Cool Picks Sunday, February 17, 2013

1) The Pittsburgh International Auto Show continues today at the David Lawrence Convention Center. Whether you’re looking for a new hot rod, family sedan or green machine, this is an opportunity to try your “fave” on for size. Some of the featured vehicles include the Ford Fusion Energi, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Buick Encore and GMC Sierra.  Other displays and entertainment at the Auto Show include: The Children’s Museum, classic car display, miniature NASCAR race track, Sunshine the Clown, Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, country music artists Craig Campbell (1-3 p.m.) and  Vanessa Campagna (3 – 5 p.m.). Central Blood Bank will be conducting a blood drive (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) at the auto show and those donating will receive two free tickets  for admission (must have your ID). All the major Pittsburgh sports team mascots will be there greeting fans: Pirate Parrot (11 a.m. – noon), Iceburgh (noon – 1 p.m.), Steely McBeam (1 -2 p.m.),  10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Continues through Monday. 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown.

2) Bad Books can be fun, that is, the musical group Bad Books. The group is comprised of singer/songwriter Kevin Devine and Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra (out of Atlanta) accompanied by other members of orchestra. Devin and Hull have carefully crafted some fine rock songs that run the spectrum from stadium rock to smooth ballads. Special guests are The Front Bottoms and Weatherbox. 8 p.m. Mr. Smalls Funhouse. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.

3) Well Strung Bluegrass is in concert at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille tonight. Relax, lean back and  enjoy some food and a cool one while listening to classic American music. 7 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.

4) Zanna, Don’t! is a play that chronicles the fictional town of Heartsville where life is slightly opposite of present day America. At the  high school, the most popular kids are the Chess Club jocks and the women smechanical bull riding intramural team; oh and homosexuality is the norm and heterosexuality is not. Then Zanna and his friends present a play that includes a heterosexual kiss that riles up the town. University of Pittsburgh Mainstage Theatre. 2 p.m. Henry Heymann Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial; 4301 Forbes Ave., Oakland.