Cool Picks Tuesday October 16, 2012

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1) Cultural icons Billie Jean King and Sir Elton John are in town as part of their 20th Annual Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) Smash Hits charity night of tennis at the Petersen Events Center.  Tennis legends Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova, to name a few, join King and John.  The WTT (Smash Hits) cause benefits the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Pittsburgh AIDS Task force. A night of tennis celebrity fun for a good cause. 3719 Terrace St., Oakland (Pitt’s campus). 7 p.m.

2) Treat your kids to a night of great theater with Disney’s Mary Poppins, part of the “PNC Broadway Across America” series. Critics have reported that the play is “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” 7:30 p.m. Runs through Sunday. Benedum Center, 719 Liberty Ave., Downtown Cultural District.

3) Maple & Vine, the latest production from City Theatre, is a play about about a Manhattan couple that seek refuge from their hectic urban lifestyles. They move to “Maple & Vine,” a community where the milkman still delivers daily; where there are no smart phones, only telephone switchboards and  housewives lead idyllic lives full of homemade apple pies–just like the 1950s. Their happiness is threatened when civil liberties intrude. 7 p.m. Runs through November 4th. 1300 Bingham St., South Side.

4) Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is an ongoing traveling exhibit from the NFL Hall of Fame. It includes historical artifacts from our own Pittsburgh Steelers, artifacts from pro-football pioneers Red Grange, Bobby Layne, Johnny “Blood” McNally and Jim Thorpe; with displays of items from current stars Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady (please refrain from throwing items at the Peyton Manning and Tom Brady displays). Heinz History Center, runs through January 6th. Open: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., 1212 Smallman St., Strip District.

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