Cool Picks

Cool things to do in the Pittsburgh region

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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Monday July 2, 2012

1) If you’re  looking for fun, wet kids activities, kids face and body painting, musical entertainment and dance, a Frisbee catching dog show, a bike stunt show, skating, sandsational sculptures, P-1 Superstock Powerboat Racing and a Lasertainment show, then the EQT Three Rivers Regatta is the place for you!  Point State Park and North Shore. Free.

2) Beatlemania Magic, a Beatles tribute band performs free outside at the River’s Casino as part of their free “Live on the River” concert series,

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Cool Picks Sunday July 1, 2012

1) Bach Beethoven and Brunch Concert series from Pittsburgh’s Citiparks continues today in Mellon Park with Carnegie Brass. Shadyside, 10:30 a.m.- noon.

2) The EQT Three Rivers Regatta continues with numerous activities and attractions. Top events are P-1 Superstock Powerboat Racing from 2 p.m. to dusk. and ABBA  tribute band Abbamania performing ABBA’s top hits including: Dancing Queen, Take A Chance on Me, Fernando.

3) Altar Bar features colorful rapper Mickey Avalon in an all ages show starting at 7 p.m.

4) Zookeeper, the movie comedy staring Kevin James

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Cool Picks Saturday June 30, 2012

1) People will be partying in the parking lot and on boats with their boots on before country music superstar,  Kenny Chesney takes the field for a Heinz Field concert.  Chesney’s the headliner of the “Brother’s of the Sun Tour” with other great performers: Tim McGraw, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Jake Owen. Event starts at 4:30 p.m.

2) Grammy Award Hall of Fame inductee, and legendary singer, Johnny Mathis, joins the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for a performance of great American songs including 

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Cool Picks Friday June 29, 2012

1) “Buckin B Bullriding” competition is happenin’ at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino. 7:30 p.m., Washington, PA

2) “Summer Sounds” concert series continues tonight in Greensburg with “Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra” playing Mardi Gras Gospel music. That sounds like a great combination of two fine American musical traditions.  Concert starts at 7 p.m. in St. Clair Park, Downtown Greensburg.

3) “Salsa Fridays” is the featured event at the Late Night Cabaret by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Salsa dance lessons from 10-10:30 p.m. than

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