At North Versailles Bowling Center, bowlers hurl spheroids down well-waxed lanes crowned with a stunning diorama of the nighttime Pittsburgh skyline, taking timeouts to enjoy frosty beverages and cheesy pizzas from the nearby snack bar. Saturday nights are celebrated with glowing lights and music played by a live DJ, and ball hurlers attempt to celebrate the memory of Sir Isaac Newton by temporarily suspending the laws of physics with each roll. When they aren’t racking up strikes on the lanes or browsing Columbia, Storm, and Brunswick gear in the pro shop, visitors watch Pittsburgh sports teams on the lounge's five HDTVs or challenge each other to friendly rounds of billiards or trivia.
Sometimes our dreams are within reach, but more often, those dreams are on the highest of high shelves, beside the BB gun and the cupcakes "for tomorrow." Reach that shelf with today's Groupon, which will stretch your muscles and muscle your stretches into a month-long stretch of intense muscular moves. For $30, you get 30 days of unlimited group yoga classes at Yoga on the Square in Regent Square, a $99 value. The 30 days are consecutive and begin the first time you drop in for a class.
Holistic wellness blossoms from Yoga Matrika's small, supportive yoga classes led by a team of energetic, nurturing instructors. Aspiring yogis can choose from a flexible lineup of classes that they can schedule online or via mental telepathy after an initial in-person registration. During Matrika Flow sessions, pupils perch in balancing poses and exhilarating sun salutations while they loosen taut sinews with invigorating backbends. The studio's experienced relaxation gurus can easily modify poses for beginners or advanced students, and answer any burning questions about the tension-taming Hatha techniques. For expectant mothers, Prenatal Yoga lessons flow through an inventive sequence of movements, which soothe back pain and improve circulation in a patient setting. Hip-opening poses dominate Mindful Flow sessions, which also incorporate seated asanas to assuage chronic pain and meditation to clear minds of daily stresses and catchy commercial jingles.
Guests take their seats inside the grandiose Carnegie Music Hall, a space lauded for providing superb acoustics for chamber music and a challenging venue for games of Marco Polo. The venue is tucked inside the same building as the dinosaur bones and European masterworks of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Museum of Art.
At Pittsburgh Improv, comics lure laughs from bellies in the hopes of following in the footsteps of standup legends such as Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dave Chappelle, all of whom have graced the Improv club stages. The calendar schedules comedians as often as six nights a week, alternating between big-name headliners and up-and-comers who tickle funny bones with fresh material, abundant energy, and feathered reflex hammers. Audience members munch on their choice of a savory appetizer, such as spinach-and-artichoke dip or buffalo wings, while sipping a cocktail to avoid eye contact with the giant rubber chicken sitting at the next table.
With more than 700 public stairways, Pittsburgh ranks among the most-stepped cities in the United States, and the highest concentration of these antique escalators may be found in the South Side Slopes. Every autumn since 2001, the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association has organized a walking celebration of the approximately 2,700 steps that make up the neighborhood’s pedestrian paths. Streets in the area are prone to change suddenly into tangled, narrow passageways and hard-to-spot hidden corridors, confounding drivers and fostering an old-time vibe underlined by the residents’ liberal use of the word “malarkey.” While exploring these paths with the help of a narrative program book, the curious enjoy a heart-healthy exercise and soak up historical tales such as those about the 1849 cholera epidemic or the home lives of workers at the local glass factories and steel mills.