Cool Picks

Cool things to do in the Pittsburgh region

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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Cool Picks Saturday September 29, 2012

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1) “Little Italy Days” continues today with Italian food, entertainment and bocce ball. Remember: Eating + Italian Food equals “Eataly.” Today’s entertainment headliner, Magic Moments, is one of Pittsburgh’s top oldies bands, with Randy Galioto as Elvis (6-10 p.m.).  “Little Italy Days,” Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. 11 a.m.-10p.m. Free entertainment.

2) There’s a little German celebration continuing this weekend-Oktoberfest. Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh has special Oktoberfest Bier brewed at their Munich, Germany operation. and shipped directly to Pittsburgh. There’s

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Cool Picks Friday September 28, 2012

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1) The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is holding it’s last Gallery Crawl of the season. Assorted art gallery open houses, entertainment, even a” Project Pop Up: Night Market” where crawlers can enjoy tasty edible art from local restaurants including Meat & Potatoes, Conflict Kitchen, BRGR, Fukuda, Bluebird Kitchen and more. “Crawl” schedule 5:30-9 p.m. Patrons may start at any locale. The Night Market is in an open-air lot at 917-919 Liberty Ave., open 7 p.m.-midnight.

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Cool Picks Thursday September 27, 2012

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1) There’s a great sister act happening at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille tonight, The Joseph Sisters. Marybeth, Jamie and Shalya create a fresh, full country soul sound with great harmonies and a lively beat.  8 p.m. No cover. 103 Slade Lane, Warrendale.

2) RADical Days continue with free Heinz Field tours on the hour (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; some restrictions may apply) and a free tour at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts 

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Cool Picks Wednesday September 26, 2012

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1) Smiling Moose Bar hosts Daybreaker, a high energy, alt-rock band outta Boston, Mass. Special guests include Candy Hearts, Go Home Rocketmen, The Clementes. 6:30 p.m. All ages. 1306 E. Carson St. (Upstairs).

2) Andys Wine Bar in the Fairmont Hotel is presenting “An Evening of Opera and Beyond” with Anna Singer & Friends. 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. No cover. 510 Market Street, Downtown.

3) Rockers Chain & the Gang (Ian Svenonius) with special guests

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