1) Our battlin’ bucs take on the Houston Astros tonight in a 7:05 p.m. game. It’s also Free Shirt Friday, with all fans receiving a Pirates T-shirt. PNC Park North Shore.
2) The Pens will also be battlin’ when they fight for the puck against the Ottawa Senators in the second round of the NHL Playoffs. Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.
3) The Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival opens today in Oakland at University of Pittsburgh theaters and Schenley Plaza. In its 27th year, the festival draws actors and performers from around the globe, including Australia, Ireland, Russia, The United Kingdom, and the good ol’ U.S. of A. Other attractions include Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo (don’t try to pet the Tyrannosaurus Rex when it’s eating), European-style clown troupe Aga-Boom (created by veteran of Cirque du Soleil Dimitri Bogatirev), African Porquoi Tales (inspiring stories that came with the Africans to America), Exxopolis (beautifully designed air-blown architectural structures), Egg and the Spoon (a magical presentation of the wonders of the different seasons with interactive presentations), The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly (a theater production from Ireland about an angel who can’t sing very well), and more. Featured event tickets range from $5 to $8 with many free activities as well. Festival runs through Sunday.
4) The 2013 Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival opens today. The festival celebrates diversity and appreciation of Asian and Asian-American experience through cultural events. Featured films and filmmakers are from India, Japan, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Iran, etc. Movies include Architecture 101 (South Korea), Asura Anime Film Night (Japan), B.A. Pass (India), Beijing Flickers (China), Cairo 678 (Egypt), Parizod (Heaven—My Abode (Uzbekistan), The Perils of Growing Up Flat-Chested (Asian-American), and more. This is an outstanding curated film fest with many of the movies receiving awards from around the world. Runs through May 19. Screenings are at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Earth Theater; Melwood Screening Room and Classroom; and the Regent Square Theater.
5) Bon Journey, a Bon Jovi and Journey tribute band, plays Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. 9 p.m. 103 Slade Ln., Warrendale.