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Pop! goes the weekend at 16th annual History Uncorked party

John Altdorfer - Kendall Woods, Dion Harris, Jenece Upton and Ashleigh Gibson dance to the music during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Kendall Woods, Dion Harris, Jenece Upton and Ashleigh Gibson dance to the music during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Party chairs Nathan Boxx and Megan Chicone-Boxx pose for the paparazzi during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Party chairs Nathan Boxx and Megan Chicone-Boxx pose for the paparazzi during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Krista Calabrese's legs are a work of art during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Krista Calabrese's legs are a work of art during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Tommy Frietch and Anar Patel pose as royals during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Tommy Frietch and Anar Patel pose as royals during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Ashlee Olivo sets hearts aflutter during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Ashlee Olivo sets hearts aflutter during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Samantha and Vince Sims are Starkist during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Samantha and Vince Sims are Starkist during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Michele and Paul Eichler are in a fine pickle during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Michele and Paul Eichler are in a fine pickle during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Tara and Brian and Tara Nease strike an absolutely poptastic pose during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Tara and Brian and Tara Nease strike an absolutely poptastic pose during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Drea Chamberlain, Danielle Kaizer and Anna Welsh look sweet during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Drea Chamberlain, Danielle Kaizer and Anna Welsh look sweet during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Syma with Tim Gaber add some pot to History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Syma with Tim Gaber add some pot to History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Chris Kail, Nathan Wadding, Jamie Holleran, Matthew Swab and Carl Zappa III stand out during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Chris Kail, Nathan Wadding, Jamie Holleran, Matthew Swab and Carl Zappa III stand out during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
John Altdorfer - J.C. Carter shakes it like a polaroid on the dance floor during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>J.C. Carter shakes it like a polaroid on the dance floor during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Michael Powell looks for clues with 'Date Dectective' Carey Michaels during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Michael Powell looks for clues with 'Date Dectective' Carey Michaels during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Alihan Honoglu Michel Cercone and Yaz-Ltd enjoy the vibe during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Alihan Honoglu Michel Cercone and Yaz-Ltd enjoy the vibe during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
John Altdorfer - George Jones and Rebecca Mix strut their stuff during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>George Jones and Rebecca Mix strut their stuff during the History Uncorked: Poptastic! party at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip. February 21, 2014.
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, 6:02 p.m.
 

A crowd of 1,200 unleashed themselves into the hands of the Senator John Heinz History Center on Feb. 21, a crush of bold meeting beautiful for a party that began to peak during the after-hours.

And so it goes that the 16th annual History Uncorked endeared itself to a mixed bag of first-timers and repeat offenders, with chairs Nathan Boxx andMegan Chicone-Boxx leading the charge. In a nod to the Poptastic! theme — in honor of the current Burton Morris exhibit — flashes of vibrant hues triumphed as the new black.

“Well, they said a pop of color,” said Krista Calabrese of her towering, pink suede stilettos.

With each level buzzing with energy, it was the fifth-floor “nightclub” that had the most pull. Battling with an apparent case of self-consciousness, a large mass remained on the fringe of the dance floor with only a few intrepid explorers letting their hair down. The progression, explained the history center's Brady Smith, was all a matter of timing.

“Just wait until the 9 o'clock threshold,” he laughed.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at kbenz@tribweb.com, 412-380-8515, or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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