1) The Mind of Mencia—the one belonging to comedian Carlos Mencia—is a very funny and turbulent place, brimming with jokes and humorous observations about culture, race, politics, and family. “The Mind of Mencia” was also a highly rated stand-up and sketch comedy TV show hosted by Mencia that ran on Comedy Central from 2005-08, coming in second only to “South Park” as the top-rated show in ’06. Growing up in the economically challenged gangland of East Los Angeles, Mencia walked the straight and narrow with the help of his family. He did well in school and went on to study electrical engineering at California State University, Los Angeles. He left college early after tasting success at an open mic night at The Laugh Factory. He’s had numerous acting, comedy-special, and talk-show appearances. Catch his act tonight at 8 and 10:15 p.m.; runs through Sunday. Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St. The Waterfront, Homestead.
2) The Pirates take on the Milwaukee Brewers in a 7:05 p.m. game that’s also a Free Shirt Friday (for the first 25,000 fans). There’s a Block Party on Federal Street that starts at 5:30 p.m. with food and beverage specials, live music, and alumni appearances at the Budweiser Bar. 115 Federal St., North Shore.
3) Rick Jergel is co-owner of Jergel’s Rhythm Grille and lead singer in the house band, Fathertime. The venue, created to provide Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs with a solid concert hall and hang-out spot, plays host to local and touring acts, but Fathertime is no slouch when it fills in the gaps, bringing the heat with enthusiastic renditions of Top 40 favorites. A complimentary shuttle service is available by appointment for groups of 8 to 10 within a 10-mile radius of the venue. 9 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.
4) 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.