Sleater-Kinney at Stage AE / Pre-gaming
posted January 18, 2015 12:41 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun March 1 at 6:00 PM, Stage AE & the environs.
400 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, USA (Map & Directions)
Are folks interested in doing some kind of meet-up around the Sleater-Kinney show on March 1st? It'll be the bee's knees, and the opener looks reasonably legit. We could round it up with some kind of pre- or post-gaming nearby.
posted by Going To Maine to Performance (31 comments total)

I'll definitely be at the show and may be up for pre-gaming. Would probably have to skip a post-game.
posted by Stacey at 3:36 AM on January 19, 2015

Doubtful about any gaming, pre or post, but the show sounds good to me.
posted by jon1270 at 4:01 AM on January 19, 2015

Okay, we're in for the show. My wife thinks I'm taking "gaming" too literally. Would you clarify what you have in mind?
posted by jon1270 at 4:18 AM on January 19, 2015

... Gah, show is sold out. Nevermind.
posted by jon1270 at 4:23 AM on January 19, 2015

I don't have tickets but I live three blocks away so I might stop down for a drink with you if I'm around.
posted by octothorpe at 5:26 AM on January 19, 2015

jon1270, I'm sorry to hear about your ticket situation. I may have one extra one, if you can find another.

I'm in for show-related festivities for sure. (I can't believe I got beat to making this meet-up!)
posted by Poppa Bear at 7:14 AM on January 19, 2015

Okay, we're in for the show. My wife thinks I'm taking "gaming" too literally. Would you clarify what you have in mind?

Yeah, that's on me for using an ambiguous term. Probably food? Maybe, um, I dunno, a game? I was talking to a MeFite aaages ago with plans to bring a youth, so nothing R rated. (This was supposed to be in "proposed", but somehow ended up in "actual".)
posted by Going To Maine at 8:27 AM on January 19, 2015

I'm not sure what we could possibly do near Stage AE that would be... well, I guess I don't really know what anyone here means by pre/post "gaming" or R-rated activities, but we sure as heck aren't going to the Tilted Kilt or losing all of our money at the casino (walking distance!), so I hope anyone who is worried about things getting to "wild" or "crazy" (or even "kwazy" [Brooklyn 99!]) can be confidant in the assuredly staid nature of any proposed gathering.

Speaking of that, where are we considering meeting? There are a couple bar/restaurants across the street for discerning people of means, and also quite a few bar/restaurants up the hill in Allegheny. Does anyone familiar with the area have any opinions?
posted by Poppa Bear at 8:37 AM on January 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

Well, we sprang for tickets from a reseller so we're going after all. Open to food or drinks beforehand, but we'll likely head home after the show.
posted by jon1270 at 7:55 AM on January 30, 2015

Okay, I might actually be able to get a ticket via crazy random happenstance, and HELL YEAH I am willing to drive up to DC. Can anyone recommend a hotel for Sunday night?
posted by nonasuch at 3:28 PM on February 16, 2015

(from. Drive up FROM DC. I got excited, sorry.)
posted by nonasuch at 3:46 PM on February 16, 2015

Alas! Hotels are not my forte. Maybe the The Priory?

Okay - time to start firming this guy up. & yeah, it does seem like the area around Stage AE is bereft of delicious eats. But! We could potentially meet downtown and then take the T over to the stage.
posted by Going To Maine at 1:45 PM on February 19, 2015

My partner and I are probably in for delicious eats downtown beforehand. I have NEVER TAKEN THE T so I am a terrible yinzer and would like to have that experience. Probably not for hanging out after because I will be sad when my alarm goes off the next morning if I do that.

A friend of mine stayed at the Priory last month and spoke highly of it.
posted by Stacey at 2:01 PM on February 19, 2015

There's three hotels on the North Shore and any of the downtown hotels are only a subway ride away. Also there's a very cool B&B called The Parador just three blocks up the hill from State AE. (Full disclosure, the owner of the Parador is a friend/neighbor).
posted by octothorpe at 4:33 PM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

All right, I've got a room booked at the Parador! SO EXCITED.
posted by nonasuch at 10:12 PM on February 20, 2015

So, a possible place downtown for some pre-show food: Proper. Close to a T, and some solid eats. Other contenders also welcome.
posted by Going To Maine at 7:58 AM on February 22, 2015

If you aren't parking downtown, Proper may be a bit out of the way (I'll be parking in Allegheny, north of Stage AE). If consensus says Proper, I'll be there. But I'd vote for Pittsburgh Grill and Sports Bar, which for me makes up in location (kitty corner from the venue) what it loses in Yelp stars.
posted by Poppa Bear at 1:43 PM on February 24, 2015

I've had a counter-proposal from a friend that we go with Jerome Bettis, on the grounds of
a) prefers the food to PG&S
b) just about as close.
c) is on nowait.

... but they've also just said that "whatever is fine", so this is not a huge preference.

Anyhoo! Do we know when the show actually starts? I'd assume food will take an hour, plus walking time, etc.
posted by Going To Maine at 12:52 PM on February 25, 2015

*sigh* I just stitched together my discrete plans for the weekend in my head and realized that I am not sure what time I am getting to this show (coming back into town from a weekend trip). So, mea culpa for trying to orient plans I may not even be there to take part in. Where are my Facebook stickers for expressing my emotions??

Relevant show-strategy info:
Doors are at 7p.
There is only one opener, to the best of my knowledge (Lizzo).
The rock'n'roll time math that I am familiar with says [doors +1 hour +45min for the opener +30-60min=rough start time], so I would expect S-K to get on stage around 9:30. I'd give that estimation plus or minus 30 minutes just to be safe, but I would be very impressed if they went on before 9p. And 10p sounds late, but not inordinately so.
posted by Poppa Bear at 5:47 AM on February 27, 2015

Just called Stage AE, and they said that we could get the act times tomorrow at noon.

Me, I'm pro seeing Lizzo, so I'm calling for meeting at 6 at the Bettis Grill. Eat, drink, get over there by 8 and be happy.
posted by Going To Maine at 4:10 PM on February 28, 2015

Time estimates in: Lizzo at 8, SK at 9:15, so I think that's a plan! See yinz soon.
posted by Going To Maine at 11:12 AM on March 1, 2015

Still trapped on a bus, so might be ten minutes of so behind schedule. I'll be a tall guy with a big green parka and a small friendly ghost on my sweatshirt.
posted by Going To Maine at 2:55 PM on March 1, 2015

Here! Grabbed two seats on the arcing wall behind the bar. Two TVs to the left of us! Two TVs to the right of us! And three across the way.
posted by Going To Maine at 3:33 PM on March 1, 2015

I JUST got to my hotel. will swing by to see if I can catch you guys-- wearing a red hooded coat with silver buckles.
posted by nonasuch at 3:48 PM on March 1, 2015

Here! Glasses, beard, standing around where I think Going To Maine is. Scared, confused, etc.
posted by Poppa Bear at 4:03 PM on March 1, 2015

ended up going straight to the venue.
posted by nonasuch at 4:34 PM on March 1, 2015

Ok, I'm inside! standing by a pillar near the entrance: cream cardigan, red dress, tights with sparkly stars.
posted by nonasuch at 4:39 PM on March 1, 2015

We are hanging out on the balcony. Going to head down to the floor when it gets going...
posted by Going To Maine at 6:05 PM on March 1, 2015

There's no finding each other now! Let's just savor the fact that we're ankh watching the best name in the world.
posted by Going To Maine at 6:43 PM on March 1, 2015

That was a great show! We have bushed out instead of waiting to see if the band comes out. Good luck to those waiting! We shall! meet again!
posted by Going To Maine at 8:18 PM on March 1, 2015

From Pitchfork's younger staffers: Notes from Sleater-Kinney first-timers
posted by Going To Maine at 7:02 PM on March 8, 2015

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