His and Her (or Couple’s) Valentine’s Day Picks (CPs Fri., 2/14/14)

1) The Pittsburgh International Auto Show begins today at the David Lawrence Convention Center. Whether you’re looking for a hot rod, family sedan, or green machine, this is an opportunity to try your “fave” on for size. Experience vehicles from all the major auto companies. Also enjoy classic, custom, and concept car displays; a miniature NASCAR race track; a racing simulator; a Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix exhibit, and a chance to win a Corvette and 2013 Camaro Muscle Cars. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Continues through Monday. 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown.

2) Another big auto event is in town this weekend is Monster Jam. The big name vehicles are scheduled to be there, Grave Digger, Monster Mutt, Iron Man, Zombie, and Ice Cream Man, all with their respective talented drivers. See the over-sized custom vehicles, some of which are up to 12 feet tall and weigh over 10,000 pounds, roar their engines, jump and crush cars, race, and run obstacles. As they say, fun for the whole family! 7:30 p.m. Runs through Sunday. Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

2) For a city setting, Braddock’s American Brasserie in the Renaissance Hotel offers some of the best the city has to offer. Their chefs will be preparing a special Valentine Day dinner to tickle your taste buds, or you can just enjoy some of the many offerings from the daily menu. Split small plates like the bruschetta that features roasted red pepper and goat cheese, or go all out with the bone-in rib eye steak. If you’re still hungry, the dessert menu features your favorites, from apple crisp to croissant bread pudding. You can also enjoy a round of any of the locally named cocktails, like the Braddock Smash (featuring Maker’s Mark and fresh berries). You’ll feel right at home here. 5 – 10 p.m. 107 Sixth St., Cultural District.

3) For family style dining without having to wash dishes afterward, try Buca di Beppo in one of its two Pittsburgh locations (Station Square and Robinson Township). With small dishes serving two people and large dishes serving more than four, Buca’s menu includes traditional Italian comfort foods like antipasti salad and ravioli. The menu also features new spins on such classic dishes as penne san remo, featuring artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and a white wine sauce. Pair your new favorite with some vino and finish it off with tiramisu or a chocolate chip cannoli. With an early open time, you’ll get in a good meal and still have time to get to the movies. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 3 Station Square E. or 6600 Robinson Centre Dr.

4) Rivers Casino Wheelhouse Bar and Lounge hosts local rock group Walk of Shame to get your feet moving and let your mind relax into the weekend. 10 p.m. 777 Casino Dr., North Shore.

5) Good Fridays at the Warhol is a weekly party at the museum, featuring art exhibits, music, and cocktails in the high temple to Andy Warhol’s numerous talents. Half-price museum admission. 5 – 10 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Shore.

6)  Dancing Queen will put people on the dance floor at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. The disco/funk band takes the stage at 9 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.

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