Cool Picks

Cool things to do in the Pittsburgh region

Cool Picks Friday August 10, 2012

1) We lost a good man on Monday with the passing of  Marvin Hamlisch. Hamlisch was a singular sensation. He won many awards in several different categories. Grammy, Emmy, Oscar, Tony, Pulitzer were all in his trophy case! We were lucky to have his great personality and magnificent talent here in Pittsburgh as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Pops conductor. As a suggested tribute to Hamlisch, go out and see a play, enjoy a concert or make a donation to your favorite arts organization.

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Cool Picks Thursday August 9, 2012

1) The Pittsburgh Steelers take on cross-state rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles tonight. The smell of football is in the air, even if it’s only pre-season. Area sports bar deep fryers are heating up in anticipation of all the chicken wings they will crisp and brown later on tonight. At one point during World War II, the Steelers and Eagles merged due to a lack of players. They were officially called the “Phil-Pitt Combine.” However unofficially they were known as the Steagles. 7:30 p.m.

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Cool Picks Wednesday August 8, 2012

1) Prolific singer-songwriter Jackson Browne is in concert tonight at Greensburg’s Palace Theatre. Browne was very popular in the 70’s and 80’s with hits like: Doctor My Eyes, The Pretender, The Loadout, Stay, Lawyers in Love. He sings with a rich, melodic voice and is very passionate about good causes. Browne is donating $1 from each ticket sold to charity. Also on the bill is Sara Watkins. 8 p.m. Greensburg.

2) The Pirates hope to stomp on the Arizona Diamondbacks   in a 7:05  p.m. game. PNC

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Cool Picks Tuesday August 7, 2012

1) 311, an Omaha, Nebraska rock band (I wonder if they know Omaha investor Warren Buffett?) & Slightly Stoopid are in concert tonight at Stage AE for their Unity Tour 2012. Special guests are SOJA and the Aggrolites.  Gates open 6 p.m., North Shore.

2) Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s BNY Mellon JazzLive is showcasing Brett Williams, a highly accomplished local piano prodigy. 5-7 p.m., Agnes Katz Plaza. Downtown. Free.

3) The Princess and the Frog (G) is the Dollar Bank CITIPARK’s movie playing at the West

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Cool Picks Monday August 6, 2012

1)  For classical music lovers who enjoy it with a modern touch, Heinz Hall is hosting internationally acclaimed operatic pop group Il Divo. The talented 4-man group consists of a French pop singer, a Spanish baritone, a Swiss tenor, and an American tenor. Fittingly, they have produced songs in French, Spanish, Italian and English.  Il Divo was created by American Idol producer Simon Cowell.Their 2006 tour with Barbara Streisand generated the second most money of any tour that year, and they’ve

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Cool Picks Sunday August 5, 2012

1) Flood City Music Festival continues today with many fantastic bands and performers including: The Harlan Twins, 1 p.m.; Sonny Landreth, 5:30 p.m.; Yellow Dubmarine, 6 p.m.; Mon River Ramblers, 7 p.m.; Del McCoury Band, 8 p.m. Gates open noon. Peoples Natural Gas Park,  Johnstown.

2) CITIPARKS Bach, Beethoven and Brunch’s classical music series presents Cincopation in concert. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Mellon Park, Shadyside. Free.

3) The legendary Spyro Gyra is the featured act for the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series presented by BNY Mellon Jazz. 7:30 p.m. Hartwood

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Cool Picks Saturday August 4, 2012

1) Wiz and Mac, two hometown guys who’ve done good, are back in the ‘burg (Burgettstown) for a joint rap fest.  Wiz Khalifa & Mac Miller, both Pittsburgh Taylor Allderdice High grads, are bringing their “Under the Influence of Music Tour” to First Niagara Pavilion. Special guests include: Kendrick Lamar, Chiddy Bang, School Boy Q., Chevy Woods. Miller’s recording, “Blue Slide Park” talks about the slides in Frick Park and some other city locales. Khalifia calls his musical group “The Taylor Gang” after Taylor Allderdice High School. 5:30

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Cool Picks Friday August 3, 2012

1) The Steelers continue their training camp tradition of holding a night practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium. It’s a love fest between the Steelers and their fans in this intimate stadium setting. A great chance to see your favorite Steeler up close and personal; so close that you can see individual strands of Troy Polamalu’s hair. 7 p.m. Latrobe Memorial Stadium, Latrobe.

2) Karla Boos’ Quantum Theatre launches their newest production, The Golden Dragon, in a picturesque setting at Lake Carnegie in Highland

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Cool Picks Thursday August 2, 2012

1) Classic rock mainstays, Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, who both racked up numerous hits during the 70’s, are joining forces tonight at First Niagara Pavilion. Chicago’s brassy horn section gives extra depth to hits like 25 or 6 to 4; Saturday in the Park; Just You and Me; Beginnings; If You Leave Me Now. Chicago had a longer name at their start. They called themselves the Chicago Transit Authority, but were forced to change it. The Doobie Brothers, California

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Cool Picks Wednesday August 1, 2012

1)  The Head and The Heart hit Mr. Smalls tonight, bringing their blend of acoustic, indie-rock fused with upbeat dance grooves. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale.

2) Do you love rock music, AND karaoke? If so, or if you enjoy watching people perform their rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” head over to the Smiling Moose Bar tonight at 9:30 p.m. for Rock Star Karaoke. 1306 East Carson Street. South Side. Free.

3) In the mood for a movie but don’t feel like

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