Hayley Haldermanand Sam Hornak.

#LetsMakeASEEN: Summer of Learn and Earn

Remember your first summer job? The city is teaming up with various organizations to provide 2,000 low-income students a paid internship.

3 days ago

 Jack Brice, Karla Boos and Kate Freed.

Quantum Theatre Celebrates 25 Years

Quantum Theatre’s Karla Boos unveiled plans for the 25th anniversary season by inviting friends and supporters the Union Trust Building.

3 days ago

 Ayisha Morgan-Lee, Doris Brevard and Magdeline Jensen.

YWCA's 33rd annual Tribute to Women held at the Westin

The seven women honored this year embody the values of the YWCA in all that they do within their respective fields.

3 days ago

 CCChampions founder Sidney Kushner.

#ItsGoodtoGive: Sidney Kushner

Young Pittsburgh man puts medical school on hold to make a difference in the lives of children who have cancer.

3 days ago

 From left, Judy and Michael Cheteyan, June Yonas and Laura Kronk.

City Theatre’s 40th Birthday Bash held at Heinz Field Club East

Heinz Field East Club Lounge on the North Shore was party central on Monday night as more than 400 celebrated 40 years of City Theatre.

3 days ago

 TEDxSSA Event: Dan Proulx.


Check out more great things happening in the city!

3 days ago

 Carol Brown and Kevin McMahon.

Pittsburgh Opera presents Maecenas XXXI

More than 260 guests enjoyed the gala held at Pittsburgh Opera headquarters.

1 week ago

 Penny Morel and Paul Block.

BACHday Bash held at the Aviary

Event supports the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh.

1 week ago

 From left, Olga Welch, Phil Parr, Cheryl Hall-Russell and Scott Lammie.

Hill House’s hosts Live from the Hill with Audra McDonald

While Audra McDonald was preparing for her concert at the Byham, the people who made it happen were prepping for an evening next door.

1 week ago

 Joe, Laura, Chris and Sharon Fennimore.

James Beard culinary tribute held at the Art Institute

The James Beard Culinary Tribute of WQED’s Chris Fennimore was a food fest for fans and family Saturday night.

1 week ago

 Matt Rhenish and Evan Frazier.

Three Rivers Youth hosts event at the Renaissance Hotel

More than 250 supporters attended the 135th anniversary of Three Rivers Youth, raising more than $130,000.

1 week ago

 From left, Daisy Balawejder and Kelley Baumgartel at Hello Bully's Lovers Not Fighters Gala at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall.

Hello Bully hosts gala at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall

Celebrities turned out Saturday for Hello Bully’s seventh annual Lovers Not Fighters Gala at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.

1 week ago

 Cocktails & Conversations: From left, Emilee Goodman, Marisa C Williams, and Michelle Leszczynski.


Since you can’t make it to all of them, we’ve rounded up some of the best parties of the week!

1 week ago

 #SEENHonorees:  Suzie McConnell-Serio, Alma Speed Fox and William Whittaker.

23rd annual History Makers Award Dinner held at the Westin

Each year, this highly anticipated event honors five Pittsburgh powerhouses within their respective fields.

2 weeks ago

 Anne Chem, left and Elina Malkin --  their portrait CrashKiss by artists Rollin and Tad Leonard. CrashKiss is a group photo-booth that digitally collides two visitors profiles together in a surreal kiss.   at #NOWSEETHIS at the Carnegie Museum of Art which   collaborated with VIA to celebrate on Saturday May 9, 2015, the CMOA's Hillman Photography Initiative's explorations of visual culture.  VIA is a platform for the intersection of emerging music, new media art, and technology.

#NOWSEETHIS event celebrates Hillman Photography Initiative

About 700 guests enjoyed the event which was held at Carnegie Museum of Art.

2 weeks ago

 From left, Angelique Bamberg, Jason Roth, Stacy Bodow and Kate Romane.

Salsita! event raises funds for La Escuelita Arcoiris

Partygoers enjoyed a sizzling hot spicy soirée featuring salsa dancing and salsa eating on Saturday night at the Pittsburgh Opera

2 weeks ago

 From left, David Anderson, Robin Nicholson and Stephanie R. La Nasa.

"Rolling Hills, Satanic Mills" exhibition opens at the Frick

It was bucolic beauty meets industrial drab and beyond at the “Rolling Hills, Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape” reception.

2 weeks ago

 Honorees from left, Michele Fabrizi , Karen Wolk Feinstein and Roslyn Neiman.

Women of Distinction Awards luncheon held at the Fairmont

More than 360 attended the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s 7th annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon.

2 weeks ago

 Nathalie and Austin Lemieux.


Pittsburgh is not a sleepy city! Check out even more fun events that happened this weekend.

2 weeks ago

 Maureen and Brennan Hart.

Cinco de Mayo celebration held at Oxford Center

The National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies hosted its first Young Professionals Cinco de Mayo celebration.

2 weeks ago

 From left, Co-chairs Christy Wiegand, Debbie Demchak, Meg Cheever, Annie Hanna Engel and Kiya Tomlin.

Hats galore: Riverview Park luncheon gala springs into action

A sea of roughly 670 colorful hats peppered the park on the North Side for the 17th annual event.

3 weeks ago

 Latasha and Charlie Batch with Shirl Regan.

The Women's Center & Shelter host fundraiser at J. Verno Studio

The Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh welcomed close to 300 guests on Friday night at the J. Verno Studio, South Side.

3 weeks ago

 Shaina Walker, left, and Lachelle Binion at the Rights to Realities: Women's Health and Equality event.

Women's Law Project hosts Rights to Reallities dinner

The Rights to Realities dinner to celebrate women’s health and equality was held at the Fairmont on Friday night.

3 weeks ago

 Ted Pappas with the "Vegas showgirls."

Pittsburgh Public Theater hosts 40th anniversary gala

The Wyndham Grand was host to PPT’s “That’s Entertainment With a Vegas Twist,” on Saturday night.

3 weeks ago

 Canaan Smith, left and Scotty McCreery.

First Cattle Baron’s Ball held at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters

The American Cancer Society welcomed country music star Scotty McCreery and Canaan Smith to entertain about 270 guests at fundraiser..

3 weeks ago

 Robert Morris and Clyde Jones.

UPMC Presents Art For Change

Close to 1,000 art enthusiasts and Persad supporters enjoyed an art auction by local collectors and artists at the Wyndham Grand.

3 weeks ago

 Hard Rock Cafe Legends Awards: From left, Larry Richert, Jim and Hedy Krenn, Chris Robert, Rick Granati, Jules Granati and Addie Molony, Donnie Iris’ daughter


Parties and events around town.

3 weeks ago

 Kelsey Halling, left and Kathleen Gaines.  The cake: "Ink, Magic and Imagination: The Magic Disney," by Bella Christie and Lil' Z's Sweet Boutique.

Lights, Camera, Cake! event benefits the Midwife Center

More than 400 guests indulged their sweet tooth at the Pittsburgh Opera on Saturday night for a cake tasting contest.

1 month ago

 Jacqueline D. Wilson and, Nikki Kazarick.

TRAC's [UnMask]erade Gala held at the LeMont

Three Rivers Adoption Council celebrates its 35th anniversary with event at LeMont.

1 month ago

 Evan Frazier, center, with Akiliann Bray, left, and Tyler Perry.

17th annual FAME Luncheon held at the Duquesne Club

FAME (Fund for Advancement of Minorities through Education) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

1 month ago

 Chris Jamison and Norman Childs.

#PghEarthDay Extravaganza

Chris Jamison performed during the Earth Day festivities held at Downtown’s Hotel Monaco.

1 month ago

 The McKain family from left Patrik, Colin, 8, Jameson, 4, and Danielle. #SEENInspiring

Green Heart Gala held at the LeMont

The fourth annual Green Heart Gala to raise funds for children and families dealing with congenital heart disease.

1 month ago

 Martin Potoczny with his work "The Climb," at his gallery opening in Garfield.

'LIGHT: A Luminous Project' opens at Garfield gallery

The pop-up exhibit features neon pieces Martin Potoczny has collected and created.

1 month ago

 From left, Anicet Mundundu, Michael Lichius and Nick Spivey of New Umoja.

Tropical Forest Congo Party held at Phipps

More than 200 guests flocked to escape the dreary weather and enjoy the tropical forest of the Congo at Phipps Conservatory.

1 month ago

 Cooking For a Cure: Marmee Maylone.


Catch up on even more fun events that happened this weekend!

1 month ago

 From left, Dawn Fleischner, Bill and Carolyn Byham and Harris Ferris.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s season finale gala held at the Benedum

Roughly 230 guests celebrated the PBT’s 45th year with a gala, and a surprise announcement.

1 month ago

 Kathy and Morgan K. O'Brien, gala honoree.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hosts 23rd Rainbow Gala

More than 700 supporters attended the Rainbow Gala held at the Westin Convention Center.

1 month ago

 Dr. Tony DiGioia, Susan Koeppen and Brett Keisel.

Art Rooney Award dinner held at the Westin Convention Center

Roughly 500 partygoers supported the 42nd annual Art Rooney Award Dinner & Auction to benefit The Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh.

1 month ago

 Roger and Regina Humphries.

Familylinks hosts Just Jazz III

More than 200 jazz enthusiasts came out to tap their feet and show support for Familylinks and to honor local jazz legend, Roger Humphries.

1 month ago

 From left, Theodora Polamalu, Liz Murphy and Melanie Gefert-Azur.

Irene’s Dream Luncheon benefits the Bartko Foundation

Roughly 245 fashionistas shopped ‘til they dropped at the Fairmont Hotel, Downtown, to benefit the Bartko Foundation.

1 month ago

 The Great Debate: Peggy Outon, Grant Oliphant, Heather Arnet and Thomas Ryan.


Many fun things happened over the weekend that didn’t fit in the paper, including the JFilm Festival, POWER Promises and The Great Debate.

1 month ago

 From left, Jay and Bonnie Mangold, Jennifer Hoerster and Jerry Dickinson.

Beer event raises funds for HEARTH

More than 350 guests came out to support HEARTH to help end homelessness and support at-risk families.

1 month ago

 Michele de la Reza and Peter Kope.

10th annual Dirty Ball held on South Side

Anything goes at the 10th annual time-travel themed Dirty Ball to celebrate Attack Theatre’s 20th season.

1 month ago

 Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium president and CEO Barbara Baker.

Fashion show raises funds for Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

The second annual Fashion for the Wild event was full of stylish sights and fashionable faces on Thursday night.

1 month ago

 From left Mel Blount, Jr., with his wife TiAnda, Jerry Lopes and Tim Stevens.

B-PEP hosts annual Jazz ‘Fun’-raiser

The party took place at Bridges, inside the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center in Oakland.

1 month ago

 From left, Kiya Tomlin, Annie Engel, Charlene Petrelli, Debbie Demchak and Christy Wiegand.

Hat Luncheon preview party

Patrons of the beloved annual Parks Conservancy Hat Luncheon gathered for a cocktail party to chat about...what else? Hats, of course.

1 month ago

 From left, Honorees Michael Shullo, Colin Wrabley, Sister Jean Augustine and Ralph Finizio .

Crafton's St. Philip School Celebrates 100th

Nearly 300 guests filled the Grand Priory Hall to mark the Catholic elementary school’s milestone.

1 month ago

 Pittsburgh CLO executive producer and lead producer on “An American Paris” Van Kaplan, left, with the show’s director-choreographer Christopher Wheeldon at the after party Saturday at Ruby Foo’s restaurant on Broadway. The party was filled with Pittsburgh CLO officials and alums.


A few events of note.

1 month ago

 Lavender Wachira and Lueana Coward.

The Gathering: Pittsburgh’s Celebration of Life held at the Rivers Club

Guests from all over the city donned their best black tie to come together in the spirit of unity and help put an end to gun violence here.

1 month ago

 Siena Kane and Joe Calloway.

Allentown hosts party to attract new businesses

Allentown is ready for more new businesses, and the business district threw a party to show potential owners how it will help.

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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10th Dirty Ball for Attack Theatre: Christian Appel, left, and Doug Himberger.

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


May 28: “At First Glance” to support the 104th annual Exhibition of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh; at Hotel Monaco;
May 28: Conservation Legacy Award Dinner; at the Pittsburgh Zoo; invite only, please contact for details
May 28: Big Band Classics Bloom at Phipps’ Jazz in the Garden; at Phipps Conservatory; 412-622-6915 X 6505
May 29: Pups with a Purpose: Black and White Bash; Heinz History Center
May 30: Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania’s Spring Gala; at a private residence; or 412-258-9540
May 30: Simple Sugars Pink Party; 207 Sigma Drive, 15238, RSVP to


June 3: Wesley Spectrum’s annual Golf Invitational; at Laurel Valley Golf Club
June 3: Cocktails for Clay; Union Project at 801 N. Negley Ave. 15206; 412-837-2542
June 4: Jeans, Jewels and Jazz!; at the Left Field Meeting Space; 412-622-1212
June 4: Big Mac Open & Getaway; at Nemacolin Woodland Resort; 866-344-6957
June 4: Go Red for Women Luncheon; Westin Convention Center, downtown
June 4: RAW PGH Presents: Splendor; at Mr. Smalls in Millvale;
June 6: Westmoreland Symphony Hat Luncheon; at Greensburg Country Club; 724-837-1850
June 5: 2015 Great Night Gala; Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh; 412-322-5058 X 284
June 6: GridIron Gold to honor Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks born in western PA; at Wyndham Grand Hotel, Downtown
June 6: The Woodlands inaugural Block Party; at the Woodlands 134 Shenot Rd, Wexford PA 15090
June 6: Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball featuring Billy Porter; at the Omni William Penn Hotel
June 6: Kelly Strayhorn’s Full Bloom Party; at the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre
June 7: YMCA’s Evening in Sienna; at Sienna Sulla Piazza in Market Square; For tickets contact
June 10: A Celebration of the Promise 2015; at LeMont Restaurant, Mount Washington
June 11: Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel Disco Event...HEAVEN is Back for one night only!; at the Renaissance Hotel, Downtown; 412-508-5111
June 13: The Machester Craftsmen Guild’s Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration; Heinz Hall
June 13: Into the Woods: A Fundraiser for the Audubon Society of Western PA; at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel; 412-963-6100
June 13-14: Pittsburgh’s Juneteenth & Community Awareness Day Festival; in Market Square; 724-205-9376

June 19: M is for Mattress: Urban Garden Party; at the Mattress Factory, North Side
June 19: 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards; at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
June 19: NPF Courage Gala; at East Club Lounge of Heinz Field
June 19-21: 5th annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival; Pittsburgh Cultural District
June 20: Diamonds & Denim; in Market Square


July 3-5: You Gotta Regatta!; at The Point, Downtown
July 9: Silk Screen Film Festival Gala; Maggie’s Farm 3212A Smallman Street, Strip District
July 11: National Aviary Night at the Tropics Feathered Fiesta!; at the National Aviary, Northside
July 31: ReFined Culture presents The Compilation; The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel

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