Cool Picks

Cool things to do in the Pittsburgh region

Cool Picks Thursday September 6, 2012

1) Steve Vai brings his hot, instrumental guitar rock play to the Palace Theatre. He is well know for his long, intricate guitar riffs.  Vai is a multi-Grammy Award winner and has played with Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth and White Snake. 8 p.m. Greensburg.

2) Opening tonight is City Theatre’s newest production, Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks for President. The Kinsey Sicks are a Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet who are on a comedic mission to win the presidency with their four-part harmonies. 1300 Bingham Street,

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Cool Picks Wednesday September 5, 2012

1) One of Pittsburgh’s newest restaurants, Bridge Ten Brasserie, promotes itself as an authentic French restaurant with classic fare, new twists and a nice selection of regional French wines, beers and ciders. 20 South 10th Street (next to the 10th Street Bridge) South Side.

2) It’s the last week to see the Warhol’s Factory Direct:Pittsburgh exhibit. Factory Direct features the work of 14 contemporary artists who did “artist in residence” stints at Pittsburgh-based factories and produced work influenced by their surrounding environments. 10 a.m. – 5

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Cool Picks Tuesday September 4, 2012

1) Jersey Boys is back in town. This entertaining, Grammy and Tony award-winning production, based on the life and songs of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi), has been “big box office”  all over the world. 7:30 p.m. Benedum Center, Downtown. Runs through September 23rd.

2) BNY Mellon presents JazzLive with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Roby Edwards, “super sax” player, gives an outdoor concert at Agnes Katz Plaza. 5-7 p.m.  Corner of Penn Avenue & 7th

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Cool Picks Monday September 3, 2012

1) Uncle Kracker is performing at the Coors Light 2012 Kickoff & Rib Festival at Heinz Field. Follow Me, and Smile are  two of his notable hits. 4 p.m. Free.

2) Pittsburgh’s Labor Day Parade starts at 10 a.m today at Centre Avenue, Uptown, winding it’s way on the Boulevard of the Allies before ending at the Steelworkers Building on Stanwix Street. There will be over 80,000 marchers, including labor union members, marching bands and, naturally, politicians.

3) Pirates vs. Houston Astros. 1:35 p.m. PNC Park.

4) Kennywood Amusement

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Cool Picks Sunday September 2, 2012

1) Painted face rockers, Kiss (Rock and Roll All Nite; Beth; I Was Made For Loving You)  join up with Motley Crue (Girls, Girls, Girls; Home Sweet Home) for a hot night of classic rock and metal at First Nigara Pavilion. Motley Crue drummer, Tommy Lee, was married to Pamela Anderson of Baywatch TV fame. Great rock ‘n roll music and theatrics. Opening is The Treatment. 7 p.m. Burgettstown.

2) Southern Rockers, 38 Special, led by vocalist Donnie Van Zant, are touring in support of their new album “Live From

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Cool Picks Saturday September 1, 2012

1) Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Eli Young Band are the headliners for a big country music show at First Niagara Pavilion. 7 p.m. Burgettstown.

2) Another top country star in the area tonight, Travis Tritt, plays “The Harv” entertainment center at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort. 8 p.m. Chester, WV.

3) “Pretty Lights” is bringing its electronic vintage funk and rock beats to an outdoor show at Stage AE. Opener is Paul Basic. 7 p.m.  North Shore.

4) It’s the opening game for the debut of the Paul Chryst “coaching

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Cool Picks Friday August 31, 2012

1) The band The Hitmen is made up of original members of mega-hit bands of the 60’s and 70’s, including Tommy James & The Shondells and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.  Check out their hit list at Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. Free.

2) Popular Pittsburgh rockers, The Clarks, play the 2012 Coors Light Kickoff and Rib Festival at Heinz Field. 7:30 p.m. North Shore. Free.

3) UPROAR Fest, an annual hard rock/heavy metal tour at Burgettstown’s  First Niagara Pavilion  headlines bands Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, Adelita’s Way–and

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Cool Picks Thursday August 30, 2012

1) “Light, Matter, Memory” continues it’s run at the Wood Street Galleries. Artists Nicky Assmann, Diane Landry, Macular,Yoko Seyama all explore the use of light in relation to materiality and memory. The result is four very cool art installations. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 601 Wood Street above the “T” Downtown. Free.

2) Steelers host the Carolina Panther’s tonight in the last pre-season game at 7:00 p.m. Good places to watch the Steeler’s game on the South Side are: McArdles Pub

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Cool Picks Wednesday August 29, 2012

1)The Turtles, Flo and Eddie, bring their 1960’s pop hits to the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead as part of the “Happy Together Tour.” The Turtles were known for hits: It Ain’t Me Babe, Happy Together.  Also on the bill are the Monkees Micky Dolenz; Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Grass Roots and the Buckinghams. This is an all-star lineup of bands! It’s especially great to see The Grass Roots on the bill, with some fantastic songs including: Sooner Or Later; Let’s

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Cool Picks Tuesday August 28, 2012

1) Alton Merrell brings his gospel/jazz/funk sound to the Agnes Katz plaza stage today as part of the BNY Mellon Trust Arts JazzLive Tuesdays. Merrel’s musical mission statement reads “to create music that will minister love, healing, joy, deliverance and peace to people around the world.” That’s one of the best mission statements I’ve heard in awhile! 5-7 p.m. Corner of Penn Avenue & 7th Street. Free.

2) Join the “Carnival of Madness” going on at Stage AE. On the alternative rock tour

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