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Spirit Lodge
December 19
Noon – 6 p.m.

The early bird may get the worm, but come Saturday at Spirit, the procrastinator will get the gift.

North Ave Candles
North Ave Candles

Pittsburgh-based collective Second Shift Crafters is calling all last-minute shoppers, procrastinators and gift list adventurers to the Lawrenceville hotspot for a daylong celebration of local crafts, art, music and food from noon to 6 p.m.

Dubbed The Procrastinator’s Ball, the free event serves as Second Shift‘s annual Holiday Show and is a much-needed one-stop-shop for anyone seeking last-minute handmade gifts.

Upstairs in the Spirit Hall will be a market featuring more than 40 local craft vendors selling handmade products such as soaps, lotions, baby clothing, candles, paper goods, pottery and jewelry.

The Spirit Lodge downstairs will host rotating open mic sessions all afternoon. Local performers of all ilks are invited to hop on stage and test out new tunes, slam some poetry or experience their own TED Talk or Moth moment.

Hip Modern Soap
Hip Modern Soap

The Procrastinator’s Ball will also feature a variety of entertainment, including rowdy honky tonk and hillbilly bop music by Mike Athey and Pat Clark of The Allegheny Rhythm Rangers, a live podcast session led by Kahmeela Adams of Rugged Angel Productions and performances by The Grand Snafu.

Garfield-based gallery Most Wanted Fine Art will lead silkscreening activities, present live art and screen clips of co-founder Jason Sauer’s Art Car which was featured at MakerFaire NYC and San Francisco.

Local micro-press Hyacinth Girl will host readings by writers whose work explores feminism, mysticism and scientific inquiry. And the Pittsburgh-based literary group Grlhood—which works to empower girl writers—will host poetry performances and displays of printed works and resources.

In between all of the shopping and entertainment, procrastinators can fuel up on Slice Island Pizza, Pittsburgh Crepes and cupcakes and treats from vendors and food trucks.

Looking for more events? Read our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in December feature.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.