1) Bittersweet is the moment when you realize that tonight’s Jam on Walnut is the third and final of the summer. As usual, proceeds from the block party, which stretches from S. Aiken Ave. to Ivy St., benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Western Pennsylvania Chapter. Multi-year Jam performers Radio Tokyo and Donora take the stage. Radio Tokyo features five hard-working 30-something dudes who love to party and perform a wide range of hits, from top 40 to hip-hop to rock. Donora is a happening pop rock band who play originals and are enjoying success in the recording industry. In three months when we’re getting whipped around in a polar vortex or some other such wintery nonsense, you’ll be glad you took advantage of the nice weather while you could, so get out there and enjoy it. Live music from 7 – 11 p.m. Walnut St., Shadyside. (EC,RH)
2) Isn’t it always the case that there are several great things to do on the same day/days. Well, there’s another great event this weekend in a neighborhood bordering Shadyside. Bloomfield is hosting Little Italy Days. At this festival you’ll find an abundance of delicious Italian food and baked goods, musical performers, dancing, Boccie ball, sidewalk sales, and maybe a little vino. Some of the stalwarts of the Bloomfield culinary scene are Alexander’s Bistro, The Pleasure Bar, Lombardozzi’s, Tessaro’s, Sausalito, and Pizza Italia. Today, noon – 9 p.m.; and tomorrow, noon – 6 p.m. Free. Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield.
3) Our battlin’ Bucs take on the Florida Marlins again today in a 7:05 p.m. game. It’s also a pre-game Saturday Block Party, featuring live entertainment, food and beer options, games and more. Stop by the Leinenkugel Bar and meet former Pirate Kevin Young. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.
4) Do you like a band that can deliver a wide range of cover tunes with tightness and great musicality? If so, we submit for your approval The Move Makers Band. Songs from Motown, Michael Jackson, Rick James, as well as recent songs like “Blurred Lines,” “Moves Like Jagger,” and “Get Lucky” are all part of their repertoire. They will get the women (and men) up and dancing. So make that move right now to Headliners at The Meadows. 8 p.m. No cover. 210 Racetrack Rd., Washington.
5) Late summer is eerie season, with the cicadas chanting and a spooky moon at night, which makes it just the right time for a post-apocalyptic drama. 12 Peers Theater provides the grim goods by staging Conor McPherson’s The Birds. This play is adapted from the same Daphne du Maurier short story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds, but it is a totally different treatment. Here we have a couple holed up in a lonely cabin while birds of all kinds have gone lethally batty outdoors, wreaking Mother Nature’s revenge far and wide across an unfortunate planet. McPherson is one of Ireland’s greatest living playwrights—you may have seen his wry chiller The Night Alive at City Theatre last year—and with The Birds, he’s back for more. 8 p.m. Ends tomorrow with a 2 p.m. matinee. In the Studio Theatre, B-72 Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. (MV)