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Cool Picks Sunday June 10, 2012

1) It is often said  that all good things must end and so it is with the 2012 Three Rivers Arts Festival. Ah, the music, the art, the food.  Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers close out the Arts Fest. Hornsby and the Noisemakers play a lively brand of music drawing from many different genres including: rock, jam, folk, and bluegrass. Hornsby played over 100 shows with the Grateful Dead from 1988 until Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. Come hear their

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Cool Picks Saturday June 9, 2012

1) Girl Talk is not just good conversation, it is the name of a rapping, mash-up unit originally from Pittsburgh.  At Stage AE you can hear Girl Talk in an outdoor show with two opening acts. Gates open at 7:00pm.

2) Grammy-award winning artist, Melissa Etheridge, is the Pride in the Street headliner for Pittsburgh Pride Fest. She will perform on a closed section of Liberty avenue, Downtown, the scene of a large block party celebrating gay pride.  Show starts at 8:45 pm.

3) The Smiling

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Cool Picks Friday June 8, 2012

1) The Squonk Opera presents their new production, Go Roadshow, at The Three Rivers Arts Festival tonight. If you’ve never seen a Squonk Opera production, you owe it to yourself to view one. It’s a beautiful spectacle of original music and theater with lights, humor and interesting set pieces.  Squonk Opera describes their latest production as a “free street spectacle aboard a 34 foot long monster truck…retrofitted with a truck horn calliope, wall made of rotors and a spinning grand piano.” A colorful

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Cool Picks – Thursday June 7, 2012

1) The hidden musical gem of the Three Rivers Arts Festival might be L.P. a crystalline-voiced, singer-songwriter from L.A.  Her sound features a power pop/rock  band with great guitars, drums and vocals.  One of her songs is interestingly titled, “Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol.” L.P. has written and co-written songs for Pittsburgh native Christina Aguilera, Rihanna and the Backstreet Boys.  Show starts at 8:10 pm. All outdoor festival shows are free.

2) Local favorite , Jimbo & The Soupbones, play their popular brand of funk, rock and soul at the Festival’s

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Cool Picks – Wednesday June 6, 2012

1) Take a drive out to the country (unless you already live in the country) for the  Saint Vincent College Summer Theatre production of Forever Plaid.  Play starts at 8:10 pm.

2) View the winners of the Three Rivers Arts Festival juried art competition. The winners exhibit is on display at the  Trust Arts Educational Center on Liberty Avenue Downtown.

3) Also at the Arts Festival the CLO Mini Stars put on a song and dance routine for your lunch hour on

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Cool Picks – Tuesday June 5, 2012

 It’s a Tuesday and one of the most happening places in town continues to be Point State Park and The Three Rivers Arts Festival. One especially great aspect of the festival is the waste receptacles. Artists using reclaimed materials have transformed ordinary waste cans into works of art!  3Rs: the Art of Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose is the name of the exhibit.  The artistic receptacles can be enjoyed throughout the festival and in the Cultural District. The festival diverts over

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Cool Picks Monday June 4, 2012

1) With the possibility of rain today, it’s a great time to catch the new Marvel Avengers flick. It’s the #1 box office opening movie of all time according to the Marvel site. (At least until Pittsburgh–filmed, The Dark Knight Rises debuts on July 20th).

2) Popular local groove band the Boogie Hustlers take the stage at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in a free outdoor concert at  8pm.

3) Another cool, free Festival show is  J.D. Eicher & The Goodnights, 5:00 pm at the Gateway Center stage.

4) Open Stage night, starts at 9:30, at

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Cool Picks Sunday June 3, 2012

1) Some things just go together beautifully – like a good hot dog with Heinz ketchup. A lovely combination is happening in Pittsburgh today, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is performing at the Three Rivers Arts Festival. The free concert starts in Point State Park at 6:30 pm.

2) Another great combination today, Joan Osborne + Hartwood Acres = Big Fun. The free show starts at 7:30 pm.

3) Stage AE presents, British rockers,  The Cult in an indoor show tonight with Against Me! and the Icarus Line. Doors open

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Cool Picks for Saturday June 2, 2012

1) Penn Brewery hosts the Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest with brews from great names like: Penn Brewery, Church Brew Works, East End Brewery, Arsenal Cider, Magic Hat, Rooney’s Ale and many more.

2) Joe Walsh, legendary guitar slinger, brings his Analog Tour to Stage AE tonight. Formerly of the James Gang , he is still a member of the classic rock group, The Eagles. Walsh is also a great rocker in his own right, although he sings, “I’m just an ordinary average guy.”

3) The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the Jazz Live

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Cool Picks for Friday June 1, 2012

1) National Doughnut Day tip #1, Dunkin Donuts is giving away a free donut with the purchase of a beverage today!

2) National Doughnut Day tip #2 Krispy Kreme  , are there many Krispy Kreme’s  left in Pittsburgh, is giving away a free doughnut, no purchase necessary (editor’s note: I don’t know if Prantl’s Bakery is doing anything for Doughnut Day, but their Creme Filled Doughnut will put you in a sugared state of nirvanic bliss!).

3) Take your doughnut sugar buzz down to

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