Sunday, August 10, 2008

Radical Days Sept 20, 2008, 3 Weeks of Free Admission to Pittsburgh Art, Music, Culture Venues, Events...


Starting September 20, 2008 and expected to last 3 weeks is the annual Radical Days which features "free" admission to musical and dance performances, family activities offered by arts and culture organizations, parks and recreation, and sports and regional attractions that are funded by RAD. Mark your calendars and plan to get as much as you can of these opportunities! See schedule below for specific locations and days.

Why did I put "free" in quotes? RAD's funding comes from one half of the Allegheny County Sales and Use Tax. So in other words it ain't free but it's something to check out for sure! Free admission is a good thing anyways!

Here's the schedule so far:

Sept. 20
• American Jewish Museum of the JCC. free admission 6:45 a.m.-9:30 p.m., 5738 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill) Web site

• Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, free concert 11 a.m.-noon; Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue (Downtown) Web site
Sept. 21
• Carnegie Science Center, free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m., North Shore, Web site
• Venture Outdoors/Kayak Pittsburgh Downtown, free admission 10 a.m.-dusk, Kayak Pittsburgh under the Clemente Bridge at PNC Park, Web site
• RiverQuest, free tours, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., One Allegheny Avenue, docked next to Carnegie Science Center, Web site
• Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh presents the prose of Sharon F. McDermott and Barbara Edelman, free admission 2-3 p.m., 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, Web site

Sept. 22
• American Jewish Museum of the JCC, free admission 6:45 a.m.-9:30 p.m., see Sept. 20.
• Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society, free admission noon-3 p.m., 224 East Seventh Ave., Tarentum, Web site

Sept. 24
• American Jewish Museum of the JCC, free admission 6:45 a.m.-9:30 p.m., See Sept. 20.
• Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society, free admission noon-3 p.m., See Sept. 22

Sept. 25
• Pittsburgh Opera: Rising Stars of Pittsburgh Opera, free concert 7 p.m. Reserve your free tickets in advance, call 412-281-0912 or sign up here. 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District

Sept. 26
• PNC Park, free tours, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Last tour starts at 2 p.m. 115 Federal St., North Shore, e-mail
• Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society, free admission noon-3 p.m., See Sept. 22

Sept. 27
• Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania AppleJamm, free admission 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 614 Dorseyville Road, Fox Chapel, Web site
• WQED-FM's Carolyn M. Byham Studio, free tours, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for tours from Katz Plaza, Downtown. Web site

Sept. 30
• David L. Lawrence Convention Center, free tours 10 a.m.-3 p.m., parking free at center's garage, bring your parking ticket to the East Lobby to begin your tour. Web site

Oct. 1
• Heinz Field, free tours 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enter under the Coca-Cola Great Hall sign along Art Rooney Avenue, North Shore. Web site

Oct. 2
• Phipps Conservatory, free admission 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. One Schenley Park, Oakland. Web site
• Soldiers & Sailors Museum, free admission 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; free Marine Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. Requesting free tickets for concert in advance is recommended; call 412-621-4253. 4141 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Web site

Oct. 3
• Pittsburgh Glass Center, free admission 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; glassblowing demonstrations. 5472 Penn Ave., Friendship. Web site
• August Wilson Center for African American Culture, free admission 5:30-9 p.m., Juncture of Liberty Ave./10th Street/Wm. Penn Place, Downtown. Web site
• Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, free admission to Gallery Crawl 5:30-9 p.m. Multiple galleries in the Downtown Cultural District Web site
• Pittsburgh Filmmakers, free admission to screenings from the Ann Arbor Film Festival at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland. Web site
• Attack Theatre, free admission for games and excerpts from upcoming show from 8-11 p.m.; performances at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., 4805 Penn Ave., Garfield. Web site

Oct. 4
• Bulgarian Cultural Center, free admission 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 449-451 West Eighth Ave., West Homestead. Web site
• Sen. John Heinz History Center and Western PA Sports Museum, free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. Web site
• Society for Contemporary Craft, free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2100 Smallman St., Strip District. Web site
• Pittsburgh Opera, free admission for open house at new headquarters 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,
2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District. Web site
• WQED-FM's Carolyn M. Byham Studio, free tours 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for tours. See Sept. 27
• Silver Eye Center for Photography, free admission 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 1015 East Carson St., South Side. Web site
• Mellon Arena, free admission noon-5 p.m. for tours, skating and watching the Pens live from Sweden! Web site
• Pittsburgh Filmmakers, free admission at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. See Oct. 3

Oct. 5
• Frick Art & Historical Center, free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Point Breeze. Web site


(Older info) Venues confirmed so far:

Participating organizations offering a free admission event that are confirmed thus far are:

Allegheny County Library Association,Artists Image Resource, August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Allegheny County Parks,Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society, Attack Theatre,Bulgarian Cultural Center, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh,Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Frick Art & Historical Center, tours at Heinz Field, The Sen. John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center including the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, MCG Jazz, TheMattress Factory, Mellon Arena, National Aviary,tours at PNC Park, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, RiverQuest, Soldiers & Sailors National Military Museum, The Andy Warhol Museum, and behind-the-scenes tours of WQED-Multi Media’s downtown radio studio.

What is RAD?

The Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) is a special purpose area-wide unit of local government that was authorized by an act of the Pennsylvania Legislature (Act 77 of 1993). The geography of the District is the same as Allegheny County. RAD provides grants from half of the proceeds of the Allegheny County Sales and Use Tax, and works with citizen boards and government officials to monitor the assets for effective operation and development. The District receives one-half of the proceeds from the 1% Allegheny County Sales and Use Tax and the other half is paid directly to the County and municipal governments by the State Treasurer.
Since 1995, the 1% County Sales tax paid by residents of and visitors to Allegheny County has resulted in a cumulative
$1.97 billion investment in the region.

Rick Byerly
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