Cool Picks Saturday, February 2, 2013

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1. Bowl for a good cause with Operation Walk’s Bowling Party at Arsenal Bowling Lanes, featuring unlimited bowling, food, and prizes. Operation Walk is a volunteer medical services organization that provides free surgical treatment for patients suffering from bone and joint disorders in developing countries. 3 – 6 p.m. 212 44th St., Lawrenceville.

2. Alt-country artist Tift Merritt brings her Southern moxie to Pittsburgh with a show at Club Café, along with guest David Wax Museum. The New Yorker calls Merritt “a thoughtful, soulful singer-songwriter.” We concur. 9 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side.

3. Nostalgic for the days of flannel shirts, slap bracelets, Marky Mark, and Ace of Base? Throw on your Converses and pump up the jams at 90z Dance Night with DJs Thermos and Sean Mcat Belvedere’s Ultra Dive. 10 p.m. 4016 Butler St, Lawrenceville.

4. In 1968, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin changed the American music landscape, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated, and, for the first time, we saw images of Earth from space. Today is the opening of “1968: The Year that Rocked America,” an exhibit at the Senator John Heinz History Center featuring interactive video presentations and intriguing artifacts from 1968, like Janis Joplin’s bellbottom pants, a torch from the 1968 Olympics, and original puppets from the set of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 1212 Smallman St., Strip District.

5. Brooklyn alt-rockers Midnight Spin will be joined by local punk/metal bands The Filthy Lowdown and Vizard at The Smiling Moose. Midnight Spin was recently featured as one of Rolling Stone’s daily downloads to celebrate the release of the band’s much anticipated debut album Don’t Let Me Sleep. 9 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side.

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