The Clarks Perform Benefit at The Palace; Cultural Trust Has Chocolate Bar at Benedum; Pitt vs NC State (Sat., 10/14/17)

1) Just as assuredly as Pittsburghers can expect tailgating at the Stillers game, fries on their sammiches, and backups at every tunnel, they can expect The Clarks to keep playing solid working-class rock. The group gained a strong local following in the early ’90s gigging at clubs like Graffiti (remember Graffiti?), and has remained together and active long after nearly every other band on the scene during that era called it quits. After 25 years, nine albums, countless gigs and zero line-up changes, The Clarks have gone from being a regional favorite to a local institution. And the band members, who formed at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, have never forgotten their home turf. Their most recent album is 2015s Rewind, released on the Clarkhouse Entertainment label. They are playing a benefit for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region at The Palace. 7 p.m. 21 W Otterman St., Greensburg. (EC, RH)

Cioppino was well represented by pastry chef Meghann Walsh and asst. GM Dominick Mastrogiacoma, who served Dark Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Covered Bacon, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Balls, Chocolate Turtles, and Chocolate Marshmallow.

Cioppino was well represented in 2015 by pastry chef Meghann Walsh and asst. GM Dominick Mastrogiacoma, who served Dark Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Covered Bacon, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Balls, Chocolate Turtles, and Chocolate Marshmallow. photo: Rick Handler.

2) The ornate lobby and promenades of Benedum Center will once again be turned into a showcase of chocolate creations from some of the city’s best restaurants and chocolatiers. The Chocolate Bar, a fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will feature chocolate treats for attendees to both admire and consume. Chocolate-infused creations from Pittsburgh’s finest chocolatiers and restauranteurs will be offered. DJ SMI will also be on had to provide the party tunes. Dancers from The Staycee Pearl Dance Project will perform. Pittsburgh fashion icon Richard Parsakian will dress models in chocolate influenced outfits. Izzazu Salon, Spa & Serata will also assist in styling the models. Awards will be given for best dishes in several different categories. The theme of the evening is Love Never dies and attendees can create their own masquerade mask. A true celebration of the confectionery arts! Don’t forget to brush your teeth after attending. 8 p.m. 237 7th ave., Cultural District. (RH)

Some of the many chocolate offerings that ran along the Circles Lounge bar before the chocolate-craving hordes descended.

Some of the many chocolate offerings that ran along the Circles Lounge bar before the chocolate-craving hordes descended. photo: Rick Handler.

3) The Pitt Panthers are having a tough go so far this season. Last year the offense was good and the defense terrible. This year the defense has improved but the offense is lacking. Today Pitt will try its luck again at noon today against another ranked opponent, the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Best of luck Coach Narduzzi and team! Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.

Free RADical Days 2017 Events

Children’s Museum: MAKER FAIRE
Free admission: 10AM-7PM
MAKER FAIRE PITTSBURGH takes over the Children’s Museum and Buhl Community Park on October 14 & 15. It’s an all-ages festival of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, engineers, science clubs, artists, startups and students who show their creations and offer hands-on activities. NOTE: MAKER FAIRE will take place in all Children’s Museum exhibit areas except the Nursery. Though the event is free, attendees are required to register and get a wristband. Registration is available on-site, but advance registration is also available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maker-faire-pittsburgh-2017-tickets-37507484897?aff=ehomecard
10 Children’s Way (North Side)
see also the Saturday Light Brigade on October 14th and 15th

Saturday Light Brigade
Free admission: 10AM-5PM
Visit the broadcast studios of The Saturday Light Brigade and Youth Express for a behind-the-scenes tour and an opportunity to be on the radio.
Inside the Children’s Museum. 10 Children’s Way (North Side)

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Ghost Stories
Free admission: noon
Gather the whole family in the Trust Arts Education Center to hear storyteller Alison K. Babusci share her most popular program featuring spine-tingling tales as well as hauntingly funny ones.  This program will delight all ages. Bring your PJ’s and a pillow if you’d like. For children 5+, accompanied by an adult.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Education Center 805-807 Liberty Ave. (Downtown)

Pittsburgh Opera: Brown Bag Concert
Free admission: noon-1PM
The Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists will entertain you with a variety of opera favorites, selections from upcoming operas and more. After the performance, meet the Resident Artists at an informal reception. Doors open at 11:30AM. The Pittsburgh Opera garage is available only for handicapped parking, by reservation. Reservations must be received by 4pm on Friday, 10/13: ssolito@pittsburghopera.org.
George R. White Studio at Pittsburgh Opera
2425 Liberty Ave. (Strip District)

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – West End Presents Suffrage and Sappho: 75 Years of Wonder Woman
Free admission: 1PM
Wonder Woman first appeared in Sensation Comics in 1942. Since that time she has been recognized as the foremost female superhero, influencing generations of creators and characters. Join us for a presentation of her history, and the ongoing story of her influence, both in comics and the world. Wayne Wise is a comic book writer, artist, retailer and scholar living in Pittsburgh.
47 Wabash St. (West End)