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Cool things to do in the Pittsburgh region

Cool Picks Saturday December 1, 2012

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1) Nadia Salon in Shadyside is being transformed today into a magical holiday place for the Promenade on Walnut. The Promenade is a showcase of fashion, music, performance and art, including an exciting dance exhibition by the talented dancers of Continuum Dance Theater. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. There’s also a VIP reception from 3-4 p.m., a paid portion of this event.  5519 Walnut Street (2nd floor), Shadyside.

2) Eileen Ivers &

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Cool Picks Friday November 30, 2012

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1) Clint Black, noted country musician, is in Greensburg tonight for a concert at the Palace Theatre. Black, who is married to actress Lisa Hartman-Black, is known for hits “Walkin’ Away,” “Spend My Time,”  “A Better Man.”  Opening is popular western PA band, The Stickers. 8 p.m., 21 W. Otterman St.

2) Grammy Award-nominated comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White brings his stand up routine “Moral Compass” to the Benedum stage this evening. He is known

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Cool Picks Thursday November 29, 2012

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1) Shatner’s World will eclipse the Pittsburgh nightlife scene tonight. William Shatner, the man we all loved as Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series, as TV police sergeant T. J. Hooker, and as Priceline’s pitchman, is now touring with his one man show. The production traces his journey from early training as a Shakespearean actor, through his television roles, personal life, and in his most dramatic role yet–being himself. Shatner’s world is replete with songs, tales, jokes, anecdotes and

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Cool Picks Wednesday November 28, 2012

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1) Buddy Valastro, star of TLC’s TV show “Cake Boss,” brings his Homemade for the Holidays Tour to the stage of the Benedum Center. Valastro will entertain you with family tales and traditions, straight from Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey.  Along with all of the fun, he’ll demonstrate the cake making and decorating techniques that have made him (with credit to his team) the most famous “cake artist” in the country. 7:30 p.m.  Penn Ave. & Seventh

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Cool Picks Tuesday November 27, 2012

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1) Oklahoma native, American Idol  champion, multiple Grammy and American Music award winner Carrie Underwood graces the stage at Consol Energy Center as part of her “Blown Away Tour.” Underwood is known for songs: “Alone,” “Jesus Take the Wheel,” “I Told You So.”  Hunter Hayes opens the show. 7:30 p.m. Uptown.

2) Ukulele master, Jake Shimabukuro, takes concert goers on an amazing musical journey, showing how much can be done with the guitar’s smaller

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Cool Picks Monday November 26, 2012

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1) Gwar can be described as a very heavy metal band with elaborate horror and science fiction costumes, masks, and props. Their songs are often composed of obscene lyrics. Their stage performances contain humorous politically and morally deficient themes and acts.  Their album titles are interesting as well: Scumdogs of the Universe, This Toilet Earth,  We Kill Everything, Lust in Space. The previous description will either totally repel you or totally excite

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Cool Picks Sunday November 25, 2012

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1) The Brian Setzer Orchestra are in town tonight as part of their 2012 Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza tour. Setzer is a multi-Grammy, award-winning, innovative musician. He revived the rockabilly genre in the 1980s with “Stray Cats” and brought back swing music with his orchestra in the 1990s.  Now Setzer seeks to update Christmas music for a new generation. 7:30 p.m. Carnegie Library Music Hall. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall.

2) Hometown guy Charlie Batch

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Cool Picks Saturday November 24, 2012

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1) Jingle Bell Rock is happening tonight at Rivers Casino. Featured performers are Eddie Money (a former New York City cop turned musician, who rose to success with the song “Two Tickets to Paradise;” Edgar Winter, best known for the jams “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride;” and John Cafferty (Cafferty and his “Beaver Brown Band” provided the soundtrack music for the films “Eddie and the Cruisers”  & “Eddie and the Cruisers II”).

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Cool Picks Friday November 23, 2012

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1) With all the early, early morning “Black Friday” shopping specials, “Happy Hour” can come early today too. If you started work (shopping) early, like 4 a.m., then your “Happy Hour” would start at, say, noon. Maybe have lunch at  Walnut Grove, Applebee’s, or Chili’s (most of these restaurants are located at suburban mall compass points). Suggested lunch pairing includes a Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Margarita, Pina Colada, or glass of your favorite wine or craft beer. Or

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Cool Picks November 22 (Thanksgiving), 2012

The Entertainment Central team wish you and yours a joyous and blessed Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a day for all of us to count our blessings no matter how big or small they are. A day to give thanks together no matter what way we choose to worship or not worship. It’s a day of hope and fellowship; we can all get together and break bread, enjoy some turkey, turducken, or tofu turkey; candied yams, cranberries (fresh or canned loaf)  mashed potatoes and stuffing.

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