Erika Hennings, left, and Rachael Crossman, from Opera Theater of Pittsburgh SummerFest, perform "Karaoke Catastrophe."

Happy Hour! Pop-Up Opera hits Downtown

Unsuspecting restaurant patrons were happily surprised by 5-minute performances by Pittsburgh Opera company’s young artists.

3 days ago

 Vegan Pittsburgh member Niki Penberg.

Pittsburgh Vegan Festival Summer Edition!

Roughly 500 people enjoyed different vegan vendors from around the city at the event held at the Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church.

3 days ago

 Saleem and Patti Ghubril with Pam and Ken McCrory.

Pittsburgh Promise: Fireworks on Mt. Washington

Pam and Ken McCrory hosted roughly 50 guests in their home to raise awareness for the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program.

3 days ago

 Dee Dee Troutman, Debbie Mancuso and Carole Kamin.

The 3rd Wild Orchid Party held at Skybar

The Wild Orchid Party hosted by the Ladies Hospital Aid Society raised roughly $25,000.

3 days ago

 Jane Broeren, Deb Smit and Beth Evans.


Another look at some recent summer parties.

3 days ago

 Maggie and John Schmotzer.

Vintage Grand Prix Black Tie & Tailpipes Gala

The event raised an estimated $95,000 to benefit the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.

1 week ago

 Party invitations

#SEENSocialTrends: Répondez s'il vous plaît

How Pittsburgh sends party invitations and responds to them varies by event and generation.

1 week ago

 Thommy Conro and Veronica Corpuz.

2014 Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh event supports Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

The August Wilson Center welcomed roughly 750 partygoers to the bohemian-in-the-tropics-styled party Friday.

1 week ago

 Jane and Michael Dixon with Benito, a hyacinth macaw.

National Aviary's Night in the Tropics

Roughly 1,000 partygoers flocked to the National Aviary on the North Side on Saturday night for a fire-themed tropical party..

1 week ago

 State Sen. Wayne Fontana and Natalie Cox.

EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta VIP Party

Partygoers gather along the Allegheny Steps Riverwalk to celebrate the 2014 Three Rivers Regatta.

2 weeks ago

 Bob Sendall.

#SEENSocialTrends: Party Planning

Pittsburgh's Bob Sendall, caterer extraordinaire, gives five tips for the best summer party.

2 weeks ago

 Emily Peachey.

#SEENRisingStar: Emily Peachey

Pittsburgh's Emily Peachey was headed to law school when the acting bug changed her course.

2 weeks ago

 From left, front row, Ezzynce, 9, DeLana, 9, Tahira, 8, Shakyna, 10, Au'Nae, 11, and back row, Rylee, 12, Jordan, 11, Rayquel, 13, Loren, 12, and Victory, 11, at Gwen's Girls.

#LetsMakeASEEN: Gwen's Girls

Gwen's Girls in Pittsburgh aims to provide a safety net for girls and women in difficult circumstances.

2 weeks ago

 Co-owner B. DeFrancis with bartender Kristy Martin.

#SEENHotSpot: Altius

Pittsburgh's new chic dining spot Altius aims to elevate dining to a new level.

2 weeks ago

 Dr. George and Rebekah Mazariegos.

Diamonds & Denim event benefits Children's Hospital

South Beach came to Downtown’‍s Market Square on Saturday night to benefit Children's Hospital.

3 weeks ago

 Joyce Bender, Angela Reynolds and Khrysta Brown. #SEENInspiring

Private donors reception to support Project SERVE

Project SERVE supports veterans and their families.

3 weeks ago

 Bishop David Zubik, Joanne Rogers and Bill Strickland.

Pursuer of Peace Award posthumously given to Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers was posthumously honored with the Pursuer of Peace Award on June 22.  His widow, Joanne, accepted the award.

3 weeks ago

 Sy Holzer with Laura Karet.

Person of Vision celebration held at Heinz Field Club East

More than 200 guests came out to honor Giant Eagle CEO Laura Karet at the Heinz Field East Club Lounge, North Shore.

3 weeks ago

 Sarah Hall and Robert Flynn Johnson.

Opening Celebration of Degas exhibit held at the Frick

The opening exhibit of Edgar Degas at the Frick Art & Historical Center drew a crowd of nearly 550.

3 weeks ago

 From left,  Kevion Latham, Antonio Quarterman and Brandon Hudson of WPXI.

Every Child Inc.’s 'Executives Got Talent!' held at the Pittsburgh Improv

Six nonprofit executives showcased their hidden talents at Every Child Inc.’s Executives Got Talent! event.

3 weeks ago

 Co-chairs Sarah Thomas and Dan Drawbaugh.

Mattress Factory’s Urban Garden Party

The Mattress Factory hosts its annual party which raised $250,000.

1 month ago

 Nicole Coleman and Lachelle Binion.

A+ Schools' 10th Anniversary held at Consol

Nearly 350 guests went to the head of the class for supporting A+ Schools at the recent event.

1 month ago

 The Rev. James and Jacqueline Simms.

Retirement gala for the Rev. James Simms

Rev. Simms was honored with a retirement gala at the Wyndham Grand for his 40 years of service to St. Paul Baptist Church.

1 month ago

 Alina, Carol and Stephanie Massaro.

Massaro Research Fund Dinner held at Oakmont County Club

Carol Massaro began the Alzheimer's Research Fund in honor of her husband, Joseph, who was diagnosed with this disease six years ago.

1 month ago

 Tiger Weaver, Sydney Olberg and Channing McNeal.

LGBTQ Endowment Launch

Three Rivers Community Foundation establishes endowment fund specifically for LGBTQ causes.

1 month ago

 Robert Nelkin and Sharon Epperson.

CNBC's Sharon Epperson visits Pittsburgh

Sharon Epperson‘‍s visit, presented by United Way, benefits United for Women.

1 month ago

 Barbara Baker with a cheetah.

Imagination Untamed: Zoo Gala 2014

Zoo Gala raises more than $500,000 to help launch educational initiative, Wildlife Launch.

1 month ago

 Sereena Tucker, Lorrie Kiger and Kaylan Moore.

Yale Club of Pittsburgh hosts All-Ivy Young Alumni Happy Hour

More than 70 local alumni from Yale, Harvard, Brown, Princeton and other distinctive schools celebrate Brown's 250th anniversary.

1 month ago

 Richard Parsakian, Tomé Cousin and C.T. Steele.

Pride in the Street celebrates the LGBT community

The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh presents Pride in the Street.

1 month ago

 Rolling Stones Tribute band Jumpin' Jack Flash, with, from left,  John Macho (as Ron Wood), Garrett Andrae (Mick Jagger) and Mike Scheer (Keith Richards).

Hard Rock Cafe hosts 12th anniversary party

The Hard Rock Cafe at Station Square celebrated its 12th anniversary Saturday with a free show by Jumpin Jack Flash.

1 month ago

 Thomas Keller with Sheryl and Jeff Broadhurst.

From Garden to Table: A Gala Tribute to Thomas Keller

A sold-out crowd of more than 350 attended the feast catered by all-star chefs from Pittsburgh to honor chef Thomas Keller.

1 month ago

 Henry Krakovsky  with John and Gerri Boccella.

Pittsburgh Promise hosts event in Highland Park

The Pittsburgh Promise provides  scholarships of up to $40,000 to eligible graduates of the Pittsburgh Public School District.

1 month ago

 Logan Zirwas, age 7 from Imperial, Pa.

Variety hosts 29th annual Golf Invitational

Variety’s My Bike Program provides adaptive bikes to eligible children with disabilities

1 month ago

 Jeff D. Dutkovic and Everett McElveen.

Life’sWork 23rd annual Golf Invitational

Former professional athletes and community members play to raise funds for Life’s Work.

1 month ago

 Kelsey and Brandon Keller.

Full Bloom 6 held at Kelly Strayhorn

The Sixth Annual Summer Dance Party swelled to more than 300 as guests were getting down with their funky footwork.

1 month ago

 Susan and Lee Baierl.

Great Night Gala benefits Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

With 400 guests it was the second best attended party in the museum's history.

1 month ago

 Morgan, George and Moira Davison

CLO Guild Ball held at Westin Convention Center

It was "A Night to Remember" for musical theater at the Westin Convention Center, Downtown, for the 59th CLO Guild Ball on Saturday.

1 month ago

 GLSEN volunteer Eric D’Ambrogi   with Vanessa Davis and Rachel Reifman.

GLSEN Youth Pride Prom held at The Warhol

The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN)’s Pittsburgh Youth Pride Prom so young people can celebrate in a safe environment.

1 month ago

 2014 Father of the Year Award Honorees: Jason Ross, Ron Violi and John Paul.

Father of the Year awards raises funds for American Diabetes Association

Father’s Day Council held the fourth annual Father of the Year Awards dinner at the Westin Convention Center, Downtown, Friday night.

1 month ago

 Pat Julkowski, Leslie Wojdowski and Holly Wald.

LeMont event raises funds for breast cancer research

About 150 guests who came to the LeMont Restaurant on Mount Washington for Komen Pittsburgh’s “A Celebration of the Promise” dinner.

1 month ago

 Terry Fedele with Cliff Lechwar and Angie Longo.

Renewal Inc. hosts fundraiser at Omni William Penn

Renewal Inc. raises funds to help people who have been through the criminal justice system restore their lives.

1 month ago

 Toni Sacco, Veronica Corpuz and Deb Acklin.

Three Rivers Arts Festival party held at Cultural Trust

Event kicks off the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

1 month ago

 Grit & Grace owner chef Brian Pekarcik.

Best Restaurants party held at Heinz Field

Nearly 2,500 guests came to celebrate Pittsburgh Magazine’s 25th annual Best Restaurants Party at Heinz Field’s Club East and West Lounges.

1 month ago

 Michael Tomashewski.

Gateway to the Arts event held on the South Side

"Full Steam Ahead!" event held at the South Side waterfront design office of ThoughtForm Inc. Thursday evening.

1 month ago

 Jim Spencer and Michael Lin.

Spring Gala benefits Planned Parenthood

A French Deco-themed Ooh La La! Spring Gala garden gathering Saturday night under clear tents grossed $100,000 for the organization.

1 month ago

 Debra Caplan, Sylvia Fields and Esther Barazzone.

Tribute to Women Leadership Awards held at the Westin Convention Center

YWCA's Women's Leadership Awards luncheon paid tribute to honorees and emphasized the econonic issues facing all women.

1 month ago

 Sandy and Prosser Mellon.

Mellon Square Park Rededication

A celebration marked the restoration of Mellon Square Park, a three-year and $10 million project.

1 month ago

 Vanessa Veltre, Heather Manning and Carrie Battle.

Art shows benefits Girls Rock!

The proceeds from the charity art created by local artists will go toward establishing the Sarah and Susan Wolfe Scholarship Fund.

1 month ago

 Kitty Vagley sits in  a giant bird nest at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden will open in August

After more then 20 years of planning and developing, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Collier and North Fayette will open in August

1 month ago

 Yo-Yo Ma, Joanne Rogers and Rick Fernandes.

Fred Rogers Legacy Award

Yo-Yo Ma was the first recipient of the Fred Rogers Legacy Award May 23 at St. Vincent College.

1 month ago



Natalie Bencivenga's SEEN documents Pittsburgh social life in all its diversity. Beyond the galas, the glitterati and the glamour, it chronicles the way we live today and the people who are engaged in making this community a vibrant place to live.

A Pittsburgh native who has a master's degree in social work, Ms. Bencivenga ran her own online lifestyle magazine for five years. She is broadening the reach of SEEN by expanding the kinds of events the Post-Gazette covers. She also heavily uses social media to engage readers so that even if they can't be at the party with SEEN, they'll be part of the party.

If you have any events that should be featured in SEEN, contact Ms. Bencivenga at or 412-263-1582. Follow her on Twitter @NBSeen to keep up with #wheresNataliePG.

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Send invitations to SEEN, 34 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Email Natalie Bencivenga or fax 412-263-1706.


July 3: Three Rivers Regatta VIP Reception; at the Allegheny Steps Riverwalk at Point State Park; for more information call Ron Wahl at 412-427-4893
July 11: The Woodlands presents 15th Annual “Bringing Out the Stars” musical concert; at The Woodlands, 134 Shenot Rd., Wexford;
July 11: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 2014 Cosmopolitan Party; at August Wilson Center; 412-471-6086
July 11: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s annual Black Tie and Tailpipes Gala; at Longue Vue Club in Verona;
July 11: Twenty Five Years Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Gala. At St. Vincent College; 724-805-2901
July 12: National Aviary’s Night in the Tropics; At the National Aviary of Pittsburgh;
July 14: 28th Annual Lanny Frattare Golf Classic to support Family Links; at St. Clair Country Club; for more information contact or call 412-942-0528.
July 15: Single Steps Strategies’ 10th Birthday Party; at The Metamorphosis Center in McMurray, PA; for tickets contact 412-341-2888 ext 312
July 18: St. Clair Hospital’s Summer Swing; at St. Clair Country Club; or call 412-942-6295 for ticket inquiries.
July 19: Vegan Festival; at Unitarian Universalist Church Allegheny; free to public
July 19: SAMA’s 36th annual Party in Paradise; St. Francis University in Loretto; 724-238-6015
July 22: Every Child’s annual Luncheon; at LeMont;
July 24: ToonSeum’s “When Universes Collide!!!”; at ToonSeum; for tickets go to
July 25: Pittsburgh Zoo’s Summer Safari; At Pittsburgh Zoo and PGG Aquarium; for tickets
July 26: The Fabulous Forties Gala and Fashion Show Benefit for the Homeless Children’s Education Fund; at Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown;


Aug 5: UnWINEd, a Toast to Hope for a Cure; La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia;
Aug 8: Rivers Casino Anniversary Party; at Rivers Casino; go to for tickets
Aug 14: Friends at the Table celebrates Sisters Place 20th Anniversary; at Omni William Penn Hotel;
Aug. 14: Cystic Fibrosis’ 50 Finest Award Dinner; at Omni William Penn;
Aug. 18: ACHIEVA’s 16th Annual Million Dollar Golf Outing; Valley Brook Country Club, McMurray; 412-995-5000 X 526 or email
Aug. 22: Carabella Fashion Show to Benefit Alzheimer’s Association; in Oakmont on Allegheny River Blvd;
Aug 23: Ladies Hospital Aid Society presents Orchids in the Moonlight; at the Fairmont Hotel; or call 412-648-6106 for ticket inquiries.


Sept 5: Partner’s for Quality 11th Annual Pittsburgh Fashion Story; At Power Center Ballroom at Duquesne University; 412-446-0702 or
Sept. 6: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gala;
Sept 6: Family House & Fifth Third Bank Host 31st Annual Family House Polo Match; at Hartwood Acres;
Sept 13: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s: For Your Eyes Only; beginning at Duquesne Club ending at Fairmont; 412-392-6070
Sept 15: Our Clubhouse (formerly Gilda’s Club) presents Over the Edge; at Oliver Building;
Sept 18: The New Hazlett Theater presents Salon Noir; at New Hazlett Theater;
Sept 20: Butterfly Ball; at Oakmont Country Club;
Sept 24: 100th Anniversary Tea honoring West Penn Hospital Women’s Committee; at Wintergarden of West Penn Hospital; for tickets email or call 412-330-4434
Sept. 26: Art on Fire Celebration & Auction; at American Eagle Outfitters Headquarters at Southside Works 77 Hot Metal Street in Pittsburgh;

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