Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Play PPG Paints; Pittsburgh Public Theater Opens ‘Equus’ (Thurs., 9/28/17)

1) Bob Seger enjoyed regional success in the ’60s playing the bars and venues in the Detroit region until, in ’73, he put together the Silver Bullet Band. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band took off with the release of albums Live Bullet  (’76) and Night Moves (’76). When the song “Night Moves” hit the radio, it charted as high as No. 4 on Billboard, and Seger and his band were on the fast track to major league music success. Seger’s sound features his pleasingly smoky voice and interesting lyrics laid upon a solid foundation of piano, guitar, and drums. The soundtracks of many American lives are peppered with such Seger songs as “Rock and Roll Never Forgets,” “Mainstreet,” “Old Time Rock and Roll” (used in the Tom Cruise film Risky Business), “Beautiful Loser,” “Turn the Page,” and “Like a Rock” (used in Chevy truck TV commercials). Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. His Greatest Hits album has been certified Diamond (10x platinum status). An amazing feat! 7:30 p.m. PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. 

2) British playwright Peter Shaffer is best known for Amadeus, but his most striking work is the 1973 play Equus, which has a strange backstory. Shaffer wrote Equus after hearing of a gruesome crime in which a young man blinded horses by driving spikes into their eyes. Trying to imagine what was behind such an act, Shaffer spun a fictional tale with eerie mythic overtones: A psychiatrist examining the criminal finds him to be a troubled teenager who worships horses (the boy’s horse-god is “Equus”) and is sexually attracted to them. It turns out he committed the crime when so-called normal life intruded, and the psychiatrist, himself a key character, comes to question his own views of normality. Equus was a sensation in London and won the 1975 Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway. Yet it later faded from the radar when Shaffer, for  reasons that aren’t clear, withheld production rights until finally approving a 2007 revival with Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe as the young man. The play is now back in circulation and Pittsburgh Public Theater opens its season with Equus. 8 p.m.Performances continue through September 28. O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District. (MV)

3) Pirata Caribbean Cuisine x Rum Bar downtown is ready for their closeup. Tonight they will be featured on the Cooking Channel’s program “Late Night Eats.” Chef Jordan Andino, of the show, made Pirata one of the first stops of their Pittsburgh swing in looking for spots that offer the best in late night food. Pirata Executive Chef Josh Ross is excited by the restaurant’s inclusion in the show. For the airing tonight at 10 p.m. Pirata will host a viewing party and will offer the same foods that will be on the episode, Jamican beef empanadas and skirt steak tacos, at half price. Both will pair up nicely with a rum from their impressive offerings. The good times continue tomorrow (through Saturday) in honor of Sunday’s World Vegetarian Day with a four-course prix fixe menu. 274 Forbes Ave., Downtown.

Free RADical Days 2017 Events

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania: Owl Prowl
Free admission 7PM (reservations required)
Learn about our local owls and search for them on the trails at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve. Hike is led by an environmental educator. Please call in advance to let us know about wheelchair accessibility needs; there is a new ADA trail on site. Space limited; register at or (412) 963-6100.
614 Dorseyville Rd. (Fox Chapel)

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