Avril Lavigne Plays the Roxian; Nak Won Garden Features Korean Fare (Tues., 10/8/19)

1) The hits from Avril Lavigne’s debut album, 2002’s Let Go, still hold up: “Complicated” (her first single ever), “Sk8er Boi,” “I’m with You,” and “Losing Grip.” The album went diamond in Lavigne’s native Canada. Along the way, Lavigne cultivated a pop-punk look perfect for a generation starting to shop at Hot Topic. She followed Let Go with Under My Skin in 2004. 2007’s The Best Damn Thing contained “Girlfriend,” a number-one single. She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2014, and her illness inspired her latest album, 2019’s Head Above Water. Lavigne will perform at the Roxian Theatre. Jagwar Twin opens. 8 p.m. 425 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks. (CM)

2) Perhaps you’ve seen the line for seating stretched out the door. Nak Won Garden, located next to Giant Eagle’s Market District, is the hottest Korean restaurant in the city right now. It’s also a family affair. Chung-Chu Yi and his sister and her daughter all help to run the establishment. They promise more traditional dishes, but, no worries, they have plenty of kimchi and that Korean BBQ Americans love. Pittsburghers, meanwhile, love Nak Won Garden. As for vegetarians, the menu asks to simply “Lettuce know before ordering.” Gotta love a restaurant with a sense of humor. 5504 Centre Ave., Shadyside. (CM)

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