Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh
It wasn't so much about what was happening on the stage of the Byham Theater on July 12 as it was about the quirky moments of unexpected activity happening around it that left their mark on the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh.
With a go-time refreshingly later than most cocktailers, the gates didn't officially open until 9 p.m. for a crowd that was reported to be around the 400 mark. From there, destinations varied depending on the moods of those involved. For some, it meant a beeline to the main stage where DJ Adam Salter was doing his best to entice the hair to come down. For others, it was time to people-watch from theater seats. For the vocally inspired (both perceived and proven), it was an opportunity to grab the mic and belt out karaoke for three hours with Marti G. Cummings in the Fulton Mini. The consensus of the newcomers to this annual night crawl was overwhelmingly positive.
“He dragged me here,” said Eric Sheib of host committee member/friend Michael Gans. Kicking and screaming? “Oh, no. It's awesome.”
Clustered around spontaneous pods of dancing revelers, most of those in attendance opted to observe from the safety of their designated perch. Those interested in expanding their horizons were enticed upstairs to the balcony where Stewards of Beer (aka SOB) offered wine flights and a Cliffs Notes version of beer school.
“It's a little difficult to do the whole school,” explained Steward of note Lee Schmidt.
A late start notwithstanding, the evening appeared to be shifting into low gear a bit earlier than expected, although there were still some unusual late comers making their way inside.
“We weren't even planning on coming in,” mused Carter Byham, his 4-month-old pooch, P-Nut, in tow. “I pulled some clout.”
Among the crowd were event curator Thommy Conroy, Clyde Jones, Robert Morris, Maggie Johnson, Bridgette Perdue, Dorie Taylor, Faris Kindilchie, Luke Wawrzeniak, Kristina Martinez, Christopher Nolen, Drew Garrison, John Pieranunzi and Jill Banko.
Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at email@example.com or 412-380-8515.
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