanilla latte, and sugar free mocha. They also sell smoothies, teas, juices, and sodas, and while enjoying your drink, you can munch on a muffin or a bagel.
Crazy Mocha was founded by Greenfield native Ken Zeff who opened the first shop in Shadyside in 2000. He doesn’t drink coffee himself, but he picks Crazy Mocha’s beverages based on what customers prefer. The technique has worked so far, with Crazy Mocha transforming into a 30+ store chain stretching across Pennsylvania.

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With the quick growth, Crazy Mocha has a specific aesthetic they strive for. They offer an environment of “comfort, safety, and convenience,” and their logo is a goat, which comes from the legend of dancing goats, the story of how coffee was discovered. Also, Zeff prefers to avoid opening stores that would compete with other independent shops, which is another positive factor that sets them apart from other coffee chains.
Crazy Mocha has recently opened new locations outside of Pennsylvania in Montclair, New Jersey and Bradenton, Florida. You can visit many of their downtown Pittsburgh locations including 420 Fort Duquesne Boulevard, 444 Liberty Ave, and 11 Stanwix Street.
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Pittsburgh Author Featured in Books in the ‘Burgh Series
As a part of Heinz History Center’s Books in the ‘Burgh Series, Gabby Means will be visiting July 19th for a reading, discussion, and signing of her book, “Images of Modern America: The Decade.” Books in the ‘Burgh is a series where authors from Western Pennsylvania can share their work and connect with the public.
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“Images of Modern America: The Decade” tells the story of a bar named the Decade, opened in the 1970s by Means’ grandfather, Dom DiSilvio. At the corner of Atwood and Sennott, the Decade was the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll in Pittsburgh. The bar had a vibrant atmosphere with parachutes covering the ceiling and local bands such as Iron City Houserockers performing. Later it began to showcase national artists such as U2, the Police, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and the Ramones.
Means is DiSilvio’s oldest granddaughter, and she was born in 1995 in Pittsburgh. In 2013 she graduated from Oakland Catholic High School, moving on to study film and television with a double minor in creative writing and producing at New York University. She spent the summers after her sophomore and junior years interviewing Decade patrons, fans, musicians, and employees to write her book.
DiSilvio was also born in Pittsburgh and spent his life immersed in the Pittsburgh music scene. He ran the Decade with his ex-wife Janet, and they closed the bar in 1995, the same year Gabby was born. He now spends his time in Pittsburgh with his eight children and 16 grandchildren, and he considers the patrons from the bar to be his family.

Admission to the event is free, but it does not include regular museum exhibitions. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. You can register online here.

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2017 One WHIRL Yoga Fest 
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Exciting Updates from Next Act Fund
In our third piece on Next Act Fund, we learn more about the inspiring trajectory of this fund and a bit more about what has been happening behind the scenes.
As a quick recap for those who might have missed our last two articles: Next Act Fund brings together visionary women and men to invest in smartly-run women-led, women-founded early stage companies. It is the Pittsburgh region’s first and only women-focused angel fund.
“I am so truly proud of the progress we’ve been able to make, the committed women (and a few great guys) who’ve gotten us to this point, and the incredible support from the Pittsburgh investing and entrepreneurial community,” said Yvonne Campos, Next Act Fund founder and visionary. “A year ago, we didn’t exist. Today we have a growing membership of exciting investors. We’ve had over a dozen great women-led companies pitch and have established committees and monthly meetings for our members. Next up, we are hoping that due diligence comes back positively so we can invest in our first company.” 6233b7b1 7160 46fe a631 33eee5c3d88f - The Downtowner July 18th
So how does it all fit together? Companies looking for funds attend a monthly screening committee. If all goes well, they go to the monthly member meeting where Next Act Fund members vote to advance the companies for due diligence to make sure that the financial picture fits the Next Act Fund criteria. If the financials look good, Next Act Fund invests!
Next Act Fund’s overarching goal for its members is to provide a financial return; however, data shows that women are less likely to invest their money than men with a similar amount of investable funds available. In fact, on average women keep 71% of their dollars in cash, so their money is not working for them. Because of these facts, Next Act Fund focuses on education for its members. Campos was happy to share that the Educational Committee is the newest committee, and that it is busy developing a whole program for members and more.
For people curious about angel investing in general and Next Act Fund specifically, Next Act Fund invites everyone to come to an information session at Our Clubhouse in the Strip at 2816 Smallman Street on Wednesday, August 2 from 4-6. This is a great chance to ask questions, see a couple company pitches and meet others interested in supporting women-led, women-owned businesses. RSVP here.
You can also follow Next Act Fund on Twitter: @NextActFund
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Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar
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Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar 
Andys @ Fairmont Pittsburgh
Thursday, July 20 – Kenia from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Friday, July 21 – DJ Malls Spins Vinyl from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 21 – Peg Wilson from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, July 22 – Mary Kay Riley from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Backstage Bar
Friday, July 21 – Joel Lindsey at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 22 – Ron Wilson at 5:00 p.m.
Bobby V
EQT Plaza, Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Eddie V’s
Live jazz every night of the week at various times. Check out Eddie V’s website for a full calendar.
The Garden Cafe at Heinz Hall
Wednesday, July 19 – 4:307:00 p.m., weather permitting.
Heinz Hall
Thursday, July 20 – Common – 7:30 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.
Live music every Friday and Saturday from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Revel + Roost
Friday, July 21 – Ellis Callahan from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Rivers Casino
Thursday, July 20 – Scott and Rosanna 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 21 – Rockin the Paradise – Styx Tribute 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 21 – Rick Purcell & Shari Richards 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 21 – Totally 80’s 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 22 – Earth, Wind and Fire and Temptations Tribute 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 22nd – Etta Cox Trio 9:00 p.m.

Salsa and Bachata nights at Seviche every Tuesday from 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. and a live DJ every Friday from 10:00 p.m. – close.

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Downtown Events this Week:
PechaKucha, City of Asylum @ Alphabet City, 7:00 p.m.
The Reel Story – “Collateral Beauty,” Carnegie Library Downtown, 12:15 p.m.
Dwayne Dolphin, Agnes Katz Plaza, 5:00 p.m.
Smithfield Critics Book Discussion Group, Carnegie Library Downtown, 12:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best of the ‘Burgh Party, Stage AE, 7:00 p.m.
Naturalization Ceremony, Heinz History Center, 11:00 a.m.
Free Citizenship and Naturalization Class, Carnegie Library Downtown, 2:00 p.m.
The W Bowl II, Highmark Stadium, 11:00 a.m.
2017 One WHIRL Yoga Fest, Point State Park, All Day
Red, White & Brew Bash, Howl at the Moon, 6:00 p.m.
Ongoing Events
Disney’s NEWSIES, Benedum Center, through July 23rd
Oaths and Epithets – Works by Sonya Clark, The Society for Contemporary Craft, Mondays-Saturdays through August 19th
Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, The Cultural District, through September 21, 2018
through October 31st
Beauty of the Burgh with Bike the Burgh Tours, 500 First Ave., through December 31st
Live Music Fridays at Backstage Bar, Backstage Bar at Theater Square, Fridays through August 25th
Free tours at the Old Allegheny County Jail Museum, 440 Ross Street, 15219, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Mondays through July 24th
Free Market Square Area Walking Tour, Meet in PNC Triangle Park across from the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel at 510 Market Street, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Fridays through July 28th
Free Gateway Center Walking Tour, Meet at the Gateway Subway Station on Stanwix Street near Liberty Avenue, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Fridays through July 28th
Downtown’s Best: Special Places and Spaces Tour, 10:00 a.m., Plaza at One Oxford Centre, Thursdays through August 31st