Dinosaur Jr. in Concert at Mr. Smalls; Brunch at Steel Cactus Shadyside (Sun., 10/29/17)

1) Dinosaur Jr., an alternative rock band formed in 1984 in Amherst, Mass., play Mr. Smalls. The trio is especially well-known for the talented guitar play of lead guitarist and singer J Mascis. Top songs include “Feel The Pain,” “Over It,” and “Said The People.” Mascis, who founded the group, was a member until its disbandment in 1997. Mascis and the rest of the original lineup reformed in 2005. They’ve released four albums since, most recently 2016’s Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not. “Tiny” was the lead-off single. When discussing Nirvana’s influences, Dinosaur Jr. are key, right up there with The Pixies. Dinosaur Jr. have a feedback-heavy yet melodic sound, similar to what Nirvana incorporated into their own sonic landscapes. Nirvana also supported them on tour. That was 26 years ago, yet Dinosaur Jr. are still going strong and continue to influence up-and-coming rock-‘n’-roll bands. Easy Action opens. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. (RH, CM)

Drinkers and diners partaking in the Steel Cactus’ offerings.

2) The Steel Cactus on Walnut Street is open for Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.—perfectly timed to get you filled up and out before your Sunday activities. The brunch menu includes Huevos Rancheros, Spicy Southwest Omelet, Fajita Breakfast Burrito, Breakfast Nachos, Steak and Eggs, Pancake of the Week, and French Toast served with eggs and bacon or sausage. “Salud!” with a Bloody Mary or Mimosa. There’s also a Steel Cactus on the South Side at 19th and E. Carson Street that serves brunch too. Other locations include Bethel Park, PNC Park, and Pittsburgh International Airport. 5505 Walnut St., Shadyside.