Cool Picks

Cool things to do in the Pittsburgh region

Cool Picks Thursday July 12, 2012

1) The Vans Warped Tour of bands is making a stop at First Niagara Pavilion today in Burgettstown starting at noon. Featured band is Pierce The Veil.

2) Club Cafe has acoustic guitarist Caleb Lovely and South East Ohio native, Dom Liberati, who delivers bass driven rock with great hooks; and special guest Jason Myles Goss in concert, 8 p.m. show. 56-58 South 12th Street, South Side.

3) Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG) is being shown in Brookline Memorial Park tonight at dusk as part

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Cool Picks Wednesday July 11, 2012

1) Alternative rock band Sublime plays Stage AE with supporting acts Rome, Cypress Hill, Pepper, HB Surround Sound. Gates open 5 p.m. North Shore.

2) Indy radio darlin’ Maia Sharp is in concert at Club Cafe with special guest Garrison Starr. Sharp is touring in support of her latest recordings, “Echo.” Show time 8 p.m. 56-58 South 12th Street, South Side.

3) The classic date is dinner and a movie, at Flagstaff Hill on Wednesday nights you can have a band and a

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Cool Picks Tuesday July 10, 2012

1) Should be another great weather day for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trusts BNY Mellon “JazzLive” Tuesdays outside at Agnes Katz Plaza. This weeks featured performer is jazz bassist Tony DePaolis.  5 p.m. start. Penn & 7th Street Downtown.

2) Round up the neighborhood kids and walk them (or pack them safely in the minivan) to the Elliott Overlook to see Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG) as part of the Dollar Bank CITIPARKS “Cinema in the Park” series. Dusk. Free.

3) Altar Bar ,in the Strip, is

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Cool Picks Monday July 9, 2012

1) The Roger Humphries (a Pittsburgh institution if you’re a jazz aficionado) Trio  plays Savoy Restaurant in the Strip every Monday, featuring  a special guest each week. This weeks special guest is Eric Johnson, jazz guitarist. Savoy Jazz Mondays go from 6 – 10 p.m. 2623 Penn Ave. Strip District.

2) Craig King hosts the Thunderbird Cafe’s “Open Stage” night. 9:30 p.m. start. No cover. 4023 Butler Street, Lawrenceville.

3) “It’s A Girl”  the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium proudly announces on their website in regards to the

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Cool Picks Sunday July 8, 2012

1) Citiparks Bach Beethoven and Brunch in Mellon Park presents Allegheny Brass Band, 10:30 a.m. -noon. Free.

2) The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continues it tour de Pittsburgh at Hartwood Acres  outdoor amphitheater. Classic, operatic and pop tunes with Thomas Hong, conducting, featuring violinist Dennis M. O’Boyle. 8 p.m. Free.

3) Acoustic guitarist Matt Tichon plays from 3 p.m.-7p.m. on the deck at Redfin Blues. Washington’s Landing.

4) The Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival in Greensburg’s Twin Lakes Park features: Temujin (African storytelling), 1 p.m.;

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Cool Picks Saturday July 7, 2012

1) Denis DeYoung, original lead singer of the classic rock band Styx, is in concert at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino. DeYoung will surely play “Renegade,” one of the songs that gets Steeler’s fans fired up at the games. You’re also sure to hear: “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” and “The Grand Illusion.” 8 p.m. Washington, PA.

2) The Pittsburgh Power Arena Football League team take on the Tampa Bay Storm at the Consol Energy Center (Editor’s note: the Consol Energy Center has a great air

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Cool Picks Friday, July 6, 2012

1) Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is playing Pittsburgh hard this weekend with concerts for the masses. Tonight they perform at South Park Amphitheater  (8 p.m.) and Sunday at Hartwood Acres Amphitheater (8:15 p.m.). Thank you Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Allegheny County Parks for these free cultural events.

2) Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn , a really cool gallery crawl for the especially hip, is flowing at the art galleries and venues on Penn Avenue in the Bloomfield/Garfield neighborhoods. Art, music, interesting people snacks and beverages from 6 p.m.-2

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Cool Picks Thursday July 5, 2012

1) Veteran actress Sally Struthers (of “All in the Family” TV show fame) is not the only star at the CLO this week. Johanna Loughran is lighting up the Benedum stage as “Little Orphan Annie” in the CLO’s production of Annie. Loughran, 12-years-old, attends St. Bede Elementary School in Point Breeze and also a student of the CLO Academy. Last season, she played a Workhouse Boy in CLO’s “Oliver.” You can catch Annie through this Sunday. 8 p.m. tonight.

2) Bike Nights are happening tonight at the “Square’s”–Station

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Cool Picks Wednesday July 4, 2012 – Independence Day

1) Some people go “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs,” in Pittsburgh we go “hilly-dilly” for fireworks. One of America’s ten biggest fireworks displays  is blasting off over the confluence of the Three Rivers at Point State Park for the EQT Three Rivers Regatta “Flashes of Freedom” Fireworks Fantasia. Check them out from your favorite perch or porch. 9:35 p.m.

2) In addition to all the fun events at the EQT Three Rivers Regatta today, two Pittsburgh classic events are occurring – The Anything that Floats contest

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Cool Picks Tuesday July 3, 2012

1) EQT Three Rivers Regatta continues today with many interesting activities and events including Beaverland Must Skis, a nationally acclaimed high precision water ski troupe. Water ski performances are: 3:30, 5:30 and 8 p.m.  Also catch Beach boys tribute band, Beach Party Boys, main stage Point State Park, 8 p.m. Free.

2) Two more tribute bands are playing the River’s Casino “Live on the River” concert series, Parrot Beach and Asbury Fever (in case you didn’t figure it out, they are respectively,

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