Pittsburgh concerts

Cool Picks Monday August 27, 2012

1) The Pittsburgh Pirates take on the St. Louis Cardinals in their quest to remain a viable contender for a playoff spot. 7:05 p.m., PNC Park.

2) Billed as Munchkin Matinees at the Carnegie Science Center, Casey Hanner of the local band Donora gives an acoustic guitar performance for early learners (ages 6 and below).  The informal concert is part of the ongoing exhibit, “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World” and is free with Science Center Admission. North Shore.

3) We’re back

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Cool Picks Sunday August 26, 2012

1) Shadyside…The Art Festival on Walnut Street continues through today. Check out some cool art and eat at some of the great restaurants and bistros in Shadyside including: Crepes Parisiennes, Pizzutti’s, Pamela’s, Up Modern Kitchen, China Palace, Steel Cactus, Thai Place, Chica Loca Taco, Girasole. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shadyside. Free.

2) The Duran Duran show was postponed today due to keyboardist Nick Rhodes being ill with a viral infection. New date should be announced soon.The UK’s Duran Duran brings their collection

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Cool Picks Saturday August 25, 2012

1) Walnut Street in Shadyside will be transformed into an open-air art gallery this weekend replete with paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and much more. It’s all part of the 15th Annual Shadyside…The Art Festival on Walnut Street.  Hours today are 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Free.

2) Sabbath Judas Sabbath, a tribute band for the bands Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, are rockin’ out Altar Bar. 9 p.m. 1620 Penn Avenue, Strip District.

3) Fireworks Alert!!! It’s Zambelli Fireworks Night at PNC Park

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Cool Picks Friday August 24, 2012

1) Second City for President, a traveling production from the famous Chicago comedy troupe of the same name, brings political laughs to Pittsburgh Public Theater. Remember it’s better to laugh about politics than to cry! 8 p.m. Downtown.

2) The Pittsburgh Pirates are back from their West Coast vacation and ready to get down to business again. They face the Milwaukee Brewers tonight in a 7:05 p.m. game. PNC Park.

3) The Waterfront’s Summer Concert Series presents the Kardasz Duo in concert at the stage in

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Cool Picks Thursday August 23, 2012

1) How to Train Your Dragon Live is the big event at the Consol Energy Center tonight. Based on the adventurous children’s film by DreamWorks, it features 23 full-size animatronic dragons in a 360 degree entertainment experience! A true sight for the youngsters to see. 7 p.m. Uptown.

2) Blackberry Smoke (southern rock/country ), Lyndsey Highlander and The Hawkeyes are all taking the stage tonight at Altar Bar. 7 p.m. 1620 Penn Avenue, Strip District.

3) Citipark’s Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park features The Smurfs (PG)

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Cool Picks Wednesday August 22, 2012

1) Alternative rockers, Jane’s Addiction, are in town tonight for an indoor show at Stage AE. Hopefully they will favor the audience with one of their biggest hits, Jane Says. Opening is Big Black Delta.  Doors open 7:30 p.m. North Shore.

2) The Hookstown Fair is open and tonight features the Darryl Gatlin Show (country music) tonight at 7 & 9 p.m. Georgetown, Southern Beaver County.

3) Schenley Park’s Flagstaff Hill is the spot for Pittsburgh Citiparks Dollar Bank concert and a movie. Band is

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Cool Picks Tuesday August 21, 2012

1) My Morning Jacket  plays an outdoor concert tonight at Stage AE. They put together a nice combination of vocals, guitars, keyboards and drums that reach its highest peak in their song Lay Low. Band of Horses is the opening act. Gates open 6 p.m., North Shore.

2) Neil Young Journeys is a new concert/movie collaboration between rocker Neil Young and director, Jonathan Demme. The film follows Young back to the town in southern Ontario, Omemee, where he spent the formative years of

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Cool Picks Monday August 20, 2012

1) The Steel Cactus Mexican Restaurante and Cantina is now open on Walnut Street above the Victoria’s Secret store (talk about a great location). Steel Cactus features authentic Mexican food, several full bars and a nice selection of tequilas. The restaurant took over the second floor space where Cozumel Restaurant was a while back. They’ve completely remodeled and added a third floor with Shadyside’s largest open air deck . The Steel Cactus was packed during Saturday night’s Jam on Walnut; the staff was friendly

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Cool Picks Sunday August 19, 2012

1) Hartwood Acres PICK #1 -Third Annual Dog Day Festival, calling all dog people and canines galore to Hartwood Acres with demonstrations, contests, activities and on-the-spot adoptions. Benefits the Animal Rescue League. 1-5 p.m. Free.

2) Hartwood Acres PICK #2 – Allegheny County Hometown Music Fest featuring local bands: New Shouts; Joy Ike; The Patti Spadaro Band; Food. 5 p.m. Hartwood Acres Amphitheater. Free.

3) Jazz great Kenny Blake is appearing in Highland Park as part of Citipark’s Reservoir of Jazz series. 5 p.m.  Highland Park Upper Reservoir. Free.

4) The Steelers

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Cool Picks Saturday August 18, 2012

1) Actor, comedian Jim Gaffigan, who you may remember as a humorous, die-hard fan in a series of 1990 Pittsburgh Pirates TV commercials (check “You Tube” for clips), is back in town at the Benedum Center. Gaffigan and Conan O’Brien have teamed up on an animated crime fighting short called “Pale Force” that appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and led to Broadband Emmy and Webby nominations. 7 p.m. Benedum Center, Downtown.

2) Jam on Walnut is happening tonight on Walnut Street in Shadyside, featuring bands

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