Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship at PPG; Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show (Sun., 3/12/17)

1) Pittsburgh is hosting the 2017 Atlantic Ten Men’s Basketball Championship. Unfortunately hometown favorite Duquesne has been eliminated from the tourney already. The action peaks today in the championship game. 12:30 p.m. PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

2) The Duquesne Light Home & Garden Show begins today and runs through  March 19. Billed as the “largest home event in Pennsylvania,” the show is held every year at the David Lawrence Convention Center. The Home and Garden show features over 1,600 exhibitors, stage appearances by local and national home and garden celebrities, and twice daily, jazz performances by the CAPA High School House Band (1 and 3 p.m. today.). See Doug Oster, Pittsburgh’s own Master Gardener from 1 – 4 p.m. Today’s hours are 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Continues through March 19. 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown.

3) As the name implies, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company produces plays by writers from Pittsburgh. And though best known for its strong interpretations of August Wilson’s work, PPTCo is heading into spring with a contemporary triple-header: three consecutive premieres of brand new works. First up is Findings by poet and playwright Arlene Weiner. This play concerns a woman who prides herself on having a positive outlook no matter what, but finds her ability to see silver linings challenged by a series of unfortunate events. Findings will be followed in April by Steve Hallock’s Lights Out, an ensemble comedy/drama about passengers stranded by a power outage in the trolley tunnel under Mt. Washington. In May PPTCo is presenting Michael A. Jones’ Hercules Didn’t Wade in the Water, set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina. Sounds like a disaster-intensive trilogy for our stormy-weather times! 3 p.m. Performances through March 19. Findings can be found in the Pittsburgh Playwrights theater at 937 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. (MV)

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