Cool Picks

Cool things to do in the Pittsburgh region

Cool Picks Thursday August 2, 2012

1) Classic rock mainstays, Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, who both racked up numerous hits during the 70’s, are joining forces tonight at First Niagara Pavilion. Chicago’s brassy horn section gives extra depth to hits like 25 or 6 to 4; Saturday in the Park; Just You and Me; Beginnings; If You Leave Me Now. Chicago had a longer name at their start. They called themselves the Chicago Transit Authority, but were forced to change it. The Doobie Brothers, California

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Cool Picks Wednesday August 1, 2012

1)  The Head and The Heart hit Mr. Smalls tonight, bringing their blend of acoustic, indie-rock fused with upbeat dance grooves. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale.

2) Do you love rock music, AND karaoke? If so, or if you enjoy watching people perform their rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” head over to the Smiling Moose Bar tonight at 9:30 p.m. for Rock Star Karaoke. 1306 East Carson Street. South Side. Free.

3) In the mood for a movie but don’t feel like

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Cool Picks Tuesday, July 31 2012

1. Stage AE is hosting blues rockers George Thorogood and  Delbert McClinton. Gates open 6:30 p.m. North Shore.

2. The next segment of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust BNY Mellon JazzLive series takes place tonight at the Agnes Katz Plaza. Catch the vocals of Maureen Budway & Friends. 5 p.m. Free. Penn Ave. and 7th Street, Downtown.

3. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh continues its Cook It! program with Chef Angelo Galioto as he shows how to prepare easy and quick seasonal meals using locally available ingredients.  Each demonstration recipe is featured in the

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Cool Picks Monday July 30, 2012

1) Matisyahu & the Dirty Heads play the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall. Matisyahu is a talented reggae-rapper who goes by his Hebrew stage name.  Special guest, Moon Taxi. 7 p.m.

2) Garfield Artworks hosts Olympia, Washington’s Ruby Fray (an indie chamber-folk band) with Aydin and Let Them Eat Cake. 8 p.m. All Ages. 4931 Penn Avenue, Garfield.

3) Shadow Lounge features Lafayette, Louisiana’s fresh-faced poppers, the Givers, with a special guest in an 8 p.m. show. Over 18. 5972 Baum Blvd, East

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Cool Picks Sunday July 29, 2012

1) Filter, Menew, Sick Sense, Through These Walls, Patron Saint, and The Show are taking the Altar Bar stage by storm starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight in an all ages show. The headlining band, Filter, is a an alternative metal band from our neighbor to the north, Cleveland. Richard Patrick, Filter’s lead singer, sings of life’s successes and failures in a voice that projects a powerfully dynamic range. 1620 Penn Avenue, Strip District.

2) The Allegheny County Summer Concert Series continues with Toad the

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Cool Picks Saturday July 28, 2012

1) South Side Johnny is not some guy who loves hanging out on Pittsburgh’s South Side (although he may).  He’s the main man in the group South Side Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. They’re part of the same Asbury, New Jersey scene that produced Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. Springsteen has even written and collaborated with South Side Johnny. A rich horn section gives the band an extra layer on top of their fine rock ‘n roll. They’ve recorded

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Cool Picks Friday July 27, 2012

1) Country party rocker Toby Keith takes the stage at First Niagara Pavilion tonight. He’s sure to play his big hit “Red Solo Cup”  (re: the color and brand of cup that’s used at many parties, tailgates and “keggers”). Toby Keith has a lot of friends, with over two million “Likes” on his Facebook page. 7 p.m., Burgettstown.

2) Lucinda Williams brings her well-seasoned voice to South Park Amphitheater. Her songs hit the sweet spot between blues, country, folk and rock.  She’ll

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Cool Picks Thursday July 26, 2012

1) The sisters from Seattle and their band, Heart, are in concert at Stage AE. Heart first rose to fame in the 1970’s with hits: Crazy on You, Magic Man, Barracuda, Heartless, Dog and Butterfly. Top ten albums on the Billboard Magazine’s album charts in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2010 provide testimony to the bands enduring rock legacy. Gates open 7 p.m., North Shore.

2) Liz Callaway as Norma Desmond, fictional silent movie star, laments her past glory as Hollywood moved into “talkies” in the CLO‘s

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Cool Picks Wednesday July 25, 2012

1) Past Meets Present: Decorative Arts and Design is an ongoing, featured exhibit at Carnegie Museum of Art. The exhibit, showing in the newly renovated Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries, is a varied retrospective on American and European decorative arts, from 18th century Rococo and Neoclassical periods to contemporary craft and design of the 20th and 21st centuries, including furniture, porcelain, ceramics and glass. Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland.

2) Patti Spadaro Band plays a free concert at Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park as

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Cool Picks Tuesday July 24, 2012

1) The Pittsburgh Cutltural Trust ‘s BNY Mellon Jazzlive concert series continues with Jevon Rushton and his band.  Rushton is a former CAPA performing arts high school student who prospered under the tutelage of legendary Pittsburgh drummer/percussionist, Roger Humphries. Jevon Rushton’s band features himself on drums and percussion, leading a talented group of fine jazz players. Enjoy their cool, funky mix of jazz.  5-7 p.m. Agnes Katz Plaza. Corner of Penn & 7th Street. Downtown.

2) Three Sisters, a play by Anton Chekhov, is

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