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Cool things to do in the Pittsburgh region

Cool Picks Tuesday October 9, 2012

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1) Neil Young and Crazy Horse ; and Los Lobos are rolling into the University of Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center on “Alchemy 2012 Tour.” Young is touring in support of his new  Americana (released earlier this year) and Psychedelic Pill  (soon to be released) albums and an autobiography “Waging Heavy Peace.” Young is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and Grammy Award-winner, a very talented singer/songwriter/guitar player/producer/director.  Young co-founded Buffalo Springfield and put the “Y” in CSNY (Crosby, Stills,

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Cool Picks Monday October 8, 2012

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1) Engelbert Humperdinck, who was born Arnold George Dorsey in India, and moved to England as a child of ten, will sing his hits including After the Lovin, Release Me, The Last Waltz at The Palace Theatre tonight. 8 p.m. Greensburg.

2) Margaret Cho, American comedian (also fashion designer, actress, author, recording artist and gay icon) brings her stand up comedy to the IMPROV. 8 p.m., 166 E. Bridge Street, the Waterfront, Homestead.

3) Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum is

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Cool Picks Sunday October 7, 2012

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1) Lions and tigers and bears, and free admission to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, oh my! Allegheny County RADical Days gets you and yours into the zoo today for FREE. There will be musical groups playing at Water’s Edge Pavilion. Performances start at 11 a.m with Tuesday Musical Club (11 a.m.), River City Percussion Duo (12:30 p.m.), Delta Blue’s Rhythmic Roots (1 p.m.), Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh (including members of Pittsburgh Philharmonic,

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Cool Picks Saturday October 6, 2012

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1) Plein Air Mt. Lebanon: A Neighborhood Celebration of the Arts. “En Plein air” is a French term that translates to “in open air” and has come to mean the act of painting outdoors. Twenty-five top Western PA professional painters have painted outdoor Mt. Lebanon scenes over the last few days in a prize competition. Their art works are exhibited for viewing, and for sale at the Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building (710 Washington Rd.) 10 a.m. –

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Cool Picks Friday October 5, 2012

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1) BLONDIE, a 1970s-1980s pop/New Wave/punk band out of NYC, is rockin’the PalaceTheatre in Greensburg tonight. Featuring former Playboy bunny, blond-haired singer Deborah Harry rode the charts with hits like Call Me, Heart of Glass, The Tide is High, One Way or Another.  Another Blondie hit, “Rapture,” became one of the first single mainstream hits to incorporate the emerging form of rap music. When coming up Blondie regularly played famous NYC clubs Max’s

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Cool Picks Thursday October 4, 2012

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1) Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, as part of Allegheny County “RADical Days” is offering free admission for an artist talk and tour with Charlee Brodsky, the 2012 Associated Artists “Artist of the Year.” 6 p.m., 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside.

2) Sonny Landreth, a Louisiana blues musician, brings his guitar and slide guitar talents to Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. 8 p.m. 103 Slade Lane, Warrendale.

3) Jessica Lee, jazz vocalist, plays “Entrepreneurial Thursdays Jazz Networking Jam Session”

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Cool Picks Wednesday October 3, 2012

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1) Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild: MCG Jazz and Youth Arts Fair. A cornucopia of fun events is taking place at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild as part of RADical Days. There are hands-on projects and studio demonstrations, including a photo booth,T-shirt silk screening, pottery wheel demonstrations; “JazzMagic” with master magician Paul Gertner, who blends jazz with close-up magic (5:30 & 6:30 p.m).  Try a flamin’ banana foster and other fun foods served up by Bidwell’s

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Cool Picks Tuesday October 2, 2012

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1) Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and BNY Mellon Jazz present “JazzLive.” Featured today is Pittsburgh’s very special jazz artist, “drum ambassador” Roger Humphries, and his band RH Factor. Humphries has played with many jazz greats (the likes of and including Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton)  and has graced such venues as the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Music Hall in New York City. FREE and open to the public. 5-7 p.m. Backstage Bar at Theater Square. 655 Penn Ave.,

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Cool Picks Monday October 1, 2012

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1) See what life was like and what our men and women had to endure as members of the U.S. Armed Services, with free admission to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum as part of RADical Days. View displays, artifacts, uniforms and personal mementos of American military history. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 4141 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

2) Take a ride on the “Rocky Mountain Express,” a film that takes

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Cool Picks Sunday September 30, 2012

1) This weekend the Germans and the Italians are having some fun with “Oktoberfest” and “Little Italy Days,” both ongoing today. Carry the party ahead and explore Irish Culture with Celtic Thunder VOYAGE, a production that takes the audience on a musical journey through both traditional and contemporary Celtic/ Irish songs and ballads. 8 p.m., Benedum Center. Penn Ave. & 7th St., Downtown Cultural District.

2) The Penn’s Colony Festival (last day) recreates American colonial life.  As part of the experience, the Folk Art Marketplace features primitive and

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