1) Bill Toms who made a name for himself as a guitar slinger for Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, now performs with his own band Hard Rain featuring the Soulville Horns. The sound is an intoxicating mix of rock, R&B, and soul. This month one of the places you can see him and his band perform in concert is at Club Cafe. Toms has toured the U.S. and Europe and has over eight CDs to his credit. The night also sees a reunion of the band The Hellhounds. 9 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side.
2) It’s been a little over seven years since Carnegie Mellon University Press published Brian O’Neill’s The Paris of Appalachia: Pittsburgh in the Twenty-First Century. It’s time for an evaluation of how Pittsburgh has met (or even exceeded) the challenges and expectations that O’Neill so wittily addresses in this less-a-history-more-a-biography of the Steel City. Thus, he will be giving a talk at Dormont’s Beyond Bedtime Books, a used bookstore stocked with your favorite literary classics, beach reads, and children’s tales. He will speak about how the region has changed since the book’s publication. O’Neill, an award-winning columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will also read one of his favorite columns. Additionally, signed copies of his book will be available for purchase. Dormont borders the city and is a quick T-ride or drive from Downtown. Its attractions include a large swimming pool, underground bowling alley, and multiple restaurants. Noon – 2 p.m. 1453 Potomac Ave. (CM)
3) Looking for a cool place to have some Halloween fun? Well look no further than one of Pittsburgh’s hottest new spots—Revel +Roost. The first floor of the two-story restaurant and bar—Revel—will be showing George Romero’s 1968 horror classic, filmed right here in Western, PA, Night of the Living Dead on Revel’s big screens throughout the night. DJ SMI will provide the tune rotation. There will be several drink specials including Zombie Brain Shooters and Tito’s Death’s Door Punch served with dry ice, and numerous other libations. The Miller Lite Girls will be on hand to aid in the festivities and will have prizes and giveaways from 8-10 p.m. Dress spooky, gory, or sexy to win the Halloween costume contest (chosen by the crowd at 11 p.m.) with the grand prize being an overnight stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh and a $150 gift Revel + Roost gift certificate. A late night bites menu will also be offered. No cover charge. The bash goes from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. at 242 Forbes Ave., a few steps from Downtown’s Market Square.