Comedian Jerry Seinfeld Headlines the Benedum Center; Meat Puppets Play Club Cafe

1) One of the greatest comedians of a generation, Jerry Seinfeld, is live in concert at the Benedum Center this evening. The creator of  “Seinfeld” the hilarious show TV show about “nothing” (or everything), will no doubt entertain the audience with his “little observations” about everyday life. With Seinfeld’s keen comic  insights into people and situations, this promises to be a night of many laughs. 7 (sold out) and 9:30 p.m. Benedum Center, Penn Ave. & 7th St., Cultural District.

2) For every alt-rock band that scored a multi-platinum album in the ’90s there were ten that never moved beyond the small club circuit but were nonetheless pioneering, hard-working and respected by their peers. (This is why Eddie Vedder always name-dropped five other acts in interviews back then.) One such band was Phoenix’s Meat Puppets, whose heavy but flexible sound has incorporated punk, country, and psychedelic rock in their three decades. They were so respected by the alt-rock vanguard that Nirvana invited them on stage for their MTV Unplugged performance. But the mainstream limelight was not for the eclectic and uncompromising Meat Puppets. They are still touring these days and tonight come to Club Café — the kind of tiny but much-loved club they’ve inhabited since their start. Opening is Minneapolis-based alt-rock young’uns Enemy Planes. 9 p.m. 56-58 South 12th St., South Side.

3 ) Today in McKees Rocks there will be no refuge from the walking dead. Reanimated cadavers will be omnipresent both inside and outside the Parkway Theatre, which is hosting a zombie walk and double feature. First, get out your best ripped clothing and put on your corpse makeup for the march of the undead down Broadway Avenue. Then settle in for Outpost, a 2008 British film featuring reawakened Nazis (seriously) and Land of the Dead, the fourth movie in George A. Romero’s locally produced but internationally beloved Living Dead series. Also, the concession stand will be serving brains! (OK, that last one isn’t true.) 6 p.m. 644 Broadway Ave., McKees Rocks.

4 ) The Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse is a handy, eco-minded nonprofit that collects unwanted materials —fabric and yarn, paper and poster board, art and craft supplies, sewing kits and office stuff—and sells them cheaply to artists and educators. Tonight, a benefit is being held for the center at Brillobox. On the bill are The Seams, a band that recycles ragtime and Appalachian folk into modern-day folk-rock, and DJ Soulstrings and DJ Fyah Selecta, who reuse a few laptops as party igniters. Also, there will be crafts! 9 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield.

5) Always sporting glasses and frequently jeans and flannel, Beaver County-born Mike Cody comes in the long tradition of everydude stand-up comedians. Think Doug Stanhope or Jimmy Kimmel. But Cody throws in a dash of nerdism, augmenting his self-effacing sex jokes with critiques of Harry Potter and the WWE. He’ll be showing his unique blend tonight at the Arcade Comedy Theater today. 8 p.m. 811 Liberty Ave, Cultural District.

6) The River City Brass Band, one of Pittsburgh’s under-acknowledged cultural institutions, is venturing out to The Palace with a showcase of music made famous by one of the greats of the big band era: the immortally suave Nat King Cole. Expect the show, which also includes a few hits from Cole’s peers, to not just be good but unforgettable. 7:30 p.m. 21 W Otterman St., Greensburg.

7 )The world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra opens its 2013-2014 season this weekend at Heinz Hall, and you won’t want to miss it. This weekend’s performance is the unmistakable Carmina Burana composed by Carl Orff. If the title doesn’t sound familiar, you may have heard the music at PNC Park or in a TV commercial and not even realized it—Orff’s choral masterpiece has been sampled for countless uses. Based on 24 of the medieval Latin poems of the same name, Carmina Burana will be sung by three distinguished guest artists along with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. In addition, the bill includes the premiere of composer David Stock‘s Sixth Symphony, written specifically for the PSO. Sit back, relax, and lose yourself in the music. 8 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

8) Today’s Allegheny County RADical Days include free events at the  Bulgarian-Macedonian National Education and Cultural Center, Fort Pitt Museum, Two Great Spaces – One RADical Time! Allegheny Land Trust and The Outdoor Classroom, City Theatre Company – Theater Workshop, and Pittsburgh Filmmakers,   For more information visit the RADical Days Web site.

9) Also in the Laurel Highlands today is Seven Springs Resort’s Autumnfest” with fine arts & crafts bazaar, chairlift rides, pumpkin patch portraits and the Zany Umbrella Circus, Giggles the Clown and several bands and performers, plus sumptuous buffets and many other events and activities.  This is Pumpkin weekend, there’s even a Pumpkin Swim. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Seven Springs.

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