Cool Picks Sunday, January 27, 2013

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1) The Nuclear Cowboyz are in town at the Consol Energy Center today. Who are the Nuclear Cowboyz, you ask? They are a freestyle motocross gang from war-torn, post-apocalyptic  Los Angeles. The year is 2150, and with the help of the Nuclear Cowgirlz take on the evil goddess Tempest and her gang of cyborg warriors. The show is a quintessential American classic tale on motor bikes with some of America’s best riders, pretty women, lighting effects, pyrotechnics, alt-rock, heavy-metal and electronic dubstep music. It all adds up to a pretty entertaining event! 2 p.m. Consol Energy Center, Uptown.

2) Les Miserables, the touring stage play, not the currently running film, has been imported by PNC’s  Broadway Across America series’sProducer Cameron Mackintosh has created a 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical incorporating remarkable staging updates and dynamic scenery modifications referencing the 1862 novel’s original paintings by the prolific author, Victor Hugo himself.  1 and 6:30 p.m. Ends it’s Pittsburgh run today. Benedum Center. Penn Ave. and 7th St., Downtown Cultural District.

3) Depressed about the San Francisco 49ers playing the Baltimore Ravens in the “Big Game” (I am),  A little ice skating at the Citiparks’ Schenley Skating Rink may help you overcome your football woes. Set among beautiful pine trees the rink offers a picturesque view of Downtown Pittsburgh. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., 4 – 6:30 p.m., 7 – 9 p.m.  Skate rentals and  lessons available. Overlook Drive, Schenley Park, Squirrel Hill.

4) Looking to enjoy tasty vegan and vegetarian dishes. Some notable vegetarian restaurants include: Quiet Storm: Vegetarian + Vegan Cafe (5430 Penn Ave., Friendship), The Zenith: Vegetarian Cafe*Art Gallery*Antique Goldmine (86 S. 26th St., South Side)and  East End Food Co-op Cafe (7516 Meade St., North Point Breeze). Also, most Chinese and Indian restaurants offer a nice assortment of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

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