EQT Three Rivers Regatta Featuring Boats, Smash Mouth and Flugtag; ‘Rumors’ at Apple Hill (Sat., 8/5/17)

1) America’s largest inland regatta, the 2017 EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, continues today along the banks of and on the Allegheny River near Point State Park. Today’s attractions include jet ski stunts, Frisbee Dogs, AAA Beach, Monster BMX, sand sculptures, the Wheel of Lights, the lighted boat parade, concessions and vendors, food, bands, a Kid’s Zone and more. New this year is the Red Bull Flugtag where enterprising teams “design, build and pilot home-made flying machines off a 22-foot high flight deck in hopes of soaring into the wild blue yonder… or more often, plunging into the waters below.”  San Jose, California rockers Smash Mouth headline the evening with an 8 p.m. show. The band is best known for the hits “Walkin’ on the Sun” and “All Star.” Opening are The Delaneys at 6:30 p.m. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Free. Runs through July 5. Point State Park, Downtown.

 

2) Theater fans who are up for trying a lesser-known play by a famous playwright may wish to catch Neil Simon’s Rumors. This wacky ensemble comedy does not have the iconic status of Simon’s The Odd Couple—which spawned a movie, a sequel, and multiple TV series—nor is it a semi-serious sentimental favorite like his Brighton Beach Memoirs. What you get in Rumors is pure farce, capped by a scene that’s a comic masterpiece. The play opens with guests arriving for a fancy dinner party, where they find that mysterious problems have arisen in the home of the host and hostess. Gossipy rumors fly; personal quirks and conflicts emerge; pandemonium ensues. Eventually the cops show up, and then comes the scene you won’t forget. Rumors is being performed at Apple Hill Playhouse. 7:30 p.m. Ends Today. 275 Manor Rd., Delmont. (MV)