Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie’s Seasonal Fall Menu; ‘The Scottsboro Boys’ Continues at Playhouse REP (Thurs., 9/21/17)

Braddock's Pittsburgh Brasserie has added some new seasonal offerings to its menu.

Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie has added some new seasonal offerings to its menu.

1) Relax in the comfortable confines of Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie and enjoy the latest edition of their seasonal menus. “As we welcome the cooler months, our palates tend to gravitate toward heartier fare,” said Benjamin Burnett, General Manager in a recent news release. “We’ve answered that call for our guests with these latest selections, featuring over a dozen imaginative, cozy, scratch-made dishes to welcome the fall season. The introduction of these latest flavors both enhance and complement our culinary menu as well as our extensive beverage program.” New dinner offerings include: scallops with sweet corn risotto, chocolate espresso cured pork belly, beer-braised Iron City short ribs, blackberry duck, seafood pasta, and an all-veggie seasonal squash spaghetti.  The lunch menu sees the chicken cordon blue sandwich with garlic aioli, and duck confit Cuban added to the lunch selections. While there pair your meal with one of their outstanding whiskey choices or wine, beer, or cocktails. 107 6th St., Downtown.

The musical is almost too good to be true. The story behind it is unfortunately true. The cast does justice to both.

The musical is almost too good to be true. The story behind it is unfortunately true. The cast does justice to both. Photo: John Altdorfer.

2) The Kander and Ebb musical The Scottsboro Boys is noteworthy in two respects. Although it won various other awards, the 2010 Broadway production set a record for most Tony Award nominations without winning any: a total of 12. And, though modern musical theater takes on a wide range of subject matter, this show still prompts the question: “How did they make that into a musical?” The Scottsboro Boys (with a book by David Thompson) is based on a sad legal episode from history. In Alabama in 1931, nine young African American men were charged with raping two white women. Their initial trials, conducted hastily amid threats of a lynch mob, were followed by appeals and retrials at which the evidence seemed to indicate the “boys” were innocent. Yet they were repeatedly found guilty and served substantial prison terms. The Scottsboro Boys puts the story to music with numbers including minstrel-show routines that mock the racial stereotypes of the time. The REP, Point Park University’s professional company, brings the musical to Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave., Oakland. 8 p.m. Continues through September 24. (MV)