Cool Picks Tuesday, February 12, 2013

1) It’s 1776 and our country is just being born. The Tony Award winning musical 1776 is the current production on stage  at Pittsburgh Public Theater. See actors portraying John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin engaging in passionate debate over the writing of the  Declaration of Independence and also enjoying rousing songs, dances and funny moments. This is no Disney animatronic display; it is is a living and breathing tribute to our founding fathers. Directed by local legend Ted Pappas. 7 p.m. O’Reilly Theater. 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

2) Girls, Guns and Glory is the name of the rockin’ band  playing the Thunderbird Cafe’s “Space Exchange” music series tonight. The bands music is distilled from the sounds of Hank Williams, Moon Mullican, Johnny Horton and Chuck Berry. 9 p.m. No cover. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville.

3 ) Celli Dancing will be happening at Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle. Dancing starts at 7:15 p.m. with lessons for beginners, then live music and dancing go from 8-10 p.m. 2329 Penn Ave., Strip District.

4) Union Pig & ChickenKevin Sousa’s recently launched BBQ and fried chicken restaurant and bar, is serving up some delicious, tender beef brisket, along with ribs, chicken, mac and cheese, greens…and whoopie pies.  The East Liberty hot spot is also open late for midnight munchies:  Monday.-Thursday.- ’til midnight;   Friday–Saturday- -1 a.m.;  Sunday — 9 p.m. There’s an incredible “eat-in” BBQ special–50% off–from 10 p.m. – midnight during the week, and 11 p.m. – 1 a.m Friday and Saturday.  And if you’d rather eat when the sun’s out, do lunch Monday -Saturday: (11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.). 220 N. Highland Ave.